Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 403
Hads: 950
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 5.25%
Wants: 349
Gots: 231 | FT: 22
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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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured dark as night with a half finger of brown head and left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: had a lovely chocolate aroma with sweet roasted malts to tag along but I could detect booze, slight dark fruits, and bready notes. It seemed like it had lacto notes as well.

T: upfront on the palate I was greeted chocolate sweetness, malts, coffee and vanilla accents I belive are from the oak. On the backend I did get hop biiterness and booze that was not overly done.

M: the brew was full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight astringent, but sliky, and bitter finish.

D: it drank quite well considering the ABV on this brew was really tasty. I'm glasd I had the opportunity to try this out at least once. Good lookin out to whoever sent this one to me. (801 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black with faint brown edges and a thin cap of fine brown foam off the pour. Good head retention, with things settling into a long lasting collar with a skim of tiny bubbles on the surface of the beer. Some lacing. Great aroma, lots of vanilla, dark chocolate and cocoa, roast and nutty coffee, toffee, buttery, some dried fruits, faint grass, and light smoke. Awesome. Moderate bitterness with caramel sweetness forming a malty base. Notes of coffee, vanilla, oak, dry cocoa and a hint of smoke appeared from mid-palate through the finish, where there was a bit of alcohol too. Full bodied with low carbonation that made it feel a bit flat and dull, mild astringency and a bit of warmth. The texture was pretty good even with the low carbonation. The alcohol was very well hidden and the beer itself was a tasty treat. Great work. (831 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, thanks to DrJay for scoring me some.

Pours a deep and dark, very opaque black, no light gets through, very thick tan head, drops a ton of lace all over the glass, thick layer, great retention, definitely looks like an imperial stout. Smell is cool, caramel and heavy roast, very sour and lactic oak character, dark fruit, figs, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, pretty neat character. Taste is very intense, tons of chocolate roast, coffee, caramel, toast and biscuits, vanilla, heavy oak, alcohol is insanely well hidden, very lactic acidity in the finish, very oaky, very rich and well balanced in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, buttery smooth, some warmth from the alcohol, but pretty damn nice.Thanks to Jay for making sure I got a couple. (790 characters)

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. (296 characters)

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

650ml bomber poured into tulip 23/10/14, cheers alfie for the bottle

A not quite jet black with a deep cola edge, two fingers of dark tan foam retains well for the strength slowly falling leaving a few random patches of lace

S lots of coco powder, herbal notes, wood, spice I can't place, licorice root, a little booze but nowhere near the 12%+, some sweetened coffee and a hint of cola

T heaps of chocolate and wood, very earthy, cinnamon and nutmeg, herbal tea, interesting brew with scary well hidden booze

M not as thick as I would've guessed but far from thin, fluffs up fairly quickly, tannins, a little heat and a burnt woody chocolate finish

O they did a good job hiding a lot of booze, lots of earthy, woody, chocolate notes, pretty solid big ass stout going on

lots of barrel but no hard liquor to go along with it, I really can't think of other fresh oak big stouts, solid brew that's well worth trying (928 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this bomber for $7.99 at Holiday Market in Royal Oak MI in April of this year. I haven't felt like cracking a stout for a while but here it is late August and I'm drinking it with my wife:

The beer is dark black color with about 2-3 fingers of tan foam which slowly dissipates to almost nothing. No lace either. The aroma is strong with roasted malt, almost a burnt character, maybe a little chocolate in the background. I didn't get much bourbon until the beer warmed up some, then a little oak and plum joined the mix too. The taste is a little too bitter and "burnt" at first, but I noticed that more complex barrel flavors came out as the beer warmed. Some richer and fuller malt flavors at room temperature, along with the vanilla and bourbon that make a beer like this so special. I wouldn't guess that the ABV is as high as 12.5%, you really can't taste the alcohol. Overall a decent beer, not one of the best (not sure why it's in the top 100), definitely try to drink this at a warmer than usual temperature. (1,026 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of Georgiabeer - thanks!

Pours pitch black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with good amounts of unsweetened chocolate and bitter coffee. The smell leads me to believe this will lean more toward the bitter end of the spectrum, which I prefer over sweeter IS's.

