Black Magick | Voodoo Brewing Company

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Black MagickBlack Magick

Brewed by:
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 BarrytheBear
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle generously provided by Alex. Thanks a bunch! 2011 model.

Extremely dark with a short lived razor thin brown head. A menacing looker to be certain.

Mocha, bittersweet dark chocolate, bourbon, fudge batter, and vanilla, with a trace of oak. Hint of vaporous fuel hints at what's to come.

This is a mean bitch. Malt bomb, roast and chocolate, touch of smokey char, oak, coconut, and a punch of alcoholic heat that slams into the center of your chest and gropes at your heart as it struggles to beat against the menacing grip of Black Magick. Flaming, long, drawn out finish of resident evil.

Medium bodied hot hot heat that coats and oozes. Not as thick or viscous as expected, but no slouch either. A big beer that manages to control itself and not run too far astray or become too messy. Very pleased to have had the opportunity....thanks again Alex!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nhindian for hooking this up in the Hype Train BIF as well as mikecharley for hooking this one up in trade.

Second Black Magick brewed in 2009 and released 2011. = 15.5% ABV 12oz bottle.

a - opened the bottle and filled my ccb snifter. dead black...sludge, almost no head at all which runs for cover in seconds leaving only the slightest ring of head around the surface of the pour. par for the course on a bourbon barrel aged brew. looks like the black hole of a stout that i was looking forward to.

s - sweet boozy chocolate malt. more milky than roasted. very deep chocolate. super rich. super indulgent.

t - wow, that's big. it's thick, it's rich, it's chocolatey, it's heavy, it's boozy sweet. pretty much what you look for in a bourbon barrel aged stout. this has the classic flavors and is really well done.

m - this is a VERY heavy beer. the booze is pretty nicely matched in the flavors and the feel with the stout.

o - in my opinion, this brew can hang with the best of them. if anything, this is pretty heavy...but then again, what would you expect with a bourbon barrel aged double stout? this is definitely a worthy beer and something, i'd love to have again. this is not something for everyone though. some folks just don't like these rich and massive beers...i do.

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Photo of warbird07
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to radioscooter for hooking me up with this brew...poured into my 6oz crystal snifter...pours a midnight black with little lacing, leaves a oily looking film on the glass as I swirl...carbonation is minimal,with a thin ring even when agitated.but as it warms a bit it becomes a bit more apparent...nose is pleasing but boozy...big on charred oak,bourbon,tiny vanilla,malt..I expected a bit more..taste does not fail to please though, with a deep profile..lots of burnt malt taste,chocolate,chocolate, up front bourbon, pretty smooth, well hidden 15 percent alcohol..nice finish with a burn on the back end..mouthfeel is pleasing, not as chewy as I thought a beer with 15 malt varieties would be, plus still very nice..this is definatly a sipper..worth seeking out...

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From therealnomayo. This is the best thing I've had in a while. Thanks so much for tossing it in that box.

12oz, batch 2 (09, bottled 11).

Pours black, thin head, little lacking, deep brown in color. Leaves a very water lacing the quickly runs back down the glass. Not quite mercury, but it's moving quick.

The smell is imperial stout. Which I note only because this is bourbon barrel aged. There is almost zero booze in the nose, it is full of creamier notes that are not later found in the taste, with full roast malt.

The taste is spot on. I'm giving it a 5, but I will caution that it is for the perfect achieved here in the blending of the bourbon notes with the stout itself. I don't believe I've had the base beer (and I don't know if it's availble for purchase) so I can't rate just the "American double" part of this. The booze is all over the taste. Up front it enters like bourbon with a bit of heat and a nice peat/malt; under that is candied dark fruit. In the middle the stout takes over, but there is a lingering alcohol bite. In the finish it's all booze, but the aftertaste is creamy, a little wood and a little bitter chocolate. If the middle tasted like the aftertaste I think it would be a bit cloying but as a sublte portion at the finish it's welcome.

A very nice featuer of this pour is that the mouthfeel is excellent, the weight of the liquid matches the flavor and greatly enhances the drinking experience.

Pours like nothing, smells like not much, tastes so good.


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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Big thanks to the Central PA group of the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Been lookin' forward to trying this guy for some time. It pours a clean obsidian topped by a half-finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, booze, chocolate syrup, bourbon, light oak, and vanilla. The taste brings in more of the same, with darker chocolate and a decidedly heavier booze presence. The consensus was that this guy is drinking a bit hot right now. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice impy stout, though still a bit hot right now. The heat keeps this thing from greatness, but it sure as hell ain't too far as it is.

