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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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407 Reviews
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Reviews: 407
Hads: 978
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 357
Gots: 225 | FT: 15
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: 407 | Hads: 978
Photo of rudylaw
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Photo of rye726
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours near black with rich tints of rust and mahogany. Espresso head settles to thin cover with no significant lace. Very nice nose of dark roasty malts, chocolate fudge, coffee, molasses, piney hops, oak and vanilla. Taste not as impressive, but still a well balanced stout. Big chocolate malts, subtle oak, vanilla, fresh coffee and bitter hops.
Body was a bit thin, but had a nice crisp carbonation. Drinks easy for the style. Tasty stuff from Voodoo.

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Photo of jlb307
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Dead Guy pint glass.

A: Dark as dark can be, man! Thick, fluffy brown head which retained almost the entire time. Lost of lacing on the glass as I drank it. At first glance, it almost looks like a fancy expensive coffee drink....but in a good way!

S: Just like it looks. Coffee. Espresso actually. Very toasted-malty, but with a hint of bittersweet. Very smokey.

T: Hints of dried red fruit. Very full bodied, but finished clean. Just the slightest, and I mean slightest hint of alcohol, but what do you expect for 12%, right? Lots of dark chocolate lingers on the palate.

M: Very thick, but not syrupy. Just the right amount of carbonation. Velvety smooth. A "big" beer.

D: Very easy to drink, so definitely take it slow. Probably one of the best stouts I've ever had!

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Photo of adamette
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My 400th Review. This is another live review. Poured from a 750 ml bomber purchased on site at Erie Brew Fest in Erie, PA this year into my Murphy's Irish Red pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A Gorgeous looking medium to dark brown head that is thick, silky and smooth looking over a jet black body that lets no light in. Nice lacing on the glass from top to bottom after drinking. The look could not be better.

S The darkest of roasted malts with a nice almost dark chocolate sweetness that makes this beer oh, so interesting and inviting. Really, this is everything that you want to smell for this style.

T Awesome, just awesome...The darkest of roasted malts in front and that chocolate that I smelled comes right through into the taste with a hit of sweetness in the late beginning of the taste (just as you are swallowing). After that I got a warmth of alcohol and some oak stave taste is held until the aftertaste. A complex, interesting, delicious beer. It cannot be improved.

M Huge of course but you know what? It is one of the smoothest beers at this ABV level that I have had. Major credit for achieving such a huge beer along with the smoothness. Wow.

D Well I will finish this bottle and it is great but this is not a session beer (the style does not call for that anyhow!).

Notes: I have the highest respect for Voodoo Brewing Company and this beer is another home run. Looked long and hard for this one and eventually had to drive to PA to buy it in Erie and so I did. I will do it again as this is a world class beer. Anyone reading this should seek it out.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally got a few of these to hold onto for myself. I've picked up a few bottles for myself but somehow i traded them away as quick as i got them. snagged a bottle for myself and decided that this cool spring evening was the perfect pair for this bold beer.

A - Espresso. flat out, this beer with an aggressive pour looks like a double shot of espresso. Dark tan, creamy head gives way to a black as night/motor oil appearance. very good looking beer for such a bold style.

S - tannic-like and slightly acidic aroma that is very reminiscent of cherries. gives way to a acrid roast character. smoke lingers in and out intertwined between notes of vanilla, caramel, ethanol. perfumey hop note also lingers in the background. Oak really comes out as beer warms up. Very, very complex nose. the subtleties of this beer, almost of an oxymoron, create a very layered but balanced aroma.

T - Notes of vanilla and oak immediately come to mind at first sip. As flavors start to develop on the palate, roast and smoke come out initially and is followed up by sweet notes of caramel, ethanol and more of that cherry tannic note. Again there is so much complexity in the flavors, each layer emerges slowly and you can truly 'taste' every part of this beer.

M - Smooth carbonation, medium to full body. Never cloying, not in the least bit dry, great balance.

