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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 348
Gots: 212 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-08-2013 16:39:22 | More by Sparky44
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-17-2014 23:55:59 | More by srgj88
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-15-2012 03:30:33 | More by Giantspace
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-09-2013 03:10:32 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-18-2012 01:17:18 | More by KevinTCreedon
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-22-2013 17:40:38 | More by SGToliver
Photo of jmarsh123


4.26/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours inky black with a small tan head. Very little retention and minimal lacing.

Aroma is very roast heavy. Lots of roasted coffee and other dark malts. Dark chocolate and maybe a bit of fig and raisin with some anise in the background.

More of the same flavor wise. Very dry and roasty throughout. Big coffee notes along with some bitter dark chocolate flavors. Raisin, a bit of oak and perhaps a hint of smokiness come along for the ride too. A little earthy hop bitterness near the end.

Thick mouthfeel. Extremely dry and roasty. Finishes like licking a coffee filter. In other words, just about perfect. Alcohol is noticeable, but doesn't overpower the flavors.

Wonderful aggressive beer. I was pleasantly surprised at this one that for some reason has been sitting in my cellar longer than most. A great bit dry stout which is right up my alley.

03-26-2013 19:43:18 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of Donco


4.26/5  rDev +1.4%

Picked up a bottle at my local Whole Foods for a very reasonable price.
Appearance: Very dark and black. Just the way a RIS should look. Poured into my Stone tulip glass with a decent amount of head that dissipated to a thin layer of lacing around my glass.

Smell: Roasty with traces of licorice and coffee.

Taste: Very much like the nose. A good amount of dark cocoa, coffee and char. Very pleasantly surprised on how nice this was for an experienced RIS drinker. Nice shot of bitterness on the back end but not too overwhelming with that aspect.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness with a good amount of carbonation that made this a clean and enjoyable swallow each sip.

Overall: This was a very pleasant experience. I was not expecting this to be anything more than an average RIS. I would say that this could really be a great stout to cellar as well as enjoy fresh as I am doing now. Could certainly hold it's own against some of the better known RIS such as Stone and Old Rasputin. Very inexpensive (at least here in PA) for the 22oz. bottle. Worth seeking out if you would like to expand your RIS boundaries!

05-17-2014 21:02:53 | More by Donco
Photo of kawilliams81


4.26/5  rDev +1.4%

Vintage 2011. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours pitch black with a 1 finger tan head. Random bubbles and blotches on the glass.

S- huge chocolate, marshmallow, roast, and faint coffee

T- roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, slight menthol flavor and some pine.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Smooth and very easy drinking at 11%.

O- very good RIS. Very nice blend of chocolate and roast. Would love to try this barrel aged!

04-18-2013 02:58:13 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottle shared at a beer tasting/trading - this proved to be my favorite of the afternoon. Thanks Jeff!

Poured into a snifter glass. Jet black, nice mocha-tan head, good retention and lacing.

The nose is superb - coffee, chocolate, caramel, a bit of booze (but indeed, it's not bourbon), toasted malt. Rich and hearty.

Potent stuff. Strong caramel, chocolate and coffee flavor, with a bit of musky leather as well. Finishes bitter and quick.

Surprisingly light-bodied for such a rich and flavorful stout. Creamy, but not as much as I would have liked.

A great imperial stout, really enjoyed sipping on this despite the oppressive summer heat. Good balance of flavors, great nose - a little more body and this would have been sublime.

07-09-2011 21:29:47 | More by JohnnyBarman
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West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Definitely pours a pitch black depths of hell kind of color, full thick yet silky smooth head forms with a khaki brown hue. Nice lacing sticks to my chalice with each sip, great stuff. Aroma offers up black licorice anise notes with deep fruit action including ripened plum with a touch of tart earthy berry. Herbal hops are evident with deep cocoa powder and strong dark creamed coffee tones, complex layered brew much more satisfying than the barrel aged brethren. Flavor rides an excellent wave of creamy dark chocolate with bitterness arising from the likes of a dark espresso, heavy fruit notes with more anise like kick. Incredibly well hidden with the 12.5% booze, another strong attribute when comparing this to Black Magick. So far you can't really go wrong with any of Matt Allyn's offerings I'm proud to be associated with Meadville and the surrounding area I was there when Matt brewed at Erie and when he helped upstart at least 3 breweries in a 2 year time span. Definitely a brewing machine, I believe this brew highlights the pinnacle of his offerings but I'm just as crazy about a fresh 22 ounce offering of his Pilzilla. Body is full and chewy with a thick meaty bite into me kinda brew, can't go wrong with this smooth carbonation, drinks really easy. A dangerous brew as far as drinkability goes good thing scarcity and price tag limits me from grabbing more of these brews.

03-19-2009 04:42:28 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gfunk720


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Thanks to my buddy Brian for sending me this bottle. Consumed the other night while watching some TV, out of my Long Trail Brewmasters glass...

A- Poured a nice healthy 2 finger head, sticks around for a short while. The head is a tannish/light coffee color. The beer itself is quite dark, but a little bit of light shows through at the bottom. It is almost reddish black where the light shines through.

