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Black Magick - Buffalo Trace - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 6.78%
Wants: 268
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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4/5  rDev -12.5%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

WVbeergeek, Sep 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Slatetank, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of orangesol
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.

orangesol, Jun 16, 2013
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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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Gonzoillini, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

iL0VEbeer, Jun 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ShanePB, Jun 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Zaphog, Apr 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

rolltide8425, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
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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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Cynic-ale, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

chippo33, Oct 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

TurdFurgison, Jul 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -23.4%

bsuedekum, Jun 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

BMart, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of cpetrone84
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 maximum12
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.

maximum12, Jun 27, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev -2.6%

AlexFields, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Holland, May 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

tommyguz, May 07, 2013
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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!

cosmicevan, Apr 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

stereosforgeeks, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.9%

DarthKostrizer, Jul 21, 2014
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Black Magick - Buffalo Trace from Voodoo Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.