Black Magick - Old Forrester
Voodoo Brewery

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Russian Imperial Stout
4.61 | pDev: 3.9%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Green Wax- Spent 20 months maturing in Old Forrester bourbon barrels. Our big, bold Russian Imperial stout expresses rich notes of vanilla, fudge, toasted oak and spirit.
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Photo of maximum12
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to intecwrx for this green-waxed 12 oz. bottle received in an early summer trade. Bottle #1329 dated 2/8/17. I don’t have enough Voodoo in my life anymore; I miss the days when they were just another of a thousand breweries.

The pour is black with a charged head, probably because I’ve been wrestling the wax with inadequate tools for several minutes. The nose is bourbon-treated fudge, consumed while sitting atop a pile of fresh-hewn cedar. Appealing.

Black Magick – Old Forrester gives day-drinking on the clock a good name. Big bourbon hit up front, with a side of lovely spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), before that Voodoo-trademarked deep, sweet, chocolatey stout holding it up. Mid-palate brings slow bits of vanilla, liquid fudge infused with condensed liquid fudge, touch of bitter cocoa, wrapping with an undeniable shot of booziness. Thicker than an unattractive Kardashian, but much easier to put down. Or something.

This really requires warming up before the full fudge-a-lanche can be appreciated, but once it does, oh my. No doubt this is an elite-level beer – just fantastic.

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Photo of mothman
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Tan head. Black color.

Fudge, oak, and bourbon. Warming and smooth. Rich and oaky. Everything you want in a BA stout. Full bodied. The bourbon shows so much in such an insane way. Marshmallow and vanilla all around, but not sweet.

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Photo of rudzud
4.16/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Copenhagen Beer Fest. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a nice dark black hue with a rather thin mocha head.

S - Aromas of light chocolate, very very faint bourbon barrel notes and bourbon itself. Little vanilla from the barrel along with some darker fruits.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with a fair amount of soft oak, bourbon is a bit restrained, vanilla is faint. Decent dark fruits and chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, body is on the thinner side.

O - Overall this was a decent enough stout. Wish the barrel popped more on this.

Serving Type: on tap

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Photo of jlindros
4.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Copenhagen beerfest
No head, little lacing, pitch black
Nose syrupy coffee roast, oak dust, char, big buttery oak, hint bourbon
Taste big syrupy roast, choc, some buttery oak, cocoa, candy, coffee, chewy nougat notes, hint bourbon
Mouth thick and chewy, decent carb, hint booze

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a thick looking black, dribbles out of the bottle, with a very small basically non-existent head, and no lacing.

This smells unreal- toasted and charred oak, punchy bourbon, thick sweet fudge, vanilla, tobacco, and caramel.

Voodoo absolutely slayed this, as usual. It's so deep and complex. There's no really boozy heat at all, but you can definitely tell it's hefty by the big flavors and big body. The barrel character is just unreal, with toasted oak with a slight charred character, bold bourbon interwoven perfectly, and oaky vanilla. The base beer is just unbelievably chocolatey, decadent with caramel layered throughout. It's clearly a fairly perfect stout for barrel-aging purposes.

This is thick and chewy- it's not monstrously big like something like Dark Lord or Zhukov, but it's still pretty thick and dreamy. It's got a soft level of carbonation, enough to prop it up, but still pretty low.

This is really a work of art. Voodoo makes some of the absolute best barrel aged stouts in the world right now.

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Photo of eppie82
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From bottle (#370) into mini-snifter (5.5oz).

Pours dark-black liquid with good bit of foam head, which then dissipates over a minute into a straight black liquid with no foam present anywhere. The smell is barrel oakiness and chocolate-vanilla. Reminded me of well aged bourbon country vintages. The taste is basically chocolate-vanilla fudge that's seamlessly tied with the presence of the barrel character. Truly exceptional. The feel has no burn/hot presence and is very smooth. If there is a very small knock against this beer, it is that the very end of the sip it feels a bit thinner than you would expect without. Certainly not thin in general, but for this level stout I expected a bit more lingering/sticky taste.

