Black Magick - Buffalo Trace
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Stout - American Imperial
4.6 | pDev: 6.3%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Black Magick - Buffalo TraceBlack Magick - Buffalo Trace
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Fux from France

4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Side by side with PvW and AB variants.
Very bourbonny from the smell but with also distinctive earthy notes. Taste is roasted malt, cocoa and bourbon. Pleasant dry, earthy finish.
Full bodied, sticky but not too sweet, the less alcoholic variant.
I did prefer this a lot compared to the newest BT variant I had some weeks before, it is far more refined and less boozy. Top notch BA stout.

Jun 15, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another example of the great barrel aging that Voodoo can do. The beer poured out as a rich deep black color with a very thin brown head on top. The smell of the beer is loaded with bourbon notes along with some chocolate also. The taste is very nice, lots of bourbon, dark chocolate, some subtle spiciness in there too. Overall this beer is excellent, well worth checking out if given the chance.

Apr 29, 2017
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dddddddd from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Barrel was muted, probably due to the age of the beer. Even still, the flavor was a great blend of bourbon, oak, char/roast, chocolate, and vanilla. A very savory beer. Mouthfeel was impeccable; substantial but not too much so that it detracted from everything else.

Jun 20, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is close to as good of a bourbon stout that I've had. You get the complexity of the buffalo trace as well as chocolate fudge richness. Almost a slight spice from the barrel. Fantastic stout.

Apr 13, 2015
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from claaark13 a while back. Big fan of the regular version so I was stoked to see these. Thanks a lot man! Appreciated.

From a 12oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled 18 January 2013
Blue wax
The Barrel Room Collection
Drank this one first, then the PvW and the Apple Brandy

APPEARANCE: These all look the same basically. Thick black pour yields a 1+ finger, slightly looser, crackly, foamy dark tan head with decent retention. Inky black body with no real carbonation evident. Head crackles down to a decent foamy cap and then to a foamy ring only. Ring and a few wispy dots remain but no lacing down the sides. Black and nasty, but a decent-at-best head.

SMELL: Big nose on this one with plenty of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, molasses, toffee and pure dark chocolate. Very aromatic and quite full of barrel aromas. Perhaps a touch of roasted grain in there, but the barrel, which is rather decadent in itself, plays the most important role here.

TASTE: Oak and bourbon up front, with vanilla, coconut and some dark chocolate at the swallow. Flavorful finish, with plenty of toffee and coconut, vanilla sweetness, bourbon, some roasted grains and nice, pure, bitter dark chocolate as well. Aftertaste is sweet, malty, with plenty of barrel character and lingers nicely on the palate. This is really good.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A touch light perhaps, but creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine with no real bite, perhaps a light scratch at this point, and finishes sticky on the palate. Some decent heat lingers as well. Good stuff, but with all barrel aged beers, they often lack that heavyweight feel I so love in the style. Otherwise, top notch.

OVERALL: This is lovely. Way, way more impressive and enjoyable that the Big Black Voodoo Daddy barrel treatments that came out around the same time as these ones. This has all the character of the barrel that we love and a hefty stout underneath it. The feel is fine for the style but if they could find a way to add some weight here, it would turn this into heaven in a glass. As it is now, it’s pretty close. Love it. Cheers again claaark. You da man.

Mar 05, 2015
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rboinski from California

5/5  rDev +8.7%

Opened this the night before my Birthday. Got to celebrate early right? Poured into a Firestone Walker Teku. Thank you TommyGuz!

Appearance: Beautiful, deep brown/black like 80% dark chocolate. Virtually no head with a tiny amount of carbonation coming up to the surface of the bottle. The rim is a very narrow brown with tight bubbles all around.

Nose: The nose is of rich fudge with a hint of bourbon. It smells less like a beer than almost anything I have ever had the pleasure to inhale. Smells like it will truly meet it's world class reputation.

Taste: This has a very strong bourbon barrel character. Whereas the flavor profile of the firestone walker barrel beers remind me of a flagship red blend, very complex and balanced, this beer on the other hand reminds me of a single malt scotch; pure, raw power. 20 seconds after the initial hit of very strong whisky and chocolate there is a strong rush of malty character in the best of ways. This beer is saying that it is pure imperial stout.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this is so thick it is chewy. The carbonation is just spectacular and coats the mouth in a very soft blanket of creamy bourbony heaven with a nice hot kick. It is a true delight to drink and I am sorry that not everyone gets the privledge to have this one.

