Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Pappy Van Winkle
Voodoo Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
4.44 | pDev: 6.76%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black and opaque without even the slightest trace of lighter color and a one finger dark mocha head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Really impressive retention for style and ABV, taking a while to settle. Large streaks of soapy lacing are left clinging to the glass. Looks great.

Intense bourbon barrel aroma nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Very complex barrel character with spicy bourbon and a decent amount of charred oak without smelling burnt. Strong hints of toasted coconut along with silky vanilla bean and marshmallow. The barrel characteristics are very inviting without overpowering the other elements. Underneath the barrel, there's a nice balance of robust roast and sweeter dark malt notes. Hints of gourmet coffee bean, burnt toast, oatmeal and bitter dark chocolate countered by fudgey dessert-like sweetness. Molasses, toffee, caramel, bakers chocolate and caramel. Smells very good.

Viscous full body with an excellent barrel character that's perfectly integrated into the flavors of the base beer. Amazing bourbon flavor that doesn't hinder/interfere with the roasted and sweet malt notes of give off any heat. Deceptively drinkable and had to believe its 12.5%. In addition, the spirit actually tastes like Pappy. I've had quite a pew pappy barrel ages beers, and besides GI Rare, this is the only one that tastes similar to the bourbon. Lots of fiery spice, toasted coconut, toffee, caramel and cinnamon spice. Plenty of boozy sweetness but again, incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Delicate char with vanilla bean, coconut and mallow. Underneath, there is a complex dark malt backbone with a decent amount of roast countered by luscious, silky dessert-like sweetness. Roasted coffee/espresso bean with oatmeal and bittersweet chocolate followed by silky chocolate fudge, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, licorice and bakers chocolate. Overall, this is a well balanced beer with perfect barrel flavor that's nearly perfectly integrated into the complex malt notes. Excellent!

Nov 20, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Voodoo Homestead in Homestead, PA. Got two pours of this one.

Pours a very dark black, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing. Looks enticing, but intimidating.

Smells pretty good, strong bourbon presence up front, some chocolate, roasted, and some oakiness.

This is a most excellent barrel-aged stout, but it's not quite to the level of the biggest and best ones. The Pappy is more noticeable in the nose than in the taste, it's still there in the taste, but much more subtle. There's still a lot of roasty dark bitterness here, both from the malt and from the oak. The barrel also lends a bit of a charred flavor to the stout, sort of like burnt tobacco, almost. This is really not sweet at all, which is surprising, most barrel-aged stouts I've had are much sweeter than this.

This is fairly thick bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. There is no booziness present, at all.

Another winner from Voodoo. Not quite god level, but still really awesome stuff.

Feb 01, 2015
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.49/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 14 December 2012
Bottle #206
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. These variants all look the same.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon, oak, coconut, caramel and milk chocolate on the nose. Vanilla cream, coconut and oak for sure. Not overly boozy with some dark chocolate on the nose. Best of the bunch, and the least alcoholic.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak and coconut with some sweet vanilla cream up front. Some alcohol at the swallow with a big and lingering finish of oak, bourbon, caramel, coconut, vanilla and milk chocolate for sure. Some notes of bitter, dark chocolate and alcohol linger. Lots of booze as well, but not nearly as much as the Buffalo Trace. Very little stout qualities, though no ethanol getting in the way of the nice barrel flavors.

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: While the Apple Brandy was nice, this was definitely the best of the bunch. Boozy for sure, but not ethanol boozy, and the relatively complex barrel made up for the lack of base beer in the end flavor profile. The feel still isn't thick enough to support the show for these big beers, but all things considered, this is an enjoyable beer worth checking out on its own if you get the chance. A good beer, but more base stout and less booze would be needed to make it top notch in the style. Thanks again hotpipes. Fun set for sure!

Mar 15, 2014
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and some lacing

S-cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, roasted coffee, little earthy

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, slight char

F-medium to full-bodied with light carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-delicious barrel-aged stout, Voodoo does a great job with their barrel program and look forward to trying many others in the future

Mar 12, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appeared much as expected, dark and stouty, black as night, with a half inch of tan head that retained as a ringlet, and laced the glass thinly. Smooth roasty malts in the nose, complimented by rich bourbon and vanilla, cocoa, brown sugar, ash. Nice roasty flavor, smooth bourbon (not very hot at all), vanilla and earthy barrel notes, semi-sweet chocolate, wet tobacco, dark malts. Medium-full body, smooth and robust mouthfeel, with a good blending of all components for an easily drinkable brew.

Jan 26, 2014
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to beerisheaven, the Premier of Traders, for this bottle, sent during the fifty-ninth trade or so of our relationship. 22 oz. red-waxed bottle #313, dated 12-14-12, split with my wife.

