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Black Magick - Laird's Apple Brandy | Voodoo Brewery

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Black Magick - Laird's Apple BrandyBlack Magick - Laird's Apple Brandy

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Poured into the barrel room markinator snifter. Semi aggressive pour led to a very rocky 1/2 of mocha foam that you could actually hear fading.
Smell apples soaked in booze backed by a ton of dark chocolate.
Tastes like someone burnt a batch of brownies and then said screw it and soaked them in apple brandy. You have the sweetness of the apple booze playing off the burnt chocolate and its damn near perfection.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy but not hunah levels where you can stand a spoon in it.
Overall this is one of those stouts that is why people lose their sh*t and will take a 1/2oz pour just to tick.

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4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark chocolate brown with a walnut hue. Small head to it as well

S - Dark chocolate, fudge, dark fruits, sweet caramel, and good strong apple brandy. One of the most apple brandy presences I've ever gotten in a nose

T - Dark chocolate, sweet caramel, vanilla, lots of apple brandy sweetness, and brown sugar. Finish is light dark chocolate, dates, and walnuts. Good alcoholic presence to it but it is muted and provides a nice warming presence to it

MF - Creamy velvety mouthfeel with light spice and alcohol on the back end.

O - An amazing apple brandy stout with great apple brandy presence, slight alcohol, nice chocolate and spice, and a sweet caramel and vanilla presence

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from claaark13 a while back. Big fan of the regular version so I was stoked to see these. Thanks a lot man! Appreciated.

From a 12oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled 18 January 2013
# 287
Lime green wax
The Barrel Room Collection

APPEARANCE: These all look the same basically. Thick black pour yields a 1+ finger, slightly looser, crackly, foamy dark tan head with decent retention. Inky black body with no real carbonation evident. Head crackles down to a decent foamy cap and then to a foamy ring only. Ring and a few wispy dots remain but no lacing down the sides. Black and nasty, but a decent-at-best head.

SMELL: Like the others, this one’s got a bold nose with oak, vanilla, coconut, molasses, toffee and pure dark chocolate. Very aromatic and some nice qualities from the apple brandy barrels. Perhaps a touch of roasted grain in there, but the barrel, which is rather decadent in itself, plays the most important role here. This is obviously very much the same as the other two but with apple brandy as opposed to bourbon.

TASTE: Oak and apple brandy up front, with vanilla, coconut some nice butterscotch and some dark chocolate at the swallow. Flavorful finish, with plenty of toffee, butterscotch and coconut, vanilla sweetness, brandy, some roasted grains and nice, pure, bitter dark chocolate as well. Lots of good stuff here and the apple brandy adds a nice butterscotch quality to it all. Very enjoyable and more different than the other two are.

PALATE: Medium-thinner body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. A bit prickly on the palate, goes down slightly harsh and finishes rather sticky on the palate. A bit thinner and pricklier than the other two variants. The lesser of the three here.

OVERALL: Really good, with lots of lovely aromas and flavors and plenty of stuff to contemplate. The apple brandy barrels definitely made this one the more unique of the three, as the added sweetness and butterscotch flavors here were well received. Loved every drop of this stuff. The palate is definitely the lightest and prickliest of the three variants, which unfortunately keeps this one, and perhaps the whole series, from being the absolute whopper it could be, but that really is a minor complaint. In any case, these were all extremely enjoyable and I’d love to see Voodoo do these again. Thanks again claaark13. Awesome stuff.

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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.

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Black Magick - Laird's Apple Brandy from Voodoo Brewery
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