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Black Magick - Pappy Van Winkle - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.73
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 775
Gots: 31 | 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:
Beer added by: MarkIntihar on 03-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oily pitch black body capped by a thin lingering head. Leggy and viscous. Nose is heavy on soy sauce, molasses and bourbon. Not much in the way of heat. The palate is similar; the barrel brings a huge but mellow caramel/vanilla bourbon character that's undeniably excellent, but the base beer is underwhelming, reminiscent of soy sauce and burnt sugar. Pretty cloying, this seems sweeter than Black Tuesday despite being significantly lower ABV.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Kristina at Zwanze Day. Served in the provided Cantillon glass.

A - Thin tan foam settles to a partial ring and a few wispy patches on top; no lacing. Very dark brown body that isn't quite black.

S - Massive coconut, vanilla, and oak, with complementary notes of dark fruit, chocolate and caramel. I love the bourbon character here, as it's mellow and vaguely port-like; just like Pappy tends to be.

T - The taste is also quite nice, albeit with more malt character and less pronounced barrel character. Very sweet, approaching Black Tuesday levels, but with a lingering oak and smoke kiss in the finish. Doesn't reach the highs of the aroma, but still quite excellent.

M - Not as big as I anticipated, particularly considering the higher ABV; think this has been thinned out with the extended time in the barrel, although I don't remember the regular Black Magick being all that hefty either. Medium-full body that is quite clingy and viscous. Low carbonation, with tons of lingering stickiness. Not overly boozy, although some heat definitely creeps in as it warms up.

D - I thought this was quite excellent. One of the few barrel-aged stouts I've had in recent memory that has lived up to the hype. A number of us split the 12oz bottle so it's a definite sipper, but it's one I'd love to drink again.

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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Solid, opaque, black pour, with a small cap of dense brown head that receded to a ringlet; minimal lacing, some oily streaking on the glass. Aroma of chocolate fudge, cocoa bitterness, tobacco, definite bourbon notes, but very smooth, with a good oak profile. Man, this beer is drinking incredibly good already, with the bourbon being pretty much fully integrated in the taste. Dark roasty malts, dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, lots of smooth bourbon, oak, earth, tobacco, hint of licorice. Black Magick is a high octane brew anyway, so the bourbon really melds good, leaving a trace of heat, but overall making for a very smooth mouthfeel. Essentially full-bodied, and quite drinkable.

I want to age at least one of these, but as good as it is now, why wait?

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

A - Pours black as night with a nice one finger tall khaki colored head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small trails of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of warm bourbon, vanilla, fudgey chocolate, coconut, dark fruits, caramel, oak and plenty of dark roasted malts. Definitely the best nose of the three, just smells incredible.

T - Starts off much like the BT version does with a big dose of sugary sweetness; mainly vanilla beans and chocolate fudge batter again; quickly giving way to hints of coconut, dark fruits, tobacco, woody oak and a mild amount of warming bourbon. Finish is pretty sweet with a bit of heat, lingering long after the finish. While the BT version is rough, this is the epitome of smooth.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Big, smooth feel with a nice warming booze burn at the end of each sip. Definitely the smoothest, most well integrated of the three thanks to that magic pappy barrel.

O - This is easily my favorite of the three, which is saying something because I really liked the other two. It has all of the flavors I love, as well as being aged in my favorite bourbon barrels, and despite the large ABV it remains fairly easy to consume. Looking forward to seeing how this one develops in the years to come, could get even better.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a matching voodoo barrel room collection snifter. The brew streams as black as a beer can be and rests inside the glass with a finger of brown head sitting atop. The cap fades back fairly quick leaving just a ring around the perimeter of the glass. A swirl revives a half finger and paints some spots and patches of lacing effect on the glass. When held to the light, there is a faint line of lighter brown to almost ruby clarity noted around the edges.

The aroma opens up quite sweet almost indicative of freshly baked brownies with notes of cocoa, vanilla and an overall sweetness that is almost candy-like. There is an earthy oak quality to the nose that blends into suggestions of tobacco and old coffee before the focus of the brew changes to more of a booze character. The bourbon is quite apparent towards the back and does a masterful job of being a supporting role and not a dominating factor.

The taste of this brew is much more forward with the bourbon playing a significant role in the overall flavor profile. There is a bit of residual sweetness suggesting chocolate that blends into more of a roasty bitter baker's cocoa, coffee, earth and tobacco. The earthen aspect brings out a flavor of oak and almost a mild spice of cinnamon before a mild fruity alcohol ester fades to all bourbon across the back. There is a mild touch of anise left in the aftertaste as well as more bitter chocolate and mild coffee tones.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is evident but not distracting for 15%. I am a huge fan of black magick having consumed more than a case of it since it's last release. I was hesitant opening this because I knew it would be hot from the PVW, I had no idea it was going to be this good. This brew is absolutely fantastic, I cannot wait to get into the others from the release.

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12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 847.

Appearance - Viscous black. Inky. Almost no head.

Smell - Incredibly bourbon aroma. Dark dark chocolate and licorice. Vanilla.

Taste - Really fudgy. Bourbon is delicious. Dark fruits and rich dark chocolate in the back. Very sweet. Boozy.

Mouthfeel - Thick and low carbonation. Boozy.

Overall - Immense beer. Delicious barrel.

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Black Magick - Pappy Van Winkle from Voodoo Brewing Company
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