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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 brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Despite the high ABV, the fudge brown beer still generates a nice tan head and though it doesn't hang around for long, it leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Roasty and charred, up front, with rich chocolate tones and a hint of pudding

Taste: Roasty and charred, almost smokey, up front, but the chocolate pudding flavors arrive in the middle, bringing sweetness, vanilla and a touch of dark fruit, as well; the flavors all meld together in the finish, with the charred bitterness stepping up a notch

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation; surprisingly little burn despite the ABV

Overall: I cellared this beer for at least two years and the aging has been a real benefit as there is a lot of complexity and the likely heat of its youth has dissipated

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Photo of Scrapss
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the very stylishly decorated bomber into a very tall, very large and wide mouth champagne style glass.

A: Black and still. Rocky two finger head that supports the bottle cap subsides into a 1 mm ring. Opaque in clarity. This brew has huge legs. It is definitely a potent, richly colored brew.

S: It has that indication of a chocolate covered, salted caramel pretzel. It's huge nose is filled with these very nice odors. Slight vanilla notes peek around the edges.

T: Perfectly follows nose. Amazing warming sensation combined with wispy vanilla from the oak. The oak does not intrude and assault, like Weyerbacher Insanity if you have had that. It complements everything perfectly like oak should.

M: Velvety smooth draught with very slight prickly notes on tip of tongue. Strongly roasted malt interplays with the moderate carbonation to provide a very smooth experience. It's a little hot, and I bet some cellar aging would not reduce the heat. It is not unbalanced heat, just comes in and says "Hi, remember I am a double big stout"

O: On point. If you like huge RIS or big charred malty American double stout beers and can get this, do it. Well worth the price I paid (under 10 for a bomber).

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Photo of tigg924
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: black in color with minimal head, opaque, low carbonation

Smell: big milk chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol

Taste: sweet creamy start followed by big milk chocolate and a rich dark coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: heavy body, low carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness

Drinkability: Wow. This one was the last beer I snuck into my travel bag on my way back from Pennsylvania and I am glad I did. This is my new king in this category which I love. Super malty, super chocolaty without being cloying, I could have several. I did not even realize this was 12% the alcohol is so well hidden. Just an amazing beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. There's a nice film that clings to the side of the glass with webbed lacing.

N: This is an absolutely beautiful nose! Dark chocolate, roasted barley, cocoa, espresso and toffee.

T: Dark chocolate, toffee and roasted barley along with hints of ripe plum and cherry. This then flows into espresso and some charcoal notes. Finishes earthy and woody with lingering coffee, roasted barley and some hints of floral.

M: Medium bodied, silky, smooth, warming and a little sticky.

O: Fantastic! The 12.5% abv is not detectable and goes down incredibly easy. This has a nice complexity where the flavors change ever so slightly with each sip taken. Big Black Voodoo Daddy should be essential to any Imperial Stout enthusiast.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours out a milk chocolate looking liquid and settles in a near black color with slight brown and reddish tints near the surface and edges. Completely opaque, no light passing through, even near the surface. Semi vigorous pour still doesn't result in much of a head as expected. Starts off about a finger thick and a light tan color and fairly quickly retreats to a film of bubbles and thick ring before. Some small splotches of lacing. Overall, thick, still and sticky.
S: Sweet milk chocolate and cocoa alternating with sweet dark fruit, cherries, etc. Finishes with a slight bitter hop aroma and warming alcohol. Very complex and strong, with a different flavor coming through each smell.
T: Wow. First, all of the flavors and alcohol are very well balanced and each sip as this beer warms up reveals a new flavor. Most persistent flavors are that of semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa, mild coffee and dark fruits, like the aroma. Finish has light bitterness and lingering sweet chocolate flavor and is slightly dry. In the background, very light vanilla and oaky flavors complement the malty sweetness. At 12 whatever percent, this is certainly a warming, filling beer, but very little presence of alcohol or expected burn.
M: Medium body, very light carbonation. Not quite as filling or thick and chewy in mouth as other comparable stouts, but still does an excellent job of coating the mouth and the flavors linger forever in the finish. The more I drink this, I start to like the mouthfeel even more as I think the relative lightness of the body complements the big, complex flavors very well.
D: The drinkability of this is incredible when compared to other similar stouts. Incredibly flavorful and complex, but never overwhelming and well concealed alcohol. Certainly not an everyday beer, but stands up well against The Abyss, Darkness and for me is especially desirable given its price and availability. Can't wait to try Black Magick, this sets my expectations very high.

