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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 342
Gots: 206 | FT: 22
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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 HosP


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most recently got one of these from TroyG. Poured 22oz into Jackie O's snifter.

A- Pours jet black, no light coming through this one. An aggressive pour yields a thin khaki head that leaves just as quick as it appears.

S- Very roasty aroma. Some chocolate notes mixed with slight dark fruits. A little burnt aroma as well.

T- Taste is thick, almost syrupy. On that note, hop bitterness starts the beer out but quickly turns to nice chocolate flavor. Bitterness goes nicely into some sweet dark fruit flavors. Nothing jumps out, but nice oak, roasted flavors at the end.

M- Full body, little carbonation. Syrup and coats the mouth nicely.

O- Very easy to drink stout. Very good flavors that make it very enjoyable. A good stout, nothing that overwhelms you but more than solid!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 03:44:48 | More by HosP
Photo of Blanco


3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours jet black (of course) with just about no head, even after a vigorous pour. Disappointing, but I suppose ABV has an effect on this somewhat. smell is of molasses, dark malts and little else. Sort of weak in the smell. Taste is very smooth, with a tiniest bit upon the first sip but relaxes after that. Hints of vanilla come through and some oak character. More of a milk chocolate goodness than dark chocolate I usually get from stouts. good mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid sipper. Given the ABV, this one goes down pretty smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 01:29:04 | More by Blanco
Photo of JoshVandy


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Rich (rhong187) for this brew.

650mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead long stemmed wine glass.

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black color with about a .5 finger tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving an oily black substance behind. No lacing to speak of, but given the ABV, it's not surprising.

S- Nice roasted malt and chocolate come through immediately, with slight dark fruits, nice touches of espresso and some oak as it warms in the glass.

T- Big dark chocolate notes and roasted maltiness hit in unison, with a subtle oaky presence as well. Very subtle dark fruit flavors that add a more sweet character to it after it gets to about room temperature. Extremely well masked alcohol, as there is no heat to speak of.

M- Thinner than I expected, being classified as an imperial stout and all. A little low on the carbonation, which actually helps thicken it up slightly, giving it the more full body it needs. Smooth and oily on the finish.

O- I really enjoyed this. The thin mouthfeel, combined with the expertly masked alcohol, makes this a very dangerous beer, as I easily polished off the bottle by myself in about an hour. A very enjoyable stout that I'm glad I have easy trading access to.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 23:54:45 | More by JoshVandy
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They call voodoo the 'black arts' and indeed this offering from Voodoo Brewing is entirely, thoroughly black as well as artful, at least in the minimalist sense. It sits stout and solemn like a chunk of black marble, its head like a trim of heavy slate; the liquid looks thick enough to absorb a bullet. If you dropped your keys in there you'd have a hard time finding them.

The nose is rich in decadent, flavourful, dark maltiness and, with a little swirling, even while cold, probably ranks up there with the best of the style. Notes of unsweetened dark chocolate, fresh-pulled espresso and just the faintest hint of currant stick to this bouquet like a fox guarding the hen house. Notes of bourbon are absent - and good riddance to 'em!

Bourbon barrel-aging can bless a beer with unparallelled complexity and character but it's often on the bourbon's own terms, meaning it comes part and parcel with an intense, intractable boozyness that can overwhelm - not just the senses - but the beer's other elements. With that proviso, I applaud Voodoo Brewing for using just plain old oak.

The notes of (the darkest of black, like 90% cacao) chocolate and espresso come together like the teeth of a zipper. Despite all that rich, heavy decadence, however, some leafy, spicy hoppiness and a very perceivable cassis flavour are stirred up by the inevitable alcohol warmth (which is fortunately dried out in the finish by the oak, the taste of which does linger).

When gambling with higher alcohol content it is always good to have a heavy hand with the malts; this brewmaster obviously practices safe high gravity brewing, as the rich fullness of the (11 different varieties of) malts would confirm. (And hey, he even found a way to nudge a fair bit of spicy hoppiness in there too!) Both mask the true strength modestly.

Big Black Voodoo Daddy is a beer as cool as its name sounds. It certainly put a spell on me! Despite being aged on plain oak (how boring!) and not being bottle-conditioned (quel faux-pas!) this beer packs every bit the rich, intricate flavour and is every bit a formal acknowledgement of the ingenuity of American brewers as any other jacked-up stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 03:47:18 | More by biegaman
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3.53/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 01:50:19 | More by cpetrone84
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle traded to me from G311. thanks vince! i didnt expect to land one of these, let alone a few! drank from my stone RIS snifter.

A- this pours out of the bottle looking the color of a cola. opaque body. a small coffee colored head forms on top and vanishes before my eyes. little to no lacing left behind, but it is a pretty big beer. forgiven....

