Magic Hat Odd Notion - Chocolate Belgian Stout (Fall 09)

RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
A fitting beer for The Night Of The Living Dead, This Black Stout is chock full of roasty goodness, with an amazing complexity that can only come from the addition of five different types of malts. The flavors of dark crystallized malts and roasted barley warm the pallet and the distinct spicy phenolic character and inviting esters, derived from the Belgian yeast.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
It pours like used motor oil, thick, viscous and dark brown/black into the glass. In the glass beers color is as black as the night and opaque. On top sits a thick and creamy light brown head. It is about one finger tall and slowly fades to thin coating of lacy foam. The lacing is slick and slides down the sides of the glass as I drink. The aroma is full and rich. It has notes of dark roasted grain, molasses, burnt caramel, light herbal/metallic hops and a hint of smoke. The flavor has a deep roasted character with nice complexity and balance. There are flavor notes of roasted coffee, roasted grain, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and molasses. Underneath there seems to be a hidden estery/yeast flavor as well. This comes out more as the beer warms and adds dark fruity notes of ripe plums and black mission figs. Herbal and leafy hops come in on the back end and give it a good balance of bitterness to the sweet and roasted flavors in the finish. The palate has a solid medium to full body with soft carbonation and a slick viscous texture.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2012
From notes. One of the better offerings from the odd notion series. Pours out a black hue, coffee head. Aromas are muddled cocoa, vanilla, and malt. Palate is decently smooth until it hits a wall with a bitter cocoa finish. Fluffy and light, I would have actually rather seen this in the winter pack or as a reoccuring offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (3158) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Chocolatey and a bit smokey aroma. Smokey,deep bitter chocolate. Black in color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Pours dark brown with no real head to speak of. Sort of a chocolate syrup aroma with some roasted malts. Basic chocolate and roasted flavors. Nothing that gives it a Belgian slant. Oily, fuller body. Balanced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (6354) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Pours very dark brown with an orange / brown head that leaves quickly. The aroma has roasted malt, cocoa, cream and mild duds. Medium / thin body with a ton of prickly carbonation. The flavor starts with roasted malt and some peppery traits, some green apple and a bit of metallicness The finish reminds me of copper. Okay, but nothing I’ll need again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
12oz bottle. Dark brown pour, brown head. Sweet aroma of chocolate malt, chocolate cake with fudge icing. Flavor of cocoa, dark chocolate, black patent, burnt grains, coffee roast. A very pleasant surprise. Deep, dark, chocolately roast. One of the better Magic Hat. It’s no Lucky Kat!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10574) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Draft at Capone’s. Dark brown pour with off-tan head and nose of dark malt, some dark choc, figgy fruit. Medium palate heft, with predominant dark malt, dark chocolate, and some fruity notes. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4717) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Black in color with a good sized tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malts. Taste is of roasted malts, light yeast, coffee, and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (16164) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
I don’t know if it’s just me, but all Magic Hat beers tend to taste like Magic Hat. Darker pour. Some floral chocolate taste and nose. 4/4/10

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alphadelic (2232) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2010
Impenetable black with a foam that looks like an ol’ cowboy’s chewin’ tobaccy spit. Damp earth and bitter chocolate on the nose. Delightfully smooth chocolate with a deep roasted coffee in the finish. Milky in texture with a prickly carbonation. Super duper long coffee-like finish. Drank this with a bitter chocolate tart and top notch vanilla ice-cream, shit yo ’twas the bomb.

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