Black Magick - Voodoo Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
ClockworkOrange hooked me up with one of these. thanks jason!
12oz bottle. sampled dec 14/08.
pours black and opaque with a small ring of big brown bubbles. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.
aroma is wacky. huge fruity aroma. cherry, strawberry, raspberry, date, fig, raisin. alcohol. vanilla. anise. whole wheat bread. biscuit. cracker. dark and bittersweet chocolate. bit of smoke. bourbon and oak. interesting and unique, and i'm really liking it so far.
taste is great. everything from the aroma and more. big warming alcohol. loads of fruit. cherry, raspberry, date, fig, raisin. vanilla and bourbon. biscuit and bready malt. bit of smoke. dark chocolate. medium-low bitterness level. bit of coffee. anise. bit of caramel.
mouthfeel is good. huge chewy body. just under medium carbonation.
drinkability is pretty good. there's no mistaking the alcohol in this one. it's big and warming and ever-present, but tempered by the huge mix of fruit and rich chocolate and barrel character. more of a sipper, but one i'd be happy to take my time with all night. good stuff.
12-15-2008 00:59:50 | More by grub
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
12 oz bottle, hand written silver marking on the bottle, received from ClockworkOrange, thanks Jason!
Pours a deep insanely opaque black, no light at all gets through, thin brown head forms, wraps a ring around the glass, few spots cling to the glass, some legs. Smell is crazy, bourbon, sherry, fruits, toffee, alcohol, wood, chocolate, cherries, butter, molasses and brown sugar, pretty crazy, very intense. Taste is not as intense as the aroma, very roasty, lots of chocolate and toffee, wood, bourbon, alcohol, buttery oak, molasses, nuts, very rich malty finish, drinks insanely well for its strength, very neat flavour combinations. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation, some alcohol warmth but pretty smooth. At 15% its damn smooth, if the rumours are true and its 18%, even smoother. I'd love to see how this one turns our a year or two from now. Thanks Jason!
12-15-2008 00:59:01 | More by Viggo
4.75/5 rDev +13.4%
I had some voodoo offerings at the grand opening of Bella Vista's new store back in October and have been looking for this one ever since.
A- The label on the bottle is actually pretty funny. It's just a strip of paper taped around the bottle. I poured this one into a sniffer from a 12 oz bottle. Poured pitch black with small tan head that quickly receded to a ring.
S- As you can guess, big bourbon aroma. There is also some nice dark chocolate.
T- Wow, I got a little overwhelmed by the first sip. All i got were some dark flavors and a warming hit of alcohol. After that, the flavors really started to come out. Lots of dark chocolate to start followed by the great bourbon flavor and some roasted malt. The alcohol warms on the way down but is in no way overpowering.
M- This is the only place that i can even begin to complain about this beer. It felt a little on the thin side to me, but again I'm nit picking.
D- This one is a sipper for sure, but man, i could sip on this beer all night long.
12-12-2008 23:37:00 | More by william5586
4.15/5 rDev -1%
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!
12-07-2008 09:14:16 | More by RblWthACoz
2.05/5 rDev -51.1%
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.
12-06-2008 06:11:39 | More by largadeer
4.75/5 rDev +13.4%
note: Voodoo's website lists this at 15% abv, rumor has it though that this tops out at 18%.
a: This was absolutley black, no highlights. It poured with a short-lived, dark mocha colored head.
s: Well there certainly isn't anything subtle about this one. Huge, warm, oaky aromas of the best bourbon smells I've found in a beer so far dominate. This doesn't smell boozy or hot, it's just earthy, delicious bourbon with a little vanilla. Amazingly enough, there is plenty of stout to be found here as well; charred, bitter chocolate with a hint of sour cherry.
t: Big chocolatey cocoa flavors start things off. The chocolate is incredibly rich and blends superbly with the spot-on bourbon flavors that come next. The finish is a long lasting perfect combination of the 2. There are also some layers here beyond my ability to describe.
m: Comes up a little short here, I wish the body was a little beefier and the carbonation creamier.
d: Overall, this was a damn near perfect beer, but the body was a bit of a disappoinment. In terms of flavor though, this is right up there with Bourbon County Stout.