S- Dark malts, oak, coffee, and chocolate. Not particularly strong, but still a nice blend.

T- Nice and smooth upfront, with hints of coffee chocolate. A very faint oakiness, and then a nice hoppy kick on the backend. The hop flavor tended to linger a little too much for me, and didn't finish cleanly. My mouth still tasted like hops between glasses, which was a little overboard IMO for a beer that is initially so creamy

M- The mouth feel at first is very nice, and very smooth and palatable. The only thing I didn't really like was the lingering aftertaste..

D- It was pretty drinkable, and I had the whole bottle myself. Would definetely drink again...

07-03-2010 00:56:08 | More by Gfunk720
Photo of klikger


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

1/2 bomber (shared with, and courtesy of, levifunk) poured into a standard pint glass

A - Appears black, but is blood red when looking through the glass into the sun. A billowing brown head gradually recedes and leaves little lacing.

S - Caramel, toffee, roasted malt, and brown sugar.

T - Licorice, molasses, and malt are recognized immediately, as is the 12.5% ABV. As the minutes pass, notes of chicory, cinammon, and fresh ginger appear. The finish is simultaneously sweet and bitter - strong french roast coffee with 19 grains of sugar.

M - A lot of carbonation here; the liveliness and thinner mouthfeel recall a milk stout more than an imperial.

D - Very drinkable for a big beer. The alcohol is evident, but it's not overpowering. The lower-than-normal viscosity helped this score.

This is a very well-made stout, overall. It's not the best that I've had, but I really enjoyed it. I will seek this out again in the not-too-distant future. If you're a stout fan and haven't had it yet, I recommend you do.

05-20-2010 21:46:51 | More by klikger
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2009 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a thick black color with some nice tan froth. Some good lace.

(S)- A nice richness to it. Roasty and bready with raisin and cocoa. Solid.

(T)- A nice rich smoothness with roasted cocoa, raisin, coffee bean, and caramel. Very nice.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, though very fitting. A great balance to it as well. Some warmth from the ABV, but very well integrated considering the large 12.5% this has. Sweet and rich, but neither overpowering.

(D)- A great stout for sure. Well balanced and rich with a nice smoothness. I have not had this fresh, but the time this particular bottle had on it seems to really be a great amount of time to lay this down for.

12-18-2011 19:35:16 | More by sweemzander
Photo of lackenhauser


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

There is no way on god's green earth this is 12.5% abv. Just saying. Black color with very little head or carbonation. Just sort of pours out. Decent roasted aroma-nice chocolate notes. Very "grain" like in it's presence. Big chocolate malt flavor. Somewhat vanilla like. Burnt flavor that is quite decent actually. Again with the grain-has a real "grain" like flavor going on. Malty. Decent body. If the abv holds thrue then iot is almost thin. WOW! I have been plowing thru a glass of this with no clue what so ever until I saw the other reviews here. No way this is 12.5%. Almost session like between the flavor and body. WOW again. Great beer all in.

07-17-2011 02:56:06 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Durge


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

The color of this stout is a thick black-brown with a modest light brown cover and decent lacing. The aroma brings a fairly subtle but nicely blended coffee chocolate malt. The flavor is much more forceful with thick buttery malt and sharp coffee. A bit of charcoal emerges after a while but this is a nice bodied, silky brew that is pretty drinkable if you don't mind stumbling back to bed looking for your hat! Lightly carbonated and a quality brew all around. I'm pretty impressed with Voodoo here.

05-30-2009 20:44:00 | More by Durge
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into Darkness snifter

Pours one finger of dark mocha tan head. Fades to a ring at the edge of the glass, only leaves slight splattered lace (very thin). Color is an oil black.

Aroma: Hmm, they say this doesn't have bourbon characteristics, but damn, it reminds me a lot like a bourbon barral stout. Bourbon, wood/oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, tons of earthy hops. Very sweet, roasted, and strong aroma all at once. I really like it.

Taste: Well, the bourbon notes are here again, but not as dominate as in the aroma. The wood/oak has more of an emphasis here. Big malt flavor, but the earthy hops balance this beer out quite a bit. This beer packs some heat with it, however. Silky chocolate, dark dried fruits, vanilla, with a nice amount of roasted malts. Lots of nice flavors going on here. I gave it a 4.5 here, because it is better than a 4. I'd say it should be around a 4.3.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, creamy, and a tad of heat showing through. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. It feels low at first, but then it comes through. Leaves a very sticky boozy aftertaste that I am not very fond of.

Overall, for the most part I really enjoyed this beer. It seems to have a bourbon flavor to it, but maybe that is just the oak chips that it was aged with. Either way, I like the beer and I am going to make an attempt at finishing this bomber alone. It might take a while, but I should be able to manage it.

11-15-2009 04:14:02 | More by mothman
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

I got this beer from a BIF. I pour the beer into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A nice dark creamy tan head that is foamy and one finger thick. the heads' rentention lacks. The color of the beer is jet black. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A very rich dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, the burnt character, molasses, oak, vanilla, toffee, and some hop character ( citrus, and floral).

