Black Magick (Rye Whiskey Barrels)
Voodoo Brewery

Black Magick (Rye Whiskey Barrels)Black Magick (Rye Whiskey Barrels)
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Stout - American Imperial
4.6 | pDev: 5.65%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Black Magick (Rye Whiskey Barrels)Black Magick (Rye Whiskey Barrels)
Notes: After a 3 year hiatus, our highly coveted award winning Russian imperial stout makes its triumphant return, this time after a lengthy slumber in rye whiskey barrels.
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PhilHarmstead from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opaque and jet-black with accents of burnt sienna, this Rye Black Magick has a caramel head that leaves a pretty, but rapidly-receding lace. A bouquet of cacao and leather gives way to a subtle rye spice and milk chocolate. Mouth feel is good, but not exceptional, and leaves something to be desired. Overall, a wonderfully flavorful and complex non adjunct stout!

Mar 07, 2019
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Fux from France

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Mikkeller and Friends before CBC.
This one was my favorite variant from last release. Nose and taste are dominated by chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and roasted malts. It is the most well integrated variant (better than the bourbon variants) with less heat and more malty richness.
Almost on par with the BA Black Magick from first release.

Jun 15, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Black color, no head. Aroma has dark malts, chocolate, whiskey and some brown sugar. Taste has dark malt and chocolate, butterscotch, toffee, spicy whiskey, bitter finish. Body is quite light for the style.

May 22, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out jet black in color with little to no head on top. The smell of the beer is loaded with chocolaty whiskey notes, plenty of barrel here on this one. The taste of the beer is much like the nose, heavy roast with sweet chocolate that gets cut into by the subtle spice of the rye. The feel of the beer is heavy, yet very enjoyable. Overall it's a beautiful beer.

Apr 29, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

How someone who claims to be a stout fan rates this under 4.5 at the lowest blows my mind.

Bottle #1125.

Pours jet black with small amount of foam upon pour. Foam quickly dissipates and only a thin layer of caramel colored foam is around the edge of glass. Everything about this beer is 'deep'. Nose is loaded with barrel character + chocolate, deep dark roasted malts, and coffee. The taste has a good bit of sweetness with that chocolate and well complemented roasted malts. The barrel is abundant but tying it up well. Feel is thick and chewy. Some may call it boozy but it's perfect.

Overall, this reminds me of the very best BCBS beers. The ones that have been cellared properly and opened at the perfect time. Man, I wish this beer was easier to get.

Mar 23, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bowing & scraping towards fiver29 for this black-waxed 12 oz. bottle with the Voodoo Barrel Collection parchment-style label. Dated 2/25/16, bottle #1253.

The wax provides me with my workout for the night – I wonder how many scrapes, punctures, & cuts this 2” rubbery barrier has caused? Big hiss when the cap comes off, & what’s underneath is black & lively, but that life is shorter than a fruit fly. Inhalation brings rye, old leather, foreshadowing of alcohol. Mostly barrel. Not complaining.

Black Magick – Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged is barrel dominated. Rye is draped over the beer like a $20 lap dance, but there’s a huge back-kick of char that I suspect comes from the wood itself, almost leaning into smokiness. Searching under these behemoths, one can find small quantities of cocoa, bitter earthiness, roast, & just enough alcohol to know one should hide one’s keys. The char & bitterness are a bit disconcerting, & lower the amount of this I’d want to consume in one sitting markedly.

This does not live up to the very high bar Voodoo has set for its barrel aged beers. Good – nothing more, nothing less.

Feb 01, 2017
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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

4.98/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On draft for customer appreciation week at the Homestead location poured into a Voodoo snifter.

Look: Pours an amazing jet black color that looks like motor oil. Roughly an inch of a nice tan head present with a very minor amount of lacing.

Smell: Heavy notes of rye whiskey on the nose along with char and chocolate!

Taste: Heavy rye whiskey at the forefront with notes of chocolate, coffee, woodiness, and char. Boozy but I found this to go down very smooth for the ABV of 13%. A truly world class to one of a kind beer!

Feel: Medium to almost heavy bodied. Wish this was a tad thicker but I am knit picking here.

Overall: Super barrel aged beer here from the crew at Voodoo! Glad I was able to score a pour of this at customer appreciation week before the keg kicked as I didn't bite on the barrel allotment earlier in the year! If this were to ever go on tap again I recommend getting out there ASAP to get a shot at tasting this one of a kind treat!

