Black Magic Woman

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #524
Ranked #10,498
4.04 | pDev: 8.66%
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Reviews by dqrull:
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dqrull from Sweden

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a very dark head that leaves spotted fat-looking lacing.

Smells hugely of chocolate, intertwined with light hints of fruits, some leather and coffee aswell, maybe a hint of liqourice?

Taste is huuuuge chocolate, both dark, bitter high percent cocoa, and creamy sweet milk chocolate. The chocolate is joined mid palate by a fruity hint of stron wine (port, sherry), very lightly. There is also some vanilla riding along with the fruity chocolate and a light hint of mid-roasted coffee beans. The fruity chocoalte really goes great with the peripheral vanilla.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, almost a bit oily, carbonation is light, with small soft bubbles.

May 22, 2010
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large darn brown frothy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with dry notes is OK. Taste is also a mix between some dry roasted malt with light coffee notes and subtle unrefined grain notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I though this was OK but there something in the dry aftertaste (I have a hard time putting my hand on it) that wasn’t too my liking.

Oct 21, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generous extra from anders36, thanks! Shared this with a few other BAs yesterday, review from notes.

Jet black, smooth satiny surface, long lasting head with dimpled craters of tan foam.

Aroma was different than your average RIS, due to the use of peat smoked malt. Some dry bakers chocolate, also woody tobacco, barn timber and saddle leather. It didn't come across as smoky, but more of an earthy, woody peat character. Maybe a touch of oxidation, but it wasn't distracting.

Dark chocolate, earthy, vegetal, peaty. Tobacco notes with a dry, nearly smoky finish. There was the underlying 10% abv, but it was well integrated.

Feel was rich and dry, fairly agreeable and standard.
Overall it was best shared, the 50 cl/16.9 oz. bottle was a good size to split with a friend.

Here's a rough translation from the Hornbeer site via Google:
"Our bid for a different stout with peat smoked malt.
Here is a real "mandfolkeøl" with much of it all. The beer is brewed from roasted barley malt, birch smoked malt, peat smoked malt, caramel malts and alemalt. The beer has more hops than usual to balance the strong malt profile. To food is a strong dessertøl or dark chocolate. Strong cheeses are also a nice accessory, but that is also allowed to drink it without anything other than a good armchair."

Dec 06, 2009
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JMBSH from Colorado

4/5  rDev -1%

Jun 08, 2014
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Magic Woman has got me so blind I can't see... or maybe it's just that dark and opaque. Either way, don't turn your back on this baby - it's got a head that's coloured like iron oxide with molten rock-like fieriness. When the foam looks like that, rest assured the beer will be rich.

It'd also be reasonable to expect a beer brewed with birch- and peat-smoked malt to smell distinct but this lacks any telltale signs of its unique ingredients; the smokiness of this bouquet extends no further than coffee levels. In fact, it smells more like a raw cocoa pod.

Each sip offers a mouthful of crumbled Oreo cookies and a big swig of black coffee. There's chocolatey wafers and creamy vanilla. The smoke and peat elements are surprisingly (perhaps disappointingly) subtle. It gets a bit more 'woody' and earthy with warmth but, by and large, it tastes like your run of the mill Russian Imperial Stout.

Birch-smoked malt is uncommon - I can't think of another beer I've tried that uses it - but peat-smoked malt I'm very familiar with, and I can't help but lament the lack of earthy, iodine-y, sea brine notes I associate with peat smoke. Once again, this isn't much smokier than your standard espresso or dark chocolate. This doesn't make the beer bad, just a bit disappointing.

Hornbeer put their spell on me - Black Magic Woman got me singing "I need you so bad, I can't leave you alone". Like Santana (or Fleetwood Mac, who originally recorded the song) it's a classic: rich, smoky, chocolatey, dessert-like and satiating. This beer pushes all the right buttons and is a great example of the Russian Imperial Stout style... but could be a bit better.

Jan 03, 2014
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deac83 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Mar 02, 2013
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arzt from Russian Federation

4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sep 06, 2019
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Electros from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 25, 2015
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Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is lots of meaty smoke along with heavily roasted malt. The flavor is meaty, ashy smoke along with roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Apr 28, 2010
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, thanks to hoppypocket for the trade. Label sez this is good 'til 2022, but I'm not waiting that long (my favorite armchair may be gone by then).