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Photo of seeswo
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle courtesy of Kurt. Thanks man! Bottle says 15.5%, BTW. Pours black with a quickly dissipating finger of brown head. Smell is big roasted malts with oak and hops (like darkness). The hops provide a strong balancing point for a big beer. Lots of roasted malts, backed with bourbon and maybe a hint of booziness. Finishes dry for what it is, but not bitter. I'll bet this beer would get amazing with some time on it as the flavor is a bit rough around the edges. That said, everything is there for a pretty fantabulous (TM) beer once it mellows. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, low-medium carbonation and generally pretty big. Seems right. Overall, this beer is both very enjoyable and hitting me hard. Drinks so easy right now and time is only going to be nice to this beer. Going to try to get another to cellar. Yum.

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Photo of Spider889
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle courtesy of therealnomayo.

Purported to be the best thing to come out of PA. Wow... now I am both insanely curious and also really skeptical. I mean, hell, PA brewers produce some pretty solid beer.

Poured into my Cigar City snifter. It sat out a bit before serving, so it's sitting at around 60 degrees or so... ought to be just right for this type of beer.

The beer is extremely thick and it took a very high pour to produce a short head. The beer is black as night and the head is very dark as well. Mild lacey legs are left behind each sip.

The aroma is excellent. Bourbon is very strong, but also very smooth as well. You can tell this is a proper aged bourbon in all of the nuanced vanilla, toasty coconut, and deep oak that is pervasive without also being abrasive like many BA stouts can be. I really respect the breweries that take the time to select good bourbon for their barrels, place good beer to age in those barrels, and invest a good amount of time in the aging of the beer. Time and again I am seeing better and better beer come out of barrels in which it sat for 5, 6, 9+ months before being bottled/consumed.

Also heavy on the nose is chocolate. The base stout is a solid beer (BBVD I want to say I was told?). The extra age on it has mellowed out any ashy char aromas that once played a large role in the aroma of the beer. Now, we just see dense dark chocolate fudge, cocoa powder, toasted bread, and lighter notes of coffee as well. When you mix the aromas of the bourbon with those of the stout an excellent toasted marshmallow scent can be found here, I love it.

The flavor is also something to respect in this beer. I can't give this a "5," simply because the bourbon vastly outshines the stout, and I really want to taste everything that I was smelling. However, this does taste phenomenally delicious. Smooth bourbon applies the flavor of sweet toasted American oak. Vanilla and rum raisin are present, as well as the pleasant chocolate that was in the aroma. About mid palate thick fudge flavors wallow and linger surprisingly long. One also cannot ignore the fruit flavors that the bourbon is coaxing out of the stout. It's sort of a mix of black raisin and strawberry preserves. The finish shows off some bitter espresso flavors too.

The mouthfeel is texturally smooth, with a thick body and low carbonation. Sticky with a bitter bourbony finish. The bourbon isn't really boozy or hot even, just warming down the throat. This aspect is quite mild though, and the 15.5% abv is astounding, as I could drink two of these in the time I would take to drink a fresh Bourbon County Stout of only 13%.

Overall this beer is worth the hype for me. I wish I had another bottle now, I'll bet this stuff ages impeccably. Is this the very best of PA? Well, that one is a tough call. But from what I have sampled so far, I can confidently state that this is the best stout to come out of PA.

Thanks again to Jason for convincing me that I needed to have some of this.

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Photo of johnbjaeger
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing... looks, smells and drinks pure evil. The kind of evil that Mulder and Scully investigate. The kind of evil that has no explanation. The kind of evil that seeps in from a fallen asteroid and permeates a small Maine town. It possesses the town's house pets who inexplicably begin attacking and killing their owners.

It pours soul-shivering black. No head until you wait a few seconds and the head rises up, visibly, from the bottom of the glass, like the undead clawing their way to a graveyard's surface. The head builds to about a quarter inch before falling back into the murk.

It smells like sweet, swet, evil. Like a mouthful of coffee grounds and extra dark chocolate. A nice soft carbonation for this syrupy nasty dark liquid. I would write more, but I have a strange urge to go make crop circles drenched in goat's blood.
Good thing I only have one.

Of course, it's all part of a government conspiracy.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to G311 for the brew.

A - It pours a deep black hue, and is capped with minimal froth.

S - The nose is redolent of wood, Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coconut, and is strangely devoid of hot-booziness. The aroma has a lot of sweet-type elements but is not actually very sweet.

