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

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.37/5  rDev -18.4%
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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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.07/5  rDev -25.7%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
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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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looked much like its companions, opaque black in color, topped with a half finger of brown head that sank to a wispy layer of bubbles, dotting the glass with random lacing. Roasty aroma, dark malts, cocoa, toasted oak, light herbal and fruit scents. The apple brandy was a bit subdued, which I think worked well for this particular beer, balancing out whatever roastiness was present, flavors of oak and cocoa, with a slight twist of apple. Body on the fuller side of medium, mouthfeel not quite as robust as the Pappy variety. Nice overall, and I think all of these have aged enough...the time to drink them is [arguably] now.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 174 ratings
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