Big Black Voodoo Daddy
Voodoo Brewery

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #109
Ranked #1,790
4.2 | pDev: 8.81%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
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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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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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
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Roguer from Georgia

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark cola-brown color that appears almost black in the glass. Nice fluffy tan head. Initial impression is huge sweet chocolate, burnt malts, licorice, and a slight lingering hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Alcohol is evident but not objectionable. An excellent RIS!

Mar 06, 2019
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mynie from Maryland

4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This has been on my Wants list for, what, 11 years? Always wanted it enough to want it, I guess, but never enough to actively seek it out. This used to be a real hard beer to trade for after, all. Maybe I tried but couldn't offer enough. Maybe by the time I had enough, I sought after the wilder variants (a couple of which have been sitting in my cellar for far too long). At any rate, I stumbled across very reasonably priced 4 packs this weekend, did a double take, and did not hesitate tossing one in my cart.

I'm judging this old school RIS style. No expectations of any nodes related to any barrels. This is a big, heavy stout. That's all.

Pours pretty darn good for the style, but not quite perfect. Nearly opaque, respectably sized and retentive head. Very pretty in a goblet.

Smells unexpectedly smooth. Disappointingly straightforward and un-complex, but still very well-composed. Milk chocolate dominates along with charred barley and a general roastiness. It lacks the hyper intense, vinous complexities of, say, The Abyss or vintage Dark Lord, and it more along the lines of a more intense, yet somehow more smooth, version of Stone's RIS or Old Rasputin. Quite good.

Tastes excellent. Not super incredible extreme, but just absolutely fantastically brewed. A boozier, heavier rendition of Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout, only with more chocolate, more alcohol, and not a single off note. Smooth chocolate up front, moving into a middle blend of milk chocolate, dry hops, and bitter barley. Finishing sweet and smooth with a very pleasant lingering burn.

Feb 05, 2019
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Recommended by friend at local store. Bought just one. Nice. Dark pour, no appreciable head or lacing, I am old and don’t have a good smeller so I rate a tad low, I can taste the 12% but not to an overwhelming degree at all and the smooth blend of the hops and malt works nicely. I would buy this again and hope that the next time I am at the store they will have a few more. Nice beer from a brewery I have never heard of before.

Feb 03, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Veers more toward the smokey side with notes of tobacco leaf, chicory and oak on top of some classic roasted malts. Has a lingering bitterness and smokiness. A little light on the body & could be a little more balanced.

Jan 30, 2019
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stunman from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely positively my favorite RIS. Highly carbonated with a feel reminiscent of a Belgian quad (be careful opening and pouring) and a smooth pleasant warming taste with sweet toasted malts and black licorice. This isn’t the type of stouts for hop-heads & coffee nuts but it’s the best IMHO. Dear Voodoo: don’t change a thing about this beer!

Jan 19, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid black color with a frothy 3 finger tan milkshake head. The head dissipated slowly and always retained at least a film. Moderate - light lacing was present. Nice aromas of root beer, chocolate and malt. Malt forward taste with hint of chocolate, oak and a strong black licorice finish that lingered. Nice silky smooth medium body and light carbonation. Overall, this is a wonderful Russian Imperial Stout.

Dec 29, 2018
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micada from New York

3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2018 12oz bottle cool poured moderately hard to a tulip glass. One finger mocha head that fades to a thin layer of creamy foam with prominent lacing. Nose is hoppy, some black licorice. First sips are malty, slight twang like a porter, possibly due to the oak. Mostly one dimensional, but not really in a bad way. The head keeps a nice, sweet creaminess to support the base. After some warming, it reminds me of a dark cappuccino. Mouthfeel is medium to thin. Alcohol is extremely subdued, with no bite and in line more like an 8%er...but it’s not! Overall, a solid beverage that I think has more porter character than stout, but very smooth to drink. I could see this being a good shoulder season stout, until the snow hits and I want to break out some of the more complex brews.

Sep 23, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a thin, creamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A good, but not great, aroma of chocolate, caramel, malt, and oak.

T: tasted of a good shot of malt (present throughout), a tinge of caramel, a decent bit of chocolate (less than expected), light hops, and some oak (mainly in the finish). Definitely an uneven flavor. Yes, the chocolate is there, but it needed to be stronger and more aggressive. That being said, the flavor had a nice earthy quality. Not too bad.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer didn't live up to its rating, it's still likable. Worth a look.

Sep 14, 2018
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Near-black in the glass with a subtle nose and a balanced, approachable flavor profile. At 12% ABV, this goes down like it's 8%. Deceptively easy-drinking. A sassafras/molasses vibe with some chocolate notes. Minimal roastiness or bitterness.

