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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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.

4
kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours dark black with a pink tinted, dirty white head. The aroma is roasted malt and cocoa. The flavor is a cool and refreshing stout with toasty malty and cocoa. Its a full flavored good beer, and wins mega points because its sessionable. Yeah! we dont have to put up with 10% abv if we want a tasty stout. Thanks Magic Hat! I can have more than 1.

4
alcaponejunior (445) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Part of a sampler six pack.

Very black with a nice one finger tan head that lasted the whole glass and left good lacing.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, some roastiness, butterscotch, and a little molasses.

Flavor is very nice. The chocolate is milky, there’s some nice roasty malt character with a little burnt, a little coffee, and a lightly bitter finish.

Body is pretty thick and rich, yet easy to drink, with a dry finish and smooth creamy carbonation.

A damn fine beer. I’ll have to see if they have sixers of this one at my local store.

4
robiannelli (599) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2013
12oz bottle pours black with a reddish brown head. Aromas of sweet malts a touch of roasted woodsyness some chocolate and cocoa and a bit of liquorice. Flavor is sweet but balanced with the roasted malt. Body is full and creamy. Finishes very creamy

4
Beerathon (1681) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Black with creamy thick cocoa colored head. Sweet roasted malts in the nose. Taste- bitter coffee and slight chocolate. Usually not a Magic Hat fan, but this one is solid.

4
alexandersh (196) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle; Poured dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma: Cocoa/Coffee/ Malt. Flavor: True to its smell, perfect balance between malt and coffee with a chocolate twist. This was creamy and thick and really delicious.

4
MarkSachon (1056) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle on Rte. 8 in Pittsburgh. More harsh than smooth, the bitterness of this beer overwhelms any advertised silkiness. I would have liked a smoother and sweeter taste for this one.

4
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2014
12oz bottle into a pint can big elm glass, pours a dark black with brown hues. Head is light brown, light, loose bubbles, 3cm ring, some lacing. Aroma is a mixture of matl bases grass, sweet coco, dark molasses and dry chocolate. Taste is dry and slightly bitter coco, malty satisfaction comes in the flush going down, with dark choco drifts and mild sweet coffee, maybe decaf, holding reigns. Body is adequately deep, satisfying and rich, but not overlly syrup thick rich, nice, dry, malt bases backbone rich. Bitter and dry finish leads me back for the inviting roasty coca hints from the beginning. will it go round in circles?

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TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Pours a dark black almost like oil, with tan head. Roasted malts, cocoa, and some dark fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with an interesting roasty note.

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Darkmagus82 (2303) - - AUG 10, 2014
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.


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