Art (3220) - 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 (539) - 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 (5207) - 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.
seymour (2121) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2015 Tasted from 12oz brown bottle into nonic pint glass. It poured a nearly opaque, very dark reddish-brown color with a weak beige head. 100% true-to-style stout aromas and flavors: toasty, roasty, nice dry bittersweet balance, tart, with notes of wild plums and cherries, coffee, and--I kid you not--some smoky tobacco as it warmed. Not very chocolatey. Tasty overall, but my favorite stouts feature more mineral water/chalky presence, a silkier/creamier mouthfeel, and a little heavier body with a bit more residual sweetness. Good, but probably not as distinctive as some other stouts. BrownALEx (459) - Portland, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 From a Magic Hat mixed pack. Nice coffee aroma. Poured black with ruby windows and a two finger head. Great roasted taste with coffee undertones. Nice lacing left on the glass. The mouthfeel is wonderful. This is a great stout, pleasantly suprised. LiMuBai (227) - - NOV 18, 2012
Never thought I was a fan of stout, but this is damn good. Milk chocolate foamy head, chocolate is evident in both aroma and flavor. A nice full flavor with a hint of bitter finish. Scipio (1274) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Pours black with a medium sized darker tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is mostly a mixture smokiness and licorice, with some roasted malts and some coffee in there as well. The taste loses some of the smoky appeal, but retains much of the initial impressions I gained from the smell. I also get a bit of fruitiness as well, that being some cherry. Hints of chocolate as well. This has an oliy texture with a body that isn’t exactly light, but by no means heavy either. The only fault that I can find is that there isn’t to much of an aftertaste except for kind of a vinegary bitterness, which I don’t actually mind. I’m very happy with this one. Its one of the best seasonal beers that I’ve had this so far early holiday season. mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2012
The aroma is more apparent as it warms, kind of a deep coffee brandy. Rich and roasty, not too thick. Myriad malty flavors play well together- coffee, chocolate, burnt toast, and carmelized dark fruit. Sweet/dry finish with a little too much unfermented malt flavor (lactose?). Still, quite nice.