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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BA SCORE
86
very good

104 Reviews
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Reviews: 104
Hads: 268
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 15
Gots: 27 | 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 ZeroSignal:
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no date, poured into DFH Snifter

A - Super dark, opaque pour with just a hint of brown at the bottom of the snifter. Half a finger or so of toasted marshmallow colored head. Retention settles to a thin layer across the top of the brew; loose lacing.

S - Big, earthy nose with a heavy hit of chocolate malt; more reminiscent of a stout then most browns I'm used to. But hey, it smells darn good so I'm into it.

T&M - Ton's of malt on the palate, with big roasted malt and chocolate flavors. There's also a lot of bitterness after the malt subsides a bit, with a grapefruit and piney flavor. Alcohol is well hidden behind the big flavors.

O - Certainly the maltiest, and also most bitter, brown that I've ever had. Lot's of characteristics that remind me of stouts and strong dark ales. A very tasty brew. (822 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsideone
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,156 characters)

Photo of gunnerlincoln
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (973 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of KingHenry
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of caddybuyer
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of ksiazewski
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (596 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of HeyJim
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tdm168
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheChauffeur1
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
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 (538 characters)

Photo of fthegiants
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Wynona's Big Brown Ale from Voodoo Brewing Company
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