Big Black Voodoo Daddy
Voodoo Brewery

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #112
Ranked #1,830
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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suckaj from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oct 02, 2016
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FatBoyGotSwagger from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I believe this is a new batch released in late 2014, December. (Purple cap)

A Pours pitch black with a small head that diminished to clustered bubbles residing on the rim of the glass. They remain for some time.

S Cocoa and some alcohol heat, as it warms the alcohol heat blends in and is not as noticeable. Soon begins to smell like a brownie.

T Big wave of roasted malt followed by a slightly bitter chocolate that finishes clean. No taste of heat detected in the smell. The chocolate flavor lingers around very pleasantly. As per the label “like a chocolate bar au naturel”

M Slick and smooth, light carbonation is perfect. The beer is aged with oak staves that I would assume lead to the overall smoothness.

O The bottle says you can age it for years but with how it is drinking fresh I can’t see why you would want to do that. Damn tasty stout for the abv, no artificial flavors in any way shape or form. Just traditional ingredients; malts and hops for the win.

Dec 28, 2014
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Bone53 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The pour isnt as thick as Ten Fidy, Expedition, and the like but its black as black can be with absolutely no light coming through the glass with a one finger mocha colored head

Smell: This right here is how a RIS should smell. A ton of roasted malts and coffee in the forefront along with molasses, chocolate, as well as a hint of alcohol. I already know im going to love the taste.

Taste: Once again plenty of roasted malts and coffee, but the chocolate notes are more prominent in the taste and with the molasses and even slight nuttyness, the result is wonderfully rich and complex flavors.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full bodied, but average for the style; It's amazingly smooth for a 12% beer. So smooth in fact that i wouldve guessed maybe 9%.

Overall: I was expecting greatness with this one, but my mind was blown. Iv had countless RIS and dont say that often. This stout has it all from the pitch black appearance, dark, rich, and complex aromas and flavors of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, and nuttyness, and the silky smooth mouthfeel, especially considering the abv. This beer reminds me of and is absolutely on par with my favorite stouts from Founders. In my opinion, it exceeds the hype. Go seek this out and if i were you id even trade for it.

Feb 01, 2015
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woemad from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle received from ozzylizard as part of the NBS BIF #1. The label differs from that pictured on BA. No obvious freshness date, but at 12 %, I imagine any age it’s got will be fine. Interestingly, while the brewery is quite straightforward as to the malt bill, they do not disclose what sort of hops were used.

Poured a dark brown that was so dark as to be virtually black. There was initially about an inch or so of creamy looking tan foam, though it receeded somewhat after a few minutes. Lots of lace. The beer was completely opaque when held up to light.

The nose was of dark fruit, molasses and coffee.

A bitter flavor at first. Coffeeish bitterness leads the charge. Some dark chocolaty and brown sugary sweetness kicks in immediately afterwards, but the bitterness stays at the head of things. Midway through, there’s a wee bit of acidity and a tanginess that I couldn’t quite pin down. Things finish with a mild but satisfying dryness.

Full bodied, with a coating mouthfeel.

A bitter take on the Imperial Stout. I don’t consider that a bad thing, and rather prefer such an interpretation over many that are a bit too sweet. This might not be the thing to serve to someone who feels differently, however! Thanks again, Ozzylizard!

Feb 09, 2015
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Stigs from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Dec 19, 2011
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't know this was oak aged, now things make more sense, reviewed from notes. Thanks to Chico1985 for sharing.

A- Pure black with a tan cap that has good retention. Nice cloud and ring and spotty lace all around the glass.

S- Massive cocoa, like immensely big chocolate. Caramel roast malt and some dark fruit. Solid describes this perfectly.

T- Once again a lot of great cocoa powder. Hints of raisins, slight alcohol, roast malt, caramel malt. Some earthy hops. I get vanilla which I now know is from the oak. A bit of smoke even.

MF- Great thick body, creamy and substantial. Smooth low-moderate carbonation. Fair warmth and just a bit bitter, from the cocoa I would imagine. Silky.

DB- Very nice malt and cocoa. The first Imperial Stout to impress me in a while. The cocoa does seem like a bit much but I really love it. Well hidden ABV.

Sep 26, 2010
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottled poured into two snifter glasses and some used for home made BBQ sauce, which turned out delicious!

A: Extremely dark brown body, just bordering on being completely black and abyss-like. A thin mocha brown head wrapped around the snifter, retaining itself throughout the entire glass.

S: Roasted flavors in all directions - initially some delicately roasted coffee beans come through without giving it a 'burnt' smell. Huge notes of milk chocolate come through, with a touch of vanilla bean and perhaps some...oak? Something seems to give it a woody note in here, not exactly sure what.