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Photo of Damian
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter
Acquired in a trade with Popkas

The beer poured a slick, oily, motor oil black with a one-finger head of caramel colored froth. Hints of brown tinged the edges of the liquid when held to the light. The head quickly faded to a resilient, bubbly collar.

The aroma was quite impressive. Big, roasty, boozy and complex. An oaky, bourbony quality appeared front and center. Lots of sweet camamel malts were noticeable as well. Woody with hints of vanilla and maple syrup. A touch smoky. Sweet chocolate notes (hot fudge perhaps?) were also apparent.

The taste was similar to the nose. Big and sweet up front with lots of brown sugar. Chocolate notes also came through strong. Milky, semi-sweet chocolate, to be precise. Dried fruits (raisins were most noticeable) appeared in the center. The finish was a touch boozy and sweet, but not overly so. The oak aging was noticeable, yet subtle. A touch of earthy, piney hops appeared in the finish and carried into the dry, resonating aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was creamy, smooth and supple but rather thin for the style. If there was a chink in this beer's armor, it was in the lack of viscosity.

Drinkability was outstanding. For a 12.5% ABV beer, this imperial stout drank like something half its strength. It definitely was one of the most balanced and quaffable examples of the style I have yet to try.

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Photo of stakem
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter it appears black in color with brown hues around the edges when held up to the light. Presents 2 fingers of darkly tanned head that has decent retension and a bunch of lace sticks along the glass. Nose is dark burnt grain with a bit of some yeasty notes, chocolate, coffee and rounded out with smokey character blended throughout. This aroma is nothing shy of world class, honestly brilliant and quite complex. No single part of the nose dominates the other aspects. Taste is bitter chocolate, strong coffee, oak/smokiness and alcohol both in warmth and in taste. Finishes a little malty sweet but mostly bitter. Feel is quite light and moderate to highly carbonated. Very enjoyable and super drinkable. There is a lingering taste of chocolate and coffee left in the mouth along with a bit of breadiness that comes through somehow despite all the other bold flavors.

This is really a top quality Imperial Stout. I would love to see what some more age would do to this. If you are a fan of bold, full flavored stout you absolutely need to see this out.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into 18 oz stout glass.

Near black pour, with decent 2f sea-foam head. Great lacing.

Terrific smell of cocoa, molasses, toasty malt, and all around goodness.

Milk chocolate flavor, malted milk balls, caramel, oak & vanilla, and some ground coffee bitterness to keep it from being too sweet. Even as it warmed, there was no noticeable alcohol, which is amazing and dangerous at the same time.

The mouthfeel is incredible. Has a touch of carbonation in the mouth, and nowhere near as thick as I expected from a 12% ADIS, and then miraculously finishes dry - like it just vanished / vaporized as it went down. Wow.

I found this almost TOO drinkable. Terrific representation of the style, and deserving of any accolades and awards it has or will win.

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Photo of morimech
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark black with a large tan head that had very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy sticky lacing is left on the glass. Nice rich malt aroma. One whiff and I knew this was going to be good. Hints of dark chocolate, caramel, citrus, smoke, and a wisp of alcohol. One of the best flavored stouts I have tried. It is definately not overhopped like so many stouts today. Dark malt is the major player with chocolate and coffee notes. A little dark fruit and citrus. Maybe some smoke in the finish but it is very subtle. Even with this elevated ABV, booziness is kept well disguised. The body compliments this beer very well. Good carbonation for this beer. Could use a bit more substance in body. One of the best Imperial Stouts that crossed these lips. Would love to have a few more bottles of this around but my wallet would hate me.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to G311 for this one.

