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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 351
Gots: 216 | FT: 24
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 Georgiabeer
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, and the only beer I've had from this brewery, but after this experience I'd definitely like to try more from them. Pours black, viscous, and with a thin tan rim. Smells vinous and fruity with cranberry and dark malts. The taste is unbelievably complex, with beautiful notes of coffee, dark fruit, tobacco, dark bitter chocolate, and pine. The flavors are nicely layered so that each sings individually in the chorus of flavors. Thick and rich in the mouth, this one is a sipper- but to my mind didn't fatigue the palate. Delicious!

Georgiabeer, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle date. Pours thick pitch black color with a dense and creamy 1 finger tan head with nice retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt, oak, and a bit of alcohol. Some nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, coffee, and some smokiness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish, with lingering notes of dark chocolate, oak, smoke, bitter coffee, and roasted malt that last on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and nice full body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Surprisingly no real alcohol was noticed other than a warming after the finish. Nice and smooth drinking for 12.5%, but is still a sipper. Overall an very nice and huge imperial stout that is smooth, with nice balance of flavor.

superspak, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.4/5  rDev +5%
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.

barleywinefiend, May 24, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Darkness snifter

Pours one finger of dark mocha tan head. Fades to a ring at the edge of the glass, only leaves slight splattered lace (very thin). Color is an oil black.

Aroma: Hmm, they say this doesn't have bourbon characteristics, but damn, it reminds me a lot like a bourbon barral stout. Bourbon, wood/oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, tons of earthy hops. Very sweet, roasted, and strong aroma all at once. I really like it.

Taste: Well, the bourbon notes are here again, but not as dominate as in the aroma. The wood/oak has more of an emphasis here. Big malt flavor, but the earthy hops balance this beer out quite a bit. This beer packs some heat with it, however. Silky chocolate, dark dried fruits, vanilla, with a nice amount of roasted malts. Lots of nice flavors going on here. I gave it a 4.5 here, because it is better than a 4. I'd say it should be around a 4.3.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, creamy, and a tad of heat showing through. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. It feels low at first, but then it comes through. Leaves a very sticky boozy aftertaste that I am not very fond of.

Overall, for the most part I really enjoyed this beer. It seems to have a bourbon flavor to it, but maybe that is just the oak chips that it was aged with. Either way, I like the beer and I am going to make an attempt at finishing this bomber alone. It might take a while, but I should be able to manage it.

mothman, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark black color with no head and very little lacing.

Smell - all I get is coffee grinds.

Taste - again coffee grinds are the dominant taste in this beer.

Mouthfeel - very smooth but I just can't get over the overwhelming coffee presence in this beer.

Drinkability - this is a good beer but not what I expected.

ejimhof, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

akorsak, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with my wife tonight. Served in my newly acquired Darkness snifter (thanks Paul).

The beer appears a near black shade, only appearing dark brown at the crest. The beige head is a finger thick but dissipates rather quickly, leaving some faint traces of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of roast, chocolate, oak, and alcohol, respectively.

I really enjoy the bold flavor of this beer. It's extremely rich and roasty, much more than was expected. Oak plays a major role, with alcohol presence emerging late.

The feel is thick, strong, and bold.

A very nice sipper. I imagine this would improve with age.

Huhzubendah, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big Black Voodoo Daddy out of a firkin at Hulmeville Inn for Philly Beer Week, I love this city!

A- Black, nuff said. A quarter inch of dark tan foam thats loose with some sticky lace, not much.

S- Big chocolate/ cocco, a variety of malts, roasty, coffee, oak underneath that. Dark fruit with slight plum and small alcohol.

T- Big luscious malt, roasted malts, plain black coffee. Bitter chocolate, cooco, slight smoke and than plain ol' oak. The oak is faint and just right, vanilla light as well. Dark fruit in the distance. This one is all about the roasted malt plus I believe 10 other malts.

M- This loses something out of a firkin, bottles preferred. It comes out thinner as well. Above medium. Feel is rich and smooth though, no sign of the 12% on the mouth. Carb is very low here. Not really feeling it on cask. Starts sweet than becomes real roasty.

D- I cant drink a ton of this stuff, but it's a top notch stout, I just prefer it in bottles and tap. The feel is just lost this way. This would get me drunk in a hurry. Small sips or large gulps this is good tasting beer. Big and unapologetic.

BARFLYB, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black with a khaki colored head and some lace on the snifter.

Smell: Aroma of bread, earthy hops and something funky I can't really describe too well, almost a metallic/mineral thing going on.

