Big Black Voodoo Daddy | Voodoo Brewery

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Big Black Voodoo DaddyBig Black Voodoo Daddy

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Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

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 mkh012
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Near-black in the glass with a subtle nose and a balanced, approachable flavor profile. At 12% ABV, this goes down like it's 8%. Deceptively easy-drinking. A sassafras/molasses vibe with some chocolate notes. Minimal roastiness or bitterness.

It's simple - i.e. not as massively fudgey or impactful as some other high ABV stouts - but I'm impressed with how smooth it is for the style. 4.25/5

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Photo of ovaltine
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate color, not black but as close as you can get, with a big ol’ tan head. The nose is full of chocolate aromas, as well as a significant char component.

The taste ..... where to begin? Heaping loads of chocolate, then this surprising piney hop flavor - did NOT see that coming, at all. Then at the very end of the taste, this really roasted char flavor that sets the hook.

If I had regular access to this, it would always be in my beer fridge. Borderline world-class, IMHO.

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Photo of FlaS4
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FalconOne
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward and basically all malts. Subtle hints of cocoa and milk. The flavors have more hints of cocoa and milk. Hints of oak and wood. Mild hints of anise. Some roasted characteristics. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol is well hidden. It's hard to believe that this is 12% abv. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's not thick and is slightly thin, but still has some body to it. It's dangerously drinkable and doesn't drink as big as one might think.

This is a solid imperial stout. It's not bad at all, but it's nothing crazy, in my opinion. It kind of reminds me of a milk stout without being sweet.

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Photo of Gaddabble
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of swenny916
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark black with a one finger chocolate brown head that dissipated almost immediately. Smell is roasted oats, but not much more. Taste is light chocolate, but otherwise nothing really stands out. Full feel but not sticky. Not the motor oil thick feel that some stouts have. Overall a decent stout.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque dark brown color, almost no head.

S: Spicy, vanilla, usual RIS notes. Excellent blending.

T: Earthy, malty. Nothing stands out.

M: Full body, not sticky though. Perfect carb.

O: A great brew that I would drink again, but not seek out.

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Photo of classixIII
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Harrison8
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of light beige head. Head retention is fair. Aroma is caramel, roasted, and toasted malts. There is a tinge of chocolate and oak, but otherwise it's splendid and simple. Flavor profile is caramel, oak, chocolate, and roasted and toasted malts. It's simple, but clean. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a fizzy, semi-effervescent, but velvety texture. Overall, simple stout with good notes all around. It doesn't bury the senses with countless notes, but what it does do, it does well.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of travelguy
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Shiny black with a dense tan convex froth clinging in short ridges.

This has an unexpected smoked cinnamon note on the nose, with milk chocolate.

Milk chocolate and smoked cinnamon also come out in taste, with caramelized brown sugar and a slight presence of non-spicy black licorice, kind of like those blackberry gummies with crunchy beads on the outside. There is an odd herbal bitterness though, along with a hint of amaretto and an ashtray aftertaste. A weird Stout.

Slick, with minimal heat despite the ABV, with light airy bubbles and a semi-dry tingly finish.

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Photo of Maillard
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Moderate yields a 1/2 inch fleeting tan head over a dark brown body with scant lacing. Nose of roasted and chocolate malt, not smoky, but maybe a bit of burnt attributes as well. Taste mirrors nose very well. Nice feel, but hoped for a bit more of a velvet feel. Overall, I'm glad I finally got to try this one and thanks to Rusty R. for the pair of these to drink and age. Cheers!

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Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice black appearance with tan head that dissipates quickly. Mild malty aroma with touch of sweet chocolate. Taste is a little harsh malt and sweet chocolate that has no alcohol aftertaste. A little aging would probably eliminate the harshness.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours jet black with a dense creamy tan head of 1.5 cm. The foam fades slowly, leaving tight lattice on my glass as it recedes.
The beer has a huge molasses and brown sugar nose with some deep booze notes. Smells very rich and malty with just a little bit of a charred malt note mixed with the sweeter notes.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth textured, thicker bodied beer. Fine and gentle carbonation help make this a very drinkable beer for such a heavy hitter.
The flavor is rich deep malt profile with molasses and dark chocolate mixing with a bit of charred wood and some mild booze flavor on the finish. There isnt any accompanying heat with this big beer and I never find any hops either.
Im surprised at how easy this high octane beer drinks and think it is a little on the dangerous side due to high drinkability.
This is a bold malt forward beer that I am glad to have tried and I would buy again if I see it. I wish this brewery existed while I was in Town as a student at Allegheny College.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timtac
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of xtekian45
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Obtained as an extra in a trade. Quite a nice surprise! My 1st review here on BA.

12 oz bottle pours dark as night and quite viscous, but a little less than motor oil. Minimal lacing left on the glass.

Nose is big stout with hints of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Just a touch of black licorice backed by a big whiff of booze from that 12% ABV.

Taste follows the nose with dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and dark fruits. Finish is quite dry without the booziness.

Carbonation is minus, but accents the thicker mouthfeel quite nicely. Just a touch less viscous than I usually like my stouts.

Overall a nice first experience from Voodoo! Looking forward to trying their other offerings, especially there barrel aged stuff.

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,144 ratings