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Big Black Voodoo Daddy | Voodoo Brewery

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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:
#1,223
Reviews:
431
Ratings:
1,110
pDev:
8.83%
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Ratings: 1,110 |  Reviews: 431
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.

Recommended

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

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black with a huge mocha colored head.

S - Roasty, Malty.

T - Roasted flavors, both chocolate and coffee. Bitter linger almost like cocoa.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Light to medium carbonation.

D - Pretty balance brew.

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Photo of cmq103
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I had to drive into PA to the Beer Store in Southampton PA to get this. I couldn’t find it in any of the NJ beer stores in the central NJ area.

Appearance: A dark as night (I mean really, really dark) motor oil syrup pour got me no head at all, even with an aggressive pour. I’m not sure if it was the bottle I bought, as the bottle cap had a slight rise on one of the sides. Either way, there was no head and no lacing. You could see the syrupy thickness of the beer clinging to the side of the glass when tilted.

Smell: I immediately got oats, malt, and barley, with mild chocolate and dark fruits. In my opinion, the oats and malt dominate the nose, almost oatmeal stout like. With a deep inhale when the beer warms a bit you can catch the sweetness and boozy aroma.

Taste: Sweet dark chocolate, oats, barley, and malts dominate the palate, followed by a moderately bitter expresso coffee finish. There is a mild tinge of booziness on the tongue, a lot less than expected for the higher ABV. Mild hops are present but clearly take a back seat to the malty oats. I really thought I was drinking an Oatmeal Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: This is a thick and delicious beer with mild carbonation, but tingly enough on the tongue. I was very impressed how well the higher ABV is hidden. It didn't have that typical alcohol burn one would expect when an Imperial Stout creeps over the 12% ABV range.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely buy it again, as I enjoyed the malty oatmeal presence this Imperial Stout offered. I just wish I could find it locally. Well done Voodoo, well done…

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Photo of natelocc787
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great appearance. This stout was good and extremely drinkable, tasted like 6% not 12.5%, that's an accomplishment. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and this stout had a very smoky quality, lots of burnt, charred oak notes. Some dark overripe raspberry is in there as is some graham. Nice Beer and the mouthfeel was smooth, just needed to be thicker. This was more like an Imperial Porter/Imperial stout hybrid.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my Mad Elf chalice.

Deep black body with a very thin tan head which dissipated quickly and would return with a swish of the glass. No light shines through when held up to the light.

Aromas of licorice, espresso and unsweetened chocolate and some alcohol.

Tastes of dark char, roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, burnt molasses. Coats our tongue in that deliciousness. Alcohol bite is there at the end as it warms up. No doubt about it, when you're drinking this you're drinking a Big Bad stout!

Really just a great stout, big bold, tasty. Thick and bold with the mouthfeel, but not too heavy that you can't drink the whole bomber yourself. If you like your stouts big, go find yourself a bottle, you won't be disappointed.

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

Received a couple of these in trades - thanks to those responsible!

A - Black is a good adjective. Dense, opaque, and massive would be appropriate as well. Three finger head in tulip is surprising considering the high ABV. Nice light tan color to the head, and it has stayed through half the glass.

S - Low sweatness - mostly roasty bitterness. A bit of booziness can be detected as well.

T&M - VERY well balanced. The bitter roasted flavors dominate, and blend into a bit of harshness from the alcohol, but the line is subtle and complementing. There is enough of a semi-sweet malt backbone to hold everything together. A nice long bitter finish to round everything out.

D - I was thinking this was 8.5% from memory until I checked the bottle. There is no denying the alcohol presence, but it hides at least some of it very well. The complementing flavors leave nothing overpowering anything else, and the result is a dangerously drinkable big beer. Voodoo indeed.

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

22oz bottle from 2009.

Pours opaque black with a half inch head of tan that settled to a solid skim coat with a few strings of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with boozy char, Kahlua, brownie batter, black fudge, and espresso. Hints of bourbon and vanilla follow through.

Full bodied with a thick, chewy mouthfeel. Oily and lush. Crushed velvet drizzeled with 10W40.

Chocolate syrup, reduced coffee, molasses, and burnt malts start the palate. A boozy warmth steps up with some light fusels and a hint of vineosity. Char, roast, chocolate, coffee, and booze.

Finishes with lingering black cake batter, Kahlua, bourbon, and a hint of soy sauce.

What a monster RIS. A real meal and cellar worthy to the max. Very nice.

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

Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vonerichs
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black inky body with a nice 1/2" of sandy colored head.

The smell has a lot of chocolate malt. I also pick up black licorice and a piney hop and a little bit of cola.

