Voo Doo - Left Coast Brewing Company

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 10
Gots: 82 | 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 rjs246
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was delicious. Big imperials seem to be everyone's favorite but this has all of the abv with more drinkability. Would buy again.

Photo of nldubin
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thick stout feel, but a bit bitter and not very sweet.

Photo of Prasm
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of justinp444
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of gregb13
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Smooth mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish of dark chocolate. This is a pretty solid stout.

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.

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Voo Doo from Left Coast Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.