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: 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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Photo of alpinebryant
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours one of the nicest pours that I have seen for a stout. It actually looked just like light cocoa powder on the top with a bit of lacing.

S: Dark cocoa, chocolate, toffee, dark roasted malts and sweet barley.

T: Dark chocolate with a sweet mixture of roasted malts. Plenty of variation in the malts from what I could pick up but also nicely caramelized sugars from a long boil time. Late cocoa and a bit of mid taste coffee / espresso. Just a bit of english hops in the taste, but the other flavors clearly outshine it.

M: Medium to light bodied but slick and silky smooth.

O: Overall this is a great beer. Was happy to share it with some friends while brewing up a 15 gallon batch of Oktoberfest. This beer did not let any of us down.

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Photo of Shandycan
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of BostonPhilly
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of doughanson78
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to russwbeck for this want.

A: Very black. One finger creamy tan head with good retention and lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and roasted coffee. A hint of cream. Very subtle oak notes.

T: Dark creamy chocolate upfront. Roasted coffee with a hint of bitterness and a touch of oak in the middle. Finishes with chocolate, cream, and a slightly charred malt flavor.

M: Medium body. Medium high carbonation. Super creamy.

O: Good Imperial Stout. Nothing mind blowing but pretty tasty.

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Photo of Jho3325
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Gambyt20
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew from JMRSN as an extra in a recent trade. Yes, a extra. Dude totally kicked my ass... Can't wait to give this tasty treat a try and it'll be nice to have a Stout in the midst of all these IPAs I've been drinking lately. Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a small half finger dark tan head that is creamy and soft. A spotty cap and big collar are left although not much in the way of lacing.
Smell- Quite a bit of deep roasted malt that is somewhat toasty and nutty. Heavy on the molasses and chocolate it sort of melds into this fudge batter goodness. A touch of caramel and a even lighter touch of smoke sorta creep in at times. Not much in the way of wood but there is a light dollop of vanilla in there. Not even a half sign of the alcohol in the nose.
Taste- Just like the nose the beer starts very roasted, almost charred, with a slightly acidic bite. Toasted nuts and vanilla sort of upfront followed by a huge dose of chocolate and caramel. A light bit of earthy wood that adds a trivial amount of vanilla. Like the notes say above I think I almost expect bourbon to be the norm in any wood aged brew. I don't think I'm used to the subtlety of straight up wood. Semi bitter from the char of the malt and semi bitter from the slight fruitiness of the hops. Slightly hot but honestly I'd never guess it was 12+%.
Mouthfeel- Sort of thin but the extreme silky smoothness seems to prop the body up a bit. I understand the alcohol thins it a bit but I think the shear smoothness does a great job of bolstering things a bit
Drinkability- Damned tasty beer that I enjoyed quite a bit. I suspect the shear amount of IPA's I've had lately aided in my enjoyment but either way. It's a big bold beer that goes great with a game on TV and the legs stretched out on the couch. Thanks much!

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Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Spider889
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to msulinski for sending this bottle to me. Review from February I believe, taken from notes.

Incidentally, this was shared right after finishing off a sexual chocolate growler, and both of these beers are extremely similar.

The beer has a really awesome appearance, though there's almost too much head/carbonation. The head is a tall heady froth - a dark mocha color. It left an excellent lattice of lacing. BBVD is black in color, though it looked pretty thin for an Imperial Stout on the pour.

The aroma is well roasted, dark chocolate with mild coffee undertones. Softer than the almost oppressive SC malts from earlier that night. There's also a sweet nuttiness to the beer, along with acidic dark fruit. The back end was of bitter dark malts and ash.

The taste was very bitter - loads of dark patent or roasted barley take things a little too far at times. Almost a chalky presence to it... the heavy roast provides lots of burnt/char flavors.

Very dry. The alcohol isn't too overt, but it does hit you rather quickly.

Overall not a bad Imperial Stout, but this is something best shared with some friends.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on a trip to NJ...

A: Looks dark as midnight with a super thick 2 inch mocha head that slowly fades. Looks awesome!

S: Smells super roasty with bitter chocolate upfront. Slight malt sweets in the middle with espesso hops on the backend.

T: Super hoppy bitter chocolate. Roasty malts in the middle with not much going on in the backend.

M: Leaves a thick bitter flavor on your palate.

D: Not too smooth. Needs some age on it, maybe, to make this much more easier to get down.

All in all, this brew seems overhyped to me. Very good, but not awesome. Very thick stout, but not too many flavors bouncing around. Good if you like hops. If you're a malt monster, this might not be for you.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Big thanks to Popkas for hooking me up with this one!

Well, as the name implies, this one pours up freakin' jet black. Nice. A medium pour gets a head of dark brown foam, about one-finger thick. This dissipates to a decent surface covering within a couple of minutes. The lacing is in short 'strings' and fairly sticky.

