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Black Magick - Voodoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 400
Gots: 70 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  15.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This is an Imperial Stout that is of great strength and complexity. We then gently age that beer in Elaigh Craig 13 1/2 year old Bourbon Barrels for 6 months to 1 yr. and then primed and bottled to bottle condition for continued aging and celler life. Black Magick should be able to be aged up to about 5 years, to heighten the complexity and smooth nature of this beer.

First Black Magick brewed in Feb 2007. Released 2009. = 15% ABV

Second Black Magick brewed in 2009 and released 2011. = 15.5% ABV
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Ratings: 305 | Reviews: 204
Reviews by coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BATCH NUMBER 1
Thanks to Deuane for this super hook-up!!!

This pours super black. A very small amount of dark brown foam forms and then fades away. There are little spots of lacing, but they slide back down the side of the glass because of the oiliness of the liquid.

Lots of dark roasted malts are under a huge oaky presence. Decent hints of bourbon. Good vanilla presence. A slight hint of oxidization.

Interestingly, the flavor of the bourbon shines ever so brightly, but has almost no heat to it (like GI BCS, for example). There is a big oakiness below it. Nice vanilla notes mingle with lots of dark roasted malt flavors. Bittersweet chocolates, molasses and and a tiny hint of coffee. Slight hints of dark fruits. You mostly get the roasted malts and bourbon, as they both have a huge presence in this beer.

Medium-to-full body, with a slight oiliness. It has a very mild level of carbonation. Just a few little bubbles that dance across the tip of your tongue, then jump up, to land again at the back of your tongue and slide down your throat.

It is suprisingly more drinkable than was expected, at 15.00%abv. There is almost no heat in this glass, at all. It's a very tasty beer, though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Rutager
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011 bottle. Thanks Mikesgroove!

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a very thin orangy brown head that rises up after the pour and fades quickly to a faint ring.

Smell. Wow, much bourbon, so beer! Anyways, ya lots of bourbon, licorice and some dark chocolate, a bit of wood and vanilla.

Taste. Good amount of bourbon again, black licorice, some bakers chocolate in the finish followed by a little bit of bitter oak.

Mouthfeel. Full body, actually quite thick and a little bit sticky on the lips. Very low and smooth carbonation.

Overall. Not the best tasting beer but an enjoyable bourbon bomb. If I was a big bourbon fan this would probably kick more ass.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.17/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep dark black pour with virtually no head, almost looks still in the glass. Syrupy entrails cling to the side of the top of the glass. Aromas of bold dark malts that are somewhat roasted with lots of dark fruits and a backbone that's boozy and has some soy sauce accents as well. Slightly smoky to boot. A bit odd.

First sip brings a blast of big roasted malts upfront. Somewhat sweet and syrupy with lots of fruit flavors along with a dose of smokiness. Boozy accents hit midway down and bring in some big, slightly overbearing alcohol heat. Overly extreme in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is thick and again slightly syrupy. A bit too much residual sweetness and alcohol here. I think this one could have been better if the abv was ratcheted down a few notches. Thanks to autumnaldave for sharing the 12oz bottle, as 6oz of this was more than enough - not a big fan of this one now but maybe some age on it would help.

Photo of tjthresh
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dense pitch black with a short lived fudgey dark brown head. The bourbon flavor is very robust and quite nice. There's plenty of oaky vanilla for everybody. The stout seems more chocolaty than anything, but this it very much a bourbon delivery device. Big oily palate with a long hot finish. This is a pretty enjoyable beer, but not a world beater.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to get my hands on some of this beer. A big fan of BBVD, so this was a must try.
Pours a oily, jet black with a thin layer of light brown head. Lacing is thin and spotty...not surprising for the style.
Aroma is wonderful with a boat load of bourbon and vanilla. Lot of dark chocolate too. The alcohol is noticeable too, but at 15.5% abv, I'm not too concerned.
Taste is fantastic. A real standout in the handful of barrel aged imperial stouts I have had the pleasure of sampling lately. Bourbon? Check...also, a big presence of bitter dark chocolate up front. Less vanilla in the flavor versus the nose and the heat is there too, but as much as it is detected, the mouthfeel is velvet and I find myself wanting another 12oz. after this. I won't do it knowing the abv, but for the high octane, I still find the drinkability decent for the punch this one packs. So glad to find this local gem, as it is everything I could have hoped for and more.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle 2009 release

Pours out completely opaque black, pours out like the darkest spent motor oil. Nice legs and lacing, retains a dark mocha colored ring, smooth creamy head.

