Big Black Voodoo Daddy | Voodoo Brewery

Big Black Voodoo DaddyBig Black Voodoo Daddy
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92.9%
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Big Black Voodoo DaddyBig Black Voodoo Daddy
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
voodoobrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,196
Reviews:
429
Ratings:
1,106
Liked:
1,028
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
8.83%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
368
Gots:
254
Trade:
20
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Photo of Jeffo
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in trades with Masterski and jojomdma. Thanks a lot guys!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2010

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour makes a one finger, thinner looking, tan head with good retention. Black, opaque body with some carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a wisp and ring leaving some immediate lacing clinging to the sides. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, cocoa powder, baker's chocolate and some espresso notes as well. Hints of oak and wood in there, with touches of tobacco and some vanilla. Quite nice, but unfortunately a little muted. Needs to be a little bolder to really stand out.

TASTE: Roasted malts and not much else initially. Lacking up front for sure. After the swallow, some bitter chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a bit of booze. Some nice bitter chocolate, sweet vanilla, oak, and some booze ride out a bold, long lasting and satisfying aftertaste. Lacked up front, but came out nicely after the swallow.

PALATE: Here's where it falters a bit. Very light body with higher levels of carbonation. Goes down with a bit of an airy scratch at the end, and finishes somewhat dry on the palate with a little heat from the alcohol. Nice and creamy on the palate, but far too light and heavily carbonated for the style. Needs more weight.

OVERALL: Not a bad beer at all. I enjoyed this one, and was more than glad to have had the chance to try a bottle. That said, the palate is far too light for the style, and the taste needs a little more going on up front before the swallow. Definitely overrated, and doesn't stand up to some of the others in the style, but a decent beer in its own right. Will give the other bottle some time in the cellar and re-visit in a couple years. Was glad to give this one a go, but won't be looking for more in the future. Thanks again for the trades gents.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blind beer courtesy of Mike!

A- Low head formation, bad retention, and a lack of sticky froth. It really fails to lace around. Not a true oblivion of color. Moreso... soggy woodchips viewed in the shade.

S- Cocoa, mild earthen brown sugar, some plastic hits. Starts to really pick up in the middle to incorporate a wooden vanilla sweetness, a mild peat funk that rotates around a murky dark fruit. Deep aromas here. Gets hot with natural warming to room temperature. Like antiseptic hot.

T- Very, very roasted. A black coffee bitterness you only get without adulteration to your cup of joe. Espresso flavors to boot, but not anything high grade. It definitely has an odd wooden flavor through it. It first seems like someone took a playground woodchip, ran it through pond scum, and stuck it in the glass. Goopy flavors, but it quiets down really fast. Leaves you with just toothpick hints. Finish is light dark fruits, vinous in nature, minor acrid nature from a burnt grain aspect, and a healthy dose of ethanol busy burning your taste buds. Also a bitter hops on a very tiny portion of the palate.

M- Medium bodied, crisp and tingly from the carbonation right off the bat, crisp and frightening from the alcohol on the second half. This monster gets hotter than I was expecting. I'll probably get heartburn from this if I'm not careful. The flavors are full of potential and sticky as hell. I'm left with little notes of love all over the place.. especially in the cracks of my lips.

D- Very flavorful. I enjoy that aspect of it. However, it got wayyyy too hot for it to truly be an easy drink. It needs more strength in the nose. After the alcohol is addressed, perhaps the feeling of it can be adjusted... don't know. Not my favorite beer. Gotta be an imperial stout.

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Photo of Verecund
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010, from LIVEFAST. About a year old. Thanks!

Great-looking stout: an immediate full finger, tan head foams up and recedes to a small coating on the surface. Dark, dark brown to black, with some dark mahogany hues about the edges.

Nutty, dark maltiness with slightly ashy undertones. Dark, spicy chocolate - like dark chocolate with peppercorns - oak, and light anise.

Milk chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee and oak feature. Coffee grounds and bitter chocolate accompanied by raisin, burnt toast, smoke, and an earthy bitterness on the finish. Quite tannic. Really, a nice beer, but the ashy, acrid finish doesn't work.

Medium bodied, but full in the mouth. The heavy roasted malts border on being too burnt and acrid, but otherwise this has a lot going for it. It certainly hides its alcohol well.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Split a 22 oz. bomber with a friend. 11 oz. pour into a Sierra Nevada XXXth Anniversary snifter glass. Served at room temperature.

Appearance: Big and black are certainly two good descriptors. Also midnight black in color and certainly not much light penetrating my glass. Pours a one finger beige head with average retention.

Aroma: Cocoa powder and smoke notes upfront. In fact the smoke notes are probably the main draw. A touch of caramel, but not really enough to stand up to the char and bitter chocolate notes.

Taste: Again, the smoke here is surprisingly heavy. Dark chocolate and burnt coffee notes round out the flavor. I'm not really getting any malt sweetness from this at all. A bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and slight creamy. A touch dry on the finish.

Overall, a mediocre stout in my opinion. I get a lot of one dimensional smoke and dark chocolate, but not a lot of depth or balancing sweet notes. Not bad by any means, by not particularly memorable for me.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Craytonic for this one. Poured into a tulip. Pours motor oil blak with about an inch of bubbly head that I was able to force in the pour. Good soapy lace.

Sweet milk chocolate in the aroma with a hint of dark cherries. Kind of a rich thick oak aroma but a hint of char. A little fruitier than I would generally care for. Lots of dark cherry aroma with a other dark fruit profiles. Kind of sweet with some more char flavor than roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and oak but a little bit of off mark for me.

