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Voo Doo - Left Coast Brewing Company

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104 Reviews
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Reviews: 104
Hads: 523
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 29.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I shared at Skuter's UCLA vs. USC viewing party.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a killer looking bottle. Was bought for me as a birthday gift. I split the bottle with the friends who bought it for me. The color was black and had a sticky lacing down the glass. The smell of the set was very minimal, just a light roasted aroma. The taste was roasted with some burnt malt flavors. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth has a little thickness. Overall this beer was pretty good.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours near black with a short mocha head and a moderate amount of spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose brings a good amount of chocolate along with some coffee and a fairly-strong roast component. The flavor has the same characteristics, but also has the unwelcome addition of diacetyl, which isn't overpowering, but does a good deal to kill the flavor profile of the beer. Medium body with a fairly-dry finish.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a near black body with a foaming, though not angrily so, light tan head.

Smell: A roasty aroma, with some sooty coarseness from the black patent. Plenty of bittersweet chocolate (or chocolate BS, as I've started saying in close company) with just some caramel and second-fiddle hops hardly pushing past the stronger chocolate and roast notes.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, some minor caramel, and even a bit vanilla laid over the hard roasted grains. Citrusy hops, lightly resinous with a medium level of bitterness aided in part by the roastiness from the malts. Dry, lightly roasty, lightly chalky finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Quite smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Those well-roasted black patent type malts just always seem to bring a bit of harshness to the beer, which I'm never too enthusiastic about. Still, it's a decent enough stout.

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

Quite rich, thick bodied, and quite a mouthful. Not watery by any stretch of imagination. Not as hot as an Imperial Stout, but strongly-flavored. Winey and slightly sweet. Lots of lightly roasted malt along with the burnt. Nice dose of bitterness and a chocolate aftertaste.

My bottle says 6.8%. It drinks more like an Imperial, however, so maybe it is 8.5% as stated on the Left Coast website.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thick and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character followed by mildly sweet flavors of coffee and chocolate. The hops presence is mild but brings a decent balance. The after-taste consists of a dark chocolate mild bitter-sweetness.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid stout to drink for a while but there are better alternatives within the style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool label art. Picked this up in CO, let's see if I made good use of my luggage space/weight...

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of creamy mocha head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Roasty malt, some plum & cherry

T: Cocoa, charred wet grain, a touch of herbal hops up front Dryness, cocoa, & a touch of coffee & vanilla as this warms, slight grainy astrigency mixes in as well. Finishes with a touch of dryness. charred grain, & a bit of Baker's chocolate & a touch of vanilla & cola..

MF: Medium bodied & smoothly carbonated, fairly good balance

This was a fairly decent stout, not perfect, but very drinkable

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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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Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jason (jrallen34). Served in a tulip of some sort.

A - Mocha foam settles to a thick collar, some wisps, and minimal lacing. Body is black, and quite dark for a lower-ABV stout.

S - Biscuit, chocolate, light roast. Seems somewhat aged, with a bit of earthy and slightly stale hops.

T - Taste is again heavy on chocolate and biscuit, giving this a mild Twix vibe. Low roast flavor and bitterness, and again the same slightly oxidized character.

M - Roasty and chewy, medium body. Dry texture, minimal alcohol presence, and medium-low carbonation. Quite easy to drink.

D - It is what it is, a solid but unexceptional American stout that probably lingered on a shelf for too long for its lower ABV to warrant. Probably wouldn't bother revisiting this even if I could find a fresher example - shame on Left Coast for not bottle dating.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black with a thin brown head and nice lacing, low carbonation and some retention.

Aroma is quite chocolatey and sweet with mild roast, a little ashy.

Beer is creamy and buttery in a bad way with chocolate and strong coffeeish roast. Something went wrong with an otherwise good beer. Interesting, overall but it seems to have diacetyl problem. Fix it and I'll have ti again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bentwookie for this one.

A: Pours a dark brown/black color with a very large brownish head on top, billowing up to the top of my glass. Decent retention, lasting a few minutes. Leaves behind sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: A bit of roasty malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some faint coffee aroma on the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, very roasty with some cocoa and chocolate, but of coffee. No lingering flavor.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth actually.

O: Very roasty, but an average stout. Easy drinking and smooth. Love the bottle art.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and heavily roasted malt, with a little bit of cream thrown in. The flavor is similar. There is a lot of roasted malt and a hint of smoke, along with a ton of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice, straightforward stout that is easy to drink.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After working, sitting on the porch and now cleaning, I decided I needed a big ole mama-chicken stout. Here it is. Let's see...