Jan 20, 2017
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great barrel integration that complements the base stout. Chocolate notes with a touch of heat. This beer reminds me a lot of Hill Farmstead's Damon. A terrific beer with a high cost of entry.

Jan 08, 2017
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jkrug5 from Maryland

5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maple, chocolate, coffee and of course rye whiskey. You won't find a much better beer. Could be a little thicker, but this is world class. Too bad I'll never try MBP.

Jan 08, 2017
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Kramerbarthomer from Colorado

4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is fantastic. That Rye whiskey barrel adds just enough of the spice that I was looking for to meld with the flavor of thebase beer. Barrel is present and booming. Great beer. Worth seeking out.

Jul 16, 2016
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HoppyBastard1 from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

doesn't quite live up too the previous releases, but still a pretty solid overing. reminds me more of the pre barrel room collection vintages. I enjoyed this batch more before it went into the barrels. Still pretty freakin good though!

Jun 23, 2016
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dddddddd from Washington

4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barrel (rye, char and oak) and chocolate. Sweetness from the sugar in the way of chocolate, vanilla, and even caramel/molasses. I didn't find this 'hot' as others have mentioned. Body/mouthfeel was substantial.

Jun 20, 2016
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Dan_Inreallife from Colorado

4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Doc Holliday lived out his last days in Colorado, suffering from TB and a lifetime of gunfights, gambling, and whores. During this time, he was said to consume copious amounts of laudanum and alcohol to help ease his pains, but what most people don’t know is that Doc Holliday’s real vice was a good barrel-aged imperial stout. Voodoo Brewing Company came along a few years too late for him to enjoy, but I reckon he’d have been a big fan. I’d go so far as to say Doc Holliday may have even chosen a bottle of Black Magick aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels for his final libation, and I’ll tell you why…

Rye Whiskey was unquestionably the go-to drink for gamblers, cowboys, and general roughnecks during Doc’s heyday, so the choice of this barrel for aging Black Magick in would have instantly struck a chord. Black Magick pours as dark as the soul of any of the men Doc killed, which is to say, midnight black and oily with a dark chocolate-brown head that lingers as long as the smoke haze in a crowded saloon. The smells of saddle leather, pipe tobacco, charred oak, and rye that emanate from Black Magick would have been familiar to Doc, but maybe not the dark cacao that is tucked underneath. No stranger to the dregs of percolated coffee, Doc would have found a comfortable pleasantness in Black Magick’s viscous mouth feel and roasty body. The dark baker’s chocolate that followed would no doubt have been a surprise, but the lingering rye whiskey spice on the finish would have been old hat (or in his case, old Stetson). Yes, all in all I’d say Doc would have thoroughly enjoyed Rye Whiskey Black Magick, much the same way that I did. If a flaw had to be found, it may be its youth; a few months more would likely serve to mellow it out a tad and meld those complex flavors, but alas, Doc Holliday would have been long dead before such time had been reached. As for me, my bottle is empty, never to be replenished… or will it?

Jun 16, 2016
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Shermski from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Feel, texture are nailed. Big and decadent, that being said I've never tasted a better beer that I still wanted more out of. I know it sounds so dumb, everything is great about this beer (the harder things to nail are nailed like feel/texture/richness), I want something more out of this in terms of flavor. Rye is on the forefront, not some adjunct but I understand that's the goal of this beer. This is still beyond world class, expectations for this category are so high. Glad to have sought out hoping to seek out man bear pig some day.

Jun 13, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz black wax dipped bottle poured into a matching barrel room collection snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark khaki head that holds around the perimeter of the glass leaving spotty lace as it fades.

The aroma is sweet at the onset then char, roast, earth, espresso, caramel, vanilla and then lots of dry oak. The taste brings more of the same. A touch of sweetness that is almost candy-like upfront then boozy whiskey, oak, char, earth and espresso-like bitterness. More sips reveal a sweet vanilla, caramel and integrated oak character toward the finish.

This is full bodied and modestly carbonated. A very complex yet such an enjoyable sipper that lives up to the expectations that the black magick name has created for itself. What a great beer that perfectly captures my favorite aspects of rich barrel aged imperial stouts. Its boozy, yet not overly so. The barrel nuance is splendid and something that can only be attained when a barrel is filled and left to rest for as long as necessary. Well done.

