Black Magick
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #428
Ranked #1,621
4.24 | pDev: 12.03%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: This is an Imperial Stout that is of great strength and complexity. We then gently age that beer in Elaigh Craig 13 1/2 year old Bourbon Barrels for 6 months to 1 yr. and then primed and bottled to bottle condition for continued aging and celler life. Black Magick should be able to be aged up to about 5 years, to heighten the complexity and smooth nature of this beer.

First Black Magick brewed in Feb 2007. Released 2009. = 15% ABV

Second Black Magick brewed in 2009 and released 2011. = 15.5% ABV
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Super black, thin brown head. Aroma was bourbon for sure, but really hot like they dumped some actual bourbon into the beer itself.

Taste actually wasn't hot, good amount of chocolate malt yielding toffee like flavors and barrel goodness. Pretty impressive mouthfeel to hide this amount of heat. Dare I even call this underrated.

Dec 16, 2015
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egrace84 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to my boy ryanschwam for sending this retired gem my way!

A: poured vigorously into snifter. Pitch black, no head to be found, just an outer ring of foam/lacing around the glass.

S: notes of leather, heavy oak and tobacco, the slightest bit of oxidation and booze.

T: this thing still tastes like a million bucks for the age she has on her! Huge oak and tobacco/leather notes, chocolate/vanilla and noticeable, but super smooth bourbon. I couldn't be more impressed w/ the taste on this one.

M: on the low side, but works well here because the taste just cuts through everything. I'm so blown away by the flavor profile on this beer that everything else has become an afterthought.

O: an incredible treat that I thought I'd never get to experience. The highlight of this one for me, was the taste. A true sipper that's held it's own for the last 5 years and I couldn't be happier to have had the opportunity to enjoy it. Thanks again Ryan!

May 15, 2014
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011 bottle. Thanks Mikesgroove!

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a very thin orangy brown head that rises up after the pour and fades quickly to a faint ring.

Smell. Wow, much bourbon, so beer! Anyways, ya lots of bourbon, licorice and some dark chocolate, a bit of wood and vanilla.

Taste. Good amount of bourbon again, black licorice, some bakers chocolate in the finish followed by a little bit of bitter oak.

Mouthfeel. Full body, actually quite thick and a little bit sticky on the lips. Very low and smooth carbonation.

Overall. Not the best tasting beer but an enjoyable bourbon bomb. If I was a big bourbon fan this would probably kick more ass.

Feb 10, 2014
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Phelps from Arizona

3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sent by sholland119 as part of the Blind Beers BIF. I poured it into my New Belgium globe. A fairly rough pour begets hardly any head at all -- the black syrup coming out of the wrapped bottle gives up just a few tan bubbles.

Smooth cocoa, a hint of anise, some molasses, a little maple, some lactose, hints of hops both piney and earthy.

I can tell this is a powerful stout. Ethanol is the major flavor contributor, assaulting tongue, throat and nostrils with trip to the lips. Beneath the booze, some dark fruits (plums, prunes) can be detected along with dark chocolate, anise, toast and a smooth nuttiness. Earthy hops are here as well.

The body is as ginormous as I expect the alcohol content to be -- this stuff is thick as heavy cream. Carbonation is mild yet pinching. Alcohol is currently providing me way more warmth than is necessary on this balmy Arizona summer night.

A thick, powerful brew. If I had it again, I'd probably try to find at least two other people with whom I could split the bottle.

Jul 17, 2013
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kawilliams81 from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. 12 oz hand bottled by brewer poured into snifter.

Pours black with almost zero head and no lacing.

Huge bourbon notes, some vanilla, oxidation, dark fruits, tobacco

Semi sweet chocolate, bourbon, faint vanilla, very port like.

Good BA stout, but think its past its prime. Big port characteristics along with bourbon. Like to try and get a fresh bottle.

Jul 03, 2013
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Sarlacc83 from Oregon

3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from beerisheaven, a long time ago. First bottling (unlabeled)

A: Obscenely black. Leaves very little of the mocha head after a decent pour. Sharp legs albeit not very dense.

N: Bourbon, oak, soy sauce, fudge. Lots of vanilla, some caramel, and a heaping spoonful of coconut. Very sweet, and when I draw in the aroma, it warms my nose like bourbon does. There's a hint of oxidation, cherry syrup, and some brandy.

T: Starts with an aggressive roast and bitterness. Adds a touch of sweetness through the middle and finishes up with oak and charcoal. Hint of salt and iron.

M: Potent stuff. Really strong - to the point where it opens my eyes a little wider. Quite thick, but it's rather drying. Alcohol seems to have eased off the throttle.

