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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 779
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 343
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.

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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006)
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra from the incredibly generous jasonm, thanks man.

Appearance: The dark and utterly opaque black body rests below a quarter-inch of mocha-colored foam that rapidly recedes to a ring. Not much in the way of legs or lace.

Smell: Bold and oaky, oatmeal cookie with chocolate chunks. Vanilla cream puff. It's like walking by one of those Mrs Field's cookie stores. The aroma hints at coffee, roast and spicy licorice, but it's more on the dessert side. The oak contributes a lot to this one, both balancing an enriching the aroma. By far my favorite aspect of the beer; I don't really want to drink this just so that I can continue smelling it.

Taste & mouthfeel: Doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but still damn enjoyable. The balance between roastiness, bitterness and rich, sweet malt is flawless. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla extract and near-burnt whole grain bread are prevalent. There's a touch of molasses, but this beer isn't actually that viscous (not to say that it's anywhere near thin). The finish brings out a lingering note of dark roasted coffee, like a pot that sat on the burner too long. Delicious stuff; easy to drink, brilliantly balanced and just downright impressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 06:28:12 | More by largadeer
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

01-10-2013 17:43:43 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 06:54:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-19-2013 05:17:02 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Black Voodoo Daddy, Voodoo Brewing Co.

Full-on ebony hue, lush, thick, roasted tan head.

Licorice, bitter espresso, a little black pepper...hints of whiskey, bourbon, a very rich, full aroma.

Flavor's all over the joint. Big, rich, expansive, deep, dark, bitter, charcoal and chocolate. Mmm, bitter and beautiful. yum. great balance, terrific mix of flavors, very satisfying. rich chocolate. Mmm, lovely-ness.

Roasty-toasty, full and flavorful, rich and delicious...mmm...Big Black Voodoo Daddy, I love you.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 22:44:23 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stein. To all those pussies who say, "But I can't drink a 22 ounce beer by myself, it make my vagina hurt!" Get over it, I killed this 12.5% beer as my FOURTH beer of the night. Poured into a stein.

Beer is black but forms a nice head of small tan bubbles with the infrequent large bubble, decent lacing and a reserved carbonation that comes out with a swirl or the refill. I think there was sediment in the bottle but the beer is dark so it doesn't matter.

Aroma definitely has a bite to it. Lots of coffee too, sweetness and booze.

Beer is medium in body with a great bitterness at the back. Mild hop bitterness but significant coffee / roastiness to the whole beer. Very nice, for being 12.5 quite drinkable. A very good beer overall. I'd have it again, even if it gets sand up in my lady parts.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 04:27:55 | More by drabmuh
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to corby112 for sending this! Cheers Craig review based on notes

Pours ebony with 1+ finger of mocha head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Roasty malt, cocoa & plummyness

T: Roasty malt, vanilla, & dark fruit up front. Some coffee, dryness, & plums as this warms, along with leafy hops & cocoa. Finishes a tad too dry for my liking with cocoa

MF: Medium/thick bodied with low carbonation, plus oilyness

Drinks a bit slow from the dryness, not the boozeyness, a good stab at the style though

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 02:51:23 | More by russpowell
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West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely pours a pitch black depths of hell kind of color, full thick yet silky smooth head forms with a khaki brown hue. Nice lacing sticks to my chalice with each sip, great stuff. Aroma offers up black licorice anise notes with deep fruit action including ripened plum with a touch of tart earthy berry. Herbal hops are evident with deep cocoa powder and strong dark creamed coffee tones, complex layered brew much more satisfying than the barrel aged brethren. Flavor rides an excellent wave of creamy dark chocolate with bitterness arising from the likes of a dark espresso, heavy fruit notes with more anise like kick. Incredibly well hidden with the 12.5% booze, another strong attribute when comparing this to Black Magick. So far you can't really go wrong with any of Matt Allyn's offerings I'm proud to be associated with Meadville and the surrounding area I was there when Matt brewed at Erie and when he helped upstart at least 3 breweries in a 2 year time span. Definitely a brewing machine, I believe this brew highlights the pinnacle of his offerings but I'm just as crazy about a fresh 22 ounce offering of his Pilzilla. Body is full and chewy with a thick meaty bite into me kinda brew, can't go wrong with this smooth carbonation, drinks really easy. A dangerous brew as far as drinkability goes good thing scarcity and price tag limits me from grabbing more of these brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 04:42:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a cola-like black in the glass, with a finger of tight looking smooth dark mocha head. This stays very rich around the edges when swirled (and even more burnt and angry looking), leaving a massive cascade of froth and gooey brown oils in its wake. Chocolate, smoky roasts, and espresso, are very prominent here in the aroma. A touch of licorice, fruit, and some woody tannins (which combine with the roast to give this a bit of a soy sauce feel) start to emerge after this warms, as does some vanilla sweetness which helps smooth the nose out some. Alcohol does give this bouquet some heft but is still nicely held and check and mostly serves to help prop up all of those heavy flavors.