Tastes like the smell led me to believe. Robust roasted malt flavors up front segue quickly into unsweetened chocolate flavors. The ending brings hints of charred wood right before a bitter ending. The unsweetened chocolate flavors linger a while after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, but I would've like to have seen a bit more. Still, it goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could sip on this beer for a while despite the 12% ABV.

Overall this is a very tasty beverage and one that didn't disappoint. Well worth a shot. (967 characters)

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, bordering black color with a medium sized tan head that recedes to leave some decent lacing.

Aromas begin roasty and charred, up front, with rich chocolate tones and a hint of dark brownie or pudding. Coffee and espresso notes emerge more and more as it warms.

The tastes follow the nose with overly roasted, charred, almost smokey maltiness. Then you get some bakers chocolate and milk chocolate that brings some sweetness. As it warms there is some emerging vanilla and a touch of dark fruit.

The mouthfeel is quite full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is quite roasted, bitter and drying with emerging alcohol.

Overall this was a fine example of a RIS but it fails to blow me away in an way, shape or form. It's super solid but the roasted, charred bitteness is a bit much more me and I wish there was a little more sweetness but it is an RIS so I won't ding it there, it just doesn't wow me or make me want to revisit anytime soon. (989 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into my tulip glass. Viscous black color with rich dark mocha head. Beautiful.
S - Mostly roasted malts, that when warmed reveal a undertone of coffee and chocolate malts. Wonderful.
T - A prefect melody of rich roasted coffee flavor balanced with bitter sweet chocolate flavor.Awesome.
M - Surprisingly light for a big ABV brew, yet no burn whatsoever. Bliss
D - Only 9 more to go and I just got the case Monday so drink ability high! Hoping as time goes by the flavors develop a woody undertone with less roast and more chocolate but definitely a two max per sitting, one if your a lightweight. Love this stuff! Keep up the good work Voodoo! (654 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my orval glass.

A dark brown pour with light tan head, nothing of note on retention or lacing.

The aroma is light but has some nice notes of light smoke and coffee, nice combo and intrigues me to drink it.

The taste is awesome, flavorful and complex. Starts off with some light sweet chocolate, some really nice smoke is present and a smoothe bitter coffee finish. Not any wood here at all, almost let down by that a little just because I expected it.

The feel is nice, tactile on the tongue decent finsh. Easy to drink.

Overall, I was very impressed its a nice twist for a stout. If you are looking for a smokey and unique stout this is something you should seek out. (711 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Duffy for this one. This is either a 2011 or 2012 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark dark brown quite black hue with a one finger mocha head that faded down to a quarter inch mocha blanket. Nice.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, lighter char, almost anise like notes. Light fudgy brownies, darker malts. Really pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice rich bakers chocolate, dark chocolate, decent char. The chocolate and char combined definitely bring an anise like taste. Hardly any booze. Not getting any dark fruits, though it is a nice warming finish that is lightly bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly creamy, alcohol hidden excellent. No where near 12%. Crazy.

O - Overall, this beer drank almost like Abyss. The vintage and age clearly play in to things, but this has become really excellent with time. Very pleased with this one.

Serving type: Bottle (912 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from the first release going back to early 2009. Deuane was kind enough to grab me a couple of bottles. Thanks, man!

The pour is gorgeous, jet black with dark brown highlights, capped with a dense brown head with excellent retention and lacing. A very attractive imperial stout.

The nose is great, layers of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and a noticeable oak character with a blend of raw wood and vanilla. Some brown sugar is noticeable, but the blend is mostly some roast and chocolate. Alcohol is noticeable, but I wouldn't peg it at 12.5% ABV. Dark fruit character is noticeable with some raisins. Very well balanced, I do get a slight ashy aroma every few whiffs. However, it never really gets distracting.

