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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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105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 276
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 18.28%
Wants: 17
Gots: 30 | 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: 105 | Hads: 276
Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this about a month ago in a 12 oz bottle.

A - Poured a mahogany deep brown with an inch of head. Pretty nice.

S - I can smell caramel, toffee, and cinnamon

T - Not a bad Brown ale. More bitter than expected. Taste is great with the caramel and toffee flavors with bitter finish. Pretty nice.

M - Pretty medium bodied and full of flavor.

D - Well not the best brown ale I ever had but still highly drinkable. Pretty nice brown ale.

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Photo of mikeyv35
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date: 06/16/2010
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2008
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Brew poured a dark brown mahoghany in color w/ a massive, more than 4 finger light brown bubbly head. Lacing all over the glass. It literally took 15 minutes for the foam to calm down before I could smell or drink this, even w/ a very slow pour. After 15 minutes, the nose was of toffee, caramel, spices, and bradiness. The taste was of caramel, toffee, slight coffee, w/ a finish of spice and a good hop backbone. However, the nose and flavors were all diminished from what they could have been by this brew being so overly carbonated. Medium bodied but tough to tell due to extreme carbonation. Drinkability was poor unless you enjoy drinking foam.

Overall, this brew was very disappointing due to what I obviously already pointed out. I will have to revisit a fresh 2010 bottle of this brew, but for now I am very underwhelmed.

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

22 oz bottle picked up at Champagnes in Detroit.

Pours a hazy very dark ruby red, some dark brown away from the light, very thick and chuinky light tan head forms and settles down to a thick ring around the glass, big sheets of lace stick around, looks pretty good.

Smell is real nice, very malty, toffee, light chocolate, a bit buttery, some orange and grapefruit citrus, toasty, very biscuity, wood, earthy, lightly roasty, some fruitiness, pretty neat.

Taste is nice, very malty again, big chocolate malt, heavy toffee, really nice nuttiness, malt balls, biscuity, some toast, a bit of alcohol, lightly sour, a bit of fruit, raisin, some citrus, orange peel, smooth malty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a bit of warmth going down, but pretty drinkable.

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Photo of grub
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled may 21/2010.

pours clear dark brown with a small dark tan head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. big sweet caramel and toffee. dark and milk chocolate. touch of alcohol. white bread. bit of biscuit. bit of peanut butter. vanilla. earthy and woody.

taste is nice. dark and milk chocolate. touch of bittersweet chocolate. whole wheat bread and biscuit. touch of alcohol. earthy. lightly woody. hint of vanilla. bit of peanut, but not quite as much as in the aroma. in fact, the balance has shifted from caramel and peanut butter to dark chocolate. touch of espresso. medium-low bitterness level, mostly chocolaty.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance. big and tasty. a nice brown ale.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich brown with a gigantic fluffy head - a very welcoming looking beer. The head drops fairly quickly to thick lacing. The aroma is powerful - rich and roasted, woody and almost a little coffee-like. This draws you into the warm, rich, woody flavor - it tastes like being in front of a roaring fire at a ski lodge. There is relatively little caramel, as one might expect from a beer this dark. Instead it really is more roasted and smokey - in fact, this tastes as if there might be a bit of smokes malt sneaked there for effect. If not, it is a wonderful application of roasted dark malts. There are hits of dark chocolate, coffee, and smoked barbecue. The mouthfeel is creaky on the tongue, but extremely dry on the finish, highlighting the smoky effect of the beer.

Very tasty beer.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a very dark brown that looks black until held up to the light. There is a thin mocha head that is gone in a flash. The smell is mostly roasted malts with chocolate and a little bitterness from something, maybe some hops. The taste is more roasted malts with chocolate and coffee. A little sweet with little to know hops present. This tastes like an American Stout but the mouthfeel and body are a little thin which bring it back within the Brown Ale style. Drinkability is low for a brown ale but still rather tasty.

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Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour into victory pint glass. Dark brown almost black color. American hops burnt choclate nose. Followed by thin body. You can really taste the american hops and burnt chochlate slight etoh. overall solid brown ale would drink again. Proably my second favorite hoppy brown but prefer Brooklyn Brown

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Photo of goblue3509
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a slight off white head. The aroma is of maple syrup and chocolate with a roasted malt backbone. The taste is of a sweet malt and roasted malt backbone. In the middle there is a chocolate and coffee flavor with a small hop bite, the hops seem to be earthy hops. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth with almost no carbonation. The drinkability is good, slightly above average. The hop bite in the middle ditracted from the nice malty notes. You would go back for a second or third but i cant see you drinking a six pack of these.

