rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours jet black with a thin half finger dark tan head. Not very good head retention but ok lacing.
Aroma has tons of roasted malt reminiscent of coffee and dark chocolate. A little bit of burnt caramel too.
The flavor is a continuation of what is found in the aroma but on a huge scale. Tons and tons of roasted malt and coffee provide amazing flavor and the bitterness one would associate with strong brewed coffee. Nice caramel undertones along with some toast. Mouthfeel is full and slick as is typical of an oatmeal stout leaving a slightly sticky finish with hints of dark fruit.
Overall, the best Magic Hat beer I have tried by far. Tons of flavor and a great mouthfeel make for one amazing stout. Definitely pick this one up if you have the opportunity.
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Alright, I got this one as part of Magic Hat’s 2012 Wintertime 12 pack - This is a fine, blackish stout with a lasting tan head of finely bubbled foam and interesting coffee-cocao-malt aroma. Tastewise, this one is excellent, with (and one can argue with me) a chicory/anise taste adding to it’s stout complexity. AndyW68 (1542) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Dark brown with light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is a little yeasty, bitter chocolate and a sweet floral finish. Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Appearance: It’s your typical stout. Pitch black, a nice little cinnamon colored head ... the lacing is pretty great as well, so maybe it’s a little bit better than "your typical stout".
Smell: For some reason, I’m getting a rusty smell. Almost like blood. I’d say it’s the glass, but this hasn’t happened with any other beer before. Underneath that rustic aroma is the coffee and chocolate. Probably the lowest point of this beer.
Taste/feel: Glorious. The bottle doesn’t lie: This is a unique stout, and I really enjoy it. The main reason it’s so interesting is the sourness I actually get on the front of each sip. It’s not strong, but I get it. The carbonation goes with that sourness very well. The rest of the taste consists of quality dark chocolate and coffee, but they don’t dominate the palate too much. This is a stout I’d have again any time, and that’s saying something. The reason why I think I find it so appealing -- besides the awesome subtle sourness -- is that it’s not too thick/rich/sweet, which makes sense now, as I see it has a reasonable 5.7% ABV, and the calories in this are apparently around 175.
World-class stout right here. superspak (5597) - Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2013
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, winter 2012 bottling. Pours lightly hazy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger moderately dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted malt, toast, toffee, caramel, light coffee, and light floral earthiness. Excellent aromas with great balance, strength, and complexity of roasted malt notes with light hops. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, toast, toffee, caramel, coffee, and floral earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, toast, toffee, coffee, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors; with a good amount of robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent stout! Great balance of roasted flavors with good robustness; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.
Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
I am really glad they brought this one back. Roasted malty aroma with just a slight bitter hop taste. Definitely good stuff. Evolutionary (503) - Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle from 6 pack from giant eagle. Dark brown black with dull earthy malt smell. Smooth thick body with little sweetness. A touch of sour aftertaste and coffee runs thru it. Great but not perfect.
---Rated via my mouth ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Better than your average Magic Hat, certainly. Sweeter and more chocolatey than most comparable stouts. Smoother moutfeel as well. Has a velvety texture that’s pretty appealing. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Satisfying if unspectacular stout. Pours black with no head. Not thin, but not thick in mouthfeel. Good roastiness with a nice bitterness. Minor chocolate notes.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Magic Hat Heart of Darkness is a solid, black ale with a generous, soft, light brown head that has outstanding lacing and retention. The aroma is kind of tangy with a fair amount of dark roast. There’s a note of caramel and some sort of spice. It’s smooth and medium bodied with a dry finish that’s pretty clean. It tastes pretty dry and roasty with just enough bitterness to balance it out. It is pretty tangy, but not fruity. There are notes of caramel and vanilla. A light, resiny bitterness lingers for a bit after the swallow. This is a really solid offering from Magic Hat. I can down a 6-pack of this with no hesitation.