Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Buffalo Trace
Voodoo Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
4.03 | pDev: 15.14%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 77
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%

Bottle shared amongst family to celebrate my sister's first child. Most enjoyed this, while I was again disappointed that the barrel overshadows the base beer. I actually quite enjoy regular BBVD, and the barrels really do not serve the base beer well. That said, if you prefer very barrel forward stouts that tend to mask the base (or simply don't care much for BBVD) than there's plenty here for you.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.21/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received this three bottle set as a complete surprise from hotpipes a while back. Thank you very much for putting this together and sending it over. Awesome of you!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 27 November 2012
Bottle #66
Drank the Trace, Brandy and Pappy on consecutive nights.

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with very good retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a slight faint wisp and foamy, bubbly ring. A splotchy wisp and bubbly ring remain with some falling dots of lace down the glass.

SMELL: First wiff is very alcoholic with plenty of ethanol in the form of hair spray. Some oak, vanilla, caramel, coconut and milk chocolate cut through rather quickly, but no real sign of the stout under the barrel and ethanol. Quite alcoholic and unpleasant.

TASTE: Quite boozy at first with lots of alcohol and ethanol, hair spray and oak notes up front. Bourbon and oak with alcohol and sweet caramel at the swallow before a bold and lingering finish of bourbon, ethanol alcohol, oak, vanilla sweetness and some milk chocolate. Quite boozy with some off-putting ethanol hair spray here, with not enough complexity from the barrels or base beer, unfortunately.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Somewhat creamy on the palate, but a touch prickly as well, goes down fine and finishes relatively sticky. No burn at the swallow, but some heat lingers for sure. A touch light and prickly perhaps.

OVERALL: I'd heard some reports of infection on this variant, so I was a little anxious to open it sooner rather than later. Happy to report there's no infection on this bottle, but that's about as good as it gets. Easily the worst variant of the three. This one is simply too alcoholic with too many ethanol characteristics to really make it enjoyable. There wasn't much complexity from the barrel or the base stout to make it at least somewhat interesting either. Something I was glad to try and happy to have as part of the three bottle set, but certainly not something worth going out for on itself. Thanks again for the beers hotpipes! Always a pleasure sending boxes back and forth.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is close to jet black, dark tan head, darker head and liquid than the lairds. Nose has a fair bit of wood, gets a little magic marker with the booze and sweetness. Sweeter than the lairds, less bright malt quality. Body is full and last longer than the lairds, doesn't thin out as much. Taste is heavily roasted, acrid, bitter. Some wood and faint whiskey, not much malt other than roast and sweetness in back.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.72/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3's infected. I hate to say it, but this sucker is gone. I've had all the BA BBVDs and BMs at this point, and I tried this one side by side with the others, and it's definitely infected, though it seems to be the only one of the varieties that is. I haven't opened my bottle yet, but based on the one I had for this review, I'd say drink 'em now, while you still can! (Or if you still can.)

Black stout-like color, as expected, with a foamy-to-fizzy topper of brown head that settled to a wispy, broken layer of bubbles; minimal lacing, if any at all. Smell was gnarly with wet wood and acetaldehyde, overlaid on roasty malts and a vague bourbon aroma. Definite hit of apple in the taste up front, rotting wood, perfume, solventy alcohol, woody malts, unsweetened cocoa, tobacco. Bleh. It's gone. Body came off as medium, lighter than any of the other varieties, including the base, mouthfeel was rough, and due to the apparent infection, it was pretty much undrinkable. I could power through it if I wanted to, but I'll just say, I hope it was a fluke and that other bottles are better.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

bottle #147 poured into a barrel room collection snifter.

a - brew poured a fairly majestic silky shiny barrel aged black. a bit oily and thin, but what a shine. nice thin mocha head that dissolved quick leaving thin skin like patches of teeny tiny bubbles on the surface.

s - nose is chocolate and booze. a bit reminiscent of eclipse brews, but not as rich and fairly woody. really nice.

t - whoa. wasn't expecting that. big explosion of roast, chocolate, char, roast, booze...and did i say roast? finish is baker's chocolate. the barrel is soft spoken and the booze is evident. just very chocolatey and char.

m - fairly thin and a bit boozy.

o - overall, a bit of a disappointment after having gotten to try the black magicks...but then again i was never a big fan of the base beer. all-in-all not a bad beer, but nothing to go crazy for. glad to have tried it, but for a barrel aged imperial stout, there are many better options. cool to see this brewery exploring though.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 206.

Appearance - Not much of a head. Really no head at all. Viscous black.

Smell - Greenish woody aroma. Chocolate. Hefty bourbon. A little fruity.

Taste - Ack. Some apple flavors. Excessively oaky. Chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as I'd like. Bitter and oaky.

Overall - Wow. Strange barrel flavors. Not very good.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, Bottle #300, Bottle date 11/27/12
Mini snifter

A: Pours deep black color. Some reddish hues around the edges. Minimal carbonation. Head is only a collar of light tan. Alcohol feet.

S: Dark chocolate. Dark fruits: plum and prune. Some of that soy sauce character. Vanilla. Burnt sugar. Some roast.

