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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 346
Gots: 211 | 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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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
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

From 09/15/10 notes. Brought to a small DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark black color with 2 inches of brown head and moderate carbonation. Nice lacing and retention.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruit, oak, toasted malts.

t - Tastes of bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, hints of alcohol, dark fruits, and sweet chocolate.

m - Medium body moderate carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink fro 12% ABV; the alcohol is barely detectable.

d - I thought this was a great imperial stout. It was very balanced and easy to drink for 12% ABV. I'm very glad I have another bottle of this as I can't wait to try it again.

09-20-2010 03:10:23 | More by mdfb79
Photo of EgadBananas


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Big thanks to my Homie John (JM03) for the Want!

Pours an Evil black, with nearly no head. Very calm and still murkiness.

Aroma has big roasted malt notes, slight char, rich chocolate, and light coffee notes.

There's a slight bit of alcohol on the taste, but it's short lived. Roast takes over, with a hefty amount of chocolate, and a BIG coffee finish.

Full bodied, and creamy. No carbonation really.

Great stout. Big ABV, and it's hidden in a plethora of big flavors...can't go wrong.

07-09-2011 02:27:16 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of weeare138


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Appears a near black with deep, dark brown edges when held up. A small, dark tan head slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, toasted nuts, caramel, ripe fruit, espresso, vanilla, and a touch of smoke.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a wallop of cocoa and sugary vanilla cream coming through.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly carbonated, with a warming alcohol presence found during the finish.

01-05-2009 17:44:06 | More by weeare138
Photo of levifunk


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Gushed when I opened it. Bottle conditioned?

poured cellar temp in a point glass.

a - very dark. yeast on the bottom of the glass. huge head, brown in color.

s - hops, chocolate, coffee

t - huge flavor. chocolate, coffee, slight toffee sweetness. Earthy spices and a mild bitterness run throughout. Alcohol is there, but reminds me of cough syrup, not 12.5%

m - large carbonation keeps this otherwise thick beer nice and fluffy.

o - I woudl recommend this beer to be drank earlier in the night than later. Huge flavor & ABV, but an odd lightness that makes me think I should take this to the beach on a sunny day.

05-22-2010 00:53:07 | More by levifunk
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz bottle from Capones...

A: The darkest beer i have ever seen. The brownest, thich and full head i have ever seen. Lots of head retention and lacing.

S: Dark roasted matls, roasted nuts, roasted cocoa, roasted coffee, slight smokeyness.

T: Uber complex malt character (what was it, about 8 kinds listed on the bottle?) Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, dark black coffee. Nice little flavors of oak and burbon hints. Little bit of smokeyness and dark fruit to go along.

M: Thick and oily, but not syrupy and lingering. Perfect carbonation to keep it smooth and flowing.

D: Easy to drink, hides the booze well for an Imperial. One of the best in class!

08-03-2009 15:34:08 | More by rfgetz
Photo of hopdog


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

On tap at the KSBF '08.

Poured a dark black color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of wood, smoky, coffee, and chocolate. Tastes of wood, the same smokiness, coffee, earthy, light vanilla, and chocolate. Light alcohol finish. I didn't really get any bourbon in this.

11-13-2008 02:20:36 | More by hopdog
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, chocolate and small alcohol notes. In the taste, chocolate, a nice hop presence and a small alcohol taste in the end. A small hop bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry chocolate and small hop in the aftertaste. Big chocolate taste, with notes of alcohol and hops, quite smooth and tasty.

09-14-2011 12:01:43 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of kels


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks so much to FtownThrowDown for sharing this! Um, didn't realize at the time it was 12.5%, so I guess that sheds some light on the horrible handwriting in my notes. Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Pours completely black and totally opaque. Can't see a thing through the very viscous-looking darkness. Light swirls of creamy foam twirl along the surface of the liquid, standing in for the absence of any head or lacing.

Smell is really chocolatey upfront, in a cocoa-powdery sort of way. Slight, sticky alcohol creeps forward through the sweetness, and a nice, warm vanilla creaminess subtly enhances the overall effect.

