1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Black Magick - Voodoo Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Black MagickBlack Magick

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

294 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 294
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 401
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 294 | Reviews: 203 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of calcnerd


4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-04-2013 03:24:29 | More by calcnerd
Photo of brandoman63


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

01-28-2013 19:30:52 | More by brandoman63
Photo of dtx00


5/5  rDev +19.6%

01-19-2013 21:49:18 | More by dtx00
Photo of jegross2


4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 05:28:56 | More by jegross2
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr


3/5  rDev -28.2%

01-10-2013 17:55:09 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of tewaris


4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 10:37:05 | More by tewaris
Photo of bsuedekum


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

12-08-2012 20:56:14 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 19:32:09 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of BeerChanticleer


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

11-21-2012 22:03:38 | More by BeerChanticleer
Photo of oline73


4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 01:46:46 | More by oline73
Photo of Texasfan549


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-19-2012 14:19:30 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of BeerHunter76


4/5  rDev -4.3%

09-19-2012 01:01:50 | More by BeerHunter76
Photo of kjkinsey


4/5  rDev -4.3%

09-18-2012 01:57:03 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of heddar33


5/5  rDev +19.6%

09-09-2012 05:00:32 | More by heddar33
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 23:16:25 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of FosterJM


3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 04:31:59 | More by FosterJM
Photo of aasher


4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 04:10:05 | More by aasher
Photo of matttttYCE


4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

130th Review here so I wanted to have something nice for it. 2011 vintage.

Poured into a large snifter. The head rises to almost a finger high, and it's dark tan/cocoa powder in color and creamy looking texture wise. Head recedes pretty quickly though and there's little lace here at all (expected from the high alcohol content of this one). Looks thick and black as hell. I was actually surprised (though probably shouldn't have been) at how viscous the pour was.

On to the aroma. Ah, the wonderful aroma! Vastly rich and complex, with plenty of barrel qualities. Bourbon, bourbon, oh Elijah Craig you wonderful bourbon, vanilla, oaky/woodiness, toasted coconut, a touch buttery from bourbon, delicious fudge, cocoa powder, rich roasted malts, dark fruits, some notes of molasses and burnt brown sugar, and hints of toffee. God this is stupendous smelling.

The taste is just as wonderful as the nose. Sublimely smooth and well integrated taste for sure. Plenty of the bourbon barrel juice, vanilla, oak, toasted coconut (so tasty!) and again hints of buttery bourbon (which I've never gotten in any bbal stout before), with rich fudge, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, sweetness, roasted malts, a bit of char, caramel, dark fruits, and hints of coffee and toffee. The alcohol is actually quite subdued in this. For 15.5% I was expecting this to be hot hot hot and boozy but it was so well hidden. In a word, fantastic.

The consistency is viscous, oily, and thick, the carbonation light, body thick, full, and smooth, while the finish is lengthy but subtle leaving traces of the wonderful barrel flavors and a bit more than that of the stout type flavors. Simply lovely.

Overall I think this beer is phoenomenal. I don't know how many more adjectives I have in my bag of tricks to describe it. This beer reminds me of the first time I had KBS and how floored I was by it. Though different beers altogether, this is just another absolutely wonderful iterations of a barrel aged stout that has such great flavor and integration of the bourbon barrels and reminds me what I love so much about bourbon barrel aged stouts. Keep em coming! Also I must give a shout out and big thanks to Soonami for this bottle (and a few others) and an awesome trade a while back! Was really happy to get this. Thanks bro!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 08:10:50 | More by matttttYCE
Photo of scottfrie


3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into block15 snifter. 2011 release, 15.5%.

