Big Black Voodoo Daddy | Voodoo Brewing Company

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Big Black Voodoo DaddyBig Black Voodoo Daddy

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
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

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

Dark brown to black in color with tan head. Smells somewhat sweet with usual dark roasted malts, coffee, and vanilla. Taste includes all of those traits. Coffee is pretty significant. And there is some molasses. Fair amount of hops in here too, but thankfully not too much. Creamy, thick texture with plenty of carbonation. No syrup consistency here.

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

This is a wonderful Stout, deserving of it's rightful pedistal in the Best of BA.

Heavy on the charred character, the beer leads the way with roasted grains, espresso flavor, and a strong toasty finish. Sturdy malts give great sweetness and body to the beer that sides with the malt taste and texture rather than sugary sweetness. Still caramel, toffee, and molassas are noted in taste but not in texture. Bready, rich, and robust in feel, this beer is well malted and attenuated.

Espresso, bittersweet cocoa powder, and roasted grains give a lot of grounding and balance to the malts. Hop bitterness make it worthy of an Imperial Stout but hold back on the hop flavor with some mild grasses and pine notes that rise here and there.

Fruitiness is evident in the background with currants, licorice, dates, and figs but never compete with the malts and toasted qualities, religate to background complexities. No phenolics or off flavors to mention.

An outstanding beer that favors the roasty-toasty notes over balance. It seems to work for them, taking on a powdery dry feel with so much power in taste. A true pleasure to drink.

Thanks Khiasmus! You are a rockstar my friend!

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Photo of emmasdad
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Duvel glass. Initially this one appears quite thin as it cascades down the sides of the glass. Settles with a huge toffee colored head atop a deep, dark, jet black, allowing no light to penetrate and reflecting my image back to me.

On the nose a found hints of mint, almonds, dark fruit and raisins. On the palate these flavors are replace by a dominant notes of chocolate and dark roasted espresso, somewhat masking the alcohol before finishing quite dry.

Although this was quite good overall, it does not quite make the upper echleon of imperial stouts, and was somewhat of a letdown after the efforts I went through to get it.

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Photo of Floydster
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with JohnTravolta21, poured into a snifter, notch another Top 100 beer off the list, color is a very dark brown but not quite black, 3/4 inch creamy tan head, good retention, some lacing, aroma consists of roasted malt, coffee, hops, dark chocolate, booze, smokiness, and charred accents, starts off with both roasty and hoppy accents, some chocolate in the middle, finish is full of different burned malt flavors, hint of oak in there too, more smoky than roasty at the beginning but that changes after a few sips, roasted, rich, creamy, and boozy mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, taste lingers a long time, could drink a bomber probably, twelve percent is hidden well, not heavy, very smooth overall, would drink again, recommended and worthy of the hype

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Photo of colts9016
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from a BIF. I pour the beer into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A nice dark creamy tan head that is foamy and one finger thick. the heads' rentention lacks. The color of the beer is jet black. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A very rich dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, the burnt character, molasses, oak, vanilla, toffee, and some hop character ( citrus, and floral).

Taste: A very rich dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, espresso, the burnt character, molasses, oak, vanilla, toffee, citrus, and a touch of floral.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is creamy, rich, and a warm alcohol feeling. The body of the beer is is medium and the finish is medium. I am disappointed that the beer isn't thick, but saying that it is a very good beer. Easy to drink rich and a lot of flavor. There is lacing left on the glass as I drank the beer down.

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Photo of padan7
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After having purchased a case of this wife said "That was a real good idea."

This is a tour de force stoudt that holds back just alittle. Kinda a velvet hammer.

A mildy aggressive pour gives a 2 finger head in the first of two glasses. The second glass gets 1 finger & change. Gentle lacing.

The look & smell are all very nice but it is the taste that balances the coffee & booze & dry.

The feel is fine but it is back to the taste.
This beer is so close to being over the top.

Just a perfect beer to split with your significant beer pal when you have left ample room in your tummy. To drink a bomber by yourself would border on excess.

Not a perfect beer but oh so tasty & approachable.

Find drink & enjoy!

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Photo of tjthresh
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour is opaque black with just a slight light brown ring of head around the top. The nose features a bunch of roast with a nice mellow blend of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. This is certainly not the beat you over the head type of BA Impy. Again, the bitter roasted malts and even a bit of an earthy hop character sneak through, and the give way to very enjoyable bourbon barrel aged character. We have a medium body here that is very easy to drink. Just a tad of carbonation to keep it from being flat. The finish is pretty short lived. I find that to be a bit of a bummer. But over all, I think we have a well made barrel aged beer here.

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Photo of AVDeuph
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served in my DFH snifter.

Pours a sparkling black with short head. Nose is very nice and strong, with coffee, dark grape-like fruits, chocolate malt, and just a little bit of alcohol presence.

Taste follows the nose, very well balanced flavors. Complex and none of the characteristics are fighting for prominence, rather they seem to be working together to create this great tasting brew.

Mouth is thick, slick, and coating. Low carbonation and definitely a sipper. I think considering the very high ABV this beer is very drinkable, and thanks to the wonderful flavor and aroma you can get through a bomber more quickly than you might expect.

