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Black Magick - Voodoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.41%
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 ffejherb
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dpuia for sharing a bottle on 3/14/11.

A - Emerged from the ominous-looking bottle as an oily, jet black liquid with a burnt nougat-colored crown that was quick to recede, leaving behind some clear, gelatinous oozings down the sides of the glass.

S - Huge chocolate aroma (think Belgian chocolate or baker's chocolate... ganache, maybe?) with plenty of roasted malt thrown in for good measure. Alcohol is kept at bay by the hefty chocolate presence, but that's not to say that the aroma is too sweet, either. Subtle vanilla and bourbon notes round out the equasion.

T - Again, dark chocolate dominates the flavor, although the assertive (slightly burnt) roast of the coffee character is a bit more apparent in the flavor compared to the aroma. Finish is moderately bitter with residual sweetness and some oaky astringency in the backend, but the alcohol presence still remains nowhere to be found, as if it was playing hide and seek with me! Instead, the bourbon character adds a hint of tanginess rather than heat.

M - Thick and viscous with a pretty heavyweight yet slick mouthfeel overall. Carbonation is quite subtle. Finishes bittersweet with some oaky astringency on the palate, which lends some dryness, and just an inkling of alcohol beef despite its mammoth 15% ABV.

D - Yeah, Black Magick is bold, intense and thick as motor oil, but I really can't believe this is a 15% ABV Imperial Stout! This is how World Wide Stout should drink (even though there's an extra 3% ABV in there). But damn, this is definitely a supper, albeit a tasty-ass one!

Photo of bonkers
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle poured inot 2 snifters. The pour is jet black, light tan head. The aroma is very nice, oak, vanilla, sweet malts and a pleasant amount of bourbon. The flavors meld nicely in this one. The bourbon and oak complement the sweet malt well. It has a nice warming bourbon finish. The body is full, carbonation is adequete, and it has a creamy feel to it. A great BA beer, highly recomend it.

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

A: Pours a thick viscous motor oil looking black with a extremely small tan foam head that quickly dissipates. There is some lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Lots of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, bourbon and some alcohol.

T: Starts off with a large amount of chocolate and vanilla flavors. The middle brings more of the chocolate, vanilla flavors but has the added bourbon and molasses taste. It finishes with a slight hint of alcohol.

M: A robust full body that leaves a slightly creamy taste on the palate along with a small alcohol flavor.

D; At 15% this is a slow sipper, good for those crisp cold evenings. One of the better Double Imp Stouts I have had. Certainly worth the price. Would seek this out again and again.

Photo of KAP1356
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally. Since I started this hobby/lifestyle that is craft beer, I have been aching to get my hands on this beer. That time has arrived!

12 oz. bottle from the latest release into a snifter...

A - Pours as dark as you can guess a big bad stout would be. Dark black and oily pour that produces a small brown colored head. A light mocha colored collar forms as the head that did form receded quite quickly.

S - Wow. LOTS of chocolate; way more than I would have thought this would have. Bourbon and some ever so slight vanilla right behind that. Syrupy molasses and a toffee/caramel presence is also detectable. Alcohol is detecable in the nose for sure, and for the style and what the beer is supposed to be, it is not offensive.

T - Molasses, dark toffee, and lots of chocolate all covered in a bourbon-y deliciousness. Some sweet vanilla and oak is noticeable but far behind the scenes. Roasted malt and alcohol heat are on the backend and really brings it all together.

M - Very low carbonation as expected. Surprisingly lighter than I expected, but still a nice smooth, velvet like feel on the palate. A little thicker body might have made this one even more sublime.

D - BIG, serious beer. And was ridic awesome to finally try. Gonna put a few of these away for quiiite a while to see what happens. I can pnly see them getting better and better. I haven't been this surprised by how good a -bal beer is since BA Blackout Stout. PA making it happen!

Photo of russwbeck
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Grabbed this at House of 1000 Beers.

A: Black pour with a really nice brown head. No retention tho, very thin ring forms around the edges and laces only a bit.

