Wynona's Big Brown Ale - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Wynona's Big Brown AleWynona's Big Brown Ale

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

his is named after a song that sparked the idea to make this ale. Brown ales seem to be there, but not really there, do you know what I mean? Well that won't be the mistake with Wynona! Voodooed out this style and add more that's what we say. Hoppy and smooth hints of chocolate and tons of brown malt to let you know it's there. Try the brown, You'll be Happy You Did!!
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Reviews by Foxman:
Photo of Foxman
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma if full of cinnamon, hazelnuts, toffee and caramel. A nice, semi-complex aroma that hits all the things I look for in a brown ale.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of toffee and cinnamon, as well as some very light smoked notes. There is also a little bit of alcohol noticeable in the flavor, but it is fairly well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to PittRooney for this bottle and many others!

12 oz bottle pulled from the fridge allowed to warm up for 20 minutes or so, poured into an imperial pint glass. 12/10 written in marker on the cap.

pours out a nice dark brown color, almost a little ruby red when held to the light. fairly clear body. big 2-3 fingers of light tan colored head off of the pour that faded to a thick, creamy, retentive layer. some nice sticky lace.

the aroma is mostly that of light roasted malt and coffee. some very light fruits behind all the malt and maybe just a touch metallic and a touch of bakers chocolate.

a very nice taste. a nice balance between sweet and bitter. lots of lightly roasted malt, brown malt, and coffee at the forefront. some bakers chocolate, light fruits, and kind of an earthy hop at the finish with a little bitterness.

medium bodied, maybe just a little more body than your average brown, but i welcome it. i wouldve never guessed 7.3%.

a solid brown ale, coffee flavors and brown malt are the the highlights here. bigger and better than your average brown. if your ever have the chance to try this, i definatly suggest you do.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank god for the Big Pour, on tap in the Burgh!!! I didn't even know they kegged their beers but Bocktown is pouring Wynona's Big Brown Ale and Pilzilla right now. this one pours a deep mahogany brown hue with some ruby highlights peaking through, dark cola like head reflects well through the somewhat dimmed lights of Bocktown. Aroma has the dark semi sweet cocoa and coffee blend with a nut bread edge to it. Herbal hops reach out and grab your senses as well. A touch of anise black licorice grabs ahold as well. Flavor carries it out nicely with complex black roasted malts and chewy brown ale notes, mild coffee with herabl rolling hops and again more of the black licorice kick in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied tight even carbnoation this is much better than the carbonation issues they've had in some of their bottled offerings. Drinkability is all around excellent one of the best brown ales I've tasted in the past few years of getting deeper into beer.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled bomber into a wine glass.

A-Murky brown dark tea with a scuddy ring of a head. Pretty lackluster, unfortunately.

S-Sweet caramel and roasted nut malts. Not picking up much hopping here, but it is a very nice nose.

T-Astringent bitter hops hit the palate first, then give way to a sweet, slick, buttery roasted malt finish. Detecting some coffee and cocoa here. Not terribly complex.

M-This is a bit of an oddball because the slickness is at odds with a rather thin mouthfeel. Somewhat overcarbonated.

O-This one left me a bit flat. I was expecting more in the taste department. Pretty lackluster brew that will not find a space in my cellar.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Voodoo- Wynona's Big Brown (beaver?)

Picked up a bottle at Capone's- Norristown, PA

A- Murky muddy brown with a over-carbonated frothy head. Poured a 1/3 of a glass waited several minutes and repeat.
S- Strong cocoa, oak, and hazelnut.
T- sweet brown sugar with flavors of oak chip, bitter chocolate, hazelnut and almond,tobacco leaves, with a light touch of fig.
M- Very sweet and hot up front. Alc stays with you throughout. This 1 finishes of bone dry with an aftertaste of cocoa.

Overall- Aside from some serious over carbonation, this was a definite sipper! Another good beer from Voodoo.

Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on cask at Cole's cask festival. A malt job, not overally drinkable cask when others are available, but would drink a pint if thirsty and only water, coffee, and prune juice would be my alternatives.Simcoe, Amarillo and Northern Brewer, chocolate malt.
Had again in 2010 fest and it was a lot better. An attack of hops and then sweetness overwhelms.

Photo of TheChauffeur1
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones. This one just did not do it for me. The color was a dark off brown that was somewhat clear with a good tan head. Light lacing with a burnt roasted malt smell. There is a nice hop aroma. But I could not get the burned malt out of my nose. Surprisingly I tasted coffee hints. This beer seemed tilted, unbalanced. The hops and malt did not blend well. In the mouth it seemed to bubbly for this style otherwise it was ok. I had a 4 oz sample and that was enough for me. I wish I dug this beer as much as I dig Primus. Later

Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to guinnessdoc for this one.

Wynona's Big Brown Ale pours a dark cola brown color. It's nearly opaque, but a bit of light cuts through and reveals some burgundy highlights. An enormous tan head caps it off and reaches over four fingers tall. It looks to be a tad overcarbonated. It's very slow to dissipate completely. Lacing was a little lighter than expected. Pretty good overall.

The nose is pretty good, but a far cry from great. It's very malty and features a mix of roasted and caramel malts. Smells a little charred. A bit of brown sugar is noted. Somehow it doesn't quite smell sweet though. Hops are noted and are surprisingly strong. I've had this beer for a few months and am unsure of its age. But, the hops are a pleasant surprise. Alcohol is blended well and isn't too strong. A slight buttery or butterscotch scent creeps in on the tail. All in all, it's pretty good, but is just a tad convoluted and lacks identity.

The flavor profile is again, pretty good, but can't seem decide what it wants to be. It is very malty. Caramel and roasted malts are flavorful and give it a nice base. There's a hint of brown sugar, but it's not sweet. Hops are still very lively and very bitter. They taste mostly like pine. It's slightly buttery toward the end. Alcohol is not noted at all. I'm a little on the fence about this beer. I'm not loving it, but it's growing on me. I like the idea of hop forward brown ale...a lot. This one's pretty good and it's grown on me enough to warrant a score bump. It's a close call, but it's the right one.

Wynona is more light-medium than big. Carbonation is on the excessive side and hinders its feel a little. It's just too bubbly and would improve with an adjustment there. Drinkability is good. I like the flavor and it's going down easy. It's not overly strong, so there's not too much to worry about there.

Wynona's Big Brown Ale is a pretty good, novel brown ale. It could use a couple of tweaks. I don't say this often, but I think less hops might really improve it. That aspect of it just doesn't gel extremely well with its malty base and seems to mask some of its other flavors too much. Carbonation could also use a tweak. It's excessive as it is. All in all, I like the concept and the overall result is a success. The execution isn't perfect, but it does the job. As a side note, any Primus fan will appreciate the opportunity to try this beer. I am...on both counts. Thanks, Josh.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Oh man, this is a brown ale for brown ale lover, big rich, and just drinkable enough to get you in trouble. We're talking milk chocolate, caramel, and toffee also with a balance of bread roast that reminded my of dark toast and crust. Surprisingly smooth. Really, watch out for this beer.

Photo of PretzelCity
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep mahogany into the glass with a thin cream head.
S-Lots of malt with a good amount of chocolate and some hops.
T-Lightly roasted brown malts with a little bit of a hop presence up front and some chocolate in the finish
M-Mouthfeel is good, light medium body, light carbonation, rolls over the tongue. Nice!
D- Drinkability is high in this one. Really smooth, easy to drink brown ale. I liked this one a lot. A good offering from a great brewery.

Photo of mscudder
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a pint.

A - Deep mocha hue with a one-finger khaki head. Fair retention with little lacing.

S - Chocolate, bitter coffee, toffee and caramel malt. Sweet, even for a brown.

T - Milk chocolate is the dominate taste here, bitter coffee is in attendance. Roasted flavors blend nicely to make this a unique brown. I question how close this is to a milk stout though...

M - Creamy medium body with light carbonation.