The flavor is very vivid and robust. Heavy with the chocolate with supporting flavors of anise, wood, and piney/earthy hops. There's also a nice taste of coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Low carbonation lends to the full and creamy body.

This was a fantastic stout. It has incredible depth in the flavor. The 12.5% is noticeable but it's still smooth for such a big beer.

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Photo of yamar68
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big old thanks to Hessian257 for this bottle!

What an appropriate name... pitch black with a creamy finger of pale brown head that retains quite well, leaving behind thick sheets of lace and distinctive alcohol legging. In terms of appearance, the ABV is less than discrete.

Loads of roast on the nose, reminiscent of Ten Fidy in some ways. Vanilla and toffee with hollow coffee notes. Plenty of darker chocolates, powdery cocoa.

Creamy mocha flavors with a massive, sweeping roast character. Semisweet dessert flavors are balanced with a bitter chocolate/coffee ground profile. Nice booze kick right at the tail end of things.

Awesome.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass

Black motor oil , brown pencil thin cap, settles quickly

Aroma of coffee, raisins , bourbon, tobacco

Taste of bourbon, coffee, roast malts

Suds up slightly

Bourbon taste lingers

Good beer

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Voodoo Brewing Co. "The Barrel Room Collection" branded snifter

Pours jet black capped by a light brown fluffy head. Average retention, a decent amount of splotchy lacing. Bold nose chock full of bakers chocolate, dark fruit, a touch of oak, and brooding booziness--just right for a big stout. Opens with bold dark chocolate, mellowed by dried dark fruit black cherries and prune. Some charred biscuit notes midpalate and even hints of burned caramel. Pleasant understated oak notes, espresso notes and charred chocolate malt joined by some bittering hops and pleasant, warming booziness on the mostly dry finish. Moderately carbonated, big silky full body with some creamy accents. If you're looking for a monster of a stout; this brew certainly doesn't disappoint. Highly recommended.

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Photo of drewsif22
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a craft bottle for review, although I've had it on tap many times.

A - Dark brown (black!). Not a lot of head, but that's not the point of emphasis for this beer. It does have some great lacing.

S - Not incredibly strong. Definitely a chocolately and earthy aroma.

T - Like many imperial stouts, it has notes of chocolate and vanilla, although these are not strong. Like the smell, it has an earthiness to it - as in coffee. Has an acidity and bitterness on the back end similar to coffee, but not overwhelming.

F - Bit of acidity on the back end - Not the smoothest finish. Medium to full bodied.

O - A great, though imperfect, imperial stout. A bit more bitter with less head than many, although many cover that with a nitro pour (which this doesn't get that advantage). Not too boozy, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 23/10/14, cheers alfie for the bottle

A not quite jet black with a deep cola edge, two fingers of dark tan foam retains well for the strength slowly falling leaving a few random patches of lace

S lots of coco powder, herbal notes, wood, spice I can't place, licorice root, a little booze but nowhere near the 12%+, some sweetened coffee and a hint of cola

T heaps of chocolate and wood, very earthy, cinnamon and nutmeg, herbal tea, interesting brew with scary well hidden booze

M not as thick as I would've guessed but far from thin, fluffs up fairly quickly, tannins, a little heat and a burnt woody chocolate finish

O they did a good job hiding a lot of booze, lots of earthy, woody, chocolate notes, pretty solid big ass stout going on

lots of barrel but no hard liquor to go along with it, I really can't think of other fresh oak big stouts, solid brew that's well worth trying

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Photo of woemad
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of maximum12
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BAs finest two members, beerisheaven & sholland119, for each sending a bottle of this my way. You guys have sent me so much excellent beer over the past year plus that, I, I...<weep>

I managed not to spill while pouring this for the wife & I through my tears. It's black. It smells very rich & velvety, though I've never actually smelt velvet. Black velvet, in particular.

This is good shite. Most of the oak-aged RIS I've tasted to date also were barrel aged, so my taste buds keep waiting for the Jack Daniels edge to kick in, but nothing. The oak adds a nice smoothing edge too it. The roasted, toasted, rocking, socking malts are all over the place, lending plenty of depth to this.

Depth it's got. The combo of rich nose & Grand Canyon-esque depth makes me happy. The alcohol is - wait, there's alcohol in here? Seriously, can't even taste it. That's a masterpiece of hiding a Yugo in a haystack, there.

The rare beer that actually smells better than it tastes, & the taste is excellent. I'm very glad I have another one of these babies, it won't be seeing the light refracting through a pint glass for another year or two. I'll be interested to see what that does to it.

Unique, almost simultaneously bold & subtle. Excellent beer.

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Photo of shawnp
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taospowder
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of RBuckley73
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,110 ratings
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