Black Magick - Voodoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 12.65%
Wants: 400
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:
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

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of jegross2
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the 2011 release of Black Magick from Voodoo Brewing Company out of Meadville, Pennsylvania.
Score: 94

2011 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/13/13.

Appearance: Ink black in color. Pours a thin layer of beige head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Average lacing, average retention with a nice cling factor. 4/5

Smell: Coconut, vanilla and milk chocolate followed by a light amount of boozy bourbon, sweet brown sugar and faint leather. The bourbon character is much more subtle than anticipated given the ABV and time spent in the barrel. Some oak too. 4.25/5

Taste: Vanilla, creamy coconut (less than the nose, however) and milk chocolate, as the nose implied, are the primary flavor characters. There is a little more bourbon flavor, and it is better integrated into the flavor than it was in the nose. There's a little plum and dark fruitiness too. Alcohol warms and light booziness towards the finish -- not unexpected for a 15.5% ABV beer! There is some brown sugar flavor in the mix too and a hint of licorice. There is a touch of a roast too. Very tasty, lots of complexity in how the flavors interact. This was a fun beer to consume and pick apart. This beer gets a little sweeter as it warms up. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied, minimal carbonation. Syrupy, slightly sweet and sticky on the palate. Finish is faintly dry with a residual stickiness from the brew. A little liveliness from the alcohol warms the tongue in the finish. 4.25/5

Overall: An excellent barrel aged imperial stout that is slightly sweet. Although it is not quite Uncle Jacobs, it is definitely one of the better barrel aged beers available, when available, in a 12 oz format. I am suprised this beer gets so little fanfare, though that impression may simply be the byproduct of the fact that it has been well over a year since this one was last released...a new batch is on the horizon, however, and I would recommend seeking it out...

Recommendation: Fans of imperial stouts, particularly the boozier ones, should seek a bottle of this out.

Pairings: Smoked Gouda.

Cost: $140 for a case at the brewery or $9 for a 12 oz bottle retail.

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Vanilla and smooth alcohol. Smooth, sweet and dark with roast at the back. Warming, has a liquor like finish, Nice, liking it.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle 2009 release

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

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

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

Thick but not overly so.

Amazing beer, amazing at this age, just right.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Poured from the bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown/black color. There is just a hint of dark brown head that rises out of the darkness, but it goes away rather quickly.

Smell: Very sweet and full of dark fruit and roasty notes. I'm getting some bourbon along with vanilla and chocolate notes. Some oak shows up with the bourbon. Also getting hints of caramel and some heat from the alcohol.

Taste: I've been sitting on this for a while, this is the 15.5% version. Not overpoweringly sweet, but there is definitely a strong malt presence. I'm getting some dark fruit and bourbon right away. There is a slight roast bitterness along with some chocolate that shows up after a bit. The finish is full of slightly peppery bourbon and oak. Quite smooth given the abv.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick and syrupy side with a lot of tingly carbonation and a finish that is drier than I expected.

Overall: I thought this one was very good. The bourbon barrels added several different flavors that really made this a pretty complex beer. I'd have more, it's good for staying warm.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1465th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter
12 oz

Not sure year. Didn't check bottle ABV.

CA Gang Bang BIF

App- It's a nice small stout with some good coloring. Rich deep browns with a dense black center. Some good brown head and a couple dots of cling.

Smell- A lot going on in the glass. Has a thick boozy note with a ton of oak and char with thin vanilla. Has a thicker malt backbone and just doesn't mesh well. It's okay but not the best barrel aged stout I've ever smelled.

Taste- Much like the nose there is a lot going on. Big thick malts with a vanilla side note that lends itself to a oak char and a thinner prickly flavor and a ton of booze.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a lighter medium prickly carbonation. Residual char and vanilla.

Drink- A nicer BA stout just needs more balance and less prickly boozy flavors. One that needs time to develop.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was shared by muskabeatz, thanks Evan!

2011 release, 15.5%. This beer pours a thick, fudge dark dark brown in color with little carbonation and no head. All things considered, it appears like its going to be huge.the nose is nice and balanced. There is plenty of Elijah Craig as well as fudge chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and slight raisin. The flavors are big and chocolaty. It's fudgy and really smooth. There is no alcohol to be found. This one is silky smooth. I really like it. You would NEVER know that this is 15.5%. It's closest relative is probably Bourbon Barrel Plead the Fifth.

Black Magick from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.