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Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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415
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1,058
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
14.11%
 
 
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Photo of hdelavega
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured strait black with a two finger tan head, nice lacing. Lots of Choclate, some vanilla, dark fruit, overall pretty sweet, minimal bitterness. The body was on the full side of medium with fairly light carbonation. Very pleasant. A very enjoyable stout, well balanced with just enough complexity to keep it interesting without going overboard.

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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle of this was given to me by Jeffo. I looked forward to opening this all week.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

Looks black and came with a one finger tan colored head that faded leaving a bit of lacing

Roasted malts came to the nose at first and after that chocolate and a bit of coffee.

Flavors are everything that the nose promised and as the beer warmed up. The roasted malts, chocolate and coffee were dominant but still a bit of oak seemed to shine through.

A medium to heavy body that I enjoyed quite a bit. A little bit of booze on medium carbonation levels completed this.

Overall a great TGIF kind of beer. I liked it, loved it but wouldn't travel great distances to get it again. If I were ever able to pick one up for a decent price I'd certainly would do so. thanks Jeff for letting me try this.

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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 doughanson78
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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 ms11781
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to tedwarhc. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours an extremely thick, solid, jet black. Perhaps the most viscous looking beer, appearance wise, that I have had to date. A small tan head develops and quickly settles in as a relatively thick foam ring around the glass. Surprisingly, the lacing is excellent. The foam completely coats the glass with each sip before breaking up a bit. It ends up leaving thick rings of foam stuck to the glass. Really excellent looking beer from the thicker pour, to the black color and great head retention and lacing.

The nose is pretty strong, fairly complex and changes as the beer warms. When chilled, the beer has strong roasted notes, almost acrid at times. There are hints of licorice and
nice oak notes. When the beer warms the roasted notes smooth out and the oak becomes more present. The licorice is still there but it's lost a bit in the mix. Nice subtle chocolate and a bigger dark fruit aroma emerge as well.

The taste is in line with the nose. Starts with a touch of chocolate and some nice, sweet, dark fruit. Cherries and maybe some plum come to mind. The roasted character is excellent. It's smooth, none of the strong, almost acrid notes that were in the nose. There is also an underlying, subtle oak flavor that seems to be present throughout each sip. All the flavors are blended together seamlessly. The beer is extremely smooth and finishes with a slight, pleasant bitterness from the roast.

Low carbonation and a heavy body give the beer a big, full mouthfeel. As mentioned, it is extremely smooth. It's not often a beer ends up being this big without being viscous, but this one doesn't feel that way, it just looks it.

This is an outstanding beer. Big bold flavors and aromas with a mouthfeel to match. This is a big, huge stout. It's silky smooth and a pleasure to drink. Surprisingly, there is no detection of the 12.5% ABV. Impressive in its own right.

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Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010:

The traditional solid black body with a massively thick cap of cocoa colored. Gobs of sticky lacing all over the glass. The head is still a rocky mound of puffy foam.

A big nose of chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of oak and smoke.

Very nice complexity in the flavor. Roasty, sweet, dark chocolate, espresso, oak and touch of smoke and cream. Good roasty aftertaste. Warm feeling of alcohol down deep.

Feels a bit light especially for a beer that is over 12%. The carbonation is very soft and smooth. Very subtle stickiness with a dry ending.

A very nice beer. Well rounded and drinks rather easily for how big it is. Alcohol is either really well hidden off the bat or it's mellowed out from the aging. Top notch stout here.

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Photo of n2185
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin head with a little lacing.

S: lots of roasted malts with faint molasses notes. Dark chocolate comes on strong afterward with some roasted coffee notes as well.

T: lots of roasted malts with dark chocolate and some bitter coffee notes at first. Smoked peat and char notes bring up the finish.

M: thick body with mid-low carbonation that is smooth and creamy.

O: one of the better non-bbal stouts out there. Not too bitter or sweet, but quite good.

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Photo of brewdan
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Pours opaque black with a decent foamy mocha head.

Smells roasty with a hint of licorice, coffee, and raisins.

Strong roasty flavors a touch bitter at first turning sweet on midpalete and finish. Strong coffee, raisin, and licorice flavors that are really creamy.

Creamy mouthfeel with low but ample carbonation.

I believe this was better when fresher. The flavors are well integrated but this feels a little 'old' or 'tired'. Still a wonderful, tasty brew.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2009 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a thick black color with some nice tan froth. Some good lace.

(S)- A nice richness to it. Roasty and bready with raisin and cocoa. Solid.

