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Black Magick - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.65%
Wants: 402
Gots: 71 | FT: 3
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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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 t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrVonzipper for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, cookie dough, cocoa, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with a woody aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barrel aged stout but nothing all that great.

Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.31/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for this bottle. Opened at a tasting nearly a year ago.

Pours near black with zero head retention. A thin whisp of a mocha head comes with the initial pour, but that is gone quite quickly. The nose really, really brings on a boozy character with some bourbon and sharp oak as well. A bit of roasted malt as well as chocolate and vanilla. All these things smell like they've been soaked in booze. The taste is booze and oak with mild hints of flavor in the background. A little bit of smoke and roast as well as really dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is completely boozy and a bit viscous. Drinkability is quite low, as this is just a bourbon booze monster.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Just about the most mysterious beer I have ever poured with the darkest head I have ever seen; with the high ABV, I wasn't sure what to expect but the head retained for a while, but didn't leave much lace

Smell: Truly the highlight of the beer, with a boozy bourbon aroma along with plenty of dark chocolate

Taste: Very roasty up front, with the fruity bourbon taking over in a few seconds, with lots of wood and vanilla amidst the boozy acidity; after the swallow, the vanilla becomes more prominent, with plenty of bourbon in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; lots of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: This beer may need a few years of aging to settle down; right now, it is just too rambunctious

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 Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a stout! This pours out as a really dark black and has basically no head on it. Once inside my snifter I gave it a little swirl and there were just a few brown bubbles that formed around the rim of the glass. The aroma is... Not that strong, really surprised that it was on the weaker side, as the beer warmed up it started to smell stronger. But still not as potent as I thought a 15.5% beer would smell. The taste is exploding with flavors, I get roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, tobacco, chocolate, dried banana, alcohol, a little vanilla and I think that's about all! A ton of stuff going on here and very flavorful overall. The mouuthfeel is thick but not really oily. This beer is good I just wish the aroma was stronger.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this unlabeled bottle from a very kind Guzzle yesterday. I initially thought it was a homebrew, but he corrected me, and I wasted no time in cracking this as it has been on my want list for a long time. Served at cellar temp and poured into an oversized wine glass. This one was consumed on 11/18/2008.

The pour was as rich and dark and menacing as you could imagine. Just black as night with nothing discernable coming through on here at all. A smallish tan head then came up over the top and settled down effortlessly in the glass, producing some nice side glass lacing and an overall just really big look to this.

The aroma though was to die for. Rich bourbon and whiskey like smell. This was the biggest, and if not top three biggest barrel aromas I have ever come across. You could pick this one up from across the room. Underneath of that was a solid layer of roasted malts, some like smoke notes and a decent touch of molasses. The flavor again, was one of the best I have come across. Rich notes of vanilla and oak, rush over the tongue and are met with a smack of whiskey flavor. This mellows some in the middle of the palate and introduces a touch of sweetness to it at this time with a hint of coffee and a bitter, almost sour at times bite at the end. Rich and just absolutely huge, I was floored by each and every sip of this gem that I took. I still cannot imagine what the ABV was here, but I felt it when I was done, but not during.

Overall this was a surprise to get, and I am really just blown away by it. One of the best big stouts I have had in I cannot even tell you how long. This is right up there with the big ones for me. As solid as they come!

Photo of womencantsail
2.22/5  rDev -47%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Steve for sending me this beer.

A: The pour is very dark brown, almost black. Very small to no off-white head.

S: Super boozy with a lot of roasted malt aroma. Somewhat solventy with an ashy aroma to it as well. More than anything, though, the nose is booze.

T: The flavor is overly harsh and boozy as well. I guess some booze is expected at such a high ABV, but this is just too much. Lots of roasted malt and charred flavor. Not really enjoyable. Maybe some tannic oak-type notes.

M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Couldn't even finish more than a few ounces of this.

Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Edit: Tried this again (thanks, Barry) and I didn't enjoy it at all. Lots of soy sauce and burnt malt, very acrid and difficult to drink.

12 oz unlabeled bottle acquired from Dyan. Thanks!

Appearance: Opaque black, nearly opaque even in the pour. Little head appears from a hard pour, which is no surprise given the nature of this beer. Swirling the beer around coats the glass in a thick, oily residue.

