The K13 | Voodoo Brewery

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Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HoppyKilaMonster on 09-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by nrs207:
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4.89/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | 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!

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +10.9%

One of the best beers I've ever had. The hype on Voodoo's barrel program is real.

The beer pours a medium dark copper brown.

The beer has caramel, vanilla, oak, candied sweetness, and toffee in the front. The middle has this medium minus American barleywine hop profile of herbal and woody. Something I rarely like, but in this, it is a perfect match. Then a huge pop of enjoyable bourbon the back. This sweet and mellow, yet slightly alcoholic. Instead of ethanol, it's a high quality bourbon (Pappy in this case) that is rich and succulent.

Better than King Henry for me.

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Photo of stakem
4.11/5  rDev -8.9%

What a guy that tommyguz is for generously splitting this bottle with me. I got to try a small taste of this on tap at the release but was far too gone to form an opinion. Many thanks again my friend for sharing this rare and highly hyped beer with me.

Bomber poured into a pair of matching barrel room collection snifters. The brew appears a mahogany brown with a thin tan cap that holds around the perimeter. Not a bad looking brew. Considering the alcohol level, im not surprised by the minimal retention but a swirl revives a finger.

The smell includes sweet notes of toasted sugary malt that impart a similarity to toffee and caramel. Some raw neutral oakiness almost earthen and musty is also felt in the nose along with plenty of booze. As it warms up, there is a little hint of marshmallow fluff aspect.

The taste has a raw oaked aspect upfront almost earthen and musty then it transitions to alcohol aspects that are raisony with a slight malty touch of toffee. The longer this brew resides in my mouth, the more the focus stays on fruity booziness. There is a mild oxidation and earthy/neutral hop bitterness to the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low level of carbonation which works for this style. It is boozy and awesome in it's depth of character. Unfortuntately, the barrel character in this leans more towards neutral and woody/raw with lots of focus on the actual wood, not spirit or other nuance that barrel aging can sometimes produce. It also does not scream PVW with depth of vanilla and cinnamon bourbon spice like black magick that was aged in PVW does. I can understand the hate I see in some reviews and could understand that if you unloaded a dozen awesome beers in a trade to land a taste of this. However, getting to try this as a surprise really made the experience what it is. Tommy, thank you again!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jeonseh
4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

S - Boozy, alcohol, pappy, butterscotch, caramel, figgy pudding

T - Caramel, brown sugar, slightly hoppy, butterscotch, pappy presence, slight dark malt

M - Light body yet slightly sticky. Slightly burn from the oak presence to it

O - Really good barleywine that is loaded with caramel and brown sugar. Pappy is there but not as much as I would hope

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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