Black Magick - Voodoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 398
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
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: 311 | Reviews: 205
Photo of GregSVT
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours dark dark brown with a small light brown head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves only the smallest lacing when swirled around. It actually leaves legs on the glass like a fine liquor.

S: The nose is huge on this monster. Amazing aromas of vanilla, molasses, slightly burnt brown sugar, powdered cocoa, and even whisps of whiskey burst from the glass. I could smell this as I was pouring it and could tell it was a beast.

T: The taste is equally impressive with huge notes of vanilla, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.

M: The feel is nice and thick with a big creamy finish.

O: This is about on the same level as GI BCS. A huge beer that is definitely a sipper. I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting and would only partake every once in a while. Great flavors and aromas. It's big and boozy but what do you expect from a 15% beer?

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 doughanson78
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to wedge421 for this one.

A: Super black. Just the slightest wisp of a dark mocha colored head.

S: Bourbon and oak is big. Alcohol is very present. Big roastiness, dark chocolate and a hint of anise.

T: Big dark chocolate upfront. Light roasted dark coffee comes through in the middle with bourbon, vanilla, and a light butterscotch. Alcohol is present but less than the nose.

M: Full body but leaning on the thin side of full. Very low carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Very good Imperial Stout. Complex, but a touch hot. The flavors could blend very nice with some age.

Photo of PappyVanWink
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Imerial Stout I've ever had!
A-Dark as can be of course.
S-The smell on this can only be descibed as Mystical Unicorn Farts, which is the best smell in the world.
T-like heaven in a glass
M-Smooth....
O-The new King of Stouts
Drink It! It's Good!
Pappy Says So....

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

shared this with schwaeh .

A: Pours as black as a Voodoo Practitioners soul with a half finger head that quickly descends into a thin tan lacing - good carbonation.

S: Bourbon , deep roasted malts and barley ,slight chocolate.

T: Bourbon with slight vanilla , hints of caramel , toffee roasted malts , hues of coffee and dark fruits .

O: Smooth and creamy , This was really a tasty beer that hid it's abv% very well , Great bourbon flavor , Highly recommended.

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 doopiedoopiedoo
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We had to take it easy this night so we only had one bomber (50/50 Eclipse EG) but because that was just not enough Jeffo decided to break this one out...

12 oz shared between the two of us poured into a Surly snifter.

Menacing is a term used for a beer as thick, sludgy and black as this. The minimal head did not survive very long on this one.

Loads of boozy sweetness on the nose combined with caramel, vanilla, roasted malts and oak.

Flavors are like a rollercoaster. It starts out all fruity with some of the vanilla and the caramel from the nose. In the middle the oak notes and the malt base shine and some of the barrel becomes present. After the swallow it's like an explosion of bourbon barrel flavors that end with a very pleasant bitterness.

A heavy mouthfeel. Boozy but in a most pleasant way.

Overall this is one of the better barrel aged stouts out there. The flavors evolve while drinking which I found to be very cool. I can highly recomend this and would buy every single time I run across this.

Thanks a ton for the great beer Jeff.

Photo of Morey
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date. This was released in 2011 and aged for 1 year in my basement.

Pitch black in color with a beige colored head which stood less than one finger tall following an aggressive pour. Very little in the way of retention or lace, but this is 15.5% alcohol!

Aroma is an appealing blend of wood, alcohol, bourbon, vanilla and char.

Malty, yet a bit thin up front. Very little carbonation (too little as the matter of fact). Nice bourbon and oak flavors. Alcohol hits you about midway with a nice warming sensation. Maybe a hint a of dark chocolate near the end. Most if not all of the flavors linger on in the finish.

Medium bodied (which is thin for the style) with almost no carbonation.

A good BA IS overall, but the lack of bubbles brings this beer down a couple of notches.

Morey's Bottom Line: I can't say it enough...if the carbonation was there, this would be an extremely good beer, plain and simple. Only a couple other reviewers seem to mention this, but there is NO carbonation in this bottle. Maybe if I wouldn't have paid $9 for a 12oz bottle, I'd be more forgiving...but probably not.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle. Thanks to exiled for this one.

Pitch black hue. Tiny wisp of head. Earthy malts, chocolate, coffee, hint of booze. The flavors are mostly bitter chocolate and roast malt. The heat is pretty intense. Thick motor oil body. Surprisingly this drink pretty good for a 15% beer. Would love to age one for a few years.

