TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Heart of Darkness, a great novel, in which a great movie was based upon. And now even better for a beer lover, a great beer. Magic Hat Heart of Darkness is an outstanding oatmeal stout. Don’t be afraid of the dark. This is a really great beer, oatmeal gives this beer a silky smooth mouth feel, like black velvet. This beer is also a ringwood beer, which means it picks up character from that distinctive ringwood yeast strain. I have been fortunate enough to have visited the brewery in South Burlington, VT, and I can tell you from first hand experience, this beer is fantastic on draught, as well as in bottles.
Heart of Darkness pours to an ink black opaque color, with a nice, thick, tan head, and a good carbonation. The nose on this beer is very complex, dark chocolate malt aromas mingle with ringwood yeast earthiness. There is also some good hop aromatics present as well. The palate is rich, and delicious. More chocolate malt flavors, a touch of coffee, roasted malt flavors, and a silky smooth mouthfeel from the oatmeal. There is also a nice bit of diacetal which is "buttery" a by product of the ringwood yeast strain. This beer finishes with more dark malt character, and just a touch more earthiness, with a lingering hop bitterness.
This really is an amazing beer. A very complex, rich, delicious oatmeal stout. There is a lot going on in this beer, you really can work on it, and pick up all those flavors. This beer is perfect as a night cap or would make an excellent desert beer. I would pair this with a rich and decadent triple chocolate cake, dark and milk chocolates, or perhaps fudge brownies with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
corvi99 (4) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2001 does not count
One of my all time favorite beers. A touch on the sweet side, but still remains hearty as a stout should be. ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 11, 2001
.................................................. IFearNoBeer (15) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2002
I love this stuff, it's very similar to my other favorite stout, Dogfish Head Chicory Stout. Don't know which I like better. The Magic Hat is very rich and roasted-tasting, burnt, and a definite bitter chocolate/coffee bite.. a man's beer. If it had slightly less carbonation, it'd be perfect. But that's just me. proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2002
A very good stout. Pours out to the usual blackness of the style with a slight head and decent amount of carbonation. Aroma is of that of coffee with a slight caramel presence. This is a very balanced stout. There is a beautiful taste of roasted malt that is followed on the swallow by a mellow, but tasty, hop presence. I am so used to the hop kick of the Bell's stouts, that this was a bit mellower in comparison, but it lended to the balance of the beer. A highly drinkable stout. Delicious.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2000
UPDATED: APR 7, 2003 The best of their stouts, rich, thick, hearty and a nose to die for. Nice hop and malt balance, a must try for stout lovers. Brewmaster (168) - USA - JAN 18, 2002
This was one of the samples i had at the brewery. Was one of my favorites. . kenned99 (3) - USA - APR 8, 2002 does not count
a great dark stout. bitter yet suprisingly easy to drink................... Rosendale Brewmeister99 (55) - Rosendale, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2001
.................................................. captskez (5) - USA - DEC 23, 2001 does not count
Definately, a magic hat best..............................................