Black Magick - Laird's Apple Brandy - Voodoo Brewing Company
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4.31/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
04-21-2013 10:19:18 | More by Rifugium
4.41/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
09-27-2013 15:18:54 | More by orangesol
4.41/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
04-16-2013 13:30:19 | More by stakem
4.11/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
11-05-2013 03:10:12 | More by Alieniloquium
4.75/5 rDev +6.3%
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!
06-12-2013 02:41:42 | More by maximum12
Black Magick - Laird's Apple Brandy from Voodoo Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.