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Voo Doo | Left Coast Brewing Company

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Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Voo Doo is a full bodied, dark brew that is rich and malty with plenty of roasted barley character. This hearty stout is layered with flavors of roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee coming from the highest quality imported malts. Its creamy long lasting head completes the brew, tempting your taste buds to be spellbound.

39 IBU

Added by imagese on 01-12-2011

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Photo of tigg924
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque, black in color, with minimal head. Taste is roasted malt, char, and dark chocolate. Nicely balanced, easy drinking imperial stout. I prefer others in the style, but this one is solid. I would get this again.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: The brew has a thin body coming off an almost black color with a tan head that is not too bubble, maybe half a finger's length with a very hard pour.

Smell: Light scent of malts and coffee, personally I think it could be a little more potent.

Taste: Light coffee and malts with hard mocha bitterness. More to the extent of dark chocolate.

Mouth: If it had just a little more carbonation this brew would definitely get more points, little stickiness and thin body. Feels more like a porter than a stout.

Overall: Not a bad brew, more of a porter than a stout but still delivers enough for that after dinner beer you were craving. Wouldn't buy a six-pack but I would buy one just because...drink with love. Salud!

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Photo of bbtkd
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Left Coast Voo Doo American Stout, 8.5% ABV 39 IBU. I began by pouring a fourth of it on the damn table. The rest ended up in the glass, with about a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. At first I thought it smelled/tasted oaky, but it's roasted barley. Slightly bitter finish. Not too bad.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle with an indicated ABV of 8.0%; served in a Belgian snifter after some warming.

Appearance: pours near black with a thin head that reduces to a ring almost immediately. Ruby highlights in strong light. Minimal spotty lacing.

Aroma: sweet with suggestions of dark dried fruits, light booze and dark bread.

Flavor: largely follows and is mild for style but no shortage of dark roasted grains. Light, and not objectionable burnt grains notes. Some black licorice.

Feel: smooth, medium+ body; overly light carbonation.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A moderately active bubble show produces a one inch cap of beige foam that leaves clumps of lacing; the liquid is fudge brown colored

Smell: Moderately roasty with undertones of chocolate and char

Taste: Chocolate forward with some char and light molasses tones building through the middle; more roast appears in the finish along with some coffee; very dry in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pleasant enough to drink but rather limited in the flavor range

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Photo of Wasatch
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a nice black color, with some nice carbonation, with a small quick/fizzy tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a very nice chocolate/toffee notes, slight vanilla, some nice roastyness. The taste is very nice malty, chocolate/toffee, some vanilla, roasty. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. I can't believe I never had anything from this brewery before.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black color with mocha head. Aroma is really roasty with dark malts, a bit of chocolate and coffee. Taste is malty, with dark chocolate and intense roastiness on the finish. Quite bitter on the aftertaste, lingers for a long time, making you want to have another sip. Heavy, smooth body with soft carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, making the beer very drinkable. I really like this one, heavy, roasty, bitter and smooth, feels like a proper stout.

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Photo of Jfn
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found the last 6er and always up to try American stouts. Pours a midnight dark color with great aroma sweet malt, coffee...not thick but just right...very smooth. I enjoy stouts year round and admittedly this is a very good one...I certainly hope to find more around town.

