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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 353
Gots: 223 | FT: 26
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 daveytheformer
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to canjeeps once again.

Pours pitch black with a very thin bubbly khaki head that leaves some spotting.

Aroma is lots of coffee beans, roasted malt, and dark chocolate.

Tastes follow the aroma well with the coffee and chocolate flavors really taking over. The alcohol creeps up on the backend with some oak flavors leading it all up to a nice smokey aftertaste.

Mouhfeel is medium with light carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV. Goes down smooth and a little too easily.

Overall is excellent! Would for sure drink this again and will try to seek out more of their stuff.

Photo of McMatt7
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prototypic
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine bottle courtesy of guinnessdoc. Thanks a ton, Josh.

Big Black Voodoo Daddy appropriately looks big and black. It's onyx and no light cuts through. Impressive. A mocha tan crown looks snug and fitting. It stands about two fingers tall. Retention is surprisingly good for a 12.5% abv beer. Lacing was sticky and a bit thick.

The nose features a very strong mix of roasted and chocolate malts. Bittersweet, dark chocolate notes smell delicious. Coffee is rather strong in the mix. As a coffee lover, I appreciate that quite a bit. Secondary scents of vanilla, molasses, and anise give it quite a bit of depth. Alcohol is easily noted. That's not too surprising for a big, badass, 12.5% stout.

The first sip reveals that Big Black Voodoo Daddy is good beer. Quite good, in fact. It is big and very malty. The flavor suggests a combo of roasted, caramel, and chocolate malts. The chocolate flavor is bittersweet, but the caramel variety does contribute a certain level of sweetness. Coffee is easily noted, but doesn't come through all that strong. It won't offend the coffee averse. I wish it were a little stronger. There's a slight acrid or smoky flavor that tastes a little off. I'm not crazy about that particular flavor here. Anise, vanilla and molasses flavors are secondary and round out a rather complex flavor profile. Alcohol is blended very well for a beer its stature. I'm getting a little bit of flavor and heat. Not much though. It finishes roasty and a little burnt.

Big Black Voodoo Daddy feels a little undersized. It's medium bodied. Carbonation is light and restrained, and gives it a smooth feel. But, it needs a little more girth. Drinkability is good. This is tasty beer. But, it's strong and a slow-sipper. A bomber is way more than enough. 12 oz. might have been better.

Voodoo Brewing Company certainly did a good job with Big Black Voodoo Daddy. It's a very solid Double stout. My only gripe about it is that the smoky or burnt flavor is just a little too prominent. It undercuts some of the great malty flavors that I know are here. It could use a little more body. Other than that, it's more than solid. Definitely worth checking out. Thanks, Josh.

Photo of Jettanbass9
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally got a few of these to hold onto for myself. I've picked up a few bottles for myself but somehow i traded them away as quick as i got them. snagged a bottle for myself and decided that this cool spring evening was the perfect pair for this bold beer.

A - Espresso. flat out, this beer with an aggressive pour looks like a double shot of espresso. Dark tan, creamy head gives way to a black as night/motor oil appearance. very good looking beer for such a bold style.

S - tannic-like and slightly acidic aroma that is very reminiscent of cherries. gives way to a acrid roast character. smoke lingers in and out intertwined between notes of vanilla, caramel, ethanol. perfumey hop note also lingers in the background. Oak really comes out as beer warms up. Very, very complex nose. the subtleties of this beer, almost of an oxymoron, create a very layered but balanced aroma.

T - Notes of vanilla and oak immediately come to mind at first sip. As flavors start to develop on the palate, roast and smoke come out initially and is followed up by sweet notes of caramel, ethanol and more of that cherry tannic note. Again there is so much complexity in the flavors, each layer emerges slowly and you can truly 'taste' every part of this beer.

M - Smooth carbonation, medium to full body. Never cloying, not in the least bit dry, great balance.

D - Highly, highly drinkable. Expect to put away this bomber by yourself. I highly suggest that you find the time to sit back and enjoy this beer. As i mentioned above, this beer has incredible integrity, the flavors emerge layer by layer and i can only suggest that you give it the time to enjoy that it deserves. excellent beer, great example of the style.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to Mikesgroove. No date on bottle but assuming it's an 09.

