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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 405
Hads: 969
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 354
Gots: 227 | FT: 18
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:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

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.

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Reviews: 405 | Hads: 969
Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

A-dark brown color with a light brown head and little lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, molasses, dark chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, light char, coffee, molasses, chocolate, light oak

S-medium body with mild to moderate carbonation, smooth, but not as rich as expected,alcohol well-integrated

O-solid stout, would love to try the barrel-aged version

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Photo of MacQ32
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pretty damn black with a nice finger of dense mocha colored head, retention is solid and the lacing is fantastic.

S - Tons of chocolate, mildly bitter dark chocolate, some roasty malts, minimal vanilla type sweetness, licorice.

T - Very nice. A great combination of being boozy but not overly boozy - and chocolatey. Initially a bit of a boozy medicine feel followed but a rich but bitter roasty chocolate flavor and licorice. Aftertaste is fairly pungent booze. Boozyness is a bit bitter, not sure what the hops schedule is like here but it could be relatively significant. After a couple sips the boozyness/bitterness really does kind of dominate, maybe too much so.

M - Mouthfeel is the highlight here, mediumish bodied and incredibly silky smooth, minimal carbonatoin. Really fantastic.

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Photo of dar482
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown/black color.

The aroma has licorice, roasted malt, earthy hops.

The flavor follows as a licorice bomb, but not in an offensive way. There's chocolate in the front, rich roasted malt, and then the back hits of hops and a bitter black chocolate.

At 12.5%, this beer has a medium plus mouthfeel and hides its alcohol well. It drinks more towards most imperial stouts at 9-10%. The beer absolutely disguises 2-3% ABV somehow.

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Photo of Omnium
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at House of 1000 Beers on 5-18-14

A - Pitch black in color with two fingers of a thick foamy tan head, thick lacing.
S - Coffee, massive roasted malt, a little nutty, some dark chocolate.
T - Dark chocolate and bitter earthy hops are main stage followed by some coffee roasts.
M - Bitter yet creamy and rich.
O - Excellent stout, One of Voodoo's better beers for sure.

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Photo of RacerX5k
2.72/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

wow. I dont know how beers like this get ratings around here because bottom line is ... wait for it ... this beer fucking stinks. then they throw it in a pappy barrel and act like it's humanity's gift? I can't imagine how this could be any better in a barrel, though I haven't had it. ok sorry about that; rant (almost) over.

looks ok, smells pretty good. taste is not enough of anything chocolate or roast leading to a black licorice taste and aftertaste. no it's not a drain pour only because I don't drain pour. hides the abv well, and I will finish it. points for being almost a good buy at $6.50 per, $13 for 4. well, Siberian Night at the insane $7.50 for 4; Brooklyn Black Chocolate at $8 for 4 and Wake and Bake at $12 for 4 all kill this beer.

so, fuck it, it is my own fault since I tried this beer years ago and it was terrible then too. my bad, got sucked in by the $ and the thought that maybe I missed something years ago? guess what? that's another myth around here, palates changing. been doing this for 5 years now; if the beer stinks previously, it still stinks.

most people I know do not like black licorice or flat beer which by the end of this bomber this beer is now lifeless. what is the brewer thinking? that black licorice is a desired flavor profile? overall worst beer I've had this year (2014). and I still finished it. amazing.

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Photo of Donco
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.7.14

A - Pours a motor oil black with a small light brown head that forms a ring on the edge.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee.

T - Smooth and subtle chocolate and coffee.

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Very smooth and mild. A nice flavorful, easy drinker.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer reminded me of a lighter version of Plead the 5th. It was lighter in aspects including taste, mouth feel, color and body. Thinner than I would have thought considering the percentage of alcohol. The smell was pretty decent with chocolate, light roasted malt and booze coming to the forefront. Not a terrible imperial stout by any means, but lacking that punch of flavor I look for in a big stout.

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Photo of jhartley
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Mad Elf chalice.

Deep black body with a very thin tan head which dissipated quickly and would return with a swish of the glass. No light shines through when held up to the light.

