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Big Black Voodoo Daddy - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 406
Hads: 976
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 356
Gots: 225 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

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.

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Reviews: 406 | Hads: 976
Photo of Jimmys
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle.

A: pours very, very dark. one of the darkest brews I have poured in a while. head is similar in hue.

S: aroma is full of chocolate. a lot of chocolate. dark and sweet. wisps of heat. some coffee.

T: mild coffee flavor. the roast is bitter. not unpleasantly, but boarding the line. booze. lingering bitterness is actually balanced by a lingering sweet flavor. good typical stout flavors with no standouts in any particular direction (coffee, chocolate, roast, etc.).

M: slick from all this bitter dark flavor. lingering mouthfeel. full bodied.

D: a rich and full stout, but no particulars that make this outstanding, but no flaws either. a good drinker that should be procured by big stout fans. fairly priced. not sure what time would do to this, but not sure if I would want to find out.

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Photo of vacax
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours black with a brown head displaying decent retention and lacing. Aroma is spicy, peppery, roasty, and malty. The taste is full on malty with some phenols, peppery. Huge roasty finish, bready and quite alcoholic. Body is nice and full but carbonation is a bit too high, thinning the feel out too much. This one is a real roast bomb and highly alcoholic. These are things that will improve with age, but this review stands for now.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Large bubbly light tan head, okay retention and moderate lacing. Dark black colored beer.

S- Malty sweet aroma, chocolate, oak, some butter, and caramel.

T- Dark chocolate, toasted barley, large roasted bitter nuttiness, caramel, dark fruit and piney hops.

M- Full bodied nice and think, also a good bitter bite.

Very good Stout, though it is a little harsh in the end.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Well I suppose there is a reason this beer is not called Big Copper Voodoo Daddy. This beer is pitch black. The head is a white-tan and barely exists after the pour. A small ring of medium bubbles sticks to the edge of my small Chimay goblet.

S: Coffee, chocolate, caramel and alcohol. Hiding 12.5 % alcohol on the nose is quite a task, and Voodoo did fairly well. It smells like...black.

T: Hoppier than I expected, but the malts prevail. Quite boozy, I'm drinking it at room temperature, which may have a helping hand in the booziness. The strong chocolate and coffee taste is very appealing to my palate. I could see having a little nip of this at night instead of my usual hot chocolate.

M: On the tongue this beer is a tad thin, but sticky nonetheless. Light body for such a big stout. Carbonation fizzes on the back of your tongue as the beer goes down.

D: Being such a big beer, this wouldn't fall under the highly drinkable category. I've been sitting on a bomber of this for about 3 hours or so and I'm still on my first 7 oz. portion. Delicious, yes. Drinkable, yes...if you don't have plans of doing any manual labor or driving. Or if you are pregnant of course.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted blind thanks to sholland119:

Pours black but with some optimistic ruby highlights at the extreme edge of the glass when held to the light. An inch of mocha, downy head is more stubborn than most, lingering for quite awhile before slowly receding to a thin gauze on the surface.

This beer hits your nose with a powerful whiff of baker's chocolate, slightly burnt toast, and french roast coffee. There is some malted caramel and molasses in the back, but this smells like it will be favoring roast over the sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium-full with slightly more energetic carbonation on the tongue than some other stouts of this size.

The taste confirms what the nose foretold. This is a bitter-chocolate, dark roasted-coffee sipper for in front of the fire. However, it doesn't taste like a five-alarm blaze just went through your beer cellar: there's just enough sweetness to balance out the bitter and prevent astringency. This is the most coffee-like stout that I've had that doesn't actually have coffee in it. Things finish off with a pretty good dose of hops which meld with the burnt notes to provide a long, satisfying bitter finish.

Overall, a very nice stout. Not in my very top tier, but well worth some repeat visits.

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Photo of Agold
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thick viscous black liquid that has an off white head which leaves a small ring around the side of the glass. Aroma is pretty fruity with some nice roast and a bit of cocoa. Flavor is a bit too fruity for.me. nice cocoa. Kinda sweet and roasty. Very nice. Mouthfeel is really nice. Full bodied without being cloying and good fine carb. Very nice beer. Fruit is a bit bigger than I would like, but still a very nice beer.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pretty damn black with a nice finger of dense mocha colored head, retention is solid and the lacing is fantastic.