D - Highly, highly drinkable. Expect to put away this bomber by yourself. I highly suggest that you find the time to sit back and enjoy this beer. As i mentioned above, this beer has incredible integrity, the flavors emerge layer by layer and i can only suggest that you give it the time to enjoy that it deserves. excellent beer, great example of the style.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a large dark tan head that fades quickly

S - Roastiness, alcohol,

T - Roasty, dried fruit, alcohol and some toffee undertones. Not sweet by any stretch, but there is some hints.

M - Medium-light in carbonation and heavy in body, lasting finish

D - Extremely drinkable despite the high alcohol content. An elite stout, but not a standout among similar stouts. This, World Wide Stout, and Black Albert are all too similar.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pours a dark black with a generous tan head. The head lasts well and laces good. Has a good aroma of roasted coffee,oak barrels, and chocolate. Has a good carbination. The mouthfeel is good but a touch different. The flavors are good, has all the stout offerings Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Has a full body. This is a solid beer. Strong finish with a good aftertaste. A voodoo hopping daddy of a stout...

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a great night for beer! Just got done watching LOST episode #100... This one was shared by DrewOSU - thanks a ton!

Pours a dark root beer to black with burgundy highlights in the bottle of of my Founders snifter... Minimal, dark tan head with no lacing.

The nose is amazing... Dark molasses, figs, burnt caramel, cherry, heavily roasted malts and lots of tobacco. Lots going on and the nose is huge on this one!!! Smells mostly like I just opened a pack of Redman chewing tobacco - wow!

High carbonation, medium to full bodied with full flavor. More tobacco, cherries, alcohol burn, burnt malts, oak, dark figs all trailing in coffee in the aftertaste.

This is a superb beer. I WANT MORE!!!

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

A - Pretty darned black, dark mocha head, reduces to ring. Some large bubbled soapy lacing.

S - Can you say Soy Sauce?!! Some veggy smell, too, and a sharp cocoa.

T - Rounder than smell, lots of roasted malt with the veggie, soy and cocoa flavors.

M - Thick. Big. Round. Creamy. Coating. Pretty good carb and balance.

D - Gigantic. The anti - session.

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

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1" tan colored head that breaks apart pretty quickly. Some spots of lace develop.

Smell: roasted malts and some softer chocolate and coffee tones are pleasant. Some alcohol is noticable too.

Taste: big roasted malt profile with some dark bitter chocolate and a bit more hidden coffee flavor. There is definitely some background vanilla here and the alcohol contributes too along with warming your insides. Bitterness is soft compared to the big flavor.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start, smooth, warming, and slightly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors don't leave the mouth for minutes.

Drinkability: big alcohol beer that is a slow sipper over the course of an evening. Goes down nicely but a bomber bottle is enough in a session.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with a thick dark tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate and sweet roasted malt. Flavor is not as enticing, mostly just sweet roasted malt. Rather drinkable and certainly not as heavy as I'd expect from a 12%. Pretty decent, but not a favorite.
8/4/7/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque with a light brown crown that dwindles but never quite leaves.
Flawless aroma. An abundance of vanilla with mocha, sweet cream and possibly hazelnut.
Both chocolate and coffee play large roles in the makeup of this beer.A woody taste is present in the middle along with some alcohol, and a subtle hop aftertaste is in the finish but so is a coffee ice cream/coffee syrup like sweetness.
Mouthfeel is full for the most part but has a slight watery character that is not ideal for an Imperial Stout.
A fantastic beer that I will search out in the future. Taste was not as bold as I would have liked but Everything Is In Its Right Place.

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Photo of bradford
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review #100, bottle courtesy of mflick. 22oz bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Deep black with almost no head. Those few bubbles disappear almost instantly. No lacing on the glass
S- Sweet, roasted malts, alcohol, wood
T- Burnt malt, wood, slight oxidation (pleasant), chocolate undertones.
M- No good. Very little carbonation that must be unique to this bottle because most reviews report ample carbonation.
D- Even for a beer that probably suffered from sitting on my porch in 80 degree heat, this stuff is pretty good. I hope I get to try another bottle soon. Recommended

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Big Top (!) in Rosyln my hometown. Pours as black as my heart. Smell is of roasted malt with a hint of bourbon. Nice lacing. Tastes of smooth roasted malt with a bit of the bourbon. More carbonation than expected in a big RIS. A bit of etoh burn on the way down. This should age nicely. Recommended.

