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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 346
Gots: 214 | 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 OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

jzeilinger, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Plenum for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a huge 3 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a craggy cap. A nice latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some chocolate chip cookie dough. Alcohol aromas come out as the beer warms. Taste is of dark roasted malt, bitter cocoa powder, and slight coffee grounds. There is a mild roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a very low carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout but I really don't smell or taste any oak/wood that it was supposedly aged on.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to canjeeps once again.

Pours pitch black with a very thin bubbly khaki head that leaves some spotting.

Aroma is lots of coffee beans, roasted malt, and dark chocolate.

Tastes follow the aroma well with the coffee and chocolate flavors really taking over. The alcohol creeps up on the backend with some oak flavors leading it all up to a nice smokey aftertaste.

Mouhfeel is medium with light carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV. Goes down smooth and a little too easily.

Overall is excellent! Would for sure drink this again and will try to seek out more of their stuff.

daveytheformer, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours one of the nicest pours that I have seen for a stout. It actually looked just like light cocoa powder on the top with a bit of lacing.

S: Dark cocoa, chocolate, toffee, dark roasted malts and sweet barley.

T: Dark chocolate with a sweet mixture of roasted malts. Plenty of variation in the malts from what I could pick up but also nicely caramelized sugars from a long boil time. Late cocoa and a bit of mid taste coffee / espresso. Just a bit of english hops in the taste, but the other flavors clearly outshine it.

M: Medium to light bodied but slick and silky smooth.

O: Overall this is a great beer. Was happy to share it with some friends while brewing up a 15 gallon batch of Oktoberfest. This beer did not let any of us down.

alpinebryant, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of kaips1
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bomber thanks to

no bottle date poured into a pint glass, this poured a a nice dark void of blackness with minimal head that quickly vanished into just a mocha ring of bubbles. the aroma of chocolate is the first and strongest notes, then its followed by a bit of smoky roasted almost coffee like, malty bitterness is also very prominent. i get roasty malty bitterness in the taste and a smooth chocolate finish. mouthfeel wasnt exciting but it was velvety and smooth. the drinkability is great i could enjoy 2 of these on a day of nothing but laziness, overall this is a good stout that i wouldnt mind drinking again.

kaips1, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at POPE philly

A- balck in the glass with a smaller chocolate head. Not really much lacing.

S- sweeter milk chocolate with some coffee beans

T- nice chcoclate malt upfront with roasty coffee. Hoppy bitterness is there but somewhat laid back. Nice blend of all the good stuff. Coffee bitterness fades to the finish.

M- medium to thick feel with smaller carbonation. Really

O- pretty nice stout thats got all the stuff i like

Gushue3, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. There's a nice film that clings to the side of the glass with webbed lacing.

N: This is an absolutely beautiful nose! Dark chocolate, roasted barley, cocoa, espresso and toffee.

T: Dark chocolate, toffee and roasted barley along with hints of ripe plum and cherry. This then flows into espresso and some charcoal notes. Finishes earthy and woody with lingering coffee, roasted barley and some hints of floral.

M: Medium bodied, silky, smooth, warming and a little sticky.

O: Fantastic! The 12.5% abv is not detectable and goes down incredibly easy. This has a nice complexity where the flavors change ever so slightly with each sip taken. Big Black Voodoo Daddy should be essential to any Imperial Stout enthusiast.

justintcoons, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received thanks to BA Soonami. This one was allowed to warm a good bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Big Black Voodoo Daddy pours, well, big and black. The dark caramel head was disappointing on the first pour, but the second one yields three fingers of foam, complete with good head retention and a little bit of lacing. The nose is fairly run of the mill, a roughly equal blend of dark chocolate and highly roasted coffee, and it's a bit weak to boot. Thankfully, the flavor steps things up a notch. That same coffee/chocolate combo leads things off, and just when I think the flavor is going to be as run of the mill as the aroma, all these little nuances start appearing on the back end that show the beer has a little bit more to it. Notes of anise, oak, and an almost earthy quality make an appearance. Not every one on every sip, but always something to keep things interesting. The body is remarkably middle of the road for such a big stout, it drinks like it's only 8-9%. While that's a boon to drinkability, it does dampen the richness of the beer. The carbonation is suitably understated. Big Black Voodoo Daddy is remarkably well tempered, as far as a lack of heat for being 12.5%, and it's pretty tasty to boot.

axeman9182, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of lackenhauser
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

lackenhauser, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

andrewinski1, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JohnnyBarman, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

EgadBananas, Jul 09, 2011
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!

HosP, Jul 06, 2011
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.

Blanco, Jun 27, 2011
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.

JoshVandy, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
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.

cpetrone84, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
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.

jwinship83, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of COBeerBuff
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.

COBeerBuff, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of hamilton23
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.

hamilton23, May 22, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
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.

rtepiak, May 22, 2011
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.

ShanePB, May 16, 2011
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, May 16, 2011
Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.