Sticky chocolate brings the bulk of the sweetness here in the taste, while roast and coffee gives this deep, dark, roasty feel. A flush of dark fruits mix in with the sweetness, while a more moderate bitterness prickles the tongue but mostly takes a back seat to the roast. Some woodiness and vanilla character from the oak staves are coming through loud and clear here, with the vanilla in particular helping smooth out some of the sharper edges on this. Wow, the bitterness of this REALLY lingers for a good ling while here, with an assertive dry and roasty feel. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a big-time creaminess to the carbonation that recovers nicely from a much thinner feel when this was straight out of the fridge. That 12% ABV is VERY nicely hid, with the type of big alcohol presence that I like; just starting to be felt but then pulling back just as you may feel that it might start to impact some of the flavors.

Wow, this was really fantastic and honestly, I feel that this can more than hang with some of the other Big Boy Imperial Stouts out there. The oak staves added much more character than I initially thought they would and I love how this remained very powerful but not overly warm for the size. I'm definitely jumping on more of these during its next release, as this will continue to age marvelously.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 16:58:50 | More by Kegatron
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this great beer at the stout tasting we hosted - poured chilled and refilled in my tasting glass.

The beer is black as pitch with a deep thick cap of beige with a tight bead. The stout leaves a good wavy ring of lace on the glass with a dense viscous look overall. The aroma of dark toffee with nutty and coffee and cocoa with a charleston chew dense fudge-like odor. The smell of roasted grain and mild vanilla with a light bitter element and slight caramel tinge. The feel is great -smooth coffee roastiness with thick body and light bittterness and only enough alcohol to let you know it is pretty extreme. The feel is light overall for the intensity of flavor.

The taste is great to me, mild dark cocoa and slight turbinado sugar with a mild vanilla and toasted grain taste. The cocoa is mild yet you know it has a lot of chocolate malt, just not too much. I love the slight charred biscuit and subtle yet smooth toffee taste. I get a slight fudge-like baked brownie taste and hint of pine or pepper from the hops to with the oak flavor coming forward with some alcohol as it warms. The stout is a wonderful brew, so smooth and yet so complex with superior drinkability and a taste that just makes you want more - One of the best stouts IMO, just wonderful and packed with cocoa flavor -well rounded and well brewed!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 22:45:05 | More by Slatetank
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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
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is alcohol, tobacco, leather and dark fruit. For the flavor is get notes of chocolate, leather, tobacco, roasted malt and alcohol. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. This was a pretty good beer, but I went in expecting it to be a great beer and for that reason, I was a little disappointed. Still, I am glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 06:06:57 | More by Mora2000
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in bottles and on tap several times. It's a great stout, and a nice PA staple.

Dark brown-black pour with a moderate tan head; decent retention and lacing for a higher ABV beer. Dark roasty malts in the nose, coffee, cocoa, toasted grains, burnt caramel. These aromas are reflected in the taste, dark malts, roasted coffee, toasted grains, woody, ash, chocolate, subdued but noticeable hop presence in the background. Nice body, smooth mouthfeel, minor alcohol heat, an easy enjoyable drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2012 06:18:51 | More by Rifugium
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-20-2014 14:57:25 | More by SocalKicks
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New York

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 03:10:23 | More by mdfb79
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from the bottle.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a finger of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Quite roasty, this doesn't smell like a particularly sweet beer. I'm getting some warm alcohol and a hoppy presence.

Taste: This beer isn't nearly as sweet as most beers of this style. Roasty with some dark chocolate. The finish is bitter from the roast but also some hope along with warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tingly carbonation and a warm, dry finish.

Overall: I'm really liking this one. So many Imperial Stouts are too sweet, this showcases some of the other flavors. I will definitely have another and I look forward to trying the bottle I am aging.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 22:20:30 | More by oline73
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1" tan colored head that breaks apart pretty quickly. Some spots of lace develop.

Smell: roasted malts and some softer chocolate and coffee tones are pleasant. Some alcohol is noticable too.