Overall: WORLD CLASS BARREL AGED IMPERIAL STOUT. I thought that I was over this style, but this beer proves that when done right it can be a pleasure to drink. There are so many barrel aged beers that I feel a 4 oz pour is to much. This is a beer where 12 oz is not nearly enough.

Sep 09, 2014
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Edit- dropped down rating because 2nd bottle was thin. The core reason why I liked this was because of the thick boozy fudge I got out of first bottle

bottle #548

A- Thick black oil, minimal coffee colored lacing with minmal legs. This liquid gums up the glass big time.

S- Dark thick barrel fudge. That makes up 90% of the nose. The rest is burnt raisins, figs, toffee. Straight up dark chocolate fudge with booze. Fantastic

T- Kinda wanted to go higher on the rating, but didn't want to go crazy. Boozy creamy dark fudge chocolate stout. Same ratio as the nose. This is liquid booze brownie. I need more.

M- Extremely creamy and smooth. The minimal carb is not an issue at all, as I feel like you are a few levels short of a brownie blizzard. This brew leaves a very nice glaze around the mouth well after puttin her down the gullet.

O- Top 5 BA stout that I have ever had. Exceptional in all areas.

Jun 16, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour is opaque jet black with a dark mahogany head. Nose is huge and rich. Very bourbon county rare esq. nose has more wood and is slightly nutty. Rich chocolate batter and sweet whiskey. Flavor is also huge, not sugary, subtle wood and whiskey notes up front. Chocolate cake batter, semi sweet dark chocolate, faint nuttiness mid palate, fairly sweet malt backbone. Very full body but not syrupy, gentle carbonation and slightly dry finish with a bit of heat and another punch of barrel and whiskey. This stuff is good!

Feb 05, 2014
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Sarge3130 from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/18/13 #827

Poured into Voodoo Barrel Room snifter

A: pours thick with needle thin white head. pitch black body. No alcohol legs, instead the alcohol just coats the glass and leaves a slight brownish flim.

A: sweet bourbon vanilla, heavy bakers cocoa, dark fruits. Chocolate bomb.

T: Booze, slight burn in the chest. Nice dark fruit character with chocolate notes. boozey but still somehow very drinkable

M: Medium to full with some decent carbonation for the style.

O: Very solid beer. still a litte boozy even after a full year of cellaring. not sure if more time would improve it though. If you love chocolate you would love this beer.

Jan 28, 2014
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jegross2 from Illinois

4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Buffalo Trace Black Magick from Voodoo Brewing Company out of Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Score: 98

Bottle is dated 01/18/13, #391 out of 552. Served in a Goose Island Black Friday Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter and enjoyed on 12/03/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep, inky black color with two fingers of dark cinnamon head that settles to a thin coating. Good lacing, good retention. 4.5/5

Smell: From the moment the cap is removed, huge aromas of milk chocolate, pancake batter, vanilla cinnamon roll frosting and dark chocolate explode out of the bottle. The dark chocolate notes are reminisce of a very high percentage cacao bar that has a slight fruity note to it. Behind that is a very light alcohol heat, brownies, bittersweet chocolate morsels, a little raisin and brown sugary bourbon notes too. Oak and a touch of char rounds out the end of the whiff. The aroma here is quite robust. As the beer warms up, a light hop character comes through, in addition to a little tobacco and a dash of anise. This is a complex chocolate bomb on the nose, with a delightful injection of vanilla and brown sugar. 4.75/5

Taste: A nice sweet dark fruit flavor, surprisingly, hits the tongue first -- fig and raisin -- with a little brown sugar flavor too. Then notes of bitter chocolate, milk chocolate and oaky vanilla take over. There is a delicious, slightly fruity, high cacao percentage-like dark chocolate backbone to this beer, and a fudgey finish. Milk chocolate, oaky vanilla, bitter dark chocolate and faint bourbon meld on the tongue seamlessly. This beer has a long finish of fudge, oak and the high cacao, slightly fruity dark chocolate flavor. As it warms up, caramel undertones on the back half come out, in addition to a light, complementary anise character and a hint of tobacco. The rich desserty vanilla notes from the nose are dialed back in the taste, and the oak is more prominent. Almost a year old, there is virtually no alcohol heat or flavor on this 13.5% bad boy. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied, with a low level of carbonation that is good for the style and flavor profile. Nice bitter-leaning bittersweet balance on the palate. Has a nice oiliness upfront that dries out nicely on the finish. All of this lends to a good drinkability and desire to quaff more. 4.5/5

Overall: A bold, flavorful beer for a cold winter night, this epic 13.5% stout has superb balance, marvelous flavor integration, and is a chocolate lovers dream. It's dangerously drinkable, so sip with caution.

