Black Magick | Voodoo Brewing Company

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Black MagickBlack Magick

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Voodoo Brewing Company
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pwoods
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this bottle with me.

12oz. blank, no label, brown bottle, poured into a snifter.

A: Completely pitch black... one of the darkest beers I've seen. Maybe a 1/2 inch of deep, dark espresso colored head. No lacing but lots of oils and resinous hop juice and malt sludge.

S: Big time bourbon. Huge. Very sweet and potent vanilla and oak. Very woody. Stings the nostrils.

T/M: Massive. Simply massive. Bourbon is massive. Vanilla and woody oak is also massive with just a touch of syrupy cherry juice in the back. Very oaty feel in the mouth with a touch of very bitter chocolate. Some resinous hops. Everything is... massive... but it's too much. It's all borderline too much but hits the brakes just in time. Body is very full but the light carbonation keeps is pretty smooth.

D: Very slow sipper. Too massive to be very drinkable at all. No complaints, though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this unlabeled bottle from a very kind Guzzle yesterday. I initially thought it was a homebrew, but he corrected me, and I wasted no time in cracking this as it has been on my want list for a long time. Served at cellar temp and poured into an oversized wine glass. This one was consumed on 11/18/2008.

The pour was as rich and dark and menacing as you could imagine. Just black as night with nothing discernable coming through on here at all. A smallish tan head then came up over the top and settled down effortlessly in the glass, producing some nice side glass lacing and an overall just really big look to this.

The aroma though was to die for. Rich bourbon and whiskey like smell. This was the biggest, and if not top three biggest barrel aromas I have ever come across. You could pick this one up from across the room. Underneath of that was a solid layer of roasted malts, some like smoke notes and a decent touch of molasses. The flavor again, was one of the best I have come across. Rich notes of vanilla and oak, rush over the tongue and are met with a smack of whiskey flavor. This mellows some in the middle of the palate and introduces a touch of sweetness to it at this time with a hint of coffee and a bitter, almost sour at times bite at the end. Rich and just absolutely huge, I was floored by each and every sip of this gem that I took. I still cannot imagine what the ABV was here, but I felt it when I was done, but not during.

Overall this was a surprise to get, and I am really just blown away by it. One of the best big stouts I have had in I cannot even tell you how long. This is right up there with the big ones for me. As solid as they come!

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Photo of hopdog
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz unlabeled bottle.

Poured a dark black color with just a trace of a brown head. Aromas of wood, brown sugar, chocolate, wood, vanilla, molasses, peaty/earthiness, and lighter bourbon. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and a little earthy. Definitely a heavier alchohol burn in the finish. I'm definitely going to lay one of these puppies down for a bit.

Notes from 9/30/08

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce unlabeled brown bottle with a silver pry-off cap. Thanks go out to BA'er Jasonm on this one - thanks for the great trade! Reviewed while drinking at the recommended 55-60 degrees.

Initial through after pouring and smelling: "Holy shit! What a pleasant surprise!" I didn't read about the aging on this one in Elijah Craig bourbon barrels, but when I cracked it open I knew instantly!

Black with a dark brown (evil!) head that disappeared in a hurry leaving a permanent dark brown ring around my tulip glass. Long, oily brown and gooey legs stuck around on the walls of my glass after sipping.

This is the most "bourbon-forward" beer I've ever had. Hints of cherry, vanilla, cocoa, raw alcohol all over the place - very complex and there's bourbon all over the nose and tongue. Intensely full flavored and medium bodied with low carbonation.

VERY IMPRESSED, I want a case of this for myself!!! This is like a barrel aged American Strong Ale hybridized with a Russian Imperial Stout - wow, but not for the BMC crowd...

Definitely in my personal top 5 favorite beers for 2008!

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Photo of BeerandBlues2
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque with a small, fizzy, dark brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, caramel), average hops (perfume), heavy yeast (dough, leather) with notes of alcohol, plum, dates, wood, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

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Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks like used motor oil when poured into my Belgian chalice, reminding me very much of Dark Lord. Also like DL, there is minimal head retention, but some sticky lacing. On the nose this beer is impressive. The barrel aging is pretty noticeable, and there is a distinct booziness to it. I also get some dried apple, coconut and even wet horse blanket. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose (no horse blanket though), and the beer comes across as rich and powerful. I also get some licorise on the palate, and there's just enough hops in this bad boy to give it a slightly dry flavor on the palate. However, the beer still comes across as moderately sweet, with a long, rich finish. One can tell the abv. is on up there, but it's not at all obtrusive in this very fine beer. While a little bit goes a long way, this beer is pretty drinkable considering.

