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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 345
Gots: 213 | FT: 24
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:
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.

all Beers to be bottle conditioned

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006)
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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, generous head that dispurses quickly. Some residual lace. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice. Medium mouthfeel. An emphasis on bitter over malt, not extreme and I dig it. Good 65 ibu hoppiness, chocolate and coffee next. Emminently drinkable.Better than average IS in an Oscar-competitive franchise.
Gotten in trade.

Sammy, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of hdelavega
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured strait black with a two finger tan head, nice lacing. Lots of Choclate, some vanilla, dark fruit, overall pretty sweet, minimal bitterness. The body was on the full side of medium with fairly light carbonation. Very pleasant. A very enjoyable stout, well balanced with just enough complexity to keep it interesting without going overboard.

hdelavega, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottled poured into two snifter glasses and some used for home made BBQ sauce, which turned out delicious!

A: Extremely dark brown body, just bordering on being completely black and abyss-like. A thin mocha brown head wrapped around the snifter, retaining itself throughout the entire glass.

S: Roasted flavors in all directions - initially some delicately roasted coffee beans come through without giving it a 'burnt' smell. Huge notes of milk chocolate come through, with a touch of vanilla bean and perhaps some...oak? Something seems to give it a woody note in here, not exactly sure what.

T: Chocolate seems to be dominant in taste... up-front is a big chocolate milk like taste, followed by some bitter dark chocolate, roasted espresso and caramel nut. I don't get as much wood or vanilla flavor as I did in the nose, it seems to be here but the presence isn't nearly as large.

M: Creamy, carbonation is rather low and tamed, overall this is a seriously wonderful feel for a big stout.

A true gem from Voodoo who doesn't seem to get much face-time in the craft beer scene. If anything, this beer and Black Magick should break them onto the scene, both underrated amazing big stouts.

ShanePB, May 16, 2011
Photo of LtCracker20
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a very dark, just about black, body with reddish/brown hues around the edges. A small single finger coffee colored head sits on top, but quickly falls to a thin cap.

S- Licorice up front, espresso, bitter dark chocolate, slight vanilla, and just the slightest hint of alchohol. Very good!

T- chocolate, slight vanilla, more black licorice, a touch of dark fruits, and again, just a slight touch of the ABV, and more espresso.

MF- Sadly, this was not even close to being even modoratly bodied, let alone full bodied. It does however, have a nice slick feeling on the palate.

LtCracker20, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Buebie
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hugenormous thanks to DavoleBomb for this fantastic extra!

Poured from the bomber semi rigorously into an oversized snifter, producing a billowing 3'' dark brown head. A generous cap of retention is left behind. Small thin slick streaks of lace also are hanging around.
Color is all black and murdered out, no light penetration.

Aroma is so good, rich and creamy with chocolate, nutty nibs, dark bittering roasty aroma and dangerously no alcohol at all.

Taste upfront provides quite a bit of woody flavor, possibly toasted with a charred grain flavor follwoing beside with some sweetness. Malty and grain filled with darker, not so sweet chocolate flavor. The aroma was much more sweet in the cocoa department. Taste now though is still rich and filled with chocolate, but its more bakers unsweetned. Cocoa nib nutty flavors present here too. Oaty, seems oaty in taste, wood peaks at the swallow, now a bit of warmth coming forward. After all that, bittering hops still come through into the finish. Undetectable really as to what variety but it there is a bittering effect present in flavor.
Lingering finish provides a charred woody taste, bitter chocolate and bittering hops.

Mouthfeel is not big or heavy, its medium bodied with a cleaner feel then an RIS and a bit more carbonation.

This has been on my wants for a long time, good beer to sip on at the end of a long day. Thank you Dave for the chance to finally try this one!

