Sunday, November 25, 2012

Magic Hat Heart of Darkness

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend!  Tonight I am drinking Heart of Darkness, a stout from Magic Hat Brewing Company.  Located in South Burlington, VT, Magic Hat has been part of North American Breweries since 2010.  N.A. Breweries owns such brands/breweries as Genesee, Pyramid, Dundee Ales and Lagers, and Original Honey Brown.  Last month, there was major news when N.A. Breweries was sold to Cerveceria Costa Rica, S.A., which in itself is a subsidiary of Florida Ice and Farm Company, S.A.  So it seems that Magic Hat is now owned by a Costa Rican company, for whatever that matters.  Let's see how this beer tastes!
 Heart of Darkness
Magic Hat Brewing Company
5.7% ABV
Best By:  Unknown
  
Heart of Darkness pours black with a finger width light tan head.  The head leaves a nice web-like lacing on the glass.  It smells of roasted malt and coffee, tobacco, and even soy sauce.  Upfront, this stout gives off flavors of roasted malts and a slight smokiness.  It leaves a stale chocolate taste in my mouth.  This stout was thinner than I expected it would be from the pour.  I wish it tasted more how it smelled, because it's definitely lacking in the flavor department.  The carbonation is average.
Overall:  Heart of Darkness left me yearning for a better stout.  It looked and smelled great, but it just didn't go all the way for me.  4/10

Have you had Heart of Darkness?  What did you think?  Did you have a better experience than me?  Let me know in the comments! 

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