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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.26%

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 biglite351


3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - very dark with only a sliver of red around the edge. Tall dark creamy head that leaves no lacing.

S - great scent of chocolate and roasted malts. Very inviting.

T - a little bitterness as if it had dark chocolate and you can taste the alcohol. Roasted malts and chocolate. A rather large let down after the amazing scent.

M - good coating, but the only tingle is in the throat from the alcohol.

D - no bad, but not good. I would only have one.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 02:28:04 | More by biglite351
Photo of domtronzero


3.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky very dark brown. Huge, fluffy, very long lasting mocha colored head. Little lacing. head is too huge and lasts way too long. Kinda hard to even pour a glass without getting all head and no beer.

S - Bitter chocolate, roasty malts, earthy hops and boozy alcohol.

F/M - Acidic burnt roasty malts. Bitter dark chocolate, light coffee, lite oakiness. Earthy/spicy hops with a moderately high bitterness, accentuated by dark malts. Medium body is a little lacking for style, with moderately high carbonation - way too high for style and totally distracting.

D - Good, but kinda thin and too bubbly for style, but it definitely helps in the drinkability department.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 23:55:12 | More by domtronzero
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour is an opaque oil slick black with an enormous ash-colored head, impressive downward cascade of bubbles - love seeing that.

Smell: Burn, char, burnt coffee, burnt bitter/dark chocolate, burnt caramel, bitter blackstrap molasses, burnt toffee, vanilla, smoke, and maybe some burnt fruit. I mean burnt when I say burnt, not roasted, charred, cooked, or anything else.

Taste: More burn and char, I get the coffee caked in the bottom of the pot after being left on the heater over the weekend, burnt bitter/dark chocolate, burnt caramel, smoke, peat (I do like the peat element), and vanilla. Didn't notice any of the wood staves or bourbon. Lots of bitterness, bit it is a coffee bitterness, not a hop bitterness. Definitely some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy. I felt tannins, but don't think there would be any. Maybe from the wood?

Drinkability: Not very drinkable or approachable, I just don't like burn, coffee, or bitter chocolate in my beer, particularly like this. Probably needs two years in the cellar at least. If you like all of these things (and more) set on fire and then put in a bottle you will like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 22:44:24 | More by craytonic
Photo of Jeffo


3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in trades with Masterski and jojomdma. Thanks a lot guys!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour makes a one finger, thinner looking, tan head with good retention. Black, opaque body with some carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp and ring leaving some immediate lacing clinging to the sides. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, cocoa powder, baker's chocolate and some espresso notes as well. Hints of oak and wood in there, with touches of tobacco and some vanilla. Quite nice, but unfortunately a little muted. Needs to be a little bolder to really stand out.

TASTE: Roasted malts and not much else initially. Lacking up front for sure. After the swallow, some bitter chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a bit of booze. Some nice bitter chocolate, sweet vanilla, oak, and some booze ride out a bold, long lasting and satisfying aftertaste. Lacked up front, but came out nicely after the swallow.

PALATE: Here's where it falters a bit. Very light body with higher levels of carbonation. Goes down with a bit of an airy scratch at the end, and finishes somewhat dry on the palate with a little heat from the alcohol. Nice and creamy on the palate, but far too light and heavily carbonated for the style. Needs more weight.

OVERALL: Not a bad beer at all. I enjoyed this one, and was more than glad to have had the chance to try a bottle. That said, the palate is far too light for the style, and the taste needs a little more going on up front before the swallow. Definitely overrated, and doesn't stand up to some of the others in the style, but a decent beer in its own right. Will give the other bottle some time in the cellar and re-visit in a couple years. Was glad to give this one a go, but won't be looking for more in the future. Thanks again for the trades gents.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 15:00:15 | More by Jeffo
Photo of Verecund


3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010, from LIVEFAST. About a year old. Thanks!

Great-looking stout: an immediate full finger, tan head foams up and recedes to a small coating on the surface. Dark, dark brown to black, with some dark mahogany hues about the edges.

Nutty, dark maltiness with slightly ashy undertones. Dark, spicy chocolate - like dark chocolate with peppercorns - oak, and light anise.

