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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

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Reviews: 416 | Ratings: 1,067
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into an oversize Southampton snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a thin reddish-mocha colored film that sits atop an opaque black brew. Lacing is stringy with good cling and nice legs. Head retention here is above average and beer is an appropriate color.

S: Nose is sweet soy sauce, plum sweetness, and a touch of ethanol. Roasted malt bitterness is mixed with a creamy hop presence that complements the typical chocolate and cocoa powder aromas well.

T: Opens sweet raisin and milk chocolate interrupted suddenly by a roasted malt smokiness and char. Creamy sweet soy sauce, vanilla, and chocolate towards the middle with an odd spicy ash in the back. A touch of hop bitterness and plums towards the finish with a roasted malt, liquorice, and cocoa powder bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth but a bit more bubbly and aggressive than I would like. Tickles the throat and abrasive at the edges going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: I'm not sure what the fuss is about with this beer. Very solid in every aspect but it certainly doesn't blow me away at any point. Definitely worth trying but the feel is just average and although it has pretty good flavor, it doesn't compete with some of the sweeter, smoother, imperial stouts that I've had in the past.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pretty damn black with a nice finger of dense mocha colored head, retention is solid and the lacing is fantastic.

S - Tons of chocolate, mildly bitter dark chocolate, some roasty malts, minimal vanilla type sweetness, licorice.

T - Very nice. A great combination of being boozy but not overly boozy - and chocolatey. Initially a bit of a boozy medicine feel followed but a rich but bitter roasty chocolate flavor and licorice. Aftertaste is fairly pungent booze. Boozyness is a bit bitter, not sure what the hops schedule is like here but it could be relatively significant. After a couple sips the boozyness/bitterness really does kind of dominate, maybe too much so.

M - Mouthfeel is the highlight here, mediumish bodied and incredibly silky smooth, minimal carbonatoin. Really fantastic.

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Photo of Agold
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thick viscous black liquid that has an off white head which leaves a small ring around the side of the glass. Aroma is pretty fruity with some nice roast and a bit of cocoa. Flavor is a bit too fruity for.me. nice cocoa. Kinda sweet and roasty. Very nice. Mouthfeel is really nice. Full bodied without being cloying and good fine carb. Very nice beer. Fruit is a bit bigger than I would like, but still a very nice beer.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted blind thanks to sholland119:

Pours black but with some optimistic ruby highlights at the extreme edge of the glass when held to the light. An inch of mocha, downy head is more stubborn than most, lingering for quite awhile before slowly receding to a thin gauze on the surface.

This beer hits your nose with a powerful whiff of baker's chocolate, slightly burnt toast, and french roast coffee. There is some malted caramel and molasses in the back, but this smells like it will be favoring roast over the sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium-full with slightly more energetic carbonation on the tongue than some other stouts of this size.

The taste confirms what the nose foretold. This is a bitter-chocolate, dark roasted-coffee sipper for in front of the fire. However, it doesn't taste like a five-alarm blaze just went through your beer cellar: there's just enough sweetness to balance out the bitter and prevent astringency. This is the most coffee-like stout that I've had that doesn't actually have coffee in it. Things finish off with a pretty good dose of hops which meld with the burnt notes to provide a long, satisfying bitter finish.

Overall, a very nice stout. Not in my very top tier, but well worth some repeat visits.

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Photo of vacax
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours black with a brown head displaying decent retention and lacing. Aroma is spicy, peppery, roasty, and malty. The taste is full on malty with some phenols, peppery. Huge roasty finish, bready and quite alcoholic. Body is nice and full but carbonation is a bit too high, thinning the feel out too much. This one is a real roast bomb and highly alcoholic. These are things that will improve with age, but this review stands for now.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Large bubbly light tan head, okay retention and moderate lacing. Dark black colored beer.

S- Malty sweet aroma, chocolate, oak, some butter, and caramel.

T- Dark chocolate, toasted barley, large roasted bitter nuttiness, caramel, dark fruit and piney hops.

M- Full bodied nice and think, also a good bitter bite.

Very good Stout, though it is a little harsh in the end.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Well I suppose there is a reason this beer is not called Big Copper Voodoo Daddy. This beer is pitch black. The head is a white-tan and barely exists after the pour. A small ring of medium bubbles sticks to the edge of my small Chimay goblet.

S: Coffee, chocolate, caramel and alcohol. Hiding 12.5 % alcohol on the nose is quite a task, and Voodoo did fairly well. It smells like...black.

T: Hoppier than I expected, but the malts prevail. Quite boozy, I'm drinking it at room temperature, which may have a helping hand in the booziness. The strong chocolate and coffee taste is very appealing to my palate. I could see having a little nip of this at night instead of my usual hot chocolate.