S- the first thing i pick up in the nose is roasted malts. some milk and dark chocolate are up next. light vanilla...must be from the oak staves? coffee at the end. a little bit of alcohol sneaks through, but much less than youd expect in something this large.

T- the taste starts out with some dark roasted malt like i could smell. very strong. after that i pick up on plenty of chocolate. both milk and dark. the vanilla from the mock barrel aging plays very well with the chocolate. coffee/espresso at the end. once again, just a little bit of alcohol shines through.

M- the body is a little on the light side. were it thicker....man, this would be on another level. moderate warming from the otherwise well hidden booze. a nice low level of carbonation.

O- very enjoyable. im told this sample was fresh, i cant wait to check back in in a couple of years. thanks again for sending this to me Vince, its worth the hype. check it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 04:29:06 | More by jwinship83
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3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:15:51 | More by Knapp85
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a two-year old bottle that I received in a trade a while ago. I don’t remember who gave it to me, but I am definitely thankful for the trade.

Appearance: A fairly solid pour into my Spiegelau tulip yields an opaque midnight black liquid that is topped by a finger of head consisting of tons of tiny bubbles. The lacing on this beer is pretty snazzy as well. All in all, exactly what I want to see from my Imperial Stouts.

Smell: There’s not a lot to the nose. I was hoping for a lot more, but what I do pick up is some notes of chocolate and coffee mixed in with a bit of woodiness. I’m guessing this is from the oak aging, but I’m not sure what hop varieties were used. As it warms up, I get some crystal malted sweetness that wasn’t there on first blush.

Taste: Heavy toasted malts and roasted grains dominate the palate on this beer. I get a lot of chocolate malt. I get more burnt grains of paradise, and I get a slight sweet vanilla extract on the finish. I also pick up hints of coffee and a bit of alcohol heat as well. I wasn’t expecting a lot from this beer, so this is just about on par with my expectations.

Mouthfeel: I was expecting the light mouthfeel as that’s the M.O. this beer had to this point, and to be honest, it was heavier than I was expecting. The bitterness from the coffee adds a much more filling quality to this beer as it finishes, and it leaves a very good taste in my mouth.

Drinkability: This beer is dangerous. The lighter than average mouthfeel is misleading because the 12% ABV will certainly sneak up on you quickly. Let me tell you this though, I’m ridiculously jealous that this beer is so cheap in PA. If this beer were available at the same price here in KS, I’d be all over it in a heartbeat. The flavors of chocolate and coffee help create a very good presence on my palate, and I really enjoy the overall effect.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 04:57:05 | More by COBeerBuff
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3.53/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 19:44:11 | More by hamilton23
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

clearly an end of the nighter. Pour is not too aggressive gravity and doesn't have a latent carbonation growth like others. Looks proper. Nice and rich nose of wood but no bourbon overtones. Coffee and chocolate like a expected given but well places. No abv nose and at 12.5 its really nice. Earth tobacco. Palate is first that earth mineral that expands into something along though lines... Earth of coffee acid... Bakery's chocolate and malty. Not thick or starchy. Leathery hints that are a great whiskey highlight.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 07:19:02 | More by rtepiak
Photo of ShanePB


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottled poured into two snifter glasses and some used for home made BBQ sauce, which turned out delicious!

A: Extremely dark brown body, just bordering on being completely black and abyss-like. A thin mocha brown head wrapped around the snifter, retaining itself throughout the entire glass.

S: Roasted flavors in all directions - initially some delicately roasted coffee beans come through without giving it a 'burnt' smell. Huge notes of milk chocolate come through, with a touch of vanilla bean and perhaps some...oak? Something seems to give it a woody note in here, not exactly sure what.

T: Chocolate seems to be dominant in taste... up-front is a big chocolate milk like taste, followed by some bitter dark chocolate, roasted espresso and caramel nut. I don't get as much wood or vanilla flavor as I did in the nose, it seems to be here but the presence isn't nearly as large.

M: Creamy, carbonation is rather low and tamed, overall this is a seriously wonderful feel for a big stout.

A true gem from Voodoo who doesn't seem to get much face-time in the craft beer scene. If anything, this beer and Black Magick should break them onto the scene, both underrated amazing big stouts.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 12:28:41 | More by ShanePB
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was trying to pick out what beer to have and pandora decided to play voodoo chile, so had to go with this beer. Thanks to both Noslenwerd and dfclav for this one.

Cellar temp, pours a rich slightly darker frothy head that fades semi slowly with some nice lacing, the beer is midnight black with the slightest hints of brown light coming through, and some decent legs.

