badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle, yo. Black with a fizzy tan head. Chocolate, roasted grain, and light citrus aroma and taste with a roasty finish. Not bad. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2012
If a brewery is going to self-apply what is still a new style to a new beer they’d better come correct. Magic Hat Demo claims to be a black IPA and for the most part it is, but it’s not quite as hoppy as the average drinker might expect from a beer of the style.
JFGrind (2071) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Opaque black body, forms a somewhat small, dark khaki foamy/frothy head. Good retention and lacing.
Smell: Very mild nose with mostly porter-like aromas of toasted malt. Some subtle earthy hoppy scents, too.
Taste: Up front you get light citrusy bitterness, then it changes on a dime to a more porter-like flavor of toasted malts with mild sweetness. It finishes with a tasty dark chocolate bitter/sweetness, and finishes a tad dry. There’s a little bit of coffee flavor and bitterness in there somewhere, which is interesting. But at only 45 IBUs it seems lacking the hop bite I expect out of a black IPA. It’s more accurately described as a hoppy porter.
Magic Hat Demo is definitely well-balanced, though, as it’s not too sweet and not too bitter. Aftertaste is perhaps a bit cleaner than it should be, but at least the beer doesn’t overwhelm. There’s really no flaws with the palate, and the presentation it offers is nice and satisfactory. I’d prefer a little more robustness but this will do.
Drinkability: With a somewhat thin and noticeably carbonated mouthfeel, Magic Hat Demo is probably the most crisp black IPA I’ve encountered. There’s definitely energy across the tongue due to the hops and the CO2, but it goes down very smooth. The 6% ABV seems a little high, as the palate isn’t quite as energetic as the mouthfeel, but that enables it to be drank in larger quantities. An ideal starter black IPA.
Wasn’t sure what to expect from Demo, mixed reviews on RB.com have a divided camps on rating this Black IPA. My palate was well satisfied, roasted malts, dark brown full bodied citrus with favors all in sync. Demo went well with Red Leciester cheese and looked great in my newest glass, a German Sigel Kloster Wiezen-Biere glass. SudsMcDuff (8496) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 2, 2012
sixer from Specs .. holy shit, this stuff is actually good! .. . pours a deep brown .. medium lacing with a great big bubbled head .. . roasty tar and slick bitter oil, light mouthfeel .. . fantastic black ipa .. . . should i have this much blood in my pocket? Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2012
From Beerilicious Iphone app: Mild coffee aroma. Brown and cloudy with a minimal tan head. Med to heavy bitterness with a long duration Oily, creamy thick mouthfeel. Astringent finish.
freekyp (2416) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Fooled me there for a second with the dark roasty nose and nearly opaque body. One sip in you realize there’s something different about this stout. In fact, its no stout. It is an IPA with a dark roast malt in the base. Nose is clean and simple with dark malts coming along in equal measure. The flavor is similar but a little more dark roast is apparent int he beginning, and it tails off near the end into a long side of the tongue bitterness Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle: Pours a clear light ruby with a thin off-white head, coffee and pine in the aroma, starts and ends bitter with a roasted grain aftertaste, medium bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Nice size beige head with very good lacing over the cloudy, dark brown body. Aroma is roasted malt, coffeed and herbal hops. Earthy flavors with the roasted malts in the forefront and spicy, resinous hops following through to the aftertaste. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2011
bottle as part of a mixed 12 pack poured a brown in color with a thin covering of off white head. aroma has some dry hops, a bit of roast, and malts. mouth feel is light and there is average carbonation. flavor has a good dose of hops, dry citrus, mild roasted malt, resins, and some chocolate. a solid drinking beer fresh and the price is right. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2011
The aroma is mild (weak?) citrus hops; pleasant enough. Malt are darker and a little smoky; toasted. Some burnt English sugars. Decent.
The appearance is surprising: deep brown-red, fluffy head. Looks like a Scotch ale. Very murky. Really unusual. Great lacing.
Flavor is sugary malts at first, then a hit of dual hops: bitter citrus and sweet pine sap. Ashy flavor, toasted malts. Evolves to more malty as it warms up.
The palate is dry and ashy. Magic Hat does a black IPA huh? Not to shabby. Well-balanced, English style.