A - It pours a perfectly sinister black; it is an oily abyss impervious to light. A thick crown of camel-colored froth is produced from a moderate pour, the head is long-lived and leaves copious remnants of lace as it collapses.

S - My initial impression assures me that this is at least a solid brew; the nose is very rich and also well-apportioned. Chocolate, coffee and charred, peaty molasses flavors are established by the aromatic malt. The booze is ultra-covert at 12.5%, you'd never know.

T - The suggestions of the nose are acutely transposed to the flavor palate. This brew is a delicious showcase of the flavor range and capacity of malt. Smoked, roasted, charred, toasted, and raw maltiness converges to produce sublime notes of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, burnt toast, black licorice and peat. The oak addition may impart a very slight vanilla nuance and perhaps contributes to the invisibility of the 12.5% ABV, but it is not pronounced as a specific flavor.

M - Creamy and nicely carbonated, but it could finish a bit nicer (with less acridity.)

D - This is so nice, all-around. And you'd never know it had such a high ABV by the taste or smell... Thanks VG, for the hook-up, this was a good one.

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Photo of pschul4
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer #4 on our Fat Tuesday tasting between ariech6 and myself

Thanks to Axic10 (again) for this amazing extra I hope you're enjoying your extras as much as I'm enjoying mine

A- Very dark, this is in the top 5 darkest beers I've ever poured with Founders Imperial Stout taking top honors in that catagory

S- Lots of roast and coffee malt flavors with some hops in the background. I really like the smell of this as it invokes deep thought into what makes a stout a stout

T- Starts out with big roasty malt notes and leaves the mouth with some nice hoppy bitterness. A big winner in my book

M- Nice and thick just like I like my stouts and women but that's another story for another night

O- Axic10 you are the man for all the beers you hooked me up with. I am eternally in your debt, this beer was amazing and I wish I could buy 6ers of it every weeek

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a great night for beer! Just got done watching LOST episode #100... This one was shared by DrewOSU - thanks a ton!

Pours a dark root beer to black with burgundy highlights in the bottle of of my Founders snifter... Minimal, dark tan head with no lacing.

The nose is amazing... Dark molasses, figs, burnt caramel, cherry, heavily roasted malts and lots of tobacco. Lots going on and the nose is huge on this one!!! Smells mostly like I just opened a pack of Redman chewing tobacco - wow!

High carbonation, medium to full bodied with full flavor. More tobacco, cherries, alcohol burn, burnt malts, oak, dark figs all trailing in coffee in the aftertaste.

This is a superb beer. I WANT MORE!!!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Voodoo Brewing Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Poured into my Boulevard tulip from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a slightly oily nice pitch-black color. There is a nice half-inch tan head. Awesome creamy retention leaving some nice sticky lacing as it goes down the glass. (4.0)

Starts off with delicious milk chocolaty sweetness, fudge notes a plenty. One of the better smelling stouts out there. The aroma reminds me of D.O.R.I.S. from Hoppin’ Frog. There is a nice slight coffee note to the brew mixed in with the fudgy sweetness and a slight grassy finish on the back end. (5.0)

Flavor follows the nose pretty similarly. Starts off with nice chocolate notes. There are milk chocolate notes with some good slight bitter dark chocolate. The brew is very malty and there is a nice sweetness to it compromised of slight caramel notes. The ABV is present but not overwhelming, definitely not a noticeable 12% brew. There is some nice burnt woodnotes and some good smoke throughout the middle of the brew and the back end. There are also some grassy hop notes and bitterness present but nothing too distracting form the awesome malty mess. This brew has such and enduring flavor profile and finish. Quite sticky and full bodied. (4.5)(4.5)

Overall this brew is delicious and a top notch Double Stout. Great malt sweetness and cocoa notes. There is awesome smoke and roast notes with some coffee and some sweetness as well. As the brew warm there is more roast present and the sweetness is subdued a bit. Overall Excellent brew. (4.5)

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Photo of smakawhat
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Out of the bottle pours a nice dark walnut brown and doesn't leave much of a head. However there is a very large collar left over and leaves great lacing of an almost white sheen. The bubbles are so TINY on this it looks real neat. The head is a light light brown. Body of the beer is a classic dark walnut with indian red to light brown hues slightly opaque. Real neat looking beer.