Bourbon soaked wood, still boozey after all this time, in a good way, vanilla,

Sweet, dark burnt sugars, vanilla marshmallow, smooth smooth bourbon, old bourbon soaked wood, really get the barrel.

Thick but not overly so.

Amazing beer, amazing at this age, just right.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a completely expected black with a very thin dark brown head. Aroma was bourbon heat, at this point, I was not expecting greatness, you have a substantial boozy heat coming through in the nose.

But then it was love at first sip, the booze was really diminished on the palate, allowed the bourbon to come across in a behind the scenes way, wasn't hot at all, made me think of all the iipa's at 7.5% that seemed to have more heat to them. Lots of toffee. Fair amount of chocolate. Great mouthfeel, doesn't get tired, and is far from a chore to finish, unlike many other beers in this neighborhood of 15%.

Thanks to whoever it was that threw this in as an extra, and then koufax21 for throwing me another. Drank this after the bama/lsu game and during ufc 138.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My label states 15.5%, this is one beautiful looking beer, it's absolutely pitch black no visible light makes it through the body...everything fades to black. Head is smooth and creamy light tan color with fine layers of lacing forming as it settles.

Aroma is full of lively whiskey barrel aging effects, vanilla, charred oak big aggressive barrel aging on the nose with a background imperial grandpa stout brewing up with dark chocolate/coffee/hints of soy sauce pretty impressive that something this complex can come out of Meadville, PA. I love the ville de Mead, I attended Allegheny College as a freshmen and this beer is like a 360 from the beer scene I experienced that year.

Flavor is full of whiskey barrel aging effects, well the booze seems to dominate a bit my nares are widened and senses alert with the first sip, warmth runs down my chest and throughout my palate. Funny that I bought a single bottle of this for 17 dollars and a full case of KBS for 100 bucks tonight after having dinner at Primanti Brother's in Crafton, PA. As it warms dark chocolate, whiskey dessert creaminess comes alive with dark fruits in the background, an amazing drinking experience no doubt. Warm belly, happy heart I consume this special beer being proud to personally know Matt Allyn...not just as a beergeek but a person who loves beer and and works his ass off while raising a family.

That's the real side to Matt that comes through, he's a family man working for Straub, Erie, 3 Sons, Voodoo, Sprague, Blue Canoe...Matt is simply a true gypsy brewer for a region who does what it takes to keep the beer flowing.

Mouthfeel is hot, but not offensively so, I love the way the dark roasts and creamy chocolate meld with the hints of whiskey barrel aging like vanilla and charred oak with high 31 proof beer sits comfortably on a beer drinker's palate on a cool mid March evening.

Overall impression is excellent one of those beers that I have had but never threw down my thoughts in ink, I'm glad I've made a permanent statement about how excellent these brews are. By the way, I've recently seen Voodoo Pilzilla in 12 ounce bottles quite simply the perfect format for such an unrelentingly hoppy pilsner. I love Voodoo, they need to send some Cowbell down here on Nitro it will move without difficulty.

Photo of pwoods
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this bottle with me.

12oz. blank, no label, brown bottle, poured into a snifter.

A: Completely pitch black... one of the darkest beers I've seen. Maybe a 1/2 inch of deep, dark espresso colored head. No lacing but lots of oils and resinous hop juice and malt sludge.

S: Big time bourbon. Huge. Very sweet and potent vanilla and oak. Very woody. Stings the nostrils.

