Big Black Voodoo Daddy | Voodoo Brewery

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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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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tviz33
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber in to a snifter-type glass.

A- The body is dark is hell with a half inch of brown head that settles in to a dense cap after a couple minutes.

S- Very very roasty nose. The closest I can compare the scent is to DFH WWS, but with less alcohol presence. Milk chocolate and a little oak are there too.

T- Big flavor. Lots of roastiness. Dry and slightly hoppy with a noticeable alcohol presence. Bitter chocolate and a little oak.

M- Full mouthfeel. Viscous and lightly carbonated. Very nice.

O- A really good imperial stout, especially if you like them drier.

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Photo of jakemn91
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nlmartin
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came my way thanks to sodonne1. Thanks man!...

The beer was cold but was allowed to warm up to a proper temperature. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beers body is black. No opaqueness to light just dead blackness. The head is a finger and a half high. The head has a nice tan coloration. Fantastic head retention it stood up to the mustache and thats usually a head killer. The beer left a pancake batter of lacing on the side of my glass.

Smell: Nice layers of vanilla oak riding a sea of dark roasted, charred and toasted coffee malt aromas. Dark cocoa dipped raisins and berry fruity tones waft about. Well done!

Taste: This delivers the dark roasted and charred layers of maltyness I craved. Dark roasted coffee and dark cocoa combine with a flash of vanilla oak sweetness. The alcohol peaks out for a half second but is quickly swallowed up by the roasted and charred malts.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is full. The carbonation is low but matches well to the character of the beer. No alcohol is noted in the mouth. No hotness to the beer. This is a dangerously smooth easy to drink beer. The head rush I am experiencing would have been the only clue I had that this beer was 13%. Well played!...

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Photo of Budlum
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blaze5445
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dogfishandi
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber at cellar temp poured into a snifter. not freshness date. purchased this on my trip to erie, PA.

pours out super dark, opaque motor oil black, even watching this go into the glass, this thing is dark. a small fizzy brown colored head that faded to a thin ring within minutes. no lace.

maybe not the huge aroma i was expecting, but still quite nice. some rich, heavily roasted, burnt malt, big solvent alcohol, some coffee and cocoa, a little dark fruits. heavy on the coffee like burnt malt and big alcohol.

rich and full bodied. cocoa, coffee, extra roasted burnt malt. again the big alcohol is there, but nothing offending. definatly warms the palate in a nice way. some nice milk chocolate on the backend and a bit of oak in the finish. bitter deep roasted malt as well. creamy. low on the carbonation.

overall: a really nice impy stout, and im definatly glad i got a chance to try it. this should age nicely. i will definatly pick up more next time i visit erie, but there are a lot of better impy stouts out there, but definatly in my top 20.

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Photo of dailyminefield
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjd315
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kfsv034
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared this with evan007, GOGRANDE and electricbunny.

A - Pours black with minimal head.

S - Strong oak, chocolate, vanilla, roastyness.

T - Follows the nose. lost of chocolate and roastyness. Vanilla and coffee in the backround.

M - Medium body

D - @ this high abv idk that i could drink many more

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Photo of schwaeh
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This guy was poured into a GL xmas ale snifter after I took the cap off with my pinkie finger. You may think this is a joke, but no I literally pulled it off with my finger after noticing how bad the cap was crowned. I think the guys that cap for Half Acre moonlight at Voodoo for their capping expertise.

Appearance: Standard looking stout. Very dark brown nearing black. Red hues around the edges with 1/4" light brown foamy head. I should mention the small amount of gunk around the bottle rim and the piece of Styrofoam that made it inside the bottle due to the aforementioned awesome capping job.

Smell: Coffee was the first thing that hit me here, it really takes a center stage. Their is a good amount of rich chocolate and roasted malt present. A very enticing smell. This is really where I was looking for oxidation but found little to no presence.

Taste: Right in line with the smell here. I was blown away by how well put together this beer is, nothing was out of place. The malts used in this are a dream combo. Big coffee, lots of roasted malt that doesn't taste burnt, and some dry, dark chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It reaches the higher end of medium here. Didn't feel too thick or too thin, it was a nice medium. The carbonation was surprisingly good.

