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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel - Voodoo Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy BarrelBig Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

133 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 133
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 125
Gots: 40 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: russwbeck on 03-24-2013)
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Reviews by BarrytheBear:
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3.05/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle shared with Kyle and courtesy of Alex....thanks kindly to an awesome BA.

Look the part

Smells predominantly of apple brandy and booze and the taste follows suit. As someone who appreciates the base beer, there's not much here that's salvageable. What's here is boozy sweet apple brandy that's disjointed and haphazard and does nothing to even attempt at playing nice with plain jane ole' BBVD. Instead it flexes its barrel muscles and bullies its way into your glass and tasting places.

In a few words...really terribly disappointing. A decent and unique base beer that's rendered impotent and lifeless by a barrel that should, for all intents and purposes be a nice soul mate, but instead goes all Michael Keaton Pacific Heights-y. How do you like them apples Matty Modine?

BarrytheBear, Mar 01, 2014
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz green waxed bottle (# 864) into a Brooklyn brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Heavy pour yields a 1.5 finger dark, coarse mocha head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black with thick, oily legs. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent stick. Pretty.

Nose is booze, fudge, chocolate, ethanol, vanilla, and a bit of cocoa powder. Pretty aromatic but the Apple Brandy characteristics are all but missing.

Opens cocoa powder, roasted malt, chocolate, and a huge boozy bite. Some fudge sweetness in the middle with notes of prunes, sweet soy sauce, and raisins. End is bitter roasted malt and smoke. Finishes hot as hell. Aftertaste of cocoa powder and roast. Good complexity but this one's not sweet enough and its way too hot.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and slick in the mouth and goes down viscous and hot. Finishes super boozy with a lingering, course, sticky aftertaste. Super hot.

A decent beer overall but the flavors don't quite work here and the roast and odd bitterness really take over the experience. Again, good complexity but I really don't see this one getting any better with time. Even if the booze drops off.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 08, 2013
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650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 278.

Appearance - Viscous black. Not much of a head. A few bubbles at the edges.

Smell - Lots of apple brandy. Chocolate. Oak.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Sugary brandy. Bitter chocolate. Extremely oaky.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and very oaky. Kinda harsh.

Overall - The barrel doesn't improve upon the base beer.

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Pours opaque black, no light could go through this one, with a quarter inch of foamy, fizzy head. Lots of lacing in my travel coffee mug, ha.

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Voodoo Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.