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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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888 Ratings
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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 357
Gots: 230 | FT: 31
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.

all Beers to be bottle conditioned
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Photo of Verecund
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of errantnight
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of zhanson88
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of jtladner
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of bradford
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
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

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mwbrady12
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of davesway10
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of hamilton23
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
3.56/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of mbudner
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.