Cost: $8 for a 12 oz bottle.

Dec 04, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 13.

Appearance - Thick viscous and inky black body. A few bubbles. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - Oaky barrel character. Rich vanilla and chocolate. Fudge. Bourbon is nice.

Taste - Sharp bourbon. Chocolate. Oak. Not as pleasant as the aroma. Sharp and boozy.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Very boozy.

Overall - Not as good as the apple brandy barrel. Still excellent.

Nov 05, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz, Bottle #835, Bottle date 1/18/13
Mini snifter

A: Pours dark black in color. Dark tan head about a half finger. No lacing. Alcohol feet.

S: Dark fruits. Soy sauce. Roast. Char. Dark chocolate. Vanilla.

T: Getting that dark fruit, raisin and plum. Then the roasted malts. Dark chocolate. Vanilla. Caramel. Burnt sugar. Finish is lingering and long in flavor.

M: Full bodied and chewy.

Oct 31, 2013
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Igotmypistola from California

4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Let me preface this by saying, I just finished a bourbon county and was like.. Hmm, what do I have that may stand a chance following this.. Aha!

Enter BT black magick.. So very similar to the ol bcbs. Thick, full, chewy, just SOOO outstanding.. Aaaalmost as good, though I hesitate. The nose on it is so, distinct. But very strange. It must be the buffalo trace barrel? Nicely carbonated, surprisingly so! Woody, oaky, vanilla. Just a fantastic brew all around. Homerun. I have the pappy an I can't wait to compare!

Sep 02, 2013
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.57/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle opened up by Doug on August 11, 2013.

A- Pitch black body. Oily, thick and stains the glass. Has some serious legs on this. Not much of a head, but who's looking for that?

S- Thick chocolate fudge with plenty of bourbon- that sweet charcoal bourbon. And some dark fruits, presumably from the base beer. Smells fairly boozy, but actually fairly complex.

F- Liquid chocolate brownies with bourbon. Lots of it. Sweet, decadent dark chocolates filled with bourbon. Excellent, seriously nice.

M- Full bodied, creamy and slick. Low in carbonation, but that's quite alright for this beer. Sticky, chocolate bourbon fudge finish.

O- Not the most complex as far as BA stouts go, but everything it does, it does incredibly well. It is not Pappy Van Winkle Black Magick in retrospect, but this is a fantastic BA stout.

Aug 11, 2013
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks again doesn't quite cut it for the generosity of fiver29 in slinging these bottles my way, but it's all I have. 12 oz. bottle with blue wax, bottle #478 dated 1/18/13.

I'm getting all tingly just working the wax off. Pour is pitch black with a ring of bubbles that is oddly persistent as I allow it to warm. Smells almost identical to the Laird's Apple version, which seems odd - lightless malts, warm chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla. If every beer smelled like this, I'd never, ever be sober again.

Black Magick - Buffalo Trace is liquid tar incarnate: oozing, crack-filling, cold, slow-flowing tar. Every square millimeter of my mouth is coated after two sips. In contrast with the Laird's, this version is less smooth & more rip-roaring hard, the bourbon disrupting the smoothness of the underlying beer to rap its knuckles against the back of my throat. Big alcohol heat & a cold plank of underlying wood that dries out the mouth like a black desert. Mid-section showcases loads of chocolate, vanilla, more hothotalcoholheat. Sweet, almost sugary malts smooth out the back-end a little, but that dragon-fire is warming the cockles of my stomach lining. Mouthfeel: borderline perfect.

Brewers, pay attention. This is what a big, brutal, searing barrel-aged stout should smell, feel, & taste like. Honestly, I'm having trouble finding even the slightest fault with this beer, because it's a hang-nail away from being perfect. Wow. I'm going to go enjoy the rest of this now, if you don't mind. Slowly. Thanks again, John.

Jun 27, 2013
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared this one with a bunch of close friends and Matthew Allyn, Brewmaster at Voodoo.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of warm bourbon, vanilla, fudgey chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, oak and plenty of dark roasted malts. A little rough around the edges but all in all an awesome nose.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sugary sweetness; mainly vanilla beans and chocolate fudge batter; quickly giving way to the dark fruit, oak and quite a bit of warming bourbon heat. The booze burn is probably strongest in this version compared to the others. Finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast with a plenty of booze, lingering on the palate long after each sip.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Big, thick feel with plenty of booze throughout yet it is still drinkable.

O - This is one massive beer. As I said before, I think it is still a little rough around the edges and could use some time to mellow out. As it stands now, I would say I prefer it second to the PVW but still an awesome beer.