M: On the tongue this beer is a tad thin, but sticky nonetheless. Light body for such a big stout. Carbonation fizzes on the back of your tongue as the beer goes down.

D: Being such a big beer, this wouldn't fall under the highly drinkable category. I've been sitting on a bomber of this for about 3 hours or so and I'm still on my first 7 oz. portion. Delicious, yes. Drinkable, yes...if you don't have plans of doing any manual labor or driving. Or if you are pregnant of course.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

daaark brown with small ruby highlights around the edges. Small tan patches of head with spotty lacing.

Oak. Roasty malts. Small booze.

Dark roasted malts. Rich flavors. Chocolate. Some booze. Full flavored. Tasty.

dry thick bodied. Lasting flavor.

An ok beer but nothing to write home about. Big hype for an ok beer.

I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again. Not a huge fan but would be interested in seeing what a year on a bottle would do.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle.

A: pours very, very dark. one of the darkest brews I have poured in a while. head is similar in hue.

S: aroma is full of chocolate. a lot of chocolate. dark and sweet. wisps of heat. some coffee.

T: mild coffee flavor. the roast is bitter. not unpleasantly, but boarding the line. booze. lingering bitterness is actually balanced by a lingering sweet flavor. good typical stout flavors with no standouts in any particular direction (coffee, chocolate, roast, etc.).

M: slick from all this bitter dark flavor. lingering mouthfeel. full bodied.

D: a rich and full stout, but no particulars that make this outstanding, but no flaws either. a good drinker that should be procured by big stout fans. fairly priced. not sure what time would do to this, but not sure if I would want to find out.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Jackie O's snifter on 2/18/11; shared by Spider889

Dull cola brown color; plenty dark. One and a half fingers of khaki colored head which dissipates quickly to a skim and island of bubbles. Lots of lace.

Even-tempered aroma. Overtones of citrus and pine hops lead onward to roasted notes with a slight tangy nip. Bittersweet chocolate. Faint suggestions of coffee. Some berry notions. A subtle mustiness emerges as it warms.

Dry, dry, dry - lots of roasted coffee and strong espresso to taste. Some burnt chocolate is seated beyond that. Solid hop presence that kicks upfront and lingers on the finish. Piney with hints of citrus. Subtle wood and earthy suggestions.

Grittiness and a granular feel scratch along this full bodied beer. Though not prickly or harsh, it's fairly fizzy; more carbonation than I prefer. Not much alcohol heat but there is a tingling sensation.

Nice, hoppy imperial stout. Lots of roastiness; not much sweetness at all. This is one that really comes together as it warms. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Morey
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no freshness date. I happen to know that this is this year's batch, but still...if I wanted to cellar this, it would be easy to lose track of how old it is. Not to mention, he doesn't date his Ipa's or Pils either. It's a shame, because I rarely buy his other offerings for this reason.

Pours black in color and was initially topped by two fingers of mocha-brown foam. The head has settled to a thin layer, but there's lacing all over the entire glass. If you hold it to a bright enough light, you can see some dark brown near the top of the beer, but it's pretty much opaque.

The aroma is full of cola & roasted malt. I'm getting a little bit of oak in this, but it's pretty mild. Dark chocolate as well.

A touch of bitterness at the forefront, but it's quickly toned down by a big malt body that carries a velvety creamy texture on it's back. There's some dark chocolate about midway. There's a little bit of bitterness and char that shows up in the finish, but it's not overwhelming.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a pretty soft carbonation.

An above average Imperial Stout overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: Wow! I'm impressed. This is probably the best Voodoo beer that I've had. It hides that alcohol incredibly well. I have another in the basement that I'll leave there for a year or two, but I can't imagine this getting any more creamy.

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Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in DFH snifter.

A- Dark, thick, a solid 3 inch head that is light caramel in color. Good retention, litle lacing.

S- Chocolate notes, lightly roasted coffee.

T- Chocolatey smooth, little roast, very smooth, little oak, some coffee.

M- Very velvety smooth. mouth coating, solid finish.

Overall- Great beer overall, very well-balanced.

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Photo of chaz01
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small but generous sample pour as an extra at a local beertasting event in Dayton.

A: Very dark, thick and rich looking, with a thin tan head.

S: Some bourbon and alcohol aromas dominate along with burnt toast and caramel.

T: Picking up orange and tangerine flavors that I didn't detect in the aroma. Lots of roasted malts and burnt toast, in a pleasant way.

M: Dry finish, medium body with low carbonation. Very pleasant finish of orange curacao and roasted burnt toast flavors.

