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Black Magick - Laird's Apple Brandy - Voodoo Brewing Company

Black Magick - Laird's Apple BrandyBlack Magick - Laird's Apple Brandy

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 6.28%

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: stakem on 04-16-2013)
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Photo of inlimbo77


4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, Bottle #001 (pretty cool!), Bottle date 1/18/13
Mini snifter

A: Pours dark brown color with reddish hues. Darker tan head than Big Black Voodoo. Almost like what I have seen on Marshal Z, but not at thick and creamy. Alcohol feet.

S: Sweet apple Brandy. Dark fruits. Dark roasted malts. Not as much chocolate because it's over run by the Brandy.

T: Sharp dark fruit. Good mixture of roast, chocolate and that Brandy sweetness. Finish is sweet and boozy.

M: Big medium. For some reason, this isn't as big as BBVDD.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 15:17:15 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 81.

Appearance - Very thick inky black. Viscous. Glass-staining. No head.

Smell - Rich chocolate. Licorice. Apple brandy. Some oak. Nice.

Taste - Dark chocolate. Tons of oaky barrel character. Caramel. Apple brandy behind the base beer. A little sweet.

Mouthfeel - Rich and boozy. Low carbonation.

Overall - The base beer is so much better than Big Black Voodoo Daddy.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:10:12 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did the full side-by-side-by-side with the Buffalo Trace and Pappy versions. Bottle #076 into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Same as the other versions. Pours a .25 finger dark mocha colored head with poor retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is minimal. Stringy and spotty with decent cling. Thick, oily, monstrous legs. Solid.

Apple Brandy makes its presence felt in this one. Big apple brandy notes that engulf the chocolate and molasses sweetness but enhance the dark fruit flavors. Booze really tickles the nose. Decent.

Opens chocolate, sweet soy sauce and fudge. Apple Brandy presence takes over in the middle, helping to assert the dark fruit flavors. More chocolate, some woodiness and leather notes at the back end. Finishes sweet molasses and fudge with the same aftertaste. Real good.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, slick, and oily in the mouth and goes down warm, viscous, and caressing. Messy finish with a strong, sweet, lingering aftertaste. Like the Buffalo trace, a touch harsher going down than the Pappy.

Not on the same level as the Pappy but better than Buffalo Trace, regardless, this beer is worth trying. The base beer is so good here that the Apply Brandy, though overwhelming at times, is an interesting and delicious complement to the complexity of flavors that exist in this one. Seek it out!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 02:01:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of 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
Photo of stakem


4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a matching Voodoo barrel room collection snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin penline of brown head that holds around the perimeter of the glass. A swirl releases a few bubbles and paints spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is filled with notes of cocoa and a soft fruity brandy impact. Smooth sweet vanilla tones are contrasted by a pleasant roasted aspect. Some earthen barrel and oak character over a mild solvent burn of alcohol.

The flavor is earthy with roast and bitter chocolate. Some soft vanilla flavor mingles with fruity brandy character and a bit of booziness. Chocolate persists into the aftertaste with some solvent alcohol character. Some caramel flavors from the barrel are left lingering in the mouth.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate to light level of carbonation. This is a very nice brew that is an upgrade from the base black magick of years past. Dare I say, it isnt quite to the level of depth/complexity of the PVW version however, this one is the smoothest of the 3 treatments and dangerously drinkable. I want more.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 13:30:19 | More by stakem
Photo of orangesol


4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this one with a bunch of close friends and Matthew Allyn, Brewmaster at Voodoo.

A - Pours pitch black with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light ring around the outer edge, leaving little to no lace down the glass.

S - Smells of warm apple brandy, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, oak and dark roasted malts. The apple brandy is a little strong but I still get a good bit of the base aromas coming through.

T - Starts off with some vanilla and chocolate sweetness, dark fruitiness, oak and dark roasted malt before it all gives way to the strong apple brandy presence. The booze burn, both from the 13.5% and the brandy, is strong throughout. Finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast with a good bit of booze, clinging to the palate long after each sip.

M - Heavy body with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel with plenty of booze burn. It is well integrated but still kind of harsh.

O - I liked this one about as much as the BT version, with both lagging behind the PVW version. It has all of the flavors I would expect and the AB works really well, maybe a touch too well at times. Wish I had a few more of these, would love to see how the AB develops over the years.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 15:18:54 | More by orangesol
Photo of jegross2


4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Laird's Apple Brandy Black Magick from Voodoo Brewing Company out of Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Score: 96

Bottle is dated 01/18/13, #003 out of 174. Served in a Goose Island Black Friday Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter and enjoyed on 12/04/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep, inky black color, similar to the Buffalo Trace version, with a half finger of coffee colored brown head that settles to a thick ring around the glass and wispy island of head floating in the center of that ring. This beer has noticeably less head off the pour than the Buffalo Trace version did. Good lacing, similar to the Buffalo Trace version, but less clingy retention than the Buffalo Trace version. 4.5/5

Smell: Just like the Buffalo Trace version, the minute the cap is removed, huge chocolatey aromatics explode out of the bottle. Big notes of fudgey brownies and vanilla are apparent immediately. Also present in this bold nose are toffee, caramel, sweet dark fruits, cocoa and brown sugar. Light syrupy undertones too, which grow in intensity as the beer warms up. The nose is decadent, enticingly sweet like an epic barrel aged barleywine. There is also a light leather and faint smokey quality present in the background, hiding amongst the sweeter characteristics. The nose of this beer is different from the Buffalo Trace version in its subtler complexities, but overall similar in its more forward/bolder characteristics. 4.5/5

