Black Magick - Pappy Van Winkle
Voodoo Brewery

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From:
Voodoo Brewery
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.74 | pDev: 7.17%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
230
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 07, 2019
Added:
Mar 27, 2013
Wants:
  759
Gots:
  23
SCORE
100
World-Class
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Rated: 4.37 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Dec 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.73 by fthegiants from California

May 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Apr 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.56 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Nov 04, 2018
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Reviewed by GRG1313 from California

5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
While I still have lots of check ins to make and "tick" I figured I'd save one of the best for my 10,000 check in. This one can be no better for what it is. Deep black; dark brown thick head; wonderful chocolate, roasted grain rich nose; flavors that go on forever and a great finish. A worthy check in I figured for #10,000
Jul 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.91 by jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

Nov 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Fux from France

4.81/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Side by side with Buffalo Trace batch 1 and Apple Brandy.
My favorite variant of the set. Elegant bourbon flavors dominate, wood, vanilla, cocoa. Very complex with the pappy barrel shining.
Full bodied, smooth, not overwhelmingly sticky.
Alcohol is more present than in the BT variant but on a reasonable level.
Awesome beer.
Thanks to Anton and Michaelis for sharing.
Jun 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Brian29 from Ohio

4.92/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Black, low carbonation, whispy mocha swirl that dissapates in seconds. The nose hits as the wax is broken and the cap is pryed. Chocolate, raisin, marshmallow, wood, its quite magnificent. I should be in a robe in a leather chair drinking this from a pipe.

There is no gimmick with this beer, no trendy flavors. Its a barrel aged stout to perfection. Smooth, creamy, sticky, boozy nearly 4 years later but rounded and soft. The beer bursts with flavor, fudge is the most predominant. A beautiful beer.
Nov 18, 2016
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Reviewed by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

4.96/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
This is amazing! Its jam-packed with flavors of liquid fudge batter, fresh brownies, cocoa butter, some vanilla, wood, a touch of some non-descript spiciness, chocolate covered caramel candies, . Still some moderate heat after all this time. Mouthfeel is nice. One of the best noses ever on a beer. This is seriously amazing.
Nov 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.71 by whitenads from Michigan

Jul 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.95 by yoitsarch from California

May 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.75 by mportnoy from Pennsylvania

Apr 08, 2016
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Reviewed by lamb0176 from Pennsylvania

4.96/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
This was one of the best beers I've ever had. #132 from 1-18-13, smell was amazing as soon as the cap was opened. Even as a 3oz pour this was phenomenal down to the last drop. The taste was beautiful liquid fudge. The nose remained intense in the glass even with just the residual coating. I'm excited to find more and try the other barrel aged variants.
Feb 06, 2016
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Reviewed by mojiboo02 from Illinois

4.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I have drank three different bottles over the years and all have been fantastic. Probably my favorite BA Beer out there. The pappy barrel comes through with fantastic taste and the beer is up there with Pappy Sexual Chocolate.
Jan 31, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by troybeeramalau from Pennsylvania

Jan 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.68 by JMFP from Delaware

Dec 16, 2015
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Reviewed by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Had this side-by-side with the Apple Brandy and Buffalo Trace variants. All were good, but this was the clear winner. Such a smooth flavor, with just the right amount of barrel. Incredible.
Nov 22, 2015
 
Rated: 5 by Jlang2012 from South Carolina

Oct 23, 2015
 
Rated: 5 by t2grogan from Arizona

Aug 30, 2015
 
Rated: 4.92 by Sosopogi from Florida

Jul 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4.74 by BeerMeBro720 from Ohio

Jun 22, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by kscaldef from Oregon

Jun 09, 2015
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Rated by Chibeerguy1 from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
12oz bottle poured at just below cellar temp in a Bourbon County snifter
Bottled 1-18-13
Bottle # 406
Jun 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4.8 by _morandi_ from California

May 27, 2015
 
Rated: 5 by Brewski from Pennsylvania

May 25, 2015
 
Rated: 5 by ScottP from New Hampshire

May 24, 2015
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Rated by Kurmaraja from California

4.75/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
People tell me this is a shadow of what it once was. To those people I say "I hate you" because this was incredible.
May 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.68 by markgugs from New Jersey

May 10, 2015
 
Rated: 5 by jaken0ss from New Jersey

Apr 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.73 by Zack_B from Florida

Apr 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.68 by schmidtmattsays from Illinois

Apr 14, 2015
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Reviewed by PHBoiler from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Thick and rich stout. Really well balanced with the bourbon and the sweetness from the malts. No flavors really stand out. You get the bourbon and the rich chocolate. Straight forward and delicious.
Apr 13, 2015
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Reviewed by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This was almost RARE good, with a wonderful fudgy finish that can't be matched. Great nose, great taste, just overall killer BA stout. A real pleasure to get to enjoy.
Apr 11, 2015
 
Rated: 5 by kbuzz from North Carolina

Mar 14, 2015
 
Rated: 4.77 by Lamnic from Connecticut

Mar 14, 2015
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

3.99/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
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
# 491
Burgundy wax
The Barrel Room Collection
Drank this one after the BT and before 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: This is basically the same as the Buffalo trace version. Big nose 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. Maybe a touch more oak than the BT version, but they’re basically identical.

