Claves77 (260) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Chocolate notes, smooth velvet texture. Dark color, light airy head. A little thin, but overall well done. Suttree (6415) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Ahh, Magic Hat. We meet again. So what have we here? A stout? Full of odd and terrible ingredients to test my fortitude? No? Just a normal stout? Well, this is unexpected. Let’s see... Not bad. Not great, either, but certainly not bad. novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
A bubbly tan head on top, with nots of roasted barley and chocolate. Earthy smells of leaves and wood are on the nose. A nice balanced finish of malt and fizz. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
12oz bottle. Vintage 2012. Black pour, thin brown ring of foam. Roasted barley aroma starts off simple, then some chocolate. Earthy Autumn leaves hop nose. Wow, hearty flavors. Nice char character, loads of roast. Burnt cereal flavors, licorice bitterness, wooded tannins bitterness, some hidden Chocolate Malt. Light caramel malt sweetness. Bold flavors. One of the best Magic Hat beers I’ve had. (3544) sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Nearly jet black; big, dark, thick head. Moderate lacing down the glass. Aroma doesn’t give the impression of a "big" stout but is predominantly roasty malt, with some coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor is a little thin; roast, licorice, not particularly bitter, finishing mostly roast and chocolate though not terribly sweet. Palate; medium thickness, relatively coarsely carbonated. Very solid everyday stout, but Magic Hat’s Ravell is significantly more impressive.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Appearance: pours dark brown with a dens cap of tan foam.pablothirteen (38) - - DEC 7, 2012
Aroma: Roasty dark malt. Classic stout so far.
Taste: Very pronounced roast, black coffee, chocolate, light peppery spice bite in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied , spicy carbonation.
Overall: A delicious stout. In researching this beer, I found out they used to use oats in the malt bill. The beer is so chocolaty and nice, I would love it to be smoothed out with some oats or nitro or both.
Thick, rich pour. Coffee colored head. Not overly bitter, decent stout.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone cheap (5912) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2012
A very nice pouring really dark beer. Cleanish stout olfactory. Wew, a little strong at first but I think it starting to mellow immediately. Perhaps borders on imp stout on the slug but each swig has the same metamorphis; strong impact followed by a smoothing effect. Roasty partially burned old campire wood after a breif wet rain. Dense but not thick. emacgee (4680) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Pours a nice piceous black with two fingers of crackling mocha tan head. Laces nicely. Nose shows some bitter chocolate and roast with a touch of fruit skins and diacetyl. Medium bodied with a very soft (almost absent) carbonation. Flavor is nice enough, would have been better supported by a more present mouthfeel. Fruit skins and bitter dark grain show the most, not too much going on here but it’s nice enough. ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle from a local friend. Aroma is mostly light/moderate roast, coffee and very light bitter chocolate. Appearance is black with thin mocha head. Flavor is almost all roast and coffee with some resin; the chocolate is really muted. Palate is rather thin and slick. Very drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.