Pouring into a goblet glass at fridge temp

A- Pours solid black with a very slight reddish hue on the bottom of the glass. A nice 1 finger light brown root beer float like head sits on top with some nice seriously sticky slow moving lacing with some nice alcohol legs underneath.

S- Dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Definitely some oak notes in there, nothing crazy but easily picked out. Maybe some slight dark fruits like figs and raisins. Has a slight alcohol presence in the background.

T- Really strong roasted coffee and malts with some bittersweet chocolate up front to follow. Has a decent hop bitterness and flavor in there surprisingly. Oak is hard to pick out in the flavor but is there slightly and followed by a hidden alcohol flavor that gets wrapped up in the body fullness.

M- Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a strong bitter yet wet finish.


Photo of BarrytheBear
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle drank with the wife while watching Rapeslesberger getting his just desserts.

BBVD pours with bad intentions. Ominous deep black pour with a frothy tan head that sits over an inch high and refuses to go down without a fight. I'll call this head Antonio Margarito.

Smell is a malty hoss ready to kick ass. Smoke, leather, coffee, chocolate, and a boatload of char. Hops take a back seat for certain and a woody peat quality takes over upon continued swirling.

Pronounced smoke on the tongue combines with the massive malt bill. So much smokey peat, chocolate, roast. Chinook hops jump in ready for a fight adding a deeper layer of bitterness. Back end is quite dry, most likely from the oak.

Mouthfeel is quite drying and bitter. With each sip, BBVD starts chewy but ends a bit thin. However, this doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the beer.

A far cry from many sweeter, chewier, or hoppy stouts. It's a nice change of pace and an unabashed pummeling of multiple malts. What's most enjoyable, however, is how the nearly 13% is almost completely hidden. A difficult feat, but one executed to near perfection.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saved this one for a special occasion; my friend's wedding. Well, post wedding bash.

Cracked open to a wave of dark fruit, alcohol and coffee. Dipping my nose closer to the glass, after pour, reveals tight caramel and loose prune. Rich, enticing. Yum

Looks big, black and voodooish. Off brown, creamy head.

Flavors are big and balanced. Dark fruit in the front and middle. Caramel throughout. Dark chocolate and fudge middle to end. Bitterness creeps in with some coffee on the end. Alcohol breaks up the thickness. This is a fine beer and I'm glad to have it on this night.

Does NOT go well with wedding cake. It demolishes it! hahahahaaa

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Plenum for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a huge 3 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a craggy cap. A nice latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some chocolate chip cookie dough. Alcohol aromas come out as the beer warms. Taste is of dark roasted malt, bitter cocoa powder, and slight coffee grounds. There is a mild roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a very low carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout but I really don't smell or taste any oak/wood that it was supposedly aged on.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark brown. A touch of light brown head. Smells roasty and dark chocolatey. Lots of sweetness on the nose. Tastes dry but sweet. Lots of roast and dark chocolate on the tongue. I tastes the biscuit malts as well, some nice subtle hoppiness. A nice dry mouthfeel. Overall very nice!

Photo of SuperNova777
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/10/10

Big thanx to alleykatking for bringing this one over

A:Pours a jet black with no light peeping thru, huge tan head that slowly falls into
place, excellent lacing is left down the glass

S:Initialy nose picks up a bunch of bittersweet chocolate along with a nice roasted malts
in there. Some coffee in the mix as well, very inviting

T:Up front it is pretty smooth leading into some roasted malts and coffee in the middle, the backend is dominated by the sweet chocolate. The 12% comes thru in the chest as its going down

M:The body seems not a thick as you would imagine from the look, the palate is covered
with roastiness and chocolate.

