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The K13 - Voodoo Brewing Company

The K13The K13

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.73%

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

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HoppyKilaMonster on 09-28-2013)
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Photo of Alieniloquium


3.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #139.

Appearance - Murky reddish brown. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Ah, this smells great. Oxidized a little. Oaky. Bourbon. Reminiscent of Bourbon Barrel 4D in that kinda "wet sock" barrel aroma. As bad as that sounds, it smells awesome.

Taste - Nowhere near as good, but tasty. Bourbon is sharp and boozy. Caramel. Very oaky. Not tremendously sweet, which I think makes it suffer. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - Bitter and sharp booziness. I seldom say a beer should be sweeter, but this needs some caramel and sweetness.

Overall - A very promising beer that doesn't quite deliver. I'd rather just smell it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 02:57:07 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of cpetrone84


4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark cherry brown, strong haze with a tight bubbly tan head. Nose is large, strong roasted wood notes and bourbon. Lots of chocolate notes with some brown sugar and a touch of berry sweetness. Taste follows suit, tons of roasted wood and clean bourbon notes. Cooked brown sugar and some malt depth, darks fruits in back, dry finish with a full body and assertive carb.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 00:55:18 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Sean9689


3.59/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired via trade here on BA and opened with some of the guys.

Pours dark brown in color, cream-colored head, wisps on top. Nose is booze, oak, some caramel sweetness, toffee. Flavor is pretty boozy, astringent oak, burnt sugars, light caramel sweetness...perhaps a bit too hot and too much barrel right now. Medium body, thin for the style, oak & booze finish.

Overall, definitely falls victim to hype. While I thought it was a decent barleywine, the Pelican Mother of all Storms 2008, Old Nuptial, Arctic Devil 2005, and Flossmoor BA Hi-Fi B1 were all better BA barley wines than this one (#barleywineshowdown). I definitely wouldn't go crazy giving up a bunch for this beer and the "cost" of this beer far exceeds the "value". Give me Goose Bourbon County Barleywine all day/every day over this beer at far less cost.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 00:43:04 | More by Sean9689
Photo of lunarbrew


4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle generously gifted by FleetwoodMatt and shared by Stevedore. You guys are both awesome BAs and a pleasure to know!

Appearance is dark amber - brown and has little head to speak of. A soft lacing sits on the beer. It pours medium bodied and looks quite appetizing.

The smell is enormous. Definitely reminiscent of KH, except more barrel forward and boozy. Obviously this is missing the third-use factor, but in all honestly it captures most of the same notes as KH. It's really impressive in that regard. I smell vanilla, toffee, some alcohol, caramel, and a bold sweetness left by the residual sugar. Most notably, this smells more like raw bourbon than any BA beer I've come across. The K13 has absorbed some very nuanced flavors and displays them nicely.

The taste is phenomenal. I have not come across a better ba barleywine. At this point, designations like American and English seem lost. The beer is so barrel-forward that hops are playing a very subtle yet masterful role. Any specific hop flavor from the drinker's standpoint, however, is almost undetectable. The flavor, as in the smell, is akin to pappy served neat. The bourbon character is in your face and complex. Vanilla, toffee, some booze, etc... The backend sticks with you on the beer because the oak is so potent that it leaves a tannic, drying effect on your palate (much like whiskey). Overall The K13 is quite sweet, which balances the complexity and oaked finish.

The mouthfeel is low carb, medium-full bodied, and has a tannic dryness which I mentioned. It's perfectly suited to the style.

Overall, this gets sky high approval. I'm bumping KH's rating--one of my few 5s--because simply put, this is better.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 14:49:13 | More by lunarbrew
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to Stevedore for opening up this whale!

bottle #193.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: medium brown bodied beer small cap settling down to absolutely no head.

Smell: Sweet malty goodness and insane pappy barrel notes! Aromas of caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, tannic oak and an earthy smokiness.

Taste: Stunning balance between the maltiness of the beer and those pappy barrels! Tastes just like it smells! Boatloads of caramel, toffee, bourbon, and brown sugar. Slight char and smokiness in the middle of the beer. Hints of chocolates and coconut. Vanilla and oakiness at the back end of the beer. The oak barrel in this beer really dries out the flavor profile in the finish of the beer; in a really good way. SO complex, so balanced, and so many layers to this beer!

Mouthfeel: high end of medium bodied; almost a full bodied beer with low carbonation. This beer is so redicously smooth! Mouthcoating beer. Very decant and rich in the best possible way without becoming over the top sweet. I could have easily sipped my way through an entire bomber of this beer over the course of a 2-4 hour time period.

