Black Magick - Buffalo Trace | Voodoo Brewery

Black Magick - Buffalo TraceBlack Magick - Buffalo Trace
BA SCORE
4.58/5
159 Ratings
Black Magick - Buffalo TraceBlack Magick - Buffalo Trace
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
voodoobrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HoppyKilaMonster on 03-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
159
pDev:
6.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
269
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of djrn2
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
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.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Rifugium
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BMart
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of stakem
4.14/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ShanePB
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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Black Magick - Buffalo Trace from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 4.58 out of 5 with 159 ratings
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