O: A solid beer with a lot to offer if you like ash and cigars, but it might do with a touch more sweetness. Holding up pretty well, though.

May 09, 2013
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This particular Black Magic is batch 2- just had it tonight after a couple of years aging. The aging has probably done this beer well- no harsh edges at all, and the very high abv is well integrated with a very smooth finish and no burn. Still lots of flavor and aromas here, but sadly, the bourbon is much diminished. Pours viscous and oily, with just a modicum of head, jet black- quite impressive really. A bit of tar in the nose, with just a whiff of soy sauce (that luckily doesn't show up in the flavor- I hate that taste! Bad remembrances of Sam Adams Triple Bock) and a bit more Bourbon notes- with some vanilla, and touch of high octane, and some light coconut and chocolate. The taste is seemlessly integrated, perhaps even a tad too much at this point- it could just a bit more edge. Flavors almost reminiscent of red wine, with some coffee and chocolate notes, and finally some Bourbon on the finish. In fact the lingering note is of the Bourbon straight- but not as you're drinking it, but as a memory of how the Bourbon tasted moments ago. Silky smooth on the palate, that has surely improved over time. I've waited awhile to drink this, and as enjoyable as it is, I think I'd probably have liked it more overall if I'd had it younger.

Apr 24, 2013
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jegross2 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the 2011 release of Black Magick from Voodoo Brewing Company out of Meadville, Pennsylvania.
Score: 94

2011 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/13/13.

Appearance: Ink black in color. Pours a thin layer of beige head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Average lacing, average retention with a nice cling factor. 4/5

Smell: Coconut, vanilla and milk chocolate followed by a light amount of boozy bourbon, sweet brown sugar and faint leather. The bourbon character is much more subtle than anticipated given the ABV and time spent in the barrel. Some oak too. 4.25/5

Taste: Vanilla, creamy coconut (less than the nose, however) and milk chocolate, as the nose implied, are the primary flavor characters. There is a little more bourbon flavor, and it is better integrated into the flavor than it was in the nose. There's a little plum and dark fruitiness too. Alcohol warms and light booziness towards the finish -- not unexpected for a 15.5% ABV beer! There is some brown sugar flavor in the mix too and a hint of licorice. There is a touch of a roast too. Very tasty, lots of complexity in how the flavors interact. This was a fun beer to consume and pick apart. This beer gets a little sweeter as it warms up. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied, minimal carbonation. Syrupy, slightly sweet and sticky on the palate. Finish is faintly dry with a residual stickiness from the brew. A little liveliness from the alcohol warms the tongue in the finish. 4.25/5

Overall: An excellent barrel aged imperial stout that is slightly sweet. Although it is not quite Uncle Jacobs, it is definitely one of the better barrel aged beers available, when available, in a 12 oz format. I am suprised this beer gets so little fanfare, though that impression may simply be the byproduct of the fact that it has been well over a year since this one was last released...a new batch is on the horizon, however, and I would recommend seeking it out...

Recommendation: Fans of imperial stouts, particularly the boozier ones, should seek a bottle of this out.

Pairings: Smoked Gouda.

Cost: $140 for a case at the brewery or $9 for a 12 oz bottle retail.

Jan 14, 2013
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dogfishandi from New York

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle 2009 release

Pours out completely opaque black, pours out like the darkest spent motor oil. Nice legs and lacing, retains a dark mocha colored ring, smooth creamy head.

Bourbon soaked wood, still boozey after all this time, in a good way, vanilla,

Sweet, dark burnt sugars, vanilla marshmallow, smooth smooth bourbon, old bourbon soaked wood, really get the barrel.

Thick but not overly so.

Amazing beer, amazing at this age, just right.

Dec 02, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown/black color. There is just a hint of dark brown head that rises out of the darkness, but it goes away rather quickly.

Smell: Very sweet and full of dark fruit and roasty notes. I'm getting some bourbon along with vanilla and chocolate notes. Some oak shows up with the bourbon. Also getting hints of caramel and some heat from the alcohol.

Taste: I've been sitting on this for a while, this is the 15.5% version. Not overpoweringly sweet, but there is definitely a strong malt presence. I'm getting some dark fruit and bourbon right away. There is a slight roast bitterness along with some chocolate that shows up after a bit. The finish is full of slightly peppery bourbon and oak. Quite smooth given the abv.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick and syrupy side with a lot of tingly carbonation and a finish that is drier than I expected.

