Big Black Voodoo Daddy | Voodoo Brewery

Big Black Voodoo DaddyBig Black Voodoo Daddy
1,108 Ratings
Big Black Voodoo DaddyBig Black Voodoo Daddy

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
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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Ratings: 1,108 |  Reviews: 430
Photo of Davepoolesque
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer reminded me of a lighter version of Plead the 5th. It was lighter in aspects including taste, mouth feel, color and body. Thinner than I would have thought considering the percentage of alcohol. The smell was pretty decent with chocolate, light roasted malt and booze coming to the forefront. Not a terrible imperial stout by any means, but lacking that punch of flavor I look for in a big stout.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of allboutbierge
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed by the pint during the closing minutes of Big Pour 09 session 2 at the Pipers Stand.

Aroma is very burnt...some dark chocolate malt but thats hidden behind a wall of smoke and carbon. Its complex and entertaining but not 100% enjoyable.

Taste is much the same...some acidic notes are thrown in there too, its fairly sour as well. Theres a lot of detail there, but its not able to mask the 12.5% ABV. It tames it, but theres no hiding it it. Its a rough beer and not for the faint of heart. I think if they were to tame it down a bit, it would be a much better beer. But then again, I did have it at room temperature.

I was happy to finally get a shot at this rarity, but I fear that hype may have been a bit too much to live up to.

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Photo of Tonerelia
3.59/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a large snifter, dark almost black appearance with almost nonexistent head. The head that does appear is a burnt caramel color but fades almost immediately.

S: Very agressive! Even if you hadn't noticed that this is a ~12 ABV one smell will immediately alert you to the fact that you are about to consume with a good amount of alcohol. Unfortunately I don't smell to much more maybe a little faint hint of licorice but it is so faint I can't be certain.

T: Wow! Immediately you get smacked in the face with alcohol but as the beer goes down you get hints of sweetness and there is a lingering after taste. This after taste has the same persistence as eating a whole clove of garlic would, my recommendation would to be defiantly eat something along with this beer. Unfortunately because of the heavy alcohol I don't taste to much else.

M: Initially the beer is very smooth and goes down great, but as you take a couple more sips it takes longer and longer to go down. The after taste and remnants of the beer stick around longer and longer after every sip.

O: This is certainly a beer I would recommend to those who are still experimenting and looking for something different, but unfortunately I don't think I would recommend or purchase this beer again. It has some unique qualities that many I assume would/do enjoy but this is not my type of stout. There is not enough flavor behind it.

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Photo of Sturgeon83
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevincredible
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brystmar
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting in the fridge for a month, time to open! Oily black pour yields minimal head. Bourbon oaky aroma melds with dark chocolate and roasted malts. Aroma is the strongest part of the brew.

Deep, bitter cacao character as the dark chocolate overwhelms everything else in the flavor profile. Dry and boozy at the end, warming alcohol soothes the throat after each sip.

Massively over-carbonated though, and that significantly detracts from the sinking experience. A solid RIS, wouldn't buy it myself though.

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Photo of kevanb
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, assuming a 2013 vintage, poured into a Voodoo Brewing snifter.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, hues of cola brown with just a few loose bubbles of head, tan colored that vanishes immediately and leaves no lace. The aroma is robust, strong malt, subtle coffee, ample roast, pleasant stone fruit and raisin with a touch of licorice. The flavors don't quite add up, rich grain and roast leap out straight away, stone fruit and raisin, light coffee, an interesting hazelnut quality with a bizarre milky character. The body is a little underwhelming, carbonation is low, but the richness and thickness is too, I'd prefer it to be a bit more silky and full bodied. The finish is easy, slightly warming but a little weak.

Verdict: A nice imperial stout from Voodoo, but it just lacks the rich body that props the flavors up significantly. The milky and nutty flavors I picked up just didn't work for me, but the complexity of the beer is rewarding and the alcohol is masterfully hidden. I had no problem drinking a bottle of this, but I'm not sure I'd go for it again, perhaps I need to track down the barrel aged variants.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown almost black color with a nice rich tan head that laces as it is swirled. Aroma is dark roast notes, chocolate, and hints of booze. The taste has more bitter leather than the aroma, along with dark chocolate, and a lingering roasted bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and semi velvety. Some hints of smoke as well. Overall, this isn't bad but the overly roast and smoke aren't my style.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spider889
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to msulinski for sending this bottle to me. Review from February I believe, taken from notes.