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Photo of godlessape
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I saw this beer at a insanely low price so had to give it a try--wise decision.
Poured this one into a Samuel Smith nonic, watching the single inch tan head simmer down to a thin and spotty skim. The body has a impenetrable uber-dark brown coloring to it that seems to swallow all light.
The nose feasts on lots of unsweetened chocolate, roasted barley, a hint of raisins but most of all booze glorious booze.
What your taste buds pick up on doesn't differ much from what your olfactory gadget picked up on except for a little barley ash on the tailend.
The mouthfeel is medium to heavy.
Overall I think this is an above average stout and why the liquor store was selling it at such a cheap price is beyond me.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick and black with very little head despite a very vigorous pour. What does show up disappears quickly, leaving a mere ring of light tan and a scattering of broken lace.
Smell is very toasty, almost burnt, malts, unsweetened chocolate, faint toffee and an ashy note (probably from the malts).
Taste is rich with heavily roasted malt, faint hops, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, some whiskey. Obviously, with this style, time for warming almost always proves beneficial and in this case that holds true.
Pretty damned smooth with a definite linger but not to the point of being cloying. Light, almost watery, up front but it get fairly full bodied mid and finish where it ends dry. Somewhat warming and the ashyness really falls away. Put this in a barrel and I expect it'll be push 4.5.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany, cola-colored on the pour and opaque black in the glass. Creamy looking, light khaki head with tiny carbonation bubbles streaming up. On the nose, I get mostly roasted malts, creamy latte, a nutty sweetness, and earthy hops. Mouth feel is fairly thin, more like a porter. Unsweetened chocolate, roast bitterness, and earthy hops come through on the taste.

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Photo of ksimons
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown with a fingers worth of dark tan head

S-roasted malt, dark coffee, chocolate

T-roasted malt with roasted coffee and dark chocolate

M-medium body, very smooth, light carbonation

Overall better than I expected, nice chocolate and coffee flavors

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Photo of Prasm
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Expressive nose of chocolate, malt, and vanilla. In the mouth - big and powerful - coffee dominates up front with chocolate and malt undertones. I really enjoy the creamy coffee and chocolate mouth-feel. Great balance between the full body and the alcohol - this works very well for me.

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Photo of justinp444
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass this stout is black and has a very slow forming sliver and then quickly dissipating beige head. Smell of chocolate, roasted malt, cherry, vanilla, and just a slight bit of caramel & coffee. Taste is creamy smooth with a big roasted malt flavor and a quite a bit of astringency. It tastes of chocolate and vanilla with only a bit of coffee. Big mouth feel with not much carbonation.

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Photo of gregb13
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 24 oz. bottle at Albertson's. Pours fairly dark, a bit thin. Nice head and small legs. Faint nose while chilled; opens up quite a bit upon warming. Predominantly coffee, dark chocolate, very roasty. Taste follows nose perfectly. Goes down smooth. No lingering bitterness or hops to speak of. Quite nice though rather one-dimensional.

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Photo of SpatenPony
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pretty much black, the head is light tan, but dissipated a LOT faster than the bottle suggested, but maybe it's my glass or something? I poured it pretty hard to get the most head I could, but to little avail. I'm sure its better on tap.

Not a strong smell, but there's some coffee, black licorice, and dark chocolate.

Ooo, the taste is quite nice. Similar notes to what I got in the nose, but far more defined. It tastes clean and rich, with a mild bite at the end. Dark chocolate would probably be the more prominent taste.

Mouthfeel is a little fizzy, but it certainly isn't enough to ruin it. I'd prefer it a little smoother.

A nice stout! Has just enough bitterness on the finish without killing the sweet yet crisp dark malt notes. Hardly detecting the 8.5% ABV that's got me a little dizzy now that I've reached the end of the review.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a nicely dark brown color. The head is less than a finger high, and khaki in shade. General duration (and even the initial height, while we're at it) is lousy, and minimal lacing is left on the glass. (2.75)

Smell: I get a good roastiness from the nose, which I always like. I'm also picking up notes of dark chocolate, licorice, and dark fruit. This doesn't really develop as it opens up: it stays a bit bland and weak throughout. Still, the notes present are solid enough. (3)

Taste: Roastier than the nose presented. It starts off with notes of roasted coffee, before transitioning into...not much. Everything seems like a muddled mess, which makes it hard to enjoy. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly dry and light, yet with a finishing slickness. It goes down easily, and that's without the presence of significant carbonation. (3.25)

Overall: It drinks like an overgrown dry stout - it's quite easy to drink for 8.5%. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel like it's 8.5%. Nor does it taste like a stout that's remotely interesting. There's no reason to revisit this one. (2.75)

2.86/5: This voodoo is boring

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Photo of breedsimpsonville
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Great smell, coffee, chocolate. Initial taste is understated. Strong coffee chocolate aftertaste. Otherwise very smooth. Easier to drink than most 8.5% beers.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown practically black color, very thin almost non-existent head with no lacing on the glass.

