Heart of Darkness - Burlington Vermont - 5.3 ABV
by Derek Brewlander | October 18th, 2012
Where to start with Heart of Darkness? This super dark oatmeal stout is brewed by Magic Hat Brewing Company in Burlington Vermont(they give great brewery tours, go take one if you haven’t!) and is a great cold weather late fall/early winter brew. I knew it was going to be a great stout when I popped the patented Magic Hat cap to my second ever “What could be better than a beer with Eddie Vedder?” fortune. This seasonal brew pours a pitch black with a creamy light brown head that eventually settles. The lacing and retention are both outstanding, almost coffee-esque. The aroma is a light one, a not too strong scent consisting nicely of roasted coffee, caramel and chocolate. The flavors are phenomenal and very balanced. There is a very slight sweetness at the beginning, followed by roasted oats and dark malts, and then a delicious dark chocolate/coffee flavor with a slightly bitter finish from the dark malts. The mouthfeel is very smooth and refreshing, on the full side of medium bodied, with some nice light carbonation and a smooth creamy texture. Smooth is the one word I would use to describe the feel, for sure. Overall this is an excellent stout. It is tasty and one of the smoother brews I have ever had, and is easily one of the most delicious oatmeal stouts I have ever had. I know a lot of casual beer drinkers think stouts are too filling and that all just taste like Guinness which is so far from the truth. Trust me, grab a six pack of this deliciously unique stout and see for yourself; and with a name like Heart of Darkness and the accompanying awesome label, it is a perfect brew to enjoy during a nice classic Halloween horror movie or even your weekly episode of American Horror Story. Cheers!