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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 130
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: russwbeck on 03-24-2013)
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looked much like its companions, opaque black in color, topped with a half finger of brown head that sank to a wispy layer of bubbles, dotting the glass with random lacing. Roasty aroma, dark malts, cocoa, toasted oak, light herbal and fruit scents. The apple brandy was a bit subdued, which I think worked well for this particular beer, balancing out whatever roastiness was present, flavors of oak and cocoa, with a slight twist of apple. Body on the fuller side of medium, mouthfeel not quite as robust as the Pappy variety. Nice overall, and I think all of these have aged enough...the time to drink them is [arguably] now.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle.

Pours a still motor oil black body with a fizzy light tan head. Nose is dominated by brandy, light oak, roast and a touch of molasses. Body and flavor starts off well enough, with a silky soft mouthfeel and an initial sweet brandy fruit punch but then quickly thins out into a woody, harsh roast horror show. Much of the base stout is lost in translation here and even that would be ok if the liquor notes of the barrel wouldn't quickly become consumed by acrid roast and wood. Not good.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber into a matching Barrel Room Collection snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin couple bubbles and spotty lavc. No head retention other than a thin film. A swirl brings back nearly a finger that is quick to dissolve.

The aroma is earthen with some notes of raw oak. Midway across the nose is cocoa, ash, char, roast and a solvent inclusion of alcohol. A faint brandy note evolves as the brew warns up. Overall a pretty pleasant smelling brew.

The taste is bitter roast. A plethora of baker's cocoa, oak and vanilla. A neutral sort of solvent alcohol is preset mid palate. The aftertaste has a minor note of pear or apple skin mixing with a hint of fruity alcohol that gets more intense as the brew warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It has a raw, nuanced barrel character but is overall nicely done. The neutral alcohol aspect is unfortunately solvent instead of the expected flavor of the type of barrel it was aged in. These BBVD treatments are subtle in their difference. It almost seems like they could have been aged longer to perhaps pick up a deeper or more concentrated barrel character. Regardless, these are worth trying.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Voodoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.