Buebie, May 27, 2010
Photo of DenverLogan
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle ordered from Letspour.
Pours black with small brown head...poured in a St Bernardus chalice.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, lactose, Brazil nuts, bitter chocolate.
Moderate carbonation and strong mouthfeel.
Flavors of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, bitter chocolate, chalk, slight liquid smoke...there's a dryness...I'll give it a few minutes...
Oooh...strong in flavor, bold and bitter...a big mix of hops, malts and alcohol. I might have been wise to age this a few more months, but nah...it drinks well now, but is rougher than a Great Divide Yeti or Alesmith Speedway Stout.

DenverLogan, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of sholland119 poured into a tulip.

Pours an opaque black with a big creamy tan head that leaves good rings of lacing around the glass and stays on as a big cap throughout.

The aroma is dark and malty with the roasted chocolate malts dominating the nose. There is a good bit of wood character in the nose and some vanilla sweetness but the bourbon is very subtle and certainly doesn't dominate the nose.

The taste is more of the same with the dry roasted malts dominating with a bit of wood character, especially in the finish. There is plenty of dark chocolate and some vanilla and even fruity sweetness.

The mouthfeel is smooth with good carbonation but it seems just a little thin for me. It's extremely dry, almost ashy, in the finish.

This is my first Voodoo beer and it's an extremely good one. The lighter body and overly dry character take away from the overall experience, but it's still a very solid impy stout.

gford217, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a deep oil black color with almost no head, but just a thin brown film on the surface. Upon swirling there is a light amount of lacing but overall just thick and black.

Smell – A big aroma of coffee, dark cherry, and milk chocolate meet the nose. These are mixed with lighter notes of vanilla, some dark cherry as well as a bit of bourbon booziness. Very nice.

Taste – The taste begins with a very roasty malt flavor. This is mixed with flavors of coffee, char/smoke and chocolate. Initially these flavors are on the more bitter and dry side, but soon are meet with some sweeter flavors. Vanilla and some caramel come to the tongue and sweeten the taste. As it moves on even more a flavor of dark fruit comes to the tongue. The dark fruit is mostly cherry in nature, but light hints of prune are there as well. At the end some of the sweeter flavors are overrun by an increase in some bitter cocoa, char, expresso as well as a good warming dose of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel – The beer was of medium thickness and quite smooth and silky with a very low level of carbonation. The smoothness and body really accentuated those roasty flavors with the lower carbonation level only accentuating the flavor as well as allowing the boozy flavor to sit and warm the tongue.

Overall – This was a great tasting Imperial stout. A very nice flavor profile with great aroma and a nice feel. Strong and delicious.

Darkmagus82, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle cracked open for the 2nd half of the Steelers game. Was paying more attention to the game than the beer but I still have some notes.

A-Body is an ominous dark black color. Pours with a small 1 finger dark brown creamy head. Head fades to a thin collar pretty quickly and leaves no lacing behind in the glass. When held up to the light nothing penetrates through.

S- Nose is a nice balance of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and bourbon. There are some phenols from the bourbon detectable in the nose but they are rather subdued.

T-The flavor upfront is heavy on dark chocolate flavors with a subtle sense of roasted malt in the background...and before you can even think about what is going on in this beer too much the bourbon comes up and smacks you right in the face. The finish is all bourbon...with more emphasis on alcohol astringency than sweetness but that balance is still in check. A big alcohol heat lingers.

M- Thick an viscous. Smooth and creamy. What I would expect in a good imperial stout...plus some detectable alcohol in the mouthfeel.

D- This is a good imperial stout and I'm sure it will only get better with age. It's a bit too hot for my tastes now and I would like to see some more oak and Vanilla come through. I do have another bottle of this in my cellar...so we'll see.