Taste: Here is where this beer differs most substantially from the Buffalo Trace version. The Laird's Apple Brandy aging has resulted in a sweeter, less dry beer with less oak/vanilla and more of everything else. Up front is a sweeter, almost candied, dark fruit and raisin flavor than the Buffalo Trace version, followed by caramel, toffee, cocoa, vanilla and a light apple/fruity flavor as well. There is no real "oakiness" here as there was with the Buffalo Trace version. My favorite part about the flavor, which most distinguishes it from the Buffalo Trace version other than the subtle fruitiness, is a light leather/tobacco flavor and very subtle smokey character that is present towards the finish that brings to mind Hair of the Dog's Adam (and, by association, Matt). Like the nose, there is a syrupy backbone, but the syrup flavor is more prominent on the palate than it was aromatically in the nose, which was more brown sugar-like. The finish is long, just like the Buffalo Trace version, with a light apple/fruitness, cocoa, vanilla and toffee. Just like the Buffalo Trace version, despite being a hefty 13.5% ABV, this beer is dangerously devoid of alcohol heat, though, as it warms up, there is a very faint warmth to the finish. Superbly integrated in its complexities, this beer is one to revel as you sip. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with a low level of carbonation that is good for the style and flavor profile. Sweeter than the Buffalo Trace version, but still balanced and easy-to-drink without any layering sweetness. Oily mouthfeel. 4.5/5

Overall: Rich, bold, complex and dangerously drinkable! I preferred the Buffalo Trace version (I liked the bitterness), but this one was quite excellent as well. Black Magick was a delicious beer to begin with, but these new barrel aged variants have taken this beer to a whole new level. Seek them out with confidence!

Cost: $10 for a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 00:07:05 | More by jegross2
Photo of maximum12


4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to All-Pro trader fiver29 for sending me a few of these bottles for a whistle & a song...those of you who think trading is all about winwinwin these days don't know the traders I know. 12. oz. bottle with pale green wax, bottle #353 dated 1/18/13.

Bottle has an old-feely, yellow-parchment-like label with black print that I am visually digging. The pour is tar pit black with a minor ring of hair. It even smells like a beast of a beer, huge chocolate, deep malts, brown sugar, vanilla. Reminds me of old vintage Darkness.

Black Magick - Laird's Apple Brandy makes me appreciate what getting an oil change must feel like. Mouthfeel is what leaps out, the consistency of maple sap trickling straight out of the tree - possibly the thickest, chewiest beer I've ever suckled on. Heat rises like shimmers off hot asphalt; big bite of alcohol right in yer grill. Brandy is prominent, adding to the load. Half a cup of cocoa, some molasses for thickness & flavor, with the barrel adding another layer of vanilla. Malts everywhere. Despite the warming of my midsection & the decline of my ability to operate heavy machinery, I would be happy to devour a bomber or two of this. In one sitting. And I mean, sitting.

Everything about this beer is classic overkill - big, bigger, biggerest. About as subtle as a derailed freight train, & I love it. This is an elite-level beer that hits all the high points despite its heavy footprint. I can't wait to try the others. Thanks again, my friend!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:41:42 | More by maximum12
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into the barrel room markinator snifter. Semi aggressive pour led to a very rocky 1/2 of mocha foam that you could actually hear fading.
Smell apples soaked in booze backed by a ton of dark chocolate.
Tastes like someone burnt a batch of brownies and then said screw it and soaked them in apple brandy. You have the sweetness of the apple booze playing off the burnt chocolate and its damn near perfection.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy but not hunah levels where you can stand a spoon in it.
Overall this is one of those stouts that is why people lose their sh*t and will take a 1/2oz pour just to tick.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:24:13 | More by sliverX
Photo of Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to my brother RoninTK3 for sharing this one. Poured from a bottle into a new Smuttynose Big Beer tulip.

Appearance- Big black thick pour into the tulip with little to no off-caramel head.

Smell- Heavy duty dark chocolate and peppermint with lingering apple bandy aromas. Surprisingly no booze aromas which is outstanding for 13.5%.

Taste- Dark chocolate, caramel, peppermint, vanilla, soft apple pie flavors. With every sip, there's something new. Very fruity as it warms up. Not much booze taste either.

Mouthfeel- So thick. Well carbonated, which you wouldnt guess by the appearance. Smooth with no booze heat.

Overall- This is easily one of the best barrel-aged beers I've ever had. Look out for Voodoos' barrels in years to come!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 02:36:27 | More by Seanniek91
Photo of jeonseh


4.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark chocolate brown with a walnut hue. Small head to it as well

S - Dark chocolate, fudge, dark fruits, sweet caramel, and good strong apple brandy. One of the most apple brandy presences I've ever gotten in a nose

T - Dark chocolate, sweet caramel, vanilla, lots of apple brandy sweetness, and brown sugar. Finish is light dark chocolate, dates, and walnuts. Good alcoholic presence to it but it is muted and provides a nice warming presence to it

MF - Creamy velvety mouthfeel with light spice and alcohol on the back end.

O - An amazing apple brandy stout with great apple brandy presence, slight alcohol, nice chocolate and spice, and a sweet caramel and vanilla presence

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 02:16:27 | More by jeonseh
Black Magick - Laird's Apple Brandy from Voodoo Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.