GreatDane1632 (1174) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 23, 2014 radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 ounce bottle - shaker glass) Black opaque color with little head, aroma has a subtle vanilla note that complements the roasted porter flavors. Tastes of vanilla roasted malts and a light hoppiness. Smooth texture and slightly bitter finish.
Rated based on notes taken 4 Feb 2012 -- Drank while on weekend pass from OTS. Overall good beer. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2014 Bottle: Dark brown with some ruby edges when held to the light; khaki foam settles quickly to a foamy collar on top. Aroma of moderate vanilla extract sweetness with a little woodsiness on the side. Roast, faint campfire char, & some bittersweet chocolate notes. Maybe a little coffee, too, but faint in comparison. More so just a dry roast. Taste has lots of sweet vanilla, but isn’t as cloyingly sweet as, say, Leinenkugel’s Snowdrift. Not as fake or extract-y as the aroma would indicate, either, which is a good surprise. Decent "vanilla bean" flavor, really. Good backing of roasted malt, moderate cocoa with some creamy, sweet undertones & a bit of charred coffee bean lingering in the finish. Thin, even for a porter; slick on the palate. Woody vanilla & cocoa dust finish. By no means a world-beater, but probably the best thing I’ve had from Magic Hat. thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
This bottled brew from a restaurant poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation dark ruby red brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was medicinal and dark malt. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of mild hops and dark malt. A decent one but not one that I would consider drinking again. Johnsense (1754) - - JUL 13, 2012
Dark pour, 1 finger of tan head. chocolate, roasted malt , some vanilla, and slight coffee grounds in the aroma. Taste is more appealing- Dark chocolate, vanilla, slight chestnut, wood, roasted malt and a bit of brown sugar. slight smoke. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. If the tasting was blind I’d never know this was a Magic Hat beer. BelgianBeerGal (4156) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Jungle Jim’s bottle from a mixed pack. Nice pour with a medium tan head that settles with nice lacing. Nice milk-chocolatey porter smell. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected but makes it really drinkable. Touch of cold coffee that adds a touch of bitterness. Nice.
OmegaX (1383) - Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Tap at Oblivion. Nose is light vanilla, sweet molasses, chocolate, and some roast. Somewhat weak on the nose despite all the different aromas. Dark brown body with a khaki head. This one was slightly thin on the palate. A touch too watery for what I expected. Not bad though. Flavors match the aroma but there is a nice helping of sweetness that made this a nice brew. Not too sweet but it was headed that way. A nice offering from Magic Hat...I just wish it wasn’t like water for texture. PhillyBeer2112 (2894) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Well this was surprisingly good, a nice smooth porter. The vanilla component was mild, mainly noticeable in the flavor. Overall it featured a dry roasted flavor with some mild chocolate and a full rounded semi-creamy mouthfeel. djd07 (15543) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark brown with medium beige head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is roasted malt coffee and chocolate. Thin mouth feel with a very smoky flavor and roast with light dry finish. Very easy to drink a very good porter from Magic Hat. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma has light vanilla and dark chocolate notes. Flavor is roasty with cocoa...vanilla is mild but present. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is roasty and lingering. Darwenus (1159) - Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2012
Magic Hat’s Ravell porter doesn’t taste bad. It just tastes very, very sweet. Really sweet. Maybe this is part of the difference between a porter and a stout. I can’t imagine a stout going down like liquid beer candy, but that’s a good description of what it’s like to drink this. The label says it has some vanilla about it, and I’ll take their word for it. I didn’t pick up on vanilla. I picked up on molasses and coffee and chocolate mixed into a dark beer. It didn’t taste bad, it’s just that it was sweet. Really sweet. Not something I’ll pick up again.