S - Tons of chocolate, mildly bitter dark chocolate, some roasty malts, minimal vanilla type sweetness, licorice.

T - Very nice. A great combination of being boozy but not overly boozy - and chocolatey. Initially a bit of a boozy medicine feel followed but a rich but bitter roasty chocolate flavor and licorice. Aftertaste is fairly pungent booze. Boozyness is a bit bitter, not sure what the hops schedule is like here but it could be relatively significant. After a couple sips the boozyness/bitterness really does kind of dominate, maybe too much so.

M - Mouthfeel is the highlight here, mediumish bodied and incredibly silky smooth, minimal carbonatoin. Really fantastic.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into an oversize Southampton snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a thin reddish-mocha colored film that sits atop an opaque black brew. Lacing is stringy with good cling and nice legs. Head retention here is above average and beer is an appropriate color.

S: Nose is sweet soy sauce, plum sweetness, and a touch of ethanol. Roasted malt bitterness is mixed with a creamy hop presence that complements the typical chocolate and cocoa powder aromas well.

T: Opens sweet raisin and milk chocolate interrupted suddenly by a roasted malt smokiness and char. Creamy sweet soy sauce, vanilla, and chocolate towards the middle with an odd spicy ash in the back. A touch of hop bitterness and plums towards the finish with a roasted malt, liquorice, and cocoa powder bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth but a bit more bubbly and aggressive than I would like. Tickles the throat and abrasive at the edges going down. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers.

D: I'm not sure what the fuss is about with this beer. Very solid in every aspect but it certainly doesn't blow me away at any point. Definitely worth trying but the feel is just average and although it has pretty good flavor, it doesn't compete with some of the sweeter, smoother, imperial stouts that I've had in the past.

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Photo of rwf08
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The head on this beer is extremely dense. Two toned with dark and light mocha. This beer has been sitting out for 30min in glass and still has a head. I am impressed. Some sticky spotty lacing. Dark brown, almost black but not quit there.

S: Sweet earthy woody aromas from the oak. Some chocolate but mostly vanilla okay goodness. Musty smoke.

T: Oak and vanilla. Dark chocolate and burnt roasted malts. Smokes comes through as it warms. The smoke tastes stale. Slight alcohol on the end.

M: Viscous and smooth. Just great mouth feel. There are no oats in this? How do they do it?

D: I could go for more on taste and smell, but everything else with this beer is amazing. So smooth on the tongue. The alcohol is barely noticeable. The head retention is amazing for a beer of this ABV. This is a fine brew but I wouldn't go out of my way for this one. The two main things that count most fall short, but the other parts do help out.

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Photo of DBoone
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this bomber @ Capones in Norristown Pa, been looking forward to this one for a while.

A- Poured straight into a brandy snifter, very dark, cannot really see through this beer. Small dark tan head which did not hang around long. Minor amount of lacing hanging on to side of glass. Pretty typical for this style.

S- very dark roasted malts with some hints of chocolate, oak, and a little vanilla.

T- Dark roasted malt hits up front and on the back of the tongue. A bit of chocolate noted with plenty of bitterness. Nice.

M- I feel this is a little bit thin feeling in the mouth for this style of beer. Not too much coating on the tongue.

D- This is a fairly easy beer to drink, but with the alcohol content, I would not have more than one in a session.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a two-year old bottle that I received in a trade a while ago. I don’t remember who gave it to me, but I am definitely thankful for the trade.

Appearance: A fairly solid pour into my Spiegelau tulip yields an opaque midnight black liquid that is topped by a finger of head consisting of tons of tiny bubbles. The lacing on this beer is pretty snazzy as well. All in all, exactly what I want to see from my Imperial Stouts.

Smell: There’s not a lot to the nose. I was hoping for a lot more, but what I do pick up is some notes of chocolate and coffee mixed in with a bit of woodiness. I’m guessing this is from the oak aging, but I’m not sure what hop varieties were used. As it warms up, I get some crystal malted sweetness that wasn’t there on first blush.

