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Black Magick - Buffalo Trace - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 6.78%
Wants: 267
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HoppyKilaMonster on 03-24-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

chippo33, Oct 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

bsuedekum, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

jbuddle, Apr 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

magnumpoppy, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 13.

Appearance - Thick viscous and inky black body. A few bubbles. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - Oaky barrel character. Rich vanilla and chocolate. Fudge. Bourbon is nice.

Taste - Sharp bourbon. Chocolate. Oak. Not as pleasant as the aroma. Sharp and boozy.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Very boozy.

Overall - Not as good as the apple brandy barrel. Still excellent.

Alieniloquium, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

bleedsblu, Jun 09, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour is opaque jet black with a dark mahogany head. Nose is huge and rich. Very bourbon county rare esq. nose has more wood and is slightly nutty. Rich chocolate batter and sweet whiskey. Flavor is also huge, not sugary, subtle wood and whiskey notes up front. Chocolate cake batter, semi sweet dark chocolate, faint nuttiness mid palate, fairly sweet malt backbone. Very full body but not syrupy, gentle carbonation and slightly dry finish with a bit of heat and another punch of barrel and whiskey. This stuff is good!

cpetrone84, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a matching Barrel room collection snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin line of dark tan head across the top. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives less than a finger that is quick to dissolve.

The aroma is quite boozy with notes of chocolate grain and a mild tangy alcohol character that stings the nose a bit. Some raw oak aspect is present with a tinge of bourbon that comes forward more as the brew warms up. Some chocolate to almost brownie batter or fudge aspect comes out once the brew is beyond ideal temperature.

The flavor is quite raw and earthy in the sense that the barrel aging has impart some of the harsher aspects that are aggressive and less blended into the base beer. A tangy bourbon flavor is evident with every sip coupled with mild cocoa and bitter coffee. The aftertaste is somewhat solvent.

This is a full bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Quite boozy and solvent with the bourbon dominating most of the nuances of barrel aging. This is a fantastic example of a barrel aged beer but when compared to the other black magick treatments, this one is a bit harsh. Each barrel aged version of black magick is awesome in it's own right. People who like aggressive bourbon heat and flavors will be drawn to this. The brandy version is very smooth and dangerously drinkable. The PVW is the most complex. Pick your poison, you cant go wrong with any of these.

stakem, Apr 24, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Did the full side-by-side-by-side with the Apple Brandy and Pappy versions. Bottle #661 into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Same as the other versions. Pours a .25 finger dark mocha colored head with poor retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is minimal. Stringy and spotty with decent cling. Thick, oily, monstrous legs. Solid.

Nose is chocolate, booze, leather, and a touch of lactose creaminess. Aromatic. Decent.

Opens chocolate, molasses, leather, and some woodiness. Sweet dark fruit in the middle mixed with an ample dose of booziness. Fudge and brownie sweetness too. Ends hot booze and fig. Aftertaste of molasses, booze and chocolate. Very good. But the alcohol covers the complexity a bit here.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, slick, and oily in the mouth and goes down warm, viscous, and caressing. Messy finish with a strong, sweet, lingering aftertaste. A touch harsher going down than the Pappy though.

A very good beer but nowhere near the magnificence of the Pappy version. Compared to that, this is a bit harsher and the booze overtakes some of the more nuanced flavors that are present. Still well worth a try though.

SpeedwayJim, May 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Gonzoillini, Jul 14, 2013
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claaark13, Jul 22, 2013
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mwbrady12, Jun 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

jpatton0127, Apr 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

BeerWorld, Apr 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

hophead8181, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Quackus, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

vonnegut21, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, Bottle #835, Bottle date 1/18/13
Mini snifter

A: Pours dark black in color. Dark tan head about a half finger. No lacing. Alcohol feet.

S: Dark fruits. Soy sauce. Roast. Char. Dark chocolate. Vanilla.

T: Getting that dark fruit, raisin and plum. Then the roasted malts. Dark chocolate. Vanilla. Caramel. Burnt sugar. Finish is lingering and long in flavor.

M: Full bodied and chewy.

inlimbo77, Oct 31, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, thanks to ncaudle. It was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my NEBCO tulip.

Buffalo Trace barrel Black Magick pours entirely black. Maybe a finger of deep mocha foam rises up to top the beer, but only lingers for a minute before fading away relatively cleanly. The aroma is absolutely superb. Aromas of rich milk chocolate, vanilla, spicy oak, and bourbon all commingle as they waft up out of the glass. The flavor profile, while still excellent, is just a notch below. The chocolate and vanilla are just a little but more muted here, leaving more room for the oak and bourbon to come across as more dominant. The subtle shift in the balance of the beer just doesn't quite work as well as the promise of the nose. The body is decadently rich and full, just like I prefer my big stouts. The carbonation though, is a bit too dull even for this style, leading to a flabby mouthfeel. I'm not sure Buffalo Trace Black Magick quite lives up to the lofty standards set by the early reviews, but it's a great barrel aged stout. I'm really looking forward to getting to try the Pappy Big Bad Voodoo Daddy that's still in my fridge.

axeman9182, Apr 20, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. blue waxed bottle bottle served in a Jester King chalice. Thanks to nasty31 for the share.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. Minimal splotches of lace.

S: Nice Buffalo Trace up front with a smooth barrel presence. Caramel and vanilla notes with a light oak profile. There is some heat on those nose, but isn't detracting from the overall scent. Light chocolate notes.

T: Buffalo Trace, dark fruit and heavy roasted malts. Nice barrel with vanilla and caramel with a ton of rich chocolate. Very decadent.

M: Oily with a medium low carbonation. Medium to heavy bodied with a sweet finish.

O: A rich and delicious beer. Tons of chocolate with a strong barrel presence, but it really works nice with the base beer.

Treebs, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
4.39/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark chocolate with no light getting thru. No head at all or signs of carbonation

S - Chocolate and vanilla with a big whiff of Buffalo Trace bourbon which gives it oak, caramel and slight booziness near the back end

T - Chocolate up front with the taste of a caramel square as well. Vanilla sweetness comes through from the barrel. Light oak and bourbon in the finish

M - Medium creamy body with light roasted and astringent aspect to it in the finish

O - Tasty and well integrated stout with a good barrel presence, vanilla and caramel to it.

jeonseh, May 19, 2013
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4.39/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/18/13 #827

Poured into Voodoo Barrel Room snifter

A: pours thick with needle thin white head. pitch black body. No alcohol legs, instead the alcohol just coats the glass and leaves a slight brownish flim.

A: sweet bourbon vanilla, heavy bakers cocoa, dark fruits. Chocolate bomb.

T: Booze, slight burn in the chest. Nice dark fruit character with chocolate notes. boozey but still somehow very drinkable

M: Medium to full with some decent carbonation for the style.

O: Very solid beer. still a litte boozy even after a full year of cellaring. not sure if more time would improve it though. If you love chocolate you would love this beer.

Sarge3130, Jan 28, 2014
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Black Magick - Buffalo Trace from Voodoo Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.