The feel is silky and robust. A little warm on the finish but nothing offensive. Overall this isn't bad just not want I hope for in an IS. Seems a little bit charred and at that same time not as roasty as I would hope. I could say it has it's priorities mixed up.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle into glass snifter.
45°F

A: Bright opaque black (deep brown) body topped with a small creamy tan head that quickly dissipates laving a ring of cover and no lacing.

S: Strong coffee aroma with hints of raisin and booze. Chocolate is subdued but becomes more apparent as the beer warms. No noticeable hop aroma.

T: Slightly boozy, with a strong coffee kick over a deep roasted, somewhat nutty malt backbone. Just the slightest tinge of sour up front, finishing with a burnt astringency, but free of hop character.

M: Light body with high carbonation. A slight bitterness, but it comes off more as astringency than hop aftertaste. Could probably use a little less carbonation.

D: Average drinkability. It is a pretty potent brew both in ABV and flavor. Some will love it, some will make a face, but the light body and roasted flavor will really shine in the right environment.

O: Respectable, but not one of my favorite stouts. Definitely would try it again.

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Photo of errantnight
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a beer with an obvious flaw, this was pretty damned good.

Tasted in a Spiegelau tulip during a RIS tasting (with plain crackers and water for palate cleansing between tastings).

This pours a dark, dark brown almost black with GREAT retention and lacing. Exemplary.

Aroma is a bit, bold burst of rich chocolate roast... and green apples. Pout.

On the palate the nice roast, deep toasty bread notes, chocolate and mocha hints, long, rich mouthfeel... almost ALMOST manages to completely overcome the brewing flaw. The recipe is spotless, and if they could get their fermentation under better control I'd say this would be an easy contender for my favorite of the style.

It's a testament that I still enjoyed my glass.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big Black Voodoo Daddy has a jet black body with about three fingers of brown head. The head retention is pretty good, but only a few scraps of lacing stay behind. The lacing that is there is pretty thick and sticky though.

The nose has a touch of fruity, sherry-like aromas, along with cocoa powder, wood and a blast of heat and alcohol.

The fruit and sherry notes from the aroma don't really carry over to the taste. In fact, I think what I smelled was a mix of the wood and the booze. The rest of the flavor mirror the nose. Cocoa powder is followed by a ton of spicy oak. The most powerful part of the beer is probably alcohol though; heat and biting alcohol. This bottle is about a year old too, so the heat surprises me.

The body is actually a little bit light and thin for a stout that is so huge.

This thing is really boozy, and the drinkability takes a hit because of it. Not a bad beer, and it does a good job featuring the oak aging, but it strong.

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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 zhanson88
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer as part of a trade with Douglasjamjak. Thanks a lot Doug!

Appearance: Voodoo Daddy pours out a dark brown color that appears black in the glass, but noticeable dark brown around the edges when held to the light. That's not normally a great sign.... About half a finger of dark tan head forms that has pretty poor staying power and retention.

Smell: The first thing I get on the nose is a coffee-like character, followed by perhaps a touch of chocolate, considerable dark fruits, and some light hops on the back end. Nothing too intense or strong, but it finds a very nice balance.

Taste: Coffee and a lot of fig/raisin/plum flavors show up first, followed by light dark chocolate, some spices (anise, maybe) and hops. Nicely balanced, but I'll say right now that the mouthfeel retracts from the taste. I'll get to that next.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Thin for the style. I'd put it at or a shade under medium bodied, with very low carbonation. As soon as the beer leaves the palate the taste is pretty much gone, aside from a slight linger of coffee and hops. I'm pretty disappointed with the feel, as it really retracts a lot from an otherwise pretty solid taste. Overall, I like the beer quite a bit. I'd love to have this as an "everyday" stout. I really can't believe it's as high as 12% ABV as it drinks a lot easier than that. It's just kind of thin all the way around.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of jtladner
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of rossracing
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of bradford
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review #100, bottle courtesy of mflick. 22oz bomber poured into Duvel tulip.

A- Deep black with almost no head. Those few bubbles disappear almost instantly. No lacing on the glass
S- Sweet, roasted malts, alcohol, wood
T- Burnt malt, wood, slight oxidation (pleasant), chocolate undertones.
M- No good. Very little carbonation that must be unique to this bottle because most reviews report ample carbonation.
D- Even for a beer that probably suffered from sitting on my porch in 80 degree heat, this stuff is pretty good. I hope I get to try another bottle soon. Recommended

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mwbrady12
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davesway10
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of pmarlowe
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of hamilton23
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A: Pours nearly black with brown head.

Nose is coffee and alcohol.

Taste is bitter sweet chocolate. Lots of bitterness in this. I could have used more sweetness, much less bitterness.

M: About what I would expect for a stout.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark brown almost black liquid with a thin head, tight brown bubbles.

S-the nose has a fair bit of roasted malt and coffee notes up front with a bit of oak actually comes through as well. there is a light vegetable note with some dark berry, cherry notes and more roasted coffee.

T-sweet cherries up front, lightly green vegie note, strong roasted malt and coffee with a lighter oak presence than the nose and a hint of bitterness in the finish. really sweetens in the back and a slightly off vegetal note slightly takes away.

M-a little thin for an imperial stout, very soft, semi dry finish and light carbonation.

D-the roasted component seems to linger, the vegetal note is slightly off and the sweetness is a little strong. does have a fair bit going on, the flavors are somewhat integrated just a few off notes. a little thin but nice finish. not bad.

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 92.9% out of 100 with 1,106 ratings
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