Black Majic Java Stout | Barley Island Brewing Company

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Black Majic Java StoutBlack Majic Java Stout

Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a kicked up version of the Oatmeal Stout. It has Black Majic Coffee beans added.

Added by Indybeer on 10-23-2006

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by marcobrau:
Photo of marcobrau
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Brought back from Indiana by RedBaron. Pours opaque with quickly rising head of light tan foam that settles fairly quickly to a nice collar. There's some lacework left behind on the sides of the glass. The aroma is fairly intense; smelling of burnt coffee grounds and a hint of charcoal -- someone blew up the coffeemaker! (Seriously though, the aroma is superb.)

Great potential here, but the thin doesn't support the bold roastd coffee flavors and sulftur-smokiness in this stout. The finish is good, with some dark chocolate flavors melding with espresso. Not much hop bitterness -- it seems like most of the bitterness is from the roasted grains and coffee and really no hop flavor or aroma either -- but I'm okay with that. Overall, a pretty drinkable coffee stout that could use a little more oomph.

Thanks again to RedBaron for sharing!

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Photo of Duster72
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

4 oz draft sample at brewpub. Pours a deep black with a slight tan head. Aroma is big coffee with some bready malts in the background. Taste is typical coffee stout with a very milky creamy taste. Lots of roasted grains and no hoppiness. Mouthfeel is a little on the thick side. Great for coffee lovers, but if you don't like coffee, this one is pretty hard to drink especially compared to some of the better coffee stouts out there.

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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours dark and inky, very opaque. Small light brown head retains well and leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts, typical dark chocolate and burnt coffee notes. Body is medium with carbonation a bit lower on the scale. Taste is dominated by darl roasty notes. Burnt coffee and bitter dark chocolate. I don't notice any oatmeal character anywhere. Nevertheless, a pretty nice American stout.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black opaque body with a dark tan head that pushes big bubbles through the surface. The head fades to a thin film after a few sips.

S- This beer has a big dark oily coffee bean aroma with a slight earthy Sumatra coffee note.

T- This beer has a big coffee flavor with notes of chocolate malt and earthiness. There is a soft cream favor that follows leading to a sour note in the finish. There is a bit of an acid flavor like cold oxidized coffee but it is very light and it gives the flavor of used but good quality coffee grounds.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture. The finish is a bit dry and pretty clean.

D- This beer has a big dark coffee flavor with hints of malt in the background but the coffee is dominate.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This oily black brew supports a brown one finger head that leaves some spotty wet lace on the glass. The head is creamy looking and the beer looks as black as coal tar.

S - Roasty cereal grains, dark coffee, and some woody notes. This isn't actually as coffee smelling as I thought it would be, but it smells really roasty and almost smoky.

T - More coffee focused on the palate. Big time coffee bitterness with some sweet creamy flavors added. It's also a little bit woody and barky. Smoky too. Some sour lactic acid flavors are a bit off-putting.

M - Smooth and creamy, but light bodied with a ridiculously dry finish and a long lasting aftertaste of bitter coffee and wood.

D - Nice enough. I'm not overly impressed, but it's not bad by any means. A pretty average coffee stout...great for breakfast!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Uhh, there's no mistaking the inspiration here. You won't find any hints of chocolatey-roasts, or any subtle floral accents. Noosirree. With the addition of real coffee beans, this blacker-than-thou brew is as thick and deep as a mug of chilled coffee itself. It tastes, rightfully, like coffee, which I normally wouldn't care for, but this one isn't half bad.

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Photo of beveritt
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a mystical man peering in to a crystal ball. No indications of when this was brewed.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 inch of tan, creamy head. This settles into a very thin layer with several islands and a decent amount fo lacing. The beer itself is black and opaque.

Smell: Like frshly roasted coffee. You can pick up some of the oats and maybe some bitterness from the roasted barley, but coffee is the overwhelming flavor. And that is fine by me.

Taste: Creamy and smooth with strong finish of roasted coffee and barley. The coffee and barley belnd seemlessly in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability; I think this may be better on tap, but the bottle version is none too shabby. Great and full flavored while maintaining a good balance.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is dark dark dark, with ok carbonation. The head is a very fine brown, about one finger and leaves some lace.

The smell is all coffee.

The taste follows but add some malty goodness and a light finish of hops.

The Mouthfeel is medium, Not bat but I like a bit thinker in this style.

The drinkability could be better, Just not enough is any one area it lift the whole package. Not a bad beer but I look for more. MK

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle received in a trade with czoch75.

A: The stout is deep brown-black color with very little light escaping. The head is a wispy white ring.

S: The aroma is java heaven. The coffee aroma is so intense that it smells like the used grounds at the bottom of my French press.

T: The stout is heavy on the coffee, giving the beer a strong, coffee grind flavor. The body of the stout is overpowered by that coffee, so I can't confirm the presence of an oatmeal sweetness. Despite that, the flavor is pleasant if not strong. The flavor, as well as the aroma, are dead-on with Schlafly's coffee stout, another beer I got from czoch75.

