Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel - Voodoo Brewing Company
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
3.34/5 rDev -18.9%
Amazingly, I found this beer on the shelf at a local bar! This was bottle #383, bottled on 1/25/13.
I poured this beer into a snifter glass. As expected, this beer has an opaque black body like an inkwell, with a sudsy, khaki-colored head that shows large bubbles, about 2 fingers high. No lacing is apparent, and the head disappears after a minute of crackling away.
The aroma of this beer is commanded by the barrel character, clearly exhibiting the apple brandy. This comes across as a sweet, fruity apple smell, mixed with powerful hits of alcohol. There really isn't much beyond this smell, even after it warms up to room temperature.
On the palate however, is a strong coffee-like roasted grain flavor, which is the dominant flavor. The apple brandy contributes a certain booziness to the flavor, and shows itself mostly in the finish with a signature brandy, vinous note. It finishes with some heat on the breath. The body itself is full (of course) but maintains good carbonation and never becomes cloyingly sweet. Towards the end of the glass, the beer becomes slick and smooth on the tongue.
This was quite enjoyable to drink, but I think that is because I like barrel-aged stouts. As far as where this ranks in the barrel-aged beer category, I think this is somewhere in the middle of the pack. The apple brandy barrel is an interesting choice, but in this case I felt the barrel character was TOO strong, and totally dominated the malty, roasted aroma of the base beer, and on the palate. Not a bad beer, but not something to seek out desperately.
09-01-2013 15:45:31 | More by MusicaleMike
More User Reviews:
3.54/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
08-08-2013 01:18:09 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.66/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
11-05-2013 02:17:16 | More by Alieniloquium
3.99/5 rDev -3.2%
Appearance: pitch black, 1 finger of medium brown head. Good retention and lace.
Arms: booze, brandy, oak char, vanilla, dark fruits, cocoa.
Taste: brandy booze, plums, oak, chocolate , coffee, roast, vanilla.
Mouthfeel: chewy, full and rich, creamy.
Overall: a bit boozy smelling, but not as much in the taste, especially as it warms up.
08-10-2013 16:24:57 | More by EgadBananas
4.39/5 rDev +6.6%
Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release, thanks stillmatic2232!
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.
Smells quite boozy, with lots of apple brandy, roasted malt, and chocolate.
Similar flavor. The apple brandy barrel flavor overpowers everything- luckily this flavor is quite good. Some roasted malt and chocolate flavor left, as well as oak and vanilla. The alcohol is fairly prominent, making this a pretty slow sipper.
Medium bodied, creamy, smooth mouthfeel, boozy and sweet finish. This probably would have benefited from additional aging. It was quite good, but a little boozy for my tastes.
04-16-2014 20:50:36 | More by GreesyFizeek
Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Voodoo Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.