O - This is a fine example of a brew that is better than the sum of its parts. A brown which combines a creamy body with some good flavors, without being overly robust.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark chocolate brown look.

S- Smell of bittersweet chocolate with a slit hint of coffee from the malt.

T-Taste of mild hops and bittersweet chocolate.

M- Very moist creamy and smooth. The bittersweet malt linger through out the sip.

D- I must say this is a tasty beer. A worth another bottle.


Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep chocolate brown (dark ruby-sherry highlights in the light) with a huge 3 finger mushroom head that was cinnamon-khaki in color and displayed very good retention eventually settling to a foamy ½ finger layering.

S: smooth and soft with roasted chocolate and coffee bean scents.

T: fruity (cherries) which was quickly followed by a dark roasted bitterness. The sweet fruity nature and astingent bitterness plays well off each other with some alcohol detection. The finish finds some bitter chocolate and a nice roasted malting that is rich and dark but also quick off the tongue which makes you anxiously await the next sip. There is a lingering dry fruity (cherries) alcohol nature this is nicely woven into the finish.

M: light, smooth in texture with a good effervesce felt on the tongue. A dry coffee grind fade graces the tongue.

D: pretty good, a nice dark roasted brown that packs a big but smooth dark roasted bitterness. Worthy.

Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky medium, teetering on dark, brown color... Carbonation rises and clings along the sides of the glass... A tan frothy head sits atop and show decent retention... Leaves circles on the glass as the session proceeds...

S - Sweet gooey caramel... Toffee... Butter... Brown sugar... Modest roasted malts... Hints of weak coffeee... Some dark fruit...

T - The taste mirrors the nose but isn't slightly less assertive... The roasted malt seems to rise to the top with the sweet caramel taking a back seat... Everything seems to work well together...

M - Smooth and creamy... Medium bodied... Moderate carbonation... Slightly chalky texture left after each sip...

D - An excellent brown ale... I'm a sucker for beers named after the songs of my youth (this may be the only one) and I wasn't dissappointed. A wonderful introduction to Voodoo Brewing... If the rest of their creations are this good, I can't wait to try them...

Photo of charlesw
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Seriously over carbonated. Scary artwork on the bottle. Bad spelling and grammar on the case and many of the bottles in it. And... WTF are they talking about? Some inside joke they have? They claim to have been brewing for 10 years but, wow, do they ever have, like, no reviews here. And then...

Yeah. This one tastes a heck of a lot like the pilzilla. Golly. Must be the yeast or some other funkiness in the brewery. Only the pilzilla is a lager, isn't it? Whatever. Let me try another one or two from the brewery before deciding if they all have that same flavor to them... Still... Pretty unbalanced. Fizzy. Way too much chocolate. Like... It's like... Well, it's like homebrew - the first time brewing a recipe (before you tweak it). That chocolate would surely mellow with age but I'm not keeping this one around long enough for anything like that to happen...

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Wegman's in State College and poured in to a Duvel tulip.

A - Dark brown during the pour and almost black once it settled in the glass. Half a finger of off-white head formed and slowly receded.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, a touch of coffee, hazelnut.

T - Roasted malts, hazelnut, coffee, chocolate. Somewhat reminiscent of a stout. A very robust flavour profile.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Great big caramel light brown head forms with some soapy character but with much staying power. Body is classic brown dark chestnut with red hues, slightly clear.. great looking brown here. Nice clumpy island of retention head too.

Nose is a great milk chocolate, and ripped husky like grain and malt. Real enjoyable.

A mild grain taste with a slow lingering malt on the swallow. The flavor really punches in the aftertaste to linger so nicely. Mild hop sting it seems on the finish too. Great solid texture mixing with the palate all over.

Overall a fantastic brown ale end of story.

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark amber in color and poured with a quarter finger high head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of chocolate and dark malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and has also has some hints of toffee.
There are some metallic flavors in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking brown ale that would make a good accompaniment to food, particularly a burger.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Holland Pint glass.

Pours a deep mahogany with a thin fizzy head that doesn't last.