Smell at first is a giant malt ovaltine, grainy intensely dense and chewy with a hint of dryness. Good milk chocolate as will a simple one. Not too much fruit, but.. that to come soon. Not so much roast either.

Taste is real impressive. You first think you're getting a fruit barleywine coming then it gets expansive in the mouth and that ovaltine malt chew comes in with some roast. The feel initially seems wet, then it expands with chewy ovaltine malt taking over. It's light bodied but manages BIG feel. Some tastes of black licorice, wonderfully balanced. Just a hint of carbs but no so big that it's distracting, it's actually fun in the mouth.

This is SO easy drinking, and feels big and simple but in the mouth it's light and easy. Hardly any hint of big alcohol, you could really hurt yourself here cause this is STUPIDLY easy to drink. How they pulled this off I have no idea, it's just great.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Avery big thanks to the kind BA's in the world. Certain people out there keep me trading though at times I wonder why, this kind of thing makes it worth it. This gem arrived at my house today and I am drinking it within 3 hours of its arrival. Served chilled and poured into a goblet, this one was consumed on 01/07/2009.

The pour was black as night. No light escaping this beast. A full two inches of tan foam rose up from the bottom of the glass, capping off the top very nicely and then settling down to a thin layer across the top with some nice side glass lacing.

The aroma was rich with roasted malts and chocolate. Some light hints of bournon and oak and a touch of dark fruits. As it warmed a very nice burnt carmale like note coming through as it starts to warm. The flavor was more of the same, though it took on a much coffee like bitterness that was very welcome. Rich and dark, forboding, this was a really intense stout. Led by bitter chocolate and coffee and a touch of an alcohol note, it was everything I had hoped it would be. Smooth, delicate profile with nice carbonation. For 12% it was remarkably drinkable and that was really a testament to how good this beer was.

Overall everything I had hoped for here and my string of good stouts continues. Voodoo is soo on thier game it is not even funny. Between this and black majik, hot damn there is a new player in town.

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Photo of fear025
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Toasted, dark chocolate in the aroma. Also some dark malts, coffee and a little bit of slight sourness that stouts have.

Appearance:Black, tons of frothy head, cappuccino in color. The head is thick, like a meringue.

Taste:Huge dark chocolate in the flavor. The same dark malts as in the aroma. There's some coffee flavor too, along with a touch of sourness in the flavor.

Mouthfeel:The mouthfeel is on the heavy side, but not too heavy. It's smooth, creamy, and has just a little carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a fantastic stout with great dark chocolate flavor. It has more dark chocolate bitterness than other similar beers out there.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha head. Very dark.

S: Dark chocolate, oak and vanilla in the nose.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, caramel, molasses, licorice.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: This beer is really really good. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a cola-like black in the glass, with a finger of tight looking smooth dark mocha head. This stays very rich around the edges when swirled (and even more burnt and angry looking), leaving a massive cascade of froth and gooey brown oils in its wake. Chocolate, smoky roasts, and espresso, are very prominent here in the aroma. A touch of licorice, fruit, and some woody tannins (which combine with the roast to give this a bit of a soy sauce feel) start to emerge after this warms, as does some vanilla sweetness which helps smooth the nose out some. Alcohol does give this bouquet some heft but is still nicely held and check and mostly serves to help prop up all of those heavy flavors.

