Brewery- Magic Hat Brewing Co.
Style- English Stout
Description- Heart of Darkness pours a wonderful pitch black color with a thick sandy brown head. The scent of chocolate simply emanates from this beer, but if you breathe in deeply you begin to pick apart scents of roasted malt, a slight nuttiness, and slight hints of caramel. If you think the smell sounds wonderful than you will be very happy with the taste, as it matches the scent perfectly. Heart of Darkness packs a chocolate punch to your taste buds, but not milk chocolate, more along the lines of dark bittersweet bakers chocolate, with a mild aftertaste of coffee. The body of Heart of Darkness is somewhere in between a porter and a stout, that is to say it is not overly thick, which makes this beer that much more drinkable. The mild carbonation in the beer also cleans the mouth out nicely, so it is perfect to pair with foods, more specifically desserts. Maybe this beer has a heart of darkness, but it also has a slight taste of heaven.
Food Pairing- Heart of Darkness is a perfect match for desserts, especially of the chocolate persuasion. A deliciously rich chocolate cake melds beautifully with the malty chocolate and mild coffee notes found in this beer. Did your loved one get you a box of chocolate truffles this holiday season? Well put away that dessert wine and great a bottle of Heart of Darkness and taste a truly delicious pairing. However, if you are so daring, I have two words for you, BEER FLOAT! Heart of Darkness is absolutely perfect for making a rich and creamy beer float. So grab yourself a pint of your favorite vanilla bean ice cream and put a scoop or two into a pint of this delicious offering from Magic Hat and enjoy it until the last drop is gone.
The Final Word – Magic Hat's Heart of Darkness is a beer that seemingly has something for everyone. Fans of stouts or porters will love this beer and those new to the style will find this beer very approachable due to its mild sweetness. Stouts are a perfect drink on those cold winter nights and Heart of Darkness is a perfect beer to have by a nice roaring fire to warm up. So be sure to grab a bottle, or 6, and enjoy this delicious drink with friends and family this holiday season.
Where can I get it?- Currently available in 12oz. bottles at: The Keys Beer and Spirits- Scranton,PA; Krugel's Georgetown Deli- Wilkes Barre, PA; Januzzi's Pizza- Wyoming, PA; Whats Brewin 6 Pack Ale Shop- Old Forge, PA