T - I dig this, big-time. The themes of the nose are repeated, with the addition of hints of smoke that pop up on the finish. Very well done.

M - The feel is moderately viscous, and more active than the appearance suggests.

O - The whole is better than the sum of its parts, in this case. This is an excellent brew.

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

2011 Bottle - 15.5% ABV
Thanks Chase for this big stout!

A - Deep coffee black, motor oil in color but a little more thin. One finger head, fades quickly.

S - Bourbon, dark chocolate, alcohol, touch of coffee, and dark fruits

T - Strong but not overpowering kick of bourbon right off the bat. Chocolate makes a nice appearance. Dark fruits of the likes of raisins, plums, and figs finish the palate. As this goes down boy does it let its presence be known, warms the belly with alcohol in a very pleasant way. Much like a warm shot of fine bourbon.

M - Medium bodied, a little chewy, and goes down fairly nice considering the high ABV. Make no mistake, this is a sipper.

O - Very pleasant bourbon barreled stout. Has all of the components I enjoy although it's a touch hot. In hindsight I would have held onto this for another year or two - perhaps I'll luck out with another bottle and do so.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my Cigar City tulip. Served at cellar temperature and drank over the course of about an hour. Huge thanks to Centennial for giving this to me. 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Midnight black in color and very thick. Some foam gushed toward the top of the bottle while opening. Pours a nice, one finer, thin brown head but with recedes quickly. The head retention was very good considering the ABV.

Aroma: First scent is some pretty big booze. After a while though, it dies down. Chocolate, dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, whiskey and caramel are all there and pretty nicely balanced. This is pretty barrel forward. The sweeter notes definitely get more noticable the longer this sits.

Taste: Unlike the aroma, this is very mellow condiering the ABV. Big chocolate and coffee notes are front and center, with some nice bourbon being upfront as well. There is a lot more sweetness in the background. Molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate, and dark fruit notes are all contributing. Not overly sweet at all. I am really surprised at how well the flavors are meshed at this point and how the alcohol really doesn't make anything harsh. Very warming as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied and very creamy. The carbonation is spot on and this really is incredibly easy to sip on.

Overall, a really great bourbon barrel stout that definitely lives up to the hype. Incredibly smooth for how young it is and really pleasant to drink. I am definitely glad I have another bottle. Highly recommended.

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Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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 jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Jeffo
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as a very generous extra from G311 in our recent trade. Thanks heaps for the hook up!

From a bottle into a snifter.
Batch #2. Black Label
ABV: 15.5%
IBU: 70

APPEARANCE: A black pour makes a small, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a ring and light wisp. Jet black body, opaque, and medium carbonation evident, decorating the top. A floating wisp and ring remain until the end, leaving a few dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big nose for sure. Roasted malts, smoky notes, and plenty of dark baker’s chocolate. Some caramel notes and touches of toffee. The barrel is there, but doesn’t overpower. Bourbon, vanilla and oak mesh wonderfully well with the base beer, making it a multi-faceted assault on the senses. Just wonderful.

TASTE: Big flavor as well, and the barrel is much more present. Still some roasted and smoky malt up front with plenty of baker’s chocolate before the barrel really kicks in. Bourbon, vanilla and oak pile up through the middle, leading into a big, roasted, and boozy finish. Bourbon, vanilla, and some bitter chocolate linger, trying to compete with a big booze presence. The 15.5% is definitely there. Bold and lingering aftertaste has plenty barrel, chocolate, and roasted, smoky malt. Big and enjoyable flavors, but it’s a touch too hot yet.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Soft and creamy smooth on the palate, goes down fine and finishes with lots of heat and burn after the swallow. Not an abrasive burn, but definitely in the forefront. Finishes somewhat mouth-coating.

OVERALL: I really didn't expect this one to be this good. Given how average Big Black Voodoo Daddy was, I figured this would be a boozy drain pour. Luckily I was completely wrong. This is a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout, but it is indeed a little too boozy at the moment. However, for a 15% beer, this one if really flavorful, with plenty of character and nuances that you don’t see in others in this ABV range. With a little time in the cellar, this will probably turn into a beauty. I hope to get another that I can put away for a couple years. Worth the high praise it gets. Thanks again G311 for including this one in our trade. Cheers!

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Photo of Khazadum
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #5! It has been too long! Oh how I miss the golden liquid after a hard day's work. Why has it taken me so long to indulge? And this one was destined for a snifter! What the hell is wrong with me.... Well, anyway. Lets crack this son of a stitch open and get it done live.

