Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 352
Gots: 222 | FT: 26
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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 hayesez
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received from Benanomyces in a recent trade. Shared with friends at our most recent gathering.

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, this beer looked a bit thinner than anticipated. A dark brown that appeared fairly opaque until held up to the light. A fair amount of amber light seeps in around the edges. A one-inch frothy brown head sits on top and quickly diminishes to just shrapnel. Very little lace left behind.

Very roasty smell - Roasted, almost charred. Some chocolate mixed in there as well. I swear I'm smelling butterscotch in there...perhaps just toffee, but definitely something of the sort. Can't say I've ever quite smelled something like it in an imperial stout - I like it.

Taste is very large on the coffee / espresso. Bitter chocolate quickly emerges before reverting back to a lingering coffee finish. A splash of vanilla rounds this out. I was underwhelmed by the amount of alcohol present at the end. This became increasingly prominent as the beer continued to warm. A bit on the thin side for the style - at least for my liking. Well carbonated and on the light side of medium bodied, I wish this thing was a bit chewier.

The Voodoo Daddy didn't quite live up to my expectations. Perhaps because this was a fairly fresh beer, the alcohol dominated the finish. A bit of time would certainly do some good, I suppose. Still, certainly worthy of a second round.

Consumed: 3/24/2010

Photo of b3shine
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to oversized snifter. Thanks to ksurkin for this one. Looks good; pitch black with nice lacing. Smells good too; malty and woody. Taste is a bit of a letdown, although it's still good. Malt and toffee. Mouthfeel is hot, but that would lessen with age. Overall, a good beer that is a little overhyped in my opinion.

Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a three finger frothy mocha head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap. Large rings and chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Slightly acrid, roasted malt aroma with subtle earthy hops as well as some licorice, burnt toast, chocolate, coffee, toffee, oatmeal and lots of alcohol.

Full bodied and chewy with lots of bitter, slightly acrid roasted malt flavor. Subtle earthy hops up front give way to the burnt malt and chocolate/mocha flavors mid-palate. This beer mellows out as it warms but it's pretty hot with a lot of warmth in the finish. The ABV could stand to be masked a bit better and the booziness takes away from the roasted malt, chocolate, hazelnut, toffee and oatmeal notes.

Photo of kbutler1
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown almost black color with a nice rich tan head that laces as it is swirled. Aroma is dark roast notes, chocolate, and hints of booze. The taste has more bitter leather than the aroma, along with dark chocolate, and a lingering roasted bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and semi velvety. Some hints of smoke as well. Overall, this isn't bad but the overly roast and smoke aren't my style.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
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)

Photo of haazer
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my oversized 20oz pint glass.

A- About a finger of tan, bubbly head forms on top of a very dark brown, near black brew. The head is fizzy and settles down to a nice ring. Even with the high abv I was expecting a bigger head. Judging by the surface the carbonation levels seem just about right.

S- Good nose of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. These malts are BURNT. The nose continues to get better as the beer warms. Coffee is the standout, with some heat in the nostrils from abv. A touch of vanilla pokes through.

T- The burnt roasty malts start things off. There is some dark chocolate, and hint of vanilla. There are some dark fruit undertones suprisingly, and a coffee aftertaste. The downer about this beer for me is the booze in this. It's as if it's trying to be masked but its on the brink of being too much.

M- Mouth is full bodied, and the carbonation is felt throughout. The full body is great for a stout mouthfeel, but the heat from the high abv deffinitely slows your drinking down on this and makes it somewhat difficult.

O- I was expecting a lot more from this brew. Yes its good, and yes I would have another but I guess I put too much expectation in this. Glad to live in PA to see this regularly but if anyone has trouble finding this out of PA I would not seek out.

Photo of bamadog
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed another bottle of this while I was back in PA on a recent road trip -- decided to drink this one and allow my other to sit for a while. Review is from notes taken on 7/17/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour is black as midnight, and after a vigorous pour, it yields a 3 finger dark tan head with solid retention; body is entirely opaque; a nice foamy layer of lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hmmm... Sadly, lots of bitter and earthy hoppiness combine with an earthy roasty espressor scent. I really don't care for stouts to be hoppy like this, and I'm glad I've got a bottle sitting as I hope this aspect fades and allows the malts to make more of an appearance. Overall though, the smells are robust and just pour out of the glass, so I give this aspect credit where it's due.

Taste: A little better than the smell, but still a bit ladened with bitter hops, followed by the roasty and burnt espresso grains and semi-sweet baker's chocolate; a faint cherry flavor lingers at the end and it's followed by just a bit of alcohol, which I find to quite the accomplishment since this beer is 12.5% -- I would have expected much more of an alcoholic presence.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium to a bit heavy, but it could still be thicker IMHO; a dry film is left all over the teeth; carbonation is soft and smooth and the belly is left a little warm from the ABV -- it's interesting that it's most present in the mouthfeel as opposed to the taste.

Drinkability: Overall, I feel this beer is overrated; it's OK, no doubt, but it could be thicker and frankly, I'm kind of tired of getting this much hop presence in a stout. I'll give it a shot again in a couple of years when I feel my other bottle has matured enough and see if I need to revisit my numbers.

