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Voo Doo - Left Coast Brewing Company

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479 Ratings
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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: imagese on 01-12-2011

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
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Ratings: 479 | Reviews: 102
Photo of SpatenPony
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Csikic93
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark opaque black. Smells like coffee and chocolate. Taste follows the nose. I decent american stout

Photo of alarmclock314
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty solid stout. Its feel/consistency is my favorite quality.

Photo of 14erFan
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great stout, really enjoyed it - perfectly balanced flavor

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
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

Photo of breedsimpsonville
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of wedge6128
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

A very Pleasant smell. A thick rich tasting stout. Good flavor but not super complex.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of tillmac62
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of xboxhueg
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Chocolately and roasty, super smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Great aroma and taste

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of BrewQuest
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Too sweet for my palette. Felt that it took away from the other features.

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours pitch black with a thinner deep tan colored head atop.Alot of dry roast and bitter chocolate in the nose,some sweet alcohol and dark fruit creeps.Dry upfront on the palate with an onslaught of dark fruit and molasses hitting midway,some drying comes into effect late leaving some residual dark fruit notes lingering.Not a whole lot of chocolate although it's there,there is a good amount of roast and dark fruit flavors,not to mention alcohol.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid offering from Left Coast, a brewery I have never tried before now. Pours a thick dark black with decent tan head that dies down to a nice pool of tan foam with clinging lacing. Smell is of chocolate, coffee, and dark deeply roasted malts. Taste is bitter bakers chocolate and coffee up front with a hop bitterness on the back. Thick mouthfeel with an almost grit to it from an overload of cocoa. Solid beer but not exactly what I am looking for in a stout, still very happy to have tried it. Will try again later and see if tastes have changed, though I doubt it.

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is midnight black and thick like syrup, not reLly a great choice on an 85 degree summer day.

Smells very malt forward, licorice, caramel, slight coffee notes dominate.

Very tasty, burnt caramel, coffee, and mainly chocolate.

Mouthfeel is thick and milkshake-like.

Overall a mediocre imperial stout, nothing really made this brew stand out.

Photo of Roxie_B
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: Nearly pitch black. Not much head to speak of and what there was quickly dissipated.

Smell: Fruity and floral type hops mostly but well balanced with a sturdy earthy backbone. Then a bit of roasty malt goodness comes through.

Taste: Suits my tastes well. I detect a bit of dark fruit but mostly big coffee and wood.

Mouthfeel: This one is odd of the few stouts I've been blessed enough to try. It's got a tingly thing going on. Afterwards coats the mouth as I would expect.

Overall: Giving this a 4. I do love a nice pitch black stout. Pretty tasty.

Photo of RickS95
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The pour is nothing exceptional for a dark stout, I simply love the dark stuff so it scores high in my book. It's extremely black, really void of anything light. A thin brown head forms, but doesn't retain and is gone before you blink.

Nothing overwhelms in the nose. All scents are subtle, but you clearly pick up the roasted grain. Chocolate nibs are present, but the coffee is neglibigle at best.

The coffee and chocolate appear in the taste. A slight hit of vanilla and licorice root are there as well.

While it's not bitter from hopping, the bitterness is ever present and takes over shortly after the beer hits your lips. Full bodied and grainy, there is never any sweetness despite chocolate and vanilla being there. The alcohol is well hidden.

Most of the stuff from Left Coast that I've had is a bit rough around the edges. Never bad, just not crisp and sharp, always little things keeping it from scoring better and this is no different. It's a good beer and something I'd happily drink again.

Photo of Auraan
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep, rich black with a one-finger tan head that left slight lacing. It looks like a good American Stout. Scents of rich roast malt, roasted black coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. An excellent, true to style aroma profile for an American Stout, but not standout. Flavor begins with rich roast malt, slight black coffee and some toffee sweetness. Moves into a more aggressive roasted malt flavor, more roasted black coffee and more toffee with some cocoa and dark chocolate and molasses in the background. Finish is of roasted black coffee, bitter roasted malt and bitter cocoa. A good, yet standard American Stout flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with light carbonation and a smooth feel. True to style, no complaints. Overall this is a good, very true to style American a Stout, not fantastic but still a good drinking beer with a nice aroma.

Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Dark bodied walnut brown out of the bottle hitting, to create the same color in the glass. Not quite black as midnight but definitely getting close. Not much head produced and a very thin collar, with some light bubbled lacing when glass is tipped.

Good solid roasty and balanced nose. Hints of coffee and dry nuts. Almost like peanut butter, and a nice toasty quality of char. Very nice and impressive.

Cola like body on the feel, almost milk stout but without the lactose sweetness. Slightly milky coating of char and coffee, with a wet sheen in the palate. Lots of charcoal roast in the aftertaste, and mellow hop bitterness. Not much boozy character that's well hidden, but also a hint of fizzy cola senses to match.

While not rich and large like most stouts, quite flavorful even for a wet body. Nice fun beer.

Photo of hops202
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Stone Snifter.

Looks fairly blackish on the pour. Smell is of sweet roast barley, coffee, sweet cream and chocolate. Taste is basically the same as the nose, but a real milk stout feel going on. Very delicious and certainly will be bought again.

Photo of martyl1000
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Note: Despite the 8.5% abv, I'm rating this beer as an "American Stout," not a double stout.

Deep, opaque black pour into a tulip. Very little head, mostly just rim bubbles which cling hard in spots on the glass.

The aroma is dominated by lightly sweetened, powdered cocoa in milk. A touch of capuccino in the background, with earthiness that's maybe a smoked moss.

Don't know how the industry distinguishes between imperial stouts and regular-Joe stouts in this abv range (8.5%). This drinks like a straight up stout, without any of the fumy booze of a double stout. I'm digging this. Roasty, malty. The sweetness also lacks the dark dried fruits of a double stout. Highly carbonated. Yet, still pretty creamy.

This is an accomplishment.

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Voo Doo from Left Coast Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.