D:This was good but I was expecting a little bit more from it. The flavors kind of ended up mashing together and nothing was really sticking out. Drink was smooth up until the backend where you could definitely feel the burn from the ABV. Other than that I would say this is really a good RIS but nothing really more

Photo of jjayjaye
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque darkness with a stiff two fingered dark brown head that decomposes slowly leaving light lines of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is pretty complex, which IMO is the best thing about this one. From the bottle the aroma is HIGHLY roasted malt, which put me off at first. The next layer is an intense pungent black licorice that bleeds quickly into a vanilla bourbon celebration. Lightly carbonated, but quite tangy from the alcohol, the mouth feel is light-medium bodied. The heat forces this one to be an enjoyable sipper; the roasted 'thing' lingers without support from the mouth...little coating effect. Full flavored, the roasted character dominates this play. Take it for a ride.

Photo of beerman207
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: no light coming through - nice tan head that lingers a bit on the top - about 1 finger thick -lace on the glass

S; Chocolate, malt, licorice, dark fruit, some smoke, and coffee dominant this one. Very nice nose

T: Malt, chocolate, smokiness, coffee - very good flavor

m: A bit thinner than I'd prefer

D: Wow - where is the 12.5% Impressive masking of the alcohol here. Good offering!

Photo of warnerry
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Antique walnut pour is black in the glass. The head is a finger high, dark khaki, and frothy but does little to stick around and collapses to a messy, patchy covering. Window dressing is clean and non-inspiring.

S: Smooth dark roasted grains and burnt chocolate. Roasted walnuts, dry creamer with a fairly good strength at first, but weakens rather quickly.

T: Dark moist burnt grains, dry creamer and burnt chocolate with a rich earthy bitterness is first appreciated. Scratchy burnt malt and bitterness lingers on the tongue. Dark fruit of dried prunes and dried raisins with chocolate and a roasty alcohol and bitterness is left on the swallow making for a hearty and rich experience.

M: Medium creamy dark roasted malts warm the mouthful along with a modest show of alcohol. Scratchy texture, bitter roasted finish off the tongue with good results.

D: Hearty dark roasted treat, enjoyable. Overall very good treat, with a flavor that continues to get smoother with each passing sip. Recommend.

Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra from the incredibly generous jasonm, thanks man.

Appearance: The dark and utterly opaque black body rests below a quarter-inch of mocha-colored foam that rapidly recedes to a ring. Not much in the way of legs or lace.

Smell: Bold and oaky, oatmeal cookie with chocolate chunks. Vanilla cream puff. It's like walking by one of those Mrs Field's cookie stores. The aroma hints at coffee, roast and spicy licorice, but it's more on the dessert side. The oak contributes a lot to this one, both balancing an enriching the aroma. By far my favorite aspect of the beer; I don't really want to drink this just so that I can continue smelling it.

Taste & mouthfeel: Doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but still damn enjoyable. The balance between roastiness, bitterness and rich, sweet malt is flawless. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla extract and near-burnt whole grain bread are prevalent. There's a touch of molasses, but this beer isn't actually that viscous (not to say that it's anywhere near thin). The finish brings out a lingering note of dark roasted coffee, like a pot that sat on the burner too long. Delicious stuff; easy to drink, brilliantly balanced and just downright impressive.

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A bit lighter than I was expecting, but still a nice black now

S - Smells more porteresque than big stout. Ton of smoke on this one, not sure exactly where it's coming from. Aged with oak "staves", but I don't get a whole lot of oak, if any, on this one. Roasted with some coffee and chocolate, but really it's the huge smoke taste that stands out in this one.

T - Smoke, is this a smoked beer? Roasted coffee and some slightly bitter taste, but the smoke really stands out in this brew. So smokey, wondered if it was just a lihgtly smoked somke beer. But definately interesting stuff.

M - Lightish, at least for a big stout. Less than moderatly carbonated, but pretty solid.

D - Very easilty drinkable for the ABV. Much lighter than it should feel, makes it entirely drinkable.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date - but I purchased earlier this year.

black as sin, with thin tan head that quickly fades into just a thin collar around the edge of glass.

massive toasted malt aroma, with a touch of hops. taste is typical for a bit bold malty stout - with highlights of dark bitter chocolate, a little smoke, toasted marshmallow. hides the nearly 13% abv well.

thicker, with moderate carbonation. but not hard to drink.

overall - a solid Imperial Stout by a quality PA brewer.