TASTE: Again, virtually the same as the Buffalo Trace version, with just a few small differences. 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, more toffee than the BT variant, with plenty of barrel and oak character and lingers nicely on the palate. A bit more boozy and just a touch more toffee and oak on the finish, but the differences are almost non-existent. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A touch light perhaps and not quite as creamy as the BT variant. A bit prickly even. 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. Okay, but with all barrel aged beers, they often lack that heavyweight feel I so love in the style. A little more prickly than Buffalo Trace.

OVERALL: This is wonderful, wonderful stuff. Lots of great barrel flavors and a nice big stout underneath it all. This variant is perhaps not as decadent as the Buffalo Trace version for the simple fact that it is a little more alcoholic and the feel is not quite as smooth, but those are minor issues. I would say the Trace is the best of the three but this is a very close second. In the end, however, they’re all great and I enjoyed every drop of these. Thanks again for thinking of me claaark13. World class stuff.
Mar 05, 2015
 
Rated: 4.54 by Oakhtar from California

Jan 26, 2015
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Reviewed by adamette from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pappy Van Winkle Black Magick

Poured from the 12 ounce bottle that I bought on the first Barrel Room Collection release event on or about January 30th, 2013. WRITTEN with a Sharpie on the custom, numbered label is “1-18-13” so this is nearly two years old. It is bottle #230. I waited for hours in the cold for this beer and all of the others that made up the Barrel Room Collection box. That day I had one of the best beers of my life, a barrel aged BBVD (Big Black Voodoo Daddy) so, yes, I am psyched to try this one tonight.

A Maroon wax covers the capped bottle. I hate to even destroy it to get to the bottle cap but a guys got to do what a guys got to do. Finally worked my way carefully around and through the wax covering on the bottle and removed the tightly placed cap and there is a satisfying “pssst” as I open it. Pours an oil black with a dark brown but thin head on top into a clean, clear glass. Head dissipates into a thin single layer and then that even breaks up further so that there are islands of bubbles on top of the oil blackness. Could not improve the look. 5.0

S Dark Roast malt and Whiskey dominate. There is “heat” in the smell as well. This is going to be good. 4.5

T Wow, a lot going on here. The deep dark goodness of Black Magick with the Barrel Aged Whiskey notes. The taste lingers maybe as long as any beer I can remember with a nice velvety thickness remaining on my togue well after my most recent sip. The dark roast malt and whiskey certainly carry over from the smell right into the taste. The whiskey may be a bit strong but this is a sipper of a beer. Artisan beer from brewers of Artisan Styles. 4.5

M Thick, velvety feel as mentioned in “taste” section. Wow this beer has a HUGE mouthfeel! 4.5

D/O Drinkability is only fair since it is so expensive AND it really is a sipping beer. I could not imagine drinking two of these, let alone ANY OTHER beer tonight. It has center stage. It is the opening act and the main act. Overall, again this is an Artisan beer from brewers of Artisan beer styles. 4.5

Notes: This is the “first” of those Barrel Room Collection beers that I stood in line for and purchased from the brewery nearly 2 years ago that I have reviewed. I am certainly looking forward to tasting and reporting on the remaining ones right here on BA!
Jan 02, 2015
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Rated by IPAchris from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Best BA Stout I have ever had!
Jan 02, 2015
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Reviewed by drmcleod10 from Missouri

4.91/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottle split and shared amongst friends

A - Dark as night, motor oil. Minimal head but solid lacing

S - Smell is chocolate, fudge, vanilla, huge notes of the fudge brownie smell and that classic pappy smell in beers

T - Taste follows the nose here with a solid pack of fudge and chocolate up front with the heat from the pappy coming through in the middle (all pappy barrel aged beers when done right have a unique taste to them and this one is no different) Finish is surprisingly sweet and bold with more notes of fudge chocolate tobacco. Really smooth for 13.5%

F - Feel is full bodied creamy thick not too much carb.

O - I enjoyed this slightly less than KBBS, but both reside in my top 3 as far as BA Stouts go
Dec 25, 2014
Black Magick - Pappy Van Winkle from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 268 ratings