Taste: A very rich dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, espresso, the burnt character, molasses, oak, vanilla, toffee, citrus, and a touch of floral.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is creamy, rich, and a warm alcohol feeling. The body of the beer is is medium and the finish is medium. I am disappointed that the beer isn't thick, but saying that it is a very good beer. Easy to drink rich and a lot of flavor. There is lacing left on the glass as I drank the beer down.

06-20-2009 03:25:15 | More by colts9016
Photo of CHADMC3


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours an oil slick black body beneath the half inch mocha head that leaves a thin layer of lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

Aromas of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate malt float from the glass. Just a touch of woody spice as it warms.

Warm flavors of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate greet the palate. Faint woody notes are present as well with some earthy hops. In the background is a touch of licorice and some charred malt.

Robust mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a warming boozy finish.

A huge and tasty Imperial Stout with tons of character to entertain the senses and nice woody notes as it warms.

09-01-2012 01:37:44 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of SkinnyElvis


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Purchased at Big Top (!) in Rosyln my hometown. Pours as black as my heart. Smell is of roasted malt with a hint of bourbon. Nice lacing. Tastes of smooth roasted malt with a bit of the bourbon. More carbonation than expected in a big RIS. A bit of etoh burn on the way down. This should age nicely. Recommended.

04-03-2009 23:06:27 | More by SkinnyElvis
Photo of padan7


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

After having purchased a case of this beer...my wife said "That was a real good idea."

This is a tour de force stoudt that holds back just alittle. Kinda a velvet hammer.

A mildy aggressive pour gives a 2 finger head in the first of two glasses. The second glass gets 1 finger & change. Gentle lacing.

The look & smell are all very nice but it is the taste that balances the coffee & booze & dry.

The feel is fine but it is back to the taste.
This beer is so close to being over the top.

Just a perfect beer to split with your significant beer pal when you have left ample room in your tummy. To drink a bomber by yourself would border on excess.

Not a perfect beer but oh so tasty & approachable.

Find drink & enjoy!

06-12-2009 03:19:03 | More by padan7
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Viggo brought this one over, picked up on a recent trip to PA. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled feb 27/09.

pours pretty much black, just showing a little brown around the edges. a thick, dense light brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving plenty of lace behind.

aroma is good. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. coffee and espresso. dark and milk chocolate. vanilla. raw oak. light alcohol. caramel. bit of dark fruit.

taste is great. medium bitterness level, more as dark roast coffee than hoppy. bit of espresso. bittersweet and dark chocolate. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. light alcohol. earthy. raw oak. bit of vanilla. bit of dark fruit too. touch of caramel. there's a nice lactic character to it too that works really well.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced, hiding its alcohol quite well. interesting and complex. this is pretty damn tasty stuff, yet it still feels a little disjoint and not quite "together" yet. i think with some age this one will get even better.

02-28-2009 04:30:31 | More by grub
Photo of Deuane


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

A-Deep, dark black with deep ruby highlights and no head.

S-Roasted coffee, dark roasy malts, dark fruit, a bit of earthiness and a hint of alcohol burn.

T-Nicely complex with hints of roasted malt, licorice, coffee, bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Very rich flavous blend nicely.

M-Full bodied with a pleasant smoothness. Alcohol warmth and a nice, sharp bitterness in the finish.

D-After anticipating having this beer I was very pleased with it. A really nice RIS with big bold flavour. I am sure it would look better on draft with a nice thick head. Nice job Matt....who's your daddy?!

04-08-2008 00:41:16 | More by Deuane
Photo of prg1976


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours black with a tiny little off-white head. Fades quickly leaving a thin rim around the glass.

Smell is caramel, chocolate, and a good bit of alcohol.

Taste is chocolate, coffee a little bit of sweet caramel or molasses. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel....could use some more carbonation. There's not much at all.

Overall, it's very good. The abv is nicely hidden, but it does sneak up on you as you make your way through a 22oz bottle. Quite tasty, will buy this one again.

04-09-2011 00:17:52 | More by prg1976
Photo of Pinknuggets


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle (I believe it is a 2011 vintage but there is no bottle date) in to HFS sniffer

A: pours black as night with almost no carbonation definitely motor oil status there is the smallest bit of mocha lacing on the outside but other then that there is no head to speak of. It is also completely opaque with literally almost no light coming through.

S: There is not much to smell here at all I do get a scent of dark fruits and hints of alcohol but that is about the only thing that I can smell

T: The taste does not really follow the nose at all as there are some hints of dark fruit in the opening there is a much larger presence of mocha flavor that is definitely more toward the dark chocolate side then coffee but the coffee does have a fairly solid presence throughout. This taste of mocha chocolate builds then slowly fades with some hints of the dark fruit coming back but mostly just the mocha flavor which fades slowly and lasts for a fairly long time after each sip

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and very oily there is very little carbonation, but the alcohol is hidden very well for 12.5% I can't detect it at all, this makes it very drinkable for such a big imperial stout.

O: This is a really good beer from the scent i was concerned but this is a well balanced not overpowering but very tasty big imperial stout. All I can really say is well done if you like a big tasty imperial stout give this a try it is a very solid representation of the style and quite enjoyed it.

01-16-2013 23:07:24 | More by Pinknuggets
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