There's no denying this ones maltiness, just from the nose alone. Huge malt presence eminates from the glass. Big notes of milk chocolate, dark chocolate and dutch chocolate milk. A nice roastiness and some hints of caramels. A very slight dark-roasted coffee bitterness. Good presence of light oakiness. The nose is quite balanced, overall.
It just smells delicious.

Large roastiness shows up in the flavor. A nice, big, woody-oakiness is here also. Dark roasted coffee beans. Dark chocolates. Light notes of chocolate milk and hints of caramel and toffee. Hints of roasted brown sugars.

Full-bodied with a low level of carbonation. It's so smooth, it's like water with tiny, tiny bubbles in it. Just a little more bubble content and this would have a nice creaminess going on.

At 12.50%abv, this one will lay you out, if you don't watch it. The problem is that it's easy to forget about that. The alcohol is well-hidden, other than a slight warmth, in the back of your throat. Very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Lurkerson
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of russwbeck
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Big black pour. One finger off white, brownish, color. Head subsides to a thin film atop this bad boy, lacing nicely.

S: Coffee, bitter chocolate and hints of oak. Smells roasty.

T: Nice chocolate taste to start off along with oak and hints of vanilla, really wonderful. Coffee on the back end, roasted malts throughout.

MF: Heavy and actually a nice bite of carbonation. Dry aftertaste.

D: Not bad, the dry aftertaste keeps you sipping, as does the taste.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks Kevin for this excellent extra.

Pours a deep brown body with a one finger white head that reduces quickly to leave a little lacing and a ring of retention.

Aromas of roasted malt and coffee, light vanilla and caramel. On the tongue is roasty malt and dark fruits, coffee and roasty malt on the finish. Bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is higher carbonation with medium heavyness.

A solid stout, really nice for no adjuncts.

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Photo of SharkNado
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Gregf51
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zrab11
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of gpblackgt
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at a beer tasting/trading - this proved to be my favorite of the afternoon. Thanks Jeff!

Poured into a snifter glass. Jet black, nice mocha-tan head, good retention and lacing.

The nose is superb - coffee, chocolate, caramel, a bit of booze (but indeed, it's not bourbon), toasted malt. Rich and hearty.

Potent stuff. Strong caramel, chocolate and coffee flavor, with a bit of musky leather as well. Finishes bitter and quick.

Surprisingly light-bodied for such a rich and flavorful stout. Creamy, but not as much as I would have liked.

A great imperial stout, really enjoyed sipping on this despite the oppressive summer heat. Good balance of flavors, great nose - a little more body and this would have been sublime.

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Photo of bamadog
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed another bottle of this while I was back in PA on a recent road trip -- decided to drink this one and allow my other to sit for a while. Review is from notes taken on 7/17/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour is black as midnight, and after a vigorous pour, it yields a 3 finger dark tan head with solid retention; body is entirely opaque; a nice foamy layer of lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hmmm... Sadly, lots of bitter and earthy hoppiness combine with an earthy roasty espressor scent. I really don't care for stouts to be hoppy like this, and I'm glad I've got a bottle sitting as I hope this aspect fades and allows the malts to make more of an appearance. Overall though, the smells are robust and just pour out of the glass, so I give this aspect credit where it's due.

Taste: A little better than the smell, but still a bit ladened with bitter hops, followed by the roasty and burnt espresso grains and semi-sweet baker's chocolate; a faint cherry flavor lingers at the end and it's followed by just a bit of alcohol, which I find to quite the accomplishment since this beer is 12.5% -- I would have expected much more of an alcoholic presence.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium to a bit heavy, but it could still be thicker IMHO; a dry film is left all over the teeth; carbonation is soft and smooth and the belly is left a little warm from the ABV -- it's interesting that it's most present in the mouthfeel as opposed to the taste.

Drinkability: Overall, I feel this beer is overrated; it's OK, no doubt, but it could be thicker and frankly, I'm kind of tired of getting this much hop presence in a stout. I'll give it a shot again in a couple of years when I feel my other bottle has matured enough and see if I need to revisit my numbers.

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Photo of craytonic
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pour is an opaque oil slick black with an enormous ash-colored head, impressive downward cascade of bubbles - love seeing that.

Smell: Burn, char, burnt coffee, burnt bitter/dark chocolate, burnt caramel, bitter blackstrap molasses, burnt toffee, vanilla, smoke, and maybe some burnt fruit. I mean burnt when I say burnt, not roasted, charred, cooked, or anything else.

Taste: More burn and char, I get the coffee caked in the bottom of the pot after being left on the heater over the weekend, burnt bitter/dark chocolate, burnt caramel, smoke, peat (I do like the peat element), and vanilla. Didn't notice any of the wood staves or bourbon. Lots of bitterness, bit it is a coffee bitterness, not a hop bitterness. Definitely some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy. I felt tannins, but don't think there would be any. Maybe from the wood?

Drinkability: Not very drinkable or approachable, I just don't like burn, coffee, or bitter chocolate in my beer, particularly like this. Probably needs two years in the cellar at least. If you like all of these things (and more) set on fire and then put in a bottle you will like this beer.

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewery
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,101 ratings.
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