The pour is dead black with limited carbonation that leaves the vicinity in short order. Nose clocks in more big black that pappy which is cool, since the base beer kicks Boromir-level ass. Lovely fudge frosting is prominent along with great notes of vanilla from the barrel & a robust level of sweet, dark malts. Yes, I will take a sip, thank you.

Big Black Voodoo Daddy- Pappy Van Winkle has now been upgraded to Aragorn. Lovely bourbon & vanilla up-front, there no denying where this beer has been. Post-barrel there is a gorgeous set of malts, sweetening & flirtatious, along with an almost spicy note that I associate with rye barrels. Belgian-quality chocolate arrives to caress my memories & tongue, sharp roast. But the barrel wins out in the end. This is smoother than an airbrushed ass on the cover of Vogue, just sublime. And disappearing. Fast. Faster than the IPA I had earlier.

Voodoo has hit a rich vein of gold with their Barrel Room Collection & this lovely brew is no exception. Smooth, rich, gorgeously crafted, this is an excellent beer that's within sniffing distance of elite status.

Nov 17, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.99/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 225.

Appearance - Viscous black. Almost no head. The thinnest of collars.

Smell - Rich caramel. Vanilla and chocolate. Fudgey. Bourbon.

Taste - Fudgy chocolate. Caramel. Vanilla and oak. Lots of oak. Bitter chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel - Bitter and oaky. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I'm amazed how much of an improvement this is. So much better than the other treatments.

Nov 05, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, Bottle #318, Bottle date 12/14/12
Mini snifter

A: Black as night. Maybe some reddish hues on edge of the glass. Thin collar of light tan. Minimal carbonation.

S: Vanilla. Dark fruit. Dark chocolate. Roast. Tobacco. Char. Almost giving off that dark fudge like character, meshing chocolate/vanilla.

T: Getting lots of delicious dark fruit intermingling with dark chocolate. Deep rich roast. Vanilla. Caramel. Dry finish. PvW rules.

M: Full and chewy, as expected.

Oct 31, 2013
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A rock solid, completely memorable and ├╝ber-enjoyable barrel-aged stout... Appearance is very nice but fairly pedestrian... Aroma is dominated by the pappy van winkle ("pvw"), but it's not overpowering... Taste is dominated by the pvw though it is quite smooth... Mouthfeel is nearly ideal... Overall I like this beer a lot, but the the big black voodoo daddy gets lost in the pvw shuffle a bit...

Sep 26, 2013
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle (#046) into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger coarse mocha head that dissipates quickly. Beer is thick, viscous, and pitch black. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Legs are pretty thin too. Not much to look at.

Nose is unmistakably pappy. Chocolate, fudge, cocoa and some dark fruit notes. Very deep and robust. Aromatic too.

Opens Pappy booze. Notes of fudge, chocolate, cocoa, plum, prunes and other dark fruit. Some sweet soy sauce and more dark fruit notes in the middle with a coarse, chocolate, cocoa and roasted malt end. Finishes sweet with a sprinkling of molasses. Aftertaste of booze, chocolate, and leather. Nice complexity.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, slick and warm in the mouth and goes down a bit boozy but pretty robustly. Finishes messy with a lingering, coating aftertaste. Great!

Some say that Pappy Van Winkle Barrels are magic. I don't know about that but if you compare this to the Apple Brandy version of BBVD, it is MILES better. The booziness is smoother, the barrel characteristic works better with the intricate flavors presented here, and the feel is infinitely better (though it is still a touch thin). I'd wager to say this is the best of the bunch.

Aug 10, 2013
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is mostly black with brown edges and a thinner dark tan head. Nose is smoother whiskey and wood than the others, still not as bright as the lairds but better integrated. Chocolate and decent malt balance. Taste is richer and seems to have a better malt body. Chocolate and bourbon with notes of wood and slightly roasted malt. Much less sweet than the others, full bodied and doesn't thin in finish like lairds. Inviting palate and solid flavors. Best of the bunch, not as rich or bright as the black magick pvw.

Jul 11, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a matching Barrel Room Collection snifter. The brew appears black in color with a thin khaki head. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass. A swirl revives a finger that is quick to dissolve to a thin film.

The aroma is full of oak with some spicy aspect almost like cinnamon. Oak imparts notes of vanilla that really exaggerates a chocolate roastiness. Plenty of earthen character and tobacco/black strap molasses.

The taste is roasty and a bit solvent with alcohol. A bitter earthen feel with notes of tobacco, molasses, ash and char. More on the aggressive side initially that melds into a mild vanilla inclusion from the barrel aging with a slight hint of caramelized sugars also seemingly extracted from the barrel.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite boozy that somewhat exaggerates the thinness of the feel. Pleasantly complex and overall a worthwhile experience. Of the voodoo daddy treatments, this was my favorite. Worth seeking out.

Apr 29, 2013
Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Pappy Van Winkle from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 135 ratings