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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 405
Hads: 969
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 354
Gots: 227 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

This Is our Imperial Stout that we age in conditioning tanks with oak staves. This adds a classic character of old world aging with out the Bourbon tones. This black ale is about 12% alc. and very rich in roasted and chocolate malt tones. Velvety smooth and able to be aged for years.

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Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date on this, assuming it's pretty fresh.....

A - Pitch black but little to no head and not much in the way of lace

S - Raisins and chocolate, chocolate and raisins

T - All black licorice. Some minor hints of smoke and dark fruit.

M - Lots of char, medium body, some oak and fairly bitter

O - I'd like to lay this one down for a few years and mellow out that char and bitterness. ABV isn't that noticeable though but some age could do wonders for this in my opinion

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Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Special thanks to FatLever27 for sending this over.

A - Nice looking stout. Nice, creamy light brown khaki head with great retention and lace. Deep cola body.

S - Delicious nose. Deep, rich, and roasty but not astringent or burnt. Toast, molasses, roasted oats, and a touch of coca cola sweetness.

T - Deeply roasty, but unlikely the nose it's marked by a sharp astringency through the backend. Burnt toast, charred oak, molasses, touch of anise, and caramel.

M - Medium body for the style.

O - A really solid stout. A few years would do it well.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich deep black, high viscosity, and a quick foaming solid finger of light brown foam.

Sweet and dark chocolate, huge roasty aroma, subtle oak and vanilla undertones.

Huge chocolate/cacao and roast flavor, the oak shines through as well on the back end lending a very creamy and lactose like smooth vanilla flavor.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, roasty, bitter, sweet, creamy smooth.

Overall, this brew turned out to be truly outstanding. Sweet, but enough bitter and roast to cut through, giving way to a silky smooth and creamy finish.

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Duffy for this one. This is either a 2011 or 2012 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark dark brown quite black hue with a one finger mocha head that faded down to a quarter inch mocha blanket. Nice.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, lighter char, almost anise like notes. Light fudgy brownies, darker malts. Really pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice rich bakers chocolate, dark chocolate, decent char. The chocolate and char combined definitely bring an anise like taste. Hardly any booze. Not getting any dark fruits, though it is a nice warming finish that is lightly bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly creamy, alcohol hidden excellent. No where near 12%. Crazy.

O - Overall, this beer drank almost like Abyss. The vintage and age clearly play in to things, but this has become really excellent with time. Very pleased with this one.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of a 22 oz bomber. Not so much a stout as very elegant, exceedingly drinkable black ale. Flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Would love a 12 pack of this one to stash away.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color. The body and roast profile are closer to a regular stout than a double/imperial. The finish is slightly boozy and dry. A decent effort but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Fatheads Pittsburgh

A- pours opaque black in color with a small creamy khaki colored head that reduces completely, leaving some lace behind

S- dark toasted malt gives way to aromas of dark fruit, dark chocolate and charred wood with some earthy notes, hints of coffee close it out

T- lots of dark fruit notes of black cherry, raisin & fig. Hints of smoky malt provides a dried pork-like flavor, the finish gives notes of dark chocolate, coffee more dark fruit & licorice

M- medium-viscous body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy finish

O- big and bold stout that drinks easier than its abv

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L- black as night

S- dark fruits, chocolate, subtle coffee

......... chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, oak, subtle vanilla

F- great, thick body... somewhat warming

A beer worthy of all praise it receives and plenty more. There is nothing that this beer lacks IMO. Certainly needs to be experienced by anyone who like imperial stouts or think they might like this style. The 12.5% ABV is hidden better than any non-aged imperial stout I've ever had. How this doesn't get the level of hype that many other big ABV imperial stouts on BA get, is completely without explanation.


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Voodoo Homestead in Homestead, PA.

Pours a dark black, with basically no head, and a very small amount of lacing.

Smells dark, rich, and malty, tons of chocolate, some roast, a little bit of vanilla, etc.

This has such an intense, wonderful dark chocolate flavor. Chocolate isn't added, but they utilized the chocolate malt really, really well here. This has a really nice roasty and charred flavor too. Just a really well-done imperial stout here.

This is medium bodied, not super thick, but not thin at all, with a creamy, dry, and roasty mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

A really well done beer, as expected from Voodoo.

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Photo of drewsif22
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a craft bottle for review, although I've had it on tap many times.

A - Dark brown (black!). Not a lot of head, but that's not the point of emphasis for this beer. It does have some great lacing.

S - Not incredibly strong. Definitely a chocolately and earthy aroma.

T - Like many imperial stouts, it has notes of chocolate and vanilla, although these are not strong. Like the smell, it has an earthiness to it - as in coffee. Has an acidity and bitterness on the back end similar to coffee, but not overwhelming.

F - Bit of acidity on the back end - Not the smoothest finish. Medium to full bodied.