Overall: So, this beer is easily the best barrel aged American Barleywine that I have ever drank. Not much comes close. Voodoo is really doing some out of this world things with barrel aging. This beer really showcases those pappy barrels in a near flawless manner. This is a very memorable beer, I must have more of this beer someday! Voodoo...Please rebrew this epic beer! I wanted the snifter that I was sipping this beer from to be a bottomless pour and never end!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 04:32:51 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of homebrew311


4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight cloudy goldish amber with heavy visual weight and almost no head. The nose is insane: tons of barrel with caramel, char, light chocolate, toffee, and burnt sugar. The taste takes all of the intense aromas and melds them in to a nice drinkable brew. Caramel and vanilla dominate the palate with highlights of sugar and barrel char. Everything comes together nicely. The mouthfeel is heavy and lightly carbonated. Overall, this beer is amazing!!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 08:30:47 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Stevedore


4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle #193. Thanks to FleetwoodMatt for generously sending me this one. Poured into a snifter today, 1/24/2014. As soon as I cracked the wax (but not the cap!!) I could smell the beer. And it smelled fantastic.

App- pours a silky smooth dark brown mahogany body. Looks so brown and clear. But not outstanding in any way.

Smell- so much caramel, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, marshmallows. All of these are here in full force yet so easy to pick out. Some oak on the backend.

Flavour- just quite a bit less than how it smells. But so complex and well integrated. Toffee, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, molasses. Such a delicious and complex beer that is finished really well by a dry oak flavour.

Mouthfeel- thick bodied, creamy, goes down so well without much heat that belies the 13% ABV. Incredible drinking beer. Can find no fault with this.

Overall- King Henry killer despite being an American. It does what the King does but better.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:50:39 | More by Stevedore
Photo of Jeffo


4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from claaark13. Cheers man! More proof that you know what I like better than I do.

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 13 September 2013
American Barleywine aged in Pappy van Winkle barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, looser looking, foamy and fizzy, light off-white head that fizzes down like coke. Fizzy, foamy and bubbly head with horrible retention. Ugly looking. Body is mahogany brown in color with higher levels of carbonation all over the place. Terrible head and far too carbonated for the style. A slight ring remains for a while but looks flat by the end. Generally very unattractive.

SMELL: Really big nose with lots of barrel on it. Bourbon, oak, coconut and milk chocolate on the nose. Caramel and toffee with lots of brown sugar under the oak and chocolate. Very nice, bold and complex, and the base barelywine meshes well with the bourbon barrels. Enticing and generally fantastic.

TASTE: Lots of barrel again here, with bourbon, oak, caramel and toffee sweetness up front. Big flavors at the swallow with alcohol and barrel flavors, leading into a bold, persistent and delicious finish of oak, brown sugars, some milk chocolate, coconut and bourbon soaked raisins. Alcohol lingers as well. The flavors are fantastic but still a touch too hot for top marks.

PALATE: Medium body and quite light on the palate. Creamy enough, goes down okay with a big burn and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Lots of heat lingers. Too light with a big scratch and burn at the swallow. Very hot too. Needs to be heavier and thicker.

OVERALL: This is excellent. The look sucks and the feel could definitely be better, but the barrel is lovely and the base barleywine shows some wonderful characteristics as well. It's a little hot right now, but that's a minor complaint. Definitely something I'd love to drink again. Thanks again for the beers claaark13. A real treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 16:31:22 | More by Jeffo
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Bottled 9/13/13. Bottle # 051.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, toffee, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic bourbon presence all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 05:51:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of IrishColonial


4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Shilt for sharing this bottle!

A: rich toffee brown, uniform cloudiness, slight creamy head along sides of glass

S: Best part of the beer. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, lots of Pappy bourbon barrel. A tinge of heat but pretty perfect.

T: Follows the smell very well-lots of vanilla, butterscotch, caramel. Pappy taste tingles the tongue throughout, especially on the tail end. The hotness is the only slight on the taste. It will likely mellow in a few months but then the Pappy taste will likely fade as well, which would be sad. Really awesome.

M: rich creamy goodness. It is a bit thin, more like a bourbon mouthfeel than a barleywine mouthfeel. However, this is the only drawback which is not much of a drawback at all.

O: Right up there w King Henry and BA Church on a Hill. I think it is below those but only slightly. Voodoo is doing great things, keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 17:58:43 | More by IrishColonial
Photo of siege06nd


4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Mayor of Richmond goes to Washington. And he brings the pain. Thanks, Sam!

A. Pours a chestnut brown with a finger of khaki head. Big oily legs and thick lacing on the glass.

S. Cherry, fig, dates, raisins, vanilla, fudge. Beautiful bouquet. A lot of complexity and strong barrel notes.

T. Lots of vanilla, some chocolate notes, stone fruit, caramel. Bourbon is very much present and even a little dominant right now.

M. A little hot right now. But there is an amazing blend and balance on the other flavors.

O. A great barrel aged barleywine. Pappy barrels really are magical. Very well done and grateful to Shilt for sharing this.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 17:34:40 | More by siege06nd
Photo of Sarge3130


4.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black Friday bottle share

A: brown murky thin white head

S: vanilla bomb. Amazing barrel notes. One of the top 5 best smelling beers I've had.

T: unreal. Dark fruit, bourbon, slight booze, follows the nose well

M: slick, oily. Coats the mouth.

O: this is the best barley wine I've ever had. Really didn't want this one to end. Disappointing that ill never get try this again. Def worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 20:34:10 | More by Sarge3130
Photo of Shawn_Sins


5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in sampling glass at brewpub

A: dark brown, murky

S: pappy van winkle bourbon all the way

T: PVW bourbon dominates. Dark fruit. Moderate carbonation.