D: Only had a small sample, but would definitely be on the lookout for this again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this bomber for $7.99 at Holiday Market in Royal Oak MI in April of this year. I haven't felt like cracking a stout for a while but here it is late August and I'm drinking it with my wife:

The beer is dark black color with about 2-3 fingers of tan foam which slowly dissipates to almost nothing. No lace either. The aroma is strong with roasted malt, almost a burnt character, maybe a little chocolate in the background. I didn't get much bourbon until the beer warmed up some, then a little oak and plum joined the mix too. The taste is a little too bitter and "burnt" at first, but I noticed that more complex barrel flavors came out as the beer warmed. Some richer and fuller malt flavors at room temperature, along with the vanilla and bourbon that make a beer like this so special. I wouldn't guess that the ABV is as high as 12.5%, you really can't taste the alcohol. Overall a decent beer, not one of the best (not sure why it's in the top 100), definitely try to drink this at a warmer than usual temperature.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer talks a lot of smack, and does not deliver.

The appearance is black, really black. Very few bubbles, no head at all. This is one of the darkest beers I have witnessed, up there with Ten Fidy and Dark Lord. It leaves a good leg on the glass, but has no head. It is thick and mean.

The smell has a bite, which goes along with the theme of the brew. I can smell the oak stives, they bring a certain woodiness that contributes to the bite. Some chocolate and burnt grains.

The tastes are good, and pretty unique. It starts with a very huge oak bite that is distracting the other flavors. It has some really nice chocolate notes with some roasted grains.

The mouthfeel is unique in the fact that the oak stives and alcohol give this thing a bite. It is overall a good beer, but not the, "Biggest baddest stout I have ever tasted."


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Photo of JoshVandy
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Rich (rhong187) for this brew.

650mL bottle into a Hill Farmstead long stemmed wine glass.

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black color with about a .5 finger tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving an oily black substance behind. No lacing to speak of, but given the ABV, it's not surprising.

S- Nice roasted malt and chocolate come through immediately, with slight dark fruits, nice touches of espresso and some oak as it warms in the glass.

T- Big dark chocolate notes and roasted maltiness hit in unison, with a subtle oaky presence as well. Very subtle dark fruit flavors that add a more sweet character to it after it gets to about room temperature. Extremely well masked alcohol, as there is no heat to speak of.

M- Thinner than I expected, being classified as an imperial stout and all. A little low on the carbonation, which actually helps thicken it up slightly, giving it the more full body it needs. Smooth and oily on the finish.

O- I really enjoyed this. The thin mouthfeel, combined with the expertly masked alcohol, makes this a very dangerous beer, as I easily polished off the bottle by myself in about an hour. A very enjoyable stout that I'm glad I have easy trading access to.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A--Midnight black with two full fingers of tan head in my 25 oz. snifter, even using a conservative pour. Nice lacing left behind, definitely an impressive looking beer.

S--Roasted malt with traces of powdered cocoa. Some floral hops and very faint traces of wood in the background.

T--A big roasted monster. Burnt malts and charred oak dominate the flavor. A bit of chocolate but in cheap powdered drink mix form.

M--Not really creamy but still big enough to be considered full bodied. Soft carbonation that is abundant enough to wash it down nicely

D--A sipper due to the big roastiness. I can't lie, this is good but it is underwhelming. The complexity just isn't there to put it in the same category as the big boys. This is sort of like a fuller bodied version of Old Rasputin, which makes it very tasty but not mind blowing. Old Rasputin is loved for its cheapness and availability, while this may take some hunting and I'm afraid it might not be worth it. But that's just my opinion, try it and see for yourself.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle date. Pours thick pitch black color with a dense and creamy 1 finger tan head with nice retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt, oak, and a bit of alcohol. Some nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, coffee, and some smokiness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish, with lingering notes of dark chocolate, oak, smoke, bitter coffee, and roasted malt that last on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and nice full body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Surprisingly no real alcohol was noticed other than a warming after the finish. Nice and smooth drinking for 12.5%, but is still a sipper. Overall an very nice and huge imperial stout that is smooth, with nice balance of flavor.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first in a five beer tasting at the ever so hospitable Mauerhan's house. This gem was offered up by OlieIPA and Aimstatus. Good, good kids. My notes are always a little sparse when I go to Mauerhans; first because I'm busy drinking kick ass brews and flapping my gums, and second because I get crunked. I'll do my best.

Pours black. Go figure. Light tan head. Looks good.

Smells very good. Cocoa, dark chocolates.

Taste is huge on the roast. Super roasty. Good but not stellar. Maybe a fig. Over brewed coffee.

