Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 403
Hads: 950
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.88%
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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Reviews: 403 | Hads: 950
Photo of cmq103
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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… (1,674 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter, probably 2-3 years old

A: Pours pitch black with one finger of off white head. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

S: Chocolate, oak, and strong oxidation. Sme cherry notes, but a cardboard note is quite strong.

T: Milk chocolate, caramel, and malted milk balls start out with a fairly strong oak presence. The beer finishes with dark chocolate and a hint of roasted malt. The beer stays fairly dry throughout, but is certainly balanced.

M: On the thin side with moderate carbonation.

O: The aroma on this is certainly downhill, but the flavor is quite nice. I enjoyed this. (610 characters)

Photo of beerhan
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date - but I purchased earlier this year.

black as sin, with thin tan head that quickly fades into just a thin collar around the edge of glass.

massive toasted malt aroma, with a touch of hops. taste is typical for a bit bold malty stout - with highlights of dark bitter chocolate, a little smoke, toasted marshmallow. hides the nearly 13% abv well.

thicker, with moderate carbonation. but not hard to drink.

overall - a solid Imperial Stout by a quality PA brewer. (489 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a pitch black color with a very thin dark. Brown head. Nose is lightly hot, it's vary dry, some coffee and chocolate but not over the top.

Taste dry, slightly dry, but my lips are sticky, there's a nice smoky finish, there is a nice with a light hop bite on the finish. (313 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: pitch black bodied beer with a medium brown colored head. Less than one finger of head that disapates into a thin ring on outside of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Really nice milk chocolate notes with hints of oak and molasses.

Taste: A mix of gourmet milk chocolates that add a sweet note and a dark chocolates that add richness & depth to the chocolate flavor. really nice! I get a nice taste of the oak in the middle of the beer and then it finishes with a mild bitterness from some coffee notes. The bitterness does not last very long and finishes clean. Making you want another sip! Nice flavors with good balance and complexity! Great chocolatey malty profile!

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, oily, and very smooth. Impressive! At the high end of a medium bodied beer with low to almost moderate carbonation. No boozey notes, but it is warming as you drink; really hard to believe this beer is 12%. Its a sipping beer.

Overall: My first Voodoo Brewing Company beer. I am impressed! This beer is very tasty and very smooth. Very balanced and decent complexity. I would not mind another bottle of this beer! Get a bottle and give it a try. (1,185 characters)

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. (908 characters)

Photo of biggsbowler
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - What an awesome beer!!! Big and black, just the way I like my imperial stouts. A mild amount of chocolate in the taste and nose. Pitch black color and very smooth. The body was a little thin. Honestly I don’t believe this beer is 12% abv. Great Job, Dark Horse. (272 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: black in color with minimal head, opaque, low carbonation

Smell: big milk chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol

Taste: sweet creamy start followed by big milk chocolate and a rich dark coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: heavy body, low carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness

Drinkability: Wow. This one was the last beer I snuck into my travel bag on my way back from Pennsylvania and I am glad I did. This is my new king in this category which I love. Super malty, super chocolaty without being cloying, I could have several. I did not even realize this was 12% the alcohol is so well hidden. Just an amazing beer. (624 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Craytonic for this one. Poured into a tulip. Pours motor oil blak with about an inch of bubbly head that I was able to force in the pour. Good soapy lace.

Sweet milk chocolate in the aroma with a hint of dark cherries. Kind of a rich thick oak aroma but a hint of char. A little fruitier than I would generally care for. Lots of dark cherry aroma with a other dark fruit profiles. Kind of sweet with some more char flavor than roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and oak but a little bit of off mark for me.

