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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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786 Ratings
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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 343
Gots: 206 | FT: 23
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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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dogfishandi

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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schwaeh

Ohio

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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haazer

Pennsylvania

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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pmlondrigan

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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TKEbeerman

Florida

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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Infernal75

Indiana

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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zhanson88

California

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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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

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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bum732

Lesotho

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
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very, very black, with not a lot of head but decent enough lacing. Expected for the style to look something like this.

Smell is of very dark roasted and burnt malts, plenty of cocoa, coffee, and unsweetened chocolate.

Taste is very bold, yet completely smooth. Great bitterness accents a heavy malt profile, accented lightly with brown sugar, molasses, raisins, figs, and prunes.

Feel is rich and smooth, creamy carbonation, slight alcohol warming but surprisingly easy to drink for such a high ABV.

Very nice American Double. I'd like to have this one again, along with more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 17:11:04 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I split a bomber with my wife tonight. I poured the contents into two snifters.

A: Pretty much abysmally black, with very, very, very little head to speak of... maybe a few bubbles lurking.

S: Lots of cocoa, molasses, and dark fruit (raisons and figs mostly). I also got a little bit of a coffee-like presence, but I honestly believe that that was just the malt bill.

T: Nice, clean taste, with a good amount of hop character on the finish (ala. Storm King). The cocoa was there, but didn't dominate. The dark fruit basically blended in.

M: Low carbonation, but with an appropriate amount of prickle. Not too sweet, not cloying in any way, and there was virtually no lacing.

O: Not one of the "great" Imperial Stouts, but it was very good. Also, it had the added benefit of making my wife happy...

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 23:41:08 | More by Chaney
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Split a 22 oz. bomber with a friend. 11 oz. pour into a Sierra Nevada XXXth Anniversary snifter glass. Served at room temperature.

Appearance: Big and black are certainly two good descriptors. Also midnight black in color and certainly not much light penetrating my glass. Pours a one finger beige head with average retention.

Aroma: Cocoa powder and smoke notes upfront. In fact the smoke notes are probably the main draw. A touch of caramel, but not really enough to stand up to the char and bitter chocolate notes.

Taste: Again, the smoke here is surprisingly heavy. Dark chocolate and burnt coffee notes round out the flavor. I'm not really getting any malt sweetness from this at all. A bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and slight creamy. A touch dry on the finish.

Overall, a mediocre stout in my opinion. I get a lot of one dimensional smoke and dark chocolate, but not a lot of depth or balancing sweet notes. Not bad by any means, by not particularly memorable for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 22:10:57 | More by Gosox8787
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Spider889

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to msulinski for sending this bottle to me. Review from February I believe, taken from notes.

Incidentally, this was shared right after finishing off a sexual chocolate growler, and both of these beers are extremely similar.

The beer has a really awesome appearance, though there's almost too much head/carbonation. The head is a tall heady froth - a dark mocha color. It left an excellent lattice of lacing. BBVD is black in color, though it looked pretty thin for an Imperial Stout on the pour.

The aroma is well roasted, dark chocolate with mild coffee undertones. Softer than the almost oppressive SC malts from earlier that night. There's also a sweet nuttiness to the beer, along with acidic dark fruit. The back end was of bitter dark malts and ash.

The taste was very bitter - loads of dark patent or roasted barley take things a little too far at times. Almost a chalky presence to it... the heavy roast provides lots of burnt/char flavors.

Very dry. The alcohol isn't too overt, but it does hit you rather quickly.

Overall not a bad Imperial Stout, but this is something best shared with some friends.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 07:44:10 | More by Spider889
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prg1976

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 00:17:52 | More by prg1976
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GregSVT

Texas

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

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a deep black with a small dark tan head that fades to a ring pretty quickly and leaves some lacing as you drink.

S: The nose is mainly roasted malts with some cocoa, coffee, and a bit of vanilla in the background.

T: The taste is ashy with big notes of dark roasted malt, black coffee, and dark chocolate. There is a bit of a vanilla flavor in the background but it's almost completely covered up by the dark roasty flavors.

