ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 12/18/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color with good opacity. The one finger tan colored head fades quick, unfortunately.
S: Roasted barley, licorice, hazelnut, and bittersweet chocolate. It’s a typical stout aroma with little deviation from the norms of the style, but the execution is good.
T: This seems to be fairly licorice dominated, with the roasted malts sneaking up on the finish. Surprisingly, it has a touch of complexity to it, with occasional hints of coffee, raisins, and chocolate. It’s not blowing me away, but I still enjoy it.
M: A very clean stout in general. The thick and creamy body gives way to both dryness and a lingering roasted aftertaste, alongside a touch of astringency. Far from the heaviest stout in the world - but it doesn’t try to be.
O: Really not bad at all. I tend to avoid Magic Hat, but this one’s good/cheap enough for me to possibly consider getting a 6 pack of.
dnstone (3138) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice roasted coffee aroma with some smoke character. Pours a black in color with a light tan-colored head. Flavor carries coffee with cream and chocolate. A pretty good stout and not too high in ABV.
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, with a small tan head. Aromas of faint chocolate with some roasted malts. Flavor isn’t as big as I like, a little chocolate/coffee and some mild hops.
Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Admittedly, I’m not a stout drinker, so when I do drink a stout, I’m doing it more for the sake of seeing if my taste has changed than I am just to pour a beer into my mouth. That said, I didn’t like this beer very much and thought it was too strong/bitter, but don’t take my word as gospel regarding anything stout-related. Don’t do it! Stop reading this!
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle trade from SJ. Ehh it was just ok for me. This body, some cocoa, moleasses and roasted notes.
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle poured into a pint glass..dark with a fluffy tan head..aroma of coffee,nuts..dry,malty..not very good.
DocLock (10573) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from State Line. Deep brown pour with tan head. Roasty dark malt in the nose some molasses, cacao, same in the flavor, vanilla, oats, cacao, not very complex, somewhat watery.
slowrunner77 (11662) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty in the chocolate malt balls kind of way, like Whoppers candy. A little thin and one dimensional, but a pleasant enough stout that goes down easy
jtclockwork (16163) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog. Repeat label. Not taken. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of molasses, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate. Lighter medium body.
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 10, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-26-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a nearly pitch black colored brew with a billowy tan head. The head has a good level of retention, fading slowly to give a nice level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is quite nice and delicious. It is heaviest of a good deal of coffee some sweet caramel and some chocolate aromas. Mixed with these aromas are lighter notes of a oatmeal as well as vanilla aroma.
Taste – The flavors begin with a strong roasted malt and oat flavor mixed with some sweet caramel flavors. As the flavors advance further vanilla come to the tongue. These linger along and as the taste advances more toward the end with some flavors of a bitter coffee flavor coming in. In the end, with the roastiness fading a bit, one is left with a pleasant, dark yet somewhat sweet flavor left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is rather average in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly below average. A little bit more creaminess in the body would have been better for the style, but considering the abv. and drinkability that is afforded by the brew, it is overall quite good.
Overall –A quite tasty and balanced stout at only 5.7 % abv. The blend of flavors and their transitions are all very nice.
pricey290483 (796) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
not a beer for me nothing wrong with the beer but i am not a dark beer if you are then this might be the beer for you