Ron (2653) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at the Brew Pub. This was a nice dark, thick pour with a small tan head. Good lacing. Aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate. Flavor was much the same and was nice and creamy. Good stuff.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub.
Dark brown with creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Dry and malty on the palate with some smoke, light bitterness on the finish. A solid dry stout.
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my favorite beer at Empire Brewing Company. Tan frothy head. I couldn’t smell much but maybe I had a cold. it’s an opaque black pour. Its creamy and thicker. Smokey flavor thats alittle overpowering with a hint of chocolate, possibly coffee. Very smooth brew.
BroSpud (1724) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Part of a sampler at brewpub. I found all the brews to be better than average though I don’t remember specifics for most of them. It is worth mentioning that the sampler here is very generous with glasses that are big enough to really give you enough to form an opinion. I found this stout to be one of the best out of the samples.
blipp (6265) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft (nitro). Pours near black with a beige head. Light dry roasty aroma with a light chocolate sweetness. The flavor has roasted malts, toasted grains, some light smoky notes, and a light sweetness. Pretty good.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nitro at Empire. Pours a nice black body with a decent nitro head.- good lace. Aroma is good fresh roasted barely light bittersweet chocolate- floral and lightly minty green hops, toast and light burnt notes- good. Flavor is nice fresh chocolate with hints of coffee, light roasty bitterness and pretty smooth overall. Nice dry stout.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at pony bar. Rich creamy and espresso nose. Pour is deep brown/black with froathy beige head, great lacing. Espresso and cocoa deliciousness. My second brew from these guys... Very impressed.
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A poor nitro stout playing the usual wet ashes roast tune.
A hint of acidity lies in there and does not fit the whole portrait. Besides cigarette, faint malt and ashes flavours, it’s a big boat of nothing. The usual highly watery nitro texture. Almost no aroma.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful creamy head as advertised. Very nice roasted coffee aroma, but the flavor disappoints, a bit, by comparison by being thinner.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2008
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
In short: A bland slightly chocolaty watery black dough of some kind.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Black body with a large tan head
In long: Strong aroma of roastiness and coffee. Unfortunately the mouthfeel and taste do not live up to the expectation. Feels very empty with the nitro carbonation being just too much for the frail malt profile. Simply feels like a watered down generic commercial black-cake with some cacao powder, dry grass and lemon skin in the finish. I haven’t experienced Black Magic with such power since that curse spell that makes you button your shirt wrong.