Overall: I thought this one was very good. The bourbon barrels added several different flavors that really made this a pretty complex beer. I'd have more, it's good for staying warm.

Oct 13, 2012
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle to a snifter. 2011 bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - No head. Black, but not inky. Sticky and leggy. Looks like loads of sugar in this guy.

Smell - Chocolate malts. Smokey and oaky, but not a ton of bourbon.

Taste - Molasses and chocolate. Bourbon notes, but not a lot of barrel to it. Oaky in the finish. Becomes dry and astringent.

Mouthfeel - Not boozy at all, which is amazing. Low carbonation. Oaky, dry, and tannic.

Overall - Had this after a BCBS 08, which meant this was always going to lose. Nowhere near as refined in flavor, but also nowhere near as boozy. I'd love more barrel in this, but the base stout is loaded with molasses.

Aug 29, 2012
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FosterJM from California

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1465th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter
12 oz

Not sure year. Didn't check bottle ABV.

CA Gang Bang BIF

App- It's a nice small stout with some good coloring. Rich deep browns with a dense black center. Some good brown head and a couple dots of cling.

Smell- A lot going on in the glass. Has a thick boozy note with a ton of oak and char with thin vanilla. Has a thicker malt backbone and just doesn't mesh well. It's okay but not the best barrel aged stout I've ever smelled.

Taste- Much like the nose there is a lot going on. Big thick malts with a vanilla side note that lends itself to a oak char and a thinner prickly flavor and a ton of booze.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a lighter medium prickly carbonation. Residual char and vanilla.

Drink- A nicer BA stout just needs more balance and less prickly boozy flavors. One that needs time to develop.

Aug 19, 2012
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aasher from Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was shared by muskabeatz, thanks Evan!

2011 release, 15.5%. This beer pours a thick, fudge dark dark brown in color with little carbonation and no head. All things considered, it appears like its going to be huge.the nose is nice and balanced. There is plenty of Elijah Craig as well as fudge chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and slight raisin. The flavors are big and chocolaty. It's fudgy and really smooth. There is no alcohol to be found. This one is silky smooth. I really like it. You would NEVER know that this is 15.5%. It's closest relative is probably Bourbon Barrel Plead the Fifth.

Aug 18, 2012
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matttttYCE from Arizona

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

130th Review here so I wanted to have something nice for it. 2011 vintage.

Poured into a large snifter. The head rises to almost a finger high, and it's dark tan/cocoa powder in color and creamy looking texture wise. Head recedes pretty quickly though and there's little lace here at all (expected from the high alcohol content of this one). Looks thick and black as hell. I was actually surprised (though probably shouldn't have been) at how viscous the pour was.

On to the aroma. Ah, the wonderful aroma! Vastly rich and complex, with plenty of barrel qualities. Bourbon, bourbon, oh Elijah Craig you wonderful bourbon, vanilla, oaky/woodiness, toasted coconut, a touch buttery from bourbon, delicious fudge, cocoa powder, rich roasted malts, dark fruits, some notes of molasses and burnt brown sugar, and hints of toffee. God this is stupendous smelling.

The taste is just as wonderful as the nose. Sublimely smooth and well integrated taste for sure. Plenty of the bourbon barrel juice, vanilla, oak, toasted coconut (so tasty!) and again hints of buttery bourbon (which I've never gotten in any bbal stout before), with rich fudge, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, sweetness, roasted malts, a bit of char, caramel, dark fruits, and hints of coffee and toffee. The alcohol is actually quite subdued in this. For 15.5% I was expecting this to be hot hot hot and boozy but it was so well hidden. In a word, fantastic.

The consistency is viscous, oily, and thick, the carbonation light, body thick, full, and smooth, while the finish is lengthy but subtle leaving traces of the wonderful barrel flavors and a bit more than that of the stout type flavors. Simply lovely.

Overall I think this beer is phoenomenal. I don't know how many more adjectives I have in my bag of tricks to describe it. This beer reminds me of the first time I had KBS and how floored I was by it. Though different beers altogether, this is just another absolutely wonderful iterations of a barrel aged stout that has such great flavor and integration of the bourbon barrels and reminds me what I love so much about bourbon barrel aged stouts. Keep em coming! Also I must give a shout out and big thanks to Soonami for this bottle (and a few others) and an awesome trade a while back! Was really happy to get this. Thanks bro!

Aug 08, 2012
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scottfrie from California

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into block15 snifter. 2011 release, 15.5%.