Smell: Big bourbon barrel aromas are the first thing noticed, with charred malt, hints of dried fruit, a bit of sherry-like oxidation. Doesn't smell terribly sweet, which came as a surprise.

Taste & mouthfeel: Baker's chocolate, burnt bitterness and overt bourbon barrel. There isn't as much vanilla or caramel as I would have expected, however; this is on the dry side given the rumored 18% ABV. There's also very little harshness from the alcohol, and the finish is actually very clean. The oak character is more tannic than sweet, which pairs well with the faint sherry-like notes of oxidation. Medium-full in texture, somewhat lighter than I had expected given the strength - a touch more body and sweetness would be an improvement. Pretty good stuff all the same, I'd drink it again.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Been lookin' forward to trying this guy for some time. It pours a clean obsidian topped by a half-finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, booze, chocolate syrup, bourbon, light oak, and vanilla. The taste brings in more of the same, with darker chocolate and a decidedly heavier booze presence. The consensus was that this guy is drinking a bit hot right now. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice impy stout, though still a bit hot right now. The heat keeps this thing from greatness, but it sure as hell ain't too far as it is.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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 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 RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I've seen a label like this. And with such great art on the bombers by Voodoo. Funny.

Pours pitch black with a thinner brownish head into my Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter. Nose is all bourbon. Mild vanilla tones. Lots of booze. Flavor brings the same. Minimal molasses. Strong bourbon tones (surprise!) and just a lot of alcohol. Feel is smooth on liquid and low enough on carbonation. Balance? No. Bourbon? Yes. Quite a lot punching you in the mouth here. If you don't like bourbon, you will not like this beer. Intense.

Big thanks to BeerWorld for this big time hookup!

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Noslenwerd for this interesting beer.

Pours a super velvety luscious looking smooth pour, with darker colored thick head of about 1/2 finger with nice lacing, legs that would make Cheryl Tiegs blush, and a midnight pitch black beer.

The nose explodes with roasted malts, a nice coffee aroma from the roast, tons of roast!, a bit of chocolate, dark chocolate and baker's, light creamy milk chocolate, light oats, super rich dark malts, caramel, vanilla, cocoa nibs, and some earthy chewy hops, overall great nose!

Taste is creamy and rich, tons of chocolate at first, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, cocoa nibs and powder, nice roasted malts, coffee, chewy oats, cocoa powder is def there, luscious vanilla with hints of oak, light booze bringing a little warmth, bit of caramel, plenty of luscious dark malts and creamy velvety tastes, then some nice bitter flavors, dark scorched malts bringing some bitterness and some earthy light spicy hops, and rounded with a light oak and bourbony taste. Finishes a bit hot with some warming booze, then more malts, charred malts, oats, chocolate, roasted flavors, lingering bitterness from both earthy hops and bitter charred malts, and lots of chocolate lingering.

Mouth is luscious, rich, creamy, velvety, a bit boozy but expected for 15%, thick and full bodied, and light but decent carbonation.

Overall an awesome beer, great flavors between the malts, oats, chocolate, roast, velvety, great mouth, decent earthy and spicy hops, a nice rounded booze, slow drinking but tastes awesome.

Photo of Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to foofaa for bringing this to our stout tasting - a great addition to the arsenal. tasted from a tulip at around 50 degrees and allowed to gently warm.

A black as pitch viscous look with a dark brown cap like brown sugar and very tight bead. The smell is earthy woody and boozy with a pungent resinous nose that has slightly mossy odor with hint vinous notes. the feel is thick syrupy and boozy with moderate sweetness and slightly sticky quality with mouth coating quality and slight tannic element.

The taste has a rich fruit and cocoa flavor with moderate alcohol soaked wood intensity and slightly smoky note w/ a slight meaty oak and dark earthy quality. The flavor of fig and dark sugar is subtle in the overall complex and full tasting with a semi-dry and strong finish with some residual sugar felt. This is wonderful, but gets to tasting like liquor at 19% a good stout with some interesting complex and unique flavor components but not your everyday stout-goes without sayin' -thanks Dan for sharing this beast!

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