Sticky chocolate brings the bulk of the sweetness here in the taste, while roast and coffee gives this deep, dark, roasty feel. A flush of dark fruits mix in with the sweetness, while a more moderate bitterness prickles the tongue but mostly takes a back seat to the roast. Some woodiness and vanilla character from the oak staves are coming through loud and clear here, with the vanilla in particular helping smooth out some of the sharper edges on this. Wow, the bitterness of this REALLY lingers for a good ling while here, with an assertive dry and roasty feel. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a big-time creaminess to the carbonation that recovers nicely from a much thinner feel when this was straight out of the fridge. That 12% ABV is VERY nicely hid, with the type of big alcohol presence that I like; just starting to be felt but then pulling back just as you may feel that it might start to impact some of the flavors.

Wow, this was really fantastic and honestly, I feel that this can more than hang with some of the other Big Boy Imperial Stouts out there. The oak staves added much more character than I initially thought they would and I love how this remained very powerful but not overly warm for the size. I'm definitely jumping on more of these during its next release, as this will continue to age marvelously.

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Photo of jmalex
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Raising a glass tonight to my grandfather. We'll miss you Pop-pop.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip inky black with a 1-finger high coffee-and-cream head. It's bubbles are tight and small and has really good retention.

SMELL: A huge, complex stout with every aroma in the book. Caramel and dark chocolate, sure. Coffee, tons of it. Dark fruits, really subtle but there. Vanilla, oak, and smoke, giving the beer a unique quality to separate it from the pack. So much going on and so deliciously aromatic.

TASTE: Much more subdued in the flavor, but I think that's what I love about this. The flavors are the expected chocolate and coffee (which are here in great strength) with the perfect bit of dry, acrid black malt to give some balance. Hoppiness is minimal with maybe a hint of generic hop flavor on the finish. Tastes more like a standard American stout rather than anything this big.

MOUTHFEEL: Full and medium heavy with a big enough carbonation to lighten it up just a tad. It coats the mouth completely after the swallow, but doesn't feel syrupy or slick.

DRINKABILITY: Off the charts. The signature of this beer. I'm in for a good night now that I notice the ABV of this one. You don't notice it one bit, nor can you tell how much malt must be thrown into this because it finishes so dry for the style. Really awesome.

A fantastic beer that I'll have to find more of soon. This definitely one that stands out from the crowd and shouldn't be passed up.

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Photo of Axic10
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a year old bottle poured from bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a slight dark brown head that quickly disappeared, yet left some nice lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, oak and roasted malts.

Taste: Smoke, light oak and dark chocolate. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, hardly feels like a beer that is 12.5%.

Drinkability: An enjoyable beer that was very smooth. I have another bottle that I want to see what happens with another year or cellaring.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this into a pint glass may have been a mistake as it's just really dark. There are little flashes of port and raisin around the sides and I have the feeling I'm peering into it an inch or so, but it's just really black. The head is a nice sandy tan that forms a lasting film.

Smells terrific. I had high expectations for this when I first smelled it. There's mostly dry toasty chocolate grains blended with dark fruits, cherries and sadly just a touch of cough syrup with a lingering marshmallow. A bit of alcohol becomes evident when it warms. When I swallow a bit, a touch of tobacco rises up through my nose.

Tastes quite nice too with a dry and toasty chocolate grain that lingers long into the finish with a delicate dark chocolate. There's a sweetness that goes a step too far like the smell that's focused on prunes and cream that picks up a touch of the roasty elements that veer off into a sour coffee that makes the fruity elements get a little over-done. Thankfully, overall, this is a very nice experience, ending in a culmination of the coffee and chocolate fusing together with a touch of dry oak.

Feels quite clean with a slick texture that's thickened up a bit by a nice imprisoned swarm of carbonation that seems to resist pricking my tongue. This makes its impression and then vanishes. Nice!

An overall great beer. I would pair this with some chocolate cake or the like to accentuate the dryness and steer you away from the more medicinal sourness.

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Photo of AVDeuph
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served in my DFH snifter.

Pours a sparkling black with short head. Nose is very nice and strong, with coffee, dark grape-like fruits, chocolate malt, and just a little bit of alcohol presence.

