Big Black Voodoo Daddy | Voodoo Brewing Company

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Big Black Voodoo DaddyBig Black Voodoo Daddy

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

all Beers to be bottle conditioned

Added by WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

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Photo of hopflyer
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dated 302 15 so over a year in this one.

Pours dark brown, cola highlights and jet black. Light tan head recedes to a sparse fil and bubbly collar.

Nose is chocolate and dark fruit. A bit of anise and oak. Some charred wood but barely.

First sip is bitter chocolate and undertone of some burnt wood. A little bit of sweet dark fruit. High ABV is masterfully covered. Wood flavors back off some as it warms and opens up some more chocolate and bitterness

Medium body. Really no alcohol heat at all until very late in the glass after warming quite a bit. A little sticky film left but otherwise pretty clean considering such a big beer.

The first few of these I tried I thought it was too heavy on the dark fruits but I don't get that now. Pretty lavorful stout with multiple dimensions. Chocolate, wood, bitterness all in a surprisingly drinkable feel.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Roast for days...and days..but not chalky or 'dry' feeling. I'm of the mind that too many stouts rely on brick content for their alcohol but this one is in the same league as Double Negative for super roasty yet drinkable stouts in the highly elevated ABV range. Probably wouldn't sit on it for longer than a few years. A dark masterpiece well worth seeking out if you're tired of too-sweet stouts. Very excited to finally try this one.

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Photo of muchos
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No date on the bottle, but dusty. So it probably has a few months on it.
L. Black, not too thick, small tan head of tiny bubbles reducing pretty quickly.
S. Milk chocolate, coffee with cream and sugar, dates and figs, hint of amaretto, cookie dough.
T. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee and cream, milk chocolate, leather, char in the end.
F. Medium body but slick and smooth.
O. Great stuff. Cheers!

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Photo of MikeWard
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. no freshness dating that i could find.

jet black body, very small oatmeal colored head. decent lacing though.

"stouty" smell. not much else.

bottle speaks of "copious amounts of chocolate". I'm not getting any of it. That said, it is not an unpleasant or bland drink in nay way. 12% abv is very well hidden, so consumer beware. faint hop presence, roasted but not burnt malts. quite a good balance.

overall, nice enough imperial stout. just have to wonder how good it would be if the chocolate was there. no telling how old this one is due to lack of freshness dating.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a snifter

L: Menacingly dark with a thick 1-fingered cola colored head, slow to dissipate
S: Inviting roasted malt, chocolate, slight booze
T: Bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, no hint of sweetness, very dry, nice bitterness
M: Full bodied and great on the tongue, well balanced, no heat
O: An outstanding Imperial stout - no adjuncts to distract - just a very well crafted to enjoy without distraction

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a rocks glass: color is black, amber edges, head is tan with fine bubbles which presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring and lace on the glass.

Smell is hard to believe at 12.5% abv - chocolate and roasted malts are big but not out of place; booziness is noticeable but not burning. Not complex but just amazingly subtle and enticing at such a big beer strength.

Taste is similar to the aroma --- very pleasant chocolate and roast balance that is incredibly smooth for a big beer like this. Booziness is present but incredibly subtle. Chocolate and roast start to meld and lead to deeper flavors of cocoa and some coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel is crisp, but not sharp or cloying - again incredible for a big beer with moderately sweet malt base. Lingering presence is chocolate/roast on the tongue - bitterness and booziness dries it out but still easy on the palate.

Overall - this is one great beer --- big aroma and flavors without mouth shattering sweetness or bitterness.

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, some alcohol, dark fruits, hints of coffee. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. Black color and great aroma, nice even taste and great moth feel. Looking forward to having the one in my fridge this fall. Bought bottle in Meadville at Vodoo. Hard to get this beer but in Meadville.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle opened. Smell was slight bourbon, but metallic. Taste was oxidation. No bueno. Feel was flat. Limited carb. Overall, wish my buddy hadn't let this sit

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Photo of Slack
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color and clear on the edges with no head or lacing.

Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is roasted malt mixed with coffee, chocolate, minor Hops, and a black coffee finish.

Mouthful is in the lighter side of medium and a bit rough. Carbonation is medium. Finish is dry.

Overall a decent beer. This beer is a good example of a Stout with some drawbacks. The smell is on point, the taste is unbalanced, the mouthful is rough however it is very drinkable and not overpowering. I would recommend trying it.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured near black into a stout glass. A couple inches of foamy tan head forms but does recede to a thin cap relatively quickly. Decent lacing at first but it dissipates as well.

Nose is traditional Imperial Stout - big roast malt bill with coffee and chocolate notes. Bit of tobacco but not much more depth. Standard, but good.

Flavor follows but is really nice. Malt character is big on the roast aspect. The chocolate/coffee notes are more subtle and it's more nuanced than expected. Touch of ripe dry fruit here, maybe prune, but not much and really just a really solid big Imperial Stout.

Feel is great - carb level is about perfect. Tight, a touch thin but high enough to add a nice lightly bitter note to make sure this doesn't come across too sweet. Definitely not on the thin side but not overly viscous - it's right where I'd want it and expect it for such a high ABV but without any barrel aging here.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a thick black with mocha bubbles crowning the glass.

Smell - The nose resembles rich chocolate. This is chocolate cake quality.

Taste - On the initial, I get sweet chocolate, expresso, burnt sugar, dark fruits , and perhaps dome black licorice. The bitterness of the coffee lingers on the aftertaste. It is tart on the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - There is more carbonation than I would have expect. Thick and quite smooth as a whole.

Overall - A great stout that I would drink again.

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Photo of SebD
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice jet black colour to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of loads of chocolate, roasted malts, faint coffee, some vanilla and sweet dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has sweet chocolate, roasted malts, some bitter coffee undertones, light vanilla and dark fruit in the back (mostly raisins).

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in November 2015. Did not see a drink by date on the bottle, but drank it shortly after purchasing it.

Appearance: Deep black with dark tan head. Beer is clear and not cloudy. Head is thick, and leaves a nice film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with roasted malt, chocolate, and some hops. Nice variety and balance

Taste: There is a great roasted coffee flavor. I also get nice chocolate flavors, balanced with a bit of hops. There is more hops than in other Imperial Stouts, and done in a nice combination with the other flavors. There is a nice variety of flavors in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Strong alcohol, which confirms the 12% on the bottle.

This is a smooth full-bodied Imperial Stout. It is an interesting combination of flavors, and I want to drink this again.

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Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date on this, assuming it's pretty fresh.....

A - Pitch black but little to no head and not much in the way of lace

S - Raisins and chocolate, chocolate and raisins

T - All black licorice. Some minor hints of smoke and dark fruit.

M - Lots of char, medium body, some oak and fairly bitter

O - I'd like to lay this one down for a few years and mellow out that char and bitterness. ABV isn't that noticeable though but some age could do wonders for this in my opinion

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

Special thanks to FatLever27 for sending this over.

A - Nice looking stout. Nice, creamy light brown khaki head with great retention and lace. Deep cola body.

S - Delicious nose. Deep, rich, and roasty but not astringent or burnt. Toast, molasses, roasted oats, and a touch of coca cola sweetness.

T - Deeply roasty, but unlikely the nose it's marked by a sharp astringency through the backend. Burnt toast, charred oak, molasses, touch of anise, and caramel.

M - Medium body for the style.

O - A really solid stout. A few years would do it well.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich deep black, high viscosity, and a quick foaming solid finger of light brown foam.

Sweet and dark chocolate, huge roasty aroma, subtle oak and vanilla undertones.

Huge chocolate/cacao and roast flavor, the oak shines through as well on the back end lending a very creamy and lactose like smooth vanilla flavor.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, roasty, bitter, sweet, creamy smooth.