This beer pours like fresh motor oil - a solid, unyielding, highlight-free black, with a whole handful of puffy, densely foamy, and bubbly mocha brown head, which leaves some stellar variable webbed lace all around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of smoked, lightly peated caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, dry coffee grounds, stale licorice, singed leather, a bit of molasses, and faint earthy, herbal, and leafy hops. The taste is more dry, roasty-toasty bready caramel malt, a hint of treacle, thick, mildly bitter mocha coffee, earthy dark fruit (prunes, cherries, and dates), oily leather, vegetal smoked peat, and a soft earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite tame, but supportive where it needs to be, the body a solid heavy weight, unctuous, generally smooth, and more than a tad creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, all malty and fruity, the rather ingrained smokiness finding it strangely hard to crack that nut.

Overall, this particular Black Magic Woman is a splendiferous RIS, nicely roasted and sweet, with the exact astringency one gets from the peat treatment kept mostly on the fringe here. Well rounded, full, and duly warming, yet without any wayward heat. I could go on, but my 'vintage' Lazyboy is beckoning.

Nov 14, 2013
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CrazyDavros from Australia

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows hefty peat along with some more woody smoke notes. A bit of chocolate and roast too.
Similarly smoky flavours, lots more peat. A fair whack of roast and some booze and herbal hop bitterness.

Jul 17, 2015
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krunchie from Sweden

4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque black, thick like tar, adequate tan head and nice lacing. Very thick and dense liquid!

S: Dark chocolate, espresso, dark rye bread, sharp dark malt notes (like black patent and roasted barley), syrup and just a hint of smoke. Yum yum!

T: Black coffee, dry dark fruits (figs, dates and raisins come to mind), strong cocoa, rye bread. A bit more of that smokiness again, like peat smoked malt (reminds me of a scotch), however veeery subtle - which I find really pleasant. This beer is very well balanced, which I've found to be very rare for beers in this style. Many high gravity stouts tend to be WAY too bitter imho, however this beer is perfect! Bra jobbat, danskar! :)

M/D: Silky smooth, rich, perfect carbonation (low, true to the style), leaves a chocolatey semi-dry feel and flavor on the palate. I could drink this all night and be happy

If this beer wasn't so expensive (62 SEK ~ 8.5 USD for a 500ml bottle), I'd buy much more of it. It's a very nice beer, true to style, smooth and tasty, yet very well balanced and drinkable. I truly recommend it!

Jul 26, 2010
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kbutler1 from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black color with a light tan head that collars around the glass. Smokey, leather, and roast. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Sweet dark chocolate notes quickly transitions to a smokey, roasted note that lingers. The booze doesn’t show through as much as I would think. Some lace on the glass. Overall, I wasn’t expecting this to be as smokey as it was but it wasn’t too bad.

Oct 24, 2011
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

4/5  rDev -1%

Feb 17, 2013
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RedAleMan from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Dec 16, 2013
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

50cl into Rochefort glass...Dark black with a light tan head, not much retention, ok lacing...The super malty pour with sweet chocolate some coffee and smokey backbone. The smoke has an ash and light pork bite to it...The taste is dominated by the smoke but its a cigarette ashy smoke not smoke that has nice pork accents. The ash almost makes it a little difficult to drink. There is some light chocolate to start but the middle, and especially finish are chalky and ash.

This is too ashy to drink, unless you are a smoker probably not for you.

Aug 07, 2010
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -1%

Dec 07, 2013
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rarbring from Sweden

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is pitch black, with a brown head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is full of burned aromas, malt, bread, coffee beans. Some dried sweet fruits, plums and raisins.

An upfront sweetness, dates, figs and brown sugar. Smoky nuances like burnt crust, bitter cocoa and coffee beans.

Low carbonation, a full body, smooth, oily and warm. afterwards a dry feeling.

A no-half-measures well done imperial stout IMHO, a bit expensive though.

Jul 19, 2010
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -1%

Dec 26, 2013
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chickenm from Canada (BC)

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

May 15, 2014
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of papat444. Bottle date of 23.04.2021?
Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Poured medium/dark brown colour and settled black. One finger of thick, foamy espresso coloured head formed and slowly receded.

S - Intense nose up front full of roasted malts, smoke, licorice, cocoa. A burnt smell is fairly predominant, likely a by-product of the smoke, and it becomes slightly off-putting.

T - Roasted, slightly burnt malts. Intense smoke. Some chocolate and coffee and a touch of licorice. The smoke is overwhelming and distracts the palate from the other flavours that are present.

M - Medium body, light carbonation.

Oct 14, 2011
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bigox420 from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Apr 27, 2014
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Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Mar 06, 2014
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jmkoscie from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -1%

Jan 24, 2014
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Abio from Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Apr 29, 2013
Black Magic Woman from Hornbeer
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 54 ratings