It's simple - i.e. not as massively fudgey or impactful as some other high ABV stouts - but I'm impressed with how smooth it is for the style. 4.25/5

May 19, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate color, not black but as close as you can get, with a big ol’ tan head. The nose is full of chocolate aromas, as well as a significant char component.

The taste ..... where to begin? Heaping loads of chocolate, then this surprising piney hop flavor - did NOT see that coming, at all. Then at the very end of the taste, this really roasted char flavor that sets the hook.

If I had regular access to this, it would always be in my beer fridge. Borderline world-class, IMHO.

May 07, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward and basically all malts. Subtle hints of cocoa and milk. The flavors have more hints of cocoa and milk. Hints of oak and wood. Mild hints of anise. Some roasted characteristics. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol is well hidden. It's hard to believe that this is 12% abv. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's not thick and is slightly thin, but still has some body to it. It's dangerously drinkable and doesn't drink as big as one might think.

This is a solid imperial stout. It's not bad at all, but it's nothing crazy, in my opinion. It kind of reminds me of a milk stout without being sweet.

Apr 05, 2018
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swenny916 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark black with a one finger chocolate brown head that dissipated almost immediately. Smell is roasted oats, but not much more. Taste is light chocolate, but otherwise nothing really stands out. Full feel but not sticky. Not the motor oil thick feel that some stouts have. Overall a decent stout.

Apr 02, 2018
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque dark brown color, almost no head.

S: Spicy, vanilla, usual RIS notes. Excellent blending.

T: Earthy, malty. Nothing stands out.

M: Full body, not sticky though. Perfect carb.

O: A great brew that I would drink again, but not seek out.

Mar 18, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of light beige head. Head retention is fair. Aroma is caramel, roasted, and toasted malts. There is a tinge of chocolate and oak, but otherwise it's splendid and simple. Flavor profile is caramel, oak, chocolate, and roasted and toasted malts. It's simple, but clean. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a fizzy, semi-effervescent, but velvety texture. Overall, simple stout with good notes all around. It doesn't bury the senses with countless notes, but what it does do, it does well.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Mar 02, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiny black with a dense tan convex froth clinging in short ridges.

This has an unexpected smoked cinnamon note on the nose, with milk chocolate.

Milk chocolate and smoked cinnamon also come out in taste, with caramelized brown sugar and a slight presence of non-spicy black licorice, kind of like those blackberry gummies with crunchy beads on the outside. There is an odd herbal bitterness though, along with a hint of amaretto and an ashtray aftertaste. A weird stout.

Slick, with minimal heat despite the ABV, the carbonation consists of light airy bubbles before coming to a semi-dry tingly finish.


In late December 2020, I enjoyed a draft pour of BBVD 2012, and found the experience to be far more enjoyable than fresher drafts I've had.

While very roasty, it doesn't cross the line into anything undesirable, leaving room to exhibit a bit of nuttiness before departing with a bit of heat. It's really quite amazing for its age, with no oxidation or unpleasant booze at all. It's a little woody of lightly bitter yet soft pine, and finishes quite clean. I get Yeti vibes, but in a less assertive and fiery way.

It's got a kind of a wine-like feel, with a medium body and a finely soft carbonation that finishes semi-dry.

Being an older vintage, I can't feel justified in increasing my score, but I can see now why this beer made a name for itself in years past.

Feb 11, 2018
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had to bleed the cap on this a bit as it hissed at me like an angry snake. HYOOOGE creamy tan head leaves lacing all up and down the glass. Smells of chocolate and vanilla and cherry. Like neapolitan ice cream, essentially. Tastes of roasty malts, followed by chocolate-covered fruit (blueberry?) and finishing with a BIG 'ol roasted coffee hit on the back end. Really enjoy that part, myself. It's thick and rich and decadent and, at 12% alcohol, a real cool evening sipper.

Feb 04, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Moderate yields a 1/2 inch fleeting tan head over a dark brown body with scant lacing. Nose of roasted and chocolate malt, not smoky, but maybe a bit of burnt attributes as well. Taste mirrors nose very well. Nice feel, but hoped for a bit more of a velvet feel. Overall, I'm glad I finally got to try this one and thanks to Rusty R. for the pair of these to drink and age. Cheers!

Feb 02, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice black appearance with tan head that dissipates quickly. Mild malty aroma with touch of sweet chocolate. Taste is a little harsh malt and sweet chocolate that has no alcohol aftertaste. A little aging would probably eliminate the harshness.

Feb 01, 2018
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