Black Magick | Voodoo Brewery

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Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a stout! This pours out as a really dark black and has basically no head on it. Once inside my snifter I gave it a little swirl and there were just a few brown bubbles that formed around the rim of the glass. The aroma is... Not that strong, really surprised that it was on the weaker side, as the beer warmed up it started to smell stronger. But still not as potent as I thought a 15.5% beer would smell. The taste is exploding with flavors, I get roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, tobacco, chocolate, dried banana, alcohol, a little vanilla and I think that's about all! A ton of stuff going on here and very flavorful overall. The mouuthfeel is thick but not really oily. This beer is good I just wish the aroma was stronger.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of djrn2
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Just about the most mysterious beer I have ever poured with the darkest head I have ever seen; with the high ABV, I wasn't sure what to expect but the head retained for a while, but didn't leave much lace

Smell: Truly the highlight of the beer, with a boozy bourbon aroma along with plenty of dark chocolate

Taste: Very roasty up front, with the fruity bourbon taking over in a few seconds, with lots of wood and vanilla amidst the boozy acidity; after the swallow, the vanilla becomes more prominent, with plenty of bourbon in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; lots of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: This beer may need a few years of aging to settle down; right now, it is just too rambunctious

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black stout with a motor oil consistency and a small foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt is detectable but mainly dominated by bourbon notes. Taste is also dominated by bourbon notes with a bit too much alcohol for my taste with light vanilla finish. Body is full with good carbonation and alcohol is too apparent. Very well done but I can't say I enjoy barrel-aging with alcohol is so present.

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Noslenwerd for this interesting beer.

Pours a super velvety luscious looking smooth pour, with darker colored thick head of about 1/2 finger with nice lacing, legs that would make Cheryl Tiegs blush, and a midnight pitch black beer.

The nose explodes with roasted malts, a nice coffee aroma from the roast, tons of roast!, a bit of chocolate, dark chocolate and baker's, light creamy milk chocolate, light oats, super rich dark malts, caramel, vanilla, cocoa nibs, and some earthy chewy hops, overall great nose!

Taste is creamy and rich, tons of chocolate at first, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, cocoa nibs and powder, nice roasted malts, coffee, chewy oats, cocoa powder is def there, luscious vanilla with hints of oak, light booze bringing a little warmth, bit of caramel, plenty of luscious dark malts and creamy velvety tastes, then some nice bitter flavors, dark scorched malts bringing some bitterness and some earthy light spicy hops, and rounded with a light oak and bourbony taste. Finishes a bit hot with some warming booze, then more malts, charred malts, oats, chocolate, roasted flavors, lingering bitterness from both earthy hops and bitter charred malts, and lots of chocolate lingering.

Mouth is luscious, rich, creamy, velvety, a bit boozy but expected for 15%, thick and full bodied, and light but decent carbonation.

Overall an awesome beer, great flavors between the malts, oats, chocolate, roast, velvety, great mouth, decent earthy and spicy hops, a nice rounded booze, slow drinking but tastes awesome.

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Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Edit: Tried this again (thanks, Barry) and I didn't enjoy it at all. Lots of soy sauce and burnt malt, very acrid and difficult to drink.

12 oz unlabeled bottle acquired from Dyan. Thanks!

Appearance: Opaque black, nearly opaque even in the pour. Little head appears from a hard pour, which is no surprise given the nature of this beer. Swirling the beer around coats the glass in a thick, oily residue.

Smell: Big bourbon barrel aromas are the first thing noticed, with charred malt, hints of dried fruit, a bit of sherry-like oxidation. Doesn't smell terribly sweet, which came as a surprise.

Taste & mouthfeel: Baker's chocolate, burnt bitterness and overt bourbon barrel. There isn't as much vanilla or caramel as I would have expected, however; this is on the dry side given the rumored 18% ABV. There's also very little harshness from the alcohol, and the finish is actually very clean. The oak character is more tannic than sweet, which pairs well with the faint sherry-like notes of oxidation. Medium-full in texture, somewhat lighter than I had expected given the strength - a touch more body and sweetness would be an improvement. Pretty good stuff all the same, I'd drink it again.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a very thick and pitch black in color. Very minimal head and just some faint traces of carbonation noticeable. It did have a thin tan ring clinging to the edge of the glass. Very nice looking beer of the style.

