Voodoo Brewery

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Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.71 | pDev: 9.13%
Jun 30, 2022
Feb 29, 2016
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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Reviewed by M-Fox24 from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Ethanol heat hovers discreetly, which fastens the tears in lengthened occurrences, aside the turbulences. There is a low-grade sense on foam adherence, given the rim with severed gap disruptions. Nonetheless, a proper fitting to guide age, as the neckline starts in centimeters, before heeding that disengaged margin. Underneath, a body that’s toned to an eerie jet wash amid a dark jungle green highlight, while the incipient top shades a khaki to burnt umber dye

S: A dated learnedness that presents the barrels with a perceptiveness on malt mechanics, while hops provide an afar solidity. There is a hindquarter of cinnamon that propagates post onset, where °F gets incrementally altered. Even so, the notations lean on molasses, which coat fruit, aside from the anterior delivery on chocolate above pruned leather. The movement drives a vanilla stave presence with a dark forest perception, inasmuch as a maple leaf guise, before smoldering – light – mesquite. In addition, acres upon aces for elevating raisin agronomists in beating sun, while addressing phenolic aldehydes besides a port – drupe – sorghum. Subsequently, a woodsy hop rider to plank against dehydrated chocolate. The timed vintage is keen on dryness thru a bittering component, where hops aid tannin assemblies with some unsociable (waning) esters

T: The opening barrel presence discourses malt with a timbered sheath. The workings are therefore woodsy in their proceedings over prune Truffles, while hinting at maple afore neighboring Cajeta. There is a lactone gravity (of oak) against a lignin for vanillin, which stretch the chords to an outer rhytidome. Moreover, a cask correspondence to malt, which pitches bourbon on cherry cordials, as tarry spices linger on forestry trudges. That cherry connotation is continually tuned, for a tannin supplement on skins, while hops offer a slick – atmospheric – cut. Coupled with, an unconventional means on cinnamon, from an ester-y cue on benzyl, which readdress the cask note on almonds. The roasted malt has succumbed an oldness that’s untainted, and welcomes a sensitivity to shelved Madeira, permitting a burnt sugar intellect atop a liquored arid nuttiness. The barrel is brandished to the age, and justly on point, considering the unending avenues beyond clocked time

M: Surfaces smoothly around a creamy front that gets notched, for balance, by a sharp tailpiece. The added years’ work to benefit attenuation, by deterring thickness within a subtle aridness. Moreover, a controlled awareness on heat, which is complimentary warming to the roast-derived advances. To that end, an effective output that texturizes proficiently, pinning the semi-luscious start against age. Keeping in mind the trained (elderly) hop effect that works to the uncapped progression, which manipulates a learned – dry – acerbity thru oak tannin clauses

O: A vintage that’s more justifiable to the buildups than the fresher/youthful counterpart. One that’s particularly cognizant, of the smoked Munich malts (Applewood/Hickory), while parading barrel totality. Intrinsically, a rhythmical – rich – “work of liquid art” that pins the hop abetments to the robust grains, while furthering the deep cask endeavors. Naturally, the cellar needs to be properly handled, for benefiting the stretched periods
Jun 30, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Dec 27, 2018
Rated: 4.94 by Fireman_RK from North Carolina

Mar 23, 2018
Rated: 4.51 by Bugsmcl from Ohio

Mar 10, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Mar 09, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by fireazzi from Massachusetts

Feb 22, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by xt0n1cx from Virginia

Feb 22, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by imyourhero21 from California

Feb 21, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by eddie5721 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2018
Rated: 4.86 by edthehead from New York

Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 4.58 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Dec 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Alequine from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
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
Rated: 4.68 by YvesB from Belgium

Oct 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Shogun250 from Vermont

4.46/5  rDev -5.3%
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
Rated: 5 by dcmchew from Romania

Sep 03, 2017
Rated: 4.52 by orangesol from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2017
Rated: 4.77 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

Jul 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev -0.2%
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
Rated: 4.72 by PDXAmbassador from Florida

Jun 23, 2017
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Rated by Fabin61 from Pennsylvania

4.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Jun 08, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by donovansill from Minnesota

Jun 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Rifugium from North Dakota

4.24/5  rDev -10%
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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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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
Rated: 4.44 by kidzord from Illinois

May 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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
Rated: 4.5 by Gobzilla from California

May 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Ron_Mexico from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Rated: 4.92 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Apr 29, 2017
Rated: 5 by ferillo from Massachusetts

Apr 15, 2017
Rated: 4.92 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts

Apr 09, 2017
Rated: 4.32 by brother_rebus from Maine

Mar 25, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by Eziel from Ohio

Mar 22, 2017
Rated: 4.49 by KT123 from Pennsylvania

Mar 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -19.5%
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
Rated: 4.25 by macrosmatic from Florida

Mar 18, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by rspauldi from Texas

Mar 16, 2017
Rated: 4.74 by mwbbq from Texas

Mar 16, 2017
Rated: 5 by robertm2152 from Illinois

Mar 15, 2017
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