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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: 207 | FT: 23
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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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to FtownThrowDown for sharing this! Um, didn't realize at the time it was 12.5%, so I guess that sheds some light on the horrible handwriting in my notes. Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Pours completely black and totally opaque. Can't see a thing through the very viscous-looking darkness. Light swirls of creamy foam twirl along the surface of the liquid, standing in for the absence of any head or lacing.

Smell is really chocolatey upfront, in a cocoa-powdery sort of way. Slight, sticky alcohol creeps forward through the sweetness, and a nice, warm vanilla creaminess subtly enhances the overall effect.

Taste is full of rich, milky chocolate, but the dominant flavor comes out as a darkly roasted coffee bean. The malts are so roasted they are pretty much smoked, and there's a slight burnt quality/spent grounds aspect overall. The richness of the roast comes across very warm and earthy - less like charcoal, more like leather. The alcohol comes through with slight bite, and it's warming is very apparent in my cheeks. The feel is pretty viscous with moderate creaminess from the light carbonation.

It drinks pretty easily and is really enjoyable, though I suspect that 12.5% catches up pretty fast. Definitely a damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 03:29:59 | More by kels
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-13-2011 01:59:03 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of ujsplace


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours as expected, a black colored brew with a one-fingered thick frothy tan mocha colored head.

Smells delicious - dark chocolates, dark roasted coffee, smokey and can smell some licorice as well.

The taste does not disappoint - Rich, bitter roasted espresso, dark chocolate, roasted, smokey malts, dark over-ripened fruits and licorice. Really good stuff here.

Full bodied and thick, slick - coates the tongue.

This is a great imperial stout - no doubt about it. My wife surprised me with this - I never heard of Voodoo Brewery, but I have now and I will be looking forward to my next tasting. This is one to look for - awesome stuff here. If I was off tomorrow and had a few more of these that would be (in the words of the late Bernie Mac) - good livin', good livin'...

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 01:33:48 | More by ujsplace
Photo of beerman207


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: no light coming through - nice tan head that lingers a bit on the top - about 1 finger thick -lace on the glass

S; Chocolate, malt, licorice, dark fruit, some smoke, and coffee dominant this one. Very nice nose

T: Malt, chocolate, smokiness, coffee - very good flavor

m: A bit thinner than I'd prefer

D: Wow - where is the 12.5% Impressive masking of the alcohol here. Good offering!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 02:32:52 | More by beerman207
Photo of biglite351


3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - very dark with only a sliver of red around the edge. Tall dark creamy head that leaves no lacing.

S - great scent of chocolate and roasted malts. Very inviting.

T - a little bitterness as if it had dark chocolate and you can taste the alcohol. Roasted malts and chocolate. A rather large let down after the amazing scent.

M - good coating, but the only tingle is in the throat from the alcohol.

D - no bad, but not good. I would only have one.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 02:28:04 | More by biglite351
Photo of dlello2


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-24-2012 14:52:20 | More by dlello2
Photo of 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
Photo of Brewski


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-18-2013 04:02:06 | More by Brewski
Photo of Schlais


4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-29-2012 04:34:01 | More by Schlais
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3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed by the pint during the closing minutes of Big Pour 09 session 2 at the Pipers Stand.

Aroma is very burnt...some dark chocolate malt but thats hidden behind a wall of smoke and carbon. Its complex and entertaining but not 100% enjoyable.

Taste is much the same...some acidic notes are thrown in there too, its fairly sour as well. Theres a lot of detail there, but its not able to mask the 12.5% ABV. It tames it, but theres no hiding it it. Its a rough beer and not for the faint of heart. I think if they were to tame it down a bit, it would be a much better beer. But then again, I did have it at room temperature.

I was happy to finally get a shot at this rarity, but I fear that hype may have been a bit too much to live up to.

Serving type: cask

09-14-2009 15:19:02 | More by allboutbierge
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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first in a five beer tasting at the ever so hospitable Mauerhan's house. This gem was offered up by OlieIPA and Aimstatus. Good, good kids. My notes are always a little sparse when I go to Mauerhans; first because I'm busy drinking kick ass brews and flapping my gums, and second because I get crunked. I'll do my best.

Pours black. Go figure. Light tan head. Looks good.

Smells very good. Cocoa, dark chocolates.

Taste is huge on the roast. Super roasty. Good but not stellar. Maybe a fig. Over brewed coffee.

Medium body, very dry. Hides the alcohol marvelously.

So it's good but come on. Every new stout has to get 11 A+ reviews that shoot it up on the charts, then the rest of us schlubs trade for it or buy it and review it so it can fall off the charts. Rant over. 'Twas definitely worth drinking.

Overall: Thanks kids.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 04:56:07 | More by PatronWizard
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Mad Elf chalice.

Deep black body with a very thin tan head which dissipated quickly and would return with a swish of the glass. No light shines through when held up to the light.

Aromas of licorice, espresso and unsweetened chocolate and some alcohol.

Tastes of dark char, roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, burnt molasses. Coats our tongue in that deliciousness. Alcohol bite is there at the end as it warms up. No doubt about it, when you're drinking this you're drinking a Big Bad stout!

Really just a great stout, big bold, tasty. Thick and bold with the mouthfeel, but not too heavy that you can't drink the whole bomber yourself. If you like your stouts big, go find yourself a bottle, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:04:46 | More by jhartley
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5/5  rDev +19%

03-01-2012 05:48:31 | More by BugTownPub
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to Mikesgroove. No date on bottle but assuming it's an 09.

