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Black Magic Stout | Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub

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Black Magic StoutBlack Magic Stout

Brewed by:
Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
New York, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional dry Irish stout, carbonated with nitrogen (it pours very much like a Guinness). Dry roasted flavors are prominent, with hints of chocolate and coffee on the finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-10-2001

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 56
Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

consumed at Empire Brewing

A - nearly black; opaque; not cloudy. Thick creamy tan head with excellent{!} retention

S - coffee; smokey; malty

T - coffee stout with slight, but IMO undesirable, smokey/burnt quality

M - full, although a bit light for a stout; smooth

D - a bit better than your average stout

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I loved the coffee aspects of this beer, but it seemed to be lacking the qualities I love about beer, the malted grain backbone or the tastes and/or aftertaste the the hops should deliver.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewpub. A dry stout, dark with mocha head and lace. Coffeeish and bitter astringent. No resemblance to Middle Ages style on the part of new brewmaster Tim Burton. He is putting the coffee expresso bias on this one, but you really got to like the stuff. Good for what it is.

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gshoes3
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So the deal is you can get samples but can't buy any beer. Yeah. My sample was a nice pitch black with light brown head. At first it tasted like there might be some oats then it dived into big roasty flavors. Reminds me a bit of the Middle Ages Black Heart Stout, but not quite as thick - still a heck of a stout.

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Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBCrew
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

4 oz. sampler poured into a tasting glass. Deep black color with a creamy tan head typical of the Guiness nitro-tap. The head hangs around for a bit before dissipating to a thin layer. Deep amber hues around the edges when held up to the light. Aroma of black patent and roasted malts. Taste is dry and creamy with a slight bitterness, followed by what can only be described as a bacon flavor. Mouthfeel was decent but I couldn't get past the bacon flavor.

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Photo of dgeebs07
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of nyrblue2
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark black with a light, creamy brown head that had good retention.
S: There are creamy aromas of roasted malts with hints of coffee and mocha.
T: The flavors resemble the smell, although the taste leans toward being on the weak side.
M: It felt a bit thin on the palate, with a light body.
D: This was very easy to drink.

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Photo of M16storm
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Moradin
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

very dry, lot of smoked/roasted flavor.
medium to high carbonation

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Photo of jeffbrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HermitDan
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rfgetz
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OldDirty
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

I sampled this as my second beer during my visit. poured in 1/2 pint glass cold on nitro. Beer is pitch black upon arrival with creamy tan head of .5 cm resting on surface. Very tight lattice work as this head fades to minimal surface layer.
Only faint light passes through on edges of the glass revealing ruby highlights.
Aroma is very roasty with hints of espresso as well. first sip reveals very soft and silky texture with fine rolling carbonation, almost cask like due to nitro pour.
Flavor is very roasty with some espresso notes too. Slightly bitter notes from black malts, no hops present anywhere. Smooth easy drinker.

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Photo of blackened1339
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A spot-on Irish dry stout with caramel, coffee, and dryness at the forefront. Rich, creamy, and strong flavored to appease all fans of Guinness beers.

Deep and dark brown hues hedge on black appearances and basically opaque. The nitro-infused beer develops a stubborn creamy head with superb staying power and rings of creamy lace with each sip. A classic Irish stout appearance.

Muted aromas of malted milk, caramel, roasted coffee, nuttiness, toffee, and a mild woody scent all carve out the nose. No hop aroma, no fruitiness, no real spice- the beer allows the roasted malts to do the talking.

Flavors are more rounded with the flavos of bittersweet cocoa, French roast coffee, walnuts, malted milk, and a hint of charred woods round out the flavors with just a hint of smoke and spice from either yeast or nitrogen.

Very creamy and full from the nitrogen infused beer. But the creaminess is short lived, and as the bubbles subside, the dryness of roast and hop bitterness sets in and molds the fleeting roast bitterness in the end, with only a linger of roast into the next sip.

Bold flavors yet elegant in dryness with enough complementary malt character to give roundness and support. Lightly bittered with grassy hops give a clean and crisp finish for a delightful session.

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Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a weak black malt scent. It's dry and earthy with a bitter edge. The taste is average. It has a very dry, black malt taste. It seems a bit watery as well as overly bitter. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a full bodied beer with way too little CO2. This could be a real good stout with some minor tinkering. First off increase the CO2. Also, increase the body a little. It's got a great earthy flavor, but it's a bit one sided. It's lacking complexity.

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Black Magic Stout from Empire Brewing Company - Brewpub
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