Photo of stakem
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am down to my last couple of bottles and seriously cannot believe I never took the time to review one of these. With the talk of the next years release (batch 3) already in the air, I was amazed that I haven't reviewed either previous batch so this one is from the latest release (batch 2). 12oz bottle into a snifter, the brew appears black with a finger of tan head that slowly recedes. When held to the light, a faint line of lighter brown clarity is seen around the edge. As the cap slowly fades, some finger-like strings of lace stick to the wall of the glass.

The smell of this brew is absolutely rich with bourbon barrel qualities. A sweet boozy inclusion hits the nose first with an alcohol tang that gives way to all the succulent barrel qualities and nuances. Vanilla, coconut, cocoa, caramel... all of it is here with a solid balance that contrasts the dark bitter grain base. Coffee and light citrus notes are a faint afterthought to the backend of the nose.

The taste is almost a sick joke as it takes all the wonderful aromas and packs it seeming with identical quality in the flavor. There is no denying the bourbon heat that is upfront in the flavor profile that gives way to a hearty bitter roasted grain quality that is flavored with coffee and unsweetened cocoa. As the beer rests inside the mouth, the subtle barrel quality comes forth with a flavor of caramel, toasted oak, vanilla and coconut. The vanilla lingers in the mouth mixed with the grain that really draws out the chocolate flavoring.

This is a full bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. After a couple of sips I have to laugh because now I remember why I haven't reviewed this yet. Every time I crack one of these open, I just want to sit and enjoy it without thinking about it. This is a fantastic brew that is one of the best barrel aged beers coming out of my home state. If you love bold, aggressive flavored imperial stouts, this is an absolute must-try. I feel bad for recalling from memory at this point but after recently having both batch 1 and 2 in a side by side tasting, it is amazing how this batch 2 drinks a bit more mellow and better balanced.

Photo of HosP
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle for a friends birthday.

A- Pours jet black, almost no light around the edges. Tan head down to a thin cap on the beer, leaving little lace clinging to the glass.

S- Wow, lots of bourbon aroma in the nose. Tough to get past it to pick anything else out. Maybe a hint of sweet milk chocolate. Still lots of bourbon smells to go around here!

T- Earthy, woody, bourbon flavor mixed with a dark roasted
chocolate flavor right up front. Surprisingly smooth drink. While a lot of bourbon flavor, sweet chocolate and hints of vanilla blend nicely. As it warms, flavors come out of the background. Nice roasty flavors. Make for a very nice drink!

M- Full body, good carbonation. Smooth, creamy feel. Not to chewy feeling like other barrel aged beers.

O- If you like bourbon aged stouts, this is one for you. Even with the heavy bourbon to it, still a easy to drink beer. Very much enjoyed this one. Would love to get some more of this next time it comes out for sure. Can't wait!

Photo of BigMike
2.95/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is one beer that i've been dying to try. I'm a real big fan of Voodoo brewing.

A: Pours dark as used motor oil. No light penetration what so ever. No head to be seen.

S: One sniff reveals what i thought. This is a huge ass barrel aged stout. Alcohol, burnt chocolate, black licorice, bourbon, charred ash, coffee, alcohol.

T: Holy hell this thing is big. Alcohol burn out the ass. Like the nose there's, licorice and charred ash tray. Coffee oak and vanilla.
Overall it's dominated by a burnt alcohol flavor. Very sweet and sticky on the finish.

M: Like an oil slick. This thing coats your entire mouth with alcohol burn and sticky chocolate.

Overall: Not the easy drinker like their BBVD is. And surely doesn't make any attempts at hiding the 15%abv. This is an ass kicker for sure. Proceed with caution!

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 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 ShanePB
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle, opened between my girlfriend and I to celebrate her niece's birth. Poured into two tulip glasses, served slightly cooler than cellar temperature.

A: Pitch black body with some evident dark brown and maroon hues around the top edge. A rich, bubbly and creamy tan head was present for a bit and eventually rested as a patchy retention cap with some minor lacing. For a beer of this size, that is a seriously impressive feat and look; absolutely gorgeous beer.

S: Boozy bourbon notes immediately hit the nose, followed by some dark fruits, sweet milk and dark chocolate, vanilla and wood. Towards the back end, hints of raisin and dates come through, but the profile is certainly focused on the barrel aging. It's big, boozy, rich and wonderfully intoxicating.

T: Dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and wood all hit the palate immediately, seemingly dominated by the bourbon at first. Once it passes, the roasted dark malts, sweet sugary dates and more chocolate notes on the back end come through. It's big and warm going down but certainly full of all the flavors you'd expect from a bourbon barrel aged stout. Simply fantastic.