Milk chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee and oak feature. Coffee grounds and bitter chocolate accompanied by raisin, burnt toast, smoke, and an earthy bitterness on the finish. Quite tannic. Really, a nice beer, but the ashy, acrid finish doesn't work.

Medium bodied, but full in the mouth. The heavy roasted malts border on being too burnt and acrid, but otherwise this has a lot going for it. It certainly hides its alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 02:44:17 | More by Verecund
Photo of Khazadum


3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blind beer courtesy of Mike!

A- Low head formation, bad retention, and a lack of sticky froth. It really fails to lace around. Not a true oblivion of color. Moreso... soggy woodchips viewed in the shade.

S- Cocoa, mild earthen brown sugar, some plastic hits. Starts to really pick up in the middle to incorporate a wooden vanilla sweetness, a mild peat funk that rotates around a murky dark fruit. Deep aromas here. Gets hot with natural warming to room temperature. Like antiseptic hot.

T- Very, very roasted. A black coffee bitterness you only get without adulteration to your cup of joe. Espresso flavors to boot, but not anything high grade. It definitely has an odd wooden flavor through it. It first seems like someone took a playground woodchip, ran it through pond scum, and stuck it in the glass. Goopy flavors, but it quiets down really fast. Leaves you with just toothpick hints. Finish is light dark fruits, vinous in nature, minor acrid nature from a burnt grain aspect, and a healthy dose of ethanol busy burning your taste buds. Also a bitter hops on a very tiny portion of the palate.

M- Medium bodied, crisp and tingly from the carbonation right off the bat, crisp and frightening from the alcohol on the second half. This monster gets hotter than I was expecting. I'll probably get heartburn from this if I'm not careful. The flavors are full of potential and sticky as hell. I'm left with little notes of love all over the place.. especially in the cracks of my lips.

D- Very flavorful. I enjoy that aspect of it. However, it got wayyyy too hot for it to truly be an easy drink. It needs more strength in the nose. After the alcohol is addressed, perhaps the feeling of it can be adjusted... don't know. Not my favorite beer. Gotta be an imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 03:13:26 | More by Khazadum
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Split a 22 oz. bomber with a friend. 11 oz. pour into a Sierra Nevada XXXth Anniversary snifter glass. Served at room temperature.

Appearance: Big and black are certainly two good descriptors. Also midnight black in color and certainly not much light penetrating my glass. Pours a one finger beige head with average retention.

Aroma: Cocoa powder and smoke notes upfront. In fact the smoke notes are probably the main draw. A touch of caramel, but not really enough to stand up to the char and bitter chocolate notes.

Taste: Again, the smoke here is surprisingly heavy. Dark chocolate and burnt coffee notes round out the flavor. I'm not really getting any malt sweetness from this at all. A bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and slight creamy. A touch dry on the finish.

Overall, a mediocre stout in my opinion. I get a lot of one dimensional smoke and dark chocolate, but not a lot of depth or balancing sweet notes. Not bad by any means, by not particularly memorable for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 22:10:57 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of Bendurgin


3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Craytonic for this one. Poured into a tulip. Pours motor oil blak with about an inch of bubbly head that I was able to force in the pour. Good soapy lace.

Sweet milk chocolate in the aroma with a hint of dark cherries. Kind of a rich thick oak aroma but a hint of char. A little fruitier than I would generally care for. Lots of dark cherry aroma with a other dark fruit profiles. Kind of sweet with some more char flavor than roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and oak but a little bit of off mark for me.

The feel is silky and robust. A little warm on the finish but nothing offensive. Overall this isn't bad just not want I hope for in an IS. Seems a little bit charred and at that same time not as roasty as I would hope. I could say it has it's priorities mixed up.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 04:00:17 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of dpnelson1978


3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle into glass snifter.

A: Bright opaque black (deep brown) body topped with a small creamy tan head that quickly dissipates laving a ring of cover and no lacing.

S: Strong coffee aroma with hints of raisin and booze. Chocolate is subdued but becomes more apparent as the beer warms. No noticeable hop aroma.

T: Slightly boozy, with a strong coffee kick over a deep roasted, somewhat nutty malt backbone. Just the slightest tinge of sour up front, finishing with a burnt astringency, but free of hop character.

M: Light body with high carbonation. A slight bitterness, but it comes off more as astringency than hop aftertaste. Could probably use a little less carbonation.

