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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2009
bottle from variety pack picked up at kegs and barrels. poured black with a tan head and some spotted lacing. aroma was very pleasant with dark roast, dark fruit, some licorice, and chocolate syrup. flavor was equally as good with dark roast, licorice, alcohol, baking cocoa, and chocolate syrup that lingers on the finish. body was medium with a slick feeling and and low carbonation. i was surprised by this and so far feel this is their best offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Excited to find a couple singles of this one since I really never desired to buy the entire mixed twelve pack just to be able to have these. Ended up being a fairly typical lackluster effort from Magic Hat. Milk chocolate, faint roastiness and cherries in the aroma backed by a lot of crystal malt and some noble hops. Dark chestnut pour, filmy tan head, and good lacing. Medium to light bodied, stale aftertaste and a nice bitterness. Dark fruit flavors with toasted nuts and light chocolate. Slightly sour tang and a subtle earthiness. I was a bit let down, but that’s my fault for getting excited about a Magic Hat brew in the first place.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Appearance: Empties out of the typical whimsical Magic Hat bottle a black body with a frothy, dark tan-colored head. Smell: Chocolaty, lightly roasty, smoky aroma with round-about notes of cracked cloves, ripe plums, and oven-smoked ’nanas mingled within. Taste: Roasty, toasty, but mainly roasty grains and semi-sweet chocolate with a medium level of sweetness. Midway into the taste, a staunch smokiness washes in. For me, the Columbus hops didn’t add too terribly much character beyond a bitter that pairs with the roasted quality of the grains. Light clove spiciness ushers in a fruity mix of bananas and plums. Choco-roasty finish with a final kiss of smoke. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Why, that’s not bad at all! And such a sensible percentage of alcohol, too. Usually, I’m left looking like a bored ox on a hill when it comes to Magic Hat’s offerings, but this, I dare say, is one of their better brews as of late.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009

Name: Odd Notion - Chocolate Belgian Stout
Date: November 21, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: opaque dark brown, wispy beige head, viscious, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, dark caramel sweetness, fruity esters, dark chocolate
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, faint fruity esters, bitter dark chocolate
Overall: flavor does not live up to the promise of the aroma
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2009
on tap-pours a rich diapering brown head and black color. Aroma is sweet chocolate/molasses-dark malt, hint of hops. Taste is sweet chocolate/molasses-dark malt, secondary citrus/earthy hops. Good carbonation. More porter than a stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Espresso brown pour, anemic brown head. Fudgy nose with hints of pear, cherry, marzipan and rubbing alcohol. Malty and unsweetened chocolate flavors, more fruity than roasty with "pink" nuances- strawberry, pomegranate and bubblegum. Burnt cookies. Becomes more estery as it warms. I can taste alcohol throughout. Milky body. Bittersweet finish fades into a somewhat tarry acrid and perfumey aftertaste. Average stout with esters galore... but does that make it "Belgian"?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Aromas of coffee and chocolate. Flavors of coffee and chocolate and belgiun yeast. Very solid effort overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2009
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wegman’s Wilkes-Barre. Dark charred rabbit skin and mole sauce aroma. Chocolate comes clean. Pours a syrupy dark black, with a tall inch of quivering espresso foam. Flavor begins stark, dry and bright, segueing to a sultrier, more sugary snappy finish. Bright roasty edges mingle with fruity belgian yeasts. It’s a successful marriage here, considering the lighter heft of this example. I like the drinkability, the extended complexity and the cleanliness. Ends on a nicely juicy classic Belgian yeast note. A surprisingly good effort by a brewer I’ve largely written off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (4284) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Pour is a oil looking black with a small tan head. Aroma is of espresso and chocolate. Flavor is some more chocolate with a heavy dose of alcohol. Even with the alcohol this is pretty easy to drink and it does have enough chocolate aspects to carry this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Pitch black, tan creamy head. Soft chocolate roasty notes with an undercurrent of raisin and plum throughout. Dark fruit twang with a well layered dry black chocolate and coffee foundation. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Not bad at all…

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