Friday, January 10, 2014

Magic Hat Heart of Darkness

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1044) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It was bottled on 10/30/13 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Opaque black body, no carbonation visible. Pours to a fairly large, dark tan, frothy head which laces and retains very well.

Smell: Light notes of roasted malt, some dairy-like scent, well water.

Taste: Magic Hat Heart of Darkness is what I would consider a generic, average stout in pretty much all aspects. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely lacking in appeal. The palette is simple and mild, but the taste is decent. Though I do find its mildness to be difficult to overlook. The first half of the swig is slightly sweet, with a watered-down cola taste to it. Only a little bit of bitterness on the second half with some roasted malt that’s prominent at first, but fades away quickly. It has a taste reminiscent of certain British brews made from hard well water, but without any other British character (it is fermented with English ale yeast). A hint of nuttiness right as it finishes, which is nice. Overall, a fine stout, but so much more could’ve been done.

Drinkability: While this isn’t the most robust stout in the world, at least it’s no challenge to drink. The mouthfeel to Magic Hat Heart of Darkness is light, with a wet, watery sensation and no carbonation crispness. This enables a smooth finish and high quaffability. It drinks and feels like a lighter beer than its 5.7% ABV. Too heavy and uninteresting to session, though. 
Grade: 6/10