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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
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

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4.18
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8.85%
 
 
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Big thanks to DavoleBomb for this bottle!

Offering #2 in our Hallowe'en mini-tasting. It pours a bulletproof onyx topped by more than a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, chocolate syrup, oak, and a touch o' black leather. The taste follows very similar guidelines, with the addition of more oak, burnt pretzels, and blackened biscuits. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a surprisingly thin feel. Overall, a mighty tasty stout, though a bit on the thin and bubbly side for me. I was expecting some level of chewiness, but nothing of the sort came through. Still, this is a pretty strong entry regardless.

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Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not exactly sure on the vintage as I couldn't find it on the bottle, but I know it's not from this years release. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured black in appearance but looked a little more towards very dark brown when held to the light. It started out with a dense and creamy half inch tan colored head to it. Excellent head retention with some moderate lacing.

The aroma had a nice sweet chocolaty, cocoa flavor to it. It has a bit of smoke and a little roasty flavors going on but the chocolate really seems to be the most dominating to me.

The chocolaty flavors are the first thing that I really notice in the flavor. It really has a nice smooth chocolate and cocoa flavor to it. It also has some moderate but nice roasted and bitter flavors to it that come out a bit more in the finish. The cocoa really comes through in the finish as well in the finish with a long bitter chocolaty flavor to it. As it warmed a smokey flavor really started coming through in the finish that I really liked. Very tasty and smooth drinking with some big flavors.

Mouthfeel is above medium bodied, but it isn't as thick as some other stouts of this size and strength. The carbonation is on the lower side which I like in big stouts.

Drinkability is good it's a very flavorful and easy drinking for a big beer. Had I been given this blindly and asked what it was I would have guessed imperial porter. Not that that really matters, I was just expecting a bit more roasty and bitter flavor. Still a delicious beer regardless of my preconceived thoughts on it. Excellent beer overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 09/15/10 notes. Brought to a small DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark black color with 2 inches of brown head and moderate carbonation. Nice lacing and retention.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruit, oak, toasted malts.

t - Tastes of bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, hints of alcohol, dark fruits, and sweet chocolate.

m - Medium body moderate carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink fro 12% ABV; the alcohol is barely detectable.

d - I thought this was a great imperial stout. It was very balanced and easy to drink for 12% ABV. I'm very glad I have another bottle of this as I can't wait to try it again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with my wife tonight. Served in my newly acquired Darkness snifter (thanks Paul).

The beer appears a near black shade, only appearing dark brown at the crest. The beige head is a finger thick but dissipates rather quickly, leaving some faint traces of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of roast, chocolate, oak, and alcohol, respectively.

I really enjoy the bold flavor of this beer. It's extremely rich and roasty, much more than was expected. Oak plays a major role, with alcohol presence emerging late.

The feel is thick, strong, and bold.

A very nice sipper. I imagine this would improve with age.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely pours a pitch black depths of hell kind of color, full thick yet silky smooth head forms with a khaki brown hue. Nice lacing sticks to my chalice with each sip, great stuff. Aroma offers up black licorice anise notes with deep fruit action including ripened plum with a touch of tart earthy berry. Herbal hops are evident with deep cocoa powder and strong dark creamed coffee tones, complex layered brew much more satisfying than the barrel aged brethren. Flavor rides an excellent wave of creamy dark chocolate with bitterness arising from the likes of a dark espresso, heavy fruit notes with more anise like kick. Incredibly well hidden with the 12.5% booze, another strong attribute when comparing this to Black Magick. So far you can't really go wrong with any of Matt Allyn's offerings I'm proud to be associated with Meadville and the surrounding area I was there when Matt brewed at Erie and when he helped upstart at least 3 breweries in a 2 year time span. Definitely a brewing machine, I believe this brew highlights the pinnacle of his offerings but I'm just as crazy about a fresh 22 ounce offering of his Pilzilla. Body is full and chewy with a thick meaty bite into me kinda brew, can't go wrong with this smooth carbonation, drinks really easy. A dangerous brew as far as drinkability goes good thing scarcity and price tag limits me from grabbing more of these brews.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Pours a black body with a small, fleeting khaki head. No lacing. Not good retention. Mostly average for a high ABV stout.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, and oak. A surprising amount of oak that almost makes it smell like an RIS. Booze on the nose, as well.

Taste - Chocolate, coffee, and, surprise, oak. Lots of oak. Huge roast presence before it, though. Hardly any sweetness to it. Enjoyable flavor with a ton of oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nowhere near as heavy as I'd imagine a 12.5% stout should be. Easy drinking and even a touch dry from the oak. Well hidden alcohol.

Overall - Tasty stout that is perhaps overwhelmed by the oak. It serves a decent purpose though. Well constructed, if not spectacular.