A: Pours black with a minimal head that quickly faded to collar. Wispy lace.
S: Huge buttery, rich and smooth notes of Elijah Craig. EC makes every stout smell so great. MMmmm….. this is going to be good. The rich but very smooth bourbon barrel melts effortlessly with notes of chocolate, fudge, chocolate ice-cream and raisins.
T: Follows the nose. This beer is amazing just below room temperature. The high alcohol is hidden very well and I only get a slight kiss of warmth. Chocolate, caramel, and raisins poke through beneath smooth EC. Finish is sweet and the aftertaste is warming but not harsh. Chocolate lingers, maybe some coffee as well.
M: Not the thickest high abv bal stout but it does just fine. Alcohol is impressively hidden but is still noticeable. Mouthfeel is viscous and creamy, but the carbonation could be softer. It’s a bit tingly.
O: This beer did get a little rough around the edges as it reached room temp but it still is a well made stout. I love me some EC so I might be slightly bias.

Aug 06, 2012
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 2011 vintage bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a pitch black color, with a vigorous pour giving almost no head on the beer. When swirled in the glass the beer looks thick; it slowly slides down the side of the glass, returning to it resting home with the rest of the liquid. It looks thick and big!!

Smell – The smell is huge and complex. Strong notes of bourbon and booze dominate the smell, but these are mixed with aromas of chocolate, coffee, black licorice, and some smoke and char. Just like the appearance the aroma is big and you know you are getting into something quite intense.

Taste – The taste starts out of milk chocolate and nice notes of roasted malt and a light caramel. Soon a good deal of smoke and a sweeter vanilla flavor enter the taste and mix with the original flavors. At this point the taste is overall on the sweeter side, with light hints of bitter and booze this all changes very soon however. More toward the end of the taste, a big, bold and boozy bourbon alcohol flavor come to the taste. Roasted malt and some char flavors accompany the boozy flavors, bittering up the brew and creating a less sweet but more roasty flavor. At the end, the taste is big of roast and char and mixed with the good presence of bourbon boozy taste and chocolate to leave a long lasting more bitter boozy cocoa flavor on the tongue that warms you throughout. Wonderful!!

Mouthfeel – Massively thick body on this one!!! It has a thick and smooth body that coats the entire mouth, bathing it in all the complex and roasty/dark flavors. Not surprisingly for the thickness of the brew, the carbonation level is on the lower side really allowing those flavors to sit and linger on the tongue. The heavy presence of alcohol is defiantly not missed with and creates a very warming feel on the tongue as well as the body as a whole.

Overall – The beer is huge and big with tons of roasty and boozy flavors. A brew that took nearly 1.5 hours to drink. A great one to sit back and sip; enjoying all the great flavors and sensations of the beer.

Jul 23, 2012
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Aged approximately 1.5 years.

A: Black as coal with no penetration of light. 1/2 finger of deep brown head that dissipates quickly. Has some legs showing.

N: Fudge, vanilla, sweet bourbon, alcohol esters, whipped cream and chocolate truffle.

T: Sweet bourbon booziness, vanilla and whipped cream. Underlying fudge and chocolate truffle follow mid-palate as well as a few dark roast coffee beans, Raisinets and chocolate-covered peanuts. Pleasant alcohol esters are throughout and are quite mild for 15.5%. Notes of earthy charcoal stick in the throat.

M: Medium bodied, silky, warming and smooth.

O: It doesn't get more decadent than this. Tons of rich chocolate, sweet bourbon and vanilla. The booze is pleasant rather than harsh. Sip and savor. A must try for Imperial Stout enthusiasts.

Jun 16, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrVonzipper for sharing this at DarthKostrizer's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, cookie dough, cocoa, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with a woody aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good barrel aged stout but nothing all that great.

Jun 03, 2012
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Bottle purchased at Zeno's in State College, PA. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark inky black with one finger of espresso coloured head.

S - Huge barrel aromas up front - bourbon, vanilla and oak. Some roasted malts, chocolate and char in the background.

T - Big bourbon flavour up front with oak and some light vanilla notes. The alcohol is very warming throughout as would be expected considering the ABV. The barrel aging flavours give way to roasted malts, char and some sweet chocolate that is especially present in the finish. A touch hot overall.

M - Full body, sludgy. Light carbonation.

O - A very good beer that could probably benefit from some aging.

May 02, 2012
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boralyl from Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 release.

A - Pours black as night and looks pretty thick. The beer is completely opaque. It produces a 1/4" of dark tan head that fades away pretty quickly, not bad considering the high abv.

S - The aroma is great. Bourbon really stands out along with notes of vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts.

M - Full in body, creamy and smooth. A little bit of syrup, but not what I expected for such a big beer.