Potent... Nice. Tons of carbonation, giant brown froth, quick disintegration, and decent lacing. Looks good enough. Nothing amazes me about it, but I am not disappointed or faulting it.

Now onto the part we all want to read. Chocolate bomb! This thing breathes dark chocolates, ethanol, and figs. Milk chocolate in the center make me think a Hershey's bar got melted into it somehow drizzled with molasses... that dank brown sugary syrup flavor. This thing smells absolutely divine. At times I detect a bit of cream... egg nog like. Custard if you will. I can't wait to take a sip. I'm dying for it... Maybe 5 more seconds of wafting it.

Here goes nothing. Hoping this doesn't let me down on the first taste.... Whooo boy! Wow. Potent was one way to describe that. The opening hits are dark fruits with heat. There is some alcoholic properties to them. Following that is a nice custard. Egg nog? No... Vanilla pudding but thinned out and given that milky undertow. This leads me into the finish which is molasses and bourbon sweetness with a mostly milk chocolate end. Sometimes it has tones of dark chocolate mingled into that milk nature, but mostly milk chocolate nature. As soon as the molasses hits, you are smashed in the mouth with ethanol. Hot, vibrant, and overwhelming alcohol. This burns itself out quickly, thank goodness, and allows the flavors to play themselves out some more.

The mouth takes a whomp from all the alcohol presence in here. It truly overwhelms and hides the carbonation, what little there is. The carbonation in the middle is tiny and reminds me of the feeling you get when you have just a tiny bit of pop rocks in the mouth. Small prickles and carbonation, but not much. Sticky, creamy, and full bodied are definite characteristics. So are hot, burning, stabbing, and scalding. My throat likes to let me know that something I shouldn't ingest is going down with this interesting warmth.

Even with all of this alcohol problems, I like it. I find that welcoming in this beer. I think it is meant to be like this, and just went a BIT overboard. I find I can't fault it too much for that when overall this is one hell of a beer. It has these characteristics that remind me of Kuhnhenn's 4th Dementia. I'd like to think this is a stout, but there are many characteristics of a stout I'm used to being slapped with that I don't find. I'll assume an old ale for now.

Who knows. Either way, I wish it wasn't 12 ounces. Really, really wish it wasn't.

A-4.0 S-4.5 T-4.0 M-3.5 D-4.0

Reveal is.... Black Magick Stout from Voodoo! Holy hell... This beer is 15%... Well, maybe 15.5%? I can't tell if this is the 2011 or the 2009. I'm betting the 2011 release due to how hot it still tastes. There is much less roasting than I'd like on this bad boy. However, this is one hell of a beer. I'd love to set a few of these down or even get a six pack of this to age and enjoy as the years go by.

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Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz 2011 Vintage (with correct label) poured in my De Struise goblet.

A- Dark black, thick, viscous, 1/4 inch tan head, little retention and almost no lacing.

S- Molasses, big chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla

T- Bakers chocolate, vanilin, oak, dark dark fruit and molasses, a little boozy, but not too bad. Decently balanced actually for 15.5%

M- Solid mouthfeel with a really well mouth coating.

Overall- Decent drinkablity considering. Pretty solid Big Stout!

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black into my bruery tulip. Paper thin head and little to no lacing. Aroma is all bourbon, very hot and boozy I can already tell this need some time in the cellar. Taste follows the nose but finishes with coffee and a lingering vanilla. It's tasty but I think it would be even better with a year on it.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Most recent vintage that was released in 2011.

(A)- Pours fairly thick and pitch black. Produced a very subtle tan froth and bubbles. Not surprising considering the massive ABV on this bad boy.

(S)- Very dry and boozy. Hints at raisin and molasses. Definitely heavy in oaky and bourbon aromas.

(T)- Similar to the smell in every way. Very boozy and oaky; the bourbon has really completely taken this beer over and made it its own.

(M)- A great carbonation level actually, thought the high ABV heat is very prevalent and hot, yet not has potent as I was expecting.

(D)- Like I said, the bourbon has definitely taken this one over and has made it its own. Very boozy and hot with primarily bourbon flavors and aromas. If you are looking for a stout whose profile almost completely portrays a bourbon barrel, this is a good example.

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Photo of Yesac
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from kecarl7, thanks!

A- black in color, small disappointing layer of light brown/tan colored head.

S- Strong overpowering booze on the nose followed by slight bourbon, black licorices, dark roasted malt, slight dark chocolate.

