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Black Magic Stout - Empire Brewing Company

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Black Magic Stout
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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Empire Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-10-2001)
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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by chinchill:
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

consumed at Empire Brewing

A - nearly black; opaque; not cloudy. Thick creamy tan head with excellent{!} retention

S - coffee; smokey; malty

T - coffee stout with slight, but IMO undesirable, smokey/burnt quality

M - full, although a bit light for a stout; smooth

D - a bit better than your average stout

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-04-2010 03:01:55 | More by chinchill
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.1%

03-21-2014 03:24:10 | More by tommyguz
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prisdefer

New York

3/5  rDev -19.1%

02-20-2014 15:19:43 | More by prisdefer
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lovindahops

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

11-16-2013 23:28:15 | More by lovindahops
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a great local stout here, different than many. decadent pour from the nitro tap, black as midnight, with over an inch of soft thick dark tan cream head after the cascade. the nose is bitter form the burnt barley, with a quick coffee hit. it also smells a little sweet, more like a cream or milk stout than a dry irish one, but the taste shows this is the best of both worlds. very rich malt profile, dark and roasty, almost charred, impossibly deep. balancing hops only in the English stout vein, but the are so subtle. a residual sugar comes in briefly teasing vanilla before the dryness takes over. full bodied, milkshake texture, and a smoothness many have strived for but few have accomplished. this is one of the best beers going at empire, and maybe all of new York state, really well done.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-11-2013 17:49:00 | More by StonedTrippin
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Cooker_stp

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

08-19-2013 18:48:44 | More by Cooker_stp
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M16storm

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

07-29-2013 21:43:36 | More by M16storm
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-25-2013 21:06:03 | More by petermethot
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-12-2013 21:20:44 | More by CaptDavyJones
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JohnQVD

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-17-2013 20:02:04 | More by JohnQVD
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nyrblue2

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-14-2013 17:47:00 | More by nyrblue2
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sirsteve42

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-03-2013 06:07:14 | More by sirsteve42
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derekdenim

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

12-24-2012 13:08:17 | More by derekdenim
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gshoes3

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.1%

11-17-2012 16:27:09 | More by gshoes3
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jeffbrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-27-2012 01:57:14 | More by jeffbrew
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blackened1339

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-16-2011 19:35:42 | More by blackened1339
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A spot-on Irish dry stout with caramel, coffee, and dryness at the forefront. Rich, creamy, and strong flavored to appease all fans of Guinness beers.

Deep and dark brown hues hedge on black appearances and basically opaque. The nitro-infused beer develops a stubborn creamy head with superb staying power and rings of creamy lace with each sip. A classic Irish stout appearance.

Muted aromas of malted milk, caramel, roasted coffee, nuttiness, toffee, and a mild woody scent all carve out the nose. No hop aroma, no fruitiness, no real spice- the beer allows the roasted malts to do the talking.

Flavors are more rounded with the flavos of bittersweet cocoa, French roast coffee, walnuts, malted milk, and a hint of charred woods round out the flavors with just a hint of smoke and spice from either yeast or nitrogen.

Very creamy and full from the nitrogen infused beer. But the creaminess is short lived, and as the bubbles subside, the dryness of roast and hop bitterness sets in and molds the fleeting roast bitterness in the end, with only a linger of roast into the next sip.

Bold flavors yet elegant in dryness with enough complementary malt character to give roundness and support. Lightly bittered with grassy hops give a clean and crisp finish for a delightful session.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 16:14:57 | More by BEERchitect
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CupcakeNY

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was beautiful; ebony to near-black color, one finger thick, velvety tan head that dissipated very very slowly.

aroma was almost negligible; some smoke and bitter coffee, caramel.

Mouth feel was excellent; smooth, soft, medium body, perfect carbonation (rather light, but seemed just right for this beer)

Taste was bone dry, with a bitter coffee/cocoa taste and just a bit of smoke and peat. Finish is bitter and lingering, with a touch of an astringent quality. This is a good beer to accompany some hearty food. Sipped without food the dryness and astringency are a bit much. It's a nice stout, though not my favorite. But it is one of the creamiest and most beautiful!

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-18-2011 01:50:43 | More by CupcakeNY
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a true black color with a head of khaki foam. The retention was outstanding and the lacing in thick curtains that turned to garter-like bands with time. The aroma was also very good, coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate and roasted malt all similar to a good mocha. The flavors were good and balanced. Toasted malt, roasted malt, nuts, hints of coffee, chocolate and a hoppy bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel was watery, the body medium and the carbonation light.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 16:03:57 | More by thekevlarkid
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metter98

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark black with a light, creamy brown head that had good retention.
S: There are creamy aromas of roasted malts with hints of coffee and mocha.
T: The flavors resemble the smell, although the taste leans toward being on the weak side.
M: It felt a bit thin on the palate, with a light body.
D: This was very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2010 04:21:01 | More by metter98
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TheBCrew

New York

2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

4 oz. sampler poured into a tasting glass. Deep black color with a creamy tan head typical of the Guiness nitro-tap. The head hangs around for a bit before dissipating to a thin layer. Deep amber hues around the edges when held up to the light. Aroma of black patent and roasted malts. Taste is dry and creamy with a slight bitterness, followed by what can only be described as a bacon flavor. Mouthfeel was decent but I couldn't get past the bacon flavor.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-29-2008 13:28:14 | More by TheBCrew
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WesWes

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a weak black malt scent. It's dry and earthy with a bitter edge. The taste is average. It has a very dry, black malt taste. It seems a bit watery as well as overly bitter. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a full bodied beer with way too little CO2. This could be a real good stout with some minor tinkering. First off increase the CO2. Also, increase the body a little. It's got a great earthy flavor, but it's a bit one sided. It's lacking complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2007 15:13:20 | More by WesWes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub. A dry stout, dark with mocha head and lace. Coffeeish and bitter astringent. No resemblance to Middle Ages style on the part of new brewmaster Tim Burton. He is putting the coffee expresso bias on this one, but you really got to like the stuff. Good for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 04:22:44 | More by Sammy
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this as my second beer during my visit. poured in 1/2 pint glass cold on nitro. Beer is pitch black upon arrival with creamy tan head of .5 cm resting on surface. Very tight lattice work as this head fades to minimal surface layer.
Only faint light passes through on edges of the glass revealing ruby highlights.
Aroma is very roasty with hints of espresso as well. first sip reveals very soft and silky texture with fine rolling carbonation, almost cask like due to nitro pour.
Flavor is very roasty with some espresso notes too. Slightly bitter notes from black malts, no hops present anywhere. Smooth easy drinker.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-31-2007 04:01:43 | More by sulldaddy
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So the deal is you can get samples but can't buy any beer. Yeah. My sample was a nice pitch black with light brown head. At first it tasted like there might be some oats then it dived into big roasty flavors. Reminds me a bit of the Middle Ages Black Heart Stout, but not quite as thick - still a heck of a stout.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2007 01:50:45 | More by tempest
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Black Magic Stout from Empire Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.