11-26-2008 10:45:20 | More by DIM
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Review #100: Unlabeled bottle with a silver cap. Poured into a stemless wine glass.
A- Pours pitch black with a dark tan head. The head quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing down the glass.
S- Dark, malty, boozy, complex. Hints of bananas and spices behind the huge notes of bourbon and chocolate covered malt balls.
T- Several different malt flavors. Notes of caramel, chocolate, burned barley, and a ton of bourbon. A slight burned flavor imparts bitterness to round out sweetness.
M- A little thin and slightly hot, but very clean and dry in the finish.
D- Goes down smooth in spite of its booziness.
11-25-2008 03:58:51 | More by JoeMayo
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
11-22-2008 01:07:13 | More by pwoods
4.93/5 rDev +17.7%
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!
11-20-2008 00:23:38 | More by mikesgroove
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
12oz unlabeled bottle.
Poured a dark black color with just a trace of a brown head. Aromas of wood, brown sugar, chocolate, wood, vanilla, molasses, peaty/earthiness, and lighter bourbon. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and a little earthy. Definitely a heavier alchohol burn in the finish. I'm definitely going to lay one of these puppies down for a bit.
Notes from 9/30/08
11-13-2008 02:18:08 | More by hopdog
4.83/5 rDev +15.3%
12 ounce unlabeled brown bottle with a silver pry-off cap. Thanks go out to BA'er Jasonm on this one - thanks for the great trade! Reviewed while drinking at the recommended 55-60 degrees.
Initial through after pouring and smelling: "Holy shit! What a pleasant surprise!" I didn't read about the aging on this one in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels, but when I cracked it open I knew instantly!
Black with a dark brown (evil!) head that disappeared in a hurry leaving a permanent dark brown ring around my tulip glass. Long, oily brown and gooey legs stuck around on the walls of my glass after sipping.
This is the most "bourbon-forward" beer I've ever had. Hints of cherry, vanilla, cocoa, raw alcohol all over the place - very complex and there's bourbon all over the nose and tongue. Intensely full flavored and medium bodied with low carbonation.
VERY IMPRESSED, I want a case of this for myself!!! This is like a barrel aged American Strong Ale hybridized with a Russian Imperial Stout - wow, but not for the BMC crowd...
Definitely in my personal top 5 favorite beers for 2008!
11-10-2008 16:35:29 | More by beachbum1975
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
Pours opaque with a small, fizzy, dark brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, caramel), average hops (perfume), heavy yeast (dough, leather) with notes of alcohol, plum, dates, wood, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
11-04-2008 03:22:16 | More by BeerandBlues2
4.38/5 rDev +4.5%
This beer looks like used motor oil when poured into my Belgian chalice, reminding me very much of Dark Lord. Also like DL, there is minimal head retention, but some sticky lacing. On the nose this beer is impressive. The barrel aging is pretty noticeable, and there is a distinct booziness to it. I also get some dried apple, coconut and even wet horse blanket. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose (no horse blanket though), and the beer comes across as rich and powerful. I also get some licorise on the palate, and there's just enough hops in this bad boy to give it a slightly dry flavor on the palate. However, the beer still comes across as moderately sweet, with a long, rich finish. One can tell the abv. is on up there, but it's not at all obtrusive in this very fine beer. While a little bit goes a long way, this beer is pretty drinkable considering.
An excellent beer from Voodoo brewing.
10-31-2008 13:46:28 | More by John_M
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
Thanks to ericwo for offering this one up.
A: Pours a deep dark jet black hue, very flat in color and appearence. Absolutely no head musted with this one. It is big, thick, and oily though. Very evil looking in the glass.