Smell is all dark roasted malt, not picking up a hint of hops or much else other than a slight presence of chocolate.

Taste is dominated by roasted malt although it may be more appropriate to call it burnt malt, has a very bitter burnt flavor running throughout that controls everything, not sure coffee contributes much to the burnt bitterness since it's not overly coffee flavored but the bitterness is similar to a dark cup of joe, medium-low carbonation with decent stickiness, some cocoa peaks its head near the finish along with some sweetness after the burnt flavor wears off enough.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker point glass.

The beer is a thick, dark chocolate blackness with brown barely coming through the edge when held up to light. A cream colored head dissipates to a fine wisp with light vertical lines of lacing.

The aroma brings out dark roasted malt, cocoa, and chocolate. The taste follows the aroma. There is a rich lactose sugar component in this that offsets any bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly dry.

Overall, this is tasty, but a little high priced at over $11 for a sixer. The 8.0% ABV is very sneaky.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Roast, fruit, prune and chocolate on the nose with a suggestion of coffee. The beer pours a deep, dense mahogany with a thin tan foam cap that produces rich lace. The chocolate on the tongue begins like fine gourmet dark chocolate with 70 – 80% cacao then mid-palate hints of vanilla and caramel enter in with roast flavors dominating by the finish as chocolate flavors wrapped in a range of grain flavors linger long through the aftertaste. Finishes dry with a touch of roast astringency. Bitterness tastes as much from the roast and dark chocolate than from hops. Very creamy, chewy body with fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours solid black with a small dark tan head.
Nose shows heaps of complex roast with cocoa and roasted coffee along with some sweet-smelling bready malt and liquorice.
Dry roast is the dominant flavour. some liquorice remains along with the coffee.

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Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle poured into a chalice and a can glass with a voodoo black body. A light mocha cap forms at about half a finger with a foamy texture. Decent head retention and a puffy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Dark, semi-burnt grains with a heavily toasted nutty tone right there with spicy raisin, dark fruits and slight cocoa. Hints at a dryness.

T- For me the roasted malts really open up here and take charge. Bitter, dark cocoa powder, roasted ashy grains, chocolate and semi-burnt toasted nuts. Spiced raisins come to mind again but they do not disturb the dark flavors.

MF- Medium-thick bodied probably a bit toward the mid side. The consistency is somewhat creamy and foamy. Finishes dry, roasty and bitter.

Just a solid, big stout all around. The body is a bit thinner than most stouts like this but the flavor works out just fine with the texture. Heavily toasted nuts, burnt grains and bitter cocoa powder in a fine balance.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost pitch black with a normal head, lacing and retention. Light nose of chocolate and subdued roast over a sweet malt background with slight alcohol notes. As it warms, light dark fruit (plum, raisin) notes and molasses become evident. Medium body with a very slight creamy texture. Above normal carbonation with a nice effervescence throughout. The flavor profile is nice but not very complex or well balanced. It begins with a bitter chocolate flavor and sweetness that has a slightly burnt molasses character to it. The middle is effervescent and brings forth a light roast bitterness over a nice malt sweetness that has a molasses character. The finish is a touch astringent and leaves a slight alcohol burn at the back of the throat. As it fades, a slight note of hops is evident. Missing are the dark fruit flavors, body and smoothness that would propel this very good stout to outstanding.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light coffee, herbal, grass, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. A bit too perfumy on hops in the nose. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, herbal, grass, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good stout style. Good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Voo Doo from Left Coast Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.