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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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This is an Imperial Stout that is of great strength and complexity. We then gently age that beer in Elijah Craig 13 1/2 year old Bourbon Barrels for 6 months to 1 yr. and then primed and bottled to bottle condition for continued aging and cellar life. Black Magick should be able to be aged up to about 5 years, to heighten the complexity and smooth nature of this beer.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a small very dark brown head. The aroma was a lovely mix of chocolate and port wine. The flavor was tart, fruity and malty with notes of chocolate, port wine, candied ginger and pepper. Drier than I was expecting. The finish was long with port wine lingering. The mouthfeel was thick and full.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to MrChopin. Pours a dark black with nice tan head. I liked this one. It was a bit different with some tart sourness to balance the roasted malt flavors of coffee and chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3401) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2009
12 oz bottle, no label. Dark brown with foamy tan edging. Nose is tar, molasses, dark chocolate, mint and oak. Body just medium with a tang. Taste is dark roast, licorice, bourbon and vanilla. A potent brew but not over the top. Lingering finish with coffee bean, some cantaloupe and alcohol as it warms.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2009
12 oz bottle at Zenos. Pours oily black with very thin tan head. The initial aroma is almost exactly like port--sweet brown sugar, plum, cherry--but after a few more whiffs I get those roasty stout notes. The flavor is also very port-like, but is significantly more bitter than the nose would lead me to expect. Bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, fruit skins, and a roasty sourness come out, as well as some vanilla and oak qualities. Alcohol warmth is evident, but it really isnt overly boozy, especially for 15.5%. As my glass gets closer to room temperature, the port notes start to fade and the bourbon becomes more assertive, with some nice smoky char character. Very intense beer, but as far as over-the-top imperial stouts go, this one is rather well put together.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Unlabeled bottle from hopdog. Black pour with a very small tan head. Aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and toasted marshmallows. Flavor is full and really damn good. Chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, wood, raisins. MMMMM.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2009
12oz bottle thanks to Johnykat. Pours black and thick as used motor oil. Thin brown head. Nose is of licorice and alcohol. Taste is very prominently licorice with some syrup, oak and roast malt. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with alcohol noticeable. didnt care for this. Maybe a good five years of aging might have helped.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Thanks to johnnykat for sharing this one! Pitch black pour with a thick beige head. Alcohol, oak, and maple syrup on the nose. Full bodied. Chocolate, coffee, and bourbon

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4147) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Shared by ucusty at the Sexual Chocolate gathering. Pours an inky black with a chestnut brown head. The nose was appley, showed acetaldehyde, rich and pungent under all of that, alcohol. The flavor is rich, molasses, warming alcohol, chocolate, bourbon and oak flavors. Thick on the palate and a tad tannic and waxy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerman6686 (4709) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2009
This poured a pitch black color with not any head at all really. Aroma was loads and loads of whiskjey and hints of coffee and chocolate. Flavor was like strong coffee with a drop of chocolate and a shot of whiskey added. Bourbon flavor was there, but the burn was not. This is excellent stuff. Reminds me alot of WWS

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2009
12 oz. bottle from the brewery with a taped-on paper label, 2008 vintage. Pours dense and black as night, with a small, foamy, light brown head. The foam settles quickly to a puffy rim. Dense, leggy sheeting slowly drips down the glass, leaving virtually no lacing behind. The nose is big and bold, prominent sour mash bourbon and vanilla showing atop a dark chocolate and molasses malt base. Caramel, marshmallow, and hints of toasted coconut and rum finish off the powerful nose. Flavors show more of the serious bourbon and oak influence, perhaps more than in any other bourbon aged beer in my recent memory. Raw cacao lends bittersweet earthiness, with more burnt marshmallow, caramel, and vanilla. Some indiscernible, stewed dark fruits show in the background. The body is big, syrupy, and well carbonated, yet aggressively hot. There are some really nice elements going on here, but Im afraid they got a bit carried away with the heft of this brew and the intense barrel aging. Back things down a bit here and theyd have a real winner.


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