Taste: Heavy toasted malts and roasted grains dominate the palate on this beer. I get a lot of chocolate malt. I get more burnt grains of paradise, and I get a slight sweet vanilla extract on the finish. I also pick up hints of coffee and a bit of alcohol heat as well. I wasn’t expecting a lot from this beer, so this is just about on par with my expectations.

Mouthfeel: I was expecting the light mouthfeel as that’s the M.O. this beer had to this point, and to be honest, it was heavier than I was expecting. The bitterness from the coffee adds a much more filling quality to this beer as it finishes, and it leaves a very good taste in my mouth.

Drinkability: This beer is dangerous. The lighter than average mouthfeel is misleading because the 12% ABV will certainly sneak up on you quickly. Let me tell you this though, I’m ridiculously jealous that this beer is so cheap in PA. If this beer were available at the same price here in KS, I’d be all over it in a heartbeat. The flavors of chocolate and coffee help create a very good presence on my palate, and I really enjoy the overall effect.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received thanks to BA Soonami. This one was allowed to warm a good bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Big Black Voodoo Daddy pours, well, big and black. The dark caramel head was disappointing on the first pour, but the second one yields three fingers of foam, complete with good head retention and a little bit of lacing. The nose is fairly run of the mill, a roughly equal blend of dark chocolate and highly roasted coffee, and it's a bit weak to boot. Thankfully, the flavor steps things up a notch. That same coffee/chocolate combo leads things off, and just when I think the flavor is going to be as run of the mill as the aroma, all these little nuances start appearing on the back end that show the beer has a little bit more to it. Notes of anise, oak, and an almost earthy quality make an appearance. Not every one on every sip, but always something to keep things interesting. The body is remarkably middle of the road for such a big stout, it drinks like it's only 8-9%. While that's a boon to drinkability, it does dampen the richness of the beer. The carbonation is suitably understated. Big Black Voodoo Daddy is remarkably well tempered, as far as a lack of heat for being 12.5%, and it's pretty tasty to boot.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to forcedlaughter for providing this beer in trade. Shared it with some of the boys last night and enjoyed it.

A thick building brown head. Yep, I even was surprised and over poured and spilled an ounce. Oops.
Dark brown with a shiny finish.

Aroma is of dark chocolate, dark roast malt a bit of charcoal.

Lots of chocolate in the flavor with just a touch of charcoal. Lots of roast malts. A little ash in the flavor as well. Heavily roasted malt wins the day here. I see a lot of review mentioning vanilla, barrel aging. I don’t even know if this is barrel aged, and frankly I didn’t get a sense that it was from the flavor.

Certainly thicker in body, but not as bold as others.

It’s good, that’s for sure, but I am not sure I can put it near the epic category.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on a trip to NJ...

A: Looks dark as midnight with a super thick 2 inch mocha head that slowly fades. Looks awesome!

S: Smells super roasty with bitter chocolate upfront. Slight malt sweets in the middle with espesso hops on the backend.

T: Super hoppy bitter chocolate. Roasty malts in the middle with not much going on in the backend.

M: Leaves a thick bitter flavor on your palate.

D: Not too smooth. Needs some age on it, maybe, to make this much more easier to get down.

All in all, this brew seems overhyped to me. Very good, but not awesome. Very thick stout, but not too many flavors bouncing around. Good if you like hops. If you're a malt monster, this might not be for you.

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Photo of mikey711
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a 2009 bottle that I have been sitting on for a while

A:Very dark black which pours a rather large head that quickly fades but leaves one ring on top of the beer. No lacing to speak of

S: Heavily roasted smell that reminds me of burnt coffee although not unpleasant. Also some notes of bitter chocolate and a hint of vanilla

T: Heavy on the roasted coffee character with wood notes and a slight bit of smokiness. Sweet and bitter chocolate, but i keep coming back to the burnt coffee and roasty flavor more than anything

M: Very creamy and chewy with only a slight bit of heat detectable and only a slightly chalky feel.

D: A good one to split with a few people as only a tasting should suffice.