M: The feel is on the thicker side of medium bodied and slightly creamy.

O: I didn't love this beer but I did enjoy drinking it. The ABV is pretty high for a non-barrel aged beer and that does make it hard to finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 02:13:30 | More by GregSVT
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chcfan

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Crate and Barrel tulip

Aroma of roast, chocolate, and dark malt. The same components are all deliciously blended together in the taste. There are some prune-like notes as well. Very smooth for 12.50% but you can tell it's not just residual sugars. Mouthfeel is thick, but not quite motor oil or anything.

BBVD really is a treat and a pretty good value if find it at the right place. It's one of the best beers PA has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 01:52:23 | More by chcfan
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Out of the bottle pours a nice dark walnut brown and doesn't leave much of a head. However there is a very large collar left over and leaves great lacing of an almost white sheen. The bubbles are so TINY on this it looks real neat. The head is a light light brown. Body of the beer is a classic dark walnut with indian red to light brown hues slightly opaque. Real neat looking beer.

Smell at first is a giant malt ovaltine, grainy intensely dense and chewy with a hint of dryness. Good milk chocolate as will a simple one. Not too much fruit, but.. that to come soon. Not so much roast either.

Taste is real impressive. You first think you're getting a fruit barleywine coming then it gets expansive in the mouth and that ovaltine malt chew comes in with some roast. The feel initially seems wet, then it expands with chewy ovaltine malt taking over. It's light bodied but manages BIG feel. Some tastes of black licorice, wonderfully balanced. Just a hint of carbs but no so big that it's distracting, it's actually fun in the mouth.

This is SO easy drinking, and feels big and simple but in the mouth it's light and easy. Hardly any hint of big alcohol, you could really hurt yourself here cause this is STUPIDLY easy to drink. How they pulled this off I have no idea, it's just great.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 01:06:27 | More by smakawhat
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Jackie O's snifter on 2/18/11; shared by Spider889

Dull cola brown color; plenty dark. One and a half fingers of khaki colored head which dissipates quickly to a skim and island of bubbles. Lots of lace.

Even-tempered aroma. Overtones of citrus and pine hops lead onward to roasted notes with a slight tangy nip. Bittersweet chocolate. Faint suggestions of coffee. Some berry notions. A subtle mustiness emerges as it warms.

Dry, dry, dry - lots of roasted coffee and strong espresso to taste. Some burnt chocolate is seated beyond that. Solid hop presence that kicks upfront and lingers on the finish. Piney with hints of citrus. Subtle wood and earthy suggestions.

Grittiness and a granular feel scratch along this full bodied beer. Though not prickly or harsh, it's fairly fizzy; more carbonation than I prefer. Not much alcohol heat but there is a tingling sensation.

Nice, hoppy imperial stout. Lots of roastiness; not much sweetness at all. This is one that really comes together as it warms. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 05:31:45 | More by Ryan011235
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UMNbeerhunter

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark color with a nice mocha head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells of tons of dark roast/burnt coffee, sweet chocolate malts make this very delightful.

Taste is same thing that comes through on the aroma. A little to much burnt flavor covers the chocolate and coffee flavors but a good tasting brew in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium and an oily coffee resin sits in the mouth to leave the taste of mocha in the mouth.

Drinkability in moderate to high on this one. ABV is a little high but it is smooth and alcohol is not really apparent. Good beer. Would make an excellent transition beer if you drinking hop bombs before.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 06:10:56 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from Damico. Big props, great surprise. Poured from 22 oz. bottle into snifter.

Appearance: This big guy pours heavy dark brown with a black center. Really elegant cocoa powder colored thin head, with some really persistent/bubbly lacing. Impressive appearance.

Nose: The nose actually very subtle. Slight roast, even some char, sweet cocoa and rich chocolate.

Taste: The char comes through very nicely on the palate, followed by some drying smoke. Great roasted malt, with very rich chocolatey undertones. Good hop support.

