Big Black Voodoo Daddy
Voodoo Brewery

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Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #225
Ranked #3,507
4.18 | pDev: 8.85%
Jan 08, 2022
Jul 05, 2006
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Notes: 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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Photo of Beginner2
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by Beginner2 from Illinois

Only my second from Voodoo (the first was pre-Covid... worlds away)... I'm glad in this instance that I've had another. Voodoo's business plan is out of the ordinary on two counts (both missed in my first review): they focus on developing cool taprooms; and, they are employee-owned which is true only of about a dozen American micros that I know.
And being a Belgo-phile, I'm looking forward to finding Voodoo's Voodoo Love Child (a tripel.)

Aside from being the brewery's cash cow, Big Black Voodoo is good; but not exceptional in its style. It is good because it is understated and solid. It really doesn't Look like much; nor are its Smells much above the RIS average. Tastes are well-balanced, which is hard to achieve in high ABV styles known for lots of additives thrown in. This sits in my mouth fine, albeit not richly.

Bottom-line for me, I'm still looking for Love Child.

Jan 08, 2022
4.19 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Jan 03, 2022
4.15 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Dec 13, 2021
4.46 by RichRubes610 from Pennsylvania on Sep 24, 2021
3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska on Sep 16, 2021
4.1 by j0hnc2468 from New York on Jul 25, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dano213 from Pennsylvania

12oz can purchased from the fridge as a 4-pack for $13.99 if memory serves me well. Canned on 11/19/20, so this is just under 7 months old.

Look: Pours out a very dark brown/almost black and slightly viscous. A very tan colored head has all but dissipated. A bit of sediment at the bottom of the can (hop proteins? yeast?)

Smell: Lots of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and coffee notes, secondary vanilla aroma. The aroma is a bit subdued; this may need a bit of time to warm up. A bit of alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Interesting. This is a bit sweeter than I expected. It's very smooth and flavorful. Up front, notes of cola, coffee, molasses, chocolate, and hazelnut. The finish has roasted malts, some smokiness, black licorice, and it is just mildly bitter. Very hard to believe that this is 12% ABV; there is a gentle warming in my chest as I it is very easy to drink this quicker than a sipper.

Feel: The mouthfeel is nice; it has some thickness to it, but it could also be perceived due to residual sugar. Below average carbonation, which is appropriate for an imperial stout like this.

Overall: This is a nice Russian imperial stout, and pretty impressive that it achieves 12% ABV without barrel aging and without adjuncts. To me though, it just isn't as complex and not as dry as I was hoping for in comparison with other Russian imperial stouts that I have had. It would be great if I could use this beer in an ice cream recipe. I think that this beer is very good now, and I'm not sure if it will improve much with age.

Jun 16, 2021
3.98 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania on Mar 28, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

My bestie and I got a 4pck of this beer from the brewery in Erie, PA. It poured an opaque dark with an off white ring head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had bold roast with chocolate highlights. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bold dark malt base and boozy flare. The mouthfeel was fuller in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

Mar 01, 2021
4.15 by Lelampp from Ohio on Feb 27, 2021
4.25 by Mooslerfitness from Ohio on Jan 22, 2021
4.23 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jan 11, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by j60_40 from North Carolina

Good. Standard. Russian stout.

Jan 10, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12 oz can in a snifter. This exceptional brew pours
a deep coal black with a very nice light brown head of foam that
settles to a thick ring, thin wafting layer, and sports some very
nice lacing. Nose of dark sweet chocolate, char, faint oak, dark
coffee, and subtle touches of cream. Flavors follow the nose nicely
with dark chocolate, char, brulee, dark coffee, and touches of dark
fruit (blueberry / blackberry) and is layered with warming lightly
astringent booze. Very nice mouth feel; full body, smooth, rich,
coating, medium light carbonation that supplies some very nice lift,
and a full, rich, and roasted finish.

Overall, a SOLID brew that is a great straight forward RIS.