Incidentally, this was shared right after finishing off a sexual chocolate growler, and both of these beers are extremely similar.

The beer has a really awesome appearance, though there's almost too much head/carbonation. The head is a tall heady froth - a dark mocha color. It left an excellent lattice of lacing. BBVD is black in color, though it looked pretty thin for an Imperial Stout on the pour.

The aroma is well roasted, dark chocolate with mild coffee undertones. Softer than the almost oppressive SC malts from earlier that night. There's also a sweet nuttiness to the beer, along with acidic dark fruit. The back end was of bitter dark malts and ash.

The taste was very bitter - loads of dark patent or roasted barley take things a little too far at times. Almost a chalky presence to it... the heavy roast provides lots of burnt/char flavors.

Very dry. The alcohol isn't too overt, but it does hit you rather quickly.

Overall not a bad Imperial Stout, but this is something best shared with some friends.

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Photo of bamadog
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed another bottle of this while I was back in PA on a recent road trip -- decided to drink this one and allow my other to sit for a while. Review is from notes taken on 7/17/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour is black as midnight, and after a vigorous pour, it yields a 3 finger dark tan head with solid retention; body is entirely opaque; a nice foamy layer of lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hmmm... Sadly, lots of bitter and earthy hoppiness combine with an earthy roasty espressor scent. I really don't care for stouts to be hoppy like this, and I'm glad I've got a bottle sitting as I hope this aspect fades and allows the malts to make more of an appearance. Overall though, the smells are robust and just pour out of the glass, so I give this aspect credit where it's due.

Taste: A little better than the smell, but still a bit ladened with bitter hops, followed by the roasty and burnt espresso grains and semi-sweet baker's chocolate; a faint cherry flavor lingers at the end and it's followed by just a bit of alcohol, which I find to quite the accomplishment since this beer is 12.5% -- I would have expected much more of an alcoholic presence.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium to a bit heavy, but it could still be thicker IMHO; a dry film is left all over the teeth; carbonation is soft and smooth and the belly is left a little warm from the ABV -- it's interesting that it's most present in the mouthfeel as opposed to the taste.

Drinkability: Overall, I feel this beer is overrated; it's OK, no doubt, but it could be thicker and frankly, I'm kind of tired of getting this much hop presence in a stout. I'll give it a shot again in a couple of years when I feel my other bottle has matured enough and see if I need to revisit my numbers.

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Photo of corby112
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a three finger frothy mocha head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap. Large rings and chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass.

Slightly acrid, roasted malt aroma with subtle earthy hops as well as some licorice, burnt toast, chocolate, coffee, toffee, oatmeal and lots of alcohol.

Full bodied and chewy with lots of bitter, slightly acrid roasted malt flavor. Subtle earthy hops up front give way to the burnt malt and chocolate/mocha flavors mid-palate. This beer mellows out as it warms but it's pretty hot with a lot of warmth in the finish. The ABV could stand to be masked a bit better and the booziness takes away from the roasted malt, chocolate, hazelnut, toffee and oatmeal notes.

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Photo of b3shine
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to oversized snifter. Thanks to ksurkin for this one. Looks good; pitch black with nice lacing. Smells good too; malty and woody. Taste is a bit of a letdown, although it's still good. Malt and toffee. Mouthfeel is hot, but that would lessen with age. Overall, a good beer that is a little overhyped in my opinion.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with a thick dark tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate and sweet roasted malt. Flavor is not as enticing, mostly just sweet roasted malt. Rather drinkable and certainly not as heavy as I'd expect from a 12%. Pretty decent, but not a favorite.
8/4/7/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of hayesez
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received from Benanomyces in a recent trade. Shared with friends at our most recent gathering.

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, this beer looked a bit thinner than anticipated. A dark brown that appeared fairly opaque until held up to the light. A fair amount of amber light seeps in around the edges. A one-inch frothy brown head sits on top and quickly diminishes to just shrapnel. Very little lace left behind.

