Black Magick - Pappy Van Winkle | Voodoo Brewery

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Black Magick - Pappy Van WinkleBlack Magick - Pappy Van Winkle

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MarkIntihar on 03-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev -15.6%

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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.

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3.87/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oily pitch black body capped by a thin lingering head. Leggy and viscous. Nose is heavy on soy sauce, molasses and bourbon. Not much in the way of heat. The palate is similar; the barrel brings a huge but mellow caramel/vanilla bourbon character that's undeniably excellent, but the base beer is underwhelming, reminiscent of soy sauce and burnt sugar. Pretty cloying, this seems sweeter than Black Tuesday despite being significantly lower ABV.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Solid, opaque, black pour, with a small cap of dense brown head that receded to a ringlet; minimal lacing, some oily streaking on the glass. Aroma of chocolate fudge, cocoa bitterness, tobacco, definite bourbon notes, but very smooth, with a good oak profile. Man, this beer is drinking incredibly good already, with the bourbon being pretty much fully integrated in the taste. Dark roasty malts, dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, lots of smooth bourbon, oak, earth, tobacco, hint of licorice. Black Magick is a high octane brew anyway, so the bourbon really melds good, leaving a trace of heat, but overall making for a very smooth mouthfeel. Essentially full-bodied, and quite drinkable.

I want to age at least one of these, but as good as it is now, why wait?

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4.62/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 847.

Appearance - Viscous black. Inky. Almost no head.

Smell - Incredibly bourbon aroma. Dark dark chocolate and licorice. Vanilla.

Taste - Really fudgy. Bourbon is delicious. Dark fruits and rich dark chocolate in the back. Very sweet. Boozy.

Mouthfeel - Thick and low carbonation. Boozy.

Overall - Immense beer. Delicious barrel.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

A - Pours black as night with a nice one finger tall khaki colored head, slowly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small trails of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of warm bourbon, vanilla, fudgey chocolate, coconut, dark fruits, caramel, oak and plenty of dark roasted malts. Definitely the best nose of the three, just smells incredible.

T - Starts off much like the BT version does with a big dose of sugary sweetness; mainly vanilla beans and chocolate fudge batter again; quickly giving way to hints of coconut, dark fruits, tobacco, woody oak and a mild amount of warming bourbon. Finish is pretty sweet with a bit of heat, lingering long after the finish. While the BT version is rough, this is the epitome of smooth.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Big, smooth feel with a nice warming booze burn at the end of each sip. Definitely the smoothest, most well integrated of the three thanks to that magic pappy barrel.

O - This is easily my favorite of the three, which is saying something because I really liked the other two. It has all of the flavors I love, as well as being aged in my favorite bourbon barrels, and despite the large ABV it remains fairly easy to consume. Looking forward to seeing how this one develops in the years to come, could get even better.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a matching voodoo barrel room collection snifter. The brew streams as black as a beer can be and rests inside the glass with a finger of brown head sitting atop. The cap fades back fairly quick leaving just a ring around the perimeter of the glass. A swirl revives a half finger and paints some spots and patches of lacing effect on the glass. When held to the light, there is a faint line of lighter brown to almost ruby clarity noted around the edges.

The aroma opens up quite sweet almost indicative of freshly baked brownies with notes of cocoa, vanilla and an overall sweetness that is almost candy-like. There is an earthy oak quality to the nose that blends into suggestions of tobacco and old coffee before the focus of the brew changes to more of a booze character. The bourbon is quite apparent towards the back and does a masterful job of being a supporting role and not a dominating factor.

The taste of this brew is much more forward with the bourbon playing a significant role in the overall flavor profile. There is a bit of residual sweetness suggesting chocolate that blends into more of a roasty bitter baker's cocoa, coffee, earth and tobacco. The earthen aspect brings out a flavor of oak and almost a mild spice of cinnamon before a mild fruity alcohol ester fades to all bourbon across the back. There is a mild touch of anise left in the aftertaste as well as more bitter chocolate and mild coffee tones.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is evident but not distracting for 15%. I am a huge fan of black magick having consumed more than a case of it since it's last release. I was hesitant opening this because I knew it would be hot from the PVW, I had no idea it was going to be this good. This brew is absolutely fantastic, I cannot wait to get into the others from the release.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Many thanks to Shilt for sharing this huge want!

A: Dark thick melted dark chocolate color, perfect looking head. Not much head but very nice lacing along the edge, very nice legs after swishing

S: pretty perfect. Lots of vanilla, coconut, and wood. Some muted dark chocolate with a hint of brown sugar and caramel. Outstanding.

T: Pretty sweet with a touch of bourbon heat. Not much barrel but what is there is well integrated and delicious. Lots of chocolate and vanilla with a hint of molasses and espresso. The Pappy leaves a delightful tingle on the aftertaste.

M: Thinner than expected but still medium bodied. Coats the tongue without being too syrupy.

O: Excellent beer. The Pappy barrels shine on an excellent base beer. The aroma is one of the best I've smelled and the taste is not too far behind. Well crafted all the way around. Pleasure to have tried.

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Black Magick - Pappy Van Winkle from Voodoo Brewery
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