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Photo of BigMike
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Deep dark mohogany with only a touch of ruby red light coming through. A little over a finger of tannish off white head thats extremely fluffy and cloud like. Tremendous lacing clings to the glass all over. This definitely looks more like a stout then a brown ale.

As with the look, the aroma is definitely stoutish. The nose is dominated by roasted chocolate and coffee and caramel. Molasses and roasted nuts.

Lots of chocolate and coffee and roasted malts. A slight touch of vanilla. Not much hop presence at all.

This beers downfall is it's a bit overly carbonated. It lacks a smoothness because there is too many bubbles on the tongue it takes away some of the nuances away from the flavor.

This is a tasty beer and the drinkability could be better if it wasn't so overly carbonated. Overall this is a good beer and i would drink it again.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep mahogany into the glass with a thin cream head.
S-Lots of malt with a good amount of chocolate and some hops.
T-Lightly roasted brown malts with a little bit of a hop presence up front and some chocolate in the finish
M-Mouthfeel is good, light medium body, light carbonation, rolls over the tongue. Nice!
D- Drinkability is high in this one. Really smooth, easy to drink brown ale. I liked this one a lot. A good offering from a great brewery.

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Photo of DIM
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a very, very dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. It pours with a medium sized fizzy head that quickly fades to sparse lace.

s: I got vanilla, some nutty grains, and a little soft, flowery bitterness.

t: Up front this tastes of nutty brown sugar with a hint of almost over done toffee. The toffee gets a bit bitter at the finish.

m: A bit thinner than I expcted with gentle, fizzy carbonation.

d: I automatically compare big browns to DFH's Indian Brown. This is very good, but it doesn't quite measure up.

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Photo of JRed
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with substantial toffee head. Smells like chocolate, cream, raisins, and plums. Drum roll leads to disappointment; soda-like qualities of chocolate flavoring, cheap malt, syrup, a sour choco bite that turns me off. Light-medium body with little carbonation. Nothing about this ale jumps out at me.

Dear Diary,

Never again.

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Photo of beergod1
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow...and to think this brewery is only 30 min. from my house. This is a class brewery, and this is a big American Brown Ale, Malty, hint of creamy Chocolate, and nutty. Med. body, and a nice finish, maybe a splash of hop on that finish? The rest of the beer from this brewery is also pretty good, but those I had on tap, Wynona's was from a bottle. upick6 in Erie PA has these regularly on tap and in bottles.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown, thinner khaki colored head, decent retention and lacing. Smell is dominated by delicious dark roasted malts, slight earthy, nutty and smokey notes, some faint carmel sweetness is in the back end. Smells bolder than you average brown ale, bordering on porter territory. Taste follows the scent, once again bolder and more assertive than a typical brown ale but not as aggressive as the smell dictates - dark roasted malts, roasted nuts, earthy, slight hints of carmley sweetness. ABVs hidden well. Medium bodied, good carbonation. Another very good brew from Voodoo. Almost infringes on english porter territory with its bolder brown ale profile.

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Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky medium, teetering on dark, brown color... Carbonation rises and clings along the sides of the glass... A tan frothy head sits atop and show decent retention... Leaves circles on the glass as the session proceeds...

S - Sweet gooey caramel... Toffee... Butter... Brown sugar... Modest roasted malts... Hints of weak coffeee... Some dark fruit...

T - The taste mirrors the nose but isn't slightly less assertive... The roasted malt seems to rise to the top with the sweet caramel taking a back seat... Everything seems to work well together...

M - Smooth and creamy... Medium bodied... Moderate carbonation... Slightly chalky texture left after each sip...

D - An excellent brown ale... I'm a sucker for beers named after the songs of my youth (this may be the only one) and I wasn't dissappointed. A wonderful introduction to Voodoo Brewing... If the rest of their creations are this good, I can't wait to try them...

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Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, clear brown copper with a thin tan head that reduces to a thin veil and leaves spotty lace.

S-Roasted malt, a touch of burnt toast and some hop spiciness. Rather light overall.

T-Whoa! Assertive deep, rich, roasted malt makes up for light aroma. Nice touch of supportive nuttiness and toasted grain. Subtle notes of coffee and chocolate in the background. Semi-dry finish.

M-Medium bodied, fairly rich with LONG lasting roasty bitterness.