Well, pours black yet not "thick". Off tannish head almost reminds me of the famous Yeti pour...but it isn't, and that becomes apparent quickly. But, to dismiss this beer b/c it doesn't look like Yeti would be stoopid. Looks good, a bit oily lacing

Rich roasty aromas. Coffee and burnt toast come up front. Raisin and dark plum next. And a deep inhale gets at the chocolate and caramels

Roasty flavors, too, although not as deep or rich. Molasses comes and goes right off the bat. The raisin and plum turn to prune and baked caramel. Dark chocolate is faint and gives it a bit of dryness. Tiny hint of leather.

drinks well for 8+

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark brown, almost black coloring with a thin, sparse, light tan surface coat of head. Aromas of subtle coffee, cream sweetness, chocolate highlights, and hints of vanilla. Smells great! Flavors are smooth and creamy initially, with a solid blast of roast and bitter coffee in the backbone. Extremely balanced, with a smoothness as it travels over the palate. Light bodied, but it never loses that smooth touch, transitioning to a roasted and more heavily bittered coffee aftertaste. The finish is bitter and dry, with a roasted linger. Solid beer, and the light body makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of Zorro
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown colored ale with a small light brown colored head.

Smell is sweet and aromatic with big coffee and berry scents. A little sharpness from the patent malt this smells boozier that I would have expected. You can add chocolate, rum and coconut to the list of scents present. One of the more aromatic stouts.

Starts out semi-sweet with a heavy roast flavor. Taste sort of like espresso soda with a thicker mouthfeel. This becomes mildly bittersweet in flavor but just doesn't have the flavor complexity that the smell promised. Still it is mild and tasty and a little like a milk stout.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall a very nice stout! The smell promises more than the taste delivers but I will buy this again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The voo do stout is a decent stout from left coast the beer poured a deep opaque black with minimal ecru head that is not lacing. The scent carries roast and espresso. The taste is powered by espresso with warming essence of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full bodied with subtle carbonation. Overall a very decent stout.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep, dark brown; almost black with no light penetrating. Poured a creamy 3 finger brown head (it was an aggressive pour) with good retention to a 1 finger cap. Laced in thin webs that sheeted a little down the glass.

S: Espresso and chocolate character is very prominent. A little earthy/peaty.

T: Very consistent with the nose. A little sweet and a lot of bitter/burnt espresso and toffee. Very one-dimensional. Bitter in the finish is even and mild.

M: Full body. Low carbonation; the aggressive pour likely decanted a bit of it. Smooth, rich and creamy.

D: Very smooth. If you gotta have big well-toasted malts, its spot-on. It does get tiring.

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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 clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with minor head on top of an aroma that is thick of roasted malts, bordering on coffee at times, touch of dark chocolate. Simple, not complex stout, but pretty tasty and enjoyable. Chewey, slightly sticky body that is a little boozy and has some minor chocolate sweetness and a whole of roasted malts although not picking up a hint of coffee as I did in the aroma. Goes down nice with no problems and is a fine beer to have.

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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 twiggamortis420
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle pours an opaque black color with an impressive cap of dense brown head. Retention and lacing are both magnificent. Stouts dont get a whole lot better looking than this.

Nose is a straightforward mix of roast, licorice and chocolate. Some piney hops in the background along with a bit of dark bread. So far, so good.

This is a good example of a taste doing a complete 180 from the smell and appearance. First sip brought forth an extemporaneous 'hmmm...wtf is this?' Nearly all of the sweetness disappears and the roast is a bit excessive. Hops are flavorful and even a bit resinous, so if that is your thing this beer might be for you. I prefer my stouts creamy, full and on the sweeter/chocolaty side...this one does not manage to capture any of those adjectives. Not that it is all bad, I'll still finish the bomber fairly easily, but I wont buy this again and in a loaded style category, it pretty much falls flat on its face.

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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 Fatehunter
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Two and half fingers of tan head on a black body. The pour had bubbles dancing all over.
The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Really nice.
The taste starts with a mild bitter, then dark bitter chocolate, a little caramel and finishes with milk. Amazing depth, complexity and development.
Smooth texture with low carbonation and a heavy body.
The taste was perfect and the rest of the beer supported it well.

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Voo Doo from Left Coast Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.