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Photo of stakem
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter it appears black in color with brown hues around the edges when held up to the light. Presents 2 fingers of darkly tanned head that has decent retension and a bunch of lace sticks along the glass. Nose is dark burnt grain with a bit of some yeasty notes, chocolate, coffee and rounded out with smokey character blended throughout. This aroma is nothing shy of world class, honestly brilliant and quite complex. No single part of the nose dominates the other aspects. Taste is bitter chocolate, strong coffee, oak/smokiness and alcohol both in warmth and in taste. Finishes a little malty sweet but mostly bitter. Feel is quite light and moderate to highly carbonated. Very enjoyable and super drinkable. There is a lingering taste of chocolate and coffee left in the mouth along with a bit of breadiness that comes through somehow despite all the other bold flavors.

This is really a top quality Imperial Stout. I would love to see what some more age would do to this. If you are a fan of bold, full flavored stout you absolutely need to see this out.

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

Received in trade from Exiled, thanks for the opportunity Jason!

Pours a solid black with a one finger tan head that slowly recedes to a ring on the top and minimal lacing. Smells of roast and chocolate right up front. Slightly oak-y aroma with some dark cherries and plums in there as well. Taste is what I would expect for a stout. Charred grains and chocolate mix very well together with a hint of vanilla and oak and a touch of warming alcohol. Starts off coffee and chocolate, melds into some bitter hop bite, then on to some warming alcohol and oak and bourbon notes mixed with a bit of licorice, leaving a long lingering roast almost ashy aftertaste. This is one amazingly complex tasting stout! Creamy thick body and mouthfeel. Low to medium level of carbonation. God Damn that is one fine thick chewy stout. I would buy this all the time if I could get this locally, I guess a road trip to PA is in store.

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

Appearance - Pours dark black color with no head and very little lacing.

Smell - all I get is coffee grinds.

Taste - again coffee grinds are the dominant taste in this beer.

Mouthfeel - very smooth but I just can't get over the overwhelming coffee presence in this beer.

Drinkability - this is a good beer but not what I expected.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Out of the bottle pours a nice dark walnut brown and doesn't leave much of a head. However there is a very large collar left over and leaves great lacing of an almost white sheen. The bubbles are so TINY on this it looks real neat. The head is a light light brown. Body of the beer is a classic dark walnut with indian red to light brown hues slightly opaque. Real neat looking beer.

Smell at first is a giant malt ovaltine, grainy intensely dense and chewy with a hint of dryness. Good milk chocolate as will a simple one. Not too much fruit, but.. that to come soon. Not so much roast either.

Taste is real impressive. You first think you're getting a fruit barleywine coming then it gets expansive in the mouth and that ovaltine malt chew comes in with some roast. The feel initially seems wet, then it expands with chewy ovaltine malt taking over. It's light bodied but manages BIG feel. Some tastes of black licorice, wonderfully balanced. Just a hint of carbs but no so big that it's distracting, it's actually fun in the mouth.

This is SO easy drinking, and feels big and simple but in the mouth it's light and easy. Hardly any hint of big alcohol, you could really hurt yourself here cause this is STUPIDLY easy to drink. How they pulled this off I have no idea, it's just great.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Black Voodoo Daddy, Voodoo Brewing Co.

Full-on ebony hue, lush, thick, roasted tan head.

Licorice, bitter espresso, a little black pepper...hints of whiskey, bourbon, a very rich, full aroma.

Flavor's all over the joint. Big, rich, expansive, deep, dark, bitter, charcoal and chocolate. Mmm, bitter and beautiful. yum. great balance, terrific mix of flavors, very satisfying. rich chocolate. Mmm, lovely-ness.

Roasty-toasty, full and flavorful, rich and delicious...mmm...Big Black Voodoo Daddy, I love you.

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Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Special thanks to FatLever27 for sending this over.

A - Nice looking stout. Nice, creamy light brown khaki head with great retention and lace. Deep cola body.

S - Delicious nose. Deep, rich, and roasty but not astringent or burnt. Toast, molasses, roasted oats, and a touch of coca cola sweetness.

T - Deeply roasty, but unlikely the nose it's marked by a sharp astringency through the backend. Burnt toast, charred oak, molasses, touch of anise, and caramel.

M - Medium body for the style.

O - A really solid stout. A few years would do it well.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stein. To all those pussies who say, "But I can't drink a 22 ounce beer by myself, it make my vagina hurt!" Get over it, I killed this 12.5% beer as my FOURTH beer of the night. Poured into a stein.

Beer is black but forms a nice head of small tan bubbles with the infrequent large bubble, decent lacing and a reserved carbonation that comes out with a swirl or the refill. I think there was sediment in the bottle but the beer is dark so it doesn't matter.

Aroma definitely has a bite to it. Lots of coffee too, sweetness and booze.

Beer is medium in body with a great bitterness at the back. Mild hop bitterness but significant coffee / roastiness to the whole beer. Very nice, for being 12.5 quite drinkable. A very good beer overall. I'd have it again, even if it gets sand up in my lady parts.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottled poured into two snifter glasses and some used for home made BBQ sauce, which turned out delicious!

A: Extremely dark brown body, just bordering on being completely black and abyss-like. A thin mocha brown head wrapped around the snifter, retaining itself throughout the entire glass.