Jun 16, 2013
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.11/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Did the full side-by-side-by-side with the Apple Brandy and Pappy versions. Bottle #661 into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Same as the other versions. Pours a .25 finger dark mocha colored head with poor retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is minimal. Stringy and spotty with decent cling. Thick, oily, monstrous legs. Solid.

Nose is chocolate, booze, leather, and a touch of lactose creaminess. Aromatic. Decent.

Opens chocolate, molasses, leather, and some woodiness. Sweet dark fruit in the middle mixed with an ample dose of booziness. Fudge and brownie sweetness too. Ends hot booze and fig. Aftertaste of molasses, booze and chocolate. Very good. But the alcohol covers the complexity a bit here.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, slick, and oily in the mouth and goes down warm, viscous, and caressing. Messy finish with a strong, sweet, lingering aftertaste. A touch harsher going down than the Pappy though.

A very good beer but nowhere near the magnificence of the Pappy version. Compared to that, this is a bit harsher and the booze overtakes some of the more nuanced flavors that are present. Still well worth a try though.

May 22, 2013
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jeonseh from Indiana

4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark chocolate with no light getting thru. No head at all or signs of carbonation

S - Chocolate and vanilla with a big whiff of Buffalo Trace bourbon which gives it oak, caramel and slight booziness near the back end

T - Chocolate up front with the taste of a caramel square as well. Vanilla sweetness comes through from the barrel. Light oak and bourbon in the finish

M - Medium creamy body with light roasted and astringent aspect to it in the finish

O - Tasty and well integrated stout with a good barrel presence, vanilla and caramel to it.

May 19, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a matching Barrel room collection snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin line of dark tan head across the top. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives less than a finger that is quick to dissolve.

The aroma is quite boozy with notes of chocolate grain and a mild tangy alcohol character that stings the nose a bit. Some raw oak aspect is present with a tinge of bourbon that comes forward more as the brew warms up. Some chocolate to almost brownie batter or fudge aspect comes out once the brew is beyond ideal temperature.

The flavor is quite raw and earthy in the sense that the barrel aging has impart some of the harsher aspects that are aggressive and less blended into the base beer. A tangy bourbon flavor is evident with every sip coupled with mild cocoa and bitter coffee. The aftertaste is somewhat solvent.

This is a full bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Quite boozy and solvent with the bourbon dominating most of the nuances of barrel aging. This is a fantastic example of a barrel aged beer but when compared to the other black magick treatments, this one is a bit harsh. Each barrel aged version of black magick is awesome in it's own right. People who like aggressive bourbon heat and flavors will be drawn to this. The brandy version is very smooth and dangerously drinkable. The PVW is the most complex. Pick your poison, you cant go wrong with any of these.

Apr 24, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from the '13 release at Voodoo. What a day/night/day.
Shared at an April '13 SEPA tasting.

Among the three barrel'd Black Magick versions I rank this in the middle, under the Pappy and above the Laird's. As expected, an opaque obsidian color, with a small, dense, brown head that never completely vanished; minimal lacing, but did leave some oily streaking on the glass. Much like the Pappy version, aroma of rich chocolate, some cocoa bitterness, tobacco, bourbon, though perhaps a bit more of an oak profile coming out on this one. The latter characteristic was well-defined in the taste as well, bourbon was obvious but smooth and well-integrated, dark malts, dark chocolate, tobacco, and a hint of anise. Body was essentially full, rich and smooth, some boozy heat, but not as much as you'd expect for the ABV. Another great drinker, and well worth the adventure endured to obtain it.

Apr 21, 2013
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axeman9182 from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, thanks to ncaudle. It was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my NEBCO tulip.

Buffalo Trace barrel Black Magick pours entirely black. Maybe a finger of deep mocha foam rises up to top the beer, but only lingers for a minute before fading away relatively cleanly. The aroma is absolutely superb. Aromas of rich milk chocolate, vanilla, spicy oak, and bourbon all commingle as they waft up out of the glass. The flavor profile, while still excellent, is just a notch below. The chocolate and vanilla are just a little but more muted here, leaving more room for the oak and bourbon to come across as more dominant. The subtle shift in the balance of the beer just doesn't quite work as well as the promise of the nose. The body is decadently rich and full, just like I prefer my big stouts. The carbonation though, is a bit too dull even for this style, leading to a flabby mouthfeel. I'm not sure Buffalo Trace Black Magick quite lives up to the lofty standards set by the early reviews, but it's a great barrel aged stout. I'm really looking forward to getting to try the Pappy Big Bad Voodoo Daddy that's still in my fridge.

