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Black Magic Woman - Hornbeer

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BA SCORE
88
very good

31 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8%


Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-06-2009)
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-04-2014 18:23:59 | More by evil_liver
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 18:03:51 | More by polloenfuego
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

03-06-2014 00:21:55 | More by Molson2000
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

02-16-2014 00:30:49 | More by DaPan
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:59:16 | More by DenisKolkin
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

01-24-2014 03:09:59 | More by jmkoscie
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

01-14-2014 01:53:40 | More by yancot
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:34:21 | More by Digimaika2
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crooksb2

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

01-04-2014 19:29:11 | More by crooksb2
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 06:14:39 | More by biegaman
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

12-26-2013 03:54:33 | More by andrenaline
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-16-2013 03:08:26 | More by RedAleMan
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 02:22:05 | More by jrenihan
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

12-08-2013 02:15:24 | More by WeissBoy
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev 0%

12-07-2013 13:40:01 | More by liamt07
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, thanks to hoppypocket for the trade. Label sez this is good 'til 2022, but I'm not waiting that long (my favorite armchair may be gone by then).

This beer pours like fresh motor oil - a solid, unyielding, highlight-free black, with a whole handful of puffy, densely foamy, and bubbly mocha brown head, which leaves some stellar, variable webbed lace all around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of smoked, lightly peated caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, dry coffee grounds, stale licorice, singed leather, a bit of molasses, and faint earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more dry, roasty-toasty bready caramel malt, a hint of treacle, thick, mildly bitter mocha coffee, earthy dark fruit - prunes, cherries, and dates - oily leather, vegetal smoked peat, and a soft earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite tame, but supportive where it needs to be, the body a solid heavy weight, unctuous, generally smooth, and more than a tad creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, all malty and fruity, the rather ingrained smokiness finding it strangely hard to crack that nut.

A splendiferous RIS, nicely roasted and sweet, the particular astringency one gets from peat kept mostly on the fringe here. Well rounded, full, and duly warming, yet without any wayward heat. I could go on, but my 'vintage' Lazyboy is beckoning.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:50:54 | More by biboergosum
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

07-06-2013 00:32:55 | More by jwat
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Abio

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

04-29-2013 14:22:21 | More by Abio
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deac83

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-02-2013 03:53:38 | More by deac83
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Pitch black in color. Dark beige crown shows fairly good retention.Thin layer remains on top. To the nose: black & chocolate malts, strong coffee & burnt touch, herbs & flowers as well as fresh yeast too.Flavors are expected from aromas. Full body, soft carbonation. Fudge bitter chocolate, coffee infusion & prunes with licorice notes are shown in the middle.Oily texture. Strong bitterness lingers into a roasted dry finish. Licorice on the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 23:25:41 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4/5  rDev 0%

02-17-2013 21:59:19 | More by Sunnanek
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

09-28-2012 06:41:14 | More by aztraz
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black color with a light tan head that collars around the glass. Smokey, leather, and roast. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Sweet dark chocolate notes quickly transitions to a smokey, roasted note that lingers. The booze doesn’t show through as much as I would think. Some lace on the glass. Overall, I wasn’t expecting this to be as smokey as it was but it wasn’t too bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 01:16:10 | More by kbutler1
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large darn brown frothy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with dry notes is OK. Taste is also a mix between some dry roasted malt with light coffee notes and subtle unrefined grain notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I though this was OK but there something in the dry aftertaste (I have a hard time putting my hand on it) that wasn’t too my liking.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 19:32:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of papat444. Bottle date of 23.04.2021?
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Poured medium/dark brown colour and settled black. One finger of thick, foamy espresso coloured head formed and slowly receded.

S - Intense nose up front full of roasted malts, smoke, licorice, cocoa. A burnt smell is fairly predominant, likely a by-product of the smoke, and it becomes slightly off-putting.

T - Roasted, slightly burnt malts. Intense smoke. Some chocolate and coffee and a touch of licorice. The smoke is overwhelming and distracts the palate from the other flavours that are present.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 03:32:36 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Black Magic Woman from Hornbeer
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.