Jun 01, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.02/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Black body with a medium khaki head. Smells of strong rye whiskey, lots of brown sugar, chocolate, and a nutty oak aroma. Taste has sharp rye whiskey. Very sweet. Fudge and dark chocolate. Back end is bitter and earthy and has just a bit of strange aftertaste. Extremely heavy and sweet. Alcohol flavor and burn. Tasty, but it's intense.

May 24, 2016
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earljones199 from New Hampshire

4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I get a creamy stout with tons of flavor for a non-adjunct stout. If someone told me this had vanilla in it I'd believe them. This is so silky smooth and it lingers forever. Really good

May 23, 2016
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Beer4B from Florida

4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, dark oil. Could smell it from several feet away. Lots of barrel. Good feel as it wasn't too thin or too thick. Lots of barrel and bourbon heat, which I like. Some time will probably do this beer well too.

May 23, 2016
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Crisb184 from Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Haven't reviewed many beers, but compelled to do so after drinking this gem. This beer is amazing. Rye barrel adds a sharp edge and distinct character. Easily the best non-adjunct stout I have ever had. Nose is booze, barrel. Still picking up flavors a min after first sip. Chocolate, booze, barrel, dark fruits. Well done voodoo!

May 21, 2016
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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Black. Motor oil viscosity
Smell - Bourbon, rye, chocolate, pipe tobacco type sweetness
Taste - Heavy rye whiskey, chocolate, some vanilla, oaky/smoky, lingering booze
Feel - great mouthfeel, thick, viscous, coats the mouth.

Overall - A phenomenal BA stout! Definitely worth seeking out.

May 09, 2016
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Nachojon from Oregon

4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hoy smokes. On draft at de Garde 3rd Anniversary. Could smell it 15 feet away. This thing had some real complexity, not just adjunct, not just barrel, not just the base. Very deep and as it warms just brings out more and more flavor. Luckily I wasn't drunk yet, this did get me there tho.

May 03, 2016
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brother_rebus from Maine

4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black. Opaque black. Thick and black. Like Serena Williams' ass level. Head dissipated almost immediately and left a satin dense aqueous phase liquid. Like petrol. Smells like chocolate malts. A slight sweet hint, with rye whisky peeking through. I imagine the inside of a spent whisky barrel char and the tobacco stained teeth of the still hand who fired the flame. Some smells of almost roasty like coffee. It tastes up front like vanilla almost. With chocolate blops of mid-level sweetness slowly rolling over the vanilla, until the rye booze taste swindles its way in and conquers the pallet. Then fades to a roasty drying taste. I almost get a minuscule salty aspect that leaves me wanting more. The feel is awesome. Smooth velvet body full of flavor washes in, with a potent dose of bubbles, that most BA stouts (unfortunately) usually lack. The booze is perfectly present, but is by no means 13% overwhelming. In fact, I've had 8.5% beers that are boozier tasting than this. I almost don't believe it's 13%. overall this beer is one of the best stouts I've had, nevermind BA stouts. Very pleased and glad there's more.

Apr 10, 2016
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sposter4 from Pennsylvania

4.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz poured into a snifter. Pours black with dark tan head. Smells of Bourbon and dark chocolate with hints of tobacco and black coffee. Coats the mouth with a thin dry layer that hangs around awhile. This beer drinks with any top line big BA stout. Dark chocolate and earthy taste notes give way to a great barrel taste. There is a little heat as you would expect from a 13% BA beer. This beer is full bodied with low carbonation. Yet another great beer from a great brewery.

Mar 30, 2016
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jbwimer from Kansas

4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful onyx with a solid finger of mocha head that lingers for a while and leaves a ring for the duration of the drinking period. Smell is chocolate covered raisins, hints of spicy rye, vanilla, and a sweet woodiness. Flavor has plenty of sweet chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, less of the raisin/plum that's on the nose, but it's there still, along with a mild whiskey flavor. Mouthfeel is medium plus and is smooth as can be. This is drinking so wonderfully right out of the gate. Curious to see how it develops over time.

Mar 28, 2016
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Mounty4Life from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

pitch dark soft pillow of caramel colored head.....big whiskey and dark chocolate right away plus some coffee and oak slightly in malt...taste is huge rye whiskey and awesome malt backbone with real nice mouth feel....coats your mouth and tons of flavor for sure!

Mar 27, 2016
Black Magick (Rye Whiskey Barrels) from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 129 ratings