RATINGS: 356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Filled with the howling of black dogs that haunt the long forgotten shadows of the human soul.

Our inky-black stout had a smooth, round palate with a dreamlike undercurrent of bittersweet chocolate. This dense liquid-silk summoned hope from hibernation and balanced winter’s endless white snows with a rich swirl of creamy black rapture.

TYPE: Stout
YEAST: English Style Ale
HOPS: Apollo, Goldings
MALTS: Pale, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Munich
ABV: 5.7
GRAVITY: 15.00 Plato
BITTERNESS: 30
SRM: 80.0
AVAILABILITY: October 15 to January 15

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3.7
Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
has a nice chocolate aroma, nice dark color with a thin tan head. Nice creamy body with a roast malt, faints hint of chocolate, not to shabby.

2.9
crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Lighter in color for a stout also with some odd spice notes. It changes from being really nice to really bad each passing drink.

3.4
Strangebrewer (1370) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2017 bottle. Poured black with a tin brown head. Sweet roasted malt aroma. Medium body, prickly carbonation with a tart dry finish. Flavour of burnt malt, coffee, vanilla, bitter chocolate with an astringent finish.

3.3
Newmassres (20) - - JAN 15, 2014
Nice drinkable stout. Not too heavy, nice carbonation, nice balance with coffee and smoky notes with a lower ABV. Good change of pace stout from heavier varieties.

3.5
Atom (2592) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
12oz bottle pours a dark brown/black with a small khaki head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, slight coffee, and slight roast, smells pretty sweet. Nice earthy bitterness, bittersweet chocolate, nice roast, vanilla, finishing with some mild bitter hops. Well rounded and very decent.

3.5
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It was bottled on 10/30/13 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Opaque black body, no carbonation visible. Pours to a fairly large, dark tan, frothy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Light notes of roasted malt, some dairy-like scent, well water.

Taste: Magic Hat Heart of Darkness is what I would consider a generic, average stout in pretty much all aspects. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely lacking in appeal. The palette is simple and mild, but the taste is decent. Though I do find its mildness to be difficult to overlook. The first half of the swig is slightly sweet, with a watered-down cola taste to it. Only a little bit of bitterness on the second half with some roasted malt that’s prominent at first, but fades away quickly. It has a taste reminiscent of certain British brews made from hard well water, but without any other British character (it is fermented with English ale yeast). A hint of nuttiness right as it finishes, which is nice. Overall, a fine stout, but so much more could’ve been done.

Drinkability: While this isn’t the most robust stout in the world, at least it’s no challenge to drink. The mouthfeel to Magic Hat Heart of Darkness is light, with a wet, watery sensation and no carbonation crispness. This enables a smooth finish and high quaffability. It drinks and feels like a lighter beer than its 5.7% ABV. Too heavy and uninteresting to session, though.

3.1
novice101 (323) - - JAN 7, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with a khaki colored head, smells of chocolate, malts and just a bit of hops. Taste is very smooth dark chocolate, some malts and then enough hops to balance it out. This beer is very thin, it takes away from the rest of beer a lot.

3.7
brandon1989 (712) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
pours a black color with a thick khaki head. the aroma was roasted malts, coffee, caramel, very sweet and the taste was the same. this is an outstanding stout.

3.3
Tonkun (1306) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Dark pour with slight visibility at the head. A finger of mocha head. Coal, sweet soda, espresso. Slightly bitter, lighter than expected body and tannic and acidic finish. Not bad but not too impressed

3.3
Danyel (1609) - Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle. Pouts black with tan head. Smells very fruity, cherries, chocolate. Has a very roastiness, thin, lots of carbonation. Okay.


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