Black Magic Stout - Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 03-31-2003

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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The second beer I sampled during happy hour a few days ago, on to the beer:

Opaque in appearance with a small head, this brew had a little more fruit/alcohol flavor to it than your typical stout. Cocoa, molasses, fruit, and bitter roasted malts make up the flavor. Not the most drinkable beer around, but more complex than the amber ale I had earlier, which keeps you coming back to your glass for another sip.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Dmann
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very enjoayable brew. This one poured a dark black color with a good sized off white head that left great rings of lace down the glass. The smell was of coffee and had a hint of malt in there as well. The taste was smokey from start to finnish, with just a touch of burnt malt in the mix. This is a very drinkable stout due to it's porter like mouthfeel and smoothe flavor. I'd definantly order this gem again.

Photo of magictrokini
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tiny, oily ring of tan bubbles. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt in the nose. It was not a thin mouthfeel in general, but watery for the genre. More chocolate and coffee in the taste, with a little anise, caramel, cream, barley, and some oatiness and a little smoke. Good, not great.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Solid offering from the brew-pub Oggies.
Pours deep copper brown with very small head....light lacing doesn't last through the drink, however.
Aroma is mostly light burnt malts...a little sweetness.
Tastes rich or malts with a little more hops than I am used to in a Stout....alcohol burn was actually much stronger than the rated ABV...possibly because it isn't allowed a chance to age sufficiently. Also a little balance is missing (the extra hops taste) due to insufficient aging.
Drinkable to a point.

Photo of Sammy
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Carmel Country Road. Black with some mocha head, lots of lace. Bitter, high carbonation. Dinkable, but this seemed like a Guiness clone. Roasted body, with coffee, very dry. Coffee grounds. Malts get it done, but just an average beer and below average stout.

Photo of MiScusi
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Oggi's Corona, CA location. Pitch black body with off white head. Taste had some chocolate with some deep coffee flavor hiding in the back too, but the dominant taste was something I couldn't put my finger on here, but was very distinct. I want to say it was sort of like a black licorice, or some other sort of candy flavor you have when you're a kid and you avoid eating them the rest of the time because it's a strange (although not bad) flavor. I didn't like the quantity that this flavor came in... if they dialed it down a notch and brought up the other flavors a bit I would like this stout much more.

Photo of GRG1313
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a lovely thick and rough tan head. I'm usually not much on lacing but this has the nicest, most complete lacing I've seen in a long time.

Sweet dark chocolate nose with undertones of carmeled coffee-very inviting.

Light creamy mouthfeel but thin bodied.

Good rich espresso flavors and character with a nice hop balance but something is missing; you want "more" of all of it. Lacks a bit of a body and lacks a "richness" in flavors and character. Very nice coffee/bitter hop long finish. Best part of beer is the finish which is very roasted grain, dark chocolate and espresso with plenty of hop finish character. Beer is just a bit thin and simple and "lacking." Just my opinion, as always.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Black with ruby edges, thin espresso head, moderate lace.

Roasty malt aromas, chocolate and dark roast coffee.

Flavor was espresso coffee, light chocolate, touch of milky sweetness.

coffee flavor went on long into the finish.

Photo of Armand
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now if Oggis ever takes this beer away I will stop going back. This is the best beer they have and keeps me going back. Love my Wednesday Happy Hour.

A: Awesome pitch black.
S: Roasted Coffe, mocha, chocolate, raisins aroma-just like heaven
T: Rich moca kicks in. Coffee is prenent
M: Rich full body. Have had this many times, and good when carbnated well. When it is flat it is a shame.
O: All of the above.

Photo of badboyrsl84
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a good example of what a stout should look like in a pint. Its a pitch black without any head stability which is a disappointment. There isn't a really good aroma from this brew which comes as a surprise. I get small hint of dark chocolate that's it. It leads me to be curious of the taste. It taste of black coffee and dark chocolate in the beginning and finish way to quickly like a Irish stout. Overall its a nice brew for such a commercial company like oggis.

Photo of rayzorwit
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I go to Oggi's Mission Valley on a regular basis. I am very happy with their stout. They serve it in cold glasses; so if you are a warm beer mug kinda guy like me, you're going to have to ask for a warm glass. This beer is sensitive to cold (yeah, I know, a stout should have more balls). But once the beer warms up, it's very tasty. It's definitely at its best at room temperature.

The stout has a medium body (i.e., within the spectrum of stouts). I find it to be more like a porter in character. It starts of a bit weak. It's a smoky beer from start to finish, but its best moment is at the finish.

Since my first taste of it at the San Diego Beer Fest 2001, I've said that's it's the best stout within San Diego city limits. I've taken several other stout drinkers there and they had also concluded it was an outstanding beer. Recommended.

Photo of LittleBreeze
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank IntriqKen for the growler

This is a lovely stout. Rich aroma full of coffee, roasted grains and hops. For me the coffee was in the foreground and the chocolate played second. However, when drinking, the chocolate stepped up and played nice with the coffee. Flavors were well balanced. Mouthfeel was creamy and full. Smooth. Drinkability was a bit to good. This was a good example of the style and an outstanding beer experience.