Overall: This is something I could drink all the time. If I could buy/afford a keg of this stuff I'd have it on tap to enjoy anytime. This isn't some thrown together over-done or over-hopped stout, this guy is a solid, bold, balanced imperial that I would put in my top 10 any day.

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

I was trying to pick out what beer to have and pandora decided to play voodoo chile, so had to go with this beer. Thanks to both Noslenwerd and dfclav for this one.

Cellar temp, pours a rich slightly darker frothy head that fades semi slowly with some nice lacing, the beer is midnight black with the slightest hints of brown light coming through, and some decent legs.

Nose brings plenty of dark malts, roasted malts, bit of chocolate, light creamy milk choc, slight bakers choc, vanilla, touch of caramel, some very light earthy hops.

Taste starts with powdered little chalky chocolate, light bakers choc, some roasted malts, touch of coffee, vanilla, touch of caramel, hints of warming and little tingly booze, semi sweet, some light earthy hops, very light on the hops at first, but gets a bit more bitter on the finish, more thanks to the roasty malts I think, a little booze in the finish, bit sticky and mouth coating, lingering chocolate and light roast, not as long as I expected on the finish.

Mouth is heavier bodied, semi oatmeal creamy, lower but decent carb for the style, some warming and light tingly booze.

Overall not as heavy as I expected, but not as boozy either, nice malt flavors, very light on the hops, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: pitch black bodied beer with a medium brown colored head. Less than one finger of head that disapates into a thin ring on outside of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Really nice milk chocolate notes with hints of oak and molasses.

Taste: A mix of gourmet milk chocolates that add a sweet note and a dark chocolates that add richness & depth to the chocolate flavor. really nice! I get a nice taste of the oak in the middle of the beer and then it finishes with a mild bitterness from some coffee notes. The bitterness does not last very long and finishes clean. Making you want another sip! Nice flavors with good balance and complexity! Great chocolatey malty profile!

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, oily, and very smooth. Impressive! At the high end of a medium bodied beer with low to almost moderate carbonation. No boozey notes, but it is warming as you drink; really hard to believe this beer is 12%. Its a sipping beer.

Overall: My first Voodoo Brewing Company beer. I am impressed! This beer is very tasty and very smooth. Very balanced and decent complexity. I would not mind another bottle of this beer! Get a bottle and give it a try.

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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 lackenhauser
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There is no way on god's green earth this is 12.5% abv. Just saying. Black color with very little head or carbonation. Just sort of pours out. Decent roasted aroma-nice chocolate notes. Very "grain" like in it's presence. Big chocolate malt flavor. Somewhat vanilla like. Burnt flavor that is quite decent actually. Again with the grain-has a real "grain" like flavor going on. Malty. Decent body. If the abv holds thrue then iot is almost thin. WOW! I have been plowing thru a glass of this with no clue what so ever until I saw the other reviews here. No way this is 12.5%. Almost session like between the flavor and body. WOW again. Great beer all in.

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Photo of mbroun_90
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

They call voodoo the 'black arts' and indeed this offering from Voodoo Brewing is entirely, thoroughly black as well as artful, at least in the minimalist sense. It sits stout and solemn like a chunk of black marble, its head like a trim of heavy slate; the liquid looks thick enough to absorb a bullet. If you dropped your keys in there you'd have a hard time finding them.

The nose is rich in decadent, flavourful, dark maltiness and, with a little swirling, even while cold, probably ranks up there with the best of the style. Notes of unsweetened dark chocolate, fresh-pulled espresso and just the faintest hint of currant stick to this bouquet like a fox guarding the hen house. Notes of bourbon are absent - and good riddance to 'em!

Bourbon barrel-aging can bless a beer with unparallelled complexity and character but it's often on the bourbon's own terms, meaning it comes part and parcel with an intense, intractable boozyness that can overwhelm - not just the senses - but the beer's other elements. With that proviso, I applaud Voodoo Brewing for using just plain old oak.

The notes of (the darkest of black, like 90% cacao) chocolate and espresso come together like the teeth of a zipper. Despite all that rich, heavy decadence, however, some leafy, spicy hoppiness and a very perceivable cassis flavour are stirred up by the inevitable alcohol warmth (which is fortunately dried out in the finish by the oak, the taste of which does linger).