Dec 18, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

Earthy, iron, and molasses up front. We really enjoyed this offering at the brewery in New Kensington. Bitey, but not overly, sweet cocoa, raisins, and a heavy alcohol kick. 2020, September 11. Part of the Laurel Highlands Pour Tour!

Sep 11, 2020
4.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Jul 18, 2020
4.25 by ryancl from Minnesota on Apr 28, 2020
4.27 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Apr 24, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

Purchased during a trip to Ohio before the Virus.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown color with small beige head and good lacing. Dark chocolate smell and taste. Pleasant licorice and coffee flavors. Overall a very nice beer!

Apr 07, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by robotnewyork from Michigan

Had at Alibi. Good stout with some sweetness (from barrel aging?).

Feb 24, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a nearly black, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, molasses and oak, a bit boozy. Flavor is dark toasted malt, licorice, light cocoa and molasses; oak appears in the finish which adds a little hop character and lingering licorice. Medium bodied with light creaminess. An interestingly different big Russian style stout. The licorice component is more forward than expected in this style, but added a lot to the flavor. There was distinct, high quality chocolate notes in the aroma, but only a suggestion of cocoa in the taste. The oaking is light but pleasant. Not quite to style for a RIS, but big, flavorful and enjoyable. Smells boozy, but ABV is well covered in the taste. I'd like to see this one again.

Feb 18, 2020
3.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Jan 31, 2020
4.2 by Kmkapalka from Delaware on Jan 27, 2020
4.24 by MeLoynes from Missouri on Jan 27, 2020
4.08 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Jan 16, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz bottle. No dating information found.
Dark brown colored body with good sized medium brown back lit edge. Creamy thin head sticks around. Leaves a few bits of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a good punch of earthy hops.
Taste is cola like, with dark roasted malts, cocoa, a bit of char and coffee, and a good bit of hops. Low bitterness.
Mouth feel is thin but smooth. Okay carbonation.
This is a chocolate forward stout, with a good addition of hops, and the whiff of burnt caramel. Well hidden alcohol expression. The after taste is the most memorable aspect because all components get very condensed and dense.

Jan 11, 2020
4.37 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Jan 06, 2020
4.41 by jwerner23 from Minnesota on Dec 22, 2019
4.28 by Wellgoose12 from New York on Dec 21, 2019
3.75 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Nov 27, 2019
4.36 by M_Leo from Pennsylvania on Nov 23, 2019
4.65 by beerrat from Virginia on Nov 20, 2019
4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida on Oct 05, 2019
Photo of Donbeerlvr
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Donbeerlvr from Pennsylvania

Top notch! Not too sweet. Doesn't taste like 12% alcohol!

Jul 02, 2019
4.45 by Dandy44 from West Virginia on Jun 28, 2019
4.03 by MJSFS from Florida on Jun 19, 2019
4.06 by oberon from North Carolina on May 06, 2019
Photo of GuyFawkes
2/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Unknown vintage; drank 5/3/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge tan head; frothy lace.

Fresh earth, aluminum, burnt caramel, cream & baking soda notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Aluminum, fresh earth, curdled cream & faint cream flavors.

An abomination; run in the other direction!

May 04, 2019
Photo of Roguer
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Roguer from Connecticut

Huge, fizzy tan head; I wonder if the oak stave aging or live yeast or what, precisely, is responsible. Very attractive beer overall, however; it's not quite a gusher. Retention and lacing are excellent.

Nose is moderately roasty, with burnt toast, caramel, toffee, red grapes, brown sugar, mild char, oak, vanilla, dates, prunes, raisins, chocolate, and coffee.

Sweeter than expected, more so than a typical RIS. Brown sugar and caramel up front, accompanied by red grapes and dark fruit; mild tones of banana; black coffee and espresso; bitter Baker's chocolate and sweeter milk chocolate; oak and vanilla; dough; mild earthy hops with hints of pine and citrus.

A touch fizzy on the palate up front; lively with tons of sting. Still medium-to-full bodied.

Apr 21, 2019
3.87 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Mar 25, 2019
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