M: Bubbly, creamy and initially it seemed medium-bodied. Unfortunately, the more I drank this beer and it warmed, the body became quite thin on the palate. It didn't necessarily seem watery but thick, viscous and chewy? Hell no. It goes down quite hot in the back of the throat, but I love it.

Everything about this beer was fantastic, save for the mouth feel. I really wish this would have a bigger body to complement such strong barrel aging and flavor. A bit more here and this would easily be one of the best bourbon barrel aged beers out there; in fact, it's already one of mine. The feel is hindering it but overall, this is absolutely wonderful.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A- Pours a one finger dark brown chocolate colored head, dissipates quickly to a nice brown collar around the glass, sticky lacing, dark black opaque color.
S- Big bourbon aroma, dark fruits (plums, raisins, cherries) brown sugar, dark malts, slight roasted coffee notes, vanilla, caramel, the bourbon takes over the aroma.
T- Big alcohol presence but not enough to take away from the beer, this is definitely a big beer, huge warming bourbon flavor, vanilla, dark fruits (plums) caramel, toffee, browns sugar, oak, tasty overall.
M- Big mouth feel, coats the palate, sticky, dry finish, warming as it goes down.
O- Big Big bourbon barrel aged beer, really tasty and definitely a sipper, pretty impressed, with some more age on it this beer it would be even better IMO.

Photo of kiddynamite920
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Well, pitch black of course. Unbelievable head retention that is sitting at about one fingers worth so far. The head itself is a light brown/tan, hinting at some of that bourbon barrel effect. Not really sure where a bourbon barrel stout could improve here.

S: Well there's the bourbon/booziness. Very dark chocolate with sweet notes of toffee and some bitterness of coffee and molasses. The barrel lends a perfect bourbon sweetness on the aroma full of caramel, vanilla and butterscotch. Think this one needs to be cellared quite a bit to try to tame the underlying alcohol heat though.

T: Again, I can see this one aging quite remarkably. 15% is quite a bit to hide, and they have done incredibly well, just seems like trying to hide Andre the Giant behind a regular man. Huge chocolate notes, almost feels like eating a Hershey Kiss, with the chocolate still melting in your mouth. Big on the bourbon, which I quite like for this style. This beer has enough to back it all up. Amazing how there is still a sweetness behind all these huge, pronounced flavors. Definitely a stout that benefited from barrel aging.

M: Gigantic beer, thin mouthfeel!? Finishes roasty and bourbon-y which is nice, but it really is a bit thin. Perhaps its the high abv that makes it almost wisp away on the palate, leaving just a hot reminiscence of a stout.

O: One of the beers that I was blown away with, without ever reviewing properly. Interesting to notice the change in enjoyment when a review isn't in order. This beer has great things going on, great stout undertones with the overtones of bourbon working well. The mouthfeel is what fails it for me. Suppose it's one for the cellar.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very generous bottle opened by normyk. 3 or so ounces poured into a (savor) taster. Based on the notes on this beer, this was the second batch.

Appearance
This stuff looks to be the epitome of a huge barrel aged stout. Very oily looking with next to no head formation. The color isn't totally black. Its a licorice-and-root-beer looking pour. The edges are quite red and brown. Its very thick looking as it slides back down the glass.

Aroma
Perhaps a little different than I expected. It has a very nutty character, which I found interesting and surprising. Licorice is also strong, as is molasses, but the prevailing aromas are fudgy, chocolatey and chocolate-syrupy. Considering the nuttiness, this smells a lot like a brownie or slice of fudge, with a large glass of ethanol to wash it down.

Taste
One of the first things I noticed was a slight tinny flavor on the finish. Odd. Quickly enough, though, that fudge brownie profile comes around, this time with extra Hersey's syrup. The finish is actually quite loaded with pine and, obviously, spicy alcohol.

Mouthfeel
Yeah, this is quite hot, the 15.5% fully showing. Its also full bodied and chewy.

Overall
Not as smooth as I had hoped some old Elijah Craig barrels would have made this beer. Still a nice one to finally get to try, but some age will do this one well.

Photo of homebrew311
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the Central PA crew for passing this along to our tasting group.

A: pour is dark, opaque, creamy looking head, minimal lacing

S: deep smokey notes, lots of molasses, some delicate vanilla, noticeable booziness on the end

T: the taste features a lot of chocolate and roasted character, but boy is it hot. There is very little balance as this is incredibly sweet with a burning alcohol character. Perhaps this needs some time to mellow, but the 15% is overwhelming and detracts from the beer at this point.

