Magic Rock Brewing Dark Arts (6%)

A brewery so young shouldn’t be able to make beers so mature.
This is simply superb.
The beer is fathoms deep in the glass and the first mouthful is a blast of crushed black pepper on dark chocolate.
But it doesn’t stop there as the layers of flavour include fresh espresso, hazelnuts, damsons in syrup, treacle and a touch of cardamom.
Then there’s the hops.
The hopping is like the most marvellous IPA, with touches of citrus zest and pith.
It’s dry and delicious and long.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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One Response to Magic Rock Brewing Dark Arts (6%)

  1. steve t says:

    call me a cynic, this review seemed so enthusiastic it did cross my mind the reviewer could be sleeping with someone at the brewery. anyway gave it a try last night , ok its self described as ‘surreal stout’ that is pretentious bollocks, nothing surreal about it. it is a stout and a bloody good one at that, thanks to a certain irish brewer most of us are used to pretty poor stouts. full of flavour with more of a hops kick than youd expect in a stout. now the negative side its a bit pricey and a 330 bottle! which makes this a bit of a posh interesting drink to try rather than something i can afford to fall in love with. now if they could do a 500ml bottle and keep the price under £3 id head back and buy a crate.

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