An excellent beer from Voodoo brewing.

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Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericwo for offering this one up.

A: Pours a deep dark jet black hue, very flat in color and appearence. Absolutely no head musted with this one. It is big, thick, and oily though. Very evil looking in the glass.

S: The aroma is big on booze. Lots of dark fruit can be picked up a bit as well. Somewhat vinous. The oak is there as is a touch of vanilla.

T: The booze is here, but less than the aroma would predict. Lots of dark fruit mingled with bitter chocolate and real vanilla. Oak really pushes thru in the finish before a touch of alcohol burn sets in.

M: Thick as ice cream with an oily like texture. No carbonation which makes this one suffer a bit.

D: Not the most drinkable beer in the world, but tasty. This one is a nice sipper that is enjoyable, but not in the class of KBS, or BC stout.

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Photo of ChrisDotson
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuanne for sending me to Capones. What an amazing store!!!

A: Black with minimal brown head no lacing.

Ar: Bourbon mmm with lots of oak, vanilla, and more of that vanilla that almost comes off with a touch of anise.

T: Folds into the tongue with a chocolate kiss, some amaretto vanilla play as the tongue dances with some mild hop character. Alcohol burn and then a nice warming with some more wood and a teeny but of sour cheeries on the afterswallow.

MF: Some cream, but velvetly feel is overwhelmed by the bourbon. but not in a bad way at all. The fusels are kept to a minimum despite the intense bourbon character.

Overall: What a great beer. I am really enjoying sipping on this one out of an Allagash snifter at about 58 degrees. This is a big treat and fortunately i have one more for the cellaring.

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Photo of kasper
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pitch oily black. Cocolate milk colored head makes a really brief appearance before settling to just a swirl. Dotted but thin lacing.

S: Bourbon. Dark sweetened fruits. Buttery carmel. Birthday cake Vanilla.

T: Woah. Not what I was expecting. Taste like a slightly thinner worldwide stout. Heavy on the dark over-ripe fruits. Plumb. Prunes. Butter vanilla. Bourbon. Alcohol.

M: Full bodies but slick and oily. At the same time slightly thin. Almost no carbonation whatsoever. Like a cask beer.

D: This one's a doozy. It will knock you out if you're not careful. You certainly feel the alcohol in every sip.

I sought this beer out for quite a while but ultimately was disappointed. It smells awesome but when it comes to taste, it in no way shape or form rivals the creamy balance of BCS. It's not even that similar. BCS is chocolately and BM is fruity. Not helping matters was the fact that this bottling was a test bottling; the beer was completely flat even tho it was released only a couple of weeks ago. No labels either (I uploaded the photo with the makeshift label slapped on by the Foodery).

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Photo of weeare138
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been dying to try this. In fact, I couldn't even wait for anyone else...I just had to jump in by myself and give it a go. Good thing I have an extra.

Apppears an opaue, pitch black with a dark tan, 2 finger head of fluff that slowly fades into a mild collar. Scattered streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of huge amounts of oak, bourbon, toffee, caramel, huge alchohol in the nose, roasted cocoa, vanilla, molasses, and grape juice.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with fruity grapes, molasses, roasted nuts, and cocoa. Light vanilla, and bourbon round out the finish. Such an extremely complex brew.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, gummy, oaky, fruity, full of alcoholic heat. Finishes roasty, hot, and semi-dry with some bourbon heat.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black with some dark brown around the edges. Lots of fizz upon the pour, but very little burnt mocha/orange head that fades immediately. Very pronounced smells of vanilla and bourbon right away, followed by dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, roasted malt, oak, and coffee. Tastes of vanilla and bourbon up front then the RIS usual suspects come in, raisins, plums, black cherries, dark chocolate, soy sauce, oak, roasted malt, and coffee with some alcohol warmth to keep things alive. Despite the bourbon punch, it's more medium in body than full with almost non-existent carbonation. Sweet in flavor and rich in alcohol, it still manages to subdue it enough to express other flavors and feel. Feels a little raw still with lots of heat, hoping it calms down a little with some age. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of thequeen711
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I, too, got a couple of bottles of this unlabeled ambrosia of the gods from Capone's...what can I say? This has got to be the nearly best beer in the world!! The bourbon/chocolate/coffee/vanilla nose gives me the goosebumps! A superb Russian Imperial Stout made like no other!! Deep, rich, black chocolate pour, the sweet vanilla/bourbon nose, the creamy mouthfeel of bourbon and woody oak...if Matt ALlyn at Voodoo can brew this and this only, many brew fans would be in seventh heaven forever!!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Black Magick from Voodoo Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 315 ratings.
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