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

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1,103
Reviews:
429
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.83%
 
 
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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle date. Pours thick pitch black color with a dense and creamy 1 finger tan head with nice retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt, oak, and a bit of alcohol. Some nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, coffee, and some smokiness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish, with lingering notes of dark chocolate, oak, smoke, bitter coffee, and roasted malt that last on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and nice full body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Surprisingly no real alcohol was noticed other than a warming after the finish. Nice and smooth drinking for 12.5%, but is still a sipper. Overall an very nice and huge imperial stout that is smooth, with nice balance of flavor.

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Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from mday in a trade at DLD 2009. Consumed in May 2009.

Pours a very dark coffee color with a nice tan head and some lacing. The aroma is initially of coffee and espresso, followed up by hints of chocolate, malt, and a bit of caramel. The taste is similar, with the malt shining through and containing the coffee flavor very well. The mouthfeel is a little bit of a letdown, not being as thick as I'd like. Overall, quite drinkable and I'll definitely have to seek out some Black Magick after having this one.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Acquired a few years ago from bonkers courtesy of the Quick & Easy High Card BIF so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large dense light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, some bourbon, some smokiness and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a very hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by some smokiness. Then some flavors of chocolate, bourbon, coffee and dark fruit come in but they aren’t too strong. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty and complex, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good big stout that worth drinking for as long as you can handle it.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Kegatron
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a cola-like black in the glass, with a finger of tight looking smooth dark mocha head. This stays very rich around the edges when swirled (and even more burnt and angry looking), leaving a massive cascade of froth and gooey brown oils in its wake. Chocolate, smoky roasts, and espresso, are very prominent here in the aroma. A touch of licorice, fruit, and some woody tannins (which combine with the roast to give this a bit of a soy sauce feel) start to emerge after this warms, as does some vanilla sweetness which helps smooth the nose out some. Alcohol does give this bouquet some heft but is still nicely held and check and mostly serves to help prop up all of those heavy flavors.

Sticky chocolate brings the bulk of the sweetness here in the taste, while roast and coffee gives this deep, dark, roasty feel. A flush of dark fruits mix in with the sweetness, while a more moderate bitterness prickles the tongue but mostly takes a back seat to the roast. Some woodiness and vanilla character from the oak staves are coming through loud and clear here, with the vanilla in particular helping smooth out some of the sharper edges on this. Wow, the bitterness of this REALLY lingers for a good ling while here, with an assertive dry and roasty feel. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a big-time creaminess to the carbonation that recovers nicely from a much thinner feel when this was straight out of the fridge. That 12% ABV is VERY nicely hid, with the type of big alcohol presence that I like; just starting to be felt but then pulling back just as you may feel that it might start to impact some of the flavors.

Wow, this was really fantastic and honestly, I feel that this can more than hang with some of the other Big Boy Imperial Stouts out there. The oak staves added much more character than I initially thought they would and I love how this remained very powerful but not overly warm for the size. I'm definitely jumping on more of these during its next release, as this will continue to age marvelously.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

I've had this in bottles and on tap several times. It's a great stout, and a nice PA staple.

Dark brown-black pour with a moderate tan head; decent retention and lacing for a higher ABV beer. Dark roasty malts in the nose, coffee, cocoa, toasted grains, burnt caramel. These aromas are reflected in the taste, dark malts, roasted coffee, toasted grains, woody, ash, chocolate, subdued but noticeable hop presence in the background. Nice body, smooth mouthfeel, minor alcohol heat, an easy enjoyable drinker.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, 2013 vintage. Dark brown color, no head. Aroma has dark malts, spices and dark fruits. Taste has dark malts, cola, nutmeg and a bitter, roasty finish. Medium body, dry, low carbonation.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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 mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to corby112 for sending this! Cheers Craig review based on notes

Pours ebony with 1+ finger of mocha head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Roasty malt, cocoa & plummyness

T: Roasty malt, vanilla, & dark fruit up front. Some coffee, dryness, & plums as this warms, along with leafy hops & cocoa. Finishes a tad too dry for my liking with cocoa

MF: Medium/thick bodied with low carbonation, plus oilyness

Drinks a bit slow from the dryness, not the boozeyness, a good stab at the style though

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malevolent black with miniscule glimmers of polished bronze along the bottom edge of the glass. Roughly two fingers of cappuccino colored cream was created on a controlled pour and takes its sweet time melting. Meanwhile, shredded sheets of suds are starting to be laid down on the upper reaches of the glass.

