Black Magic Stout | Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.

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Black Magic StoutBlack Magic Stout

Brewed by:
Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Oggi's Pizza and Brewing Company in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slight cocoa, and a weird plastic smell. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and coffee grounds. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the plastic aroma I am getting from this one is odd.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Oggi's Carmel Mountain.

A: Black with a creamy tan head.

S: A pleasant blend of coffee, chocolate, and earth. There's a moderate roast with evident molasses and a faint nuttiness.

T: Dry roasted coffee with notes of earth. Lots of dark chocolate and roast. The beer is moderately bitter. There's a light nuttiness accompanying blackstrap molasses and a moderate sweetness.

M: Full in body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: A solid Stout.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at one of the Oggi's locations in San Diego, CA on 6/30/11.

A - Black liquid with walnut brown highlights and a finger of creamy tan head on top that retained excellently and deposited an intricate web of lacing all around the glass.

S - Roasty nose with hints of chocolate and coffee as well as earthy hops. Toasted oats and grains as well as a hint of wood and alcohol round out the aroma.

T - Like the aroma, the flavor is quite roasty up front with hints of chocolate and coffee, then segues into more earthy, woody terrain in the middle, resulting in a moderate bitter finish. However, there is mild lactic sweetness to balance the earthy bitterness of the stout.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, oily texture and modest carbonation. Finish is semi-dry with a moderate hop bite on the palate.

D - Pretty good roasty stout that is kind of dry and sweet too. Almost like a cross between a milk stout and a dry Irish stout.

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Photo of Armand
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now if Oggis ever takes this beer away I will stop going back. This is the best beer they have and keeps me going back. Love my Wednesday Happy Hour.

A: Awesome pitch black.
S: Roasted Coffe, mocha, chocolate, raisins aroma-just like heaven
T: Rich moca kicks in. Coffee is prenent
M: Rich full body. Have had this many times, and good when carbnated well. When it is flat it is a shame.
O: All of the above.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.62/5  rDev -55%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

On-tap at Oggi's Tustin

A: The beer pours just about black with a finger of tan colored head.

S: Something is obviously amiss right away. Green apple, booze, vinegar, and nail polish remover. There is some roasted malt aroma in there too. Maybe a bit of char and coffee.

T: This is a beer that hurts to drink. An enormous amount of nail polish remover and extremely acidic. It burns the throat and tongue a bit. Some harsh roasted malt and maybe coffee, but it's sort of hard to tell/care.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Simply painful and atrocious.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a good example of what a stout should look like in a pint. Its a pitch black without any head stability which is a disappointment. There isn't a really good aroma from this brew which comes as a surprise. I get small hint of dark chocolate that's it. It leads me to be curious of the taste. It taste of black coffee and dark chocolate in the beginning and finish way to quickly like a Irish stout. Overall its a nice brew for such a commercial company like oggis.

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Photo of chickenandrice
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The presentation was nothing bold, the beer was black - no question about it, but lacked a good decent finger of head. The head was minimal and light tan.

Smell was average for any other brewpub stout you might imagine. Super dark roasted malt.

Taste was better then I thought it would be. Very smooth drink with a bite during the finish, a certain spice that I couldn't place but was very direct and I just burped another taste of it (two hours later).

Average on everything else. This is a standard stout and I really don't desire another.

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Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours pitch black with a medium-sized tan head that shows very good staying power and solid lacing.

The aroma is all about the dark, sweet malts with tons of bakers chocolate and some roasted coffee. Not crazy complex but an excellent nose for this style.

The taste wasn't quite as solid as the nose and there is an overarching burnt malt bitterness that gets a little distracting. If you can get past the burnt character, there is semisweet chocolate and some spent espresso grounds, which just accentuates the bitterness, especially in the finish.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and extremely dry and bitter with the roasted malts clinging to the palate.

