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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 347
Gots: 212 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

dtomes, Mar 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

pavpav12, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of jhartley
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

jhartley, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of chanokokoro
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Voodoo Brewing Co. "The Barrel Room Collection" branded snifter

Pours jet black capped by a light brown fluffy head. Average retention, a decent amount of splotchy lacing. Bold nose chock full of bakers chocolate, dark fruit, a touch of oak, and brooding booziness--just right for a big stout. Opens with bold dark chocolate, mellowed by dried dark fruit black cherries and prune. Some charred biscuit notes midpalate and even hints of burned caramel. Pleasant understated oak notes, espresso notes and charred chocolate malt joined by some bittering hops and pleasant, warming booziness on the mostly dry finish. Moderately carbonated, big silky full body with some creamy accents. If you're looking for a monster of a stout; this brew certainly doesn't disappoint. Highly recommended.

chanokokoro, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of csmiley
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The color is borderline black with just a sliver of ruby that comes in around the edges. The head is mostly tan and rises to about a quarter inch. After a couple minutes, it ends up a thin cap on the brew. Lacing is spotty but still has a respectable showing.

S - Aroma has a deep bittersweet chocolate start and quickly turns to milk chocolate. Just a hint of coffee bean in the middle. Some roasted notes are in the background. Pretty straight forward aroma overall. Amazingly, there is practically no alcohol that can be found. For 12.5%, that is a quite an accomplishment.

T - Flavor starts out with a cacophony of typical stout flavors. Chocolate, coffee, smoke, cherry, alcohol...the list goes on. After the first couple sips it starts to get some legs under it and shine in a few areas. The big chocolate profile and lighter flavor of dark fruit really goes well with the high alcohol percentage. Towards the end, a blast of thick and smokey dark malt comes through quite nicely.

M - Full bodied with a dry and smokey finish that hangs out on the palate for a while. Carbonation is at a medium level. For a beer this big and flavorful, I'd probably take it down a notch or two.

D - Drinkability is simply dangerous for the Big Black Voodoo Daddy. Throughout the beer, the alcohol is hidden or very well complimented by other flavors. I get the feeling this one should be a slow sipper but something about it keeps the glass tipping up and up til it's quickly gone. I'm tempted to say this could benefit from a 12 ounce serving size but after the first 12 ounces, well...you are left wanting more. Of course, this one should be served a little warm to really showcase all this beer can be. Very happy I got to try this one out.

csmiley, Oct 10, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

huysmans, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Chimay chalice. Pours a nearly solid black, just a tinge of brown/red coming through...so not absolutely oily black. Nice 2 to 3 finger brown head that's frothy and creamy. I'm stoked to get this started...

Head slowly dissapates into tan ring and leaves wonderful lacing at first. Lacing slides quickly and leaves just random spider laces.

Aroma is so nice...roasted malts, creamy chocolate, coffee beans...very slight hoppy bitterness. Very inviting...

Incredible! This beer does not get enough attention! Just as good if not better than a lot of the other big beer Stouts! Tons of chocolate and maltiness at first. Slight bitters come in through a second wave, followed by more sweetness from the coffee flavors. The coffee then continues to stay with you for quite some time providing a great after taste! Slightly dry finish...but where's the booze! 12.5%? You couldn't even tell...smooth and creamy...robust flavors, low carbonation...just excelent!

ShadesOfGray, Feb 14, 2010
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

ALLISON01, Nov 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

davesway10, Feb 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

R_J_FearNoBeer, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

jhillwastaken, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of beerhan
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Bottle I think? thanks to kecarl7

A-So dark. Jet black with a livid light brown head that remains for at least five minutes. Lots of bubbles.

S-Smells like dark chocolate with a little toffee and some nuts. I get a very strong pecan taste that dominates.

T-There is a really bitter espresso taste that is followed by an overpowering pecan taste. There is a lot of dark chocolate with a bitter hop presence that I can't quite identify.

M-A little too carbonated at times but really crisp. The carbonation is great when its cooler but as it warms up this tastes a little awkward.

O-I would say that I really liked this beer but the carbonation was just a bit much. Towards the end I was having trouble finishing my glass but initially I thought this was fantastic.

beerhan, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

GuisseppeFranco, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of jmalex
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Raising a glass tonight to my grandfather. We'll miss you Pop-pop.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip inky black with a 1-finger high coffee-and-cream head. It's bubbles are tight and small and has really good retention.

SMELL: A huge, complex stout with every aroma in the book. Caramel and dark chocolate, sure. Coffee, tons of it. Dark fruits, really subtle but there. Vanilla, oak, and smoke, giving the beer a unique quality to separate it from the pack. So much going on and so deliciously aromatic.

TASTE: Much more subdued in the flavor, but I think that's what I love about this. The flavors are the expected chocolate and coffee (which are here in great strength) with the perfect bit of dry, acrid black malt to give some balance. Hoppiness is minimal with maybe a hint of generic hop flavor on the finish. Tastes more like a standard American stout rather than anything this big.

MOUTHFEEL: Full and medium heavy with a big enough carbonation to lighten it up just a tad. It coats the mouth completely after the swallow, but doesn't feel syrupy or slick.

DRINKABILITY: Off the charts. The signature of this beer. I'm in for a good night now that I notice the ABV of this one. You don't notice it one bit, nor can you tell how much malt must be thrown into this because it finishes so dry for the style. Really awesome.

A fantastic beer that I'll have to find more of soon. This definitely one that stands out from the crowd and shouldn't be passed up.

jmalex, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Axic10
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a year old bottle poured from bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a slight dark brown head that quickly disappeared, yet left some nice lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, oak and roasted malts.

Taste: Smoke, light oak and dark chocolate. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, hardly feels like a beer that is 12.5%.

Drinkability: An enjoyable beer that was very smooth. I have another bottle that I want to see what happens with another year or cellaring.

Axic10, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of BobZ
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

BobZ, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

kerry4porters, Apr 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

cwelsh55, Apr 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of domtronzero
3.08/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky very dark brown. Huge, fluffy, very long lasting mocha colored head. Little lacing. head is too huge and lasts way too long. Kinda hard to even pour a glass without getting all head and no beer.

S - Bitter chocolate, roasty malts, earthy hops and boozy alcohol.

F/M - Acidic burnt roasty malts. Bitter dark chocolate, light coffee, lite oakiness. Earthy/spicy hops with a moderately high bitterness, accentuated by dark malts. Medium body is a little lacking for style, with moderately high carbonation - way too high for style and totally distracting.

D - Good, but kinda thin and too bubbly for style, but it definitely helps in the drinkability department.

domtronzero, Oct 09, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Seaba, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Jmoore50
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer talks a lot of smack, and does not deliver.

The appearance is black, really black. Very few bubbles, no head at all. This is one of the darkest beers I have witnessed, up there with Ten Fidy and Dark Lord. It leaves a good leg on the glass, but has no head. It is thick and mean.

The smell has a bite, which goes along with the theme of the brew. I can smell the oak stives, they bring a certain woodiness that contributes to the bite. Some chocolate and burnt grains.

The tastes are good, and pretty unique. It starts with a very huge oak bite that is distracting the other flavors. It has some really nice chocolate notes with some roasted grains.

The mouthfeel is unique in the fact that the oak stives and alcohol give this thing a bite. It is overall a good beer, but not the, "Biggest baddest stout I have ever tasted."


Jmoore50, Apr 17, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

kels, Nov 05, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

jpmclaug, Dec 13, 2011
Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.