Nose brings plenty of dark malts, roasted malts, bit of chocolate, light creamy milk choc, slight bakers choc, vanilla, touch of caramel, some very light earthy hops.

Taste starts with powdered little chalky chocolate, light bakers choc, some roasted malts, touch of coffee, vanilla, touch of caramel, hints of warming and little tingly booze, semi sweet, some light earthy hops, very light on the hops at first, but gets a bit more bitter on the finish, more thanks to the roasty malts I think, a little booze in the finish, bit sticky and mouth coating, lingering chocolate and light roast, not as long as I expected on the finish.

Mouth is heavier bodied, semi oatmeal creamy, lower but decent carb for the style, some warming and light tingly booze.

Overall not as heavy as I expected, but not as boozy either, nice malt flavors, very light on the hops, but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:10:25 | More by jlindros
Photo of Urbancaver


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark brown. A touch of light brown head. Smells roasty and dark chocolatey. Lots of sweetness on the nose. Tastes dry but sweet. Lots of roast and dark chocolate on the tongue. I tastes the biscuit malts as well, some nice subtle hoppiness. A nice dry mouthfeel. Overall very nice!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 01:54:02 | More by Urbancaver
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Antique walnut pour is black in the glass. The head is a finger high, dark khaki, and frothy but does little to stick around and collapses to a messy, patchy covering. Window dressing is clean and non-inspiring.

S: Smooth dark roasted grains and burnt chocolate. Roasted walnuts, dry creamer with a fairly good strength at first, but weakens rather quickly.

T: Dark moist burnt grains, dry creamer and burnt chocolate with a rich earthy bitterness is first appreciated. Scratchy burnt malt and bitterness lingers on the tongue. Dark fruit of dried prunes and dried raisins with chocolate and a roasty alcohol and bitterness is left on the swallow making for a hearty and rich experience.

M: Medium creamy dark roasted malts warm the mouthful along with a modest show of alcohol. Scratchy texture, bitter roasted finish off the tongue with good results.

D: Hearty dark roasted treat, enjoyable. Overall very good treat, with a flavor that continues to get smoother with each passing sip. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 23:27:20 | More by beerthulhu
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-very dark, but not completely black. you can get some light through if you try. good tall brown head even after some age. sticks around for a good while as well

-big roast smell up front up. you can get some chocolate in there as well and a nice interlacing of oak. maybe vanilla

-the roast is most prevalent to begin with. when a bit colder, there is a very tasty milk chocolate flavor in there. as it warms, the oak flavor blends in very nicely. a very nice flow and blend of all the flavors

-this beer is very smooth and velvety as promised. it is pretty crazy how un-hot this beer is despite the 12.5%. it does warm the throat after awhile, but it is never harsh

-this is a very good, very scary beer. almost like a higher ABV old rasputin. extremely drinkable, to the extent that you can accidentally find yourself drunk as you wouldn't notice having drank the entire bomber

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 02:37:25 | More by juhl31
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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in DFH snifter.

A- Dark, thick, a solid 3 inch head that is light caramel in color. Good retention, litle lacing.

S- Chocolate notes, lightly roasted coffee.

T- Chocolatey smooth, little roast, very smooth, little oak, some coffee.

M- Very velvety smooth. mouth coating, solid finish.

Overall- Great beer overall, very well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 01:55:55 | More by GrandCruDrew
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber at cellar temp poured into a snifter. not freshness date. purchased this on my trip to erie, PA.

pours out super dark, opaque motor oil black, even watching this go into the glass, this thing is dark. a small fizzy brown colored head that faded to a thin ring within minutes. no lace.

maybe not the huge aroma i was expecting, but still quite nice. some rich, heavily roasted, burnt malt, big solvent alcohol, some coffee and cocoa, a little dark fruits. heavy on the coffee like burnt malt and big alcohol.

rich and full bodied. cocoa, coffee, extra roasted burnt malt. again the big alcohol is there, but nothing offending. definatly warms the palate in a nice way. some nice milk chocolate on the backend and a bit of oak in the finish. bitter deep roasted malt as well. creamy. low on the carbonation.

overall: a really nice impy stout, and im definatly glad i got a chance to try it. this should age nicely. i will definatly pick up more next time i visit erie, but there are a lot of better impy stouts out there, but definatly in my top 20.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 00:07:10 | More by dogfishandi
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This guy was poured into a GL xmas ale snifter after I took the cap off with my pinkie finger. You may think this is a joke, but no I literally pulled it off with my finger after noticing how bad the cap was crowned. I think the guys that cap for Half Acre moonlight at Voodoo for their capping expertise.