M: The coffee flavor is thick and intense, overpowering the stout body. This could be a good morning beer if served near or at room temperature.

D: The ale seems to have a moderate abv and the coffee flavor will certainly keep you up all night drinking the ale. A good mix, even if it is a little strong on the coffee.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a wide mouth pint glass, a frothy tan foam with bigger bubbles dotting the center. A good two fingers of foam is ringed by puffy, sudsy lacing. Body is black with a deep ruby highlight around the edge, where the light can barely get through.

Smell is faintly coffee bean, with roasted malts. Not a huge aroma, but it compliments the overall picture.

Coffee figures big here, roasty and slightly sweet at first, with a drying bitter roast at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, not watery, carbonation is ample. Roasted malt is there in the middle. Aftertaste is dry, with a faint bitterness, then a lingering tartness i'd associate with the coffee bean. Finish is good, but possibly the only weak attribute of the stout. It could be longer, and it seems to thin out a little before the swallow. Very easy to drink, two would be easy.

After craving a coffee stout since september, and waiting with bated breath for the release of Breakfast Stout, this seems like a great year-round option for the coffee lover (coming from a daily drinker of Black Cat espresso). Especially in the Bell's Java Stout deprived state of Illinois.

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4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a evil gorgeous ink black body with an inch thick chocolate foamy head. Nose is very zesty with deep seeded coffee bean notes throughout the feel. It is like a fresh opened can of folgers. Enters the mouth with a surprisingly smooth coffee mouthfeeling hue. Sweetness is soft and adds to the easy drinking feel. A slight bitter feel pops its head out in the middle of the palate but is only slight. Could stand a little more richness. Very enjoyable and easy to drink overall. Probably one of my top 3 coffee based beers.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of claytron
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours really dark just like it should. It has a very strong coffee smell to it (no surprise as it's a java stout). If you don't like coffee at all you will hate this beer. There is a very strong taste of coffee that is almost overpowering as well. I usually really like stuff that is coffee flavored but there was something about this one that turned me off slightly. That being said it is a really nice beer and i would drink it if given to me but I wouldn't seek it our. I would recommend this one to a coffee drinker in a snap.

This beer won a silver medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival in the coffee (not sure if that's the official term) category.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very thick and inky black color with a very full three finger plus high head of rich chocolate tan colored head. The retention was great, lasting for a full five minutes or more before settling down to just a nice one inch across the top. The side glass presentation was great, and overall the look was just really fantastic.

S – The aroma itself was nothing short of spectacular. A really rich vibrant paring of chocolate and coffee that was mixed and interspaced with an equally full aroma of hops in the back. The two blended to really form a supreme dessert beer that was just really breathtaking to behold, I was blown away by how full the aroma was,

T – The flavor itself was equally as deserving of praise. Rich velvet like textures of chocolate and roasted coffee was seamlessly mixed together in a splendid cocktail of java stout bliss. A very nice and long lingering bitter finish was literally the icing on the cake as it just seemed to get better with each and every sip.

M – Super full bodied this was an ale that was soo creamy I thought a spoon would stand up straight in it. A virtually chocolate milk shake like in consistency, I had all I could do to just keep on sipping away, truly a great desert.

D – Perfect for sipping by the fire this was just a real treat. I was shocked again by just how good this was, a really full bodied stout that was so sweet and full of chocolate and coffee that it was just made for after dinner,

Overall this was easily one of the best RIS I have had in a long time. I was really enjoying this and was sad to reach the finish. This is something everyone should give a try to, a really fun and great brew. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Snowrs
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.
Pours a very dark brown. There is no head to speak of. Only a little froth ring around the perimeter of the glass.
Not a whole lot in the nose. But what you do get is some roasty coffee flavor.
Taste is roasted coffee in your face! Some good roasted/burnt coffee flavors going on here. Not getting alot of other flavors than the coffee. However, the coffee used seems to be decent so it works for me.
Mouthfeel is medium and pretty carbonated. Decent for a stout. This is a good java stout. Not over the top. Just an all around well made beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back from Indiana for me!

Pours black with a thick light brown head that descends to a thin cover. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee grinds - slightly burnt with something fruity/earthy vaguely mixed in.

The taste is of coffee grinds (though not really in a "java" way, if you ask me - more like medium dark standard coffee) - slightly burnt. Some frutiy solvent alcohol is in the back - a bit more noticeable than I would expect for an abv just shy of 5%. There is a malty sweetness, balanced by the roastiness until a bitter note kicks in in the finish. The slight burnt edges recede as it progresses.

Carbonation is at a nice level, lending some creaminess to the texture (resulting in the higher of two scores I had in mind for the feel). But, the body only reaches fuller side of medium body.

