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Wynona's Big Brown Ale - Voodoo Brewing Company

Wynona's Big Brown AleWynona's Big Brown Ale

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%

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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Photo of Darkmagus82


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a tiny white film of a head. The film faded relatively quickly yielding to little lacing.
Smell- The smell is largest of a chocolate and a roasted malt aroma. Mixed with this is a lighter sweet smell of caramel as well as some notes of a nutty nature.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of a roasted and nutty nature. The nutty and roasty flavor are a backbone of the beer which maintain their strength throughout the taste. With these flavors is a lighter caramel sweetness up front. More toward the middle of the taste chocolate flavors begin to come to the tongue. While this occurs the caramel gets stronger and a lighter herbal hop flavor come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to the end where a light, but quite noticeable, alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. In the end they leave a very nice darker and warming flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather light (not surprising for a cask). The lower carbonation is quite nice for the flavors, although a bit more creaminess of body may have been better for the darker flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather enjoyable brew. One to try if the chance arises as it has a nice flavor profile and just the right amount of booziness to give it a nice warming feel but yet maintain great drinkability.

Serving type: cask

10-31-2012 00:21:03 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Hojaminbag


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on cask, so it was room temperature with a pretty good sized head and no carbonation. Dark brown body.

Smells pretty damn malty. Chocolate, roasted malts, caramel.

Definitely a huge malty brown here. I don't really notice any hops in this one, but all kinds of malts are in there. Chocolate flavors, toffee, caramel, roasted characters. A pretty solid brown, but definitely a maltier take on the style.

Mouthfeel is on the the heavier side of medium bodied.

Pretty drinkable, I like this one. A solid beer.

Serving type: cask

02-03-2009 04:02:24 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: cask

12-10-2008 03:43:14 | More by Sammy
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on cask at Cole's during their cask ale fest
16oz pint for $5
poored a very deep brown with a think mocha head
Smelled like roasted almonds, malts
tasted of malts with a nutty roasted almond flavor sitting in there nicely
good body not thin like most of the other brown ales I've tried
very good to drink so far the best brown ale I've had

Serving type: cask

12-07-2008 16:12:13 | More by sliverX
Photo of mscudder


3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 02:10:43 | More by mscudder
Photo of micromaniac129


3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown with a mocha head on top. The head is dense but not tall.
Aroma is quite porter like which I wasn't expecting and robust.
Plenty of roasted malts aroma.
taste is similar, with a rich roasted malt taste. Not overly pronounced butr lighter then a porter.
Drinks thick and creamy.
Surprizingly good with desent flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 12:14:48 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Jimmys


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into Rastal 0.3L. no bottled on date.

A: relatively clear, moderate brown hue. head is a shade of brown, but otherwise very white. retention is quite good, as is the lacing.

S: dark chocolate, a bit of coffee. there is a decent amount of American hops sprinkled in with what is otherwise mostly all-grain aroma-wise. really roasty, smells similar to a porter.

T: roasty and chocolaty both at the beginning and especially at the conclusion of the sip. slightly astringent. a little soapy? finish is bitter before turning to more astringency. more chocolate.

M: moderate amount of carb on a very medium, almost full body.

D: a good drinking, strong brown ale. good/great aroma, good flavor. the astringency is almost too strong as I wouldn't hate for a little softer malt profile to keep things biscuit and a bit rounder. not bad non-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 05:31:05 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Oakenator


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker brown with a full head that disappates to mostly a rim around the glass. Clean filtered. Aroma is darker malts, brown sugar and maple syrup. Flavor is much of the same - good quality brew. Good balance - not too thick for the beginning of spring, but not too thin to give some heartiness to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 18:13:20 | More by Oakenator
Photo of Cylinsier


4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a deep mostly translucent brown, tan thin head dissipates to a lacing.

Roasted coffee and hints of hop in the nose.

Flavor is of roasted coffee with some acidic tartness and the aforementioned subdued hop bitterness, on the nutty side.