T/M: Massive. Simply massive. Bourbon is massive. Vanilla and woody oak is also massive with just a touch of syrupy cherry juice in the back. Very oaty feel in the mouth with a touch of very bitter chocolate. Some resinous hops. Everything is... massive... but it's too much. It's all borderline too much but hits the brakes just in time. Body is very full but the light carbonation keeps is pretty smooth.

D: Very slow sipper. Too massive to be very drinkable at all. No complaints, though.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black with 1cm khaki head. Low retention and spotty lacing. 

Roasted character in the nose with some chocolate. Bourbon is present but not Alot. A little oaky. 

Flavor is phenomenal and extremely well balanced. Deep, robust and not overly rich. Nice chocolate notes. Mild bourbon and vanilla. 

Mouth is just under full bodied. Silky with light creamy carbonation. 

Overall this beer is excellent! You'd never know it's 15% abv. I want more!

Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Voodoo horizontal. A well balanced beer, emphasizing the bitterness of the hops and roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee in the secondary. Smooth, thick mouthfeel. Bourbon, chocolate, roast in the nose. Very dark brown with little head. Rich experience, aging has given it some notes of cognac.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.11/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to ipa247 (Jeff) for this one. Unlabeled 12oz. bottle poured into a Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303.

A: Standard pour yields no head... so I extend it... and still nothing. Beer is thicker than motor oil and darker too. Lacing is spotty and and sparse with moderate cling. Nice legs though. Not the best looking but damn... may be the thickest imperial stout I've seen to date.

S: Nose is outrageously aromatic and strong. Booze hits full force right at the beginning. Notes of vanilla, roasted malt, liquorice, brownie mix, creamy hops, and chocolate linger in the background. Make no mistake about it... this is very one-sided... and not a good side either.

T: Opens very roasty and boozy. Ethanol and roasted dark fruit bitterness create an awkward combination at the start. Liquorice and stale sweet soy sauce towards the middle. Abrasive chocolate, bitter cocoa powder, creamy hops, and liquorice at the end. Finish is more roasted dark fruit and cocoa powder. Aftertaste is bitter cocoa powder and some bittersweet chocolate. Too much booze and not enough complexity. The flavor that is present is awkward. Not impressed at all.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Oily and thick in the mouth but bubbly and prickly going down. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste. Rather standard but the body is light for how it looks and at 15.5% ABV, this actually tastes STRONGER than it actually is... which is a feat in itself.

O: This beer is sought after?!? I don't understand it in the least or else I'm entirely missing something here but this is not a good beer. Too much booze, not enough flavor, and every other aspect is barely average. Pass... its not nearly worth the effort.

Photo of prototypic
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to guinnessdoc for sending me this bottle long, long ago.

Black Magick lives up to its name. It's onyx. Pitch black. No light's cutting through at all. Ominous and impressive. A thin layer of head just covers the surface. It's dark mocha colored and recedes very quickly. At 15.5% abv, it was born to die...quick.

The nose is alright, but doesn't blow me away. It has a strong, bittersweet dark chocolate scent initially. It's followed by a rather strong bourbon scent. It's a little much for my preference. I understand this was barrel aged for somewhere between 6 months and 1 year. Perhaps that was a little too long. Roasted coffee is noted. There are also light dark fruit and black currant scents. Smells slightly charred. Alcohol is easily noted, but it is 15.5% abv. Is that a surprise?

The flavor's pretty good. I'm debating the flavor score. It's definitely full of bittersweet, dark chocolate. The malt base is nice and rather sturdy. Roasted coffee blends well and adds subtle depth. Bourbon is strong in the mix. A little too strong for my preference. I prefer a more subtle, moderate approach. It has a light, tangy dark fruit flavor. Black currants, light molasses, and a charred flavor round it out. Alcohol is rather strong and warm. Boozy? Yeah, a little. But, I don't think it's overly hot. Go figure. Honestly, I think the flavor's just above average. It's too boozy and the strong bourbon flavor overpowers some of the other stout flavors.