Taste: big roasted malt profile with some dark bitter chocolate and a bit more hidden coffee flavor. There is definitely some background vanilla here and the alcohol contributes too along with warming your insides. Bitterness is soft compared to the big flavor.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start, smooth, warming, and slightly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors don't leave the mouth for minutes.

Drinkability: big alcohol beer that is a slow sipper over the course of an evening. Goes down nicely but a bomber bottle is enough in a session.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 23:02:26 | More by Gavage
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

03-23-2013 21:52:45 | More by mendvicdog
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

02-07-2013 06:15:39 | More by beernads
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3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a three finger frothy mocha head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap. Large rings and chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Slightly acrid, roasted malt aroma with subtle earthy hops as well as some licorice, burnt toast, chocolate, coffee, toffee, oatmeal and lots of alcohol.

Full bodied and chewy with lots of bitter, slightly acrid roasted malt flavor. Subtle earthy hops up front give way to the burnt malt and chocolate/mocha flavors mid-palate. This beer mellows out as it warms but it's pretty hot with a lot of warmth in the finish. The ABV could stand to be masked a bit better and the booziness takes away from the roasted malt, chocolate, hazelnut, toffee and oatmeal notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 09:51:38 | More by corby112
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 17:44:06 | More by weeare138
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District of Columbia

4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours out a milk chocolate looking liquid and settles in a near black color with slight brown and reddish tints near the surface and edges. Completely opaque, no light passing through, even near the surface. Semi vigorous pour still doesn't result in much of a head as expected. Starts off about a finger thick and a light tan color and fairly quickly retreats to a film of bubbles and thick ring before. Some small splotches of lacing. Overall, thick, still and sticky.
S: Sweet milk chocolate and cocoa alternating with sweet dark fruit, cherries, etc. Finishes with a slight bitter hop aroma and warming alcohol. Very complex and strong, with a different flavor coming through each smell.
T: Wow. First, all of the flavors and alcohol are very well balanced and each sip as this beer warms up reveals a new flavor. Most persistent flavors are that of semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa, mild coffee and dark fruits, like the aroma. Finish has light bitterness and lingering sweet chocolate flavor and is slightly dry. In the background, very light vanilla and oaky flavors complement the malty sweetness. At 12 whatever percent, this is certainly a warming, filling beer, but very little presence of alcohol or expected burn.
M: Medium body, very light carbonation. Not quite as filling or thick and chewy in mouth as other comparable stouts, but still does an excellent job of coating the mouth and the flavors linger forever in the finish. The more I drink this, I start to like the mouthfeel even more as I think the relative lightness of the body complements the big, complex flavors very well.
D: The drinkability of this is incredible when compared to other similar stouts. Incredibly flavorful and complex, but never overwhelming and well concealed alcohol. Certainly not an everyday beer, but stands up well against The Abyss, Darkness and for me is especially desirable given its price and availability. Can't wait to try Black Magick, this sets my expectations very high.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 00:30:38 | More by yourefragile
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with a thick brown head and great carbonation. Nose is like chocolate coffee malt and perhaps some molasses. Taste is great! Very similar to the Nose. There is some coffee perhaps and some oaky vanilla but so faint its hard to pick up on. Mouthfeel for me was great and the ABV was well hidden. Very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 03:31:05 | More by barleywinefiend
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A capped 650 mL bottle with the Brass Rail Deli price tag still on it. This one has been hanging around for nearly two years.

A: The stout is pitch black, a murky morass of tar and oil. Even a vigourous pour barely generates a head. What does come up is thin and wispy, a mere band around the edge of the glass.

S: The stout has a full nose, vinous and rich. Semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder, a sweet and bitter mixture, share the stage. The stout seems plenty boozy, but that strength aids in the rich aroma.

T: Nice. The time in my cellar has paid off in a much richer flavor. A port-like sweetness leads off but quickly turns dark, revealing a charred, burnt body. Oak-wise, the flavors are tame and struggle for attention behind the bold stout flavors. What's there is softly sweet. Generally, though, this is a bold stout, boozy and burnt. The sweetness, a vinous depth, pushes the stout into the upper levels. A wall of chocolate and burnt (charred) toast defines the finish. Man oh man, what a stout.

M: The mouthfeel is bold but sweet, a real imperial stout. The burnt flavors transition into chocolate and cocoa. The mild oak flavors, sporadic as they are, add enough diversity to be noticed.

D: At 12.5%, this is a beer to take seriously. The stark, charred flavor, coupled with excessive booze, is scary good. I might have a headache tomorrow but it will be worth it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 02:46:06 | More by akorsak
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-17-2013 17:26:27 | More by oriolesfan4
Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.