The nose is splendidly straightfoward American double/Imperial stout. Each sniff delivers a blast of dark chocolate and black coffee, with no liquor notes or hops to get in the way. There may be hints of smoke as well, it's hard to say for sure. Eleven different malts is pretty impressive... and it smells like all of them were put to good use.

Big Black Voodoo Daddy is putting an evil spell on my taste buds. It's pure evil because this outstanding elixir is only available (to me at least) through trading. Thanks mgbickel. It's damned delicious right now and should improve considerably as it continues to warm.

If you like massively malty stouts that bury their alcohol (almost) without a trace, you've come to the right beer. Specific flavors include darkest chocolate, charred coffee beans, black licorice, bitter black tea leaves and a puff of wood smoke. A bourbon barrel-aged version would probably be out of this world.

Chinook, Northern Brewer and Cascade hops provide much more bitterness (65 IBUs to start) than hop flavor. Having said that, citrus rind is beginning to seep in at the edges, especially on the ridiculously long and increasingly tight finish. Alcohol and alpha acids make sure that BBVD is not cloyingly sweet.

As expected, the mouthfeel has settled in over time and gotten comfortable. At the mid-bomber point, it's velvety smooth and is working on some pretty impressive chewiness. Slightly too boisterous bubbles in the first few ounces have calmed down in perfect fashion.

Voodoo's Big Black Voodoo Daddy is the real deal. Despite my earlier desire for a bourbon barrel-aged version, kudos to the brewers for deciding against the bells and whistles and brewing a chocolate-black-roasted-smoked malty American double stout that kicks ass and takes names. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Avery big thanks to the kind BA's in the world. Certain people out there keep me trading though at times I wonder why, this kind of thing makes it worth it. This gem arrived at my house today and I am drinking it within 3 hours of its arrival. Served chilled and poured into a goblet, this one was consumed on 01/07/2009.

The pour was black as night. No light escaping this beast. A full two inches of tan foam rose up from the bottom of the glass, capping off the top very nicely and then settling down to a thin layer across the top with some nice side glass lacing.

The aroma was rich with roasted malts and chocolate. Some light hints of bournon and oak and a touch of dark fruits. As it warmed a very nice burnt carmale like note coming through as it starts to warm. The flavor was more of the same, though it took on a much coffee like bitterness that was very welcome. Rich and dark, forboding, this was a really intense stout. Led by bitter chocolate and coffee and a touch of an alcohol note, it was everything I had hoped it would be. Smooth, delicate profile with nice carbonation. For 12% it was remarkably drinkable and that was really a testament to how good this beer was.

Overall everything I had hoped for here and my string of good stouts continues. Voodoo is soo on thier game it is not even funny. Between this and black majik, hot damn there is a new player in town.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this great beer at the stout tasting we hosted - poured chilled and refilled in my tasting glass.

The beer is black as pitch with a deep thick cap of beige with a tight bead. The stout leaves a good wavy ring of lace on the glass with a dense viscous look overall. The aroma of dark toffee with nutty and coffee and cocoa with a charleston chew dense fudge-like odor. The smell of roasted grain and mild vanilla with a light bitter element and slight caramel tinge. The feel is great -smooth coffee roastiness with thick body and light bittterness and only enough alcohol to let you know it is pretty extreme. The feel is light overall for the intensity of flavor.

The taste is great to me, mild dark cocoa and slight turbinado sugar with a mild vanilla and toasted grain taste. The cocoa is mild yet you know it has a lot of chocolate malt, just not too much. I love the slight charred biscuit and subtle yet smooth toffee taste. I get a slight fudge-like baked brownie taste and hint of pine or pepper from the hops to with the oak flavor coming forward with some alcohol as it warms. The stout is a wonderful brew, so smooth and yet so complex with superior drinkability and a taste that just makes you want more - One of the best stouts IMO, just wonderful and packed with cocoa flavor -well rounded and well brewed!

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewery
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,103 ratings.
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