Voodoo Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
4.8 | pDev: 8.96%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Curt came up with this crazy idea over 5 years ago and now, 3 years in the making, is finally ready for your enjoyment. He first started by seeking out the finest local honey and maple syrup and aged it in freshly emptied bourbon barrels for over a year. Then he brewed the biggest beer we've ever made, a robust imperial stout with house applewood and hickory smoked Munich malt, and aged it in the barrels that previously held bourbon, maple syrup and honey. The result is a truly complex work of liquid art designed to be savored.
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Alequine from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very hyped beer. Nonetheless I tried to drink this beer with an open mind. Dark liquid viscosity. Nice Brown tan head. Boozy on the nose. You have to allow this beer to warm up to bring out the honey and maple notes. Sweet on the initial taste, boozy warm finish. This beer can be overpowering and strong but it smooths out as it warms up.

Nov 25, 2017
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Shogun250 from Vermont

4.46/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle tasted on 5/16/17 side by side with some big guns: SR71, KBBS, FVM 16, Assassin 14. Good beer that was smooth, sweet and good barrel favor. The smoke had subsided and against the others one felt a little thin and overwhelming. Maybe it faded, maybe it wasn't a great bottle. It was a good beer, and wood drink again in a heart beat, but was expecting world class.

Sep 15, 2017
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at voodoos opebing event for their new production facility.

I obviously knew of the prestige of this beer before I ordered it but I hadn't read the description in some time. I waited until after my review to read it so I wasnt influencedby it's content. Pretty much all I knew was it was a big barrel aged stout.

L - obviously black as night. Little head. So oily and inky looking.

S - tons of honey. oney, apples, sugar. Bourbon, brandy, caramel.

T - maybe the sweetest beer I've ever had. Puts bcbs to shame. The smallest sip so intense.

F - so sticky. Very low carbonation. Clings to the palate for minutes after the sip.

Overall one of the best beers I've ever had.

Jul 29, 2017
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My 37th birthday bottle.

Rich dark pour, tan head, coated the snifter like oil. In the nose smoky wood and chocolaty malts, hot with bourbon. In the taste, lots of dark roastiness, more bourbon, and quite generous with the boozy heat, toasted wood, tobacco, and a stiff dryness presumably from residual maple fermentation. Body was thick and unctuous, boozy heat was present, but not overbearing. This was a good beer and well-balanced for being so big. By far, not the best I've had from Voodoo, but still nice to give it a try.

May 30, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.75/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap. Dark brown color, no head. Aroma is really complex with lots of different notes: dried figs, smoked plums, aged maple syrup, whiskey. Taste is sweet with honey and dried plums, wood, whiskey, propolis. Sticky, heavy to medium body, soft carbonation.

May 22, 2017
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Hayley_86 from Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was amazing. At the MBCC in Copenhagen 2017 there was a limited release. Was lucky enough to enjoy a glass.
It is just amazing in look, smell and taste. The mouthfeel is great and overall it is one of the best beers I've ever had. Almost a perfect 5 but just not.

May 18, 2017
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Ron_Mexico from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to get one at Voodoo Homesteaf Pittsburgh craft beer week. This beer is really impressive especially when it warms up . Very nice notes of honey and maple, though not too sweet. Very nice complex barrel flavors. Excellent!

Apr 30, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was something I never expected to try. However I was lucky enough to do so as the Voodoo Brewpub. The beer poured as a deep black masterpiece with a thin mocha colored head on it. Not a lot of lacing to this one but still very nice looking. The smell is loaded with sweet maple, some toasted marshmallow and other delicious aromas. Everything you'd want in a stout like this. The taste follows the nose, all those rich flavors coming together is really nice. Slightly carbed giving this a very silky smooth feel to it. Overall it's an excellent rare beer!

Apr 29, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appears black but has mahogany brown edges with a bubbly, dense tan foam that rapidly dies off to nothing.

Smell is wet cedar, pepper, oak, walnut, honey, and molasses.

Taste is chocolate, honey, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, and raisin, all going down with a hot swallow, lightly scorching the nasal passages with an exhale.

Good, but with all the hype, and the hassle most go through to get it, it's absolutely not worth it. You could grab a Yeti variant off the shelf almost anywhere in the US and find a more complex, delectable brew, minus the pompousness.