(T)- A nice rich smoothness with roasted cocoa, raisin, coffee bean, and caramel. Very nice.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, though very fitting. A great balance to it as well. Some warmth from the ABV, but very well integrated considering the large 12.5% this has. Sweet and rich, but neither overpowering.

(D)- A great stout for sure. Well balanced and rich with a nice smoothness. I have not had this fresh, but the time this particular bottle had on it seems to really be a great amount of time to lay this down for.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buffalo Cask Festival 2011- Mr. Goodbar

A: Pitch black in appearance, nice caramel color head with some substance...good lace.

S: Roasted malt, bourbon, cherry, charcoal, coffee bean.

T: Strong notion of robust roastyness all around. Sweet in the back with some dark cherry notes coming up.

M: Little thin on the tongue but still held some creaminess in toe. ABV non-existent given reality, little to no carbonation (see above), surprisingly clean throughout.

O: Pretty stoked to see this on the lineup, even more awesome was tasting for the first time in cask form. Will be seeking out in the future to compare and age.

Recommended

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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 tobelerone
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A totally opaque black beer with a quarter inch of dark brown head. Head sinks quickly, leaving a thin band on top with spotty lacing.

Aroma is full of roasted malt, chocolate, aniseed, booze. Faintly woody and bitter.

Big flavor with lots of roastiness, chocolate, molasses, char, toffee, oak, and alcohol. Muted hoppiness. Medium sweetness. Bitter lingering aftertaste with a hint of black licorice.

Medium full mouthfeel with a touch of chewy viscosity; could use a little more for my taste. Good stickiness; low to moderate carbonation.

This is a very good imperial stout but I’d like it more with just a touch more sweetness and chewiness.

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Photo of cmq103
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I had to drive into PA to the Beer Store in Southampton PA to get this. I couldn’t find it in any of the NJ beer stores in the central NJ area.

Appearance: A dark as night (I mean really, really dark) motor oil syrup pour got me no head at all, even with an aggressive pour. I’m not sure if it was the bottle I bought, as the bottle cap had a slight rise on one of the sides. Either way, there was no head and no lacing. You could see the syrupy thickness of the beer clinging to the side of the glass when tilted.

Smell: I immediately got oats, malt, and barley, with mild chocolate and dark fruits. In my opinion, the oats and malt dominate the nose, almost oatmeal stout like. With a deep inhale when the beer warms a bit you can catch the sweetness and boozy aroma.

Taste: Sweet dark chocolate, oats, barley, and malts dominate the palate, followed by a moderately bitter expresso coffee finish. There is a mild tinge of booziness on the tongue, a lot less than expected for the higher ABV. Mild hops are present but clearly take a back seat to the malty oats. I really thought I was drinking an Oatmeal Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel: This is a thick and delicious beer with mild carbonation, but tingly enough on the tongue. I was very impressed how well the higher ABV is hidden. It didn't have that typical alcohol burn one would expect when an Imperial Stout creeps over the 12% ABV range.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely buy it again, as I enjoyed the malty oatmeal presence this Imperial Stout offered. I just wish I could find it locally. Well done Voodoo, well done…

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter, probably 2-3 years old

A: Pours pitch black with one finger of off white head. Decent retention and excellent lacing.

S: Chocolate, oak, and strong oxidation. Sme cherry notes, but a cardboard note is quite strong.

T: Milk chocolate, caramel, and malted milk balls start out with a fairly strong oak presence. The beer finishes with dark chocolate and a hint of roasted malt. The beer stays fairly dry throughout, but is certainly balanced.

M: On the thin side with moderate carbonation.

O: The aroma on this is certainly downhill, but the flavor is quite nice. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of beerhan
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Bottle I think? thanks to kecarl7

A-So dark. Jet black with a livid light brown head that remains for at least five minutes. Lots of bubbles.

S-Smells like dark chocolate with a little toffee and some nuts. I get a very strong pecan taste that dominates.

T-There is a really bitter espresso taste that is followed by an overpowering pecan taste. There is a lot of dark chocolate with a bitter hop presence that I can't quite identify.

M-A little too carbonated at times but really crisp. The carbonation is great when its cooler but as it warms up this tastes a little awkward.

O-I would say that I really liked this beer but the carbonation was just a bit much. Towards the end I was having trouble finishing my glass but initially I thought this was fantastic.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date - but I purchased earlier this year.

black as sin, with thin tan head that quickly fades into just a thin collar around the edge of glass.

massive toasted malt aroma, with a touch of hops. taste is typical for a bit bold malty stout - with highlights of dark bitter chocolate, a little smoke, toasted marshmallow. hides the nearly 13% abv well.

thicker, with moderate carbonation. but not hard to drink.

overall - a solid Imperial Stout by a quality PA brewer.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a pitch black color with a very thin dark. Brown head. Nose is lightly hot, it's vary dry, some coffee and chocolate but not over the top.