Aromas of licorice, espresso and unsweetened chocolate and some alcohol.

Tastes of dark char, roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, burnt molasses. Coats our tongue in that deliciousness. Alcohol bite is there at the end as it warms up. No doubt about it, when you're drinking this you're drinking a Big Bad stout!

Really just a great stout, big bold, tasty. Thick and bold with the mouthfeel, but not too heavy that you can't drink the whole bomber yourself. If you like your stouts big, go find yourself a bottle, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the very stylishly decorated bomber into a very tall, very large and wide mouth champagne style glass.

A: Black and still. Rocky two finger head that supports the bottle cap subsides into a 1 mm ring. Opaque in clarity. This brew has huge legs. It is definitely a potent, richly colored brew.

S: It has that indication of a chocolate covered, salted caramel pretzel. It's huge nose is filled with these very nice odors. Slight vanilla notes peek around the edges.

T: Perfectly follows nose. Amazing warming sensation combined with wispy vanilla from the oak. The oak does not intrude and assault, like Weyerbacher Insanity if you have had that. It complements everything perfectly like oak should.

M: Velvety smooth draught with very slight prickly notes on tip of tongue. Strongly roasted malt interplays with the moderate carbonation to provide a very smooth experience. It's a little hot, and I bet some cellar aging would not reduce the heat. It is not unbalanced heat, just comes in and says "Hi, remember I am a double big stout"

O: On point. If you like huge RIS or big charred malty American double stout beers and can get this, do it. Well worth the price I paid (under 10 for a bomber).

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Photo of tviz33
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber in to a snifter-type glass.

A- The body is dark is hell with a half inch of brown head that settles in to a dense cap after a couple minutes.

S- Very very roasty nose. The closest I can compare the scent is to DFH WWS, but with less alcohol presence. Milk chocolate and a little oak are there too.

T- Big flavor. Lots of roastiness. Dry and slightly hoppy with a noticeable alcohol presence. Bitter chocolate and a little oak.

M- Full mouthfeel. Viscous and lightly carbonated. Very nice.

O- A really good imperial stout, especially if you like them drier.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from jbwimer. Big thanks! Pours pitch black with a half inch head, super creamy looking and brown. Massive roasty and chocolate aroma with some light oakiness in the background, and maybe a slight bit of dark fruits in there. Flavor is huge roasty chocolates, more roast mid palate, finishing with sweet but not too sweet chocolate sauce. There is a good balancing smoke to this from the roasty grains that makes it to down way too easy. Big rich mouthfeel with medium carbonation that is right on. Would take this over Expedition any day. What a great beer. I can see how this would take well to barrel aging. Nearly perfect non-liquor-barrel-aged impy right here for me. Big, bold, rich flavors and plenty drinkable.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Voodoo Brewing Co. "The Barrel Room Collection" branded snifter

Pours jet black capped by a light brown fluffy head. Average retention, a decent amount of splotchy lacing. Bold nose chock full of bakers chocolate, dark fruit, a touch of oak, and brooding booziness--just right for a big stout. Opens with bold dark chocolate, mellowed by dried dark fruit black cherries and prune. Some charred biscuit notes midpalate and even hints of burned caramel. Pleasant understated oak notes, espresso notes and charred chocolate malt joined by some bittering hops and pleasant, warming booziness on the mostly dry finish. Moderately carbonated, big silky full body with some creamy accents. If you're looking for a monster of a stout; this brew certainly doesn't disappoint. Highly recommended.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This didn't ooze into the glass but it did retain a relatively hefty appearance. The color was flat black and held a bubbly frothy brown head.

The aroma was filled with Graham crackers, chocolate malts, coffee, char and smoke.

This has a unique dryness yet creamy sweetness. Graham cracker and chocolate malt are first on the tongue followed by a huge marshmallow sweetness. This finishes with charred coffee, campfire embers and sweet smokiness.

The feel is dry but full with little noticeable carbonation or alcohol.