T: Chocolate seems to be dominant in taste... up-front is a big chocolate milk like taste, followed by some bitter dark chocolate, roasted espresso and caramel nut. I don't get as much wood or vanilla flavor as I did in the nose, it seems to be here but the presence isn't nearly as large.

M: Creamy, carbonation is rather low and tamed, overall this is a seriously wonderful feel for a big stout.

A true gem from Voodoo who doesn't seem to get much face-time in the craft beer scene. If anything, this beer and Black Magick should break them onto the scene, both underrated amazing big stouts.

May 16, 2011
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grahamboudreaux from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Mar 19, 2013
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xtekian45 from California

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.

Jan 19, 2018
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beerrat from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 20, 2019
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to SaucyA for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, nice carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes, with some roast. The taste is very nice, malty, chocolate, slight vanilla, toffee, caramel, slightly roasty. Medium body, not much carbonation going with this brew, the ABV is hidden very well, very nice warming effect, definitely a sipper. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink, thanks Adam.

May 01, 2009
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Blanco from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours jet black (of course) with just about no head, even after a vigorous pour. Disappointing, but I suppose ABV has an effect on this somewhat. smell is of molasses, dark malts and little else. Sort of weak in the smell. Taste is very smooth, with a tiniest bit upon the first sip but relaxes after that. Hints of vanilla come through and some oak character. More of a milk chocolate goodness than dark chocolate I usually get from stouts. good mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid sipper. Given the ABV, this one goes down pretty smoothly.

Jun 27, 2011
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Dougwillhike from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Feb 23, 2014
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Jacob007 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Dec 25, 2013
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sheenisgod from California

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

Jun 07, 2015
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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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grub from Canada (ON)

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over, picked up on a recent trip to PA. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled feb 27/09.

pours pretty much black, just showing a little brown around the edges. a thick, dense light brown head forms, dropping slowly and leaving plenty of lace behind.

aroma is good. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. coffee and espresso. dark and milk chocolate. vanilla. raw oak. light alcohol. caramel. bit of dark fruit.

taste is great. medium bitterness level, more as dark roast coffee than hoppy. bit of espresso. bittersweet and dark chocolate. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. light alcohol. earthy. raw oak. bit of vanilla. bit of dark fruit too. touch of caramel. there's a nice lactic character to it too that works really well.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. well balanced, hiding its alcohol quite well. interesting and complex. this is pretty damn tasty stuff, yet it still feels a little disjoint and not quite "together" yet. i think with some age this one will get even better.

Feb 28, 2009
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CoolJosh from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was generously shared by me with my friend treyrab and ashherb17. This beer was aged one year, I can't wait to dive in.

This beer looks really nice. A silky smooth dark black body with a nice toasted brown creamy head that lasts long enough for me to savor both the look and taste of this beer.

The smell on this is lacking a little bit, and not as pronounced as I was hoping for. Mostly a roasted malt scent with some bitter chocolated stirred in. The taste, on the other hand, is awesome. Incredibly bold roasted flavors. Really sweet dark chocolate flavors that allude to some darker fruit tastes. This beer has aged fantastically. I'd like to lay a few more down and let the love continue to flourish.

Dec 04, 2009
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M27 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Apr 21, 2012
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TriageStat from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Mar 30, 2014
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Duncian from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 17, 2018
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mcallister from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and black with no light penetration and a 2 finger tan head that holds good retention.

Aromatics of chocolate, dark fruits, hints of oak, some tobacco and leather esters. Roasted malts with a coffee basking.

Really like this beer and the whole brewing process. I think the bit of age really helps the drinkability and mouthfeel. Soft and chewy with a creamy middle. Roasted malts really come through on the middle and finish leaving a tannic dryness. Dark chocolates, leather at the front lead into a hints of oak and bits of vanilla and coffee in the middle. Some dark fruits thorughout really make this a nice easy drinking IS albeit the alcohol.

Oct 10, 2010
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alleykatking from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes and split with SuperNova777.

A- Pours a deep jet black color. Two finger mocha colored head that shows good retention and caps the beer. Ring style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted coffee in the front. Light chocolate in the ending with a touch of alcohol. Citrus hopping in the very end of the nose. There is a light charred aroma throughout the entire beer which made it inviting to smell.

T- Chocoalte malts are the first in front. Light roasted malts in the middle with a light chocoalte sweetness to them. Coffee and light hop bite in teh backend. Some warming alcohol in the very end. Also, a light black liquorice taste lingers from about the middle of the beer all the way up until the every end.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Chocolate and roasted malts left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly warming alcohol and roasted malts. Heavy alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors overall were blended well with what they should have been along with no off flavors.

D- This was a nice drinking Imperial Stout. I didn't have much trouble with it although the ABV came out more so when the beer warmed up. I will be on the lookout for this beer whenever I can. Good drinking and flavorful beer.

Dec 01, 2010
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Jan 24, 2013
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skaboom420 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Jan 28, 2014
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