Taste dry, slightly dry, but my lips are sticky, there's a nice smoky finish, there is a nice with a light hop bite on the finish.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: pitch black bodied beer with a medium brown colored head. Less than one finger of head that disapates into a thin ring on outside of the glass. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Really nice milk chocolate notes with hints of oak and molasses.

Taste: A mix of gourmet milk chocolates that add a sweet note and a dark chocolates that add richness & depth to the chocolate flavor. really nice! I get a nice taste of the oak in the middle of the beer and then it finishes with a mild bitterness from some coffee notes. The bitterness does not last very long and finishes clean. Making you want another sip! Nice flavors with good balance and complexity! Great chocolatey malty profile!

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, oily, and very smooth. Impressive! At the high end of a medium bodied beer with low to almost moderate carbonation. No boozey notes, but it is warming as you drink; really hard to believe this beer is 12%. Its a sipping beer.

Overall: My first Voodoo Brewing Company beer. I am impressed! This beer is very tasty and very smooth. Very balanced and decent complexity. I would not mind another bottle of this beer! Get a bottle and give it a try.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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 biggsbowler
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - What an awesome beer!!! Big and black, just the way I like my imperial stouts. A mild amount of chocolate in the taste and nose. Pitch black color and very smooth. The body was a little thin. Honestly I don’t believe this beer is 12% abv. Great Job, Dark Horse.

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Photo of tigg924
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: black in color with minimal head, opaque, low carbonation

Smell: big milk chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol

Taste: sweet creamy start followed by big milk chocolate and a rich dark coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: heavy body, low carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness

Drinkability: Wow. This one was the last beer I snuck into my travel bag on my way back from Pennsylvania and I am glad I did. This is my new king in this category which I love. Super malty, super chocolaty without being cloying, I could have several. I did not even realize this was 12% the alcohol is so well hidden. Just an amazing beer.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to Craytonic for this one. Poured into a tulip. Pours motor oil blak with about an inch of bubbly head that I was able to force in the pour. Good soapy lace.

Sweet milk chocolate in the aroma with a hint of dark cherries. Kind of a rich thick oak aroma but a hint of char. A little fruitier than I would generally care for. Lots of dark cherry aroma with a other dark fruit profiles. Kind of sweet with some more char flavor than roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and oak but a little bit of off mark for me.

The feel is silky and robust. A little warm on the finish but nothing offensive. Overall this isn't bad just not want I hope for in an IS. Seems a little bit charred and at that same time not as roasty as I would hope. I could say it has it's priorities mixed up.

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black into my bruery tulip with a quick glimpse of a thin head which disapates almost instantly. Aroma of roasty chocolate malts and oak. Taste follows the nose, so rich yet so smooth. This is a great drinking stout. A little more of a mouthfeel would be nice but it's still not bad. Great overall

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

A - pours a pitch black with a small amount of tan foam that quickly faded to a ring of bubbles around the glass
S - Deep rich bitter chocolate, vanilla and the oak aged aroma
T - Taste is just like the aroma, deep rich chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and a good bit of oak. It finishes with a really deep chocolate flavor.
M - smooth and creamy, silky, tingly carbonation but not so much that it overtakes the flavor at all.
D - Very easy to drink. The alcohol is so well hidden. This has very nice flavors and I hope to get some more to age longer.

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Photo of route66pubs
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep dark black, with a 1-finger creamy tan head. Head has a lot of small carbonation bubbles and subsides slowly, leaving a nice lacing along the Bruery tulip glass it has been poured into.

S - Raisin is my first thought. Chocolate and vanilla swirl follow behind. A hint of barrel-aged alcohol follows.

T - Acidic coffee throughout the forefront, with a slightly sweeter malt middle that is almost imperceptible. Some creamy vanilla follows nearer the back that gives way to more coffee at the back. Did I mention acidic coffee, because it is definitely there.

M - Two words: over-carbonated. It's just too crisp for my liking for an imperial stout. And all that coffee-ness comes through, too, to present a bit of a bad-Starbucks-feel. For as nice as this almost tastes, and as enjoyable as the aroma and the appearance, this just feels wrong for some reason.

O - Having an aged version of this would be absolutely wonderful I suspect. Alas, I do not know for sure. But maybe one day .... In the meantime, this is a fine sipping imperials stout.

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
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