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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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231 Ratings
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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!!

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006)
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Reviews by jampics2:
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4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

22oz bottle into a snifter.

This beer poured a brown color with a bit of red around the edges. Opaque after it settles, which took a bit of time. A nice fluffy white head crowns the brown ale in style. Some good retention and lace are also noted.

Wynona's Big Brown Ale is a brown ale that almost crosses the line towards being a nutty porter IMO. There's some really nice roasted malt that gives a decadent and smooth chocolate smell, much like hot cocoa. Some well-integrated nuttiness is also noted. This has a nice, full nose but could stand to be a touch more expressive.

Luckily, the beer does bring the flavor. This tastes great! Sweet caramel and roasted malt come across like chocolate flavored sweetened coffee. Dark toffee and dark fruit are present in the climax of the taste. Then, a touch of bitterness subsides and this finishes with some great nuttiness. The Shorts PB&J beer had ruined nuttiness for me for a while now because of the way the peanuts and infection jelled into one taste, but this has such good flavor it's got me back on-board.

The beer is medium bodied with more than adequate carbonation. Too much carbonation. Sparkles like champagne. That's the big bummer here. If the carb was dialed down and the sparkle subsided, we'd be looking at one of my favorite new Brown Ales. As is, I'd give another vintage a shot the next time I'm out in PA. Another pretty impressive tasting beer from Voodoo!

11-19-2010 21:58:18 | More by jampics2
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-29-2014 16:28:58 | More by bsideone
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

09-29-2011 04:16:31 | More by Mora2000
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%

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.

04-02-2011 02:18:41 | More by dogfishandi
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

07-28-2014 22:54:37 | More by gunnerlincoln
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

09-12-2009 14:28:00 | More by WVbeergeek
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-02-2014 03:49:30 | More by chinchill
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

07-03-2013 01:06:41 | More by dug_of_war
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-18-2013 17:54:33 | More by stereosforgeeks
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-08-2014 21:57:18 | More by acurtis
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-13-2014 17:45:51 | More by JMS1512
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-23-2012 00:11:14 | More by KingHenry
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

09-27-2011 22:10:36 | More by caddybuyer
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-19-2012 03:53:43 | More by ksiazewski
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

11-05-2007 23:15:30 | More by NJpadreFan
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-28-2013 01:06:14 | More by prdstmnky
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

03-24-2013 01:44:32 | More by HeyJim
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-26-2014 16:21:56 | More by Griffith
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Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

12-10-2008 03:43:14 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-19-2012 12:19:45 | More by whatname
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2.88/5  rDev -24.8%

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

07-06-2009 13:38:58 | More by TheChauffeur1
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-29-2014 17:55:24 | More by fthegiants
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-14-2013 02:11:15 | More by Damian74Shensky
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3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

08-23-2009 03:23:49 | More by prototypic
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4.1/5  rDev +7%

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.

05-22-2009 17:38:31 | More by tempest
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Wynona's Big Brown Ale from Voodoo Brewing Company
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