PittBeerGirl, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of khiasmus
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The crushing black of the depths, brown highlights at first, and the head drops under, leaves rings rippling ever outward, a few splash-spots from where it went in clinging to the walls of the glass.
Never thought I'd be able to catch aromas down here, I can only hear the drips on the walls from far above, A whales-call perhaps, the echoes off of the walls perhaps, and the aroma of toast and mocha, a long lost memory... Almonds, there, molasses, sweet cream, light coffee, burnt grain, loneliness, and a bit of heart of darkness.
And the flavours, then, filling my mind and senses, a milk-stout, then intense roast/burnt toast, roasted barley, chocolate malt, a finish of cream-sweet and harsh roasted grains, coffee notes, almond in the finish, vanillins, the Roast completes. It's dark. Sad and dark. Lonely. It hurts the soul, we weren't made for this. I wasn't made to be alone.
Mouthfeel of mediums, a warmth in the finish, and a light syrup, blackish, boozy, sweet and roasty, a mini-Black, that is mikkeller. I wasn't made to be alone. This warmth... reminds me. I dream, I miss her. I'm sick of the loneliness. Come back to me.

khiasmus, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired this beer in a trade with fogdog (as an extra!). Thanks a lot Kevin! Split amongst friends at a recent gathering.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter (also given to me by fogdog).

Appearance: Pours out extremely dark and thick. Looks like black paint in my snifter. Essentially no head on this one - a hair-thin halo is all I see. Each swirl leaves an oily coating on the walls of the glass. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Molasses, roasted malt, hickory, barbecue, and floral hops. I get a lot of English influence in this one.

Taste: Molasses, roasted malt, floral hops, barbecue smoke, chocolate, and charred oak. Very robust. Reminds me of Old Viscosity. Alcohol is hidden extremely well, and it's done so without making this beer cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Really thick and syrupy. Sticky and gritty, too. Carbonation is low. Body is heavy. Lots of roastiness in the aftertaste. Spot on for an imperial stout.

Drinkability: A solid imperial stout, but nothing more. None of us weren't wowed by this one, but we all enjoyed it nonetheless. Went down pretty quickly given the really heavy body and high ABV.

ThreeWiseMen, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of sdawson
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was fortunate enough to receive this bottle from the great trader jmu500; much obliged!!!

Big Black Voodoo Daddy pours a deep opaque brown with the faintest of amber tinge. The head is thick and the amount of lacing quite impressive to behold. It smells of chocolate, vanilla, and overripe, dark red fruits. The taste is a well-blended presentation of deep roasted malts, the tang of hops, and a sweet dark chocolate. Conceptually this is a great brew to behold, though I do find myself rather satisfied with a small amount. Not an easy drinking beer for me, but rather one fitting for small servings and concentrated tasting.

sdawson, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from '09 into a 25cl Duvel tulip. This one's been in my cellar for a while, and was actually part of one of my very first trades - thanks to Beerman777!

A: Black body with red highlights. One finger of creamy light brown head. Good retention and lacing. Nice.

S: Heavy vanilla, milk chocolate, and some fruity, sherry-like oxidation that's almost reminiscent of cherries. Pleasant, but a bit uninspired.

T: Creamy, sweet, and roasty. Vanilla, chocolate, licorice, coffee, and fruity oxidation. Long, ashy, bitter, oaky finish. Tasty.

M: Thick, smooth, creamy. Yeah.

O: This one was quite enjoyable and extremely complex, but definitely a bit over the hill for my tastes. I really need to stop aging so many stouts...


woosterbill, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%

Marco_Gtz, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Pours a black body with a small, fleeting khaki head. No lacing. Not good retention. Mostly average for a high ABV stout.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, and oak. A surprising amount of oak that almost makes it smell like an RIS. Booze on the nose, as well.

Taste - Chocolate, coffee, and, surprise, oak. Lots of oak. Huge roast presence before it, though. Hardly any sweetness to it. Enjoyable flavor with a ton of oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nowhere near as heavy as I'd imagine a 12.5% stout should be. Easy drinking and even a touch dry from the oak. Well hidden alcohol.

Overall - Tasty stout that is perhaps overwhelmed by the oak. It serves a decent purpose though. Well constructed, if not spectacular.