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Photo of william5586
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great art work on the bottle. Looks like a colorful jazz bar.

A- Black, just like the name says. Little less than a finger of darkish tan head that quickly dissipates.

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and slight whiff of alcohol. Very inviting.

T- Big roasted malt character. A little coffee. Dark Chocolate. Alcohol taste rears its head towards the end and warms all the way down.

M- Oh so creamy and smooth. Medium to full bodied.

D- This is one big beer with a big abv, but on the other hand it just seems to disappear when I pour it.

There is a case of this taunting me every time I go into the distributor and its getting harder and harder to walk by. I have a pretty good feeling where my first summer pay check is going.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you goes out to Frank (Avalon68) for sending me this rare treat that I enjoyed so much at the Extreme Beer Fest last month. This beer is pretty much pitch black in color, but not especially heavy looking. A little less than two fingers of lightly tanned head forms, but eventually subsides in to a ring of lacing. Rich chocolate cake and spicy alcohol begin the aroma, followed by some slight bourbon characteristics and even fainter fruit notes. I cannot emphasize enough the chocolate, sort of reminds me of brownies as well as cake. Taste is mind blowing in that all the above mentioned smells come through in the flavor, but in a much more subdued, elegant way. A bit of coffee and alcohol show up as well, leaving the mouth feeling a bit numb after swallowing. The feeling on this one is not exactly viscous, but certainly creamy enough to put it in the larger category. Prickly carbonation also adds some interesting twists to it in body. After going through three fourths of a glass far too quickly, I can say that this is extremely drinkable, and alcohol barely noticeable. Still, I would be careful, as it does seem to be setting in at a fast pace. All I can say is well done to the Voodoo Brewery. When I tasted this at EBF it was towards the end of the night when my palate was shot to shit. Now I can say when that is not the case that this is a great brew indeed, and one to seek out for sure. A road trip to Pennsylvania right now does not seem like a bad idea. Cheers

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Photo of Nickls
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Near black color hinging on the darkest brown that I've ever seen in a brew. Dense looking, and poured with a very thin off-white head

S - Deep roasted malt aromas; coffee and chocolate also comes through

T - Very roasted maltiness, with just a touch of chocolate sweetness and definitive coffee flavors

M - Medium MF; viscous and not as dense as appearance suggests. Dryish finish

D - While it's definitely a sipper, the alcohol is completely masked and makes this deceptively drinkable. Really great in this dept. given the weight and complexity.

Overall, this is a wonderful example of the style and would welcome it after dinner any time. Would definitely seek this out. I really think it rivals Ten Fidy, even though it's not as thick.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely pours a pitch black depths of hell kind of color, full thick yet silky smooth head forms with a khaki brown hue. Nice lacing sticks to my chalice with each sip, great stuff. Aroma offers up black licorice anise notes with deep fruit action including ripened plum with a touch of tart earthy berry. Herbal hops are evident with deep cocoa powder and strong dark creamed coffee tones, complex layered brew much more satisfying than the barrel aged brethren. Flavor rides an excellent wave of creamy dark chocolate with bitterness arising from the likes of a dark espresso, heavy fruit notes with more anise like kick. Incredibly well hidden with the 12.5% booze, another strong attribute when comparing this to Black Magick. So far you can't really go wrong with any of Matt Allyn's offerings I'm proud to be associated with Meadville and the surrounding area I was there when Matt brewed at Erie and when he helped upstart at least 3 breweries in a 2 year time span. Definitely a brewing machine, I believe this brew highlights the pinnacle of his offerings but I'm just as crazy about a fresh 22 ounce offering of his Pilzilla. Body is full and chewy with a thick meaty bite into me kinda brew, can't go wrong with this smooth carbonation, drinks really easy. A dangerous brew as far as drinkability goes good thing scarcity and price tag limits me from grabbing more of these brews.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured absolutely jet black. Only the faintest hints of a deep brown head. This beer did not really have much head to retain but it did keep a faint whisper around the edges.

