Witch Doctor
Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.

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American Imperial Stout
4.43 | pDev: 8.35%
Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of mentor
3.36/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark-brown one finger head over a pitch liquid. Smells clean alcohol, dry chocolate, minty hops (Northern Brewer?), grassy, and some sewage/cabbage.

Tastes not as intense as I'd expect. Chocolate and roast. Strong hops are oily and aromatic. Anise. Raisin cream. Drying finish leave cocoa powder. Mildly phenolic drying edge. Md with modest carbonation. Decent drinkability, but not killer.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with just a quick faint covering of dark tan, pumpkin pie orangeish brown foam, that quickly recedes to a ring. Aroma is a nice sweet and rich dark fruitiness, bourbony alcohol, a little black licorice and a smoky roastiness. Taste follows with the rich fruitiness of plums and raisins up front, mixed with some sweet chocolate notes, a bit of dry smoky roastiness creeps in and grows stronger into the drying finish, mixing with a nice alcohol strength, not biting, just a bit in the flavor and a little warmth. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, low level of carbonation allows the sugars to be felt on the tongue, a little prickly pepperiness towards the drying and warming finish. A very drinkable imperial stout, great with some chocolate. Huge thanks to Tim for this opportunity.

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Photo of tpd975
4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cola blackish brown color with a small head on my pour. Minimal lacing noted.

S: Nice roasty aromas with hints of chocolate, coffee, and leather.

T: Nice roasty in taste as well. Notes of milk chocolate and toffee, and tons of dark fruit. Nice use of hops puts this on a tad on the hoppy side and gives a bit of bitter bite.

M: Medium in body with ample carbonation.

D: Nice drinkable brew.

Thanks to Joey Redner for breaking this hard to find beer out at a local beer tasting.

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Photo of weeare138
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to egajdzis for opening up this first batch bottle...
Appears a near black with a small tan head that slowly fades into a mild collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of black grapes, ripe dark fruit, smooth milk chocolate, oak, and caramel.
Taste echoes the aromas with an array of beautiful flavors. Dark fruit, and milk chocolate stand out from the granola goodness and mild citrus notes.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with cocoa, brown sugar, caramel, and chewy malt lingering.

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

First, thanks to Tim (metallitone1) for getting me a bottle of this beer. If I remember correctly, the story of this beer is that there was some left over and "forgotten" for about 2 years and was recently re-discovered and bottled for sale. A quick label was slapped on a 750ml bottle which states: "Witch Doctor has been aged for over two years and is a thick, heavy beer, with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and roasted barley. It finishes with a smooth velvety texture and slight alcohol warmth."

Wow, a very dark liquid pours out of the bottle and produces a nice inch of mocha colored foam. The head lasts for almost a minute and then settles to a thin ring.

As soon as I poured I got a whiff of dark fruits and chocolate and as I put my nose to the beer I get a heavy roasted malt aroma with cocoa and more dark fruits. There is a presence of alcohol that wraps around the roasted malt and dark fruits and comes through mostly in the finish of the bouquet. There is a sweet molasses aroma coming through as well as some milk chocolate and some vanilla and oak. Some yeasty aromas are also present but mostly it's just strong with chocolate, dates, raisins, and alcohol. After a while I begin to detect some subtle notes of chocolate covered cherries; slight lactic sourness as well. Bitter roasted barley in the finish too. Near the end of the beer it develops more vanilla, oak and maple syrup :drooling:

Wow, taste is sublime! Lots of milk chocolate and dark fruits, caramel, some roasted coffee, and roasted barley in the finish tied with some cocoa...wow. From the first sip I can tell this beer aged nicely. The flavors have really blended well. Oh, as it warms up the chocolate starts to develop more and begins to taste like a chocolate milk shake with rum soaked raisins (I recently had some rice pudding with rum soaked raisins so the flavor came back to me). There's some alcohol in the finish but in no way does it come through as "hot."

The mouth-feel is just as incredible, really soft and creamy. No flavor seems to dominate another in the initial taste; it is just a great example of complexity and balance. Most of the flavors seem to come in the finish: light chocolate, raisins, dates, cherries, and oak.

For a 9% Imperial Stout this one drinks superbly. It is hefty and slightly thick but so tasty. Gets a little dry after a pint.

One of the best Imperial Stouts I have had in a while.

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Photo of Floydster
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle polished off by myself last night, 2005 vintage, thanks to Tim for picking me up some, they were selling the last of these bottles at the Oggi's in Vista a couple weeks ago, poured into my New Belgium snifter

A-Black with not a glimmer of light shining through, 1/2 inch dark tan head that stuck around for two or three minutes, no lacing

S-Roasted barley, burned malt, toffee, caramel, slight hint of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, butter, cream, and sugar

T-Dark chocolate hit me right at the beginning, then some roasted malt in the middle with a big toffee flavor, some espresso and vanilla in the finish, coffee presence was super light but it did provide a small level of dryness, as it warmed it became more smooth and sweeter at the same time, age seems to have done this one well even though I never was able to taste it fresh, could probably spend another year or two in the cellar and still be good too, very underrated beer in my opinion but that is probably because of its scarcity

M-Sweet and dry mouthfeel, full bodied, nice level of carbonation, taste lingered for several minutes, nice thick texture without being syrupy

D-Planned on drinking twelve ounces or so and ended up drinking the entire bottle, smooth, a little heavy though, strong ABV above nine

Best beer I have had from Oggi's and Left Coast, had been wanting to try this since it came out three years ago, fulfilled my expectations and then some, too bad this is not a regular tap at the Corona location near my apartment, highly recommmended

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Photo of IceAce
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even held directly to the sun, this heavyweight of a stout allows absolutely no light through a Libbey straight-side pint glass. It is capped with a creamy burnt sienna collar of foam that leaves virtually no lacing, even in a beer-clean glass.

The nose is dominated by deep, rich chocolate overtones with an undercurrent of roasted malt, toffee, and yeast.

One word describes the first full taste of this beer...thick. Not just chewy thick, but a "Please bring me a steak knife" thickness that strikes fear in every yellow beer drinker. The inner cheeks are caressed with a lovely dose of CO² while the taste buds revel in a deeply roasted malt heaven.

Midtaste is a multi-layered extravaganza of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and sweet buttery toffee. The finish allows a fleeting glance at the hops before giving way to a long, slow mocha cappuccino lovers paradise.

Alcohol shows only briefly with a warming of the throat and compliments the smooth, velvety mouthfeel of this double stout. I spoke with the manager who said that a bottling of this black beauty was in the planning phase...so I'll be back for a case or three.

This brew would be deadly if paired with chocolate mousse cheesecake.

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Witch Doctor from Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 10 ratings