A: Pours black with a minimal head that quickly faded to collar. Wispy lace.
S: Huge buttery, rich and smooth notes of Elijah Craig. EC makes every stout smell so great. MMmmm….. this is going to be good. The rich but very smooth bourbon barrel melts effortlessly with notes of chocolate, fudge, chocolate ice-cream and raisins.
T: Follows the nose. This beer is amazing just below room temperature. The high alcohol is hidden very well and I only get a slight kiss of warmth. Chocolate, caramel, and raisins poke through beneath smooth EC. Finish is sweet and the aftertaste is warming but not harsh. Chocolate lingers, maybe some coffee as well.
M: Not the thickest high abv bal stout but it does just fine. Alcohol is impressively hidden but is still noticeable. Mouthfeel is viscous and creamy, but the carbonation could be softer. It’s a bit tingly.
O: This beer did get a little rough around the edges as it reached room temp but it still is a well made stout. I love me some EC so I might be slightly bias.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 23:44:07 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 2011 vintage bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a pitch black color, with a vigorous pour giving almost no head on the beer. When swirled in the glass the beer looks thick; it slowly slides down the side of the glass, returning to it resting home with the rest of the liquid. It looks thick and big!!

Smell – The smell is huge and complex. Strong notes of bourbon and booze dominate the smell, but these are mixed with aromas of chocolate, coffee, black licorice, and some smoke and char. Just like the appearance the aroma is big and you know you are getting into something quite intense.

Taste – The taste starts out of milk chocolate and nice notes of roasted malt and a light caramel. Soon a good deal of smoke and a sweeter vanilla flavor enter the taste and mix with the original flavors. At this point the taste is overall on the sweeter side, with light hints of bitter and booze this all changes very soon however. More toward the end of the taste, a big, bold and boozy bourbon alcohol flavor come to the taste. Roasted malt and some char flavors accompany the boozy flavors, bittering up the brew and creating a less sweet but more roasty flavor. At the end, the taste is big of roast and char and mixed with the good presence of bourbon boozy taste and chocolate to leave a long lasting more bitter boozy cocoa flavor on the tongue that warms you throughout. Wonderful!!

Mouthfeel – Massively thick body on this one!!! It has a thick and smooth body that coats the entire mouth, bathing it in all the complex and roasty/dark flavors. Not surprisingly for the thickness of the brew, the carbonation level is on the lower side really allowing those flavors to sit and linger on the tongue. The heavy presence of alcohol is defiantly not missed with and creates a very warming feel on the tongue as well as the body as a whole.

Overall – The beer is huge and big with tons of roasty and boozy flavors. A brew that took nearly 1.5 hours to drink. A great one to sit back and sip; enjoying all the great flavors and sensations of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 01:12:28 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of tonyclifton36


3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

07-10-2012 02:33:29 | More by tonyclifton36
Photo of justintcoons


4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Aged approximately 1.5 years.

A: Black as coal with no penetration of light. 1/2 finger of deep brown head that dissipates quickly. Has some legs showing.

N: Fudge, vanilla, sweet bourbon, alcohol esters, whipped cream and chocolate truffle.

T: Sweet bourbon booziness, vanilla and whipped cream. Underlying fudge and chocolate truffle follow mid-palate as well as a few dark roast coffee beans, Raisinets and chocolate-covered peanuts. Pleasant alcohol esters are throughout and are quite mild for 15.5%. Notes of earthy charcoal stick in the throat.

M: Medium bodied, silky, warming and smooth.

O: It doesn't get more decadent than this. Tons of rich chocolate, sweet bourbon and vanilla. The booze is pleasant rather than harsh. Sip and savor. A must try for Imperial Stout enthusiasts.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 01:48:51 | More by justintcoons
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.93/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 21:21:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of GuisseppeFranco

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-03-2012 16:42:33 | More by GuisseppeFranco
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Bottle purchased at Zeno's in State College, PA. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark inky black with one finger of espresso coloured head.

S - Huge barrel aromas up front - bourbon, vanilla and oak. Some roasted malts, chocolate and char in the background.

T - Big bourbon flavour up front with oak and some light vanilla notes. The alcohol is very warming throughout as would be expected considering the ABV. The barrel aging flavours give way to roasted malts, char and some sweet chocolate that is especially present in the finish. A touch hot overall.

M - Full body, sludgy. Light carbonation.

O - A very good beer that could probably benefit from some aging.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 02:11:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Black Magick from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.