D-Solid, rich and full flavoured. I loved Matt's big brown beaver, and I would drink it all the time.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 9/28/09.

A - Murky, muddy dark brown body with one-finger creamy beige head that retained quite well all the way to the bottom and left some strands of lace and sticky foam on the sides of the glass.

S - Recognize that smell? OK, it's not seven layers, but it smells like chocolate and cocoa, followed by abundant earthy hop notes and just a pinch of coffee. Aroma also features a strong toasted nutty character with a backing of sweet caramel malt.

T - The nutty character of this ale really emerges in the flavor and is accompanied by a heap of earthy, leafy hops, which impart an herbal, almost woody quality. Chocolate and coffee notes emerge in the middle, followed by a fairly assertive hop bite in the finish, especially for a brown ale.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly gritty mouthfeel, although it is ultimately a tad thin and watery overall. Finish is bitter with a hint of astringency and sourness on the palate.

D - Wynona's got herself a lot of flavor, especially for a brown ale. She's big and bold, though a little thin in the middle. But she has a lot going on. She's nutty, roasty, earthy, hoppy, chocolately, caramely and, um, coffee-y. I guess that is "seven layers," right?

D - Matt's got himself a Big Brown Ale and he shows it off to all of his friends.

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Photo of JamesS
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great deep brown with fantastic head and nice lacing. Excellent deep scent, very dark and malty. A wonderful ent-draught with fantastic deep malt flavors, earthy and dark, with a slight hint of nuttiness. Goes down thick and great, with no hint of it's high (for a brown ale) ABV. Fantastic!

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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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 220z bomber into an imperial pint. Extra special thanks to mikereaser for the trade and hook-up!

A: Pours a deep, dark (nearly black) cola-brown with an incredibly thick and pillowy khaki-colored head. That retains forever (maybe a little too long, if that's even possible) and leaves gobs of lace stuck to the glass.

S: Very nice aromas of melty caramel, heavily roasted malt, fudge, dark chocolate, molassas, dark fruit, piney hops, cocoa nibs, cherry, and maybe a touch of espresso. A tiny oaky/buttery aroma creeps in as it comes up to temp.

T: Pretty much a mirror image of above with the minor additions of brownies, bakers chocolate, brown sugar, and pan roasted nuts.

M: Prickly and spicy with a really long, dry finish. Loads of dry, raw bittersweet chocolate during the whole thing. Peppery on the tongue.

D: Really great, big brown beer. I feel like it could use a touch more sweetness to fully achieve greatness. I thoroughly enjoyed this!

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Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheChauffeur1
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
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

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BanditBrewingCo trade - this trader rocks!

Drank this one last night by the campfire down at my neighbor's place. Taken from mental notes last night. 22 ounce bottle with great label (though lacking a freshness date).

Pours a cloudy, dark brown with garnet hues. A nice tan head built up on the pour, made some pretty lacing when it settled and left a light skimming of head throughout the drink.

Smelled almost like Christmas to me.. I know, it's strange - let me explain... There was a woody, roasty and spicy quality to the nose that was very unique and inviting, mixed with subtle, earthy hop qualities. Very nice and perfect around the campfire!

Taste reflected the nose to me. I was actually surprised when I read the label and it DIDN'T have a roasted coffee component. At any rate, it was medium bodied with low to average carbonation on the mouthfeel. The woody brown ales were definitely dominant in the flavor with a nice and apparent hops touch in the mix.


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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of blazin5050
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had originally purchased this beer because it was $2 at my local beer store. Ended up making some bad ass sausage with it so I didn't really get too into the beer from the drinking and analyzing side of it so my review will be brief...

Poured dark brown into my stainless steel pot with a small but visible light cocoa head.
Full of cocoa and I believe I sensed the hops in this 1, normally I wouldn't pick up on brown ales hoppiness but I guess because it's an imperial it makes sense. Upon rising to boil my entire house smelled of malty chocolatey beer.
Taste was much like the smell, bigger flavor of course with chocolate, a good malty and hoppy backbone. Not really my kind of beer but would definitely make a nice sausage!

So I reduced the beer to about 1/3 it's original volume on high heat(watch out for boil overs!) added fresh black pepper and buckwheat honey little dijon and fresh tarragon. Marinated for at least 4 hours 3-1 veal breast-pork butt cut up small. Then ground it, mixed in carmelized onions and apples, and adjusted seasoning to taste. My secret recipe I'll only share here, Cheers!

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Wynona's Big Brown Ale from Voodoo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.