Grande Negro Voodoo Papi - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel Aged
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American Imperial Stout
4.56 | pDev: 8.33%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Grande Negro Voodoo Papi - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel AgedGrande Negro Voodoo Papi - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel Aged
Notes: Barrel Room Collection - Big Black Voodoo Daddy brewed with local maple syrup, organic cocoa nibs, cinnamon, peppers and Madagascar vanilla beans aged in Laird's Apple Brandy Barrels.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 192 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TX-Badger from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Brandy, plenty of it on the nose, vanilla, oak, spices, chocolate and some candied fruit as well; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with much of the same with additional lingering light tingle from the peppers.

Jul 06, 2016
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sposter4 from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour into a snifter. Pours dark brown with a carmel head. Great apple brandy nose. cinnamon and burnt sugar give way to apple with a mild spice. Great beer!!

Apr 16, 2016
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black and opaque with a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Decent retention for the style and ABV with spotty streaks of lacing left behind.

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with strong cinnamon spice and roasted chillies. Barrel is very faint with subtle oak and brandy sweetness. The roast and pepper are countered by luscious chocolate malt sweetness. Some chalky, peppery heat standing out in the nose. Slightly burnt malt character with coffee bean and toast along with caramel sweetness, light cocoa, toffee and bakers chocolate. Smells excellent with a great spice/pepper presence but could use a bit more brandy barrel.

Full end of medium body with a strong spicy pepper kick that lingers over the barrel notes and complex malt bill into a spicy, dry finish. Peppers excellently complimented by heavy cinnamon spice. Subtle dry oak with delicate char and very faint brandy apple sweetness that stands out as it warms. Roasted malt with coffee bean, burnt sugar, and toast countered by luscious chocolate malt sweetness. Awesome beer!

Dec 18, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pour is black with a tan head. Nose is sweet and caramel, brown sugar with a hint of pepper. Taste is more pepper forward, still sweet, a hint of barrel. Sugar, malt sweetness. Fuller body, strongly carbed.

May 22, 2015
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Mounty4Life from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers I have ever had, if you take enough time to drink and enjoy this beer all of the flavors will eventually strike you at some point!

Feb 13, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Voodoo Homestead in Homestead, PA. Got 3 pours of this gem of a beer.

Pours an oily dark black, with a very small head, basically nothing, and basically no lacing. Unspectacular looking, to be honest, but does it really matter in the end?

Smells awesome, chocolate, apple brandy, roasted malt, a little bit of vanilla, molasses, maple syrup, and pepper flesh.

This is an utterly insane and awesome beer in every way. The pepper heat is still noticeable, and hits you strong up front, tingling your lips for the duration of the drinking session. There's some bitter chocolate and vanilla bean in the middle, and a very sweet blast of maple syrup and molasses near the end. The beer is not too sweet, however, it's only at the end that you get the wonderful maple character. The apple brandy character is definitely there, but integrated well into the beer. It's not overwhelming, it's subtle. There is absolutely no boozy presence here, which is quite amazing. The year or so since it's been released has probably toned that aspect down.

This is fairly thick bodied, and syrupy, with a bit of an oily mouthfeel. There's a very low level of carbonation. The pepper flavor is the only thing that lingers sip after sip, and it's honestly quite pleasant.

This is definitely one of the best barrel aged stouts I've ever had. It approaches Apple Brandy Mexican Cake territory- it's damn close and I can't honestly decide which one I like better.

Feb 01, 2015
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jeonseh from Indiana

4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Spicy with a strong pepper presence up front. There is also some bitter dark chocolate

T - Sweet apple brandy, vanilla, chocolate and slight pepper spice that lingers in the finish. The pepper is strong but lingers slightly in the finish as well as some oak and chocolate.

M - Medium body with some slight syrupiness from the apple brandy. There is also spice that lingers on the tongue in the finish

O - A good stout with loads of pepper and spice that is balanced against sweet apple brandy and chocolate

Jun 07, 2014
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Perch Pub during the Voodoo/Perennial event during Philly Beer Week.

A - Pours ink black with a nice one finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh ground cinnamon, dried pepper skins, chocolate, vanilla, day old coffee, woody oak, dash of hops, apple jack and plenty of dark roasted malts. It smells spot on for the description, maybe a touch to cinnamon forward but thats nit picking.

