Voo Doo - Left Coast Brewing Company

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491 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 491 | Reviews: 107
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.

Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with two finger mocha head, nice lacing.

S- Roasted malts, some coffee, faint smoke.

T- Roasted malts, some coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, some dark fruits.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A tasty, well done stout, very easy to drink.

Photo of MECove
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is rich and dark. The head is thick too but it dissolves quickly and the lacing is mediocre. It's smooth and light in the mouth with less coffee-bitterness in the actual flavor than the aroma. Wouldn't mind a stronger hint of malt or nuts. This is one that tastes better when fresh compared to others that even out their flavors after sitting a bit. I enjoy it and could make a night of it!

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black only small ruby highlights when held to the light. Head is small coco colored and it falls quick with just spotty lace.

Aroma is roasted malts, good chocolate notes, some light coffee and dark fruity notes.

Taste is roasted malts some dark chocolate upfront moving to lightly sweet fruity notes. Finishing with a dry roasted Columbia coffee like flavor, mingled with some herbal hops for some added bitterness. Also some fruit and anise notes lingering. Taste seeems little better then the aroma more complex any how.

Mouthfeel is nice big medium approaching full. Carbonation only medium but seems to pep up some in the finish.

Overall nice little stout, defiantly worth trying but not kick ass enough for regular consumption.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Pours jet black, with a two-finger tan head with good retention. Nominal lacing.

S - Healthy aroma of chocolate, burnt grains, black coffee, anise, and booze.

T - Chocolate, marshmallow, black licorice, burnt coffee, graham cracker, and lots of roasted bitterness. Just enough sweetness to balance. Slight bit of pine hop in the finish enhances the flavor and keeps things interesting. Not terribly rich, but decently complex. Pretty tasty.

M - Kind of thin bodied for the flavor profile. Also, WAY over carbonated; almost soda like. Some misfires here.

O - A really well done stout, just wish it had a better mouth feel. The taste pretty much makes up for it though and despite it's flaws, this one gets it more right than wrong. I'll buy again.

Photo of BierJager89
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha head.

S: Nose is typical of a stout, though a bit coffee forward to be more specific, with a touch of alcohol, dark chocolate, roasted malt and a touch of anise.

T: Very nice imperial stout. Roasty with some coffee and dark chocolate.

M: Creamy smooth and full bodied. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect.

O: An excellent example of the style. I love a good Imperial Stout.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a finger's worth of head which has below average retention. The head is creamy, medium beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Faint wisps of lacing and not much else.

Nose- Starts of with a good whiff of chocolate, followed by cocoa and a slight bit of coffee from the bottle. The background has cream and milk which come to the front from the glass. The glass is very milk stout and even has a touch of vanilla and some lactose. Swirling shows a little bit of nuttiness from the roasted malts.

Taste- Fairly reflective of the nose and starts off with soft touches of milk, cream, and vanilla which move into bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, and coffee notes. These aspects take over the flavor profile until a slight oatmeal with some chalkiness is expressed on the finish. Chocolate notes start to fade quickly and it's mostly cocoa, coffee, and roasted malts as the cream and milk fade to some extent. They remain in the background but are hardly as prominent as on my first taste. I wasn't really expecting much from this beer but it's a pretty competent stout. None of the 8.5% shows and it drinks very much like a milk stout. Not so much a winner in the presence and complexity departments but has good balance and integration. Above average to good, but mostly good. Cocoa gives off slight bubblegum but it's hardly noticeable.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with light carbonation and some grittiness and dryness on the finish. Slight creaminess on the linger, especially at the front of the mouth.

Drinkability- Incredibly easy going and has a sessionable quality to it despite the high ABV. 6 bucks a bomber seems to be a pretty fair price and is something I might purchase again.

Overall- Above average to good, but mostly good beer. Does nothing that really stands out but has no flaws and is very accessible. I would give this a try and I might buy it again.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Though black as night, the head was fairly small and didn't last that long or leave a whole bunch of lacing.

Aroma and flavor were nice and roasty, with a good pinch of burnt flavors for accent, and plenty of creamy milk chocolate, ample coffee, and a touch of bright citrus.

Body is pretty thick and creamy, carbonation is smooth and fairly low, finish is sweet chocolate and citrus.

Overall it's pretty tasty.

Photo of ADZA
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a luscious dark black hue with a creamy one finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is dark roasted coffee,chocolate malts,milk chocolate and a slight herbalness,the mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly carbonated and the tastes are dark and milky chocolate mixed with dark espresso and finished with a mix of roastiness and herbal hoppiness and overall a great drop that I could drink alnight a classic dessert beer.