T: Tip of the tongue, hit first with that dark fruit and dark chocolate. Roasted malt. Char. Tobacco. Vanilla. Burnt sugar. Lingering dark chocolate, roast and char in the fairly dry finish.

M: Full bodied. Chewy mouthfeel.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz. waxed bottle (missing bottle number) into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pretty thin. Frothy 1 finger grey-mocha head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black. Lacing is thick, layered and web-like with very good stick. Great looking beer.

Nose is moderately boozy with hints to chocolate, cocoa powder and molasses. Sweet with a moderately hot background. Aromatic. Decent.

Opens slightly tart. A lot of barrel character. Boozy. Leather, oak and rotting wood. Tanic. Chocolate, cocoa, and molasses in the middle. End is slightly boozy with a light roasted malt, fudge, and chocolate. Aftertaste of molasses and cocoa. Decent.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Thin and smooth in the mouth and goes down dry with some bubbles and a good bit of heat. Messy finish with a sticky aftertaste. Solid except for the thin body.

This one is starting to turn a bit. Nice complexity and barrel character but the body is too thin to support the flavors going on here. Still decent but the Voodoo Daddy variations really don't compare to the Black Majik set. Drink this one while its still decent.

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Photo of DocJ007
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle number 294 poured into matching barrel collection snifter.

A: Not quite opaque/black in color with dark brown ring along the edges of the glass. Minimal to zero head with an occasional short lived bubble if swirled vigorously.

S: Despite this being the Buffalo Trace treatment of BBVD, the aroma is straight forward apple brandy. Basically sour green apples with prominent ethanol. That being said, I enjoy apple brandy so I found it quite pleasant and the smell was the favorite part of the beer for me.

T: Fresh green apples meets oak, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Mild amounts of sweet vanilla flavors appear as it warms but not getting as much bourbon as you would expect from such a notable bourbon as Buffalo Trace. The finish is smooth and refreshing for such a heavy beer, but mild amounts of oxidized cardboard are detectable as well.

M: Medium to thin body for a 12%'er but not unreasonably thin. Minimal carbonation.

O: An enjoyable enough beer now but I would recommend drinking soon if you have one in your cellar. I suspect the green apple taste is acetaldehyde from some mild contamination that probably will get worse with time. Additionally cardboard flavors are already showing up which is a red flag for me against aging further.

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Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, small head. Served in a mini-snifter.

S - Chocolate, bourbon, roasted malt. Not overly complex, but smells nice.

T - Not sure what these reviews about green apple flavors are about? Didn't get any of that. It's a solid BA stout imo.

M - Lighter side of full. Certainly not a full bodied beer, but thick enough for the style.

O - I think this is a good beer, right on par with the Apple Brandy version, but neither is as good as the PVW version.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Bottled 11/27/12. Bottle # 378.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and green apple aromas. Taste is much the same with bourbon and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the green apple presence I am getting from this one is a bit odd.

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Photo of vacax
2.18/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Lovely bottle presentation with the blue wax. Pour looks black, gloopy, dense deep brown head, looks tasty. Aroma tells another story, charred oak is juxtaposed with vast levels of green apple and solvent. Taste is overloaded with acetaldehyde with a background of heavy toasted oak, bitter chocolate. Medium to thick in body. This beer has bad off flavors. It was drainpoured. If you have a bottle, recommend waiting several years to see if oxidation helps reduce it.

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Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a matching Barrel Room Collection snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin film of khaki head. Some spotty lacing sticks to the glass and a swirl revives a finger that fades.

The aroma opens up with notes of apple and pear skins. A bit of solvent tangy alcohol is noted. A trace amount of raison-like fruity aspect to darker sugary quality. Some roast and raw oak. The notes of apple/pear skin are persistent and a bit awkward and unexpected.

The taste is mildly tangy with a feel that is sort of crude and not exactly what you might expect a bourbon barrel imparting. Subtle flabors of fruit skins come out like the nose suggested with hints of apple/pear. Some chocolate and bitter roast and oak are also present with an earthen and tobacoo aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and unique but honestly my least enjoyed of all the stouts in the barrel room collection release. It is nice nonetheless just unexpected and a little awkward in character.

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Photo of Morey
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours black in color, but you can see some dark brown along the edges of my snifter if you hold it to a bright enough light. The head is light brown in color, and stood less than a finger tall.

Aroma: Bourbon, Oak, Apple Core, Roasted Malts, and a touch of Coffee.

Taste: More of the same... Right up front, you're reminded of the base beer, but huge notes of bourbon, oak, and a strong "apple" flavor aren't far behind! I'm getting some sweetness towards the middle, along with a touch of dark chocolate. There's a little bit of bitterness from the roasted malts on the finish to help balance the beer.

Mouthfeel: I'd say it's right around medium for a barrel aged beer. It's not as thick as the Buffalo Trace Black Magick, but it's not thin either. Soft carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: Another tasty beer from the Barrel Room Collection. Really great barrel character. I drank this with 2 friends, and we were all picking up on a nice apple flavor in this beer. Cheers!

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Buffalo Trace from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 77 ratings