This is the quintessential stout, deriving all its taste from the charred malts and tasting great doing it.

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Photo of Tonerelia
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a large snifter, dark almost black appearance with almost nonexistent head. The head that does appear is a burnt caramel color but fades almost immediately.

S: Very agressive! Even if you hadn't noticed that this is a ~12 ABV one smell will immediately alert you to the fact that you are about to consume with a good amount of alcohol. Unfortunately I don't smell to much more maybe a little faint hint of licorice but it is so faint I can't be certain.

T: Wow! Immediately you get smacked in the face with alcohol but as the beer goes down you get hints of sweetness and there is a lingering after taste. This after taste has the same persistence as eating a whole clove of garlic would, my recommendation would to be defiantly eat something along with this beer. Unfortunately because of the heavy alcohol I don't taste to much else.

M: Initially the beer is very smooth and goes down great, but as you take a couple more sips it takes longer and longer to go down. The after taste and remnants of the beer stick around longer and longer after every sip.

O: This is certainly a beer I would recommend to those who are still experimenting and looking for something different, but unfortunately I don't think I would recommend or purchase this beer again. It has some unique qualities that many I assume would/do enjoy but this is not my type of stout. There is not enough flavor behind it.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha head. Very dark.

S: Dark chocolate, oak and vanilla in the nose.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, caramel, molasses, licorice.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: This beer is really really good. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mini-review taken from notes jolted at a bottle share done at the Albany Taproom in December. This was brought by me – a special thanks to jbravato for sending me this a good long while ago! Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a mini snifter. 2013 vintage, I believe.

Treacle black in appearance, I was impressed that it *wasn't* actual motor oil in the bottle served to us. While there ARE even thicker imperial stouts that you can find domestically, this is thick enough (without ranging into a syrup destination) AND very well presentable. An excellent deep mocha head coats the top, and never seems to dissipate overall. Leaves behind some sticky foam, alongside some massive legs. Looks unbelievably delicious.

A first whiff reveals a pleasant surprise – extremely vivid roasted notes of all sorts, as well as a dried dark fruit and spice cornucopia: roasted espresso, rich dark cocoa powder (the kind you add in coffee), as well as notes of raisins, prunes, and dark cherries. A bit of sweetness at the finish, with burnt toffee and caramel, but this is really all about the aspects that (I personally feel) make up the most exciting boozy stouts in the country. Smells rich without being overwhelming, and the alcohol never comes through. I am very, very impressed.

I think this automatically became one my favorite imperial stouts as soon as I took my first sip of this – talk about something that is rich, warming, and big in so many respects, yet never a chore to drink with the right piece of mind. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, tobacco, leather, raisins, and some toffee to round it up? Where's my damn cigar to go with this? Finishes silky smooth, with more roasted notes and spices to round things up – I'm honestly impressed this isn't oak aged with all of them coming together at the end. It's really something to be reckoned with. Finishes well carbonated, hearty, and yet, extremely clean at the finish, with no lingering excessive sweetness or unnerving booziness. Granted, it's something I could have every day, but I really think its aging potential (as I managed with this bottle) is up there with Old Rasputin.

It's good to have friends for a beer like this – with the alcohol this hidden and the beer this quaffable, you'd be in the slow lane in no time. For that matter, it's not the most practical offering there is in the style, but it's by far one of the most memorable. Not sure how far this would age well without leading into dreaded soy saucy notes, but 8-12 months seems to wonders to mellow down the booze and bring out the roasted notes. A true privilege to drink!

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Photo of kevanb
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, assuming a 2013 vintage, poured into a Voodoo Brewing snifter.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, hues of cola brown with just a few loose bubbles of head, tan colored that vanishes immediately and leaves no lace. The aroma is robust, strong malt, subtle coffee, ample roast, pleasant stone fruit and raisin with a touch of licorice. The flavors don't quite add up, rich grain and roast leap out straight away, stone fruit and raisin, light coffee, an interesting hazelnut quality with a bizarre milky character. The body is a little underwhelming, carbonation is low, but the richness and thickness is too, I'd prefer it to be a bit more silky and full bodied. The finish is easy, slightly warming but a little weak.