Photo of StroppyMare
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured nice and dark with a tan head which didn't stick around long.
Smell: Almost exactly like an old style chocolate malt! Seemed very sweet.
Taste: Follows the nose. Chocolate, malt, molasses, a touch of coffee and malt. Did I mention malt?
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Not viscous.

Overall: A solid example of the style, but not balanced IMO. Glad I tried it, wouldn't turn it down if it were offered, but would choose something else myself.

Photo of RandomExile
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown opaque, bordering on black, virtually no head, brown ring, leaves no lacing
S: chocolate, coffee, caramel
T: toasty, woody, coffee, chocolate, bitter
M: medium-thick, bordering on syrupy, bites the tongue, dryish finish
O: maybe a little too sweet for me as a stout, but that's a possible upside for others. Most of the sweetness quickly disappears in the finish, leaving toasted wood and coffee.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

*12 oz. bottle* Ok, this is my first time of getting my hands wet with Left Coast Brewing. Lets see what we got. When poured this turned out to have a black body with a mocha lacing around my glass. When I popped this baby's cherry (cap). I could smell the aroma of German chocolate cake... mmm. After getting my head in to this I found highly roasted malts, with hints of coffee. German chocolate with a hint of mild pine oil. Interesting. After this beer made love to my sense of smell, now I want to plunge in and get a feel for her. The taste is bitter chocolate. Burnt malts follow yet not offensive. I pick up some cherry pit with hints of espresso. Slightly bitter finish leaves its mark on your taste buds. The feel on the palate is medium-light smooth body with a very tight and sharp carbonation.

Overall: This stout is pretty solid. Very decent roasted malt flavors with a nice touch of bitter chocolate. If complexity you're looking for.. this one is a little tamed, just to the point stout. The aroma for me is the highlight on this brew. I thought I was baking a German Chocolate Cake while brewing some morning coffee. This is very drinkable for being 8.5% abv. This one just doesn't scream excellence to me (IMO). This brew is worthy.

Photo of Pegasus
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep obsidian in color, with a coarse tan head, which retains well, and thick, scattered lacing.

Aroma: Strong aroma of bitter chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, cold coffee, and roasted barley.

Taste: Opens with prominent roasted barley. Moderate grapefruit hops soon appear. As the taste progresses, some sweet, warming alcohol manifests itself, as well as bitter chocolate, and cold coffee. Finishes with a mild, lingering wave of citric hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and very pleasant, with just a bit of stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very nicely made, perhaps a touch biased to the roasted barley and citric hops. A little more emphasis on the chocolate and cold coffee flavors would be most welcome.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of aquazr1
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass from a bottle. Pours black with a small head a very little lacing. The aroma is of roasted coffee with some chocolate. The roasted malt flavor enhances the mouth feel and taste. I was just expecting more depth. A well done stout.

Photo of brurevu
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my tasting notes: This beer was big and robust that poured a deep black with a decent fluffy head. The taste was outstanding with loads of sweet malts and a big burnt chocolate, bitter dark chocolate flavor that sustained itself nicely. The full creamy mouthfeel kept this substantial brew thick and satisfying. The Voodoo Stout was a fantastic stout and one I would drink again and again.

Photo of hopsputin
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: black with some dark brown notes peeking through. 2 finger tan head that fades pretty quickly

s: smells like your generic stout. roasted and toasted malt, dark & milk chocolate, a hint of malt sweetness. finishes creamy

t: follows the nose pretty well. roasted and toasted malt upfront, bitter baking chocolate, creamy milk choco. something almost oaky. finishes with malt sweetness

m: full mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation

o: fairly average stout. all the flavors work well together, and it tastes good. its warming, but theres no hint of alcohol in the flavor. still though, pretty average

Photo of Furlinator
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with almost no head and good lacing.

Smell is of coffee, caramel and toasted bread.

Taste follows the smell with bitter black coffee being dominant and roasted malt in the finish.

Light mouthfeel for a stout. Medium carbonation.

Very pleasant coffee and malts up front but, there is a bitter aftertaste that I find a little unsettling. Still, not a bad example of American stout.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Voo Doo pours a black color with a small but lacing head. There is a smokey aroma with strong coffee and roasted notes. The taste is much the same, lots of roasted and coffee flavors. Good and full bodied, and flavorful. Overall a very nice enjoyable stout.

Photo of Smurf2055
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours the standard stout color, four fingers of light tan head. Good lacing and retention.

Very rich smell, coffee. Robust.

Pretty watery, ashy taste.

Carbonation and a bitter aftertaste.

Pretty drinkable. Run of the mill. Somewhere between stout and export stout, not really my thing.

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