Black Magick also has a medium body. It feels too thin. The label says this was brewed with 15 different malts. I'm surprised it doesn't have a fuller body. It needs it. Drinkability is average at best. The flavor's alright, but it's boozy and grows tiresome rather quick. It's also damn strong at 15.5%. Yeah, you read that right.

I'm honestly a little disappointed in Black Magick. It's alright, but could be dramatically better. The biggest problems are the overly strong booziness and the insufficient body. This would be much better if it were aged in barrels for 3 months and came in at about 10% abv. Add a little more heft and it'd probably be a real winner. As it is...just a little too extreme. Glad I got to try it out nonetheless. Thanks a ton, Josh.

Photo of mikey711
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to eyebrews for this awesome extra

A: Thick and aggressive black with trace amounts of carbonation and decent lacing

S: Big sweet vanilla aroma upfront with traces of roastiness chocolate wood and bourbon. It is definitely on the sweeter end

T: aggressive bourbon to start followed by sweet vanilla and hints of wood. This reminded me alot of older visc except it had carbonation. Not as complex though as some other BA stouts

M: Good amount of creaminess, no heat except for the bourbon which adds to the appeal.

D: I split the bottle with someonoe else but felt that at the end of it I could have gone for a little bit more

Photo of nickd717
2.33/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle thanks to bring.

Pours black and thick with a minimal head on the beer.

Aroma is soy sauce, roast, bourbon, and booze. Intense.

Flavor is also very intense and soy saucey. Roasty with anise, charcoal, and alcohol. A little too reminiscent of Sam Adams Triple Bock.

Really full-bodied with extremely low carbonation and a slick palate.

Really undrinkable in large amounts, even a ticker's 2oz pour.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle to a snifter. 2011 bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - No head. Black, but not inky. Sticky and leggy. Looks like loads of sugar in this guy.

Smell - Chocolate malts. Smokey and oaky, but not a ton of bourbon.

Taste - Molasses and chocolate. Bourbon notes, but not a lot of barrel to it. Oaky in the finish. Becomes dry and astringent.

Mouthfeel - Not boozy at all, which is amazing. Low carbonation. Oaky, dry, and tannic.

Overall - Had this after a BCBS 08, which meant this was always going to lose. Nowhere near as refined in flavor, but also nowhere near as boozy. I'd love more barrel in this, but the base stout is loaded with molasses.

Photo of Kegatron
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has finally been making the rounds to some of the bottle shops in PA over the last week or so. I figured that it's time to check out the meat & potatoes of this guy. Thanks to HopDerek for picking this up for me at Capone's in Norristown, PA. $10 per.

12 oz unlabeled and unmarked bottle. Served at 45 degrees F and then allowed to warm up some at room temp. It goes into an oversized Dogfish Head snifter to allow this beast some breathing room.

An aggressive pour into the glass yields a blackness that is as dark as an oil slick with a smallish ¼ finger covering of burnt, reddish looking, dark tan head. This fizzles down pretty darn quickly into a retention that bunches up thinly around the edges with some smallish wisps that float in the center. This leaves a huge creamy cascade of foam down the sides of the glass that sticks around via some oily brown residue and good spotty lacing. The aroma is OMFG! notes of Bourbon, including some vanilla sweetness (that seems to stick in the nose) and a woody oak character. I mean, the Bourbon is so strong at first, that I can literally smell it a good 3 feet away from the glass! The sharpness of the Bourbon smoothes out as it warms; allowing the underlying Imperial Stout qualities to comes out and play. Notes of dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, with a touch of coffee and dark fruits. It's hard to go super deep on this because of the Bourbon smell but I'm also picking up some additional dankness of soy sauce and wet tobacco that seem to feature more predominantly as it warms. Of course, there is also a big ole' waft of heat (that combines with the Bourbon) to singe your nose hairs a bit and remind you that your dealing with a beer that has some serious ABV going on with it.