D: Average drinkability. It is a pretty potent brew both in ABV and flavor. Some will love it, some will make a face, but the light body and roasted flavor will really shine in the right environment.

O: Respectable, but not one of my favorite stouts. Definitely would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 01:47:39 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of errantnight


3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a beer with an obvious flaw, this was pretty damned good.

Tasted in a Spiegelau tulip during a RIS tasting (with plain crackers and water for palate cleansing between tastings).

This pours a dark, dark brown almost black with GREAT retention and lacing. Exemplary.

Aroma is a bit, bold burst of rich chocolate roast... and green apples. Pout.

On the palate the nice roast, deep toasty bread notes, chocolate and mocha hints, long, rich mouthfeel... almost ALMOST manages to completely overcome the brewing flaw. The recipe is spotless, and if they could get their fermentation under better control I'd say this would be an easy contender for my favorite of the style.

It's a testament that I still enjoyed my glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 22:08:19 | More by errantnight
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big Black Voodoo Daddy has a jet black body with about three fingers of brown head. The head retention is pretty good, but only a few scraps of lacing stay behind. The lacing that is there is pretty thick and sticky though.

The nose has a touch of fruity, sherry-like aromas, along with cocoa powder, wood and a blast of heat and alcohol.

The fruit and sherry notes from the aroma don't really carry over to the taste. In fact, I think what I smelled was a mix of the wood and the booze. The rest of the flavor mirror the nose. Cocoa powder is followed by a ton of spicy oak. The most powerful part of the beer is probably alcohol though; heat and biting alcohol. This bottle is about a year old too, so the heat surprises me.

The body is actually a little bit light and thin for a stout that is so huge.

This thing is really boozy, and the drinkability takes a hit because of it. Not a bad beer, and it does a good job featuring the oak aging, but it strong.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 01:13:26 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of zhanson88


3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer as part of a trade with Douglasjamjak. Thanks a lot Doug!

Appearance: Voodoo Daddy pours out a dark brown color that appears black in the glass, but noticeable dark brown around the edges when held to the light. That's not normally a great sign.... About half a finger of dark tan head forms that has pretty poor staying power and retention.

Smell: The first thing I get on the nose is a coffee-like character, followed by perhaps a touch of chocolate, considerable dark fruits, and some light hops on the back end. Nothing too intense or strong, but it finds a very nice balance.

Taste: Coffee and a lot of fig/raisin/plum flavors show up first, followed by light dark chocolate, some spices (anise, maybe) and hops. Nicely balanced, but I'll say right now that the mouthfeel retracts from the taste. I'll get to that next.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Thin for the style. I'd put it at or a shade under medium bodied, with very low carbonation. As soon as the beer leaves the palate the taste is pretty much gone, aside from a slight linger of coffee and hops. I'm pretty disappointed with the feel, as it really retracts a lot from an otherwise pretty solid taste. Overall, I like the beer quite a bit. I'd love to have this as an "everyday" stout. I really can't believe it's as high as 12% ABV as it drinks a lot easier than that. It's just kind of thin all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:41:21 | More by zhanson88
Photo of mbudner


3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from 2010 release, snagged the last bottle out on the shelf at Hawthornes; poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with a small, very light tan head. Leaves no real lacing. Slightly transparent when tipped (letting in light making it a darkish brown.)

S- Extremely roasty with sharp espresso notes and a fair helping of booziness. Also, getting some bitter chocolate and toasted/charred wood. There is a distinct earthiness coming through.

T- I'll be honest...the initial sips I took were really just not good, but as I continued it grew on me a little and at much warmer temp got a little bit better. The most distinct flavor is that of charred wood quickly followed by heat (granted this is almost 13%).

M- Very smooth, silky mouthfeel for such a big RIS. Not very chewy (something I usually look for), but very great mouthfeel nonetheless.