This is a very good export stout that I think would be great if the bitterness was ramped down a touch. I do like the big sweet chocolate aroma as it's a bit different for a dry stout. Overall, very tasty.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a lovely thick and rough tan head. I'm usually not much on lacing but this has the nicest, most complete lacing I've seen in a long time.

Sweet dark chocolate nose with undertones of carmeled coffee-very inviting.

Light creamy mouthfeel but thin bodied.

Good rich espresso flavors and character with a nice hop balance but something is missing; you want "more" of all of it. Lacks a bit of a body and lacks a "richness" in flavors and character. Very nice coffee/bitter hop long finish. Best part of beer is the finish which is very roasted grain, dark chocolate and espresso with plenty of hop finish character. Beer is just a bit thin and simple and "lacking." Just my opinion, as always.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: near black with a good tan head. Pretty good lacing.

S: good. Slightly sweet with a bit of cherry scenta, and definite dark malt presence. Some chocolate.

T: pretty good. Dark malts, some hops, and a little spiciness. Faint cherries.

M: dry, as it should be. Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: pretty drinkable. Best beer from Oggi's by far.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/28/2007 (Sampler @ Oggi's Pizza & Brewery, Peoria, AZ):

Pours a black colored body, with a tan-brownish creamy colored head. Has a strong coffee and chocolate aroma. Strong coffee and toffee taste, with a coffee aftertaste. Not too shabby.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Union Jack's Manatawny 1-18-09.

Poured a dark brownish black with a thin foamy tan head. OK retention left nice coating of lacing down the glass with some oiliness as well. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, chalk, and some hops. Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate syrup, and a touch of burntness. Some coffee notes and a dash of woodsy hops with a little bit of chalkiness thrown in. Medium in body with pleasant carbonation, roasty with a nice bitterness in the finish, smooth but with a bit of mineral feel. Good stuff, easy to drink. Glad to see this stuff making its way to Pennsylvania.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap
Poured a deep, deep brown with a nice brown head. Nose was coffee, cocoa and roasted malts. Taste was very good. It had a subtle but very good hersheys chocolate taste to go. Mouthfeel was nice and well balanced with coffee, cocoa. This brew was my favorite amongst the Oggis brews.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tiny, oily ring of tan bubbles. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt in the nose. It was not a thin mouthfeel in general, but watery for the genre. More chocolate and coffee in the taste, with a little anise, caramel, cream, barley, and some oatiness and a little smoke. Good, not great.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Santa Clarita location. Pours black with a medium and creamy light tan head that diminishes steadily. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Coffee and chocolate in the nose with toasted malt in the background. Medium, smooth body with flavors of coffee, burnt malt and chocolate. The finish is bitter coffee with a bit of malt and dark chocolate aftertaste. Overall this is a passable Stout.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Don't know how old this bottle is but it was picked up a while back by a friend at Holiday Wine Cellar but he didn't want it and gave it to me. 22 oz bottle.

Pours very black, no light coming through, very tall brown head, mild retention, great lace.

Aroma is simple and of roast, dark chocolate, and just a touch of alcohol. Very smooth but very mild.

Taste is chocolatey with some roast. Also there is a considerable alcohol bite for something so low in abv. Other than that its quite smooth. I finished half of it and left the glass sit. When I came back an hour later it had an interesting lactose flavor while warm that wasn't there before.

Medium body, decent flavors but the bite is a bit much for me.

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Photo of Overlord
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting! Decently priced! Doubt I'll see it too often!

Pours a way too thin looking black with dark brown edging. Some foam, but not much. Smells like roasted chocolate and a bit of coffee. Aroma didn't exactly blow me away.

Very solid tasting, with a bit of vanilla, that same roasted chocolatiness, and some bitter espresso. No hops, dark fruits, or other esoteric ingredients.

Somewhat thin in the mouthfeel, but was pleasanty surprised.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.43/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Menu description says it is basically a "strong Irish stout".