Taste is full of rich, milky chocolate, but the dominant flavor comes out as a darkly roasted coffee bean. The malts are so roasted they are pretty much smoked, and there's a slight burnt quality/spent grounds aspect overall. The richness of the roast comes across very warm and earthy - less like charcoal, more like leather. The alcohol comes through with slight bite, and it's warming is very apparent in my cheeks. The feel is pretty viscous with moderate creaminess from the light carbonation.

It drinks pretty easily and is really enjoyable, though I suspect that 12.5% catches up pretty fast. Definitely a damn good beer.

11-05-2009 03:29:59 | More by kels
Photo of portia99


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

22oz bottle received in trade with garbercury. Thanks Gar! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a nearly opaque pitch black color with a finger of creamy tan foam. Head slowly descends to a creamy thin layer on the surface. Light lacing left on the glass.

S - Tons and tons of coffee in the nose followed by some dark chocolate and alcohol. Dark roasty malts also blend in with some burnt, dark roasted flavors too.

T - Alcohol up front, closely followed by rich black coffee. Tons of dark roasted flavors here, dark chocolate...about 60% cacao. Some nice oak flavors round things out.

M - A little lighter than medium bodied with a similar carbonation level. Alcohol level is not at all noticeable...I detect no heat at all.

D - A very good imperial stout, especially for those who love their coffee and dark roasted malts. Not as complex as others I've had, but still very good flavors and quite enjoyable. Definitely one worth seeking out.

06-13-2010 00:32:13 | More by portia99
Photo of FosterJM


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

1464th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter

Not sure year

CA Gang Bang BIF

App- When the top popped this was another beer I had high hopes for and this was a nice big stout. The beer pours out with a good flow of dark brown chocolate/molasses brown red and settles nicely with a good density. A small tan head mayb 1/2" was there and left a good amount of cling.

Smell- A lot going on in this one. It for some reason was a big coffee note for me. Had a pleasant roasty note with no signs of the ABV and a good touch of the oak with some chocolate malts.

Taste- This stout was quite good and I am glad I have a bottle now. Very lush and creamy notes intermixed with a oaky, malty, roast note. Some small balanced coffee roasted notes on the finish.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a lighter medium carbonation due to the bottle conditioning. A bit too bubbly and needed to smooth down. Residual prickly chocolate coffee notes.

Drink- A very good stout IMO and under the radar for sure. Was very smooth and delicate. The balance was damn good and I am glad to have a bottle.

08-18-2012 21:46:50 | More by FosterJM
Photo of KAP1356


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Reviewed from notes. Had a "cellar night" last time I was home and decided on going with one of these. 2009 bottle poured into a Victory snifter...

A - Pours a nice opaque black color (as expected) with a nice creamy tan head forming about a half a finger thick. Nice lacing as well.

S - Nice fudge-like chocolate aromas mixed with some slight coffee-espresso notes. Slight burnt aromas are present as well. Nice hint of sweet vanilla and some ever so slight woodiness to it as well.

T - Lovely deep rich chocolate, burnt/charred malts with some coffee/espresso. Some booze present there, but a nice touch, nothing offensive. Sweet vanilla and some molasses with hints of chocolate covered dark fruits.

M - Very nice and smooth. Silky and a heavy body. Moderate carbonation adds just enough to the mouth feel.

O - Excellent beer and my vote for the best stout made in PA (non barrel aged). Very delicious even with 2 years on it. I can't wait to see how the other bottles I have aging turn out.

04-04-2011 19:23:18 | More by KAP1356
Photo of brewdan


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

2009 Vintage

Pours opaque black with a decent foamy mocha head.

Smells roasty with a hint of licorice, coffee, and raisins.

Strong roasty flavors a touch bitter at first turning sweet on midpalete and finish. Strong coffee, raisin, and licorice flavors that are really creamy.

Creamy mouthfeel with low but ample carbonation.

I believe this was better when fresher. The flavors are well integrated but this feels a little 'old' or 'tired'. Still a wonderful, tasty brew.

12-26-2011 19:25:05 | More by brewdan
Photo of harrymel


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to Tanger for this as an extra in a box of snacks, cheers Jon!