Mar 19, 2017
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Beer4B from Florida

3.93/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'17 Huna day: smell was solid and decent head. Poured a little thinner than expected. Taste was a little bourbon, little chocolate, and then more smoke then I expected. Rather thin and the finish wasn't very good. One of the more disappointing stouts.

Mar 13, 2017
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Travitten from Iowa

4.59/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This had the bad luck of following a 2016 KBBS. There is no comparison. KBBS won in every category. Now KBBS is a 10 so let's talk about this beer. Slightly light in mouthfeel and aroma. Taste was definitely its strongest characteristic, with the barrel being very well integrated. Slight honey sweetness and some roast on the aftertaste. Definitely glad I tried it but will not seek this out in the future.

Feb 21, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled 2-16-2016 bottle #530 drank 6oz in a snifter

Look - nice lacing but not super thick, dark dark brown with a thin but sexy dark tan head

Smell - honey and maple present but subtle, some ground cocoa nibs, heavy oak, the complexity is starting to build up some suspense for the taste

Taste - a little roasty chocolate, the maple enters nicely but briefly and then it transitions to a chocolate covered cherry tartness of some sort (really enjoyable however). Honey is nice and present. The aftertaste is bold and spectacular and lingers like crazy. The bourbon barrel is really nice but also subtle. All the flavors are subtle but bold and transition very smoothly into one another. It's like layer up layer upon layer, but all kind of independently as well. Really impressive

Feel - minimal heat and booze...some certainly, but in a very kind way. Not super thick but not too thin either. Feel is more like a 10-11%er than a 14% but the flavors really stick to the tongue and linger like crazy coating the mouth

Overall - I've said enough above. This beer was amazing. Drink it fresh or age it as it will be phenomenal either way. An incredible beer worthy of the hype.

Oct 06, 2016
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ragnar3 from Iowa

4.96/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Incredible beer - huge honey on the nose, mellow maple, a bit of smoke, extremely well integrated barrel - insanely complex and worth the price of admission.

Sep 23, 2016
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pous a nice black color with a small tan head. Smells of rich smoky chocolate predominate. Tastes of nice smooth bourbon followed by the mildest smoke flavor on the mid palate. Has a nice smooth alcohol burn in the finish but the alcohol taste is well hidden. . Only negative was the thin mouth feel

Sep 17, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer! Glad I tracked it down! Nice chocolate, cinnamon and subtle smoke and great boozy finish ! Just not a very thick mouthfeel at all but very unique!

Sep 17, 2016
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Fux from France

4.73/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle generously shared by Anton. Thanks for the effort it took to have it come to Brussels!
A: Thick and dark with a very good head retention. Looks like a thick expresso coffee.
S: Smell is strong with various things ongoing: coffee, wood, roasted malts, notes of maple syrup and chocolate. Some booze also, all mix pretty well together.
T: I like the taste of this even better the nose. Coffee, maple, wood, chocolate, leather and dried fruits. Honey is not obvious though. The balance is very good. It's quite sweet with liquorice and alcohol in the finish but the sweetness still is reasonable for the style which makes it quite drinkable.
M: Thick as hell, creamy, but not sticky with a good level of carbonation.
O: Very good imperial Stout, the barrel treatement is well made. I would not give away what it trades for at the moment but I was really happy to get the occasion to try it. Thanks Anton!

Sep 16, 2016
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jjdc from District of Columbia

4.73/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is superbly complex and balanced. Loved the interplay between sweet and hints of smoke. Nothing really off here, but did hope for a bit thicker mouthfeel. A small quibble with a great beer.

Sep 13, 2016
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a matching manbearpig glass. The brew appears black in color with a thin cap of dark brown froth that falls back quickly hanging around the edge of the glass leaving spotty lacework.

Aroma is decadent with bourbon and chocolate. Vanilla, caramel and oak at the front blending to roast with a hint of smoked aspect but it is quite mild.

Taste is sweet with vanilla and chocolate all over the place. Pleasant earthen roastiness comes into play feeling like fresh roasted coffee and then a lingering oakiness. A touch of smoked/deeper roasty inclusion is a little more forward here than the aroma but by all regards it is still just a supporting flavor and not bold by any stretch.

