Wynona's Big Brown Ale - Voodoo Brewing Company
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Reviews by Foxman:
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It pours a hazy, warm mahogany with edges of ruby. A fat finger of foamy light tan head sustains almost eternally. Hooks of lacing quote along the inside of the glass.
In the aroma, dark fruits front with plum, dates, and raisins. Then a soft swatch of toffee, coffee, and cocoa come about. Hops spice rather then distinguish, and the alcohol is on the cusp.
Upon sipping, there presents the earthy fruitiness of sweet roasted malt, with sloe and dates joining a sugary dark chocolate blend. Coffee and biscuit are credibly spiced by a zesty, aromatic twist of hops. Alcohol is apparent, but coyly. A mild tartness is shadowed by a deep, charred bitterness rounded by dark bread crust and espresso. The finish is more bitter than crisp but cleans up as it fades. It's a malty wench with a nicely complex nature.
Medium bodied, it feels a tad thin at the outside of the palate, but the malt character and hoppy glow make a fun pair.
It's easy to make a malty beer, but this is an example of a well crafted, deftly blended malt-bomb with a distinct complexity. The hops bring in just enough to let you know that balance isn't utterly abandoned, just biased. It's rocking a beat of alcohol but it still goes down smooth and clean. Finding this in front of me will always bring a knowing grin to my face.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2008 16:58:59 | More by Foxman
More User Reviews:
3.23/5 rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Not sure when or where I've first had this, but it's been a while, and I figured I'd review a bottle.
Poured into a Voodoo bell tulip, dark brown in color, with a finger of tan head that retained as a thick collar and laced the glass. Aroma of chocolate malts and caramel, some dark fruit notes going on as well. This beer can be a bit inconsistent I've found. This particular bottle I think may have been off. There was the typical characteristics of a brown ale here, dark malts, somewhat roasty, caramel sweetness, but also an underlying fruity taste that was sort of in the acetaldehyde / cidery range. Not really sure what was going on here, and it's been a while since I've had this beer, so I can't really compare it to past tastings. Medium body, pretty smooth, but again, a bit messy, off, inconsistent. Worth a try, but definitely not one of Voodoo's best.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2014 16:59:07 | More by Rifugium
Wynona's Big Brown Ale from Voodoo Brewing Company
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