Big Black Voodoo Daddy
Voodoo Brewery

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Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #212
Ranked #3,455
4.18 | pDev: 8.85%
Jan 16, 2023
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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Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 16, 2023
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Jan 11, 2023
Rated: 4 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz can from Tavour. Near black pour, barely there beige head. Subtle aroma, roast malts, light chocolate. Taste brings subtle sweetness, dark chocolate, cocoa. Creamy feel, smooth. Not a lot of the ABV is apparent. Basic impy stout executed perfectly.
Dec 01, 2022
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce can, dating is smudged so I can't tell when this was canned. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch or so tan head that stayed around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and molasses. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some dark fruit, licorice and burnt/charred malt flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was an enjoyable enough imperial stout, I liked it!
Nov 25, 2022
Rated: 3.95 by WynnO from Florida

Oct 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
4 pack purchased from Wegmans on 9/12/22. Poured from a 12 oz can into a stemless goblet.

L- Pitch black.

S- Deep roasted aroma, molasses.

T- Smooth, rich almost coffee like flavor.

F- Silky smooth rich almost toffee like

O- A fantastic and approachable Russian
Imperial Stout!
Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a glossy black with ample mocha foam that leaves lacing on the glass. The taste is heavy on the malts, with a sweet molasses taste and an undertone of coffee and light bourbon barrel oak. It is less heavy on char and more heavy on cola sweetness and that kind of chocolate flavor that the malt imparts. However, some roasted malts poke through on the aftertaste and strangely makes my throat tingle. The feel is medium and carbonation is fine.
Sep 15, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts

Jul 21, 2022
Rated: 3.78 by notchucknorris from California

Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Calabash from Pennsylvania

Jun 10, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by scottyshades from Florida

Apr 29, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Mar 23, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L: Almost black pour, khaki head quickly fades to a ring no lacing.
S: Coffee, roasted malts, a hint of wood.
T: I get some burnt sugar, molasses, coffee a hint of licorice.
F: Thin for the style, carbonation is about right.
O: Damn fine brew.
Mar 22, 2022
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12 oz can, vintage 2021, poured into a teku glass at 55 degrees F:
L - dark and stormy with a hazelnut head that lingered in great quantity
S - roasted malt, coffee, molasses
T - taste follows the nose, with a great dry finish
F - thick silky mouthfeel with light carbonation
O - very good RIS, blend of flavors is complex and robust
Feb 16, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by heysuz from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Brew: Voodoo Brewery – Big Black Voodoo Daddy

Intro: 12 oz. can poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Pitch black, Nominal head maybe 1.5 inches. Good lacing as I drank

Smell: Lots of roasted malts with bourbon barrel in the background.

Taste: Follows the smell. Good barrel presence .

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

Drink: Easy drinker. Very enjoyable treat, well balanced and went down smooth.

Conclusion: Happened across this in the bottle shop and the name sounded familiar. Picked up a single just a shot in the dark. Was pleasantly surprised upon drinking. Would but another if I get back to the shop.
Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.19 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by RichRubes610 from Pennsylvania

Sep 24, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska

Sep 16, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Jul 25, 2021
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.98 by TheCakePounder from Pennsylvania

Mar 28, 2021
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.15 by Lelampp from Ohio

Feb 27, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Mooslerfitness from Ohio

Jan 22, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Jan 11, 2021
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Rated by j60_40 from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Good. Standard. Russian stout.
Jan 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
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
Rated: 4.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Jul 18, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by ryancl from Minnesota

Apr 28, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Apr 24, 2020
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Rated by robotnewyork from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had at Alibi. Good stout with some sweetness (from barrel aging?).
Feb 24, 2020
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Rated: 3.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jan 31, 2020
Rated: 4.2 by Kmkapalka from Delaware

Jan 27, 2020
Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewery
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