The feel is silky and robust. A little warm on the finish but nothing offensive. Overall this isn't bad just not want I hope for in an IS. Seems a little bit charred and at that same time not as roasty as I would hope. I could say it has it's priorities mixed up. (784 characters)

Photo of jcartamdg
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black into my bruery tulip with a quick glimpse of a thin head which disapates almost instantly. Aroma of roasty chocolate malts and oak. Taste follows the nose, so rich yet so smooth. This is a great drinking stout. A little more of a mouthfeel would be nice but it's still not bad. Great overall (307 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a pitch black with a small amount of tan foam that quickly faded to a ring of bubbles around the glass
S - Deep rich bitter chocolate, vanilla and the oak aged aroma
T - Taste is just like the aroma, deep rich chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and a good bit of oak. It finishes with a really deep chocolate flavor.
M - smooth and creamy, silky, tingly carbonation but not so much that it overtakes the flavor at all.
D - Very easy to drink. The alcohol is so well hidden. This has very nice flavors and I hope to get some more to age longer. (552 characters)

Photo of route66pubs
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep dark black, with a 1-finger creamy tan head. Head has a lot of small carbonation bubbles and subsides slowly, leaving a nice lacing along the Bruery tulip glass it has been poured into.

S - Raisin is my first thought. Chocolate and vanilla swirl follow behind. A hint of barrel-aged alcohol follows.

T - Acidic coffee throughout the forefront, with a slightly sweeter malt middle that is almost imperceptible. Some creamy vanilla follows nearer the back that gives way to more coffee at the back. Did I mention acidic coffee, because it is definitely there.

M - Two words: over-carbonated. It's just too crisp for my liking for an imperial stout. And all that coffee-ness comes through, too, to present a bit of a bad-Starbucks-feel. For as nice as this almost tastes, and as enjoyable as the aroma and the appearance, this just feels wrong for some reason.

O - Having an aged version of this would be absolutely wonderful I suspect. Alas, I do not know for sure. But maybe one day .... In the meantime, this is a fine sipping imperials stout. (1,064 characters)

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, into tulip, hug thanks for this want from KristinCooks in the GDBIF.

A: Big pitch black body, wi low levels of carbonation and a very still looking dark must. The rich tan head is poured with low formation and retention does hold well with the little bit that is formed. Low lacing, but present.

S: Roast at low levels, with a nice on solvent aroma. Medium to low level intensity.

T/M: Warm and rich, in spice and deep plum malty character. Bitterness is at very low level, but hop flavor does come through. Nice level of caramel in the malts and a well blended roasted layer. Mouthfeel is a slight bit on the light side for flavor intensity.

O: Very nice overall smooth character that is light and very toasted, great balancethroughout. (755 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 jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an engine oil black with a creamy two fingered caramel colored head. The foam sticks to the sides of the glass like bubbly glue.

S - Dark bitter chocolate, roasted cocoa, mild boozy effervescence, mild roasted smoke (weird, I know).

T - Mild expresso, dark roasted chocolate, powdered malt, slight pine bitterness, a little bit of leather, but not overly complex for a stout this big. The taste is even across the sip and ends with a mild shot of expresso that lingers for a few minutets afterwards. There's a notable warming on the way down.

M - Heavy medium body, gentle smoothness on the tongue mixed with booziness and expresso.

O - A darn fine stout! (669 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Plenum for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a huge 3 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a craggy cap. A nice latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some chocolate chip cookie dough. Alcohol aromas come out as the beer warms. Taste is of dark roasted malt, bitter cocoa powder, and slight coffee grounds. There is a mild roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a very low carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout but I really don't smell or taste any oak/wood that it was supposedly aged on. (655 characters)

Photo of daveytheformer
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to canjeeps once again.

Pours pitch black with a very thin bubbly khaki head that leaves some spotting.

Aroma is lots of coffee beans, roasted malt, and dark chocolate.

Tastes follow the aroma well with the coffee and chocolate flavors really taking over. The alcohol creeps up on the backend with some oak flavors leading it all up to a nice smokey aftertaste.

Mouhfeel is medium with light carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV. Goes down smooth and a little too easily.

Overall is excellent! Would for sure drink this again and will try to seek out more of their stuff. (586 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours one of the nicest pours that I have seen for a stout. It actually looked just like light cocoa powder on the top with a bit of lacing.

S: Dark cocoa, chocolate, toffee, dark roasted malts and sweet barley.

T: Dark chocolate with a sweet mixture of roasted malts. Plenty of variation in the malts from what I could pick up but also nicely caramelized sugars from a long boil time. Late cocoa and a bit of mid taste coffee / espresso. Just a bit of english hops in the taste, but the other flavors clearly outshine it.