This is medium to fuller bodied with moderate carbonation. Absolutely delicious brew with quite a depth of character. I just couldnt put my glass down - I drank the entire bottle much quicker than I intended. I cannot believe how masterfully hidden the alcohol is. What a brew, wow.

I know the history and process involved in making this but im not sure I feel like I would have unknowingly guessed that honey and maple bourbon barrels were a part of the process. Bourbon/oak, yes absolutely but im guessing the residuals of the honey/maple are the reason this 14% beer drinks like its less than half that much alcohol. Just fantastic stuff. This beer is about as close to perfection as a stout can get. For comparison purposes, this is quite similar to black magick but sweeter.

Sep 12, 2016
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YostBrewery from Pennsylvania

4.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Overall one of the top 2 barrel age stouts in have had. Right on top with KBBS.

Look: Bold and darkness night with very little carbination. At first the head is a dark black caramel but fades.

Smell: Carmelized sugar, honey, coffee, tobacco, syrup and minimal alcohol being almost 15% abv.

Taste: Amazing chocolate and maple domination. A slight burbon at the tail end with some heat. A solid barrel aged beer.

Feel: Thin feel but again for a barrel aged beer it's right on par in my opinion. I can relate to beers loosing overall body but in the process gaining flavor and nose.

Overall: Outstanding barrel stout with all the additions that flow together. The smoked malts rearly set this beer apart from KBBS and other. Super cereal Voodoo...

Aug 13, 2016
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Mar02x from Netherlands

4.74/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a beer!! Unbelievable good. So much going on, my palate goes ecstatic, haha I am so glad I was lucky to try this beer. One of my better beers I have tried. Please make more or sell it to Inbev so that they can make loads ;)

S: Looks like a decent syrup like stout. Without any foam, but who cares.
S: Maple, bourbon, coffee, bacon and honey
T: Lives up to the smell, but all those flavors come one by one, go away and come back again in a different order!? So crazy.
M: Thick and Syrupy, and that without adding Glycerol or at least I think it hasn't got any.
O: One of the best beers you can get in 2016 - Haven't tasted much better beers this year. And believe I had some nice ones already this year.

Jul 24, 2016
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mythaeus from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured really thin. The nose was a mixture of slightly sweet smoke and tamed bourbon. Completely underwhelmed by the sweet burnt sugar taste. The mouthfeel was really thin. It was a good beer, but not anywhere near "great" on its own merit let alone as the hype it commands. Sorely disappointed.

Jul 14, 2016
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msteves99 from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4oz. pour at a small share.

A - deep black, minimal (no) head
S - oak, honey, maple, slight smokiness, and booze - the smells seem to be fighting one another rather than working together
T - similar to the nose, everything just didn't seem to come together, boozy finish as well.
M - maple syrup coats the mouth but is much thinner than expected given the appearance and sound of it coming out of the bottle.
O - this is a very good / borderline great stout. It isn't nearly as well integrated as I had hoped/expected but still glad I got to try it.

Jul 08, 2016
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dddddddd from Washington

4.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Smoke is barely present, for better or worse; it really only serves to provide some backbone to the sweetness from the Honey and maple. Honey and maple melded together with the bourbon flavors. The flavor is most reminiscent of chocolate. A little thinner than expected, at least in comparison to the older black magick bottles.

Jun 20, 2016
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Dicers from Colorado

4.79/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pure Black, very little head but it coats EVERYTHING

S: Smells of oak, honey and maple syrup. You get subtle smokiness too

T: Well this tastes wonderful! you get a great smokey honey flavor that is supplemented by soft maple syrup. You get barrel on the back but it's very smooth and plays well with the overall mouthfeel of the beer

M: It lightly coats your mouth with honey and maple syrup. This is actually a hair thinner than expected but it is a nice difference.

O: This rivals some of the best stouts on the market and was a true treat to try thanks to Nathan from PA

Jun 20, 2016
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Abbbp from Texas

4.89/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Used proper glassware- and that makes a difference because the grooves in the glass hold the sizzzzurp.
Dark as oil, smell is evident pure- spilled some on my hands, sticky af. Wow, stupid good. Sweet but not diabetes, however thinner than I thought. this really is a perfect stout, it's not better than KBBS, or sr71, or VBDL but that's only because of the mouthfeel-

Jun 18, 2016
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