Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Big Black Voodoo Daddy | Voodoo Brewery

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Big Black Voodoo DaddyBig Black Voodoo Daddy
BA SCORE
4.19/5
Exceptional
1,111 Ratings
Big Black Voodoo DaddyBig Black Voodoo Daddy
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:
#1,221
Reviews:
431
Ratings:
1,111
pDev:
8.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
369
Gots:
253
Trade:
19
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,111 |  Reviews: 431
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.

 712 characters

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

 621 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev -5%
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.

 706 characters

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

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

 915 characters

Photo of stakem
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

 1,075 characters

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 dvmin98
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
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

 167 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

 1,394 characters

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

 335 characters

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of imbibehour
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

 1,330 characters

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Voodoo Homestead in Homestead, PA.

Pours a dark black, with basically no head, and a very small amount of lacing.

Smells dark, rich, and malty, tons of chocolate, some roast, a little bit of vanilla, etc.

This has such an intense, wonderful dark chocolate flavor. Chocolate isn't added, but they utilized the chocolate malt really, really well here. This has a really nice roasty and charred flavor too. Just a really well-done imperial stout here.

This is medium bodied, not super thick, but not thin at all, with a creamy, dry, and roasty mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

A really well done beer, as expected from Voodoo.

 660 characters

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 1,111 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.