Very roasty smell - Roasted, almost charred. Some chocolate mixed in there as well. I swear I'm smelling butterscotch in there...perhaps just toffee, but definitely something of the sort. Can't say I've ever quite smelled something like it in an imperial stout - I like it.

Taste is very large on the coffee / espresso. Bitter chocolate quickly emerges before reverting back to a lingering coffee finish. A splash of vanilla rounds this out. I was underwhelmed by the amount of alcohol present at the end. This became increasingly prominent as the beer continued to warm. A bit on the thin side for the style - at least for my liking. Well carbonated and on the light side of medium bodied, I wish this thing was a bit chewier.

The Voodoo Daddy didn't quite live up to my expectations. Perhaps because this was a fairly fresh beer, the alcohol dominated the finish. A bit of time would certainly do some good, I suppose. Still, certainly worthy of a second round.

Consumed: 3/24/2010

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Photo of haazer
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my oversized 20oz pint glass.

A- About a finger of tan, bubbly head forms on top of a very dark brown, near black brew. The head is fizzy and settles down to a nice ring. Even with the high abv I was expecting a bigger head. Judging by the surface the carbonation levels seem just about right.

S- Good nose of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. These malts are BURNT. The nose continues to get better as the beer warms. Coffee is the standout, with some heat in the nostrils from abv. A touch of vanilla pokes through.

T- The burnt roasty malts start things off. There is some dark chocolate, and hint of vanilla. There are some dark fruit undertones suprisingly, and a coffee aftertaste. The downer about this beer for me is the booze in this. It's as if it's trying to be masked but its on the brink of being too much.

M- Mouth is full bodied, and the carbonation is felt throughout. The full body is great for a stout mouthfeel, but the heat from the high abv deffinitely slows your drinking down on this and makes it somewhat difficult.

O- I was expecting a lot more from this brew. Yes its good, and yes I would have another but I guess I put too much expectation in this. Glad to live in PA to see this regularly but if anyone has trouble finding this out of PA I would not seek out.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Shnanign
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a big brew, it pours as a jet black color with a nice brown head on it. The smell of the beer has a wooden, chocolatey burnt aroma. The taste of this brew has a complex roasted base with some sweet chocolate coffee like flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty thick which is nice for this beer. It leave a nice brown tinge on the glass after each sip. Overall this has nothing on the black magic but all in all this isn't a bad second choice.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter, probably 2-3 years old

A: Pours pitch black with one finger of off white head. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

S: Chocolate, oak, and strong oxidation. Sme cherry notes, but a cardboard note is quite strong.

T: Milk chocolate, caramel, and malted milk balls start out with a fairly strong oak presence. The beer finishes with dark chocolate and a hint of roasted malt. The beer stays fairly dry throughout, but is certainly balanced.

M: On the thin side with moderate carbonation.

O: The aroma on this is certainly downhill, but the flavor is quite nice. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour is opaque black with just a slight light brown ring of head around the top. The nose features a bunch of roast with a nice mellow blend of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. This is certainly not the beat you over the head type of BA Impy. Again, the bitter roasted malts and even a bit of an earthy hop character sneak through, and the give way to very enjoyable bourbon barrel aged character. We have a medium body here that is very easy to drink. Just a tad of carbonation to keep it from being flat. The finish is pretty short lived. I find that to be a bit of a bummer. But over all, I think we have a well made barrel aged beer here.

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$10/ 22oz - bottled Dec 15

Unbalanced with a semi thin mouthfeel. Not my type of stout. Lacking dimensionality in flavor as well. Alcohol is masked and barely noticeable. Quite a disappointing Impy Stout in the long run.

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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 andrewinski1
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Black body with a thin layer of tan head. This looks decent, not as massive a head as I've seen from others.

The aroma is full of sweet malt and bitter coffee; striking a very pleasant balance.

The taste starts out with mild malt sweetness that turns into a drier finish filled with slightly bitter roasted malt. This is a nice balance; it isn't too sweet, and the stout flavors are clearly showcased.

The mouthfeel is decent as the body is pretty big and the carbonation a little more sharp than creamy.

I like this one; it's a good sipper. Nothing overwhelmingly special (they all can't be), but solid.

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