The aroma is very rich with lots of chocolate and bourbon soaked dark fruits coming through adding some notes of fig and raisin. I get a brown sugar and vanilla sweetness to it as well. The bourbon is very smooth and integrates into the beer very nicely. Excellent aroma overall.

The taste really mixes the bourbon and chocolate flavors nicely throughout the flavor. Up front I get more of a roasty, bitter flavor while towards the finish more of the dark fruit and vanilla sweetness starts to come out. The bourbon also shines in the finish with a smooth, warming alcohol flavor.

The mouthfeel is thick and heavy and carbonation is low. Great mouthfeel for the style and size of this beer. Overall it was an excellent beer, very smooth and flavorful with the bourbon really complimenting the beer nicely. My only criticism is that I would have liked just a touch more roasty, bitter flavors to balance it out a little more. I think that would have really put it over the top for me. I still loved sipping on it this evening though and found it to be an excellent beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.31/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for this bottle. Opened at a tasting nearly a year ago.

Pours near black with zero head retention. A thin whisp of a mocha head comes with the initial pour, but that is gone quite quickly. The nose really, really brings on a boozy character with some bourbon and sharp oak as well. A bit of roasted malt as well as chocolate and vanilla. All these things smell like they've been soaked in booze. The taste is booze and oak with mild hints of flavor in the background. A little bit of smoke and roast as well as really dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is completely boozy and a bit viscous. Drinkability is quite low, as this is just a bourbon booze monster.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has finally been making the rounds to some of the bottle shops in PA over the last week or so. I figured that it's time to check out the meat & potatoes of this guy. Thanks to HopDerek for picking this up for me at Capone's in Norristown, PA. $10 per.

12 oz unlabeled and unmarked bottle. Served at 45 degrees F and then allowed to warm up some at room temp. It goes into an oversized Dogfish Head snifter to allow this beast some breathing room.

An aggressive pour into the glass yields a blackness that is as dark as an oil slick with a smallish ¼ finger covering of burnt, reddish looking, dark tan head. This fizzles down pretty darn quickly into a retention that bunches up thinly around the edges with some smallish wisps that float in the center. This leaves a huge creamy cascade of foam down the sides of the glass that sticks around via some oily brown residue and good spotty lacing. The aroma is OMFG! notes of Bourbon, including some vanilla sweetness (that seems to stick in the nose) and a woody oak character. I mean, the Bourbon is so strong at first, that I can literally smell it a good 3 feet away from the glass! The sharpness of the Bourbon smoothes out as it warms; allowing the underlying Imperial Stout qualities to comes out and play. Notes of dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, with a touch of coffee and dark fruits. It's hard to go super deep on this because of the Bourbon smell but I'm also picking up some additional dankness of soy sauce and wet tobacco that seem to feature more predominantly as it warms. Of course, there is also a big ole' waft of heat (that combines with the Bourbon) to singe your nose hairs a bit and remind you that your dealing with a beer that has some serious ABV going on with it.

Much like the aroma, the taste profile starts out with strong Bourbon character that smacks you with notes of warm vanilla sweetness. Very good smoothness and balance allows the deeper Stout character to emerge pretty effortlessly and a lot easier than many other Barrel-Aged beers that I've tried. Big chewy flavors of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee, darkish tasting fruits, soy sauce, and a sense of woody oak that gives off a touch of funkiness to the proceedings. The Bourbon strikes back in the finish, leaving a warm sweet smack on the lips that lingers. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a beefy creaminess up front that then thins out a bit towards the end of the swallow. There is a pretty hefty alcohol presence at work here but it only becomes a touch stinging towards the end. It definitely combines with the Bourbon in the finish to leaves a hot and hazy feel on the breath that you might want to keep away from an open flame. The overall feel isn't quite as beefy as some others but I think that the alcohol is covered up pretty well here (for the size) and more than makes up for the depth of the body.

Wow! Lovers of Bourbon, complex Imperial Stouts, or both can rejoice, as it seems that we've got a new Barrel-Aged Beast of the East that can hold its own. This is a hot beer at times and a sipper for sure (and I suspect that the final ABV ended up being higher than 12%) but I never really found it to be too overly stinging and didn't impact the other flavors as much as I would have thought it could have. If you come across this, I'd definitely grab an extra to cellar as this is going to smooth out even more and age nicely. Relax by the fire, light up a stogie, and enjoy!

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dfhhead25
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Black Magick from Voodoo Brewery
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