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stein. To all those pussies who say, "But I can't drink a 22 ounce beer by myself, it make my vagina hurt!" Get over it, I killed this 12.5% beer as my FOURTH beer of the night. Poured into a stein.

Beer is black but forms a nice head of small tan bubbles with the infrequent large bubble, decent lacing and a reserved carbonation that comes out with a swirl or the refill. I think there was sediment in the bottle but the beer is dark so it doesn't matter.

Aroma definitely has a bite to it. Lots of coffee too, sweetness and booze.

Beer is medium in body with a great bitterness at the back. Mild hop bitterness but significant coffee / roastiness to the whole beer. Very nice, for being 12.5 quite drinkable. A very good beer overall. I'd have it again, even if it gets sand up in my lady parts.

Photo of jcartamdg
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black into my bruery tulip with a quick glimpse of a thin head which disapates almost instantly. Aroma of roasty chocolate malts and oak. Taste follows the nose, so rich yet so smooth. This is a great drinking stout. A little more of a mouthfeel would be nice but it's still not bad. Great overall

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

Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to corby112 for sending this! Cheers Craig review based on notes

Pours ebony with 1+ finger of mocha head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Roasty malt, cocoa & plummyness

T: Roasty malt, vanilla, & dark fruit up front. Some coffee, dryness, & plums as this warms, along with leafy hops & cocoa. Finishes a tad too dry for my liking with cocoa

MF: Medium/thick bodied with low carbonation, plus oilyness

Drinks a bit slow from the dryness, not the boozeyness, a good stab at the style though

Photo of Crittervision
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark dark brown with tiny, resilient bubbles.

smell is ultra roasty.

taste is of roasted malts, with a little bit of milk chocolate. at this point in the night, id tasted a number of stouts. there wasnt anything outstanding with this one, but nothing at all detracting either.

light, light carbonation and a great smoothness.

i didnt perceive a great complexity, it seemed pretty straight-forward. while drinkability is high, there arent any characteristics that would make me want to stay on this one bottle after bottle.

for whatever reason, maybe misreading or the passing of time, i had expectations of this being bourbon barrel aged. the lack of bourbon flavor whatsoever was confusing, but is explained now that i look at the description. luckily, the beer was still great without this element.

Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, 2008 vintage, poured into nonic.

A - Pours black with a mocha-colored head. A fingers worth of head disipiates a leaves a thin cap of head on top of the beer and a thick ring around the glass. There's a good amount of lacing along the sides of the glass left over from my initial pour.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, dark fruits, woody/oak.

T - Sweet milk chocolate, almost like a chocolate milk shake, damn good. I do get a good amount of the oak/wood notes and there is the presence of alcohol, but nowhere near 12.5%. Also some cream notes as well. Bitter/woody finish. Maybe a little too much oak for me on the finish.

M - Full bodied, rich and creamy, viscous.

D - For 12.5%, the alcohol is hidden very well. It's like drinking an alcoholic chocolate milkshake with some oak mixed in. While not my favorite Imperial Stout, this is a good one. Glad I was able to try it.

Photo of BigMike
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a motor oil black with 1 finger of coffee icecream colored head. Lots of viscosity. This one realy hugs the glass.

The nose is straigh forward. Coffee and milk chocolate. A little bit a vanilla in the background.

Taste is coffee, chocolate covered hazelnuts and vanilla. Small alcohol presence.

Great mouthfeel. Smooth as velvet and light feeling for such a big beer.

Overall this one is very easy to drink. I aged this bottle for about 8 months and i think about two years this thing would really peak.

Photo of Floydster
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with JohnTravolta21, poured into a snifter, notch another Top 100 beer off the list, color is a very dark brown but not quite black, 3/4 inch creamy tan head, good retention, some lacing, aroma consists of roasted malt, coffee, hops, dark chocolate, booze, smokiness, and charred accents, starts off with both roasty and hoppy accents, some chocolate in the middle, finish is full of different burned malt flavors, hint of oak in there too, more smoky than roasty at the beginning but that changes after a few sips, roasted, rich, creamy, and boozy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, taste lingers a long time, could drink a bomber probably, twelve percent is hidden well, not heavy, very smooth overall, would drink again, recommended and worthy of the hype

Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.