Overall, this brew turned out to be truly outstanding. Sweet, but enough bitter and roast to cut through, giving way to a silky smooth and creamy finish.

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Photo of rudzud
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Duffy for this one. This is either a 2011 or 2012 vintage. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark dark brown quite black hue with a one finger mocha head that faded down to a quarter inch mocha blanket. Nice.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, lighter char, almost anise like notes. Light fudgy brownies, darker malts. Really pleasant.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Nice rich bakers chocolate, dark chocolate, decent char. The chocolate and char combined definitely bring an anise like taste. Hardly any booze. Not getting any dark fruits, though it is a nice warming finish that is lightly bitter.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly creamy, alcohol hidden excellent. No where near 12%. Crazy.

O - Overall, this beer drank almost like Abyss. The vintage and age clearly play in to things, but this has become really excellent with time. Very pleased with this one.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of a 22 oz bomber. Not so much a stout as very elegant, exceedingly drinkable black ale. Flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Would love a 12 pack of this one to stash away.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color. The body and roast profile are closer to a regular stout than a double/imperial. The finish is slightly boozy and dry. A decent effort but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Fatheads Pittsburgh

A- pours opaque black in color with a small creamy khaki colored head that reduces completely, leaving some lace behind

S- dark toasted malt gives way to aromas of dark fruit, dark chocolate and charred wood with some earthy notes, hints of coffee close it out

T- lots of dark fruit notes of black cherry, raisin & fig. Hints of smoky malt provides a dried pork-like flavor, the finish gives notes of dark chocolate, coffee more dark fruit & licorice

M- medium-viscous body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy finish

O- big and bold stout that drinks easier than its abv

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L- black as night

S- dark fruits, chocolate, subtle coffee

......... chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, oak, subtle vanilla

F- great, thick body... somewhat warming

A beer worthy of all praise it receives and plenty more. There is nothing that this beer lacks IMO. Certainly needs to be experienced by anyone who like imperial stouts or think they might like this style. The 12.5% ABV is hidden better than any non-aged imperial stout I've ever had. How this doesn't get the level of hype that many other big ABV imperial stouts on BA get, is completely without explanation.


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Voodoo Homestead in Homestead, PA.

Pours a dark black, with basically no head, and a very small amount of lacing.

Smells dark, rich, and malty, tons of chocolate, some roast, a little bit of vanilla, etc.

This has such an intense, wonderful dark chocolate flavor. Chocolate isn't added, but they utilized the chocolate malt really, really well here. This has a really nice roasty and charred flavor too. Just a really well-done imperial stout here.

This is medium bodied, not super thick, but not thin at all, with a creamy, dry, and roasty mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

A really well done beer, as expected from Voodoo.

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Photo of drewsif22
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a craft bottle for review, although I've had it on tap many times.

A - Dark brown (black!). Not a lot of head, but that's not the point of emphasis for this beer. It does have some great lacing.

S - Not incredibly strong. Definitely a chocolately and earthy aroma.

T - Like many imperial stouts, it has notes of chocolate and vanilla, although these are not strong. Like the smell, it has an earthiness to it - as in coffee. Has an acidity and bitterness on the back end similar to coffee, but not overwhelming.

F - Bit of acidity on the back end - Not the smoothest finish. Medium to full bodied.

O - A great, though imperfect, imperial stout. A bit more bitter with less head than many, although many cover that with a nitro pour (which this doesn't get that advantage). Not too boozy, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-02-18 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque dark brown with a 2.5-finger light brown head and very nice lace.

S - Milk and semi-sweet chocolate and lots of it. Vanilla ; mild coffee and oak.

T - Mocha/chocolate up front then plenty of roasted/char grain and associated bitterness. Alcohol adds some sweetness and just a bit of heat. There's some earthy spice and pepper underlying the chocolate and light coffee flavors. Finishes with a real nice cacao and hop/roasted bitterness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth and very creamy.

O - This is a fine Imperial Stout with a balanced and interesting flavor profile.

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