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Voo Doo - Left Coast Brewing Company

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104 Reviews
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Reviews: 104
Hads: 524
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 29.73%
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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Reviews: 104 | Hads: 524
Photo of coldriver
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a opaque black with huge lovely head. Aroma is dark roasted malt and alcohol. Taste is coffee, slight chocolate, licorice and alcohol. Creamy but thin mouthfeel is lacking that strong bite you expect from stouts. This one got better as it warmed, but overall weak flavored.

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Photo of randal
2.19/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

One dimensional, boozy and thin for an American stout especially one that clocks in at 8.5%. I am reminded of Randy Mosher's advice on building a stout recipe to make the grain bill interesting beyond roasted malt.

"Let's see this beer is roasty and uh... roasty with some roast up front and then ... hmm... roasty."

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Photo of bmwats
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Black. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly quickly. Some sporadic lacing mostly retreats quickly back into the brew leaving a slight beer ring.

S: Smells of oak, dark chocolate, and molasses.

T: Unsweetened chocolate, roasted espresso.

M: Bittersweet throughout. Pungent finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark, intimidating appearance, and a nose of burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is basic, but again, burnt coffee, unsweetened chocolate, earthy malt. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of newsage
2.04/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

If this what an American stout taste like then F*ck American stouts.. no really this beer gives America and stouts a bad name. I Am a big fan of the stout but this beer taste weird like f*ckin play-dough. Avoid at all cost don't be fooled! try any other stout but this shit!

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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 CasanovaCummins
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seems a bit anemic for a stout. A bit on the watery side and not beefy enough. More of a bitter chocolate, watered down bitter chocolate.

I taste the threads of the chocolate, then streaks of the roasted barley. It doesn't come together seemlessly, but in waves of the individual flavors. I'm hoping that laying it down for a while will meld the flavors better. This has backbone, but needs some aging. Or some buffering up.

Not bad, nice enough, but not quite enough omphhh. User friendly. But not knock'em, sock'em robots.

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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 RJLarse
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Goofy's in Cheney.

Pours a walnut brown color and is opaque. Creamy 2 tone brown head.

Smell is a smoky, roasty aroma.

Taste is dominated by dark chocolate. A little sweetness and coffee on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodoed and smooth with a cloying character and some heat.

Drinkable but hardly sessionable at 8.5 ABV.

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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 McD0uche
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle of Voo Doo into chilled pint glass:

A: A very faint, light brown head appeared in the middle of the glass. A few bubbles showed up but around the periphery but faded quickly.

S: Like a chocolate-covered fruit. Slightly sweet. Hints of coffee.

T: Dark chocolate, sweet to bitter transition. Fruity? I can't pin it down, it fades very quickly.

M: Strong on the tongue for about a second and washes away fast. A little oily.

O: A decent stout overall. The flavor fades a little too quickly for my liking, and I kept reaching for more to keep the ride going.

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Photo of dmlasp
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, rich, malty, with some punch, and the consistency of motor oil. Very good; what a stout should be. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a stout glass; forms a thick head that dissipates reasonably quickly. This stout has a decent aroma and a creamy mouthfeel and a certain tanginess that may not be to everyone's liking, but that I enjoyed.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black into my snifter with only about a finger of head even with an aggressive pour. Head is tan in color with minimal retention and splotchy lacing.

S - Sweet and milky, roasted malts, licorice, dark fruits, coconut and bitter chocolate.

T - Roasted malts and sweetness are at the front of this. Milky espresso notes and bitterness are secondary, resinous hops and subtle dark fruit notes are present.

M - A little thin for my stout preference and washes from the palate too quickly.

O - Pretty decent stout, worth a try and would drink again in the future.

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Photo of vande
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of a couple of bottles that was enjoyed by friends while we watched the reality TV that's called the Travel Lodge's Parking lot....

Pour a deep, dark brownish-black leaving a thick and dirty looking layer of head... immediate notes of chocolate and coffee beans...which brings us to what happens in the palate... coffee is definitely present, along with a bitter dark chocolate... somewhat a creamier beer that was a touch thinner than russian imperials that I've enjoyed in the past... Overall though, a pretty decent offering...

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Photo of kcopelan002
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

serving- pint glass
appearance- dark brown with a tan head
smell- roasted malts
taste- dark malts, chocolate some hints of hop
mouthfell- medium carbonation medium thickness
overall- a decent stout with hints of chocolate. A very basic stout. Nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of SkipWeathers
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark with light brown head, quickly dissipating

S - Nothing too exceptional, coffee, caramel; not too aromatic

T - big coffee flavor, milk chocolate, roasted nuts

M - fizzy at first but soon went flat, somewhat chalky, not much lingering flavors so a bit thin

O - Pretty basic stout, but strong in alcohol; a little one-dimensional; worth a try though for stout enthusiasts

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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 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 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 wardealeo
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black, pours with a small brown-red head. Smells of roasted coffee and come chocolate and the taste follows through on that but gets a little unbalanced and overbearing. It's a bit heavy to handle, though I'd like to try it again and revisit it.

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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 July2Nov
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark, dark black/brown with a dirty/off-white three-finger head that stays for sometime, but subsides to a respectable thicker lacing afterwards.

Smell: Roasted coffee and coco and some syrup scents coming through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: As the nose hinted toward, there is a roasted milky/coffee flavor that is very apparent, along with a very syrupy flavor. the Syrup flavor is too intense to really enjoy this beer to the fullest. There is too much carbonation in the beer, that takes away from the enjoyment and it tends to be on the acidic style. Aftertaste leaves a stinging hangup in the throat. Also tends to be very watery and lighter in body.

Overall: This stout left me underwhelmed. I was looking forward to something with a bit more heft on it and was disappointed. It was just too watery for my total enjoyment. Maybe I had a bad bottle or something happened with it being shipped over seas, but I would probably never buy another bottle of this. Sorry Left Coast, but I gave it a shot.

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Photo of felipe2toes
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a khaki head. Looks like syrup coming out of the bottle.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate.

Starts off OK with flavors following the nose with coffee and chocolate and cocoa. But then it finishes with some really acrid and just plain bad bitterness.

Mouthfeel was very off-putting because of chalky and strange feeling film that coated my mouth. Syrupy at first, then strange chalkiness to finish. Not drinkable at all, couldn't finish bottle.

Not a very good experience with this particular brew.

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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 mrasskicktastic
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brew, large head, no lacing.

S - Dark malt, faint char, a bit of earthy hops.

T - Slightly sweet dark malt, char, earthy hops. Aftertaste is earthy and a bit charred. Simple, but excellent.

M - Thin, refreshing, a little harsh. Pretty nice.

D - Very good! The beer is simple, straight-forward and delicious. I'd love to have on tap.

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

A nice extra from my man SwillinBrew.
Pours black into my chalice with brown mocha head, glistening in the dim light. Solid pair of finger-widths.
Big chocolate aroma, a little bit of coffee, some caramel as well. Not super complex, but very nice.
Chocolate is all up in my mouf. Bittersweet with some creamy caramel, so nice. Almost no roast and very little hop presence here. It all works together very well though. Creamy and chewy.
I'm a bit surprised at the grades on this so far, as every reviewer seems to think this is a good beer. It is what it is..I enjoyed it tremendously.
Thanks, chief.

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