D- I really want to like this one. It has a solid nose, good appearance, and decent mouthfeel, but the taste really just kills the overall quality and drinkability. I understand that it is still very fresh at this point and will likely mellow out with some age, but it is not very drinkable beyond a few ounces. I also find my distaste for this beer surprising based on all of the rave reviews that describe a beer I think I would enjoy immensely. I love coffee, stouts aged with oak, roasty stouts, etc., but this one really just didn't work for me. Too heavy on the charred/campfire-esque flavor and heat and not enough of everything else.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 03:38:22 | More by mbudner
Photo of bradford


3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review #100, bottle courtesy of mflick. 22oz bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Deep black with almost no head. Those few bubbles disappear almost instantly. No lacing on the glass
S- Sweet, roasted malts, alcohol, wood
T- Burnt malt, wood, slight oxidation (pleasant), chocolate undertones.
M- No good. Very little carbonation that must be unique to this bottle because most reviews report ample carbonation.
D- Even for a beer that probably suffered from sitting on my porch in 80 degree heat, this stuff is pretty good. I hope I get to try another bottle soon. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 01:02:10 | More by bradford
Photo of hamilton23


3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A: Pours nearly black with brown head.

Nose is coffee and alcohol.

Taste is bitter sweet chocolate. Lots of bitterness in this. I could have used more sweetness, much less bitterness.

M: About what I would expect for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 19:44:11 | More by hamilton23
Photo of cpetrone84


3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark brown almost black liquid with a thin head, tight brown bubbles.

S-the nose has a fair bit of roasted malt and coffee notes up front with a bit of oak actually comes through as well. there is a light vegetable note with some dark berry, cherry notes and more roasted coffee.

T-sweet cherries up front, lightly green vegie note, strong roasted malt and coffee with a lighter oak presence than the nose and a hint of bitterness in the finish. really sweetens in the back and a slightly off vegetal note slightly takes away.

M-a little thin for an imperial stout, very soft, semi dry finish and light carbonation.

D-the roasted component seems to linger, the vegetal note is slightly off and the sweetness is a little strong. does have a fair bit going on, the flavors are somewhat integrated just a few off notes. a little thin but nice finish. not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:50:19 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of emmasdad


3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Duvel glass. Initially this one appears quite thin as it cascades down the sides of the glass. Settles with a huge toffee colored head atop a deep, dark, jet black, allowing no light to penetrate and reflecting my image back to me.

On the nose a found hints of mint, almonds, dark fruit and raisins. On the palate these flavors are replace by a dominant notes of chocolate and dark roasted espresso, somewhat masking the alcohol before finishing quite dry.

Although this was quite good overall, it does not quite make the upper echleon of imperial stouts, and was somewhat of a letdown after the efforts I went through to get it.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 03:41:07 | More by emmasdad
Photo of allboutbierge


3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed by the pint during the closing minutes of Big Pour 09 session 2 at the Pipers Stand.

Aroma is very burnt...some dark chocolate malt but thats hidden behind a wall of smoke and carbon. Its complex and entertaining but not 100% enjoyable.

Taste is much the same...some acidic notes are thrown in there too, its fairly sour as well. Theres a lot of detail there, but its not able to mask the 12.5% ABV. It tames it, but theres no hiding it it. Its a rough beer and not for the faint of heart. I think if they were to tame it down a bit, it would be a much better beer. But then again, I did have it at room temperature.

I was happy to finally get a shot at this rarity, but I fear that hype may have been a bit too much to live up to.

Serving type: cask

09-14-2009 15:19:02 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big Black Daddy, bottle bought at Hawthornes in Philly for about $12.

Appearance: Poured into my Lost Abbey snifter, Big Daddy effortlessly produces a one-finger head that soon recedes into lacing only. The beer looks blacker and darker than the depths of hell, almost menacing on the Abbey glass...

Smell: Rubber, leather, used rental-car tire. Coffee, smoke and hops. Cheap chocolate cake from a dinner in Jersey. All pretty smooth, too much so for a stout this big.

Taste: Chocolate, roastiness. A lot of smoke. Dirty chimney, day-old coffee and some nice hops. Oak and/or wood? Not so much...

Mouthfeel: Disappointing, with low body and carbonation, medium flavor. Boozy-burning finish. Really too thin for a 12% mammoth stout.

Overall: Not a bad stout, but really, at this price (around $12), expectations and hype (don't they age this in "oak staves"?), this ends up not being up to par.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 05:41:25 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of Tonerelia

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a large snifter, dark almost black appearance with almost nonexistent head. The head that does appear is a burnt caramel color but fades almost immediately.