Much like the aroma, the taste profile starts out with strong Bourbon character that smacks you with notes of warm vanilla sweetness. Very good smoothness and balance allows the deeper Stout character to emerge pretty effortlessly and a lot easier than many other Barrel-Aged beers that I've tried. Big chewy flavors of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee, darkish tasting fruits, soy sauce, and a sense of woody oak that gives off a touch of funkiness to the proceedings. The Bourbon strikes back in the finish, leaving a warm sweet smack on the lips that lingers. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a beefy creaminess up front that then thins out a bit towards the end of the swallow. There is a pretty hefty alcohol presence at work here but it only becomes a touch stinging towards the end. It definitely combines with the Bourbon in the finish to leaves a hot and hazy feel on the breath that you might want to keep away from an open flame. The overall feel isn't quite as beefy as some others but I think that the alcohol is covered up pretty well here (for the size) and more than makes up for the depth of the body.

Wow! Lovers of Bourbon, complex Imperial Stouts, or both can rejoice, as it seems that we've got a new Barrel-Aged Beast of the East that can hold its own. This is a hot beer at times and a sipper for sure (and I suspect that the final ABV ended up being higher than 12%) but I never really found it to be too overly stinging and didn't impact the other flavors as much as I would have thought it could have. If you come across this, I'd definitely grab an extra to cellar as this is going to smooth out even more and age nicely. Relax by the fire, light up a stogie, and enjoy!

Photo of rhong187
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A - completely black, can't see a thing through the glass or on the sides..

S - wow complete bourbon on the nose with very little of anything else. It literally smells like someone handed me a glass of bourbon with a couple shots of beer put into it.. I detected a very trace amount of roasted malts, but bourbon, bourbon, bourbon...

T- despite the aroma, the flavor was a bit complex, but the predominant flavors I picked up were bourbon (of course), a touch of vanilla, and quite a bit of alcohol

M - full bodied, lower than average carbonation, with a nice joly of booze

a great offering from voodoo, and I'm glad that I have multiple bottles because this brew will definitely improve with age. don't get me wrong, it tastes fine now, but will only improve.

Photo of ChrisDotson
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuanne for sending me to Capones. What an amazing store!!!

A: Black with minimal brown head no lacing.

Ar: Bourbon mmm with lots of oak, vanilla, and more of that vanilla that almost comes off with a touch of anise.

T: Folds into the tongue with a chocolate kiss, some amaretto vanilla play as the tongue dances with some mild hop character. Alcohol burn and then a nice warming with some more wood and a teeny but of sour cheeries on the afterswallow.

MF: Some cream, but velvetly feel is overwhelmed by the bourbon. but not in a bad way at all. The fusels are kept to a minimum despite the intense bourbon character.

Overall: What a great beer. I am really enjoying sipping on this one out of an Allagash snifter at about 58 degrees. This is a big treat and fortunately i have one more for the cellaring.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From therealnomayo. This is the best thing I've had in a while. Thanks so much for tossing it in that box.

12oz, batch 2 (09, bottled 11).

Pours black, thin head, little lacking, deep brown in color. Leaves a very water lacing the quickly runs back down the glass. Not quite mercury, but it's moving quick.

The smell is imperial stout. Which I note only because this is bourbon barrel aged. There is almost zero booze in the nose, it is full of creamier notes that are not later found in the taste, with full roast malt.

The taste is spot on. I'm giving it a 5, but I will caution that it is for the perfect achieved here in the blending of the bourbon notes with the stout itself. I don't believe I've had the base beer (and I don't know if it's availble for purchase) so I can't rate just the "American double" part of this. The booze is all over the taste. Up front it enters like bourbon with a bit of heat and a nice peat/malt; under that is candied dark fruit. In the middle the stout takes over, but there is a lingering alcohol bite. In the finish it's all booze, but the aftertaste is creamy, a little wood and a little bitter chocolate. If the middle tasted like the aftertaste I think it would be a bit cloying but as a sublte portion at the finish it's welcome.

