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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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777 Ratings
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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 342
Gots: 206 | 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:
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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Wasatch

Utah

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 21:37:24 | More by Wasatch
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-19-2013 01:12:27 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 04:14:02 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 04:09:11 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-12-2010 23:03:24 | More by BARFLYB
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 16:00:25 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-15-2013 18:46:35 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 03:47:18 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 02:12:57 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2009 15:38:50 | More by John_M
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-18-2011 21:20:46 | More by brandoman63
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 02:41:17 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +19%

12-10-2011 03:26:21 | More by rab53
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 23:27:20 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 04:16:48 | More by Viggo
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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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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

05-24-2014 01:01:33 | More by Latarnik
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 20:34:46 | More by DrJay
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

05-04-2013 23:28:27 | More by Kelp
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 00:41:29 | More by Mebuzzard
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glid02

Georgia

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 19:59:28 | More by glid02
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-10-2014 07:47:21 | More by zestar
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-06-2014 02:05:31 | More by PEIhop
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-02-2013 03:01:25 | More by THECPJ
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billab914

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 01:32:30 | More by billab914
Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.