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Black Magick - Buffalo Trace - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 6.56%
Wants: 251
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: HoppyKilaMonster on 03-24-2013)
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-17-2013 11:28:54 | More by Slatetank
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4.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from the '13 release at Voodoo. What a day/night/day.
Shared at an April '13 SEPA tasting.

Among the three barrel'd Black Magick versions I rank this in the middle, under the Pappy and above the Laird's. As expected, an opaque obsidian color, with a small, dense, brown head that never completely vanished; minimal lacing, but did leave some oily streaking on the glass. Much like the Pappy version, aroma of rich chocolate, some cocoa bitterness, tobacco, bourbon, though perhaps a bit more of an oak profile coming out on this one. The latter characteristic was well-defined in the taste as well, bourbon was obvious but smooth and well-integrated, dark malts, dark chocolate, tobacco, and a hint of anise. Body was essentially full, rich and smooth, some boozy heat, but not as much as you'd expect for the ABV. Another great drinker, and well worth the adventure endured to obtain it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 10:19:40 | More by Rifugium
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 15:47:37 | More by stakem
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4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared this one with a bunch of close friends and Matthew Allyn, Brewmaster at Voodoo.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of warm bourbon, vanilla, fudgey chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, oak and plenty of dark roasted malts. A little rough around the edges but all in all an awesome nose.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sugary sweetness; mainly vanilla beans and chocolate fudge batter; quickly giving way to the dark fruit, oak and quite a bit of warming bourbon heat. The booze burn is probably strongest in this version compared to the others. Finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast with a plenty of booze, lingering on the palate long after each sip.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Big, thick feel with plenty of booze throughout yet it is still drinkable.

O - This is one massive beer. As I said before, I think it is still a little rough around the edges and could use some time to mellow out. As it stands now, I would say I prefer it second to the PVW but still an awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 05:02:02 | More by orangesol
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07-14-2013 00:46:20 | More by Gonzoillini
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-04-2013 03:46:24 | More by rolltide8425
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

04-25-2014 18:03:48 | More by Zaphog
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:18:58 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-23-2013 14:08:05 | More by ShanePB
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3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

10-01-2013 05:16:38 | More by chippo33
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-17-2013 02:40:24 | More by iL0VEbeer
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

07-04-2014 11:13:27 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

06-08-2014 01:16:52 | More by bsuedekum
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4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks again doesn't quite cut it for the generosity of fiver29 in slinging these bottles my way, but it's all I have. 12 oz. bottle with blue wax, bottle #478 dated 1/18/13.

I'm getting all tingly just working the wax off. Pour is pitch black with a ring of bubbles that is oddly persistent as I allow it to warm. Smells almost identical to the Laird's Apple version, which seems odd - lightless malts, warm chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla. If every beer smelled like this, I'd never, ever be sober again.

Black Magick - Buffalo Trace is liquid tar incarnate: oozing, crack-filling, cold, slow-flowing tar. Every square millimeter of my mouth is coated after two sips. In contrast with the Laird's, this version is less smooth & more rip-roaring hard, the bourbon disrupting the smoothness of the underlying beer to rap its knuckles against the back of my throat. Big alcohol heat & a cold plank of underlying wood that dries out the mouth like a black desert. Mid-section showcases loads of chocolate, vanilla, more hothotalcoholheat. Sweet, almost sugary malts smooth out the back-end a little, but that dragon-fire is warming the cockles of my stomach lining. Mouthfeel: borderline perfect.

Brewers, pay attention. This is what a big, brutal, searing barrel-aged stout should smell, feel, & taste like. Honestly, I'm having trouble finding even the slightest fault with this beer, because it's a hang-nail away from being perfect. Wow. I'm going to go enjoy the rest of this now, if you don't mind. Slowly. Thanks again, John.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 02:42:20 | More by maximum12
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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!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:29:06 | More by cpetrone84
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

05-28-2013 01:09:48 | More by Holland
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

01-12-2014 02:48:05 | More by AlexFields
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New York

4.56/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to Shilt for tossing this one my way. what an amazing surprise. meant to hang onto this for a share, but i just couldn't wait any longer....bottle # 236. enjoyed from the 22oz barrel room collection voodoo snifter.

a - brew poured a fairly stunning lush black sludge that had a really nice barrel shine to it. deep, rich and ominous. had a thin dark tan head that was gone shortly after the pour settled.