Alieniloquium, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger and half worth of cascading, dark khaki to medium brown colored foamy batter-like head that turns creamer as the head recedes slightly... Solid retention gives way to a slightly splotchy yet creamy veil of lace... Sleek slightly glossy onyx color... Still though noticeable carbonation can be noted when the glass is slightly rocked back and forth... Leave loads of lace clinging to the sides of the glass...

S - Loaded with delectable roasted malt... Complimented by notes of cocoa nibs... Chewy caramels... Vanilla... Subtle undertones of coffee combine with a vague nuttiness to add to the overall complexity...

T - A slight alcoholic heat to start... Brownie batter... Roated malts... The woody oak is much more prevalent on the palette... Also a touch of smoke... A mix of oak flavoring and coffee grounds linger post finish...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Not nearly as lush or creamy as expected... The carbonation is subtle yet quite fizzy... Slightly burnt finish... Some heat is noticed throughout and lingers a tad at finish... Sticky...

D - There should be no doubt this is a heavy weight Imperial Stout... Fairly drinkable, especially considering the hefty 12.5% ABV... A very very good offering, but didn't quite live up to the lofty expectations that I had...

Note - Popped another bottle with close to a year of age... Overall the beer mellows out a bit, but loses a bit of it's flavor profile as well...

philbe311, May 30, 2010
Photo of n2185
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin head with a little lacing.

S: lots of roasted malts with faint molasses notes. Dark chocolate comes on strong afterward with some roasted coffee notes as well.

T: lots of roasted malts with dark chocolate and some bitter coffee notes at first. Smoked peat and char notes bring up the finish.

M: thick body with mid-low carbonation that is smooth and creamy.

O: one of the better non-bbal stouts out there. Not too bitter or sweet, but quite good.

n2185, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of nhindian
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A - Pours out of the bottle deliberately and looks similar to many other imperial stouts out there; black as hell, only the thin consistency compared to some other syrupy stouts allows a few dark cocoa highlights to be seen on the edges. Only about 1-fingers worth of sandy colored head rests on top for a few moments before reducing thin, wispy, spectral threads floating aimlessly in the glass. There's also some moderate lacing to be seen as well.

S - The smell is actually much lighter than I would've thought given the high ABV, but perhaps this could be due to some of the oak mellowing it out a little. There's a lot of coffee and bittersweet chocolate in the nose, mixed with a slight oak woodiness, bringing a bit of vanilla. A faint trace of alcohol astringency can be detected in the very end of the smell.

T - The taste, much like the nose, is more mild than anticipated. As in the nose, coffee and chocolate reign supreme here, with the chocolate gaining the edge on the palate. The oak is hard to distinguish here, but the thing that really surprised me was that the alcohol is almost completely negligible besides a slight appearance in the finish. While the flavors certainly pop, I was expecting a more robust and bold profile. Due to the look, feel, and taste of this beer, I would've pegged it as around a 6-7% stout, but it certainly does a good job of hiding its intentions!

M - Mouthfeel is thin with moderately low carbonation. Full-flavored but not chewy or syrupy. Actually find it a little bit watery. Leaves a thin coating on the mouth.

D - Drinkability is high. I only poured a little over half of the body and saving the rest for tomorrow as I had a long night, but I could easily find myself drinking the whole bomber. The alcohol is surprisingly absent and the flavors and mouthfeel lend itself to be on the more quaffable side of big stouts.

nhindian, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another huge thanks goes out to ibrew2o3 for bringing in the best week after week!

A: Pours an evil shade of dark black. Swirl it and hints of amber shine through. The head was nice thick and creamy. The retention was good, with nice lace noted.

S: Bold roasted malt up front with wonderful tones of dark chocolate and bitter coffee. A touch of earthy green can be detected as well.

T: The bold roast comes through right up front int the taste. Both bitter and sweet chocolate then poke through. Over roasted coffee, peaty earth, and a touch of caramelized toffee round things out. Tasty.

M: Full in body, smooth.

