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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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787 Ratings
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Ratings: 787
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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brystmar

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting in the fridge for a month, time to open! Oily black pour yields minimal head. Bourbon oaky aroma melds with dark chocolate and roasted malts. Aroma is the strongest part of the brew.

Deep, bitter cacao character as the dark chocolate overwhelms everything else in the flavor profile. Dry and boozy at the end, warming alcohol soothes the throat after each sip.

Massively over-carbonated though, and that significantly detracts from the sinking experience. A solid RIS, wouldn't buy it myself though.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 07:14:55 | More by brystmar
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

09-04-2012 03:51:47 | More by orangesol
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an oil slick black body beneath the half inch mocha head that leaves a thin layer of lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

Aromas of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate malt float from the glass. Just a touch of woody spice as it warms.

Warm flavors of roasted coffee and sweet chocolate greet the palate. Faint woody notes are present as well with some earthy hops. In the background is a touch of licorice and some charred malt.

Robust mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a warming boozy finish.

A huge and tasty Imperial Stout with tons of character to entertain the senses and nice woody notes as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 01:37:44 | More by CHADMC3
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JimmytheSaintPSU

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-21-2012 21:16:50 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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ehammond1


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle

Thanks to the Pittsburgh gang for sending this to the Cali gang!

Nearly black, though it's truly a very dark brown and dark ruby. The head is small, dark brown, and leaves the glass spotted and oily with stick. Pretty and appropriately thick and viscous.

Big notes of roast and coffee are front and center, along with mild chocolate, and a complementary oak presence. Rich and complete.

The flavor was even better than the aroma: big notes of roasted black malts, some coffee but not as much as in the aroma, bitter chocolate, mild sweetness, and a touch of bitterness. Really quite nice. This was a complete imperial stout and one of the highlights of my evening.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

ISO!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 01:52:53 | More by ehammond1
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hopluva1

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

08-21-2012 01:19:59 | More by hopluva1
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jmshulk

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%

08-19-2012 23:35:16 | More by jmshulk
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FosterJM

California

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

1464th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter
22oz

Not sure year

CA Gang Bang BIF

App- When the top popped this was another beer I had high hopes for and this was a nice big stout. The beer pours out with a good flow of dark brown chocolate/molasses brown red and settles nicely with a good density. A small tan head mayb 1/2" was there and left a good amount of cling.

Smell- A lot going on in this one. It for some reason was a big coffee note for me. Had a pleasant roasty note with no signs of the ABV and a good touch of the oak with some chocolate malts.

Taste- This stout was quite good and I am glad I have a bottle now. Very lush and creamy notes intermixed with a oaky, malty, roast note. Some small balanced coffee roasted notes on the finish.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a lighter medium carbonation due to the bottle conditioning. A bit too bubbly and needed to smooth down. Residual prickly chocolate coffee notes.

Drink- A very good stout IMO and under the radar for sure. Was very smooth and delicate. The balance was damn good and I am glad to have a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 21:46:50 | More by FosterJM
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Despite the high ABV, the fudge brown beer still generates a nice tan head and though it doesn't hang around for long, it leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Roasty and charred, up front, with rich chocolate tones and a hint of pudding

Taste: Roasty and charred, almost smokey, up front, but the chocolate pudding flavors arrive in the middle, bringing sweetness, vanilla and a touch of dark fruit, as well; the flavors all meld together in the finish, with the charred bitterness stepping up a notch

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation; surprisingly little burn despite the ABV

Overall: I cellared this beer for at least two years and the aging has been a real benefit as there is a lot of complexity and the likely heat of its youth has dissipated

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 18:12:10 | More by brentk56
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3Hops

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-02-2012 20:47:56 | More by 3Hops
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rkasten1

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

07-29-2012 22:36:59 | More by rkasten1
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

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

Thanks Dave Austin!

Pour is absolute black underneath a nice caramel head. Good head retention through the finish and decent lacing.

The smell is nice. Thick coffee and roasted burnt malt really dominate. Underlying sweetness or prunes with a strong mollasses/black licorice.

Its like Founders IS, but more sweet. Lots of bitter coffee upfront, with resonating sweetness. Lots of prunes, swret syrup, and black strap licorice. Without the roasty coffee and burnt malt, it would be a sweet bomb.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 20:27:26 | More by VncentLIFE
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LambicKing

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-23-2012 02:55:49 | More by LambicKing
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-23-2012 01:00:37 | More by Hanzo
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a deep, slick black with a finger of dark brown head. Head is slightly loose and frothy, lacing is spotty.

S. Baking chocolate, sweet dark fruit, strawberry, cherry, and hop zest. A lot of fruit and hop fragrance with chocolate providing a nice counterpoint.

T. Dark chocolate, roasted almond, ripe dark fruit, mild resinous hop bittering. Finish is a bit boozy, though at 12.5% it actually drinks rather easily. This is a medium-dry stout, cutting a nice balance between smooth/creamy and ashy/roasty.

M. Full bodied, slightly undercarbonated which leaves a slightly flabby feel.

O. A solid imperial stout with a strong emphasis on roasted malt and ripe fruit flavors, along with a little bit of hop kick. Definitely leans towards the dryer side and away from the thick, cloying, molasses flavors that most stouts seem to go for these days. This is a well-crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 19:38:18 | More by siege06nd
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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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 00:30:57 | More by Darkmagus82
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enelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-30-2012 23:25:18 | More by enelson
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from '09 into a 25cl Duvel tulip. This one's been in my cellar for a while, and was actually part of one of my very first trades - thanks to Beerman777!

A: Black body with red highlights. One finger of creamy light brown head. Good retention and lacing. Nice.

S: Heavy vanilla, milk chocolate, and some fruity, sherry-like oxidation that's almost reminiscent of cherries. Pleasant, but a bit uninspired.

T: Creamy, sweet, and roasty. Vanilla, chocolate, licorice, coffee, and fruity oxidation. Long, ashy, bitter, oaky finish. Tasty.

M: Thick, smooth, creamy. Yeah.

O: This one was quite enjoyable and extremely complex, but definitely a bit over the hill for my tastes. I really need to stop aging so many stouts...

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 17:43:14 | More by woosterbill
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surlytwinsfan

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-29-2012 18:11:10 | More by surlytwinsfan
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Devi0us

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-29-2012 09:17:47 | More by Devi0us
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dc55110

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%

06-28-2012 16:29:35 | More by dc55110
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't find a bottle date, but I can find a clean snifter glass.

Pours as black as black is black. Couldn't scrounge a tall foam cap, even with a height pour. Mocha-colored head fell and dispersed pretty quickly with some surface asteroids.

Roasty coffee sweet with a big ol' chocolate bar thrown in for good measure. The heat's there, but it's decently toned down. Flan custard and vanilla, too. Pretty decadent nose on this beer.

Get-go bitterness from the char-roast. Huge chocolate and coffee notes dominate this one. Burnt sugars, herbal hops, and some peatiness. There's some noticeable butterscotch in the late middle that turns to candy in the finish. Nice addition of smoke that peeks in-and-out throughout the whole experience. No real blatant taste of alcohol, just the effects and warmth. Really well-done.

Medium-full body with a light carbonation. Well-disguised alcohol, but you know it's there (like me, who is finishing the bottle by his lonesome) after awhile.

Kudos to Voodoo! A phenomenal I.S. I thought it might be a little over-the-top, but this makes a nice package. Look forward to aging my other bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 04:02:28 | More by thecheapies
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dlello2

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

06-24-2012 14:52:20 | More by dlello2
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beernut

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

06-15-2012 12:07:30 | More by beernut
Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.