Bottled: dunno

A: Pours a typical dark, black stout. Cocoa powder head <1 finger dissipates quickly and leaves a thin sheet of the same. Hugs the rim tenaciously and leaves cobweb lacing. Can't see through this monster - no light (edging only)

S: Ahhh, don't understand why every brewery these days thinks the only way to mature and intensify a beer is in bourbon bal's. Oak is beautiful, and adds the vanilla tones, earth and wood notes to turn this impy into a potential epic. Well crafted cocoa, graham, malt sexy, with lower tones of booze and chinooks add a layer I had not anticipated. Fantastic.

T: Roasty, coffee, bitterness, dark chocolate, biscuits, smoke, leather, tobacco. I let this beer sit out for over an hour before cracking it (as I do with big stouts), and I believe this lent itself to allowing the characteristics to highlight and weave - particularly in the finish. Lots of dark chocolate, biscuit, medium toasted oak. Charcoal!

M: Velvet, oily, smooth and chewy. The beer resonates for minutes provided the latching onto my palate, tongue, teeth and larynx.

D: Pfft, I was hesitant in trading for this beer in particular, now I have been converted. Goddamn fine beer. I wish the date was known on the bottle, I will presume 2010 on this bottle, but am certain this could sit for a year or two and additionally highlight the body/feel of the beer and begin to present some plummy notes with more cocoa and tobacco flavors. Excellent beer.

03-10-2011 07:38:29 | More by harrymel
Photo of jzeilinger


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Pours an engine oil black with a creamy two fingered caramel colored head. The foam sticks to the sides of the glass like bubbly glue.

S - Dark bitter chocolate, roasted cocoa, mild boozy effervescence, mild roasted smoke (weird, I know).

T - Mild expresso, dark roasted chocolate, powdered malt, slight pine bitterness, a little bit of leather, but not overly complex for a stout this big. The taste is even across the sip and ends with a mild shot of expresso that lingers for a few minutets afterwards. There's a notable warming on the way down.

M - Heavy medium body, gentle smoothness on the tongue mixed with booziness and expresso.

O - A darn fine stout!

09-09-2011 05:04:51 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of Jayli


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

received this one from csmiley via Review This! BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a deep dark opaque briwn with ever so slight chestnut edges. 1/4 inch of brown head recedes immediately leaving only a film with spotty lacing.

S: Nose is chocolate, hazlenut, booze, burnt malts, and hops.

T: Taste starts with slight sweetness toffee and hazlenut. Middle is filled out with bitter bakers chocolate and a hint of java. Finish is a nice mixture of hops and burnt malts.

M: Full body, medium carbonation, rich feel but not creamy. Somewhat sticky finish.

D: This is a damn fine beer, tasty, goes down easy, great representation of the style. A simple bomber will do ya (12% abv!) but will be highly enjoyable!

12-23-2009 17:07:07 | More by Jayli
Photo of Adamdc


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Received this in a trade (cpetrone84--thanks!) and there's no date on the bottle so I have no idea about the age of this.

A: Pours jet black with some ruby highlights when held up to light. The head is great--dark tan but very tight foam (almost like a 'nitro' head). About a 1/2 inch that settles quickly but returns on slight swirling.

S: Malty milk and dark chocolate with coffee. Some raisin/dark fruit also.

T: The chocolate and coffee are there and the dark fruit is a little more pronounced. On the backend there's a lingering bitterness and I'm picking up a little bit of the alcohol.

M: The mouthfeel is medium overall and you get a lingering mixture of bitterness and coffee that coats the mouth after swallowing. Carbonation is just right

D: For a 12.5% abv Double Stout this is very drinkable. Goes down very smoothly and tastes very good.

I'm very glad I was able to acquire a couple of these. I'm planning on sitting on the other one and see if the hop bitterness subsides. I'm guessing that this was from the most recent release because the hop presence (being only 65 ibu) was pretty prominent.

03-18-2010 02:59:13 | More by Adamdc
Photo of callmemickey


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Dark chocolate brown black.. small khaki/tan head... little retention or lacing drops this down a tad.

