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Heart of Darkness (Magic Hat Brewing Company)

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Heart of Darkness (Magic Hat Brewing Company)

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 12:00

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The Buzz:

        A Magic Hat Winter Seasonal (that I've been able to find even this late on sale) that's an inexpensive and easy-drinking stout. 5.7% ABV.

 

Life of the Party:

        This may just be the first stout I've had that's easy-drinking enough that I could easily enjoy a 6-pack of the stuff. First off, it's a dry stout, so no super-thick malt flavors to slow you down. There's a tiny hint of chocolate on the front end, and a somewhat fruity finish. There's almost no evidence of the alcohol level in the flavor. So if you can find a leftover bottle this late in the season, or just want to keep it in the back of your mind for next winter, Heart of Darkness could easily be your six-pack beer of choice for your next event.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        Once again, my gripes have to do with bottle marketing that doesn't deliver. The neck label on Heart of Darkness promises a "distinctly rich and flavorful beer." But in reality, this beer is neither of those things. It's dry and drinkable, and flavors are all fairly mild. Now in the case of this beer I found that these were my favorite aspects (not EVERY beer needs to be super thick and have enough flavor to nearly knock you on your ass). But if you're going to advertise it on your bottle, you better deliver.   

 

The Vibe:

I do believe this might be the first beer I've reviewed on Tanked Matinee that I feel perfectly comfortable labeling as a "party beer." If you're the beer drinker that prefers stouts, and have been looking for one you could drink several of as part of your next party's debaucheries, then Heart of Darkness may just be for you. It can also serve pretty well as a relatively light dessert beer as you wind down for the night.

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