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Black Magick (Rye Whiskey Barrels) | Voodoo Brewery

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Black Magick (Rye Whiskey Barrels)Black Magick (Rye Whiskey Barrels)
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4.59/5
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Black Magick (Rye Whiskey Barrels)Black Magick (Rye Whiskey Barrels)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
voodoobrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by tommyguz on 02-29-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
125
pDev:
5.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
31
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by Fux:
Photo of Fux
4.5/5  rDev -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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dan_Inreallife
4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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?

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Photo of HoppyBastard1
4.23/5  rDev -7.8%
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!

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Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mmcurran
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brother_rebus
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of KT123
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.73/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Crisb184
4.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of beergorrilla
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robgage
4.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pablo41
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of drone
3.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbuzz
4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tourdot
4.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Black Magick (Rye Whiskey Barrels) from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 125 ratings
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