Medium body, very dry. Hides the alcohol marvelously.

So it's good but come on. Every new stout has to get 11 A+ reviews that shoot it up on the charts, then the rest of us schlubs trade for it or buy it and review it so it can fall off the charts. Rant over. 'Twas definitely worth drinking.

Overall: Thanks kids.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sludgy black with a small tan head.

Smells quite floral with hints of perfume and some dark fruit notes...alcohol in the nose detracts.

Nice roasted grapefruit flavors up front that go into dark chocolate and hints of coffee and caramel...I get just a hint of the oak, which is perfect. Again the alcohol seems a bit out of balance.

Thick and heavy body with low carbonation.

A good, but boozy imperial stout. I like it and would drink it again if offered.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black with a khaki colored head and some lace on the snifter.

Smell: Aroma of bread, earthy hops and something funky I can't really describe too well, almost a metallic/mineral thing going on.

Taste: Dark chocolate, good hop bite to balance. Booze is noticed as it warms, which is expected for a 12% beer. Chocolate malts paired with a clean alcohol. Hops on the backend, lingering cocoa finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, good level of carbonation, a bit syrupy.

Drinkability: A triple B. Big Beautiful Beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into oversized snifter. I have a feeling who sent me this bottle, but I can’t be sure. I know it came as an extra over a year ago. Thanks to whomever you are.

A: Pours black with a finger of fluffy and dense dark brown head. The head quickly faded into a thin scum that lasted a decent while and left a few spotty patches of lacing down the glass.
S: I get big notes of dark roasted malts, caramel, toasted marshmallows, oak, chocolate and a bit of volatile alcohol. I get a little bit of vanilla bean and char as well.
T: Follows the nose except flavors are a more smokey/charred/burnt/roasted than the nose let on. The char isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is noticeable. The finish is full of semisweet chocolate, and the aftertaste has notes of caramel, marshmallows, and smoke. The oak is just barely noticeable in the finish.
M: Full body but it could be fuller. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth but just a tad rough around the edges. Carbonation is decent.
O: A good stout. The smokiness set it apart from some of the other ones I’ve had, but this doesn’t compare to the heavy hitters of the style. Still, I’d drink this again.

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Photo of Spica66
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra (!) from gumppette. Thank you so very much, Christine!

My 200th review. Shared with gwuilliums after bottling two carboys of homebrew.

A: Pitch black, slightly viscous. Excellent head formation and nice lacing. This is how an AIS should look in the glass.

S: Strong, dark roast aroma with that slightly sour or acrid note that all full-bodied Imperial Stouts seem to have. This has an alcohol "smell" that seems to warn that this is going to be a huge beer.

T: Slightly sour, dark roasted malt and chocolate/coffee notes, with quite a strong hops finish.

M: Very round and creamy with excellent carbonation throughout the drink. The alcohol becomes a too-strong presence in your mouth and esophagus.

D: This is too alcohol-hot to enjoy the flavors properly. This screams "Put me in the cellar and come back after a year or two".

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Photo of kaips1
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a bomber thanks to

no bottle date poured into a pint glass, this poured a a nice dark void of blackness with minimal head that quickly vanished into just a mocha ring of bubbles. the aroma of chocolate is the first and strongest notes, then its followed by a bit of smoky roasted almost coffee like, malty bitterness is also very prominent. i get roasty malty bitterness in the taste and a smooth chocolate finish. mouthfeel wasnt exciting but it was velvety and smooth. the drinkability is great i could enjoy 2 of these on a day of nothing but laziness, overall this is a good stout that i wouldnt mind drinking again.

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Photo of route66pubs
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep dark black, with a 1-finger creamy tan head. Head has a lot of small carbonation bubbles and subsides slowly, leaving a nice lacing along the Bruery tulip glass it has been poured into.

S - Raisin is my first thought. Chocolate and vanilla swirl follow behind. A hint of barrel-aged alcohol follows.

T - Acidic coffee throughout the forefront, with a slightly sweeter malt middle that is almost imperceptible. Some creamy vanilla follows nearer the back that gives way to more coffee at the back. Did I mention acidic coffee, because it is definitely there.

M - Two words: over-carbonated. It's just too crisp for my liking for an imperial stout. And all that coffee-ness comes through, too, to present a bit of a bad-Starbucks-feel. For as nice as this almost tastes, and as enjoyable as the aroma and the appearance, this just feels wrong for some reason.

O - Having an aged version of this would be absolutely wonderful I suspect. Alas, I do not know for sure. But maybe one day .... In the meantime, this is a fine sipping imperials stout.

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,067 ratings.
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