Photo of jcalabre
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have had this Stout on several occasions at the Oggi's in Mission Viejo, California. As a general comment, as far a 'chain' brewpubs go, this is a decent stout. Overall, when compared to other micros, this is mediocre dry stout. If you're at Oggis, it's worth having as part of the sampler. BTW, look for coupons in the local paper. Frequently there are coupons for the samplers

Photo of spazaru
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid brew from underrated Oggi's. As some have said, Oggi's served their beer too cold, but once it warms a bit, this stout is excellent!

Probably the best of Oggi's "regular" offerings; give this one a try!

I typically don't like "chain" brewpubs, but Oggi's is better than most and their best beer is as good as anyone's.

Photo of aracauna
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nice almost black body is topped by a creamy tan head. This is a little on the sweet side with a good amount of caramel in the flavor and a little roast. It's not too heavy, but to get that it's also a little thin. It's a fairly tasty stout but underwhelming compared to certain others.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: near black with a good tan head. Pretty good lacing.

S: good. Slightly sweet with a bit of cherry scenta, and definite dark malt presence. Some chocolate.

T: pretty good. Dark malts, some hops, and a little spiciness. Faint cherries.

M: dry, as it should be. Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: pretty drinkable. Best beer from Oggi's by far.

Photo of mhaugan
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This past Sunday I tried out a beer from Oggi's. There is one of these San Diego favorites right near my parent's house in Glendale and we have had pizza there many times for various birthday's. This time when picking up a couple of pies I popped over to the bar to try out one of their brews. I opted for the Black Magic stout, mostly because I hadn't had a stout in a while, and with the weather "cooling off" it feels like it is the season. The first thing I noticed is that appeared to be dispensed though a nitrogen tap, as the tap for this beer was different from the rest. The beer came with a very light head, because of this there wasn't much lacing or lasting head which I blame on the tap more than anything else. Light aroma of roasted malts with a hint of alcohol. Great mouthfeel, due mostly to the nitrogen. It was very drinkable, but with its relatively high alcohol content I wouldn't want to push it too far.

Photo of charlzm
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/05/07 at Oggi's in Santa Clarita, CA.

Coffee, toffee aromas go with the very dark brown liquid. Tastes like there might be some adjuncts to enhance the coffee flavor. Burnt toffee in there, too. A little dry but not particularly astringent. Low carbonation. Didn't notice any hops. Very clean finish with almost no aftertaste. Best Oggi's beer I've had.

Photo of womencantsail
1.62/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On-tap at Oggi's Tustin

A: The beer pours just about black with a finger of tan colored head.

S: Something is obviously amiss right away. Green apple, booze, vinegar, and nail polish remover. There is some roasted malt aroma in there too. Maybe a bit of char and coffee.

T: This is a beer that hurts to drink. An enormous amount of nail polish remover and extremely acidic. It burns the throat and tongue a bit. Some harsh roasted malt and maybe coffee, but it's sort of hard to tell/care.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Simply painful and atrocious.

Photo of SteveO1231
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a pint of the Black Magic with my pizza.

Dark opaque black, thin tan head.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

Served a little cold so I had to let it sit a minute.

Tasted very nice and smooth, sweet chocolate and caramel.
Nice coffee like finish.

Very nice stout, smooth, balaced flavor, highly drinkable.


Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Oggi's Carmel Mountain.

A: Black with a creamy tan head.

S: A pleasant blend of coffee, chocolate, and earth. There's a moderate roast with evident molasses and a faint nuttiness.

T: Dry roasted coffee with notes of earth. Lots of dark chocolate and roast. The beer is moderately bitter. There's a light nuttiness accompanying blackstrap molasses and a moderate sweetness.

M: Full in body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: A solid Stout.

Photo of BrewMaster
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is dark, dark, dark in color with no light passing though the blackish brown beer. The head is a tan, sandy head that retained very well in the glass. The aroma is all dark malts and caramel malts with sweetness to lure you in. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and sour malty flavors dominate the taste. There is a touch of hop bitterness at the end. It is clean and not very sticky in the mouth which made it a very pleasant beer to enjoy with pizza.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice smoky offering from Oggi's in Mission Viejo. The brew was quite black and opaque with a light tan head that laced very well. The nose and taste gave off a smoky roasted sense that was very pleasant to the palate. Chocolate predominates throughout the beer and is very nice with some light hints of coffee. It has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Nice beer; not great, but pleasant.

Photo of beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color. Aroma is mild malts, chocolate and coffee. A medium bodied stout. Malts are roasted, chocolate and coffee. A middle of the road stout. Nice, but not very interesting. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Oggi's Pizza and Brewing Company in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slight cocoa, and a weird plastic smell. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and coffee grounds. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the plastic aroma I am getting from this one is odd.

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Black Magic Stout from Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
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