Grande Negro Voodoo Papi - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #19
Ranked #74
4.63 | pDev: 6.26%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Grande Negro Voodoo Papi - Bourbon Barrel-AgedGrande Negro Voodoo Papi - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: Barrel Room Collection - Big Black Voodoo Daddy brewed with local maple syrup, organic cocoa nibs, cinnamon, Serrano chili peppers, and Madagascar vanilla beans aged in bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 400 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of REVZEB
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. So excited to be able to try this, and simultaneously did and did not live up to the hype. Viscous black oil pour, no head save a thin brown ring. Bourbon, coconut, peppers, cinnamon, to a lesser degree cardamom, bake into the chocolate and vanilla base with maple in the nose. Taste does most the same but the bourbon and wood are thrown into the back seat, finishes chewy and drier. This is where the hype conversation comes in. Is it a great beer? Yes. Hype met, however is it better than other elite representations of this style? No, hype not met. Seen most in the feel where it has great spice, smooth malts and gooey adjuncts textures, but the barrel is not super assertive, want more mass but love the dry chewy nature. An experience worth having

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Photo of Sandis
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 version (bottled 11-24-17) aged in heaven hills barrels. Nicely blended. Low carbonation and medium thick. The peppers warm the throat late finish.

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Photo of Kegger37
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lots of good things happening here, my only issue was that this beer is that I thought the chili peppers were a bit over powering. I'm not a huge fan of chilis in beer to begin with, but I've had a few that balanced it well...this one over did it. On the plus side though, you do get lots of vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, and a nice medium to full body.

Bottled on 11/24/17

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This had wonderful pepper, bourbon, dark chocolate, some tobacco up front; nice spice immediately on the palate, plus plum, cacao; great body, with spice, bourbon lingering!

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Photo of Rristow
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Old check in. Tasted on draft. Pours black. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, caramel, cocoa. Thick and chewy, oily mouthfeel. Lots of coffee, cocoa, molasses, bourbon, caramel. Very smooth with no alcohol burn. Incredible.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: very cola like with a khaki head that dies fast
Smell: maple syrup dominated with vanilla and a finish of chilli peppers and bourbon.
Taste: big chilli front fallowed by an amazing blend of vanilla and chocolate with chilli... finished with a maple syrup bourbon.
Feel: a nice chili burn, medium carbonation, medium light body and really easy to drink.

Overall this is better than double barrel huna... perfectly blended

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Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Motor oil black with brown edges and nary a wisp of head to speak of.

GNVP has a fruity ghost pepper sting in both the nose and taste, with a thin feel that does not bring a lot of barrel or other expected flavors, but some dark chocolate and dark fruit notes do come forward. A hot pepper sting scratches the throat after the swallow, much like Mexican Cake, buffered by a thick carbonation and cut off by a dry, chewy finish.

This is okay, but...I feel like I've been raped at this point, and not by the heat, but by the overwhelming hype people pumped this beer up to beer, only for it to be less enjoyable than numerous annual shelfies I can think of right off the top of my head.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 poured into a tulip. Dark in color, slightly transparent in the pour. Small mocha head that dissipates quick. Nose is all cinnamon and spice. Flavor is very much like the nose. Cinnamon is prevalent with hints of cocoa and some pepper spice to finish. Really tasty. Fee is where this fell short. On the thin side. Wanted this to be more full bodied and mouth coating. Overall, great beer. Just wish it was thicker.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed the batch aged in 4 Roses
L: Pours a lustrous dark brown with a thin sandy head
S: Gorgeous nose - picking up a bit of barrel, cacao nibs, and cinnamon
T: Follows the nose but picked up a bit of maple and vanilla sweetness - nicely done
F: A touch thin, but moderately viscous with ample carb
O: The flavor profile of this beer is spot on with a nice touch of maple, heat, and sweetness. The only downfall of this beer was the mouthfeel for me - just a bit on the thinner side for a big BA stout. Otherwise very enjoyable.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours see through black, with a film of head
S: mild aroma with the cinnamon most notably.
T: starts with chocolate and cinnamon then the peppers and cinnamon dominate through the finish. Overall this is slightly bitter and missing the rich fudge notes
F: this is thinner than I expected with the chilies warm my throat a lips

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Photo of rypkr
4.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a score for my 1000th review. I was at 999 yesterday and debating what to drink for my big review. Well it just happens I got off work and voodoo announced this release 10 minutes later. Hauled ass 1.5 hrs north to Meadville and scored it and some bottles.

L - Draft pour. Dark black minimal head. Very thick lacing.

S - Sweet mollasses, toffee, cinnamon,

T - Heavy cinnamon up front, loads of sweetness early on. Slight bitter bakers chocolate behind it. TONS of pepper heat from midway through all the way to the finish and even lingers after.

M - Frothy and creamy

Overall great. Love the pepper heat it carries throughout

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Photo of eppie82
4.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2. From bottle into snifter.

Pours pitch black with almost no foam at all upon pour. No foam present during the drinking. A lot of things going on here. Initially getting a lot of 'fudgy' aromas: cocoa nibs, vanilla, brownie. Taste definitely follows the nose but adds the right amount of pepper, spice kick at the end. As it warmed, the cinnamon came out to play but not in an overwhelming fashion. The bourbon note though is really present! Loved that about this beer. Mouthfeel was medium-thick.