M: Medium to light bodied but slick and silky smooth.

O: Overall this is a great beer. Was happy to share it with some friends while brewing up a 15 gallon batch of Oktoberfest. This beer did not let any of us down. (748 characters)

Photo of kaips1
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bomber thanks to

no bottle date poured into a pint glass, this poured a a nice dark void of blackness with minimal head that quickly vanished into just a mocha ring of bubbles. the aroma of chocolate is the first and strongest notes, then its followed by a bit of smoky roasted almost coffee like, malty bitterness is also very prominent. i get roasty malty bitterness in the taste and a smooth chocolate finish. mouthfeel wasnt exciting but it was velvety and smooth. the drinkability is great i could enjoy 2 of these on a day of nothing but laziness, overall this is a good stout that i wouldnt mind drinking again. (622 characters)

Photo of Gushue3
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at POPE philly

A- balck in the glass with a smaller chocolate head. Not really much lacing.

S- sweeter milk chocolate with some coffee beans

T- nice chcoclate malt upfront with roasty coffee. Hoppy bitterness is there but somewhat laid back. Nice blend of all the good stuff. Coffee bitterness fades to the finish.

M- medium to thick feel with smaller carbonation. Really

O- pretty nice stout thats got all the stuff i like (436 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. There's a nice film that clings to the side of the glass with webbed lacing.

N: This is an absolutely beautiful nose! Dark chocolate, roasted barley, cocoa, espresso and toffee.

T: Dark chocolate, toffee and roasted barley along with hints of ripe plum and cherry. This then flows into espresso and some charcoal notes. Finishes earthy and woody with lingering coffee, roasted barley and some hints of floral.

M: Medium bodied, silky, smooth, warming and a little sticky.

O: Fantastic! The 12.5% abv is not detectable and goes down incredibly easy. This has a nice complexity where the flavors change ever so slightly with each sip taken. Big Black Voodoo Daddy should be essential to any Imperial Stout enthusiast. (792 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received thanks to BA Soonami. This one was allowed to warm a good bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Big Black Voodoo Daddy pours, well, big and black. The dark caramel head was disappointing on the first pour, but the second one yields three fingers of foam, complete with good head retention and a little bit of lacing. The nose is fairly run of the mill, a roughly equal blend of dark chocolate and highly roasted coffee, and it's a bit weak to boot. Thankfully, the flavor steps things up a notch. That same coffee/chocolate combo leads things off, and just when I think the flavor is going to be as run of the mill as the aroma, all these little nuances start appearing on the back end that show the beer has a little bit more to it. Notes of anise, oak, and an almost earthy quality make an appearance. Not every one on every sip, but always something to keep things interesting. The body is remarkably middle of the road for such a big stout, it drinks like it's only 8-9%. While that's a boon to drinkability, it does dampen the richness of the beer. The carbonation is suitably understated. Big Black Voodoo Daddy is remarkably well tempered, as far as a lack of heat for being 12.5%, and it's pretty tasty to boot. (1,248 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There is no way on god's green earth this is 12.5% abv. Just saying. Black color with very little head or carbonation. Just sort of pours out. Decent roasted aroma-nice chocolate notes. Very "grain" like in it's presence. Big chocolate malt flavor. Somewhat vanilla like. Burnt flavor that is quite decent actually. Again with the grain-has a real "grain" like flavor going on. Malty. Decent body. If the abv holds thrue then iot is almost thin. WOW! I have been plowing thru a glass of this with no clue what so ever until I saw the other reviews here. No way this is 12.5%. Almost session like between the flavor and body. WOW again. Great beer all in. (654 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Black body with a thin layer of tan head. This looks decent, not as massive a head as I've seen from others.

The aroma is full of sweet malt and bitter coffee; striking a very pleasant balance.

The taste starts out with mild malt sweetness that turns into a drier finish filled with slightly bitter roasted malt. This is a nice balance; it isn't too sweet, and the stout flavors are clearly showcased.

The mouthfeel is decent as the body is pretty big and the carbonation a little more sharp than creamy.

I like this one; it's a good sipper. Nothing overwhelmingly special (they all can't be), but solid. (629 characters)

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