Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel - Voodoo Brewing Company
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Reviews by russwbeck:
3.13/5 rDev -24%
First bottle opened from the Barrel Room Collection release!
A: After removing the green wax and popping off the cap, the beer pours out black in color. The body is a bit more thin than I expected, and I can see through the beer at its edges. After a hard pour of around 5oz, a small amount of brown head builds up, but nothing remains after a minute or so. 3.5
S: The alcohol is really strong on the nose, much more so than I expected. I do get some apples, but overall it's a fruity sweetness that makes this beer distinct from its bourbon barrel aged brethren. Chocolate hides underneath, but this is all about the barrel. 3.5
T: The taste really improves as the beer warms, which I expected would be the case. The chocolate base is there, but isn't strong enough to carry through the brandy. The fruit is definitely prominent, as is the alcohol, but nothing really steps up and takes control of the beer. These somewhat disjointed flavors throw off the balance a bit. Certainly not as robust as Black Magick. 3
MF: The main issue with this beer is that it's too thin. It needs a more robust body to hold up the high amount of alcohol. The BBVD flavors seem to have dissipated sometime during the 15 months in the barrel. The carbonation was also a bit low. 2
O: This was a good beer, but not the level of greatness I was hoping for. I suspect the Apple Brandy Black Magick is going to be amazing though, as it should clear up the body issues I have here. 3.5
03-24-2013 01:50:03 | More by russwbeck
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 123 ratings.