Mouth: Mouth feel lacks the creamy aspect that is common with this style aged in oak, but the lack of oak aging, and use of the staves is a nice play. Flaunts a nice crisp hopness, similar to a GI Nightstalker. I really like the drying smoke, and hop. Adequate carbonation, not overwhelming.

Drink and overall: Honestly, fantastic beer. I'm so happy Damico sent me this puppy. I would have never come across it, and have really enjoyed it. A heavy hitting Imperial Stout, with some really nice smoke notes that I long for sometimes. That

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 21:10:54 | More by MarcatGSB
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 19:23:18 | More by KAP1356
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 14:08:49 | More by Kadonny
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Lazerlobe

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010

A: Brutally dark black, beige foam reminiscent of spray on insulation.

S: Barley of a roasted nature, black currants, fresh espresso and bitter hops

T: Dry roasty malts, dark fruits, piney hop presence.

M: Quite drying from the oak, but excellent carbonation providing a little creamy texture.

O: Delicious stout. Oaky for certain but one of the better non-barrel aged stouts I've had. Loving the hops, I'd love to revisit this in a pair of years.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 06:12:53 | More by Lazerlobe
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Khazadum

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blind beer courtesy of Mike!

A- Low head formation, bad retention, and a lack of sticky froth. It really fails to lace around. Not a true oblivion of color. Moreso... soggy woodchips viewed in the shade.

S- Cocoa, mild earthen brown sugar, some plastic hits. Starts to really pick up in the middle to incorporate a wooden vanilla sweetness, a mild peat funk that rotates around a murky dark fruit. Deep aromas here. Gets hot with natural warming to room temperature. Like antiseptic hot.

T- Very, very roasted. A black coffee bitterness you only get without adulteration to your cup of joe. Espresso flavors to boot, but not anything high grade. It definitely has an odd wooden flavor through it. It first seems like someone took a playground woodchip, ran it through pond scum, and stuck it in the glass. Goopy flavors, but it quiets down really fast. Leaves you with just toothpick hints. Finish is light dark fruits, vinous in nature, minor acrid nature from a burnt grain aspect, and a healthy dose of ethanol busy burning your taste buds. Also a bitter hops on a very tiny portion of the palate.

M- Medium bodied, crisp and tingly from the carbonation right off the bat, crisp and frightening from the alcohol on the second half. This monster gets hotter than I was expecting. I'll probably get heartburn from this if I'm not careful. The flavors are full of potential and sticky as hell. I'm left with little notes of love all over the place.. especially in the cracks of my lips.

D- Very flavorful. I enjoy that aspect of it. However, it got wayyyy too hot for it to truly be an easy drink. It needs more strength in the nose. After the alcohol is addressed, perhaps the feeling of it can be adjusted... don't know. Not my favorite beer. Gotta be an imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 03:13:26 | More by Khazadum
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abraxel

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this courtesy of nhindian. Thanks!

The appearance lives up to the name -- black. Quite black, no highlights except maybe the slightest bit (which I may be imagining) of reddish brown around the bottom. Thick, pillowy, tan head, which dissipates, but takes its time doing so. This is a good-looking stout.

It smells of sweet molasses, with a touch of roastiness and maybe vanilla? I lack the vocabulary to describe this adequately (hey, it's my first review), but it's delicious. I love the smell of molasses.

It tastes good. Now it's roastiness with a touch of molasses and a hint of booze. A somewhat sweet imperial stout that doesn't pull its punches. It's nicely balanced, but it lets you know the alcohol is there.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick, but not as thick as might have thought for such a high-ABV imperial stout. If I had to choose a weak spot, this is it (I love thick, viscous, chewy stouts), but it doesn't detract much. This is a damn good beer.

I'm now 80% of the way through the bomber... and I wouldn't have it any other way. I let my roommate try a few sips, but it's good enough I want the lion's share for myself. I'm now looking forward even more to the Black Magick I've got waiting for me :)

Serving type: bottle

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