S: Really great nose on this. This smells like a big beer. I think I prefer Black Magick to this though. You could smell the wood in this but unlike other wood aged beers it really did not dominate. You could actually get a nice smell of the base beer. Just a touch of hops as this version was dry hopped with Simcoe. Really nice.

T: Again like the nose the balanced between the barrel and the beer was incredible. Tons of roast, chocolate and a little bit of alcohol burn. It really was never overwhelming and was always smooth. Again I think I prefer the Black Magick though. The barrel really balanced this out and reigned in some of the more angular notes of this beer. The hops gave it a little kick that reminded me of Darkness.

M: Really nice and full mouthfeel that never really felt heavy on my tongue. The carbonation was very nice and subtle.

D: A really great beer. While this was probably a better crafted beer I preferred the wild animal that is it's bigger brother. I have really enjoyed all the beers that I have drank from these guys.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this into a pint glass may have been a mistake as it's just really dark. There are little flashes of port and raisin around the sides and I have the feeling I'm peering into it an inch or so, but it's just really black. The head is a nice sandy tan that forms a lasting film.

Smells terrific. I had high expectations for this when I first smelled it. There's mostly dry toasty chocolate grains blended with dark fruits, cherries and sadly just a touch of cough syrup with a lingering marshmallow. A bit of alcohol becomes evident when it warms. When I swallow a bit, a touch of tobacco rises up through my nose.

Tastes quite nice too with a dry and toasty chocolate grain that lingers long into the finish with a delicate dark chocolate. There's a sweetness that goes a step too far like the smell that's focused on prunes and cream that picks up a touch of the roasty elements that veer off into a sour coffee that makes the fruity elements get a little over-done. Thankfully, overall, this is a very nice experience, ending in a culmination of the coffee and chocolate fusing together with a touch of dry oak.

Feels quite clean with a slick texture that's thickened up a bit by a nice imprisoned swarm of carbonation that seems to resist pricking my tongue. This makes its impression and then vanishes. Nice!

An overall great beer. I would pair this with some chocolate cake or the like to accentuate the dryness and steer you away from the more medicinal sourness.

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Photo of cpn920
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, with an inch or so of light brown head. Smells like chocolate coffee malt and perhaps some molasses. The flavor is awesome! Very similar to the aroma. I also detected some vanilla and possibly some raisin? Mouthfeel for me was excellent, although not the thickest in it's category it was very good for me. Great beer that is one of my favorites. Probably just one in a sitting with the high abv.

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Photo of maximum12
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BAs finest two members, beerisheaven & sholland119, for each sending a bottle of this my way. You guys have sent me so much excellent beer over the past year plus that, I, I...<weep>

I managed not to spill while pouring this for the wife & I through my tears. It's black. It smells very rich & velvety, though I've never actually smelt velvet. Black velvet, in particular.

This is good shite. Most of the oak-aged RIS I've tasted to date also were barrel aged, so my taste buds keep waiting for the Jack Daniels edge to kick in, but nothing. The oak adds a nice smoothing edge too it. The roasted, toasted, rocking, socking malts are all over the place, lending plenty of depth to this.

Depth it's got. The combo of rich nose & Grand Canyon-esque depth makes me happy. The alcohol is - wait, there's alcohol in here? Seriously, can't even taste it. That's a masterpiece of hiding a Yugo in a haystack, there.

The rare beer that actually smells better than it tastes, & the taste is excellent. I'm very glad I have another one of these babies, it won't be seeing the light refracting through a pint glass for another year or two. I'll be interested to see what that does to it.

Unique, almost simultaneously bold & subtle. Excellent beer.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.