This beer is deserving of its rating and Voodoo has yet again nailed another monster BA imperial stout.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was AMAZING! tons of chocolate and bourbon barrel notes here! Sad that I traded off my earlier AB version before trying this one was other-worldly!!! Hope to track this down again at some point!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap. Black color, no head. Aroma has sweet, spicy chocolate, peppers and coconut. Taste has peppers with medium to high chili heat, cinnamon and some bourbon in the background. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of trygelski1
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber from batch#2 poured into a Spoonwood Brewing snifter:

Look: Pours a jet black color with about an 1/2 inch of head. Minor lacing present with little to no retention. Love the jet black color on this!

Smell: Strong notes of maple right off the bat followed by some bourbon and vanilla! Aroma is amazing!

Taste: All kinds of crazy good going on! Notes of maple, vanilla, and cinnamon very present! Serrano Chile Pepper heat pops in at the end and is very noticeable! Nice barrel notes rounds this thing out and makes this the perfect beer!

Feel: Medium to heavy bodied! Wish this was a touch thicker is about my only complaint.

Overall: Hands down the best beer I have ever had to date! This is crazy good! Soo many different things going on in this beer! If you can find a bottle of this in a trade I suggest you pick this up! Hope they brew this one again in the next barrel release!

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Photo of rabbott2
4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 drank in a snifter on 12/21/2016

Look-dark chocolate milk, a little lacing and nice tan head
Smell-cinnamon, chocolate and vanilla really burst
Taste-cinnamon, chocolate, peppers come through nicely with a little kick, and the vanilla all balances out well. I didn't get a ton of barrel but the combo was very tasty
Feel-thin, not sticky at all
Overall-a fantastic beer with incredible flavors

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.79/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just about a perfect beer. I know there's a ton of hype with this one, but damn I still didn't expect it to be as amazingly rich as it was. Super thick and I found it to be very cinnamon forward, which is always a huge plus in my book. One of the best beers I've had all year.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, very amazing. Deep dark brown look. Has a great molasses smell and taste. A little spice mixed in with a vanilla cinnamon bomb. The spice was really different and tasted great.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 Vintage - a nice mix of cinnamon, vanilla and maple on the nose. Taste was heavy on the heat from the Serrano - I expect this to be drinking great after another few months.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.66/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 release. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Voodoo Teku glass. Acquired in a trade with Jake1992 - thank you sir!

Pours a deep brown molasses colored body on the pour, once it's in the glass it's pretty pitch black with cherry highlights. Head is mocha brown, two finger with an aggressive pour, reduces pretty quickly to leave a ring of brown foam and no lacing.

Aromas.. LET'S TALK ABOUT AROMAS! This is one of the best beers I've ever smelled and one of the only ones I've give a 5/5 to in this category.. this is a straight up maple and vanilla bomb on the nose, and not artificial aunt Jemima or vanilla extract, I'm talking rich maple candy and vanilla cookies straight out of the oven. A bit of bourbon in there and chocolate as well. Wow that smells awesome.

On the tongue is a roller coaster of flavors.. upfront is sweet french vanilla and bourbon, followed by rich maple syrup, milk chocolate, and caramel. The follow through bring on the heat from the peppers which lingers for a while. The finish is roasty and charred. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, as most people have commented, but this surprisingly doesn't take away from the beer as a whole. A moderate amount of booze on the tongue.

Overall, I was blown away by this beer! So amazingly complex and delicious, all the flavors work together. I'd love to get another one.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.48/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark brown to black pour with minimal head.

S: Candied molasses, cinnamon, and bourbon.

T: Fantastic sweet chocolate notes dominate the first wave of flavor, followed by a swarm of cinnamon and chili pepper flavor that finishes with a nicely rounded bourbon punch.

F: Thinner than expected. A fuller body would make this beer amazing.

O: A very nice offering from Voodoo. Certainly not worth the hype or the current trade value it commands (as regularly available beers in a similar style like Abraxas and Hunahpu's taste better) but certainly worth trying once.

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Photo of seth27
4.84/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Second bottling released today (8-22-16) aged an extra 7 months in the barrel. Really get the maple and barrel in the nose, not so much the chilli pepper. Initial taste follows the nose with moderate alcohol/pepper warming in the finish. A little bit thin but all in all fantastic beer. Had on draft at the source in meadville

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Photo of Beer4B
4.34/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice Voodoo beer. Pours a little thinner then what I expected and the feel followed suit. The taste and barrel was very nice and smooth. Better as it warmed.

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Photo of danh53
4.46/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with khaki head. Vanilla marshmallow bomb with a spicy kick. That's about all you need to know. Tastes delicious. Smooth, medium plus mouth feel. The maple adds sweetness in the background. The cinnamon blends nicely with the pepper adding some flavor. As this warms the bourbon and barrel character add to the mix and push this up into the 4.5 elite range. Really good. Trade for it.

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Photo of Lapalou
4.14/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good but not great. Pour is dark, slightly thin with a dissipating tan head. Nose is very nice, some heat, bourbon and a little vanilla cinnamon combo. First sip is well carbonated, bourbon cocoa notes and then a slight heat from the peppers and spice from the cinnamon. Faint vanilla. As I take further sips the heat builds but still no maple and no sweetness from the vanilla to offset the spice. Then a slight alcohol burn starts to show up in the backend. Which is slightly off putting. I enjoy the heat from the peppers the balance there is good, but the lack of mouthfeel and alcohol burn at the end keep this from being great. Honestly I'd take a regular Huna over this any day.

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Grande Negro Voodoo Papi - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 400 ratings