T - Starts off with the chocolatey sweetness quickly being joined by the warming peppers, coffee, oak, apples and the ever present dark roasted malt. Finish is sweet with some peppery spice and light booze, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium-Heavy body with moderate to low carbonation. Feel is best described as sweet heat. The booze grows as it warms up, getting a touch out of control as it fully warms.

O - A bit more refined than the original version but overall they are about the same in the grand scheme of things. I would definitely drink it again but I wouldn't go overboard trading for it.

Jun 04, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Perch Pub.
Had this alongside K13 and Tenacious Wee. This one was probably my favorite of the three, with TW coming in a close second, and K13 not even in the ballpark.

Dark brown-black pour, oily look, with a thin dark brown head that sank to a collar and held there, leaving just a few minor dots of lacing on the glass when swirled. Lots going on in the aroma, as I would have expected, apple and cinnamon, malt/coffee/cocoa roast, toasted oak, some vegetal and mineral elements. Similar complexity in the taste, a lot happening, but everything was melded well...there really wasn't one specifically dominant flavor. Chocolate, spicy cinnamon, candied apple, brandy-soaked figs, licorice, earthy, woody, subtle orange marmalade. Pepper spice/heat was definitely present, but more of a background sensation, which was good. The body on this wasn't too huge, coming in at about medium, but it seemed appropriate nonetheless. Moderate carbonation, some boozy heat. A great brew overall.

Jun 04, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Had this on tap for PA Beer Week at Voodoo Tasting Event at House of 1,000 Beers. They described this beer as it is stated (vanilla, cinnamon in barrels) but not sure If addition of aged ghost peppers is something unique to beer I had.
Poured a almost black body with good head and lace retention. The aroma is strong, comprised mostly of the vanilla and cinnamon and there is some roasted malts wood in the aroma but don't really notice the ghost peppers. Fuller bodied, smooth, the wood/oak is to be thanked for this, the roasted/coffee malts are subdued and this beer is balanced with a strong caramel/vanilla/cinnamon sweetness. Whether from certain spices or solely from the peppers, the beer I had also had a bit of extra heat that is really noticeable, and complementary, on the back end (like a hot sauce that doesn't hit you until you have already ingested it). Glad I got to try this as it's a good beer and if the ghost pepper addition was a one-time thing they should do it more often.

May 09, 2014
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jegross2 from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Grande Negro Voodoo Papi in from the Voodoo Brewing Company out of Meadville, Pennsylvania. This beer is Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brewed with vanilla beans and cinnamon, aged in Laird’s Apple Brandy barrels.

Score: 98

Bottle #212, dated 09/24/13. Served in a 50/50 Eclipse mini snifter and enjoyed on 12/20/2013

Appearance: Coffee color, with soda syrup highlights outlining the glass. Pours a thin layer of cedar colored tan head that quickly settles to a pencil thin ring around the glass. 3.5/5

Smell: Maple, vanilla and smooth apple brandy notes with a lovely cinnamon backbone. A little nutmeg too. Faint notes of chili peppers and a kiss of leather. Rich and robust. Has a nice mix of spices, though the spiciness is muted. 4.75/5

Taste: Big notes of chocolate/milk chocolate, with a very mild and crisp spicy pepper prickliness that dances, but does not linger, on the sides of the tongue. This spicy liveliness intensifies a bit if you let the brew sit on the palate for a bit. Cinnamon and nutmeg throughout, shining mostly in the finish. Not a whole ton of barrel character to the taste, very muted in this regard. Light maple and vanilla notes too. This beer is mostly about the chocolate and the crisp spiciness, but the other subtle complexities complement nicely. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, quite viscous. Perfect low carbonation level. Lovely spiciness that is lively but crisp and not palate wrecking. Quite balanced. 5/5

Overall: This is a really excellent beer that I felt was superior to California Brandy Hunahpu’s. There is a nice mix of spices and spiciness complementing a very-chocolate forward flavor profile that is quite balanced. I highly recommend this delectably crushable brew.

Cost: $25 for a 22 oz bottle.

Feb 13, 2014
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homebrew311 from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance is pitch black with razor thin head. Nose features heavy apple brandy notes along with vanilla and hot peppers. The taste starts out sweet with chocolate, mild roast, heavy apple brandy sweetness... This is countered by tons of pepper heat. The balance works out beautifully. Mouthfeel is heavy with mild carbonation. Overall, another winner from Voodoo.