The palate opens big with a blend of roasted barley character with a mild grainy sweetness before big flavors of unsweetened cocoa, a mellow coffee, but mostly, this is dominated by the flavors of roasted barley. Mild brown sugar character is noticeable mid-palate along with a rather raw oak character counterbalanced by vanilla. The mellow fruit notes with ripe plums helps balance out the sweetness. Finishing with a blend of roasted malt bitterness, a touch of tannins and a mild sweetness, this is quite excellently balanced. Full in body with a soft carbonation, the mouthfeel is quite excellent. However, the bitterness does get to be a bit much after a while. Very impressive. I'm going to enjoy sipping this for the next couple of hours.

I previously consumed this beer at a tasting, and I wasn't particularly impressed. The subtlety and balance was lost on me at the time

**Edit 11 Jan 2013**

Thank you, Deuane. This is my second bottle from the 2009 release(first batch?)

Now, this is exactly why I like imperial stouts. So richly flavorful but also remarkably well structured and layered. Big roast and mild char up front, unsweetened cocoa, some dark chocolate (~70%) , a mild fruity note and some spice (anise), a little tobacco - this is exquisite on the nose. The large dark malt character keeps the sweetness at bay too. The palate opens with the spice and cocoa notes most prominent. The flavor of the unsweetened cocoa here is just excellent - complex, roasty, a little charred and fantastic chocolate notes. .The mid-palate brings out the fruity notes. Moderately drying and roasty on the finish with an excellent blend of chocolate, roast, fruit and spice, this beer is medium-full in body. Alcohol is shockingly well hidden too. Fantastic stuff.

4.5/4.5/4.5/ (2,519 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color of this stout is a thick black-brown with a modest light brown cover and decent lacing. The aroma brings a fairly subtle but nicely blended coffee chocolate malt. The flavor is much more forceful with thick buttery malt and sharp coffee. A bit of charcoal emerges after a while but this is a nice bodied, silky brew that is pretty drinkable if you don't mind stumbling back to bed looking for your hat! Lightly carbonated and a quality brew all around. I'm pretty impressed with Voodoo here. (501 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Raznug pours a deep, rich black color with a smallish cap of brown head. Decent retention and lots of lace.

Nose is cocoa powder and dark fruit. Molasses, chocolate, marshmallows and maybe a hint of anise. Smells reallly good, all things sweet and rich.

Taste shows off a more roasty side with more of a dusty cocoa as opposed to chocolate. Hops make an appearance with a fairly substantial bitterness on the finish. Im surprised at how much drier it tastes than it smells, much to my dismay. The mouthfeel is not nearly as full as I expected either, though the ABV is well hidden. Id like to try it fresher I guess to see if it might be better, though the hops as is make me think they would be beastly. (731 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JohnTravolta21 for the opportunity to try this one. Poured one shade shy of black with a mocha-colored head that dissipates into a swirl of foam. Big nose - molasses, brown sugar, toffee, licorice, vanilla and a little booze. Taste consistent with nose, with a big chocolate character upfront. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and lightly effervescent. Nice level of complexity - not too heavy, not too cloying. Really a great American Double and not too over the top for a summer tasting. Highest regards for this beer. (525 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Capones...

A: The darkest beer i have ever seen. The brownest, thich and full head i have ever seen. Lots of head retention and lacing.

S: Dark roasted matls, roasted nuts, roasted cocoa, roasted coffee, slight smokeyness.

T: Uber complex malt character (what was it, about 8 kinds listed on the bottle?) Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, dark black coffee. Nice little flavors of oak and burbon hints. Little bit of smokeyness and dark fruit to go along.

M: Thick and oily, but not syrupy and lingering. Perfect carbonation to keep it smooth and flowing.

D: Easy to drink, hides the booze well for an Imperial. One of the best in class! (655 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark brown almost black liquid with a thin head, tight brown bubbles.

S-the nose has a fair bit of roasted malt and coffee notes up front with a bit of oak actually comes through as well. there is a light vegetable note with some dark berry, cherry notes and more roasted coffee.

T-sweet cherries up front, lightly green vegie note, strong roasted malt and coffee with a lighter oak presence than the nose and a hint of bitterness in the finish. really sweetens in the back and a slightly off vegetal note slightly takes away.

M-a little thin for an imperial stout, very soft, semi dry finish and light carbonation.