T - The barrel character is very prominent in the beer. I get oak flavors first followed by bourbon. There are then light notes of vanilla and some stronger chocolate flavors. Very nicely done. Alcohol is only slightly detectable, they did a good job hiding it.

This beer has just the right amount of barrel character and they hide the booziness well. This is a very good beer, and I would willingly seek out more.

Apr 28, 2012
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MrVonzipper from California

4.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black with 1cm khaki head. Low retention and spotty lacing. 

Roasted character in the nose with some chocolate. Bourbon is present but not Alot. A little oaky. 

Flavor is phenomenal and extremely well balanced. Deep, robust and not overly rich. Nice chocolate notes. Mild bourbon and vanilla. 

Mouth is just under full bodied. Silky with light creamy carbonation. 

Overall this beer is excellent! You'd never know it's 15% abv. I want more!

Apr 28, 2012
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haazer from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 release.

A- A hard pour does produce a thick 2 1/2 finger silky looking mocha head. It lasts for quite awhile too, I had not expected there to be any. Color is obviously pitch black with no light getting through what so ever. Theres even sticky lacing on the glass. Good looking stout.

S- Deep dark roast. Very charred malt, blended in with flavors of vanilla. The booze is here but its in the form of a lovely bourbon. The Elijah Craig barrels are definitely on display here. I also detect some dark fruit in here also. Letting this sit for about 7 months has probably helped on the nose.

T- Wow. Honestly this is the most intense stout I have ever had. Oh so bitter burnt and crisp malt, stingingly bitter. The bourbon then rushes in strongly to make its presence known. Slight booze burn from it, but its more the bourbon flavor than anything. Theres also an aftertaste of chocolate, and a few notes of coffee. The sheer power of this stout and the bourbon presence is unreal. I feel like if I let this sit longer it would've mellowed some and been better. Still good.

M- Full bodied stout with medium amounts of carbonation. Theres a heat from the high amounts of booze. Very thick and silky.

O- Pretty taken aback by this. I expected a big stout but did not expect THIS intensity. I think the best thing to do for this beer is get as many bottles as you can, and sit on them for as long as you can. This thing probably has infinite shelf life. At least a year after bottling would be best if you wait. This thing has a lot of potential with time.

Edit: This becomes more tolerable as it warms to room temp.

Apr 05, 2012
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Voodoo horizontal. A well balanced beer, emphasizing the bitterness of the hops and roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee in the secondary. Smooth, thick mouthfeel. Bourbon, chocolate, roast in the nose. Very dark brown with little head. Rich experience, aging has given it some notes of cognac.

Mar 22, 2012
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GregSVT from Texas

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours dark dark brown with a small light brown head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves only the smallest lacing when swirled around. It actually leaves legs on the glass like a fine liquor.

S: The nose is huge on this monster. Amazing aromas of vanilla, molasses, slightly burnt brown sugar, powdered cocoa, and even whisps of whiskey burst from the glass. I could smell this as I was pouring it and could tell it was a beast.

T: The taste is equally impressive with huge notes of vanilla, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.

M: The feel is nice and thick with a big creamy finish.

O: This is about on the same level as GI BCS. A huge beer that is definitely a sipper. I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting and would only partake every once in a while. Great flavors and aromas. It's big and boozy but what do you expect from a 15% beer?

Mar 13, 2012
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle, 1st release (no label on this bad boy). Shared with Kate.

A: Oily, viscous, black, midnight, ebon. Unconditionally pitch black with a thin mahogany head. Thin is an understatement, this beer pours like a digestif.

S: Powerfully intense nose. Port and brandy aromas, fortified fruit strength, pairs with the traditional bourbon aromas of vanilla and coconut, resulting in a big aroma. Dark sweetness runs throughout, the vanilla pairing well with the RIS's murkiness. For being so big, the booze doesn't bog the stout down.

T: The barrel aging is still vibrant but I fear that the stout may have lost a step. The bourbon, over the port and brandy from the nose, stands out. It adds sweet vanilla against the backdrop of roasted malts, baker's chocolate and coffee. The stout body is big, the booze can't hide here. Bourbon is upfront and returns later in each sip; although the burnt malts of the stout are the lasting impression to me. While thin at times, the stout is still bold. Slow sipping brings more vanilla in the finish. Unfortunately the port and brandy from the nose don't make appearances here (that nose has Utopias-like qualities).

M: Plenty of alcohol, I ended up splitting the bottle with Kate (I did get more than she did). Heady and full with a nice bourbon body.

Mar 12, 2012
Black Magick from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 322 ratings