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a big brew, it pours as a jet black color with a nice brown head on it. The smell of the beer has a wooden, chocolatey burnt aroma. The taste of this brew has a complex roasted base with some sweet chocolate coffee like flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty thick which is nice for this beer. It leave a nice brown tinge on the glass after each sip. Overall this has nothing on the black magic but all in all this isn't a bad second choice.

Photo of tjthresh
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour is opaque black with just a slight light brown ring of head around the top. The nose features a bunch of roast with a nice mellow blend of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. This is certainly not the beat you over the head type of BA Impy. Again, the bitter roasted malts and even a bit of an earthy hop character sneak through, and the give way to very enjoyable bourbon barrel aged character. We have a medium body here that is very easy to drink. Just a tad of carbonation to keep it from being flat. The finish is pretty short lived. I find that to be a bit of a bummer. But over all, I think we have a well made barrel aged beer here.

Photo of Shnanign
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Raznug pours a deep, rich black color with a smallish cap of brown head. Decent retention and lots of lace.

Nose is cocoa powder and dark fruit. Molasses, chocolate, marshmallows and maybe a hint of anise. Smells reallly good, all things sweet and rich.

Taste shows off a more roasty side with more of a dusty cocoa as opposed to chocolate. Hops make an appearance with a fairly substantial bitterness on the finish. Im surprised at how much drier it tastes than it smells, much to my dismay. The mouthfeel is not nearly as full as I expected either, though the ABV is well hidden. Id like to try it fresher I guess to see if it might be better, though the hops as is make me think they would be beastly.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Black body with a thin layer of tan head. This looks decent, not as massive a head as I've seen from others.

The aroma is full of sweet malt and bitter coffee; striking a very pleasant balance.

The taste starts out with mild malt sweetness that turns into a drier finish filled with slightly bitter roasted malt. This is a nice balance; it isn't too sweet, and the stout flavors are clearly showcased.

The mouthfeel is decent as the body is pretty big and the carbonation a little more sharp than creamy.

I like this one; it's a good sipper. Nothing overwhelmingly special (they all can't be), but solid.

Photo of mikey711
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a 2009 bottle that I have been sitting on for a while

A:Very dark black which pours a rather large head that quickly fades but leaves one ring on top of the beer. No lacing to speak of

S: Heavily roasted smell that reminds me of burnt coffee although not unpleasant. Also some notes of bitter chocolate and a hint of vanilla

T: Heavy on the roasted coffee character with wood notes and a slight bit of smokiness. Sweet and bitter chocolate, but i keep coming back to the burnt coffee and roasty flavor more than anything

M: Very creamy and chewy with only a slight bit of heat detectable and only a slightly chalky feel.

D: A good one to split with a few people as only a tasting should suffice.

Photo of Etan
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a snifter.

A: Pours black with a moderate tan head.

S: Rich roasted malt, baker's chocolate, caramelized grain, moderate piney hoppiness.

T: Taste brings astringent roast, cherry, milk chocolate, coffee beans, leafy hop bitterness.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: A powerful imperial stout. The combination of heavy roast and hoppiness makes it a bit unbalanced and bitter.

Photo of steve8robin
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on a trip to NJ...

A: Looks dark as midnight with a super thick 2 inch mocha head that slowly fades. Looks awesome!

S: Smells super roasty with bitter chocolate upfront. Slight malt sweets in the middle with espesso hops on the backend.

T: Super hoppy bitter chocolate. Roasty malts in the middle with not much going on in the backend.

M: Leaves a thick bitter flavor on your palate.

D: Not too smooth. Needs some age on it, maybe, to make this much more easier to get down.

All in all, this brew seems overhyped to me. Very good, but not awesome. Very thick stout, but not too many flavors bouncing around. Good if you like hops. If you're a malt monster, this might not be for you.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter, probably 2-3 years old

A: Pours pitch black with one finger of off white head. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

S: Chocolate, oak, and strong oxidation. Sme cherry notes, but a cardboard note is quite strong.

T: Milk chocolate, caramel, and malted milk balls start out with a fairly strong oak presence. The beer finishes with dark chocolate and a hint of roasted malt. The beer stays fairly dry throughout, but is certainly balanced.

M: On the thin side with moderate carbonation.

O: The aroma on this is certainly downhill, but the flavor is quite nice. I enjoyed this.

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of cfrobrew
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DBoone
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this bomber @ Capones in Norristown Pa, been looking forward to this one for a while.

A- Poured straight into a brandy snifter, very dark, cannot really see through this beer. Small dark tan head which did not hang around long. Minor amount of lacing hanging on to side of glass. Pretty typical for this style.

S- very dark roasted malts with some hints of chocolate, oak, and a little vanilla.

T- Dark roasted malt hits up front and on the back of the tongue. A bit of chocolate noted with plenty of bitterness. Nice.

M- I feel this is a little bit thin feeling in the mouth for this style of beer. Not too much coating on the tongue.

D- This is a fairly easy beer to drink, but with the alcohol content, I would not have more than one in a session.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
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