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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | 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 russwbeck:
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

A: Wynona pours out of the bottle a clear brown color and rests in my glass viscous brown. More than a finger of creamy brown head raises up and coats the side of the glass as it recedes, and it lasts forever. Bubbles race up the sides as well. Really nice looking American Brown.

S: Nuts, roast, caramel and roasted malts hit the nose big time. The roast and caramel are definitely the forefront, but the other aromas are not forgotten. I'm really impressed by the roast specifically. I've found it can be forgotten in this style.

T: The taste does not disappoint! This beer is much like a nice cup of coffee. Caramel malts provide the base for a huge assault of roast. The nutty aroma has taken a step back, but the balance between roast and malt is wonderful. Almost like a porter / brown ale combination. Hard to put this one down.

MF: Medium to thick body and rests on the palate nice and creamy. The carbonation is perfect for the size of this beer. Very drinkable, the alcohol is higher than I would expect, but it is hidden well.

O: This quickly became one of my favorite brown ales. This isn't a style I typically enjoy, but this beer really impresses me in all factors. I wish Voodoo had wider distribution! This should be coveted by all.

russwbeck, Aug 20, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of bsideone
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bsideone, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
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.

dogfishandi, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of gunnerlincoln
4.75/5  rDev +24%

gunnerlincoln, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

chinchill, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of dug_of_war
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

dug_of_war, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

stereosforgeeks, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

acurtis, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

JMS1512, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

KingHenry, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of caddybuyer
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.

caddybuyer, Sep 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ksiazewski, May 19, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
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.

NJpadreFan, Nov 05, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

prdstmnky, Jun 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

HeyJim, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +4.4%

whatname, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of TheChauffeur1
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

TheChauffeur1, Jul 06, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

fthegiants, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Damian74Shensky, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of prototypic
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.

prototypic, Aug 23, 2009
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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.

tempest, May 22, 2009
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Wynona's Big Brown Ale from Voodoo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.