Pouring into a goblet glass at fridge temp

A- Pours solid black with a very slight reddish hue on the bottom of the glass. A nice 1 finger light brown root beer float like head sits on top with some nice seriously sticky slow moving lacing with some nice alcohol legs underneath.

S- Dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Definitely some oak notes in there, nothing crazy but easily picked out. Maybe some slight dark fruits like figs and raisins. Has a slight alcohol presence in the background.

T- Really strong roasted coffee and malts with some bittersweet chocolate up front to follow. Has a decent hop bitterness and flavor in there surprisingly. Oak is hard to pick out in the flavor but is there slightly and followed by a hidden alcohol flavor that gets wrapped up in the body fullness.

M- Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a strong bitter yet wet finish.


Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 22:56:24 | More by Arenbeer
Photo of BobZ


4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. bottle poured into a CBS Snifter. Bottled in 2012. Thanks to the extremely generous roon for the bottle.

Appearance: Almost black with a nice 1/4" creamy tan cap, leaves excellent lacing.

Smell: Big roasted malt, coffee and chocolate aromas.

Taste: A nice roasted malt bitterness balanced against chocolate and coffee flavors that were evident in the aroma. Nicely consistent as it warms, the flavor is deep and the alcohol is all but completely masked..

Mouthfeel: Nice creamy mouth feel, the bitterness on the finish leaves the palate clean. As stated above very smooth with it's abv very well masked.

Overall: Yet another excellent stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 18:13:28 | More by BobZ
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-30-2014 15:19:31 | More by TriageStat
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint.

A - Pours a black color with a thin mocha head that dies to a halo. Good lacing.

S - Roasted coffee beans, dark cracker malts, and some oak.

T - Dominated by roastiness from the front to the aftertaste. Some dark fruits, baker's chocolate, char, and serious coffee as well, with a nice woody bitterness on the finish. At 65 IBU, it is a bit more bitter than most of the style, and I will age one to see what happens. The roasty notes are bordering on smokiness, but the other flavors meld with this to create a complex flavor that is really enjoyable. The big 12.50% is well hidden. The dark fruits and the sweetness come out a little bit as it warms, making it even tastier and more balanced.

M - Tingly carbonation with a medium-thick feel. Suits the flavors well and goes down easy.

O - This is a huge stout with some intense toasty/smokey flavors. If you don't enjoy that in a beer, I would steer clear of this one. I find those characteristics to be very pleasant in this case, and when combined with the plethora of other flavors found in this beer, it makes for a definite success for Voodoo. At under $9/bomber for this 12.50% stout, I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 01:56:37 | More by NoLeafClover44
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

04-25-2014 01:13:13 | More by heerboth
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-06-2014 02:40:31 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
Photo of ALLISON01


5/5  rDev +19%

11-20-2011 01:14:29 | More by ALLISON01
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

02-18-2013 00:37:27 | More by GoGators
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-02-2012 20:47:56 | More by 3Hops
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to one of the best traders/people on BA, ericwo, for the assist! Third in the Holy Stout tasting.

Black color with a fair amount of carbonation. A fizzy, tan head which is, of course, customary. It looks good enough to drink!

Lots of roasted malt and coffee and chocolate in the nose. Smells fine! In fact, I find myself wanting to sniff this longer than most beers. Just a treat.

More of the same in the taste with vanilla notes to boot. I liken this to the Sexual Chocolate but with a more rounded experience. This is a pleasant surprise! I can hardly taste the booze and the carbonation is right in line with what I like in an RIS. There's some oakiness present as well. Very, very drinkable.

I hope to enjoy this again!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 04:33:37 | More by rudylaw
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a nice trader.

Poured in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Black, coffee brown at the edges. A beige film rather than a head. Fne rings of lace.

Deep, rich malty aroma, molasses, caramel, and chocolate, with smooth roastiness. Smells almost like a good chewy molasses cookie.

Flavors of dark chocolate, dark caramel, molasses, and some mild earthy and orange rind hop flavors, with a healthy dose of bitterness. Good smooth roastiness. Sweet malt is very well balanced by the hop bitterness and the roastiness. Cohesive, and very tasty. Long roasty dark chocolate and molasses finish, strong and tasty.

Smooth, cushy, viscous texture. Very drinkable for what it is, probably due to the great balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 06:31:58 | More by Beerzebub
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I had to drive into PA to the Beer Store in Southampton PA to get this. I couldn’t find it in any of the NJ beer stores in the central NJ area.

Appearance: A dark as night (I mean really, really dark) motor oil syrup pour got me no head at all, even with an aggressive pour. I’m not sure if it was the bottle I bought, as the bottle cap had a slight rise on one of the sides. Either way, there was no head and no lacing. You could see the syrupy thickness of the beer clinging to the side of the glass when tilted.

Smell: I immediately got oats, malt, and barley, with mild chocolate and dark fruits. In my opinion, the oats and malt dominate the nose, almost oatmeal stout like. With a deep inhale when the beer warms a bit you can catch the sweetness and boozy aroma.

Taste: Sweet dark chocolate, oats, barley, and malts dominate the palate, followed by a moderately bitter expresso coffee finish. There is a mild tinge of booziness on the tongue, a lot less than expected for the higher ABV. Mild hops are present but clearly take a back seat to the malty oats. I really thought I was drinking an Oatmeal Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: This is a thick and delicious beer with mild carbonation, but tingly enough on the tongue. I was very impressed how well the higher ABV is hidden. It didn't have that typical alcohol burn one would expect when an Imperial Stout creeps over the 12% ABV range.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely buy it again, as I enjoyed the malty oatmeal presence this Imperial Stout offered. I just wish I could find it locally. Well done Voodoo, well done…

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 23:38:01 | More by cmq103
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