s - i sniffed the bottle when it first opened and nearly passed out from joy. the lush chocolate and booze was just outrageous. upon closer inspection in the glass, BOOM there it is. BIG LUSH CHOCOLATE. black magick is a BIG beer, putting it in buffalo trace barrels certainly compliments this but makes it a booze fiesta. the wood smooths it over though carrying some vanilla, but make no mistake, you will get drunk from this beer...at least that's what the nose tells me.

t - really impeccable. chocolate and wood. some vanilla. this beer is extremely balanced. nothing is too much in any one direction. putting black magick into a barrel was a GREAT idea.

m - wow, the first thing that jumps out at me is the chewiness of this beer. it is so full and rich, but so drinkable. thick. what the nose tells you about the booziness is gone when this touches your lips. truly amazing at how well the ABV is integrated into the flavor.

o - overall, i am floored by this beer. so massive, but so drinkable. the barrel puts everything in it's right place. looking forward to trying the pappy and hopefully getting my hadns on the others...maybe even another bottle of this. what a treat!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 03:05:01 | More by cosmicevan
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-07-2013 17:58:30 | More by BMart
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

03-27-2013 11:17:52 | More by ncaudle
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

04-13-2014 01:21:34 | More by stereosforgeeks
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-07-2013 13:08:40 | More by tommyguz
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4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Voodoo snifter.

Appearance: The stream is pitch black while pouring into the glass. Not simply one of those beers that turns black in the glass, this is pitch during the bottle to glass transition. The head is a chocolate brown color, and stood about one half of a finger tall.

Aroma: Heavy notes of bourbon and oak dominate the nose. Some dark chocolate and a touch of soy sauce as it warms.

Taste: Follows the nose, I'm getting a ton of oak-y tannins and bourbon with some dark bittersweet chocolate in the background. It's sweet, but definitely not cloying at all. There's a kiss of alcohol, but you feel more than you taste it.

Mouthfeel: Well, per usual....the barrels thin out what would normally be a thick and chewy beer, but it's still somewhere past medium for such a big barrel aged beer. The carbonation is on the soft side, but definitely present....just where you want it.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is definitely more carbonated than the last release of Black Magick (2009). It might be a bit lower in alcohol too. I really like this one a lot. Nice job Voodoo!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 20:48:33 | More by Morey
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4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Buffalo Trace Black Magick from Voodoo Brewing Company out of Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Score: 98

Bottle is dated 01/18/13, #391 out of 552. Served in a Goose Island Black Friday Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter and enjoyed on 12/03/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep, inky black color with two fingers of dark cinnamon head that settles to a thin coating. Good lacing, good retention. 4.5/5

Smell: From the moment the cap is removed, huge aromas of milk chocolate, pancake batter, vanilla cinnamon roll frosting and dark chocolate explode out of the bottle. The dark chocolate notes are reminisce of a very high percentage cacao bar that has a slight fruity note to it. Behind that is a very light alcohol heat, brownies, bittersweet chocolate morsels, a little raisin and brown sugary bourbon notes too. Oak and a touch of char rounds out the end of the whiff. The aroma here is quite robust. As the beer warms up, a light hop character comes through, in addition to a little tobacco and a dash of anise. This is a complex chocolate bomb on the nose, with a delightful injection of vanilla and brown sugar. 4.75/5

Taste: A nice sweet dark fruit flavor, surprisingly, hits the tongue first -- fig and raisin -- with a little brown sugar flavor too. Then notes of bitter chocolate, milk chocolate and oaky vanilla take over. There is a delicious, slightly fruity, high cacao percentage-like dark chocolate backbone to this beer, and a fudgey finish. Milk chocolate, oaky vanilla, bitter dark chocolate and faint bourbon meld on the tongue seamlessly. This beer has a long finish of fudge, oak and the high cacao, slightly fruity dark chocolate flavor. As it warms up, caramel undertones on the back half come out, in addition to a light, complementary anise character and a hint of tobacco. The rich desserty vanilla notes from the nose are dialed back in the taste, and the oak is more prominent. Almost a year old, there is virtually no alcohol heat or flavor on this 13.5% bad boy. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied, with a low level of carbonation that is good for the style and flavor profile. Nice bitter-leaning bittersweet balance on the palate. Has a nice oiliness upfront that dries out nicely on the finish. All of this lends to a good drinkability and desire to quaff more. 4.5/5

Overall: A bold, flavorful beer for a cold winter night, this epic 13.5% stout has superb balance, marvelous flavor integration, and is a chocolate lovers dream. It's dangerously drinkable, so sip with caution.

Cost: $8 for a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 05:14:30 | More by jegross2
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Black Magick - Buffalo Trace from Voodoo Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.