When gambling with higher alcohol content it is always good to have a heavy hand with the malts; this brewmaster obviously practices safe high gravity brewing, as the rich fullness of the (11 different varieties of) malts would confirm. (And hey, he even found a way to nudge a fair bit of spicy hoppiness in there too!) Both mask the true strength modestly.

Big Black Voodoo Daddy is a beer as cool as its name sounds. It certainly put a spell on me! Despite being aged on plain oak (how boring!) and not being bottle-conditioned (quel faux-pas!) this beer packs every bit the rich, intricate flavour and is every bit a formal acknowledgement of the ingenuity of American brewers as any other jacked-up stout.

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

A - The color is borderline black with just a sliver of ruby that comes in around the edges. The head is mostly tan and rises to about a quarter inch. After a couple minutes, it ends up a thin cap on the brew. Lacing is spotty but still has a respectable showing.

S - Aroma has a deep bittersweet chocolate start and quickly turns to milk chocolate. Just a hint of coffee bean in the middle. Some roasted notes are in the background. Pretty straight forward aroma overall. Amazingly, there is practically no alcohol that can be found. For 12.5%, that is a quite an accomplishment.

T - Flavor starts out with a cacophony of typical stout flavors. Chocolate, coffee, smoke, cherry, alcohol...the list goes on. After the first couple sips it starts to get some legs under it and shine in a few areas. The big chocolate profile and lighter flavor of dark fruit really goes well with the high alcohol percentage. Towards the end, a blast of thick and smokey dark malt comes through quite nicely.

M - Full bodied with a dry and smokey finish that hangs out on the palate for a while. Carbonation is at a medium level. For a beer this big and flavorful, I'd probably take it down a notch or two.

D - Drinkability is simply dangerous for the Big Black Voodoo Daddy. Throughout the beer, the alcohol is hidden or very well complimented by other flavors. I get the feeling this one should be a slow sipper but something about it keeps the glass tipping up and up til it's quickly gone. I'm tempted to say this could benefit from a 12 ounce serving size but after the first 12 ounces, are left wanting more. Of course, this one should be served a little warm to really showcase all this beer can be. Very happy I got to try this one out.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudylaw
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to one of the best traders/people on BA, ericwo, for the assist! Third in the Holy Stout tasting.

Black color with a fair amount of carbonation. A fizzy, tan head which is, of course, customary. It looks good enough to drink!

Lots of roasted malt and coffee and chocolate in the nose. Smells fine! In fact, I find myself wanting to sniff this longer than most beers. Just a treat.

More of the same in the taste with vanilla notes to boot. I liken this to the Sexual Chocolate but with a more rounded experience. This is a pleasant surprise! I can hardly taste the booze and the carbonation is right in line with what I like in an RIS. There's some oakiness present as well. Very, very drinkable.

I hope to enjoy this again!

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Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buffalo Cask Festival 2011- Mr. Goodbar

A: Pitch black in appearance, nice caramel color head with some substance...good lace.

S: Roasted malt, bourbon, cherry, charcoal, coffee bean.

T: Strong notion of robust roastyness all around. Sweet in the back with some dark cherry notes coming up.

M: Little thin on the tongue but still held some creaminess in toe. ABV non-existent given reality, little to no carbonation (see above), surprisingly clean throughout.

O: Pretty stoked to see this on the lineup, even more awesome was tasting for the first time in cask form. Will be seeking out in the future to compare and age.


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Photo of womencantsail
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another big thanks goes out to imperialking for this beer.

A: The pour is incredibly dark brown/black with a thin tan head on top.

S: The nose is heavy on the roast with some nice coffee and dark fruit notes along with some sweet vanilla and molasses.

T: The flavor opens up very similarly to the nose with plenty of roast. The chocolate comes through more here along with some good coffee and a light bitterness. Again, dark fruits and vanilla find their way onto the palate.

M: The body is medium to full with a fairly high level of carbonation for an imperial stout.

D: Despite a huge ABV, this one is very easy to drink. I didn't notice any alcohol at all and found the beer delicious and easy to drink.

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewery
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,100 ratings.
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