S: Hints of Bourbon, lots of chocolate though. Really can't wait to delve into this one. A little boozy and metallic, but not in an entirely bad way.

T: Bourbon up front, followed by tons of delicious chocolate, and only a hint of alcohol. Vanilla and some roastiness on the backend. I enjoyed this more than a few Bourbon aged beers I've had, Dark Intrigue among others. But not quite on the level of Eclipse.

MF: Very heavy bodied, some creaminess. Very dry backend and seemingly a good amount of carbonation

D: Wow 15%. You seriously can't tell. This is the deciding factor for this one. Extremely high ABV and really delicious. One of the top notch Bourbon aged beers on the market. A true rarity from a wonderfully small PA brewery.

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

12oz bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Big thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this bad boy.

A: Black (surprise surprise) with orange around the edges under a fine layer of off-white head. Pretty good retention for the strength: i.e., a ring. Not bad at all.

S: Deep, intense aromas of chocolate, molasses, and solventy booze. Huge and enjoyable, if a bit over the top (and a bit lacking in clear barrel influence).

T: Opens with molasses, toffee, dark, chocolate, and spicy booze. Some bourbon + oak are present as well, but nail polish remover asserts its dominance. I like it, but it's definitely on the harsh side.

M: Surprisingly light, with decent, soft carbonation. Nice.

D: Pretty good for the strength, actually. There's so much going on that I want to keep drinking it.

Notes: As far as 15% monsters go, this one is fairly forgettable. I would have liked more bourbon and oak, as well as slightly less solvent. I would definitely buy a bottle or two of this if I had the chance, though, as I think it could be really tasty in about 4 or 5 years...

Cheers!

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 ejimhof
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apppearance- very black with no head at all

Smell-all bourbon all the time

Taste-I am not a fan of barrel aged beers but there sure are a lot of them out there this one is right there with the best but not really my style

Mouthfeel-smooth and not overpowering

Drinkability- very easy drinker but I am getting tired of this style

Photo of radioscooter
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer at Aaron's suggesting at Mister Bones in Greensburg 2 years ago. I poo-pooed it and took one home to be nice. After opening it and sipping my first sip, couldn't get to the phone fast enough to try to secure more of it. alas it was all gone, into the ether to appear a few years later like Brigadoon. Mythical and wondrous in its nature.

Here it is 3 years later and - as vowed - I am sitting on a supply of the new batch. It's a thunderstorm as I crack the first bottle. (Literally, the first lightning of the Spring)

Dark, inky, black - the best aspect of the appearance is the dark tan head. It doesn't even seem friendly in any way. This is the best named beer around. This truly is magical.

But taste is where Matt just kills all competition. Just when you were expecting yet another stout in a barrel - the complexity of this brew just surpasses all expectations.

Boozy aroma, dark, dark, DARK fruits and malt. the bourbon is actually SUBTLE. Vanilla and silk. Taste is all malt and brown sugar. Heady but not overly so. A dozen top shelf breweries could take a lesson.

It's the best of ALL worlds. A barrel aged stout that is light enough to drink more than one of and to enjoy, not just to say you did it. And it's easy to eat with. I don't know how he does it. But he does it. It must be Black. Magick.

(spooooky)

Photo of beergod1
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at a UPick6 tasting of Voodoo Brewery. Heavy black body with a thin chocolate colored head, disappeared quickly. Intense aroma of Chocolate, oak, coffee, molasses and whiskey. Amazing aromatic complexity. The taste is Rich chocolate, bitter espresso, and molasses up front, with brown sugar and caramel in the middle, ending with a long oak and whiskey aftertaste. Unbelievable. They said bottles were available for sale...I never found them. Dammit. I will hunt this one down. Alcohol was a little too much for me, but I would let this sit for yrs.

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 corby112
2.9/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, frothy dark mocha head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Roasted chocolate malt aroma with a slightly acrid character. Hints of roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and a huge bourbon presence. The barrel aging gives off a dominant bourbon presence as well as some earthy oak and vanilla.