Aromas of caramel malt, no hops really to speak of, though. As it warms, a little citrus comes through, from the hops used, leaning more toward orange. Some cocoa notes after it warms, way in the back of the aromas.

First sip is like the aroma, caramelly, on the sweeter side. Any hops are there for balance, but not tasting anything. Could this be an old bottle? No, too cold. As it warms, the hops start to make their presence known. Some orange citrus flavors come through to balance out the caramelly malt. Nice contrast between the caramel and the citrus. Also, a little chocolate comes through at the end of the sip after it warms up.

Mouthfeel is very spritzy, a little overcarbonated for my taste, with too much carbonic bite. Even after it warms, it still has a bit of a bite to it. Should be a little softer in the mouthfeel.

This is a good, drinkable beer. However, due to carbonation level, may lead to a full gassy feeling, that would not lend itself to being sessionable. If not for that, this would be a very drinkable beer.

Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour into victory pint glass. Dark brown almost black color. American hops burnt choclate nose. Followed by thin body. You can really taste the american hops and burnt chochlate slight etoh. overall solid brown ale would drink again. Proably my second favorite hoppy brown but prefer Brooklyn Brown

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are initially nutty with a solid maltiness. There was a wide range of roasted nuttiness; really enjoy when brown ales use old school brown malts. Hiding behind all the roasted nuts was a splash of sweet caramel, a drop of milk chocolate and a subtle hint of roasted coffee beans.

The taste was also nutty and roasted brilliance. You can find all the same type of nuts that were in the aroma here in the taste. Following the roasted nuts was some dark roasted malts, a nice amount of bitter chocolate and a very subtle touch of sweet caramel.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a full flavored dry roasted aftertaste of roasted nuts, a hint of dark roasted malts and a touch of dark chocolate.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It really is a superb example of a Brown ale for an extremely reasonable price. Packed with numerous flavors and tastes it is one to be enjoyed during a nice chilly day or even a warmer one because it is so dynamic. Because it is so delicious I could pound this but it shouldn't be, just because it so amazing. Voodoo is a great brewery that I have yet to have a bad offering from.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this about a month ago in a 12 oz bottle.

A - Poured a mahogany deep brown with an inch of head. Pretty nice.

S - I can smell caramel, toffee, and cinnamon

T - Not a bad Brown ale. More bitter than expected. Taste is great with the caramel and toffee flavors with bitter finish. Pretty nice.

M - Pretty medium bodied and full of flavor.

D - Well not the best brown ale I ever had but still highly drinkable. Pretty nice brown ale.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz brown bottle not dated

Voodoo Brewing Wynona's Big Brown Ale poured a dark brown color with a 1-finger tan head that dissipated rather quickly to form fine bubbly lacing - almost like a film circling my mug. The aroma is of warm caramel, chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is dominated by British Brown malt giving this ale its nice sweet nut character. Present also is the flavors of chocolate, caramel, with a light grapefruit citrus towards the finish accompanied with a touch of warming alcohol. Mouth feel is a medium body with a medium almost fizzy carbonation.

Wynona's Big Brown Ale is a bold Brown Ale that is rich and full flavored - thumbs-up Voodoo.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 220z bomber into an imperial pint. Extra special thanks to mikereaser for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours a deep, dark (nearly black) cola-brown with an incredibly thick and pillowy khaki-colored head. That retains forever (maybe a little too long, if that's even possible) and leaves gobs of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Very nice aromas of melty caramel, heavily roasted malt, fudge, dark chocolate, molassas, dark fruit, piney hops, cocoa nibs, cherry, and maybe a touch of espresso. A tiny oaky/buttery aroma creeps in as it comes up to temp.

T: Pretty much a mirror image of above with the minor additions of brownies, bakers chocolate, brown sugar, and pan roasted nuts.

M: Prickly and spicy with a really long, dry finish. Loads of dry, raw bittersweet chocolate during the whole thing. Peppery on the tongue.

D: Really great, big brown beer. I feel like it could use a touch more sweetness to fully achieve greatness. I thoroughly enjoyed this!

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Wynona's Big Brown Ale from Voodoo Brewing Company
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