S: Classic dark chocolate, roasted coffee and barley, nice oak and vanilla characters and of course some booze... near ideal smell for a 12% stout

T: A bit lacking in comparison to the nose, but thats not all together unexpected based upon the quality of the aromas... nice dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol and vanilla oakness which permeates from start to finish

M: Thin for this weight, but solid medium body, not as cream as some other top notch stouts

D: Dangerous at 12%... the lack of ideal mouthfeel might benefit the overall drinkability here.

Need to get another one of these...

02-24-2009 22:12:31 | More by callmemickey
Photo of nrbw23


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

A- Pours black, with an inch and a half of dark foam/light brown head.

S- Smells like cocoa, burnt chocolate/coffee malt, and molasses soaked dark fruits.

T- The flavor is pretty much a delicious abundance of what was promised by the smell, with an even stronger dark chocolate, burnt roastiness, and a tad of vanilla thrown in.

M- Fuller side of medium in body and low carbonation. Very excellent.

D- Easy to drink and very solid brew by all means.

09-18-2009 10:47:31 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Kadonny


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

2011 version, poured fresh into a big Bordeaux wine glass. 22 ounce bottle.

A: Color is jet black with no light coming through at all. A half finger light brown head leaves minimal glass lacing.

S: Huge roasted smells with some burnt wood, smoke, chocolate and a slight earthy hop.

T: Tastes like smell. The roastiness on this beer is incredible. Dark roasted malts mix with some burnt flavors and some smoke. Some dark espresso flavors mix in too. The chocolate mixes in to bring a bold sweetness to the beer. The sweetness gets toned down by the hops on the finish which actually dry the beer out at the end. Alcohol is tasted on the finish.

M: Full, coating, roasted flavors really linger. Alcohol is there, but not as much as you would expect for the high abv.

O: A fantastic impy stout that has the guts to age for sure. I have never had a stout that gives off so much roastiness when fresh. A great beer.

This is a stout that can stand with the best of them. Massive but tasty and enjoyable. I'll report back with how these babies age. Nice job Voodoo.

03-28-2011 14:08:49 | More by Kadonny
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottle shared with my wife tonight. Served in my newly acquired Darkness snifter (thanks Paul).

The beer appears a near black shade, only appearing dark brown at the crest. The beige head is a finger thick but dissipates rather quickly, leaving some faint traces of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of roast, chocolate, oak, and alcohol, respectively.

I really enjoy the bold flavor of this beer. It's extremely rich and roasty, much more than was expected. Oak plays a major role, with alcohol presence emerging late.

The feel is thick, strong, and bold.

A very nice sipper. I imagine this would improve with age.

03-15-2011 02:12:57 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks Dave Austin!

Pour is absolute black underneath a nice caramel head. Good head retention through the finish and decent lacing.

The smell is nice. Thick coffee and roasted burnt malt really dominate. Underlying sweetness or prunes with a strong mollasses/black licorice.

Its like Founders IS, but more sweet. Lots of bitter coffee upfront, with resonating sweetness. Lots of prunes, swret syrup, and black strap licorice. Without the roasty coffee and burnt malt, it would be a sweet bomb.

07-23-2012 20:27:26 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of ehammond1

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%


Thanks to the Pittsburgh gang for sending this to the Cali gang!

Nearly black, though it's truly a very dark brown and dark ruby. The head is small, dark brown, and leaves the glass spotted and oily with stick. Pretty and appropriately thick and viscous.

Big notes of roast and coffee are front and center, along with mild chocolate, and a complementary oak presence. Rich and complete.

The flavor was even better than the aroma: big notes of roasted black malts, some coffee but not as much as in the aroma, bitter chocolate, mild sweetness, and a touch of bitterness. Really quite nice. This was a complete imperial stout and one of the highlights of my evening.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.


08-21-2012 01:52:53 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Beejay


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Thanks krisandajt.

A: Deep Black with a rich brown head on top. Looks great.

S: Big chocolate and molasses. Brown sugar and a bit of alcohol.

T: Malty, with a bit of a roasted flavor following. A bit of bitter, but that leads into a sweet chocolate and coffee flavor. The alcohol is hidden fairly well.

M: nice and creamy, but a little thinner than I would have expected. Plenty of carbonation.

D: I would definitely do this beer again. Tasty, delicious and dark.

04-05-2010 01:38:36 | More by Beejay
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