Chewy medium body with roasted chocolate malt, sweet alcohol notes and a huge bourbon flavor. This beer is almost a complete bourbon bomb and needs a lot of time t mellow out. There is some slight roasted malt, chocolate and toffee. Unfortunately this is overpowered by the overbearing bourbon/booze presence. Subtle hints of earthy oak and vanilla but overall this beer is kind of a one dimensional mess at this stage.

Photo of garbercury
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Reed415 for breaking this out of the cellar unexpectedly...

A--Jet black, not really much head or carbonation...

S--Lots of bourbon on the nose of this one, terrific nose.

T--This sucker is still hot, but boy it is got some serious bourbon going on, tasty. The malts come out nice, good stuff.

M--The MF is smooth.

D--This beer is serious. Had this late night and was tipsy already, this one is pretty dangerous. Glad I finally got to try it, hope they release this sucker again soon...

Photo of Jmoore50
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the White Whale 4 BIF. Thanks Hophead101!

The appearance is a dark black color with lighter cocoa edges. It pours with a darker tan head but than is just a memory after a few seconds. This beer is dark and thick, and it leaves legs that remind me of a fine whisky.

It smells really boozy with strong aromas of whisky and alcohol. It has some sharp cocoa notes with a bit of vanilla and oak. Some light toffee and caramel are present as well.

The taste is very good, and going into this beer I didn't realize that it was clocking in at 15% ABV. Once I started to drink this beer I was kind of reeling in the amount of alcohol that was present. It is incredibly boozy with strong hints of sweet caramel and bitter chocolate. What is interesting is that the sharp whisky bite is still there, its disappointing because it makes the 15% even more evident.

The mouthfeel is hot, with alcohol taking control. It is fairly smooth other than a whisky bite towards the end. It took me a while to drink my glass full, and I came to the conclusion that this beer is better in small amounts.

J

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!

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 gford217
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Beerworld poured into a snifter.

Pours completely black with a small fizzy mocha head that recedes extremely quickly to a small collar and leaves no lacing, just some boozy legs on the sides.

The aroma is huge with molasses and bakers chocolate mixing with heavily roasted malts and bourbon. Plenty of brown sugar, vanilla and maybe some tobacco. Really outstanding nose.

The taste is completely different than the aroma. It's all about the booze with a burning bourbon presence with very little underlying impy stout character. There's some burnt malts and mocha but the bourbon completely dominates the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very thin with low carbonation. Drinks far too much like straight bourbon. Burns about as much as well.

The aroma on this beer is stunning but the rest of the beer left me wanting a little bit. Too thin and bourbon-heavy in the flavor for my liking. Really glad I got to try this one.

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I can't remember who sent this to me - think it was sonicdescent? Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with a half-finger of dark brown foam that settles to a partial cap and thick ring. Body is pitch black.

S - Even after a year of cellaring, this is still pretty intense. There's a big hit of green apple and solvent, but once one works past that there's a rich and decadent collection of chocolate, oak, vanilla, and whiskey. This is pretty enjoyable and should only get better over the next few years.

T - The taste is much mellower, with less obvious booze character. Lots of oak, fudge, vanilla, chocolate, and s'mores. It's very dessert-like. There's not a ton of overt bourbon flavor, just wood.

M - Low carbonation. Medium-full body that isn't sludgy or viscous - however it never strikes me as undersized, even for 15%. Some warmth in the finish, but a pleasant warmth.

D - I split this three ways and it took us a while to work through our 4oz pours. That being said, I'd love to have this again, particularly in the cold winter months. It's a sipper worthy of some intense contemplation.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jwale73 for this bottle! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a small snifter.

A: Black with no head. Does not look viscous like I expected it to.

S: Black licorice, hickory smoked wood, and aged whiskey. A really nice fresh smell believe it or not. This is something new in a big IS like this.

T: Irish soda bread, dark chocolate ganache, and charred wood with just a touch of sweetness. This is an extraordinarily well incorporated beer.

