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.