Taste follows the nose, very well balanced flavors. Complex and none of the characteristics are fighting for prominence, rather they seem to be working together to create this great tasting brew.

Mouth is thick, slick, and coating. Low carbonation and definitely a sipper. I think considering the very high ABV this beer is very drinkable, and thanks to the wonderful flavor and aroma you can get through a bomber more quickly than you might expect.

This is one of the better stouts I've had the pleasure of tasting, right up there with KBS and other greats as far as overall drinking experience.

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Photo of Viggo
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, thanks to DrJay for scoring me some.

Pours a deep and dark, very opaque black, no light gets through, very thick tan head, drops a ton of lace all over the glass, thick layer, great retention, definitely looks like an imperial stout. Smell is cool, caramel and heavy roast, very sour and lactic oak character, dark fruit, figs, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, pretty neat character. Taste is very intense, tons of chocolate roast, coffee, caramel, toast and biscuits, vanilla, heavy oak, alcohol is insanely well hidden, very lactic acidity in the finish, very oaky, very rich and well balanced in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, buttery smooth, some warmth from the alcohol, but pretty damn nice.Thanks to Jay for making sure I got a couple.

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Photo of afausser
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brown, the color of extremely dark chocolate, with about a finger of tan, creamy head, comprised of extremely thin and consistent foamy bubbles. The top of the glass looks whipped up, and like mousse. Around the bottom of the head, carbonation bubbles are visible moving around, but from the top of the glass this one looks very still and solid, almost as if it's fake. The lacing is extremely impressive, and is a solid sheet of this thin, delicate foam.

Smell: Smells of chocolate, coffee, raisins, smoke, and toast. The raisins are more prominent in this one than in many, but the brew is still dominated by a smoky, toasty, dark chocolate and coffee blend. Slight berry notes, too, particularly strawberry and blueberry. Cream and vanilla round it out...very nice, rich, dessert-like in the nose.

Taste: This one is delicious. At first, sweet--but not at all cloying--sugar and malt notes hit my tongue, sort of like a mix of light and esthery berries and sugar syrup. These are followed up by some nice bitter hops--which carry through to the aftertaste, coming across as pine and a very strong burnt bitterness. I don't get a ton of chocolate out of this, though I do get a slight coffee note. What I do taste, mostly, mid-sip, is a very nice spiciness. It's not like clove spice, it's more of a peppermint or wintergreen spice, followed up by a bit of anise.

Mouthfeel on this brew is EXCELLENT. The carbonation is just about perfect, making this medium bodied brew almost a light bodied one. The fine and numerous bubbles lift all the light berry notes to the top of the brew, making this a pleasure to drink. It's been a while since I've had a brew where I could just rave about the mouthfeel, and this is certainly one of them. Smooth, creamy, and not too heavy.

Drinkability: Very highly drinkable. There's no hotness whatsoever and this one goes down easily, though I feel my fingers getting lighter as I type this...and I know it's starting to affect me.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from jlb307 in a recent trade. Thanks a bunch!

Poured into my snifter a thick deep never-ending black. A small tan head resides on top. Though small, this head lingers throughout the entire time I'm sipping this. Nice. Some light spotty lacing on the side of the glass. Smells of fresh bread, coffee, raisins, and dark chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.

The mouth on this beer is what I crave in every big stout. Silky smooth, but thick enough to chew. One could wrap themselves up in this and stay warm throughout the cold winter months. As it is, I'm in NC, in the middle of the summer. Still a comfort to me. This beer just coats the entire mouth when sipped. Wonderful!

Flavor is spot on as well. I let this warm a bit before I started in on her, and there is tons of chocolate all over this beer! Nice bitter aftertaste lingers on the tongue. Creamy mellow flavors pervade. This is a big beer, no doubt, but it is surprisingly tame enough to enjoy any month of the year. Not as bold or harsh as I expected. The alcohol is pretty well hidden as well, making this ever-so-drinkable. This is one stellar Imperial Stout. I believe this might be my favorite to date. Highly recommend.

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