The K13 | Voodoo Brewery

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4.51/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
voodoobrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
245
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 32
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4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Bottled 9/13/13. Bottle # 051.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, toffee, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness and an alcohol kick 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 a fantastic bourbon presence all around.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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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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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.44/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Perch Pub.
Had this side by side with Apple Brandy Papi and Tenacious Wee. I'm pretty confused as to the apparent hype over this particular beer. Frankly this was probably one of the "worst" beers I've had from Voodoo. Yes, I'm aware this was Pappy aged...unfortunately Pappy does not = instant awesomeness.

Muddy reddish-cedar color, with a few stray bubbles on top, but otherwise no real head to speak of; no lacing. Aroma was decent, lots of wet oak, bourbony notes, grains, burnt caramel. Sort of lacking that full, rich malty nose that I prefer in big barleywines, and also seemingly inching towards oxidation. Oak was the main player in the taste as well, a very woody beer, and not so sweet, secondary flavors of burnt caramel, nutshells, mineral, phenol, hints of vanilla and marshmallow. Medium body, not very smooth and kind of thinned out and chalky. This was decent overall, but nothing to go nuts over. The Papi and Tenacious were much better.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.9/5  rDev +8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -44.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mdfb79
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 03/14/15 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this; thanks Ross. 22 oz. bottle into a taster glass.

Pours a murky medium brown color with a few bubbles and no real head. Lots of sweet dark fruits, figs, delicious sweet bourbon, toasted malts, toffee, and caramel malts. Super smooth and very good. Well worth it.

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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%

Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

A - Pours murky deep brown with a small film of white head, quickly dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lace at all on the glass.

S - Smells of brown sugar, smooth bourbon, toffee, caramel, oak, chocolate and toasted nutty grain. You can tell its going to be a little sweet but the ever present smooth bourbon really does an amazing job smoothing it all out.

T - Starts off with a large sugary sweet kick - mainly the toffee, brown sugar, caramel and chocolate - slowly being joined by the oak, toasted nuts and dark fruits. Finish is still sweet with some dryness from the booze, lingering long after the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel is pretty amazing considering how much is going on with this one. As it warms the booze gets a little strong.

O - One of the better BA barleywines I have had. The flavors all work amazingly well together and despite the size it is pretty easy to consume. Worth the long lines but I still wouldn't give up all of my beer for it like some people have been doing.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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

On tap at Voodoo Homestead in Homestead, PA. Got two pours of this one.

Pours a moderately dark amber, with a spotty quarter inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells richly of deep malt and bourbon- the bourbon is huge on this one. I can't really tell that it's Pappy, because I'm not well-versed in it, but I do know that the bourbon smells nice. I also get aromas of vanilla, coconut, caramel, toffee, and tobacco.

This is a wonderful barrel-aged barleywine. I've heard reports that it's falling off a bit at this point. Those reports seem to be exaggerated, or they're just about the bottles at this point. There's a big amount of sweet malt and grain up front, some honey, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, and some leafy tobacco bitterness near the end.

This is pretty thick bodied, with a syrupy, and very full mouthfeel, along with a lower level of carbonation.

One of the best barleywines ever. A really impressive achievement.

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4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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The K13 from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 245 ratings