Big Black Voodoo Daddy | Voodoo Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
voodoobrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,391
Reviews:
444
Ratings:
1,155
pDev:
8.85%
 
 
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370
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258
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, generous head that dispurses quickly. Some residual lace. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice. Medium mouthfeel. An emphasis on bitter over malt, not extreme and I dig it. Good 65 ibu hoppiness, chocolate and coffee next. Emminently drinkable.Better than average IS in an Oscar-competitive franchise.
Gotten in trade.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Plenum for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a huge 3 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a craggy cap. A nice latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some chocolate chip cookie dough. Alcohol aromas come out as the beer warms. Taste is of dark roasted malt, bitter cocoa powder, and slight coffee grounds. There is a mild roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a very low carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout but I really don't smell or taste any oak/wood that it was supposedly aged on.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -12%
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 GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet plack in color. It poured with a delicate lacing of bubbles on the surface along with a thin tan collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose; these become stronger as te beer warms up.
T: Intense flavors of roasted malts are present in the taste along with hints of chocolate malts and a bit of alcohol. It has a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The strong roastiness leaves your mouth a little dry in the finish.
O: This beer seems to taste more like a Russian Imperial Stout with all of the roasted malts, except that it isn't as fullbodied as beers in that style. It hides its alcohol very well considering the strength.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet from the bottle.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a finger of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Quite roasty, this doesn't smell like a particularly sweet beer. I'm getting some warm alcohol and a hoppy presence.

Taste: This beer isn't nearly as sweet as most beers of this style. Roasty with some dark chocolate. The finish is bitter from the roast but also some hope along with warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tingly carbonation and a warm, dry finish.

Overall: I'm really liking this one. So many Imperial Stouts are too sweet, this showcases some of the other flavors. I will definitely have another and I look forward to trying the bottle I am aging.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful Stout, deserving of it's rightful pedistal in the Best of BA.

Heavy on the charred character, the beer leads the way with roasted grains, espresso flavor, and a strong toasty finish. Sturdy malts give great sweetness and body to the beer that sides with the malt taste and texture rather than sugary sweetness. Still caramel, toffee, and molassas are noted in taste but not in texture. Bready, rich, and robust in feel, this beer is well malted and attenuated.

Espresso, bittersweet cocoa powder, and roasted grains give a lot of grounding and balance to the malts. Hop bitterness make it worthy of an Imperial Stout but hold back on the hop flavor with some mild grasses and pine notes that rise here and there.

Fruitiness is evident in the background with currants, licorice, dates, and figs but never compete with the malts and toasted qualities, religate to background complexities. No phenolics or off flavors to mention.

An outstanding beer that favors the roasty-toasty notes over balance. It seems to work for them, taking on a powdery dry feel with so much power in taste. A true pleasure to drink.

Thanks Khiasmus! You are a rockstar my friend!

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Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, vanilla, oak, herbal, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of molasses, smoke, charcoal, dark fruits, licorice, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and moderate earthy hop/oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, vanilla, oak, herbal, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of molasses, smoke, charcoal, dark fruits, licorice, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal/peppery/piney hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, vanilla, oak, herbal, pepper, pine, molasses, smoke, charcoal, light licorice/dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and moderate earthy hop/oak flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 12%. Overall this is an excellent Russian imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and moderate earthy hop/oak flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on, with the modestly bitter/drying finish. This fits the RIS style perfectly on the level of hops and dark/roasty malts. Bottle doesn't mention anything about oak, but it's definitely there as stated in the site notes. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Despite the high ABV, the fudge brown beer still generates a nice tan head and though it doesn't hang around for long, it leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Roasty and charred, up front, with rich chocolate tones and a hint of pudding

Taste: Roasty and charred, almost smokey, up front, but the chocolate pudding flavors arrive in the middle, bringing sweetness, vanilla and a touch of dark fruit, as well; the flavors all meld together in the finish, with the charred bitterness stepping up a notch

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation; surprisingly little burn despite the ABV

Overall: I cellared this beer for at least two years and the aging has been a real benefit as there is a lot of complexity and the likely heat of its youth has dissipated

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Darkness snifter

Pours one finger of dark mocha tan head. Fades to a ring at the edge of the glass, only leaves slight splattered lace (very thin). Color is an oil black.

Aroma: Hmm, they say this doesn't have bourbon characteristics, but damn, it reminds me a lot like a bourbon barral stout. Bourbon, wood/oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, tons of earthy hops. Very sweet, roasted, and strong aroma all at once. I really like it.

Taste: Well, the bourbon notes are here again, but not as dominate as in the aroma. The wood/oak has more of an emphasis here. Big malt flavor, but the earthy hops balance this beer out quite a bit. This beer packs some heat with it, however. Silky chocolate, dark dried fruits, vanilla, with a nice amount of roasted malts. Lots of nice flavors going on here. I gave it a 4.5 here, because it is better than a 4. I'd say it should be around a 4.3.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, creamy, and a tad of heat showing through. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. It feels low at first, but then it comes through. Leaves a very sticky boozy aftertaste that I am not very fond of.

Overall, for the most part I really enjoyed this beer. It seems to have a bourbon flavor to it, but maybe that is just the oak chips that it was aged with. Either way, I like the beer and I am going to make an attempt at finishing this bomber alone. It might take a while, but I should be able to manage it.

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,155 ratings