T- Surprisingly smooth over all given the smell. Up front now is roasted malt, dark fruits, middle is black licorice, vanilla and finishes with slight bourbon and oak with some earthy tones. A massive imperial stout. Can't say the 15% ABV is well hidden but it's not to covering everything.

M- Thick bodied and velvety smooth...low carbonation.

O- Weighing in at 15.5% this thing is a beast. The boozy aroma didn't impress me however it wasn't overpowered in the taste, but enough to hamper measuring its complexity on my palate. It was overall very easy drinking and damn smooth and hard to keep on my coaster for long.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter

A - Pitch black pour with a scant brown head with good retention and a loose, spider web lace

S- Solvent, boozy presence in the nose with hints of dark chocolate and espresso

T&M - A big beer for sure; full bodied with a big, boozy hit that seems oddly balanced by the big flavor of this brew. Lot's of chocolate malt provides some counter-leverage t the alochohol content. Notes of vanilla and a woodsy flavor resonate in the background, and carries a significant sweetness, but not anywhere near cloying in nature. Lot's going on here to keep one thinking while sipping.

O - Wow...a big, impressive brew. A great "special occasion" beer with plenty of character to keep an aficionado pleased. The high alcohol content can be a bit off-putting, but the big flavors provide some balance.

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

Bottles probably from the first batch...

Tasting #1 12/14/2008 - 4/4.5/4/4/4
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Huge thanks to Popkas for trading me a few of these!

Appearance is black as coal with a half inch dark tan head that sinks to a skim and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is exploding with wonderful smells of bourbon and vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee, and molasses.

The taste is just as good as the aroma promised. Lots of chocolate up front with some molasses flavors and vanilla then the bourbon comes in alongside some growing coffee tones. Finishes with lingering dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is medium verging on full, creamy, with a good level of carbonation that lets flavors out well. For 15.5% ABV it drinks pretty well.

This was a damn tasty brew and I'm glad I have two more so I can age them for a bit. It's not as good as Bourbon County Stout but this is probably the next best thing from what I've had so far.


Tasting #2 4/25/2011

Aroma has definitely improved with tones of oak, honey, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar, and bourbon. Alcohol is barely even noticeable now whereas before it was dominant. Splendid.

The taste isn't quite as good as the aroma, the alcohol definitely comes through here and it's a bit overpowering at 15%. Bourbon is the most dominant flavor with oak playing a large role. I can't say it really improved that much over 2+ years from what I can recall. There are also some vanilla tones coming in and some bitter stouty, coffee bitterness that lingers.

Mouthfeel is seeming rather in between, I'd say medium, and actually could be a bit thicker I think. There's a certain "slickness" to it that I don't really like but it's fine.

Overall I am kind of disappointed with this tasting, the aroma has become fantastic but the taste did let me down.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting to try this one for a long time now! Thought BBVD was ok, hope this one is good. 12oz bottle...

A: A super, super deep dark pitch black with no head at all. Just mocha colored bubbles on top of the brew. Decent.

S: Smells of booze and some nice thick chocolate. Some mild bitter hop in the middle and vanilla / lactose on the backend. Good.

T: A strong bitter booze taste followed by some chocolate. Vanilla and caramel on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A dry finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a good beer. Not spectacular, but good if you like BIG BOOZY stouts. This seems like it would benefit with several years of age on it. Not sure what year my bottle is, but needs a few years.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to try this beer a couple of years ago when it was last released, and couldn't get a hold of it. This year, thanks to ericwo, I got a couple bottles. I shared one last weekend with Dan and Ratman, and it was enjoyed by all.

Poured jet black with minimal head. Aromas of black malt, roast, dark chocolate, booze, bourbon and vanilla. On the palate, this one was full bodied (15+%) and viscous, with flavors of oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Boozy and delicious, glad I have another.

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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one in a trade – can’t remember who though but thanks!!

Split with Handsome Rob

Body like a voodoo doll of Wesley Snipes. Nice brown head. Smells of Bourbon, Fruit, Caramel, Alcohol, Wood, Chocolate, Cherries, Molasses, Brown Sugar, and goodness. Tastes like roasted malts, chocolate, coffee with caramel, bourbon, molasses, nuts, and just a bit of alcohol which is insane for a 15.5% beer. Big boy stout with low carbonation. Very smooth. Too bad this one only comes around every other year. This thing is delicious and a beast. Very well done extreme beer. I’ve only had this one and the big black voodoo daddy from this brewery… would love to try more.

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Black Magick from Voodoo Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 314 ratings.
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