Taste: Dark chocolate, good hop bite to balance. Booze is noticed as it warms, which is expected for a 12% beer. Chocolate malts paired with a clean alcohol. Hops on the backend, lingering cocoa finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good level of carbonation, a bit syrupy.

Drinkability: A triple B. Big Beautiful Beer.

Stinkypuss, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saved this one for a special occasion; my friend's wedding. Well, post wedding bash.

Cracked open to a wave of dark fruit, alcohol and coffee. Dipping my nose closer to the glass, after pour, reveals tight caramel and loose prune. Rich, enticing. Yum

Looks big, black and voodooish. Off brown, creamy head.

Flavors are big and balanced. Dark fruit in the front and middle. Caramel throughout. Dark chocolate and fudge middle to end. Bitterness creeps in with some coffee on the end. Alcohol breaks up the thickness. This is a fine beer and I'm glad to have it on this night.

Does NOT go well with wedding cake. It demolishes it! hahahahaaa

Mebuzzard, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

smakawhat, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to SaucyA for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, nice carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes, with some roast. The taste is very nice, malty, chocolate, slight vanilla, toffee, caramel, slightly roasty. Medium body, not much carbonation going with this brew, the ABV is hidden very well, very nice warming effect, definitely a sipper. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink, thanks Adam.

Wasatch, May 01, 2009
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

brandoman63, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this beer in bottle before, but the other day at Capone's was the first time I got to try it on tap.

The beer pours a dark black brown color with very good head retention and lacing. On tap this beer isn't nearly as boozy as I recall the bottled version tasting, though there is still a pronounced aroma of leather, cherry vanilla, chocolate and coffee. In fact, there is a lot more coffee aroma in the draft version then I recall finding in the bottle version. On the palate, there's no doubt this is one serious stout. Flavors are intense and pronounced, consisting of leather, coffee and licorise, with a hint of dark chocolate and noticeable hoppy bitternes in the finish. As in the bottled version, there is almost a coffee ground flavor and consistency to this beer, and it has a long, long finish. Furthermore, although there is some sweetness to this beer's flavor profile, the finish is pretty dry and hoppy. Drinkability is OK, though once again I could feel a warming sensation after half a glass of this stuff. Regardless, this is a very good stout.

John_M, May 18, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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 rab53
5/5  rDev +19.3%

rab53, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Kelp
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Kelp, May 05, 2013
Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not exactly sure on the vintage as I couldn't find it on the bottle, but I know it's not from this years release. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured black in appearance but looked a little more towards very dark brown when held to the light. It started out with a dense and creamy half inch tan colored head to it. Excellent head retention with some moderate lacing.

The aroma had a nice sweet chocolaty, cocoa flavor to it. It has a bit of smoke and a little roasty flavors going on but the chocolate really seems to be the most dominating to me.

The chocolaty flavors are the first thing that I really notice in the flavor. It really has a nice smooth chocolate and cocoa flavor to it. It also has some moderate but nice roasted and bitter flavors to it that come out a bit more in the finish. The cocoa really comes through in the finish as well in the finish with a long bitter chocolaty flavor to it. As it warmed a smokey flavor really started coming through in the finish that I really liked. Very tasty and smooth drinking with some big flavors.

Mouthfeel is above medium bodied, but it isn't as thick as some other stouts of this size and strength. The carbonation is on the lower side which I like in big stouts.

Drinkability is good it's a very flavorful and easy drinking for a big beer. Had I been given this blindly and asked what it was I would have guessed imperial porter. Not that that really matters, I was just expecting a bit more roasty and bitter flavor. Still a delicious beer regardless of my preconceived thoughts on it. Excellent beer overall.

billab914, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

beerthulhu, May 13, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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 HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade somewhere along the line. Consumed on 10/4/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is black with a frothy tan head. Retention is good and some nice lacing is left behind.

The nose heavily roasted with blackstrap molasses, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and just little coffee. Despite the high ABV the alcohol is barely noticeable. There's a touch of sweetness but I wouldn't call it a sweet stout.

The taste opens up roasted and is pretty roasted throughout. Molasses is again evident and that nice low level of coffee (please stay there). Booze is apparent but it's pretty subdued for the near 13% ABV. Dark fruits are noticeable and bitterness is at a low medium level. Roast lingers in the finish and there's a little astringency. The beer is full bodied with a low-medium carbonation level and a thick, creamy, and sometimes viscous mouthfeel. Great stuff.

HopHead84, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Zaphog, Sep 30, 2013
Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.