Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel | Voodoo Brewery

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy BarrelBig Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel

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Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by russwbeck on 03-24-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 173 |  Reviews: 23
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2/5  rDev -49%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle shared with Kyle and courtesy of Alex....thanks kindly to an awesome BA.

Look the part

Smells predominantly of apple brandy and booze and the taste follows suit. As someone who appreciates the base beer, there's not much here that's salvageable. What's here is boozy sweet apple brandy that's disjointed and haphazard and does nothing to even attempt at playing nice with plain jane ole' BBVD. Instead it flexes its barrel muscles and bullies its way into your glass and tasting places.

In a few words...really terribly disappointing. A decent and unique base beer that's rendered impotent and lifeless by a barrel that should, for all intents and purposes be a nice soul mate, but instead goes all Michael Keaton Pacific Heights-y. How do you like them apples Matty Modine?

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Photo of yourefragile
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle.

Pours a still motor oil black body with a fizzy light tan head. Nose is dominated by brandy, light oak, roast and a touch of molasses. Body and flavor starts off well enough, with a silky soft mouthfeel and an initial sweet brandy fruit punch but then quickly thins out into a woody, harsh roast horror show. Much of the base stout is lost in translation here and even that would be ok if the liquor notes of the barrel wouldn't quickly become consumed by acrid roast and wood. Not good.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

First bottle opened from the Barrel Room Collection release!

A: After removing the green wax and popping off the cap, the beer pours out black in color. The body is a bit more thin than I expected, and I can see through the beer at its edges. After a hard pour of around 5oz, a small amount of brown head builds up, but nothing remains after a minute or so. 3.5

S: The alcohol is really strong on the nose, much more so than I expected. I do get some apples, but overall it's a fruity sweetness that makes this beer distinct from its bourbon barrel aged brethren. Chocolate hides underneath, but this is all about the barrel. 3.5

T: The taste really improves as the beer warms, which I expected would be the case. The chocolate base is there, but isn't strong enough to carry through the brandy. The fruit is definitely prominent, as is the alcohol, but nothing really steps up and takes control of the beer. These somewhat disjointed flavors throw off the balance a bit. Certainly not as robust as Black Magick. 3

MF: The main issue with this beer is that it's too thin. It needs a more robust body to hold up the high amount of alcohol. The BBVD flavors seem to have dissipated sometime during the 15 months in the barrel. The carbonation was also a bit low. 2

O: This was a good beer, but not the level of greatness I was hoping for. I suspect the Apple Brandy Black Magick is going to be amazing though, as it should clear up the body issues I have here. 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Amazingly, I found this beer on the shelf at a local bar! This was bottle #383, bottled on 1/25/13.

I poured this beer into a snifter glass. As expected, this beer has an opaque black body like an inkwell, with a sudsy, khaki-colored head that shows large bubbles, about 2 fingers high. No lacing is apparent, and the head disappears after a minute of crackling away.

The aroma of this beer is commanded by the barrel character, clearly exhibiting the apple brandy. This comes across as a sweet, fruity apple smell, mixed with powerful hits of alcohol. There really isn't much beyond this smell, even after it warms up to room temperature.

On the palate however, is a strong coffee-like roasted grain flavor, which is the dominant flavor. The apple brandy contributes a certain booziness to the flavor, and shows itself mostly in the finish with a signature brandy, vinous note. It finishes with some heat on the breath. The body itself is full (of course) but maintains good carbonation and never becomes cloyingly sweet. Towards the end of the glass, the beer becomes slick and smooth on the tongue.

This was quite enjoyable to drink, but I think that is because I like barrel-aged stouts. As far as where this ranks in the barrel-aged beer category, I think this is somewhere in the middle of the pack. The apple brandy barrel is an interesting choice, but in this case I felt the barrel character was TOO strong, and totally dominated the malty, roasted aroma of the base beer, and on the palate. Not a bad beer, but not something to seek out desperately.

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3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this three bottle set as a complete surprise from hotpipes a while back. Thank you very much for putting this together and sending it over. Awesome of you!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 25 January 2013
Bottle #425
Drank the Trace, Brandy and Pappy on consecutive nights.

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with very good retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a slight faint wisp and foamy, bubbly ring. A splotchy wisp and bubbly ring remain with some falling dots of lace down the glass.

SMELL: Brandy with vanilla, oak, caramel, butterscotch notes and some milk chocolate on the nose. Not boozy at all, and the butterscotch notes from the barrel work great in the bigger picture. Smells nice.

TASTE: Brandy, oak with vanilla notes up front, then some caramel sweetness and alcohol into the swallow. A bold and lingering finish of brandy, oak, caramel, some butterscotch and milk chocolate as well. Some alcohol and touches of ethanol as well here, but certainly not as rough as the Buffalo Trace variant. Solid.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Somewhat creamy on the palate, but a touch prickly as well, goes down fine and finishes relatively sticky. No burn at the swallow, but some heat lingers for sure. A touch light and prickly perhaps.

OVERALL: Much better than the Buffalo Trace version, but not quite as nice as the Pappy variant. None of these are world class, but this one is good. The butterscotch quality is what sets this apart from the other variants, and even the other Apple Brandy BA stouts on the market. Worth checking out, even if the full set isn't of interest to you. Thanks again hotpipes. Good stuff here.

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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent. Not much Apple brandy character.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz green waxed bottle (# 864) into a Brooklyn brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Heavy pour yields a 1.5 finger dark, coarse mocha head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black with thick, oily legs. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent stick. Pretty.

Nose is booze, fudge, chocolate, ethanol, vanilla, and a bit of cocoa powder. Pretty aromatic but the Apple Brandy characteristics are all but missing.

Opens cocoa powder, roasted malt, chocolate, and a huge boozy bite. Some fudge sweetness in the middle with notes of prunes, sweet soy sauce, and raisins. End is bitter roasted malt and smoke. Finishes hot as hell. Aftertaste of cocoa powder and roast. Good complexity but this one's not sweet enough and its way too hot.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and slick in the mouth and goes down viscous and hot. Finishes super boozy with a lingering, course, sticky aftertaste. Super hot.

A decent beer overall but the flavors don't quite work here and the roast and odd bitterness really take over the experience. Again, good complexity but I really don't see this one getting any better with time. Even if the booze drops off.

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3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is brownish black with a light brown tight head. Nose is big, lots of brandy and wood with chocolate and some light malt sweetness. Brandy makes a hint sweet but nice nose. Body is thick but thins in the finish, creamy and a hint slick on the back of the throat. Flavor is roasty, gets a touch acrid, sweet whiskey and a fair amount of barrel.

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3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 278.

Appearance - Viscous black. Not much of a head. A few bubbles at the edges.

Smell - Lots of apple brandy. Chocolate. Oak.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Sugary brandy. Bitter chocolate. Extremely oaky.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and very oaky. Kinda harsh.

Overall - The barrel doesn't improve upon the base beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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