O - A great, though imperfect, imperial stout. A bit more bitter with less head than many, although many cover that with a nitro pour (which this doesn't get that advantage). Not too boozy, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-02-18 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque dark brown with a 2.5-finger light brown head and very nice lace.

S - Milk and semi-sweet chocolate and lots of it. Vanilla ; mild coffee and oak.

T - Mocha/chocolate up front then plenty of roasted/char grain and associated bitterness. Alcohol adds some sweetness and just a bit of heat. There's some earthy spice and pepper underlying the chocolate and light coffee flavors. Finishes with a real nice cacao and hop/roasted bitterness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth and very creamy.

O - This is a fine Imperial Stout with a balanced and interesting flavor profile.

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Photo of woemad
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle received from ozzylizard as part of the NBS BIF #1. The label differs from that pictured on BA. No obvious freshness date, but at 12 %, I imagine any age it’s got will be fine. Interestingly, while the brewery is quite straightforward as to the malt bill, they do not disclose what sort of hops were used.

Poured a dark brown that was so dark as to be virtually black. There was initially about an inch or so of creamy looking tan foam, though it receeded somewhat after a few minutes. Lots of lace. The beer was completely opaque when held up to light.

The nose was of dark fruit, molasses and coffee.

A bitter flavor at first. Coffeeish bitterness leads the charge. Some dark chocolaty and brown sugary sweetness kicks in immediately afterwards, but the bitterness stays at the head of things. Midway through, there’s a wee bit of acidity and a tanginess that I couldn’t quite pin down. Things finish with a mild but satisfying dryness.

Full bodied, with a coating mouthfeel.

A bitter take on the Imperial Stout. I don’t consider that a bad thing, and rather prefer such an interpretation over many that are a bit too sweet. This might not be the thing to serve to someone who feels differently, however! Thanks again, Ozzylizard!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into tulip
Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate
Head average (4.5cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy/frothy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and partial frothy layer
Lacing good – thick wide curtain of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins slightly bitter with roasted malt and faint alcohol; no hops, no diacetyl; stomach burn begins
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4.25, Overall 4. I do like the listing of the malts on the

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Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The pour isnt as thick as Ten Fidy, Expedition, and the like but its black as black can be with absolutely no light coming through the glass with a one finger mocha colored head

Smell: This right here is how a RIS should smell. A ton of roasted malts and coffee in the forefront along with molasses, chocolate, as well as a hint of alcohol. I already know im going to love the taste.

Taste: Once again plenty of roasted malts and coffee, but the chocolate notes are more prominent in the taste and with the molasses and even slight nuttyness, the result is wonderfully rich and complex flavors.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full bodied, but average for the style; It's amazingly smooth for a 12% beer. So smooth in fact that i wouldve guessed maybe 9%.

Overall: I was expecting greatness with this one, but my mind was blown. Iv had countless RIS and dont say that often. This stout has it all from the pitch black appearance, dark, rich, and complex aromas and flavors of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and nuttyness, and the silky smooth mouthfeel, especially considering the abv. This beer reminds me of and is absolutely on par with my favorite stouts from Founders. In my opinion, it exceeds the hype. Go seek this out and if i were you id even trade for it.

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$10/ 22oz - bottled Dec 15

Unbalanced with a semi thin mouthfeel. Not my type of stout. Lacking dimensionality in flavor as well. Alcohol is masked and barely noticeable. Quite a disappointing Impy Stout in the long run.

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Photo of oldmankoch
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As the bottle states their goal was to recreate a dark cacao chocolate bar and they did just that. Nice bitter chocolate profile throughout.....only disappointment is the clean nose as I'd like more chocolate and char/roast/coffee

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Photo of Jimmys
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle.

A: pours very, very dark. one of the darkest brews I have poured in a while. head is similar in hue.

S: aroma is full of chocolate. a lot of chocolate. dark and sweet. wisps of heat. some coffee.

T: mild coffee flavor. the roast is bitter. not unpleasantly, but boarding the line. booze. lingering bitterness is actually balanced by a lingering sweet flavor. good typical stout flavors with no standouts in any particular direction (coffee, chocolate, roast, etc.).

M: slick from all this bitter dark flavor. lingering mouthfeel. full bodied.

D: a rich and full stout, but no particulars that make this outstanding, but no flaws either. a good drinker that should be procured by big stout fans. fairly priced. not sure what time would do to this, but not sure if I would want to find out.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I believe this is a new batch released in late 2014, December. (Purple cap)

A Pours pitch black with a small head that diminished to clustered bubbles residing on the rim of the glass. They remain for some time.

S Cocoa and some alcohol heat, as it warms the alcohol heat blends in and is not as noticeable. Soon begins to smell like a brownie.

