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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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86
very good

243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | 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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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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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 brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Like other reviewers have noted, this one is way overcarbonated, so the good news is that the head lasts forever and the lacing is excellent; the bad news is it is hard to find the liquid right away, but when it appears it is coffee brown

Smell: Rich milk coffee aroma with a burnt brown sugar and butterscotch aspect

Taste: Opens with a roasty, almost smoked flavor that has elements of milk chocolate developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the surprising hop presence kicks in to announce that this ain't your father's brown ale; piney finish mingling with the brown ale elements

Mouthfeel: There is so much carbonation that it is a struggle to taste the elements of this beer; I guess you would say that the mouthfeel is medium but it is hard to say

Drinkability: If it weren't for the overcarbonation, this would be a fine drinker

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a lot of coffee going on in it. The beer is a deep brown color, as it should be. The beer didn't have much of a nut flavor to it because the coffee strongly over powers it. The sweetness that a Brown Ale has is also muted for the same reason. This beer is now on the bitter side like cold black coffee.

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 RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We got a gusher here. Pours dark brown with a ruby hue and a massive tan head. Nose is muted. Flavor is very hearty. Lots of malty goodness and some roasted aspects in there as well. Feel is nice. Drinkable, yes. The over-carbonation definitely is a kill-joy as it takes a long time to get this thing to settle where you can take a sip of it. Nice and robust though.

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Stone Grille in York, served in a goblet chilled.

the color is dark brown translucent with light tan head with very fine bead.
The smell is malt with caramel and toasted odor with light fruity yeast aroma with mild toffee-like scent. The feel is very good lots of malt complexity and medium carbonation with subtle dry finish and mild alcohol.

The taste is very good with malty toasted taste with sufficiently toffee-like and caramel sweetness with light coffee/cocoa and hint of dried fruit in the light woody realm with mild roast in the finish. Overall a pretty enjoyable brown, plenty of malt and a nice amount of alcohol. Very easy to quaff.

Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure when or where I've first had this, but it's been a while, and I figured I'd review a bottle.

Poured into a Voodoo bell tulip, dark brown in color, with a finger of tan head that retained as a thick collar and laced the glass. Aroma of chocolate malts and caramel, some dark fruit notes going on as well. This beer can be a bit inconsistent I've found. This particular bottle I think may have been off. There was the typical characteristics of a brown ale here, dark malts, somewhat roasty, caramel sweetness, but also an underlying fruity taste that was sort of in the acetaldehyde / cidery range. Not really sure what was going on here, and it's been a while since I've had this beer, so I can't really compare it to past tastings. Medium body, pretty smooth, but again, a bit messy, off, inconsistent. Worth a try, but definitely not one of Voodoo's best.

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful caramel and roasted malt scent as well as some hop aroma in there as well. The taste is decent. I like the concept here; a big malty beer with a shit ton of hops to boot, but it's a bit scattered and unbalanced. It's a very bitter brown with excellent malt character. I almost wish it wasn't so hoppy. Anyway, it's bold and in your face. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with too much CO2. I can't say Les Claypool and the boys wouldn't like this beer, but it's like their music, some love it, but most can't stand it. I'm somewhere in the middle.

Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a nice tan, bubbly head that stays. Rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of roasted caramel and nuts - Rich maltiness with a touch of roast.

The taste is of caramel/toffee, roasty (slightly burnt-ish). Darkish maltiness and light smokiness make it go towards porter-ish, but it stops just in time to fit clearly in brown ale category. An earthy bitterness comes through to balance the semi-sweet finish.

It has a creamy, medium-body.

This is a nice brown ale that is on the roastier, darker side of the style spectrum, with a nice nutty character mixing in and a nice amount of balance. Had the second half with some roast beef - worked nicely with the charred edges and medium-rare juiciness of the meat.

Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear reddish brown color with a short 1" head falls quickly. Nice lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel and chocolate tones are mild but pleasant.

Taste: caramel, chocolates, prune sweetness, and some soft roasted nuttiness are the main flavor components. Nice bitterness brings the sweetness back in check.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is brief as the flavors leave the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: nice flavorful beer that several pints can be consumed in a session. I enjoyed two bombers in one evening with interest level high at the start and the end.

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of stakem
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle with no indication of freshness poured into a shaped pint glass. This brew appears dark brown in color with lighter brown and ruby clarity when held to the light. I only got about 8 ounces down the side of the glass before I have to wait for the head to reside. Slightly more than 3 fingers of darkly tanned head forms atop this brew and slowly recedes leaving thick patches of lacing on the glass. The retention of the head is fairly solid and laces in a complete wall around the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is chocolate malt as soon as the cap is popped. As it sits in the glass and more whiffs are taken, the chocolate aspect drops off and it smells a bit musty with herbal hops and a touch of mineral character. There is a slight bit of "greenness" to the nose with a scent of alcohol and citrus.

The taste is a dry touch of dark malt upfront tasting lightly roasty and smoky with a bit of coffee-like bitterness and a faint amount of residual sweetness. The roast of the chocolate malt provides it's own level of bitterness before the hops come into play with an herbal flavor and bitterness. The taste of this brew is a bit perplexing in a not-so-good way. Some sips are roasty malt which is enjoyable, other sips are more mineral filled, green and tasting a bit off.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a higher than expected amount of carbonation that is a bit prickly on the tongue. I could not finish the glass and don't think I would risk trying another one if I had to pay for it. This just doesn't taste much at all like the Wynona's Big Brown I had before that inspired me to recently pick up this bottle to review. The sample I had before had much more residual sweetness and a much brighter hop character to it. Perhaps this is just an old bottle? Who knows, there is no way to tell how fresh it is since there is no date code. However, the excess carbonation and off character to this brew makes me suspect something might be off with this bottle. I don't know if it provides any benefit since there is no bottle/date code, but this particular bottle had a gold cap.

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of superspak
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Wynona's Big Brown Ale from Voodoo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.