M: moderate carbonation. Medium body.

O: this barleywine is to die for. Seek this out and put your life on the line for it. It's worth it !

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2013 21:26:12 | More by Shawn_Sins
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


A: Poured a murky brownish, a bit sluggish, a moderate tannish colored cap appears and sits atop for a while. The head retention is short lived but it does provide a small cortain of lacing.

S: Big dark fruits and bourbon on the nose. A nice sweet caramel, toffee and butterscotch candy come to mind as does a bit of vanilla and traces of chocolate and tobacco.

T: Initially the taste buds are rocked with a beautiful treat of Pappy soaked rasinis, figs and prunes. The rest of the flavor profile is a nice caramel meet toffee sweetness. A bit of vanilla and tobcco in the background provide some nice flavors and depth. The finish has just enough sting, bourbon, sweet candy and wood, nice and lingering bourbon burn with more fruit...really good!

M: While this style is not suppose to wow you with carbonation this one had a good amount, just right for the style. Not super flat and heavy feeling but a light/medium, not overly sticky sweet or heavy like a BA Monster 29. Really decadent, layers of creaminess and flavors coat the mouth.

O: I would have to agree with the review below. This beer is King Henry good. Eventhough we gave up arm and leg for it I would say it was worth it considering the flavors and bottle limits.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 14:16:31 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of ShanePB


4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Ray for opening this one at our tasting. Served into a tulip glass.

A: Murky brown body with a small tiny head, tan in color. Settled really quickly into a very thin ring around the edges.

S: Very fruity at first, plenty of malt complementing it too. Then of course is the bourbon (Pappy) barrel qualities that are oozing out of this. Vanilla, sweet toffee, bourbon, oak and caramel.

T: Rich and sweet up-front, the dark fruits and barrel hit first and blend well. Vanilla, oak, toffee and more malts. The finish on this is absolutely killer. Smooth and sweet bourbon lingering on the tongue and palate.

M: Nicely carbonated but I didn't think it was overdone at all. This also drinks amazingly well for being a 13% beer. No alcohol heat throughout the drink which made this pleasant.

Between this and King Henry is close for me. These both exhibit the amazing things you can do with a big rich Barleywine when you throw it in some quality barrels. Crazy good stuff, very glad I was able to try this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 13:44:21 | More by ShanePB
Photo of WillCarrera


4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Voodoo Barrel Collection release, served in a snifter.

A- Pours a murky brownish color, thin khaki head that settles to a collar.

S- Really amazing bourbon aroma, as well as oak, vanilla and sweeter notes of caramel and dark fruit.

T- Similar to the aroma with some really incredible barrel flavors, great bourbon, vanilla and more caramel and fruit. The barrel flavors here are great but the base beer is top notch too, the malt flavors are nicely layered and complex.

M- Full-bodied, low-ish smooth carbonation, has a nice amount of warmth but is maybe slightly hot at the moment, although for me this wasn't much of an issue.

O- A really, really awesome barleywine. I'll probably drink my bottle of this relatively soon, it's still got a bit more heat than I would like but all of the other flavors in this beer, especially the Pappy barrel flavors, are just amazing right now.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2013 14:51:57 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of nrs207


4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - It was a cloudy brownish color, which is why I knocked it down. The head was pretty impressive for a BA 13% beer, though, so overall it was above average.

S - The main thing I got from it was the pappy. Every time I'm lucky enough to try a pappy BA beer, it just has the smoothest bourbon notes I could imagine. Luckily, the base beer stacks up very well to the barrel, also. It's fairly fruity, lots of caramel. Only knock is that the aroma wasn't jumping out at me.

T - The taste had no such issue. I was bombarded with the same flavors as the nose. For 13%, this thing hid the alcohol quite well. Just got a lot of sweet caramel fruitiness, and that pappy is there again. Such a smooth finish with a minimal alcohol presence.

M - It wasn't as thick as I'd expect, but it didn't really bother me. The drinkability was improved for me because of this. It had enough of a body, but I was expecting a pretty full mouthfeel going in. The carbonation was spot on as well. Low-mid, perfect for a BA barleywine.

O - Phenomenal stuff. Voodoo is really killing it with their barrel program. The pappy Black Magick and this are just at the top of the BA stout and barleywine categories for me. The only barleywine I can think of I might've preferred is King Henry, but it's because I really enjoyed the stout characteristics because the barrels had held Rare. I wish I didn't have to drive or I would've sat there drinking it til it kicked or I did.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2013 02:27:42 | More by nrs207
Photo of HoppyKilaMonster


4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the 9.28 Voodoo barrel room release.

A- This had a slightly murky brown color. Not the most appealing color, but not too off putting either.

S- Pappy! And lots of it.

T- Once again, a lot of pappy in the taste. Great bourbon notes, with no burn at all in the finish. Great overall taste.

M- This is the only area that I felt needed some improvement. It could use a little more malt in the base to ' thicken' up the brew.

O- Top notch beer. On my list of top 3 barleywines I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 21:21:14 | More by HoppyKilaMonster
The K13 from Voodoo Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.