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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 346
Gots: 214 | FT: 25
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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1/5  rDev -76.2%

Joshhartwell, May 11, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -70.2%

gmartin235, Nov 27, 2013
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2/5  rDev -52.4%

SickNukes, May 22, 2012
Photo of RacerX5k
2.69/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

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

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

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

RacerX5k, May 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

chippo33, Jul 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

IMS, May 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

RichardMNixon, Jul 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

pavpav12, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

beefsquatch, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of biglite351
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

biglite351, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of domtronzero
3.08/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

domtronzero, Oct 09, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Danimal25, Mar 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Sebz33, Jul 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Zbeetleman, Jul 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

solo103, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of craytonic
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

craytonic, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Jeffo, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Verecund
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Verecund, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Khazadum, Mar 25, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Gosox8787, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Bendurgin, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of dpnelson1978
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle into glass snifter.
45°F

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.

dpnelson1978, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of errantnight
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

errantnight, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Hojaminbag, Jan 09, 2010
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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.