S: The aroma is big on booze. Lots of dark fruit can be picked up a bit as well. Somewhat vinous. The oak is there as is a touch of vanilla.
T: The booze is here, but less than the aroma would predict. Lots of dark fruit mingled with bitter chocolate and real vanilla. Oak really pushes thru in the finish before a touch of alcohol burn sets in.
M: Thick as ice cream with an oily like texture. No carbonation which makes this one suffer a bit.
D: Not the most drinkable beer in the world, but tasty. This one is a nice sipper that is enjoyable, but not in the class of KBS, or BC stout.
10-29-2008 17:42:09 | More by tpd975
4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
10-25-2008 06:23:53 | More by ChrisDotson
3.7/5 rDev -11.7%
A: Pitch oily black. Cocolate milk colored head makes a really brief appearance before settling to just a swirl. Dotted but thin lacing.
S: Bourbon. Dark sweetened fruits. Buttery carmel. Birthday cake Vanilla.
T: Woah. Not what I was expecting. Taste like a slightly thinner worldwide stout. Heavy on the dark over-ripe fruits. Plumb. Prunes. Butter vanilla. Bourbon. Alcohol.
M: Full bodies but slick and oily. At the same time slightly thin. Almost no carbonation whatsoever. Like a cask beer.
D: This one's a doozy. It will knock you out if you're not careful. You certainly feel the alcohol in every sip.
I sought this beer out for quite a while but ultimately was disappointed. It smells awesome but when it comes to taste, it in no way shape or form rivals the creamy balance of BCS. It's not even that similar. BCS is chocolately and BM is fruity. Not helping matters was the fact that this bottling was a test bottling; the beer was completely flat even tho it was released only a couple of weeks ago. No labels either (I uploaded the photo with the makeshift label slapped on by the Foodery).
10-21-2008 17:08:24 | More by kasper
4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
I've been dying to try this. In fact, I couldn't even wait for anyone else...I just had to jump in by myself and give it a go. Good thing I have an extra.
Apppears an opaue, pitch black with a dark tan, 2 finger head of fluff that slowly fades into a mild collar. Scattered streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge amounts of oak, bourbon, toffee, caramel, huge alchohol in the nose, roasted cocoa, vanilla, molasses, and grape juice.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with fruity grapes, molasses, roasted nuts, and cocoa. Light vanilla, and bourbon round out the finish. Such an extremely complex brew.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, gummy, oaky, fruity, full of alcoholic heat. Finishes roasty, hot, and semi-dry with some bourbon heat.
10-10-2008 03:11:44 | More by weeare138
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours an inky black with some dark brown around the edges. Lots of fizz upon the pour, but very little burnt mocha/orange head that fades immediately. Very pronounced smells of vanilla and bourbon right away, followed by dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, roasted malt, oak, and coffee. Tastes of vanilla and bourbon up front then the RIS usual suspects come in, raisins, plums, black cherries, dark chocolate, soy sauce, oak, roasted malt, and coffee with some alcohol warmth to keep things alive. Despite the bourbon punch, it's more medium in body than full with almost non-existent carbonation. Sweet in flavor and rich in alcohol, it still manages to subdue it enough to express other flavors and feel. Feels a little raw still with lots of heat, hoping it calms down a little with some age. Definitely a sipper.
10-09-2008 23:02:18 | More by HopDerek
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
I, too, got a couple of bottles of this unlabeled ambrosia of the gods from Capone's...what can I say? This has got to be the nearly best beer in the world!! The bourbon/chocolate/coffee/vanilla nose gives me the goosebumps! A superb Russian Imperial Stout made like no other!! Deep, rich, black chocolate pour, the sweet vanilla/bourbon nose, the creamy mouthfeel of bourbon and woody oak...if Matt ALlyn at Voodoo can brew this and this only, many brew fans would be in seventh heaven forever!!
10-08-2008 02:49:14 | More by thequeen711
4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
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!
10-05-2008 22:27:06 | More by Kegatron
Black Magick from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.