A very nice featuer of this pour is that the mouthfeel is excellent, the weight of the liquid matches the flavor and greatly enhances the drinking experience.

Pours like nothing, smells like not much, tastes so good.

(137th)

Photo of hippityhops85
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz into a tulip glass. Shared by two people.

Pours a pitch black liquid with no discernable head. Expected for something that is so high in abv.

Nose is initially strong with bourbon notes and then melds into a bourbon/oaky character. Lots of earthiness in there as well.

The taste is slightly unsettling. There are so many pronounced flavors going on and none seem to work together very well. Lots of bourbon, lots of oak, lots of chocolate. No real balance going on here.

The mouth feel is ok, low carbo but enough to make it somewhat enjoyable.

Overall, I think Voodoo could do with lowering the abv to make the flavors come together more.

Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle, 1st release (no label on this bad boy). Shared with Kate.

A: Oily, viscous, black, midnight, ebon. Unconditionally pitch black with a thin mahogany head. Thin is an understatement, this beer pours like a digestif.

S: Powerfully intense nose. Port and brandy aromas, fortified fruit strength, pairs with the traditional bourbon aromas of vanilla and coconut, resulting in a big aroma. Dark sweetness runs throughout, the vanilla pairing well with the RIS's murkiness. For being so big, the booze doesn't bog the stout down.

T: The barrel aging is still vibrant but I fear that the stout may have lost a step. The bourbon, over the port and brandy from the nose, stands out. It adds sweet vanilla against the backdrop of roasted malts, baker's chocolate and coffee. The stout body is big, the booze can't hide here. Bourbon is upfront and returns later in each sip; although the burnt malts of the stout are the lasting impression to me. While thin at times, the stout is still bold. Slow sipping brings more vanilla in the finish. Unfortunately the port and brandy from the nose don't make appearances here (that nose has Utopias-like qualities).

M: Plenty of alcohol, I ended up splitting the bottle with Kate (I did get more than she did). Heady and full with a nice bourbon body.

Photo of philbe311
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Release

A - A half finger's worth of tightly packed perfectly uniform lush creamy medium-to-dark brown colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a full veil of lace and moderately thick collar... Some deliberately slow paced carbonation to start before turning quite still... The color is not quite black, but rather a deep menacing brown that allows a small bit of light to leak in around the top edge of the glass...

S - A wonderfully complex array of aromas... Raisins... Light enticing bourbon notes... Vanilla... Some roasted malts... A drop or two of soy sauce... Sweet chocolate syrup... Outstanding and nothing short of perfection in this category...

T - A wonderful carbonation of subtle bourbon barrel aging and milk chocolate to start... Very lightly roasted malts... A hint of soy sauce... Vanilla... A touch of licorice on the finish... The bourbon notes linger on the finish in a very delicious way...

M - Luxurious... Uber smooth... Sleek... Full bodied... Did I mention smooth??? Very light carbonation... Sophisticated and worldly...

D - Wow, this is an AWESOME brew... Dangerously drinkable and ridiculously smooth... There aren't enough accolades to go around for this world class offering from Pennsylvania's most underrated breweries...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black stout with a motor oil consistency and a small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt is detectable but mainly dominated by bourbon notes. Taste is also dominated by bourbon notes with a bit too much alcohol for my taste with light vanilla finish. Body is full with good carbonation and alcohol is too apparent. Very well done but I can't say I enjoy barrel-aging with alcohol is so present.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very quick fading head barely reaches one finger before it fades leaving no trace. The color of the head is a black and brown salt and pepper like mixture. Nose is very port like with notes of over ripe dark fruit and soft creamy chocolate, very appetizing. Taste really jumps away from the nose as you take first sip. Flavors are more along the lines of tobacco leaves, dark fruit which is slightly soured on the back side and smokey peat based bourbon notes. If I didn't know better I would have said this was aged in scotch barrels. Longly bitter and darkly rich on the back of the tongue leading to a thick almost sharp mouthfeel. Drinkability is solid for such a big all night sipper.

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Black Magick from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.