D-the roasted component seems to linger, the vegetal note is slightly off and the sweetness is a little strong. does have a fair bit going on, the flavors are somewhat integrated just a few off notes. a little thin but nice finish. not bad. (871 characters)

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. (406 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, chocolate and small alcohol notes. In the taste, chocolate, a nice hop presence and a small alcohol taste in the end. A small hop bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry chocolate and small hop in the aftertaste. Big chocolate taste, with notes of alcohol and hops, quite smooth and tasty. (357 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A bit lighter than I was expecting, but still a nice black now

S - Smells more porteresque than big stout. Ton of smoke on this one, not sure exactly where it's coming from. Aged with oak "staves", but I don't get a whole lot of oak, if any, on this one. Roasted with some coffee and chocolate, but really it's the huge smoke taste that stands out in this one.

T - Smoke, is this a smoked beer? Roasted coffee and some slightly bitter taste, but the smoke really stands out in this brew. So smokey, wondered if it was just a lihgtly smoked somke beer. But definately interesting stuff.

M - Lightish, at least for a big stout. Less than moderatly carbonated, but pretty solid.

D - Very easilty drinkable for the ABV. Much lighter than it should feel, makes it entirely drinkable. (786 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2009 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a thick black color with some nice tan froth. Some good lace.

(S)- A nice richness to it. Roasty and bready with raisin and cocoa. Solid.

(T)- A nice rich smoothness with roasted cocoa, raisin, coffee bean, and caramel. Very nice.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, though very fitting. A great balance to it as well. Some warmth from the ABV, but very well integrated considering the large 12.5% this has. Sweet and rich, but neither overpowering.

(D)- A great stout for sure. Well balanced and rich with a nice smoothness. I have not had this fresh, but the time this particular bottle had on it seems to really be a great amount of time to lay this down for. (725 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter

Appearance – Pours a deep oil black color with almost no head, but just a thin brown film on the surface. Upon swirling there is a light amount of lacing but overall just thick and black.

Smell – A big aroma of coffee, dark cherry, and milk chocolate meet the nose. These are mixed with lighter notes of vanilla, some dark cherry as well as a bit of bourbon booziness. Very nice.

Taste – The taste begins with a very roasty malt flavor. This is mixed with flavors of coffee, char/smoke and chocolate. Initially these flavors are on the more bitter and dry side, but soon are meet with some sweeter flavors. Vanilla and some caramel come to the tongue and sweeten the taste. As it moves on even more a flavor of dark fruit comes to the tongue. The dark fruit is mostly cherry in nature, but light hints of prune are there as well. At the end some of the sweeter flavors are overrun by an increase in some bitter cocoa, char, expresso as well as a good warming dose of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel – The beer was of medium thickness and quite smooth and silky with a very low level of carbonation. The smoothness and body really accentuated those roasty flavors with the lower carbonation level only accentuating the flavor as well as allowing the boozy flavor to sit and warm the tongue.

Overall – This was a great tasting Imperial stout. A very nice flavor profile with great aroma and a nice feel. Strong and delicious. (1,465 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BAs finest two members, beerisheaven & sholland119, for each sending a bottle of this my way. You guys have sent me so much excellent beer over the past year plus that, I, I...<weep>

I managed not to spill while pouring this for the wife & I through my tears. It's black. It smells very rich & velvety, though I've never actually smelt velvet. Black velvet, in particular.

This is good shite. Most of the oak-aged RIS I've tasted to date also were barrel aged, so my taste buds keep waiting for the Jack Daniels edge to kick in, but nothing. The oak adds a nice smoothing edge too it. The roasted, toasted, rocking, socking malts are all over the place, lending plenty of depth to this.

Depth it's got. The combo of rich nose & Grand Canyon-esque depth makes me happy. The alcohol is - wait, there's alcohol in here? Seriously, can't even taste it. That's a masterpiece of hiding a Yugo in a haystack, there.

The rare beer that actually smells better than it tastes, & the taste is excellent. I'm very glad I have another one of these babies, it won't be seeing the light refracting through a pint glass for another year or two. I'll be interested to see what that does to it.

Unique, almost simultaneously bold & subtle. Excellent beer. (1,262 characters)

Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 403 ratings.