Medium body with a subtle tingly carbonation.

Good flavor and drinkability, nice balance in the coffee and hop elements, would definitely have again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 14:00:28 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of TheMultiYeast


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark opaque brown with a finger of beige head. Great lacing.

Smell is malt forward with coffee, roasted almonds, some chocolate, and just enough hop aroma.

Tasty stuff..nutty and malty with smooth roasted character. Well balanced with piney hop flavors.

Medium bodied, lingering bitterness, could have a few of these.

More good stuff from Voodoo..Go get it.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 03:39:46 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of russwbeck


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 22:52:59 | More by russwbeck
Photo of mactrail


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a lovely golden walnut brown in the glass. Some swirly foam and a nice carbonation in the mouth. Fairly light bodied but full of flavor. Aroma of oats and toffee.

Sweet and grainy is the first impression. A vast amount of roasted malt, though the beer is not so thick or sugary. It's just quite richly flavored with a tang to it. It even tastes like there is a touch of the barrel and a hint of macaroons. Dark caramel, too. The hops are well balanced with the malt, and give bitter. Ends on a more herbal note with some roasted barley.

This is certainly a superior Brown Ale that should give other brewers something to shoot for. The nuttiness with just enough richness, and a good dose of hops is totally drinkable. From Food and Friends in Philadelphia, in the 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 22:36:53 | More by mactrail
Photo of PappyVanWink


5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I took this Big Brown Beer & I stuck it up in the air, I said sure do love this Big Brown Beer & I wish I did have a pair.

A- Well It's Beaver Brown of course.

S- Smells like Seven Layers, (it'd go good with TacoBell) some nice Hops on the nose.

T- It's like a normal Brown ale on steroids, you can taste the malty backbone but the hops are all over this too.

M- Creammmmyyyy

O- Great Beer, only problem was it went too fast!

The Rib & Chop House in town has this on tap, it's my go to beer to have with Steak.
Drank this with Rex, Lou & his old baboon...

Drink it,
It's Good,
Pappy Says So!

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 22:01:30 | More by PappyVanWink
Photo of vande


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a deep, dark mahogany color that upon the initial pour has a thicker looking head that vanishes quickly leaving a light lacey after affect

s - coco and brown sugar [can it be?]...Malty, caramel, sweetness....if only all browns could smell this scrumptious.

t - wow. Good stuff! Coco powder, toffee, chocolate covered nutty goodness...This is a brown Ale I could get used to [if I could get more...] damn....

m - lighter to medium bodied, sort of evaporates into your palate leaving a pleasant memory behind....even somewhat of a smoky after affect?

o - a Great Brown ale... One I would definitely drink again. And a again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 04:01:52 | More by vande
Photo of burnstar


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown. Medium sized dense persistent off-white head. Mild malty smell. A little chocolate and some sweetness in the nose. Taste is mostly toasted malt. Some chocolate notes again. Fairly low sweetness. Just a little herbal hop flavor. Some bitterness throughout from the hops and maybe some roasted malt. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel but not too heavy. Extremely drinkable. Pretty good stuff overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 21:36:27 | More by burnstar
Photo of metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:11:56 | More by metter98
Photo of gestyr


4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22Oz bomber into a schooner.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with red highlights when held to the light. Head is tan, viscous and long lasting.

S: Malty, roasty, caramel, slight bit of dark fruit, hops

T: Nice. A good balance between the malts, the caramel, the roastiness and the bitterness which appears last.

M: Nice medium body. Very creamy feeling. No carbonation sting but you know it is carbonated.

O: A very enjoyable beer. A good representation of the style. Would pair very nicely with a beef stew and some sharp cheddar cheese.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:19:45 | More by gestyr
Photo of aorloski


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served room temperature.

Appearance - pours incredibly dark brown, closer to black than anything. A decent amount of head on this one, maybe about a finger. Expected at this ABV. Pours pretty creamy/lighter side. Reminds me of a DFH Palo Santo but less viscous.

