ManBearPig | Voodoo Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.72/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
voodoobrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by tommyguz on 02-29-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
252
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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499
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Ratings: 252 |  Reviews: 68
Reviews by frenchblood21:
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4.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

More User Reviews:
Photo of Dan_Inreallife
4.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picture, if you will, the champagne room of the world's finest gentleman's club: soft, supple leather and velvet, crystal chandeliers, and sensual house music streaming through the Bose sound system. ManBearPig pours with equal parts style, grace, and luxury: cascading into your glass with the weight and appearance of jet black oil, emanating with intoxicating aromas of brown sugar, tobacco, rich chocolate, and roast. You're blindfolded at first, but your private dancer quickly dispenses with such trivialities, revealing herself to be none other than Scarlett Johansson. There are no rules in the champagne room as you quickly discover, locking lips with Black Widow in the flesh. Your senses are immediately struck with the balance of intoxicating sweetness and decadent mouth feel, the taste lingering on your lips for what seems to be an eternity. Subtle and balanced, smooth and inviting with flavors of deeply charred oak and Bourbon, sweet burnt sugar and crystallizing honey. The finish is slightly smokey but equally sweet with a tease of maple syrup. At this moment you know you could die a happy man, but the pleasure doesn't stop there. You've emptied your savings account to live like a king, if only briefly, paying up front for the entire night in the champagne room. You feel a fleeting sense of guilt for not inviting your closest friends, but the moment is too spectacular to dwell on this for long. It's just you and Scar Jo and nothing else matters. Every embrace is pure ecstasy, each sip lasting a lifetime. The experience is almost too good, something ethereal that you can't fully articulate with words, but you know, as anyone who's spent a night in the champagne room knows, life will never be the same. ManBearPig is an elusive creature, spoken about in hushed tones of revere, but it is out there, waiting to conquered by the bravest and noblest souls.

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Photo of HomerSwim
4.94/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is the tit...ulating experience you'd expect. The question is; is this beer pig, bear, or human mammary glands? The lightly smoked malt gives it that swine like bacon flavor that a piglet might enjoy while nourishing on the teet from it's mother. The honey and maple come through strong in the nose; much like a lumberjack rolling around in hipster clothing while laughing at the notion that Al Gore claims to have first brewed this beer. But the black beast of color, so dark that not even light can escape it's surface, is certainly similar to that of a black bear coming out of hibernation with a fresh new coat. Regardless of what kind of lactose jugs you might say best describes this beer, it is one for the ages, perhaps it's even of mythic proportions.

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Photo of GoodHopBadHop
4.9/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Honest, unbiased review (not from PA).

Nose is honey and chocolate with slight bourbon...smoke lingers. With a heavy pour there is still minimal head (that beautiful mocha color) that seems to stay around for a little. Taste / mouthfeel what brings this beer to ridiculous levels...honey, smoke, chocolate, maple, with bourbon sliding in and in between each flavor. Mouthfeel is on par with TG stouts.

Traded an arm and leg to obtain and plan on getting more!

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Photo of Srfnflmngo
4.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark pour with minimal head. Smell is bourbon, vanilla and maple. This is the best part of the beer. Taste is too boozy with vanilla and maple taking a back seat. Mouthfeel is flat and medium bodied. Could benefit from some more body and might progress well with some age. Overall a good beer but nowhere near worth the hype.

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Photo of stakem
4.93/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Black body with a small khaki head. Smell is really interesting. Floral honey. Maple. Bourbon. Vanilla extract? Smells kinda like cookie dough. Taste is a little more blunt. Still has a ton of vanilla. A little bit of the smoked malt cuts the maple sweetness. Bourbon is secondary, but strong in the back end. Very boozy. Low carbonation. Huge vanilla flavor that almost overpowers it all, but it's really tasty.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.85/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Beer4B
3.93/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.96/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Gotta boost that trade value for my beer bro, Joe. Not a perfect 5 cause that wouldn't look legit. Tastes like smoked honeycomb lightly dipped in bourbon and covered in chocolate sauce. An experience in its own right that I haven't had from any other beer.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.95/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into the ManBearPig honey bear glass... This is a first. Pours viscous and dark as midnight. mocha colored head that's small but lingers for a little. Aroma is a strong blend of maple/honey, vanilla, marshmallow, cocoa, graham cracker, and mild bourbon. So much going on, but far from being messy. Flavor is all those things but kicked up a notch by a smooth, slick mouthfeel that has a nice stickiness to it. Was still smacking my lips 20 mins after finishing my pour. Curt crushed it with this one.

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Photo of brians52
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of the best beers I have ever had. It was a struggle to obtain, but well worth the effort. All of the flavors are very distinct, yet complementary. A+!

