iggynelix (132) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2009
definitely smells like chocolate, silky on the tongue, but less viscous than a standard Guinness. some fruity notes. very solid for fall/winter. TheBeerGod (6207) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Bottle. Opaque blackness with a short tan head. Nose is roasted malts, dark fruit and light caramel and smoke. Taste is smoky/ashy with chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt, light coffee, earthy hops and treacle. Was surprised with the smokiness in this. Body is medium with a creamy, delicate carbonation. Finishes with softer smoky flavors, dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, roasted malt, dusty yeast and dark fruits. Nice! halfonit (1356) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Nice black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts with a little caramel and dried fruit undertone. Taste is a little bit of a malty smoked flavor, it has chocolate, a little caramel, and esters. Leaves a bitter chocolate aftertaste. Impressive. Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
12 oz bottle. Poured black with a medium sized brown head that left little lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Tastes of molasses, bitter chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits. Nice body, and overall mouthfeel. Not too bad. Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Experienced via tap in a pub glass. The beer pours a deep brown to almost black color, with an off-white head. Medium to slightly low carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, earthy hops, and a touch of Belgian esters to the nose, creating a melange of scents that fall a bit short of those noticed in such classics as De Dolle’s Stout. The palate is chocolaty, but again lacks the overall level of complexity and flavors of the genuine article. Overall, not bad, but hampered by the same mediocrity and lack of creativity that seems to handcuff all Magic Hat beers.
thornecb (5874) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Pours black into a sifter. Beige head quickly recedes to nothing. Soy, coffee and molasses aromas. Dark, dried pit fruit upfront flattening and turning to burnt soy in the lasting finish. fsbw21086 (481) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2009
dark chocolate and molasses. pretty thick but drinkable. Complex flavors. Glad this beer from magic hat didn’t taste like the rest of the magic hat family. They all taste like apricot to me. Surprised me in a good way. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Presentation: The new fall seasonal in the very cool night of the living dead variety 12-pack. It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is a best before the end of Oct. date on the back label of the bottle.
Appearance: 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.
Smell: 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.
Taste/Palate: 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.
Notes: I love this beer!!! It has great complexity and good drinkability. The only thing I would like is a little more head retention but other than that it is a nearly perfect Belgian Stout. I think that Magic Hat should add this one to there regular line up!!!
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Pours black with basically no head. Aroma is of burnt coffee, molasses and raisins. Taste is full bodied with raisins and burnt malt, is a little flat on the finish, could use some more hops to balance the finish out. Bejaaamin (115) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2009
Praise be to Farmer(mostly to his girlfriend). This is an absolute beauty. Pours a deep dark souless black, rich caramel head. Smells so heavenly. Nose of chocolate, cocoa, eucalyptus(very strong here), mint, caramel, coffee, slightly smokey, all sorts of bidness. Taste is sublime! Wish i had more than just a third of a bottle, still i shall go wanting. Absolutely fantastic.