tom10101 (6265) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle (12 oz). Shared by Pier-Luc & Julien, thanks guys! Black with a small dark brown head and little to no lacing. Aroma is of Whiskey, chocolate, boozy notes, vanilla, caramel and roasted malt. Taste is heavily sweet with whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, oak, alcohol, roasted malt and light fruity notes. Alcohol warming. Full bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Thick and sirupy mouthfeel. This is a very complex RIS, but a bit hot and too sweet. Not in the same league as BCS Rare (for a PVW aged beer) in terms of complexity and balance. JulienHuxley (5950) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle. Oily black pour with almost no head. Intense bourbon aroma, a little reminiscent of rare, lots of chocolate, sweet vanilla bean/bourbon notes. Taste is sweet, very rich, chocolatey and vanilla flavors. Palate is a little slick, very low carb, somewhat oily. Good, but far from great. Advocate_Ames (635) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2015 Pours dark with a faint brown ring that hugs my glass. There is no head from PvW Black Magik. The aroma is of a defined sweet bourbon with vanilla, oak, and caramel. In the background one can notice the roasted coffee and malts creeping in nicely. Personally I find the aroma wonderful but it had too much booze that took away from what makes the core scent of the Black Magik so good. As for the flavor it is remarkable. The alcohol is well masked and the combination of the ingredients is surprisingly smooth and is not heavy. It goes down very nice. The flavor stuck around even with the high alcohol content. I could taste dark sweet caramel malts, vanilla, oak, bitter dark chocolate, and bitter buttery coffee. The PvW blends more than dominates in flavor which is hard to do in many cases that I?ve noticed the use of PvW aging. The finish was warming, pleasant, and tasteful. It will impact the palate but it is worth it. What more do you need to taste after this? Overall I enjoyed this beverage very much. Originally I was not expecting much here but I did not mind being wrong with the PvW BA Black Magik. callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2013
The winner both of the Black Magick variants, but also better than the BBVD PVW. Dark black body, thin dark brown head, minimal lacing. Pappy barrels make themselves known with vanilla, oak, booze, dark chocolate, fudge, brownie, caramel, light roast, brown sugar, and ganache. Full bodied, smooth, but thick on the palate. Gentle carbonation, great lingering finish that allows one to savor the flavors. A little sweet, but manageable, a little hot, but certainly expected and not distracting. Very nice. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2013 Pour is jet black with an extremely dark coffee brown, darker than buffalo trace. Nose does not have the same nuttiness, the whiskey barrel is much smoother and seems more integrated and the whiskey itself is less sweet. The cake batter notes are a little lighter with the sweetness residing in the back. Body is also thick and rich, stronger carbonation, chewy. Taste is huge, lots of barrel and whiskey well integrated up front. Flavor has some chocolate cake batter with loads of dark chocolate. Sweet malt complexity a bit less sweet than buffalo trace. Decent heat in back, less than buffalo trace with a lingering wood and rich chocolate lingering. Seems more well integrated and less sweet. I prefer this.
PhillyCraft (7935) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle shared by Mike with Jason, Hayden, and Bill. Thanks for holding this for me brah. Pours deep black, so rich with barrel, pappy, toffee, fig, and so many layers of chocolate, vanilla, rich booze. Light to medium body. Never got hot, awesome b.a. Stout. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Vanilla, chocolate, an array of barrel tones, sweet and smooth. Very nice, best of the three. charule (2297) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2014 Bottle #704 1/18/2013 from Voodoo Barrel-room release. Poured black with basically no head. Crazy good aroma of sweet mellow Pappy. Slightly hotter than the Buffalo Trace BM. Quite smooth choco pappy flavor. Gets smoother as you sip, extremely complex. Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2013
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Rating #700! Bottle #704 from 1-18-13 shared with charule. Pours a near black with no head at all. Less boozy aroma than the others. Some vanilla in the aroma. The taste is sweet and delicious. Silky smooth feel but slightly hot. FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a small foamy brown head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet toasted caramel, chocolate and bread dough. The flavor was sweet and malty chocolate syrup, strong coconut, faint vanilla and anise. Very long sweet chocolate syrup and coconut finish. Full bodied. Fantastic.