There is an astringency and enough minor detractors that hold back on its drinkability, for me. One was fine enough, but would doubt I would grab a second, if available to me. Also, doubt I would grab this one if available in my area, unless I really wanted a coffee-flavored stout and this were the only one on the shelves. Still, if you like coffee stouts, it's worth checking out.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was part of a bunch of Barley Island brews courtesy of Indybeer. Been sitting on this one for a while, but I think it's about time to give it a try.

Jet black pour with an awesome, light brown crown that is full and creamy. Completely opaque bottom; no light is penetrating this one. Foam leaves sticky lacing and is well sustained.

Full malt aroma with some fresh mocha/java. Sweet cream with some lactic sourness. Chocolate. Coffee bean laden nose.

Strong café-au-lait taste with a discernable milky/lactic sourness. Java beans and nutty profile on the tongue. Body is a bit weak, lightly creamy mouthfeel. Roasted malts. Lactic acidity lingers in the finish. Bitterness is not overpowering, but carbonation is strong.

This one was OK, but didn't quite meet my expectations. Easy to drink, but nothing special in the aroma/flavor, and weak mouthfeel + heavy carboantion. Average coffee + milk stout.

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

Pours like motor oil, only it tastes a lot better. Jet black with a nice tannish head and some hanging lace.

Smells strongly of coffee and darkly roasted grains. Hints of burnt wood, smoke, and chocolate.

Taste has notes of up-front bitterness and toasy bread. Great coffee presence with some additional malt coming through. Flavor drops out momentarily just before the finish, then a crisp dark roasted coffee flavor sets in and mellows after the sip. Great roasted grain and coffee balance. Nothing seems too intense or out of proportion. Only slightly weak on flavor toward the finish.

Feel is smooth and medium bodied. Plenty of carbonation, but well restrained, adds a nice feel. Stays sticky and mouth-coating from the finish on.

Overall drinkability is pretty good. Nice flavor and low abv make it extremely sessionable. A nice stout with good coffee character. Among coffee flavored beers this is the every day drinker. Not bold or exotic, just consistent and well balanced.

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Photo of grub
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this one from BlackAngus as part of BC2. thanks josh!

12oz bottle.

pours inky black with a small ring of dense light brown head. no lace.

aroma is great. roast. dark chocolate and coffee dominate, with a bit of milk chocolate and espresso too. caramel. bread and biscuit malt. oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with a cup of black coffee.

taste is nice. fairly assertive roast. bittersweet chocolate. coffee. bready malt. medium-low bitterness level, more coming across as bakers chocolate than hops. as it warms more milk chocolate comes out and the body fills out a little.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced and enjoyable. a solid oatmeal stout with just the right amount of coffee.

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Photo of BlackAngus
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown color, slight creamy head.

S - Smells like coffee, oddly enough. :-)

T - Tastes like a cold cup of coffee. Some roasted barley flavor, but not much. Very smooth.

M - Pretty thick body, but clean and dry.

D - I really enjoyed it. It's not something I could drink a ton of, but I will definitely have it again.

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles acquired in trades with Sephiroth & BigErn (thanks!).

Poured a dark black with a large sized tan head. Aromas of strong coffee grounds with roast, and chocolate. Tastes of coffee, roast, oats, and light vanilla. Now this is what I expect from a coffee beer - strong aroma and tastes of coffee!

Notes from 3/7/07

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Photo of flexabull
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very flat black dark color, with a weak tan head.

Smells are mostly of coffee, and a note of roasted malts. But the coffee aroma here is dominant, and pleasant.

Flavors are of roasted nuts, dark coffee, and a touch of malty creaminess. Finish is crisp and dry.

Body is light. Too light for my taste.

Drinkability is good. It's an easy to drink oatmeal stout. It just needs more backbone and mouthfeel to really stand out as an excellent one. All in all... pretty good, worth a try, and quite drinkable.

Thanks for sending this my way indybeer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An very solid Stout that wears intense coffee flavors and aromas on its sleeve.

Dark, dark brown (could be black) in color and with an opaque mirror-like quality, the beer carries a delicate creame through the majority of the session. Looks a lot like espresso.

The espresso comparisons continue thoroughout the flavor and aroma. In fact the boastful, roastful character stands well beyond the toffee malts and hop bitterness. Arguments can be made whether this beer is out of balance because of the intensity of coffee character. Mild creaminess can be found underneath the roast as the palate acclimates to the coffee flavor. In similar fashion, the hop flavor separates from the coffee bite as the beer warms.

A sharp dichotomy of creamy malts and oat contributions play against the coffee bitterness and mild astringency, particularly in the beginning. But the coffee bite lessens and the maltiness gives a somewhat full mid palate just before the acrid and powdery bitter finish.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Ommegang Chalice a nice black color with a little tan head. The taste is a nice blend of stout and a good coffee. I enjoy the mouthfeel a lot. Its not to over powering or bold. I could get into trouble with this beer because its highly drinkable.

Overall, this brew is a nice cheap stout with a good amount of charm. Try the bourbon aged version of this brew also.

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Black Majic Java Stout from Barley Island Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 55 ratings