M: While the appearance lacks carbonation, there is still a little bite from the booze. A little dryness makes the mouthfeel just right.

D: Perfecto! Can't get much better than this on a 15% ABV beer.

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. Thanks again Jason!

Photo of Rbald42
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from Thomashardy. Thanks again!

A- Thick, rippling, viscous fluid. Almost black. Not much in the way of head. Carbonation is present but dissipates quickly after pouring ( from a viewing standpoint).

S- Bour-bon! Wow this thing is right up there with AS bourbon as far as my all time most bourbon-esque smelling beers. Notes of cocoa as well but this one is pretty one dimensional on the nose.

T- Right where the smell left off. Sweetness is immediate and quickly followed by a large dose of bourbon flavor. It's pretty overwhelming and somewhat difficult to find other flavors.

M- It was thick but was honestly a little let down after seeing it pour out so thick. I expected more. Carbonation is thin, but seems like it is intended with a beer of this magnitude.

D- Drinking this was a challenge. one 12 oz bottle felt like a bomber and it took me at least an hour to get through this beer. Better off sharing this one.

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

Shared at tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Pete! Review from notes.

This beer is black with a thin beige head that leaves no lacing. It has the look of being a very strong stout. There is a huge and powerful aroma with lots of heat coming through in the form of bourbon. Roasted malt is present as well, though secondary to the liquor aroma. This beer has a bold flavor, filled with thick roast and bourbon. To say that there is warming alcohol in the finish is an understatement. It's definitely a sipper. This is a great beer to share a few ways and sip by the fire.

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 srandycarter
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Black, black, black. Dark tan head, small, but there. Leaves to ring fast. Not much lace.

S - Hot. Searing hot alcohol. Chocolate chip cookies, cocoa, brownies come to mind too.

T - Taste matches smell but more on the booze less on the other attributes. Surprising amounts of soy.

M - Thinner than you would think. Harsh. Hard to balance so much booze.

D - One is enough for me. Check please!

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

2007 bottle poured into a snifter. Beer is HOT HOT HOT. Seriously. Its burning my eyes from over here. Beer is black with a thin brown head of medium and large bubbles and it doesn't leave any lacing on the glass.

The smell of bourbon is overpowering, seriously. Its pretty sweet too. Very very strong. I'm afraid.

Fears realized. Sweet, syrupy, thick, lots of liquor. Overwhelming palate destroyer. It tastes like burning. Sorry, way too much for me. I'm a wimp I guess. Fading fast.

So my honest and true thoughts about it, if you are into big stouts aged in bourbon barrles, you'll love this beer. If you like a finishing gravity greater than 1050, you'll love this beer. If you think pancakes and waffles are just an excuse to drink syrup, you'll love this beer. I can't rate it too badly because I think this is exactly what the brewer's intended. Just wasn't for me I guess. Now where did I put that pilsner?

Photo of Damian
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. unlabeled bottle
Served in a snifter
Acquired in a trade with Popkas

Super slick and oily in appearance. The sludgey, burnt umber liquid was capped by a small ring of reddish-brown bubbles.

Bourbon dominated the aroma. Woody with sweet vanilla accents. Lots of brown sugar, molasses and roast. Somewhat raisiny. Black currents were noticeable as well. Wow. This was one complex smelling brew.

The taste was not nearly as smooth or as interesting as the aroma, but still notable. Lots of bourbon up front. Surprisingly, the alcohol heat mellowed as the beer moved along my palate. Espresso and roast came through strong in the center. A touch of port was noticeable as well. The finish was super roasty, woody and dry with a distinct bitterness. Some ashy notes also appeared as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was extraordinarily thin for the style. Quite watery with a fine, almost prickly effervescence.

Considering that this beer clocks in at 15% ABV, it was surprisingly drinkable. My only real knock against it was the bitter, ashy flavor on the finish.

Black Magick is a unique beer that I would love to sample again, potentially with more age on it. This beer may not be the most well-rounded imperial stout but it is definitely one of the more interesting.

Black Magick from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.