brokensail (13616) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
A: The pour is very dark brown, almost black. Very small to no off-white head.
S: Super boozy with a lot of roasted malt aroma. Somewhat solventy with an ashy aroma to it as well. More than anything, though, the nose is booze.
T: The flavor is overly harsh and boozy as well. I guess some booze is expected at such a high ABV, but this is just too much. Lots of roasted malt and charred flavor. Not really enjoyable. Maybe some tannic oak-type notes.
M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation.
O: Couldn’t even finish more than a few ounces of this.
dmac (4740) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz super expensive bottle from Capones, I’m not saying Capones jacked the price up I mean Voodoo is charging way way too much for this stuff. Poured a solid looking pitch black body with a very very tiny beige head that left some nice oily slicks on the side of my glass and zero lace. Aroma of ALCOHOL. After you get passed that rush of booze I was able to detect vanilla, bourbon, charcoal, smokeyness, chocolate pudding. Flavor is once again ridiculously dominated by alcohol, pudding, vanilla, bourbon, wood and peat. The body on this is just way way too HOT, medium bodied with very light carbonation. This is just way too expensive and way too green.
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2011 I first had this beer at Aaron’s suggesting at Mister Bones in Greensburg 2 years ago. I poo-pooed it and took one home to be nice. After opening it and sipping my first sip, couldn’t get to the phone fast enough to try to secure more of it. alas it was all gone, into the ether to appear a few years later like Brigadoon. Mythical and wondrous in its nature.
Here it is 3 years later and - as vowed - I am sitting on a supply of the new batch. It’s a thunderstorm as I crack the first bottle. (Literally, the first lightning of the Spring)
Dark, inky, black - the best aspect of the appearance is the dark tan head. It doesn’t even seem friendly in any way. This is the best named beer around. This truly is magical.
But taste is where Matt just kills all competition. Just when you were expecting yet another stout in a barrel - the complexity of this brew just surpasses all expectations.
Boozy aroma, dark, dark, DARK fruits and malt. the bourbon is actually SUBTLE. Vanilla and silk. Taste is all malt and brown sugar. Heady but not overly so. A dozen top shelf breweries could take a lesson.
It’s the best of ALL worlds. A barrel aged stout that is light enough to drink more than one of and to enjoy, not just to say you did it. And it’s easy to eat with. I don’t know how he does it. But he does it. It must be Magick.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle thanks to Mike, poured into my Narke tulip... A typical flat ba pour, a light tan ring presents briefly, a deep black body... The aroma smells a little like a black sharpie with some bourbon and alcohol, boring and simple... This is really hot with even more black sharpie and the finish is hot with lots of peat and way too much alcohol.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for this bottle. Opened at a tasting nearly a year ago.
Pours near black with zero head retention. A thin whisp of a mocha head comes with the initial pour, but that is gone quite quickly. The nose really, really brings on a boozy character with some bourbon and sharp oak as well. A bit of roasted malt as well as chocolate and vanilla. All these things smell like they’ve been soaked in booze. The taste is booze and oak with mild hints of flavor in the background. A little bit of smoke and roast as well as really dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is completely boozy and a bit viscous. Drinkability is quite low, as this is just a bourbon booze monster.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-21-2010
jtclockwork (11041) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Dmac. Pours black. Tan head. Slightly oily. Nose of grain alcohol, chocolate, bourbon barrel and vanilla. Taste of rum raisin, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate.
Macegan75 (752) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black and slightly less viscous that motor oil with brown head that fades eventually. The nose is dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla & alcohol. The first sip is roasted malt, bourbon & coffee. The finish is clean with very few lingering flavors. Very good, but not great.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried at a UPick6 tasting of Voodoo Brewery. Heavy black body with a thin chocolate colored head, disappeared quickly. Intense aroma of Chocolate, oak, coffee, molasses and whiskey. Amazing aromatic complexity. The taste is Rich chocolate, bitter espresso, and molasses up front, with brown sugar and caramel in the middle, ending with a long oak and whiskey aftertaste. Unbelievable. They said bottles were available for sale...I never found them. Dammit. I will hunt this one down. Alcohol was a little too much for me, but I would let this sit for yrs.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger, frothy dark mocha head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.
Roasted chocolate malt aroma with a slightly acrid character. Hints of roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and a huge bourbon presence. The barrel aging gives off a dominant bourbon presence as well as some earthy oak and vanilla.
Chewy medium body with roasted chocolate malt, sweet alcohol notes and a huge bourbon flavor. This beer is almost a complete bourbon bomb and needs a lot of time t mellow out. There is some slight roasted malt, chocolate and toffee. Unfortunately this is overpowered by the overbearing bourbon/booze presence. Subtle hints of earthy oak and vanilla but overall this beer is kind of a one dimensional mess at this stage.
GT2 (9408) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
355mL batch 1 courtesy of ygtbsm94. Most likely a bonus from a BeerAdvocate trade. The pour is jet black used motor oil with a thinning, minuscule head. Aroma of green apples (acetaldehyde), oxidized red apples, just massive off-character in the nose. Taste is sweet, lots of apples, cinnamon, spicy alcohol, some smoke and apple juice box. Dry on the palate. Way off.