Pours near opaque black. Nose is very roasty, espresso, & nougat. Little to no head, and what was there was gone throughout most of the pint.

Palate starts off with big roasty flavors, but quickly the alcohol whallop comes in and hits you in the face. This is one of the few beers that actually makes you think it is stronger than it is. Some burnt caramel flavors are there, light bodied, and very challenging to drink. There's just no drinkability.

It isn't drinkable like an Irish Stout.
It isn't complex like an Imperial Stout of any sort.
How it won some award once I'll never know.

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Photo of charlzm
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/05/07 at Oggi's in Santa Clarita, CA.

Coffee, toffee aromas go with the very dark brown liquid. Tastes like there might be some adjuncts to enhance the coffee flavor. Burnt toffee in there, too. A little dry but not particularly astringent. Low carbonation. Didn't notice any hops. Very clean finish with almost no aftertaste. Best Oggi's beer I've had.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank IntriqKen for the growler

This is a lovely stout. Rich aroma full of coffee, roasted grains and hops. For me the coffee was in the foreground and the chocolate played second. However, when drinking, the chocolate stepped up and played nice with the coffee. Flavors were well balanced. Mouthfeel was creamy and full. Smooth. Drinkability was a bit to good. This was a good example of the style and an outstanding beer experience.

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Photo of Floydster
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint for dessert tonight at Oggi's in Corona, decided to go for one of these instead of ice cream with my girlfriend afterwards, nice switch after drinking two bitter IPAs earlier

Color was a dark brown but could certianly see through it when held up to the light, had a small vanilla colored head that left some lacing at the top but that was it, mellowed pretty quickly

Smell was full of roasted malt, some chocolate, and syrupy accents, there some kind of nuttiness I smelled but did not encounter from its taste, maybe just my imagination then

Taste was rather smooth, just like these kinds of stouts should be to an extent, some cocoa definitely in there with some molasses, taste lasted pretty long and left me thirsty almost, wish this one was a little sweeter, probably the worst beer I had tonight out of the three but still not that bad, still could have used some more candy-like malt, too dry for my liking

Did not go down very easily and probably could not have drank another sip, really heavy and taste can be overpoweing and overwhelming at times, this one is a sipper if there ever was one and hard to drink after the food and beer I had prior to ordering this

Recommended if you are a stout fan, but does not go well with food and has a long dry aftertaste

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Black with ruby edges, thin espresso head, moderate lace.

Roasty malt aromas, chocolate and dark roast coffee.

Flavor was espresso coffee, light chocolate, touch of milky sweetness.

coffee flavor went on long into the finish.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The second beer I sampled during happy hour a few days ago, on to the beer:

Opaque in appearance with a small head, this brew had a little more fruit/alcohol flavor to it than your typical stout. Cocoa, molasses, fruit, and bitter roasted malts make up the flavor. Not the most drinkable beer around, but more complex than the amber ale I had earlier, which keeps you coming back to your glass for another sip.

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Photo of MiScusi
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Oggi's Corona, CA location. Pitch black body with off white head. Taste had some chocolate with some deep coffee flavor hiding in the back too, but the dominant taste was something I couldn't put my finger on here, but was very distinct. I want to say it was sort of like a black licorice, or some other sort of candy flavor you have when you're a kid and you avoid eating them the rest of the time because it's a strange (although not bad) flavor. I didn't like the quantity that this flavor came in... if they dialed it down a notch and brought up the other flavors a bit I would like this stout much more.

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Photo of drseamus
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a Growler BIF and even after all of the traveling this jug it still was able to put a mocha colored head on top of it's pitch black body in my glass. The head even stayed around for a couple minutes. This stout has a good roasted aroma with coffee and chocolate in the background. It has a creamy medium bodied feel and strong roasted flavors. There are also coffee and dark chocolate flavors there as well, but are not nearly as powerful as the roasted taste. It's a good example of a stout and I like it.

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