Magic Hat Brewing Company's Heart of Darkness is described as a Winter beer and a stout.
It pours a nearly black dark-brown color with a finger-thick brown head. As you drink it, the lacing is a thick sheet on the glass, which dissipates into a thin lattice pattern later on.
The aroma is one of roasted malt and chocolate. The mouth feel is smooth and thick, something like a melted milkshake.
The flavor matches the aroma perfectly. You'll get a strong roasted malt bitterness at the outset, followed by some malty, sweet dark chocolate. The flavor is the same from start to finish.
Overall, I like Heart of Darkness, but no more or less than I like any other stout.
The Beer Advocate crew is slightly split on this one. The "Bros" give it a 97 while the visitors rate it merely 89 or good.
As a stout, it's certainly one of the better ones. As a beer overall, I stand by the 7/10 rating.
I sampled this at The Pint Room in Dublin. I've seen it in bottles at Giant Eagle supermarkets.
My rating: 7/10