Verdict: A nice imperial stout from Voodoo, but it just lacks the rich body that props the flavors up significantly. The milky and nutty flavors I picked up just didn't work for me, but the complexity of the beer is rewarding and the alcohol is masterfully hidden. I had no problem drinking a bottle of this, but I'm not sure I'd go for it again, perhaps I need to track down the barrel aged variants.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Acquired a few years ago from bonkers courtesy of the Quick & Easy High Card BIF so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large dense light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, some bourbon, some smokiness and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by some smokiness. Then some flavors of chocolate, bourbon, coffee and dark fruit come in but they aren’t too strong. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty and complex, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good big stout that worth drinking for as long as you can handle it.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt C for this one as an extra. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 11/26/2013, at our latest tasting.

Review #299.

Typical imperial stout appearance- opaque, black and viscous. Not much head, not much lacing.

Smells like a good imperial stout should. Lots of umami, along with a nice roast malt presence. Its clearly not barrel-aged, but there is so much chocolate and a hint of bitter coffee in the malts. Above average for sure.

Tastes like a lot of umami mixed in with some roast malts. Not super complex, but this beer screams Imperial Stout immediately. Lots of roasty chocolate malts behind this beer. Not bitter at all.

Medium to full bodied, good carbonation. Aftertaste is a fair umami flavor that I enjoyed savoring after each sip.

More than a very solid imperial stout, I can see how this would age really well with some barrel treatment. Recommend everyone to try this before trying the specific barrel-aged variants.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on 5/14. Poured into a snifter an deep opague black.Light brown creamy heading,lacing in full force,creamy edging stays all throughout. An very thick looking brew.

Not a huge aroma going on here.Some heavy roasted barley,slight chocolate notes with a touch of brown sugar.Alcohol seems well hidden.

Taste starts off very flavorful,cocoa nibs,heavy roasted malts and a touch of bourbon and oak. About midway through a huge hoppy bite takes over over seeming to make the alcohol a bit more pronounced then what was intially tasted. Leaves the tastebuds full of hot boozey alcohol almost unpleasant.

Mouth is a bit heavier on the palate.Full bodied with a molasses thickness.Decent carbonation for such a heavy hitter.

I would like to try and age this one for a couple of years to see if that boozey bite/linger calms down a bit.

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Photo of BobZ
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a CBS Snifter. Bottled in 2012. Thanks to the extremely generous roon for the bottle.

Appearance: Almost black with a nice 1/4" creamy tan cap, leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malt, coffee and chocolate aromas.

Taste: A nice roasted malt bitterness balanced against chocolate and coffee flavors that were evident in the aroma. Nicely consistent as it warms, the flavor is deep and the alcohol is all but completely masked..

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy mouth feel, the bitterness on the finish leaves the palate clean. As stated above very smooth with it's abv very well masked.

Overall: Yet another excellent stout.

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

22oz into a snifter.

A: Pours black with a moderate tan head.

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

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

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation.

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

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet plack in color. It poured with a delicate lacing of bubbles on the surface along with a thin tan collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose; these become stronger as te beer warms up.
T: Intense flavors of roasted malts are present in the taste along with hints of chocolate malts and a bit of alcohol. It has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The strong roastiness leaves your mouth a little dry in the finish.
O: This beer seems to taste more like a Russian Imperial Stout with all of the roasted malts, except that it isn't as fullbodied as beers in that style. It hides its alcohol very well considering the strength.

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Photo of larryi86
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks tommyguz for this!
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a small tan head.

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, some coffee, piney hops really stand out, licorice, oak.

T- Chocolate, caramel malts, coffee, some licorice, piney hops, charred oak, some smoke, touch of alcohol. Well balanced.

M- Smooth, full body, some creaminess.

O- A great stout that is really easy to drink for 12% ABV. Nice complexity with good balance, very enjoyable. Would love to have this again.

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.