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

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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 124
Gots: 39 | FT: 6
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:
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(Beer added by: russwbeck on 03-24-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morey, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of 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.

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

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

ncaudle, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Phillyz, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Davihaw
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%

Opening this one for my 29th birthday! Poured into Bourbon County Snifter

A - Dark brown almost black with nice half finger brown head upon pouring. Head disappears and leaves nice little ring around the glass.

S - Molasses and chocolate. I can smell the booze in the nose as well.

T - Chocolate was the first smell and taste I had when sipping this beer. The alcohol is blended well with the flavors in this beer but it is still present. It is very sweet and I would love to see what another year or two would do to this beer. As the beers warms up the fruit characteristics become more prominent.

M - creamy and rich as it coats the entire mouth.

O - This beer was great! This is my first try on anything in this series. I will be seeking out the other variants!

Davihaw, Aug 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

CarolinaKevin, Aug 11, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Very dark, almost black. No head to speak of... small ring. Light amount of cling lace.

S - Boozy, soy sauce, wood notes.

T - Thick, chocolaty, soy sauce, alcohol pretty well hidden. Almost light smoky finish at very end.

M - Creamy, almost cloying, thick as all get out. Fair balance.

D - Enjoyed it. Can't do more than one. Not sure I can even do one. Overwhelming and high ABV.

srandycarter, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
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.

EgadBananas, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
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.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Hophead717, Aug 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

ejimhof, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of maximum12
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

Thanks to browniewithnuts for shipping me a couple of nice Voodoo bottles. The Gran Met was astoundingly good, & the Black Magiks have been even better - now we go BBVD. The base beer is excellent, so I have high hopes. Green-waxed bottle #653, dated 1/25/13 on that cool, medevial-looking label, split with my lovely & tolerant wife.

Pour is VCR black with a next-room whisper of carbonation that's quickly gone. Nose is akin to a 1920's still, just a bam-boom of alcohol that kisses with a liquid fist - wow. Underneath the raw spirits is a fruitiness that I'll presume is the barrel, touch of chocolate, deep, wicked malts. Smells big, beastial.

Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel Aged is one of those beers that requires some thoughtful study to tease out what, on the surface, appears to be a black paint thinner. Breathes a lot bigger than 12% ABV. Hot alcohol backed by more alcohol from the apple brandy, which is subtle but welcome shot in the middle of the beer. Heat gives way to a bed frame's worth of oak, oak, & more oak that massages the tongue mid-palate. Ends with thick cocoa & the roast finally shows up. Viscous & heavy; its best attribute is feeling it lounging in my mouth. Thought I might want to take this bomber all by myself, now I'm glad to have a wing-woman.

Overall this doesn't live up to the others in the series, but that's only because they're all close to perfect, & that's a hard roe to fish. A very good beer that might benefit from some time in the corner to settle down.

maximum12, Jul 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Fast-N-Loud, Jul 24, 2013
Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Voodoo Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.