S: Very agressive! Even if you hadn't noticed that this is a ~12 ABV one smell will immediately alert you to the fact that you are about to consume with a good amount of alcohol. Unfortunately I don't smell to much more maybe a little faint hint of licorice but it is so faint I can't be certain.

T: Wow! Immediately you get smacked in the face with alcohol but as the beer goes down you get hints of sweetness and there is a lingering after taste. This after taste has the same persistence as eating a whole clove of garlic would, my recommendation would to be defiantly eat something along with this beer. Unfortunately because of the heavy alcohol I don't taste to much else.

M: Initially the beer is very smooth and goes down great, but as you take a couple more sips it takes longer and longer to go down. The after taste and remnants of the beer stick around longer and longer after every sip.

O: This is certainly a beer I would recommend to those who are still experimenting and looking for something different, but unfortunately I don't think I would recommend or purchase this beer again. It has some unique qualities that many I assume would/do enjoy but this is not my type of stout. There is not enough flavor behind it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:22:46 | More by Tonerelia
Photo of Davepoolesque


3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer reminded me of a lighter version of Plead the 5th. It was lighter in aspects including taste, mouth feel, color and body. Thinner than I would have thought considering the percentage of alcohol. The smell was pretty decent with chocolate, light roasted malt and booze coming to the forefront. Not a terrible imperial stout by any means, but lacking that punch of flavor I look for in a big stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 13:41:56 | More by Davepoolesque
Photo of Spider889


3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to msulinski for sending this bottle to me. Review from February I believe, taken from notes.

Incidentally, this was shared right after finishing off a sexual chocolate growler, and both of these beers are extremely similar.

The beer has a really awesome appearance, though there's almost too much head/carbonation. The head is a tall heady froth - a dark mocha color. It left an excellent lattice of lacing. BBVD is black in color, though it looked pretty thin for an Imperial Stout on the pour.

The aroma is well roasted, dark chocolate with mild coffee undertones. Softer than the almost oppressive SC malts from earlier that night. There's also a sweet nuttiness to the beer, along with acidic dark fruit. The back end was of bitter dark malts and ash.

The taste was very bitter - loads of dark patent or roasted barley take things a little too far at times. Almost a chalky presence to it... the heavy roast provides lots of burnt/char flavors.

Very dry. The alcohol isn't too overt, but it does hit you rather quickly.

Overall not a bad Imperial Stout, but this is something best shared with some friends.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 07:44:10 | More by Spider889
Photo of brystmar


3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting in the fridge for a month, time to open! Oily black pour yields minimal head. Bourbon oaky aroma melds with dark chocolate and roasted malts. Aroma is the strongest part of the brew.

Deep, bitter cacao character as the dark chocolate overwhelms everything else in the flavor profile. Dry and boozy at the end, warming alcohol soothes the throat after each sip.

Massively over-carbonated though, and that significantly detracts from the sinking experience. A solid RIS, wouldn't buy it myself though.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 07:14:55 | More by brystmar
Photo of kevanb


3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, assuming a 2013 vintage, poured into a Voodoo Brewing snifter.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, hues of cola brown with just a few loose bubbles of head, tan colored that vanishes immediately and leaves no lace. The aroma is robust, strong malt, subtle coffee, ample roast, pleasant stone fruit and raisin with a touch of licorice. The flavors don't quite add up, rich grain and roast leap out straight away, stone fruit and raisin, light coffee, an interesting hazelnut quality with a bizarre milky character. The body is a little underwhelming, carbonation is low, but the richness and thickness is too, I'd prefer it to be a bit more silky and full bodied. The finish is easy, slightly warming but a little weak.

Verdict: A nice imperial stout from Voodoo, but it just lacks the rich body that props the flavors up significantly. The milky and nutty flavors I picked up just didn't work for me, but the complexity of the beer is rewarding and the alcohol is masterfully hidden. I had no problem drinking a bottle of this, but I'm not sure I'd go for it again, perhaps I need to track down the barrel aged variants.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 01:51:28 | More by kevanb
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with a thick dark tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate and sweet roasted malt. Flavor is not as enticing, mostly just sweet roasted malt. Rather drinkable and certainly not as heavy as I'd expect from a 12%. Pretty decent, but not a favorite.
8/4/7/4/14 (3.7/5)

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 21:37:13 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
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