MF: thick body, syrupy and sticky

O: this one is just a little too much for me right. I would love to give this one another try with a year or two of age on it.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Roger!
15.5 percent

Pours a dark reddish brown. Some nice tan head. This beer smells great. Malty, some light chocolate. Bourbon heavy. Oak. Tastes sweet and boozy. Smooth and sweet. The booziness and sweetness are balanced well. Very nice motputhfeel. Overall pretty tasty

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (black label, second batch?) poured into a Deschutes Snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a very thin, brown film and a few bubbles in the center.

S - Bourbon and booze, coffee.

T - Booze, coffee, some chocolate. Strong Bourbon finish.

D - Hardly any carbonation, like an oil slick in my mouth.

O - Good, but pretty hot. Glad I have another to age.

Photo of xnicknj
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours a blacked out color with a crop of browned head. A cloud of wispy retention sits on top as spots of lacing collect on the glass.

Very rich nose with vanilla and chocolate cake. Plenty of warm bourbon tones with woody tones. Roasted malts with a touch of dark fruit, caramel, and notes of hazelnut.

Massive roasted malt character right up front with caramel, dark chocolate, and a spike of hop bitterness. Fairly intense bourbon tones with oaky notes create some decent warmth. Plenty of vanilla character with some faint dark fruit sweetness. Finishes with some lingering hops and alcohol warmth.

Fairly smooth full body, creamy, sticky, and lingering on the tongue, slightly prickly though. Despite the high ABV, this is still pretty smooth and drinkable - I'm definitely curious to see how this does with some age.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Most recent bottling received in a great trade with Centennial.. Thanks a ton Steve.

In my HotD goblet, the brew looks thick, like brownie batter thinned out with grain alcohol .... each swirl stains the glass brown... no head really, just a halo of deeep brown head around the perimeter of the glass...

Nose shows melted bittersweet with a handful of plump raisins.. brown sugar and hints of vanilla.. EtOH is there, but surprisingly not overwhelming at all... hints of dark cherries..

Flavor is rich and comes in waves... enveloping... All the great BA RIS flavors with something that distinctly reminds me of Werthers Originals.. a bit of char/smoke (that I normally don't appreciate) is pulled out nicely with some sweet chocolate essence.. rich and indulgent.. like a royal cordial in liquid form.. bourbon essence is from front to back with a boozy cherry vanilla element that never comes out too much... the finish comes with the above raisins and hints of fig.. and then the smoke comes out... and I am not complaining... talk to my friends, I normally would :-)

Slick... and thick.. touch to describe.. lite small bubble carbonation.. inviting.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/5

I have the previous batch in the basement and can only drool over how I think it has aged. This is still pretty fresh and is a little "boozy", but really, no shit, it is going to be at +15%

I've enjoyed Black Tuesday a few times now... but it always seems like a mess that needed ALOT more time to settle down. This is what "time to settle down" is. Don't rush things, let flavors meld in the barrel and not the bottle... My aged bottle, I bet, is going to be fantastic.

Photo of lackenhauser
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jet freaking black with a very nice tan head-just enough head that a whole bottle would not fit in my 12 ounce snifter. Really a fine looking brew. Big, boozy and bourbon aroma. Lasting hints of cocoa and anise. Massive roasted and bourbon flavors. A tad harsh and carrying the hint of alcohol that is to be expected but still quite amazing. Nice lingering bourbon traces going on. Mellow oak and vanilla. Great mouthfeel-as boozy as it is it doesnt "burn" per se. WOW-an incredible beer. I really wish I had laid this down a while but was wanting to dive in. A year or 2 of cellaring would make this 5s across the board guaranteed.

Photo of Centennial
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving- 12oz bottle, 2011 Vintage poured into 4oz snifter.

Appearance- Deep Black with a tan laced perimeter ring on the snifter, You can not see through this midnight beauty even when held up to full light. However,you can make out a separation due to the buoyancy and density differences the barrel aging has created.

Smell- Bittersweet chocolate, soy, molasses, bourbon, caramel and butterscotch.

Taste- Vanilla, caramel and bourbon, transforming to a coffee subdued hop bitterness. Sweet butter scotch and earthy smoked malt is at the very bottom with an alcohol warming effect on the palate while this beer is cold. This alcohol seems completely hidden when this hits about 60 degrees and the overall flavor continues to develop as it warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel- slick, but not lingering like a typical stout or barrel aged barley wine of this character. Leaves a nice rich, yet clean feeling in the mouth. I would compare it to a caramello bar smoothness but without that stickiness and more of a crisp finish.

Overall- 15.5% masterpiece I will continue to cellar and seek out this brew year after year. Black magick, your voodoo spell is upon me and I am enjoying every minute of it.

Black Magick from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.