Big Black Voodoo Daddy
Voodoo Brewery

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #100
Ranked #1,617
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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Photo of GuyFawkes
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!

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Photo of Roguer
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
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!

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Photo of mynie
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.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
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.

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Photo of stunman
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!

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Photo of lastmango
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.

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Photo of micada
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.

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Photo of avalon07
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.

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Photo of mkh012
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

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Photo of ovaltine
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.

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Photo of BB1313
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.

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Photo of swenny916
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.

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Photo of jwilcox767
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
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, with light airy bubbles and a semi-dry tingly finish.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
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.

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Photo of bobv
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!

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Photo of Radcpa
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours jet black with a dense creamy tan head of 1.5 cm. The foam fades slowly, leaving tight lattice on my glass as it recedes.
The beer has a huge molasses and brown sugar nose with some deep booze notes. Smells very rich and malty with just a little bit of a charred malt note mixed with the sweeter notes.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth textured, thicker bodied beer. Fine and gentle carbonation help make this a very drinkable beer for such a heavy hitter.
The flavor is rich deep malt profile with molasses and dark chocolate mixing with a bit of charred wood and some mild booze flavor on the finish. There isnt any accompanying heat with this big beer and I never find any hops either.
Im surprised at how easy this high octane beer drinks and think it is a little on the dangerous side due to high drinkability.
This is a bold malt forward beer that I am glad to have tried and I would buy again if I see it. I wish this brewery existed while I was in Town as a student at Allegheny College.

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Photo of xtekian45
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Obtained as an extra in a trade. Quite a nice surprise! My 1st review here on BA.

12 oz bottle pours dark as night and quite viscous, but a little less than motor oil. Minimal lacing left on the glass.

Nose is big stout with hints of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Just a touch of black licorice backed by a big whiff of booze from that 12% ABV.

Taste follows the nose with dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and dark fruits. Finish is quite dry without the booziness.

Carbonation is minus, but accents the thicker mouthfeel quite nicely. Just a touch less viscous than I usually like my stouts.

Overall a nice first experience from Voodoo! Looking forward to trying their other offerings, especially there barrel aged stuff.

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Photo of aoampm
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. No visible bottle date.

Pours midnight black with a really nice finger head. Head is tan colored and lingers nicely and has some lacing.

Aroma of biscotti, vanilla bean, chocolate, coffee.

Flavor has more biscotti, creamy vanilla, lactose, chocolate, roasted malt, hint of coffee, molasses, dark fruit.

Feel is thick and creamy.

Overall a really damn nice beer. First from Voodoo and it's a great one!

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well I was hoping more from this pricey imperial stout (€8 here in France). Overly roasted malts bring a big acidity and saturate the smell and taste. You can tell there also some darf fruits notes in the background but it's hardly noticeable. Its high abv makes it quite a sipper.
Not a personal favorite

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Photo of Tony210
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: poured pitch black with light tan head.

Smell : lots of chocolate, some coffee and vanilla, roasted malt.

Taste: lots of chocolate flavor, surprisingly little booze / alcohol considering the 12%+ abv,

Feel: this is my favorite part of the beer - so creamy and full bodied, almost viscous.

Overall: excellent imperial stout, would love to find a bottle to bring home.
On draft at B2 Bistro
4.5 rating

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