Black Magick - Laird's Apple Brandy - Voodoo Brewing Company
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Reviews by Rifugium:
4.31/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
First had: bottle from the '13 release at Voodoo. What a day/night/day.
Shared at an April '13 SEPA tasting, following the Buffalo Trace version.
IMO, the least excellent of the three barrel Black Magick varieties, and that's still saying a lot. Appearance was no surprise: opaque obsidian in color, with a small, mocha ringlet of bubbles on the surface. Nice chocolaty aroma comparable to the other versions, oak, earth, tobacco, a little lighter on the booze, but also a little sweeter in tone from the brandy. Woody/barrel notes were more dominant in this version, as in the Buffalo Trace version, cocoa bitterness, roasty malts, earth, tobacco, brandy lending a bit of booze and sweetness, but no major "apple" flavors coming out, compared to other beers I've had aged in the same barrels. Body was on the heavier side of medium, essentially full, smooth, but a bit dry from the barrel, understandably warm with booze, but nowhere neat hot. Looking forward to further trying these goodies...maybe solo and on a totally fresh palate.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2013 10:19:18 | More by Rifugium
More User Reviews:
4.85/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
*great use of Lairds Apple Brandy barrel, unlike AB Mexican Cake where it leaves nothing for the base stout. Great balance
A- Pitch black with medium dark coffee lacing that has very fast legs. Slight gumming of the glass when swirled around.
S- Perfect balance of Lairds AB with the base chocolate>toffee>fudge stout base. The apple brandy is definitely there, but 50/50 on harmony with the base beer. Very well done
T- Same as the nose, the apple brandy is perfectly barrel aged for the base stout. Base stout chocolate>tobacoo>fudge. Bananas, this is equally as pleasant to drink as PvW, but PvW is crafted better just a bit.
O- This fck beer is nuts. The perfect AB barrel aging for an amazing base stout. I need moar
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 00:01:18 | More by gueuzedreg
Black Magick - Laird's Apple Brandy from Voodoo Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.