Apr 20, 2013
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cosmicevan from New York

4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to Shilt for tossing this one my way. what an amazing surprise. meant to hang onto this for a share, but i just couldn't wait any longer....bottle # 236. enjoyed from the 22oz barrel room collection voodoo snifter.

a - brew poured a fairly stunning lush black sludge that had a really nice barrel shine to it. deep, rich and ominous. had a thin dark tan head that was gone shortly after the pour settled.

s - i sniffed the bottle when it first opened and nearly passed out from joy. the lush chocolate and booze was just outrageous. upon closer inspection in the glass, BOOM there it is. BIG LUSH CHOCOLATE. black magick is a BIG beer, putting it in buffalo trace barrels certainly compliments this but makes it a booze fiesta. the wood smooths it over though carrying some vanilla, but make no mistake, you will get drunk from this least that's what the nose tells me.

t - really impeccable. chocolate and wood. some vanilla. this beer is extremely balanced. nothing is too much in any one direction. putting black magick into a barrel was a GREAT idea.

m - wow, the first thing that jumps out at me is the chewiness of this beer. it is so full and rich, but so drinkable. thick. what the nose tells you about the booziness is gone when this touches your lips. truly amazing at how well the ABV is integrated into the flavor.

o - overall, i am floored by this beer. so massive, but so drinkable. the barrel puts everything in it's right place. looking forward to trying the pappy and hopefully getting my hadns on the others...maybe even another bottle of this. what a treat!

Apr 09, 2013
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Treebs from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. blue waxed bottle bottle served in a Jester King chalice. Thanks to nasty31 for the share.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. Minimal splotches of lace.

S: Nice Buffalo Trace up front with a smooth barrel presence. Caramel and vanilla notes with a light oak profile. There is some heat on those nose, but isn't detracting from the overall scent. Light chocolate notes.

T: Buffalo Trace, dark fruit and heavy roasted malts. Nice barrel with vanilla and caramel with a ton of rich chocolate. Very decadent.

M: Oily with a medium low carbonation. Medium to heavy bodied with a sweet finish.

O: A rich and delicious beer. Tons of chocolate with a strong barrel presence, but it really works nice with the base beer.

Apr 06, 2013
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Holmes698 from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 12oz blue wax dipped bottle into my 22.5oz barrel room collection snifter.

A: Dark black pour. Not much head to speak of, but spot on for the style and amount of aging this beer underwent.

Ar: Hugh oak and tons of bourbon slightly burn the nose. I also get a good amount of roasty malt, with some hints of dark chocolate.

T: Follows the line from the aroma. BIG oak and bourbon notes, dark chocolate, roasty malts. Much less of that sweetness than I anticipated. Nice alcohol burn on the way down, but not too much. It also has this dirty/earthy flavor that just adds some complexity.

M: Moderately full, and slightly chewy for a barrel aged stout. By no means is it a full thick mouthfeel, but for the style and barrel aging it is fuller than I expected. Absolutely perfect carbonation.

Overall: Great Beer! I loved the huge bourbon notes and the perfect carbonation. What I love most is that Voodoo kept the sweetness to a minimum. Some other big stouts like Dark Lord, I feel, can be overly sweet. However, this is a sipper. The ABV on untappd is listed as 13.5%, but based on the taste and mouthfeel I would guess as high as 15%. Well worth the wait in line, out in the freezing cold. Can't wait to try the Pappy and Apple brandy versions.

Mar 25, 2013
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Morey from Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Voodoo snifter.

Appearance: The stream is pitch black while pouring into the glass. Not simply one of those beers that turns black in the glass, this is pitch during the bottle to glass transition. The head is a chocolate brown color, and stood about one half of a finger tall.

Aroma: Heavy notes of bourbon and oak dominate the nose. Some dark chocolate and a touch of soy sauce as it warms.

Taste: Follows the nose, I'm getting a ton of oak-y tannins and bourbon with some dark bittersweet chocolate in the background. It's sweet, but definitely not cloying at all. There's a kiss of alcohol, but you feel more than you taste it.

Mouthfeel: Well, per usual....the barrels thin out what would normally be a thick and chewy beer, but it's still somewhere past medium for such a big barrel aged beer. The carbonation is on the soft side, but definitely present....just where you want it.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is definitely more carbonated than the last release of Black Magick (2009). It might be a bit lower in alcohol too. I really like this one a lot. Nice job Voodoo!

Mar 24, 2013
Black Magick - Buffalo Trace from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 167 ratings