S: Roasted flavors in all directions - initially some delicately roasted coffee beans come through without giving it a 'burnt' smell. Huge notes of milk chocolate come through, with a touch of vanilla bean and perhaps some...oak? Something seems to give it a woody note in here, not exactly sure what.

T: Chocolate seems to be dominant in taste... up-front is a big chocolate milk like taste, followed by some bitter dark chocolate, roasted espresso and caramel nut. I don't get as much wood or vanilla flavor as I did in the nose, it seems to be here but the presence isn't nearly as large.

M: Creamy, carbonation is rather low and tamed, overall this is a seriously wonderful feel for a big stout.

A true gem from Voodoo who doesn't seem to get much face-time in the craft beer scene. If anything, this beer and Black Magick should break them onto the scene, both underrated amazing big stouts.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured dark as night with a half finger of brown head and left some bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: had a lovely chocolate aroma with sweet roasted malts to tag along but I could detect booze, slight dark fruits, and bready notes. It seemed like it had lacto notes as well.

T: upfront on the palate I was greeted chocolate sweetness, malts, coffee and vanilla accents I belive are from the oak. On the backend I did get hop biiterness and booze that was not overly done.

M: the brew was full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight astringent, but sliky, and bitter finish.

D: it drank quite well considering the ABV on this brew was really tasty. I'm glasd I had the opportunity to try this out at least once. Good lookin out to whoever sent this one to me.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Poured a thick, inky black colour with only a trace of bubbly light brown head.

S - A bit hit of oak up front. Roasted malts, licorice, dark chocolate and brown sugar aromas complete the nose. The 12% ABV is not detectable at all.

T - A heavy dose of roasted malts up front with hazelnut, coffee, molasses and a hint of cocoa. The oak chips that were evident in the nose are barely detectable but do show up very subtly in the background. The ABV is extremely well hidden. Starts out with a noticeable bitterness that gives way to a big sweetness in the middle with a long, dry finish.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. A little thinner than I expected from the pour.

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

Saved this one for a special occasion; my friend's wedding. Well, post wedding bash.

Cracked open to a wave of dark fruit, alcohol and coffee. Dipping my nose closer to the glass, after pour, reveals tight caramel and loose prune. Rich, enticing. Yum

Looks big, black and voodooish. Off brown, creamy head.

Flavors are big and balanced. Dark fruit in the front and middle. Caramel throughout. Dark chocolate and fudge middle to end. Bitterness creeps in with some coffee on the end. Alcohol breaks up the thickness. This is a fine beer and I'm glad to have it on this night.

Does NOT go well with wedding cake. It demolishes it! hahahahaaa

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1" tan colored head that breaks apart pretty quickly. Some spots of lace develop.

Smell: roasted malts and some softer chocolate and coffee tones are pleasant. Some alcohol is noticable too.

Taste: big roasted malt profile with some dark bitter chocolate and a bit more hidden coffee flavor. There is definitely some background vanilla here and the alcohol contributes too along with warming your insides. Bitterness is soft compared to the big flavor.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start, smooth, warming, and slightly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors don't leave the mouth for minutes.

Drinkability: big alcohol beer that is a slow sipper over the course of an evening. Goes down nicely but a bomber bottle is enough in a session.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is alcohol, tobacco, leather and dark fruit. For the flavor is get notes of chocolate, leather, tobacco, roasted malt and alcohol. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. This was a pretty good beer, but I went in expecting it to be a great beer and for that reason, I was a little disappointed. Still, I am glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to SaucyA for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, nice carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes, with some roast. The taste is very nice, malty, chocolate, slight vanilla, toffee, caramel, slightly roasty. Medium body, not much carbonation going with this brew, the ABV is hidden very well, very nice warming effect, definitely a sipper. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink, thanks Adam.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle opened. Smell was slight bourbon, but metallic. Taste was oxidation. No bueno. Feel was flat. Limited carb. Overall, wish my buddy hadn't let this sit

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Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, some alcohol, dark fruits, hints of coffee. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big Black Voodoo Daddy out of a firkin at Hulmeville Inn for Philly Beer Week, I love this city!

A- Black, nuff said. A quarter inch of dark tan foam thats loose with some sticky lace, not much.

S- Big chocolate/ cocco, a variety of malts, roasty, coffee, oak underneath that. Dark fruit with slight plum and small alcohol.

T- Big luscious malt, roasted malts, plain black coffee. Bitter chocolate, cooco, slight smoke and than plain ol' oak. The oak is faint and just right, vanilla light as well. Dark fruit in the distance. This one is all about the roasted malt plus I believe 10 other malts.

M- This loses something out of a firkin, bottles preferred. It comes out thinner as well. Above medium. Feel is rich and smooth though, no sign of the 12% on the mouth. Carb is very low here. Not really feeling it on cask. Starts sweet than becomes real roasty.

D- I cant drink a ton of this stuff, but it's a top notch stout, I just prefer it in bottles and tap. The feel is just lost this way. This would get me drunk in a hurry. Small sips or large gulps this is good tasting beer. Big and unapologetic.

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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 biegaman
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,067 ratings.
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