This is one of the better stouts I've had the pleasure of tasting, right up there with KBS and other greats as far as overall drinking experience.

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Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Durge
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color of this stout is a thick black-brown with a modest light brown cover and decent lacing. The aroma brings a fairly subtle but nicely blended coffee chocolate malt. The flavor is much more forceful with thick buttery malt and sharp coffee. A bit of charcoal emerges after a while but this is a nice bodied, silky brew that is pretty drinkable if you don't mind stumbling back to bed looking for your hat! Lightly carbonated and a quality brew all around. I'm pretty impressed with Voodoo here.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black with a thick brown head and great carbonation. Nose is like chocolate coffee malt and perhaps some molasses. Taste is great! Very similar to the Nose. There is some coffee perhaps and some oaky vanilla but so faint its hard to pick up on. Mouthfeel for me was great and the ABV was well hidden. Very drinkable brew.

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this beer in bottle before, but the other day at Capone's was the first time I got to try it on tap.

The beer pours a dark black brown color with very good head retention and lacing. On tap this beer isn't nearly as boozy as I recall the bottled version tasting, though there is still a pronounced aroma of leather, cherry vanilla, chocolate and coffee. In fact, there is a lot more coffee aroma in the draft version then I recall finding in the bottle version. On the palate, there's no doubt this is one serious stout. Flavors are intense and pronounced, consisting of leather, coffee and licorise, with a hint of dark chocolate and noticeable hoppy bitternes in the finish. As in the bottled version, there is almost a coffee ground flavor and consistency to this beer, and it has a long, long finish. Furthermore, although there is some sweetness to this beer's flavor profile, the finish is pretty dry and hoppy. Drinkability is OK, though once again I could feel a warming sensation after half a glass of this stuff. Regardless, this is a very good stout.

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

In a snifter:

This beer looks fantastic. One finger of light brown head holds for a short period over a very dark body, but it's high ABV justifies the fact that it disappears so quickly. An attractive blanket forms on top and stays until the end. Absolutely fantastic lacing on the sides of the glass.This is an overwhelmingly aromatic beer, with alcohol, pine, bourbon, vanilla, pine nut, coffee, and dark chocolate - so, it goes without saying that it's got a fairly complex nose. Given the smell, I was expecting a bit more flavor but its subtlety is
quite nice. Tons of mocha and vanilla, and the maltiness a bit lacking in the fact of the level of coffee bitter. The aftertaste has brown sugar and dark fruit. The body isn't as thick as it could be, but not bad. Good carbonation. What's really nice about this brew is that it has a perfect level of flavor: interesting and full on the palate, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the most recent Capones beer promo day featuring the beers of Voodoo. Had an enjoyable conversation to boot with Matt Allen who gave us the history of Voodoo and some of their big beers in particular.

A - Pretty much jet black with a nice espresso head that was billowing out the top of the glass.

S - Lots of roasted goodness going on here with big scents of roasted malts, chocolate, oak, and earthness.

T - Largely follows the nose with big flavors of the aforementioned "stuff". I found this to be nicely balanced and the alcohol never really disturbed this one by exhibiting too much of a presence.

M - Rich and velvety. It was all good.

D - My lowest of the ratings here in that this is one to be a sipper on a nice fall night. You certainly can't do to much of this without feeling the impact I guess. Share the bottle.

A really good beer made by a guy who hopefully is going to be really successful and around for a long time. Matt did say that these babies will keep for a good long time. I have 3 bottles that I will start bringing out next fall. Can't wait.

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

Thanks to one of the best traders/people on BA, ericwo, for the assist! Third in the Holy Stout tasting.

Black color with a fair amount of carbonation. A fizzy, tan head which is, of course, customary. It looks good enough to drink!

Lots of roasted malt and coffee and chocolate in the nose. Smells fine! In fact, I find myself wanting to sniff this longer than most beers. Just a treat.

More of the same in the taste with vanilla notes to boot. I liken this to the Sexual Chocolate but with a more rounded experience. This is a pleasant surprise! I can hardly taste the booze and the carbonation is right in line with what I like in an RIS. There's some oakiness present as well. Very, very drinkable.

I hope to enjoy this again!

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Photo of rye726
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours near black with rich tints of rust and mahogany. Espresso head settles to thin cover with no significant lace. Very nice nose of dark roasty malts, chocolate fudge, coffee, molasses, piney hops, oak and vanilla. Taste not as impressive, but still a well balanced stout. Big chocolate malts, subtle oak, vanilla, fresh coffee and bitter hops.
Body was a bit thin, but had a nice crisp carbonation. Drinks easy for the style. Tasty stuff from Voodoo.

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Photo of jlb307
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Dead Guy pint glass.

A: Dark as dark can be, man! Thick, fluffy brown head which retained almost the entire time. Lost of lacing on the glass as I drank it. At first glance, it almost looks like a fancy expensive coffee drink....but in a good way!

S: Just like it looks. Coffee. Espresso actually. Very toasted-malty, but with a hint of bittersweet. Very smokey.