Jan 25, 2014
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Jeffo from Netherlands

2.92/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from claaark13. Thanks a lot man! Never even knew this one was out there, so cheers for thinking of me on this one.

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 24 September 2013

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour yields a small, medium looking, tan head that quickly recedes to a ring only. Black body and no real carbonation evident. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Average for the style.

SMELL: Roasted grains and definite chilies and cinnamon immediately, with some roasted dark chocolate in the back. Brandy and light apple aromas, as well as some vanilla cream. Chilies, cinnamon and booze take the roll, but the base beer is still there to a degree.

TASTE: Roasted notes, sweet cream and lots of chilies up front. Lots of them at the swallow as well. Some bitter dark chocolate, brandy, sweet cream and a touch of alcohol linger, but they are all dominated by the hot, spicy chilies that rule the aftertaste. Far too chili forward.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Lighter on the palate, creamy enough, goes down okay and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Lots of chili heat and a burn linger.

OVERALL: Not quite my thing. The barrel flavors are relatively light while the chilies simply dominate the beer. There are other chili flavored stouts that balance the flavors much better than this one, although there are others that are even less drinkable. I'd say this one is middle of the road, but if you like your chili stouts more chili forward, then you'll love this, as the base beer is nowhere to be found. Anyways, thanks again claaark13 for sending this one over. Cheers!

Jan 17, 2014
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber #222 secured via Voodoo's 2nd Barrel Room Collection release and poured into a matching barrel room collection snifter. The brew appears black in color with a fine line of brown clarity around the edges. A dark brown head rests atop a finger strong and fades back to a thin penline around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma is strong with cinnamon, almost woody and bark-like blending to a raw oak note. Some roast like coffee, earthy pepper, minor citrus, chocolate, ash and a raison-like fruity alcohol inclusion that blends to more of a neutral/solvent alcohol aspect. The only thing I wasnt crazy about here is how the cinnamon and raw oakiness are the leading characteristics to the nose.

Just like the nose warns, the taste has a spicy cinnamon bark flavor that blends to a raw oakiness mixing with earth. A little licorice, ash and roast faintly like coffee. The aftertaste boasts a sticky sweet vanilla bean aspect that is contrasted by an increasingly warming pepper spice warmth that has a citrus and fruity quality all it's own that is very enjoyable.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. All the additions are present and accounted for with a splendid balance. The only thing I felt lacking was the brandy barrel. It seemed like the brandy barrel was lost and seemed more neutral and oaky with the cinnamon, vanilla and peppers overtaking all aspects of the barrel other than the raw oakiness. That oaked aspect could have been imparted by any barrel, I dont think anyone would be able to guess lairds based on flavor/aroma alone. Holy shit, I hope Voodoo brews this again.

Jan 07, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black. Small khaki head. Thin collar. Little sticky.

Smell - A little graham cracker. Pepper is minimal but present. Graham cracker.

Taste - Graham cracker is prevalent. Spicy pepper. Slight sweetness. Some apple brandy. sweet.

Mouthfeel - It has some bite, which is nice. Redeems regular Big Black.

Overall - Not quite BA Mexican Cake, however excellent.

Dec 17, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one.

Bottle # 046.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, pepper, cinnamon, and apple brandy aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, pepper, and apple brandy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and pepper heat 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 an awesome chile and apple brandy presence that make this one a treat to drink.

Oct 28, 2013
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WillCarrera from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Voodoo Barrel release. Served in a snifter.

A- Pours black with a thin tan head, spotty lacing.

S- Smells amazing. Lots of cinnamon, rich dark chocolate, molasses, a bit of vanilla, and a really delicious apple brandy smell, along with a bit of chili. One of those beers that you could smell all day.

T- Similar to the aroma. Lots of dark chocolate and molasses, there's some sweetness but in a rich and layered rather than sugary way. The apple brandy flavor is also delicious. There's also a bit of vanilla, along with a nice amount of chili and cinnamon, which provide some heat towards the end.

M- Full-bodied, thick and rich, a nice amount of warmth both from the chili and alcohol.

O- This is one of the best stouts I've ever had, and in the realm of chili stouts is only rivaled by Hunahpu's and BA Abraxas (and this might be better than Hunahpu's). This and K13 were definitely the highlights of the release day, Voodoo has been absolutely killing it with their barrel program recently. Just a fantastic beer overall.

Oct 02, 2013
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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 192 ratings