Overall, an exceptional BA IS, as are all Barrel Room Collection beers. Thus far I've had the Rye Black Magick and the Old Forester Black Magick, and even though this is very high end, I still prefer the Rye Black Magick.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Green waxed bottle pours very little head. Smell is bodaciously bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate. Taste finishes off the nose flavors nicely. A bit hot though. Heavy med mf and light carb. This is great!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, red session. Aroma has fudge, chocolate and whiskey. Taste is sweet with fudge, caramel, bourbon and lingering toffee flavor.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black, viscous, nice legs and thick on the sides of the glass

S - Oak, light smoke, dark fudge, alcohol, vanilla.

T - Dark fudge, slight smokiness, vanilla, oaky/woody, alcohol effervesence.

M - Full bodied, thick, silky, some warming on the way down.

O - Very nice!

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Photo of stakem
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle #203 poured into a matching barrel room collection snifter appears black in color with a dark brown head.

Aroma of chocolate brownie batter, neutral oak slight woody almost a cedar thing going on with booze and vanilla/caramel.

Tastes boozy but not overly so, oak is evident with some spiciness almost like cedar, vanilla, caramel and very mild raisony fruited aspect. The booze is neutral and intertwined nicely with the other flavors and earthen roast.

Medium to fuller in body with modest carbonation. Fantastic stuff. Of the most recent black magick releases, I slightly prefer the added nuance of this one over the buffalo trace but both are wonderful brews.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out black as night, there wasn't much head on it besides a few bubbles that remained. The smell reminded me of bourbon soaked brownies. The taste was almost the same, rich chocolaty flavors with some serious bourbon notes in there too. The feel is oily and thick, little carb makes the beer very smooth. Overall it's awesome, I would love to have this one again someday.

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Photo of Dan_Inreallife
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

6 months into a gold mining expedition and so far you've struck nothing but dirt. You're​ on your last prospect: hopeful, expectant, confident. The first pan looks good, and it only gets better after that... You struck Black Magick. Starting off with a rush of fudge, char, and vanilla, the situation escalates quickly and as the temperature rises, you find yourself awash in Bourbon and dark chocolate to accompany the never ending supply of vanilla. Sip after sip of liquid gold... The golden pickaxe is yours, you gold mining son of a bitch.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

love that this one has a little ringed head to it. just as oily jet black as the others, but seemingly more carbonation. which I enjoy in big stouts. smells pretty complex. a tad sweet. very boozy. a hint of almost a fruity smell of something. tastes incredible. the bourbon is so perfectly blended with the chocolatey stout characters. despite being so smooth, there is a little heat in a good way, and an almost "spiced" quality to it; by no means actual spices, but perhaps the barrel wood imparted a little stingy tannin quality. feels actually perfect. probably my favorite beer from voodoo thus far.

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Photo of rmpic82
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fairly unique BA stout for my experiences, this dark pour is a barrel bomb. Toasted, smoked oak that acts almost as an adjunct. It plays front and center as the leading role. Good density and overall a nice straight stout with barrel complexities. Reiterate...barrel and smoke, check.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours an inky jet black and obsidian hue with a thin sandy head
S: Tons of oak, cocoa, and leather on the nose
T: Dark chocolate fudge, slight vanilla bean, cacao nibs, and a bit of barrel
F: Medium to thick body and moderate carb
O: World class straightforward BA stout. Despite the lack of adjuncts, there is an incredible range of flavors present. The extended barrel aging is evident and provides a welcomed depth of flavor to complement the base beer. Very smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of HoppyBastard1
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

8oz pour from the release.
Jet black, minimal head. More bourbon, oak and vanilla on the nose than BT BM. Still lots of fudge flavor. Quit a bit hotter than BT. A bit of time to mellow out should do this well. Thicker mouthfeel on this compared to BT.

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Photo of sposter4
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

8 oz draft pour into a snifter. Pours black with very little head. The barrel dominates the nose with oak and bourbon. Taste is similar with hints of tabacco, fudge and earth. The barrel flavor seemed much hotter than in BT version. Of the two i preferred the BT but both are outstanding.

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Black Magick - Old Forrester from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 62 ratings