Smell - Smells great, very good nut brown quality OVER THE TOP. Roasted characters, chocolate, deep dark malts and a mild hint of peat.

Taste - Follows the nose, but better. I am pretty damn impressed by this beer, honestly it is pretty fucking complex. The nut brown qualities are right up front, unmistakable and then it morphs into this really robust malty, nutty and chocolatey velvet goodness in your mouth. A hint of bitterness brings out the dark chocolate qualities. Really just a fantastic beer.

Mouthfeel - So creamy, velvet like, carbonation perfect for this.

Overall - I got this as an extra in a trade and so happy i did, you can't find these in boston. This reminds me a lot of palo santo marron but about 2 steps down. Which to me is a good thing. I love palo santo, but if i saw this stuff around i would probably pick it over it. Really a great offering, and my first Voodoo beer. Good job guys, will be looking for more in the future!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 06:56:38 | More by aorloski
Photo of superspak


3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle date. I got a gusher. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a nice dense 2-3 fingers of light tan head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts forever. Some nice lacing clings around the glass as well. Aromas of roasted malt, caramel, bread, apple skin, light dark fruit, chocolate, and some molasses. I think it is safe to say my bottle might be a bit infected. The apple skin aroma just throws everything off. Taste quite a bit better: big caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, chocolate, bitter coffee, molasses, nuttiness, and spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, molasses, bread, nuttiness, and spices. Nice balance of flavor and bitterness. A bit of a metallic flavor is present as well. Medium bodied with big full carbonation; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel with big prickly carbonation. Overall for probably being infected, this is an ok brown ale. I will definitely give it another shot sometime, the bomber is only 6 bucks.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 03:38:50 | More by superspak
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 16:21:12 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Paymygasbill77


4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a beer mug. This beer pours a Very dark reddish-brown with a decent light brown head. Nice Lacing.

S: Molasses or brown sugar. This really smells great! It made me want to drink it.

T: Molasses and chocolate malt flavors up front that lingers and blends nicely with the mildly bitter finish. This beer is not too sweet and not too dry; very well balanced.

M: Full bodied and almost creamy at times.

O: This is a well-crafted brown ale that pulls you in and makes you want more. I find it to be very well balanced and flavorful. If you like a American-style brown ale this one is for you!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 17:51:46 | More by Paymygasbill77
Photo of Mora2000


3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 04:16:31 | More by Mora2000
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 22:10:36 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of womencantsail


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head.

S: Lightly roasty with some coffee notes and a nice toasted malt aroma. Quite a bit of toasted nuts, maybe a bit of chocolate, too. A bit sweet with some toffee notes.

T: A fairly strong coffee flavor, a good amount of roasted malt, too. Some toasted malts and chocolate, maybe a bit of dark fruit flavor, too. A light earthy hop flavor and a hint of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Maybe a little bit too roasty for me, but not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:45:30 | More by womencantsail
Photo of siege06nd


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to B0knows for this one. Poured into my Sammy Perfect Pint...

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with that nice ruby tobacco sunburst I've come to love from the better examples of this style. A disappointing quarter finger tan head from a fairly aggressive pour. Decent lacing.

S: Well that's quite nice, thank you. Strong coffee roast, mild biscuit malt, and a faint smokey quality. A good smelling brown ale here.

T: Oh very good, gents, very good. Sweet malt, roasted biscuity and coffee. A caramel sweetness lingers in the background. This is tasty and always light. Good job.

M: Excellent. Captures this style near perfectly. Carbonation is a little heavier and the roasted qualities really stand out against it. It's complex and savory but remarkably light and refreshing.

O: A great example of a style that is often "mailed in". This isn't your daddy's brown ale. This is a complex, enjoyable, well-crafted brew that will hang in there with a porter or IPA any day. Great job!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 19:12:31 | More by siege06nd
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Wynona's Big Brown Ale from Voodoo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.