Appearance: Standard looking stout. Very dark brown nearing black. Red hues around the edges with 1/4" light brown foamy head. I should mention the small amount of gunk around the bottle rim and the piece of Styrofoam that made it inside the bottle due to the aforementioned awesome capping job.

Smell: Coffee was the first thing that hit me here, it really takes a center stage. Their is a good amount of rich chocolate and roasted malt present. A very enticing smell. This is really where I was looking for oxidation but found little to no presence.

Taste: Right in line with the smell here. I was blown away by how well put together this beer is, nothing was out of place. The malts used in this are a dream combo. Big coffee, lots of roasted malt that doesn't taste burnt, and some dry, dark chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It reaches the higher end of medium here. Didn't feel too thick or too thin, it was a nice medium. The carbonation was surprisingly good.

Overall: This is something I could drink all the time. If I could buy/afford a keg of this stuff I'd have it on tap to enjoy anytime. This isn't some thrown together over-done or over-hopped stout, this guy is a solid, bold, balanced imperial that I would put in my top 10 any day.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:53:50 | More by schwaeh
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3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 02:57:45 | More by haazer
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Axic10 (Alex) huge thanks!! This is basically black with a lighter head then expected, some light lacing appears but slumps down the glass eventually. Anise, licorice, cacao nibs, faint oaky aroma with touches of coffee. Really roasty flavor with a base of coffee and cacao nibs, some spice notes like anise and even cinnamon. Touches of vanilla on the finish.
Thinner mouthfeel then one would expect but nice finish, I do like a chewier stout. I would buy this again, though I do feel it is more of an RIS then american double stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 01:28:23 | More by pmlondrigan
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my pint glass, this stout pours pitch black with a tan head that is very bubbly and quickly subdues to a small ring. This stout is not really leaving any lace, but for 12.5% I can have a little forgiveness.

S: The nose consists of wonderful notes of anise, dark chocolate and a little coffee. Molasses and oak round off the complexity of notes.

T: The flavor is almost as good as the nose. The oak seems to give this beer a depth that doesn't always come through in many stouts. The anise notes really hit home, and there are good notes of bitter dark chocolate on the back of the pallet.

MF: The mouth feel is creamy and almost as full as a really good Belgium dubbel.

Overall, it's interesting to have an oaked aged stout of this depth. It's missing something for me that will take it over the edge, but I really enjoyed this stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 23:43:33 | More by TKEbeerman
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz.

A: The appearance is pretty good, can see just a little amber light through the edges of the almost black stout. Good, but not great looking stout.

S: Immediately I get a lot of smokiness from the smell, as it warms more sort of caramel sweetness starts to come through. I personally am not a huge fan of smoky stouts/porters but the aroma on BBVD is pretty good despite my lack of preference for smoky beers.

T: Right from the refrigerator, BBVD comes across almost as a smoked porter rather than a stout. However, as soon as it warms even a bit, the smokiness is replaced partly by carmel-ly sweetness tinged with both an earthy hoppiness and a fading dark fruit presence. If you're a fan of monstrous bold coffee/chocolate/sweet stouts, maybe BBVD isn't for you, but it's still a big tasty stout.

M: The mouthfeel is a little light for my preference, but other BA's might call it velvety, silky, or smooth. To me, BBVD is just a little too light/thin for a Russian imperial stout. For perspective, I think BBVD is great to drink beside thinner-bodied beers, but compared to other Russian imperial stouts, it's a little lacking.

O: BBVD is quite enjoyable, by no means a weak beer, but maybe not as exciting as what an experienced BA would expect from a Russian imperial stout. Definitely worth a try, just don't stack it up against other limited release "big boy" stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 04:37:17 | More by Infernal75
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3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:41:21 | More by zhanson88
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours an clouded inky black color, thin crop of tan head, very little retention or lacing on the glass.

Heavy roasted malts with light char, caramel and chocolate with noticeable anise tone, slight dark fruit and sweetness.

Thick roasted malts, heavy on the tongue, syrup with caramel. Slight hoppy bitterness. Some dark fruit sweetness with dates and cherry. Slight char with malts, thick anise coating. Finishes a bit boozy and warm.

Thick heavy body, a bit syrupy and chewy. Drinks nicely, not too boozy, smooth enough on the tongue. Definitely a good one to split with somebody, and the price point is nice as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 23:54:54 | More by xnicknj
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Big espresso and toffee notes, pumpernickle bread, some bisquit and tobacco

L: Dark as night, thick, tan head that dissipates quickly.

T: Sweet mocha like maltiness leading to an earthy, roasty light bitterness. Finishes ashy but still quite sweet. Alcohol very well hidden.

M: Medium-full body, low carbonation.

This is a great stout, very sweet and very bold flavors. Very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 03:11:30 | More by bum732
Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
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