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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

139 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 128
Gots: 34 | FT: 3
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Alieniloquium, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Zaphog, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev -2.9%

beergorrilla, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 10.17.15
#005 1-25-13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a dark tan head that fades quickly to the edges.

S - Boozey heat, sweet, dark fruit, barrel.

T - Brandy, oak barrel, smokey, slightly sweet finish.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Sweet brandy, barrel tones, more mild on the tongue then expected.

HuskyinPDX, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz, Bottle #782, Bottle date 1/25/13
Mini snifter

A: Pours black as night. Very dark. Initially a thin layer of light tan head. Alcohol feet are there.

S: Dark fruits. Light on the Apple Brandy compared to Gran Met. Basically the roast had taken over that aspect. Smells of oak and dryness. Barrel.

T: Up front, roasted malts. Getting some of those dark fruits. Dark chocolate. Not so much vanilla or caramel due to AB barrel. Finish is dry. Lingering dark chocolate.

M: Bigt full bodied and chewy.

inlimbo77, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of MCain04
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

MCain04, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of In_Control_Mike
4/5  rDev -2.9%

In_Control_Mike, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of shehateme
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

shehateme, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of AOShabaz
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

AOShabaz, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of jayhunter357
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

jayhunter357, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

enelson, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of browniewithnuts
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

browniewithnuts, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of KJ2013
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of thaghost
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

thaghost, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of atoulouk
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

atoulouk, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Hopbully
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Hopbully, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Anonymous1
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Anonymous1, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

gratefulbeerhead, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

sweemzander, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Gonzoillini, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Morey, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of MusicaleMike
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

MusicaleMike, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of dfhhead25
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

dfhhead25, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of ncaudle
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

ncaudle, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Phillyz, Aug 25, 2013
Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Voodoo Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.