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Black Magic Woman - Hornbeer

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very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-06-2009

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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 500 ml bottle to a snifter.

A: this beer pours a deep deep brown with a thick beige head that lasted for quite a while before eventually giving way to an island of bubbles. Fantastic lacing was left behind as the head broke.

S: roasts, coffee, peat, leather and smoke. The aroma reminds me of winter by the fire.

T: Roasts and coffee are up front with smokiness coming later along with some bitterness.

M: moderate carbonation and a full body, the only downside is the alcohol comes through a touch too strong at times.

O: color me impressed. A really nice beer with a great aroma and taste. This is a winter beer to me, it reminds me of time at the camp by the fire. Birch smoked malt? Are they trying to appeal to Canadians? It makes me happy.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $7.70 CDN into a pint glass. Served well-chilled.

Appearance - Impossibly dark brown, virtually midnight black in low light. 2 fingers of frothy dense brown head with great retention. Classic "heavy" beer appearance. Did I mention the great retention? There's still probably a head on this beer in my stomach although it did visibly lighten in color. Nice lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Smoky, some coffee and firewood. Earthy peat notes too. Incredible amount of smoke aroma coming from the bottle itself, almost up there with Rauchbiers. Really pleasant since it is warm and appetizing but not overdone with smoke.

Taste - Smoky and malty up front transitioning to an earthy coffee flavor and then a hint of something sweet like caramel crossed with vanilla. Bitterness stays in the back but moves forward at the end of the sips and doesn't relinquish it's hold on your tongue in the aftertaste. Noticeably less smoky than is present on the nose.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich with some tingling sensation on the tongue. Dense and velvety smooth. Moderate carbonation.

Overall - An excellent RIS, with huge flavors and big aromas. Smokier than many other RIS's but not to the point of being overdone.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(4.25) A: Near pitch black with a beautiful tall and creamy mocha coloured head. Long lasting retention and streaky lacing.

(4.25) S: Peaty (herbal-like), smoke, dried dark fruits (figs & dates), molasses, bitter chocolate, and caramel. This has a unique herbal-smoke element that adds a layer of depth to the more typical aromas for the style.

(4.0) T: Peat, slight smoke, bitter molasses/chocolate, sweet caramel, anise, and dark fruits. Similar to aroma with great bitter earthy tastes coming through in the form of peat, anise, and molasses. Highly bitter with an equal dryness in the finish.

(3.75) M: Full bodied with mild carbonation. Slick and thick with a slight gritty texture.

(4.0) D: This is very nice and something I would pick-up again. Bitter herbal-earthy flavours are the standout qualities for me.

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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Magic Woman has got me so blind I can't see... or maybe it's just that dark and opaque. Either way, don't turn your back on this baby - it's got a head that's coloured like iron oxide with molten rock-like fieriness. When the foam looks like that, rest assured the beer will be rich.

It'd also be reasonable to expect a beer brewed with birch- and peat-smoked malt to smell distinct but this lacks any telltale signs of its unique ingredients; the smokiness of this bouquet extends no further than coffee levels. In fact, it smells more like a raw cocoa pod.

Each sip offers a mouthful of crumbled Oreo cookies and a big swig of black coffee. There's chocolatey wafers and creamy vanilla. The smoke and peat elements are surprisingly (perhaps disappointingly) subtle. It gets a bit more 'woody' and earthy with warmth but, by and large, it tastes like your run of the mill Russian Imperial Stout.

Birch-smoked malt is uncommon - I can't think of another beer I've tried that uses it - but peat-smoked malt I'm very familiar with, and I can't help but lament the lack of earthy, iodine-y, sea brine notes I associate with peat smoke. Once again, this isn't much smokier than your standard espresso or dark chocolate. This doesn't make the beer bad, just a bit disappointing.

Hornbeer put their spell on me - Black Magic Woman got me singing "I need you so bad, I can't leave you alone". Like Santana (or Fleetwood Mac, who originally recorded the song) it's a classic: rich, smoky, chocolatey, dessert-like and satiating. This beer pushes all the right buttons and is a great example of the Russian Imperial Stout style.

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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best Before August 30, 2021. Bold prediction!

The beer is black with a large cocoa-coloured head. Very good retention.

Nose contains anise, smoke, roasted malt and some peat. Some caramel.

Taste is similar. Roasted malt, caramel, smoke, peat. Chocolate and some anise. A bit of a grassy flavour.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated, thick and big.

Overall, nice stuff indeed. The smoke is present and flavourful but not the focus.

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Black Magic Woman from Hornbeer
89 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.