T: Hints of dried red fruit. Very full bodied, but finished clean. Just the slightest, and I mean slightest hint of alcohol, but what do you expect for 12%, right? Lots of dark chocolate lingers on the palate.

M: Very thick, but not syrupy. Just the right amount of carbonation. Velvety smooth. A "big" beer.

D: Very easy to drink, so definitely take it slow. Probably one of the best stouts I've ever had!

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Photo of adamette
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My 400th Review. This is another live review. Poured from a 750 ml bomber purchased on site at Erie Brew Fest in Erie, PA this year into my Murphy's Irish Red pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A Gorgeous looking medium to dark brown head that is thick, silky and smooth looking over a jet black body that lets no light in. Nice lacing on the glass from top to bottom after drinking. The look could not be better.

S The darkest of roasted malts with a nice almost dark chocolate sweetness that makes this beer oh, so interesting and inviting. Really, this is everything that you want to smell for this style.

T Awesome, just awesome...The darkest of roasted malts in front and that chocolate that I smelled comes right through into the taste with a hit of sweetness in the late beginning of the taste (just as you are swallowing). After that I got a warmth of alcohol and some oak stave taste is held until the aftertaste. A complex, interesting, delicious beer. It cannot be improved.

M Huge of course but you know what? It is one of the smoothest beers at this ABV level that I have had. Major credit for achieving such a huge beer along with the smoothness. Wow.

D Well I will finish this bottle and it is great but this is not a session beer (the style does not call for that anyhow!).

Notes: I have the highest respect for Voodoo Brewing Company and this beer is another home run. Looked long and hard for this one and eventually had to drive to PA to buy it in Erie and so I did. I will do it again as this is a world class beer. Anyone reading this should seek it out.

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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 Jettanbass9
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally got a few of these to hold onto for myself. I've picked up a few bottles for myself but somehow i traded them away as quick as i got them. snagged a bottle for myself and decided that this cool spring evening was the perfect pair for this bold beer.

A - Espresso. flat out, this beer with an aggressive pour looks like a double shot of espresso. Dark tan, creamy head gives way to a black as night/motor oil appearance. very good looking beer for such a bold style.

S - tannic-like and slightly acidic aroma that is very reminiscent of cherries. gives way to a acrid roast character. smoke lingers in and out intertwined between notes of vanilla, caramel, ethanol. perfumey hop note also lingers in the background. Oak really comes out as beer warms up. Very, very complex nose. the subtleties of this beer, almost of an oxymoron, create a very layered but balanced aroma.

T - Notes of vanilla and oak immediately come to mind at first sip. As flavors start to develop on the palate, roast and smoke come out initially and is followed up by sweet notes of caramel, ethanol and more of that cherry tannic note. Again there is so much complexity in the flavors, each layer emerges slowly and you can truly 'taste' every part of this beer.

M - Smooth carbonation, medium to full body. Never cloying, not in the least bit dry, great balance.

D - Highly, highly drinkable. Expect to put away this bomber by yourself. I highly suggest that you find the time to sit back and enjoy this beer. As i mentioned above, this beer has incredible integrity, the flavors emerge layer by layer and i can only suggest that you give it the time to enjoy that it deserves. excellent beer, great example of the style.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black with a large dark tan head that fades quickly

S - Roastiness, alcohol,

T - Roasty, dried fruit, alcohol and some toffee undertones. Not sweet by any stretch, but there is some hints.

M - Medium-light in carbonation and heavy in body, lasting finish

D - Extremely drinkable despite the high alcohol content. An elite stout, but not a standout among similar stouts. This, World Wide Stout, and Black Albert are all too similar.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pours a dark black with a generous tan head. The head lasts well and laces good. Has a good aroma of roasted coffee,oak barrels, and chocolate. Has a good carbination. The mouthfeel is good but a touch different. The flavors are good, has all the stout offerings Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Has a full body. This is a solid beer. Strong finish with a good aftertaste. A voodoo hopping daddy of a stout...

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a great night for beer! Just got done watching LOST episode #100... This one was shared by DrewOSU - thanks a ton!

Pours a dark root beer to black with burgundy highlights in the bottle of of my Founders snifter... Minimal, dark tan head with no lacing.

The nose is amazing... Dark molasses, figs, burnt caramel, cherry, heavily roasted malts and lots of tobacco. Lots going on and the nose is huge on this one!!! Smells mostly like I just opened a pack of Redman chewing tobacco - wow!

High carbonation, medium to full bodied with full flavor. More tobacco, cherries, alcohol burn, burnt malts, oak, dark figs all trailing in coffee in the aftertaste.

This is a superb beer. I WANT MORE!!!

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

A - Pretty darned black, dark mocha head, reduces to ring. Some large bubbled soapy lacing.

S - Can you say Soy Sauce?!! Some veggy smell, too, and a sharp cocoa.

T - Rounder than smell, lots of roasted malt with the veggie, soy and cocoa flavors.

M - Thick. Big. Round. Creamy. Coating. Pretty good carb and balance.

D - Gigantic. The anti - session.

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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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