T Big wave of roasted malt followed by a slightly bitter chocolate that finishes clean. No taste of heat detected in the smell. The chocolate flavor lingers around very pleasantly. As per the label “like a chocolate bar au naturel”

M Slick and smooth, light carbonation is perfect. The beer is aged with oak staves that I would assume lead to the overall smoothness.

O The bottle says you can age it for years but with how it is drinking fresh I can’t see why you would want to do that. Damn tasty stout for the abv, no artificial flavors in any way shape or form. Just traditional ingredients; malts and hops for the win.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 23/10/14, cheers alfie for the bottle

A not quite jet black with a deep cola edge, two fingers of dark tan foam retains well for the strength slowly falling leaving a few random patches of lace

S lots of coco powder, herbal notes, wood, spice I can't place, licorice root, a little booze but nowhere near the 12%+, some sweetened coffee and a hint of cola

T heaps of chocolate and wood, very earthy, cinnamon and nutmeg, herbal tea, interesting brew with scary well hidden booze

M not as thick as I would've guessed but far from thin, fluffs up fairly quickly, tannins, a little heat and a burnt woody chocolate finish

O they did a good job hiding a lot of booze, lots of earthy, woody, chocolate notes, pretty solid big ass stout going on

lots of barrel but no hard liquor to go along with it, I really can't think of other fresh oak big stouts, solid brew that's well worth trying

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

A-Black in the glass, with a one finger off white head.

S-Chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, oak, mild bourbon, nice roasty notes.

T-Starts with pleasant chocolate and cinnamon like flavor. Oak and very mild bourbon. Coffee and roasted malt. Nicely balanced.

M-heavier, some carbonation.

O-A rather good stout, with such a crowded style it isn't a must try but it is rather tasty.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

A-dark brown color with a light brown head and little lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, molasses, dark chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, light char, coffee, molasses, chocolate, light oak

S-medium body with mild to moderate carbonation, smooth, but not as rich as expected,alcohol well-integrated

O-solid stout, would love to try the barrel-aged version

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Photo of MacQ32
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pretty damn black with a nice finger of dense mocha colored head, retention is solid and the lacing is fantastic.

S - Tons of chocolate, mildly bitter dark chocolate, some roasty malts, minimal vanilla type sweetness, licorice.

T - Very nice. A great combination of being boozy but not overly boozy - and chocolatey. Initially a bit of a boozy medicine feel followed but a rich but bitter roasty chocolate flavor and licorice. Aftertaste is fairly pungent booze. Boozyness is a bit bitter, not sure what the hops schedule is like here but it could be relatively significant. After a couple sips the boozyness/bitterness really does kind of dominate, maybe too much so.

M - Mouthfeel is the highlight here, mediumish bodied and incredibly silky smooth, minimal carbonatoin. Really fantastic.

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Photo of dar482
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color.

The aroma has licorice, roasted malt, earthy hops.

The flavor follows as a licorice bomb, but not in an offensive way. There's chocolate in the front, rich roasted malt, and then the back hits of hops and a bitter black chocolate.

At 12.5%, this beer has a medium plus mouthfeel and hides its alcohol well. It drinks more towards most imperial stouts at 9-10%. The beer absolutely disguises 2-3% ABV somehow.

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Photo of Omnium
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at House of 1000 Beers on 5-18-14

A - Pitch black in color with two fingers of a thick foamy tan head, thick lacing.
S - Coffee, massive roasted malt, a little nutty, some dark chocolate.
T - Dark chocolate and bitter earthy hops are main stage followed by some coffee roasts.
M - Bitter yet creamy and rich.
O - Excellent stout, One of Voodoo's better beers for sure.

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Photo of RacerX5k
2.72/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

wow. I dont know how beers like this get ratings around here because bottom line is ... wait for it ... this beer fucking stinks. then they throw it in a pappy barrel and act like it's humanity's gift? I can't imagine how this could be any better in a barrel, though I haven't had it. ok sorry about that; rant (almost) over.

looks ok, smells pretty good. taste is not enough of anything chocolate or roast leading to a black licorice taste and aftertaste. no it's not a drain pour only because I don't drain pour. hides the abv well, and I will finish it. points for being almost a good buy at $6.50 per, $13 for 4. well, Siberian Night at the insane $7.50 for 4; Brooklyn Black Chocolate at $8 for 4 and Wake and Bake at $12 for 4 all kill this beer.

so, fuck it, it is my own fault since I tried this beer years ago and it was terrible then too. my bad, got sucked in by the $ and the thought that maybe I missed something years ago? guess what? that's another myth around here, palates changing. been doing this for 5 years now; if the beer stinks previously, it still stinks.

most people I know do not like black licorice or flat beer which by the end of this bomber this beer is now lifeless. what is the brewer thinking? that black licorice is a desired flavor profile? overall worst beer I've had this year (2014). and I still finished it. amazing.

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