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Photo of Sabtos
3.79/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of Morey
4.96/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This one of a kind beer pours pitch black with a thin dark brown head that settled to a ring around the glass, but lasted the entire beer. Aroma and Taste both weave in and out with notes of Honey, Maple, Oak, Smoke, Bourbon and Chocolate. Mouthfeel is right up there with some of the best barrel aged stouts, and same goes for the carbonation. A near perfect beer.

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Photo of craftnewb
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle #114 dated 2.16.16. Lots of bourbon on the nose. Creamy and velvety mouthfeel. Maple hits you right in the nuts, followed by succulent honey. Well done, Voodoo. Bad ass beer.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.94/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to finally crack this guy. Poured into the MBP proper glassware.

Appearance: Looks like a stout. Pours a bit thin, has a persistent coffee-milk head.

Smell: Really sweet, there's a slight fruity port character, loads of maple. Not getting much honey or smokiness. Truly beautiful though.

Taste: Holy shit. Maple is strong, there's a coffee roast to it. Honey comes up mostly on the finish. Little port fruitiness too. This is easily among the best stouts I've had. I'm being super serial u guys, this Manbearpig is 50% man, 50% bear, and 50% best stout I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Probably the one place where this could be improved, a bit thin but the stickiness of the maple and honey gives it some heft.

Overall: This is really fantastic, everything I was hoping it would be. If it was reasonable, I'd seek several more. I'm being super serial.

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Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I usually don't write reviews but will make an exception for this one. Unbelievable and lived up to the hype. Boozy on the nose and sweet honey to the taste. Best beer I've tasted.

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Photo of Teddy_Hopper
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks BA user nhindian for this gem. Even with a aggressive pour the beautiful mocha head was at a minimal. Nose was mostly maple and barrel with a touch of honey. The honey absolutely took over the beer in the taste complemented by that signature Voodoo mouthfeel. This is a perfect beer and certainly top 5 for me.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste was the most impressive aspect of this beer. Nose was nice, with maple and sweet honey notes, but not world class. The same is true for the mouthfeel and appearance. Some have said that it isn't as thick as Mornin Delight, well it's not even close. Bourbon County is heavier on the palate. Looks thin as well.

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Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply one of the tastiest liquids I've ever consumed - period. Take some rich, deep and luscious black chocolate, melt in some milk chocolate; pour in some honey, some maple, maybe a hint of licorice and a dash of bourbon, then take a bag of brown sugar, carmel, vanilla and anything else dark and yummy and melt that in....get what I'm saying here??

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Photo of Mpontiakos
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely amazing! Great beer! The honey is terrific! MBP lives up to the hype!!!! All the flavors are distinct and work together to create a terrific drinking experience!!!!

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Photo of Brian29
4.98/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a rich deep dark brown bordering black, and even perhaps is black, with a wispy mocha colored head that leaves less a foam coating, but instead more reminiscent of a bit of creme swirl in your gourmet coffee.


The aroma is unquestionably a standout, smoke, barrel, maple, and honey deliciousness waft from the glass - a beer you long to smell and briefly consider not drinking at all. In fact, I recommend letting this juggernaut warm as the flavors mix and meld making every sip a unique delight when you finally decide to take it to your lips.


The slightest of demerits shows up in the mouthfeel, still a superior 4.75 by my calculation, it just misses the sticky syrupy gooeyness that I personally prefer in my big stouts. It's there, just not the very tip top of elite by my estimates, yet still not lacking in the category.


You might expect the flavors to be cloying, but it's simply not the case. The honey and maple are perfectly balanced by the presence of smoke, bourbon, wood, and the implications of ancillary flavors like vanilla and caramelized sugar. The 14% is unnoticeable. I've rated some 2000 beers and have had this three times before writing out the review. This may very well be the best I've ever had, and I wanted to be sure of it before saying so. Half man, half bear, half pig, all delicious. Cereal.

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Photo of YostBrewery
4.98/5  rDev +5.5%
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...

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Photo of KevBot89
5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a dark tan head.

Smell great: bourbon, sweet honey, chocolate, smoke and lots of oak, a hint of maple.

Taste is LOADED with honey and maple, loaded. But its not just honey and maple, the bourbon is present, within those flavors. Smokey chocolate underlies a really sweet stout. Some toffee and butterscotch are present. Less oak comes though than on nose.

Mouthfeel: thick enough for a top class stout. A slight warming occurs from alcohol heat, but it's not overly noticeable. The taste lingers and lingers afterwards: maple sweetness, honey and oak barrel.

Overall: absolutely amazing beer. The maple and honey (with a slight bourbon influence) sort of overwhelm the rest of the beer, but that's quite all right with me. There's a nice touch of smoke and noticeable oak.

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ManBearPig from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 4.72 out of 5 with 252 ratings