D: Damn drinkable, my favorite Voodoo brew to date.

tpd975, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of AltBock
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber bottle with a cool abstract painting of a street in New Orleans (?). There's a man in the corner wearing a zoot suit. He's ready for a night on the prowl. Flanking the painting is the Government warning, the beer's ingredients and specifications, a description of the beer, and Voodoo's story. The only thing missing is a vintage date. They'll give you the beer's IBUs, but they won't give you a bottled date.

When poured into a Cigar City snifter, the beer stayed true to its name. It was big and black as jet black ink. It was so thick and black that light avoided this beer. The head of foam wasn't as impressive of the color. The initial head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height and coffee brown in color. It had fast retention that only managed to leave behind a handful of spots around the glass.

The first aroma that popped out was that of the finely roasted coffee grounds. After that was the dark roasted malts. When the malts had their turn, the aroma then finishes up with baker's chocolate, a subtle caramel sweetness, a dark fruit or two, and a whiff of black licorice.

The taste came on strong and dry with dark roasted coffee grounds and dark roasted malts. At least it's staying true to its name. After the roasted elements had their fun in the taste, in comes the baker's chocolate, a scoop of raisins, a drop of caramel, charred oak, and with a subtle roasted hop bitterness at the end. Even though it's not barrel aged, the oak taste was interesting.

The mouthfeel was thick, dry, and roasted. The aftertaste was filled with more roasted coffee grounds, roasted malts, charred oak, and baker's chocolate. This aftertaste will linger on for quite a long time. It will take a few glasses of water to wash away this thick aftertaste. This beer doesn't bother to mask its 12% ABV.

This isn't the type of beer that hides behind its cool label. It's a really good beer with a really cool label. I said it before and I'll say it again. This beer stays true to its name. Would I drink it again? Oh yeah!

AltBock, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of GregSVT
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a deep black with a small dark tan head that fades to a ring pretty quickly and leaves some lacing as you drink.

S: The nose is mainly roasted malts with some cocoa, coffee, and a bit of vanilla in the background.

T: The taste is ashy with big notes of dark roasted malt, black coffee, and dark chocolate. There is a bit of a vanilla flavor in the background but it's almost completely covered up by the dark roasty flavors.

M: The feel is on the thicker side of medium bodied and slightly creamy.

O: I didn't love this beer but I did enjoy drinking it. The ABV is pretty high for a non-barrel aged beer and that does make it hard to finish the bottle.

GregSVT, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of sliverX
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on cask @ mister goodbar/ Cole's 1st Cask ale Festival
served a 16 oz pint for $5
Black in color with a little mocha head that turned to a film but left plenty of lacing
Smells of coffee and malts
Tastes were coffee with chocolate hints, alcohol presence felt
Felt nice in the mouth but the alcohol presence was a bit overwhelming but just made it more of a sipper than a session beer...
was a good way to start the night

sliverX, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of doughanson78
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to russwbeck for this want.

A: Very black. One finger creamy tan head with good retention and lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A hint of cream. Very subtle oak notes.

T: Dark creamy chocolate upfront. Roasted coffee with a hint of bitterness and a touch of oak in the middle. Finishes with chocolate, cream, and a slightly charred malt flavor.

M: Medium body. Medium high carbonation. Super creamy.

O: Good Imperial Stout. Nothing mind blowing but pretty tasty.

doughanson78, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Axic10 (Alex) huge thanks!! This is basically black with a lighter head then expected, some light lacing appears but slumps down the glass eventually. Anise, licorice, cacao nibs, faint oaky aroma with touches of coffee. Really roasty flavor with a base of coffee and cacao nibs, some spice notes like anise and even cinnamon. Touches of vanilla on the finish.
Thinner mouthfeel then one would expect but nice finish, I do like a chewier stout. I would buy this again, though I do feel it is more of an RIS then american double stout.

pmlondrigan, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Schlais, May 29, 2012
Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.