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Photo of Blanco
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours jet black (of course) with just about no head, even after a vigorous pour. Disappointing, but I suppose ABV has an effect on this somewhat. smell is of molasses, dark malts and little else. Sort of weak in the smell. Taste is very smooth, with a tiniest bit upon the first sip but relaxes after that. Hints of vanilla come through and some oak character. More of a milk chocolate goodness than dark chocolate I usually get from stouts. good mouthfeel. Overall, this is a solid sipper. Given the ABV, this one goes down pretty smoothly.

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Photo of Etan
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a snifter.

A: Pours black with a moderate tan head.

S: Rich roasted malt, baker's chocolate, caramelized grain, moderate piney hoppiness.

T: Taste brings astringent roast, cherry, milk chocolate, coffee beans, leafy hop bitterness.

M: Thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: A powerful imperial stout. The combination of heavy roast and hoppiness makes it a bit unbalanced and bitter.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Raznug pours a deep, rich black color with a smallish cap of brown head. Decent retention and lots of lace.

Nose is cocoa powder and dark fruit. Molasses, chocolate, marshmallows and maybe a hint of anise. Smells reallly good, all things sweet and rich.

Taste shows off a more roasty side with more of a dusty cocoa as opposed to chocolate. Hops make an appearance with a fairly substantial bitterness on the finish. Im surprised at how much drier it tastes than it smells, much to my dismay. The mouthfeel is not nearly as full as I expected either, though the ABV is well hidden. Id like to try it fresher I guess to see if it might be better, though the hops as is make me think they would be beastly.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Black body with a thin layer of tan head. This looks decent, not as massive a head as I've seen from others.

The aroma is full of sweet malt and bitter coffee; striking a very pleasant balance.

The taste starts out with mild malt sweetness that turns into a drier finish filled with slightly bitter roasted malt. This is a nice balance; it isn't too sweet, and the stout flavors are clearly showcased.

The mouthfeel is decent as the body is pretty big and the carbonation a little more sharp than creamy.

I like this one; it's a good sipper. Nothing overwhelmingly special (they all can't be), but solid.

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

$10/ 22oz - bottled Dec 15

Unbalanced with a semi thin mouthfeel. Not my type of stout. Lacking dimensionality in flavor as well. Alcohol is masked and barely noticeable. Quite a disappointing Impy Stout in the long run.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color. The body and roast profile are closer to a regular stout than a double/imperial. The finish is slightly boozy and dry. A decent effort but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
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 coreyfmcdonald
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
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 Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a big brew, it pours as a jet black color with a nice brown head on it. The smell of the beer has a wooden, chocolatey burnt aroma. The taste of this brew has a complex roasted base with some sweet chocolate coffee like flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty thick which is nice for this beer. It leave a nice brown tinge on the glass after each sip. Overall this has nothing on the black magic but all in all this isn't a bad second choice.

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Photo of hayesez
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received from Benanomyces in a recent trade. Shared with friends at our most recent gathering.

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, this beer looked a bit thinner than anticipated. A dark brown that appeared fairly opaque until held up to the light. A fair amount of amber light seeps in around the edges. A one-inch frothy brown head sits on top and quickly diminishes to just shrapnel. Very little lace left behind.

Very roasty smell - Roasted, almost charred. Some chocolate mixed in there as well. I swear I'm smelling butterscotch in there...perhaps just toffee, but definitely something of the sort. Can't say I've ever quite smelled something like it in an imperial stout - I like it.

Taste is very large on the coffee / espresso. Bitter chocolate quickly emerges before reverting back to a lingering coffee finish. A splash of vanilla rounds this out. I was underwhelmed by the amount of alcohol present at the end. This became increasingly prominent as the beer continued to warm. A bit on the thin side for the style - at least for my liking. Well carbonated and on the light side of medium bodied, I wish this thing was a bit chewier.

The Voodoo Daddy didn't quite live up to my expectations. Perhaps because this was a fairly fresh beer, the alcohol dominated the finish. A bit of time would certainly do some good, I suppose. Still, certainly worthy of a second round.

Consumed: 3/24/2010

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Big Black Voodoo Daddy from Voodoo Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.