Hoodoo - Boom Island Brewing Company
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Reviews by Bighuge:
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Deep, dark mahogany tone. Good clarity. Slight beige head leaves some sparse, spotty lace. Aroma is cherry, chocolate covered raisin and fig. Even some plum too. Nice nose. Flavor follows suit. Quite nice. Chocolate covered cherries and bread pudding. Banana esters and cakey yeastiness. Dates and almond. A virtual bonanza of flavor. Mouthfeel is even keeled...smooth and lightly carbonated Drinkable is an understatement. One of the better dubbels I've ever had. It's not one of my favorite styles, but this is at the top.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2013 04:32:42 | More by Bighuge
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3.08/5 rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
2012 vintage. 8.5% ABV confirmed per the label. 750ml brown glass bottle with unremarkabl label art and unbranded hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired at Four Firkins in Minnesota last year and served into a Westvleteren stem-goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. Label clearly identifies it as a dubbel. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given its current 89 rating.
Is the name vaguely racist? You decide.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it pours.
Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of nice light khaki colour. Good creaminess. Pretty good thickness. Nice consistent and pretty even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good for the ABV - about 6-7 minutes. Nice soft complexion and smooth consistency.
Body colour is a very dark chestnut amber. No nontransparent. Lightly translucent; the bottom of the glass is a lighter hue on the underside than in the body. No floating yeast particles are visible, but that may be because it's so dark. The label's description "Dark brown color with red highlights" is accurate.
Overall, it's spot-on for a dubbel and I'm really looking forward to trying it. It's not unique or special per se, and there are no egregious flaws.
Sm: Brown sugar, dark Belgian malts, light banana, clove spice, raisin, faint dried fig, some bready malts, a hint of vinous notes, and some restrained dark fruit of some kind - likely a stonefruit, but seemingly not plum nor dates. It's well within traditional style conventions, and while it's not as deep, subtle, or delicate as the best examples of the style, it's very appealing. I do want some biscuity yeast of some sort to emerge, but it remains a bit too clean.
A pleasant and fairly subtle aroma of mild strength. I'm quite pleased and am eager to try it.
No hop character, alcohol, or yeast character is detectable.
T: The malty body is overly open to the drinker, lacking the sheltered pleasing reticence of the best beers in the style. It's not a delicate or fragile flavour profile, and lacks any subtlety, intricacy, or nuance. Depth of flavour is also very limited for a dubbel. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Okay in terms of complexity, with dark fruits - especially raisin, ripe young fig, banana (likely from the yeast), and a nebulous stonefruit that I just can't place. I'm not finding plum or dates. Buried brown sugar. Belgian dark/brown malts. Its amateurish simplicity is a huge drawback. In terms of spices, all I really notice is clove - likely emerging from the yeast. Somewhat bready. A kiss of cocoa powder.
Decently balanced, but built generically. This doesn't hold a candle to traditional Trappist examples of the style. Not at all gestalt, but certainly cohesive. If Trappist yeast was used, I'm surprised because it isn't showcased at all here.
For a year old brew, this drinks shockingly raw and young.
Mf: Lightly creamy. Entirely too smooth and wet; this style requires a fragile balance of dryness/wetness and coarseness/smoothness, neither of which is present here. A bit thin and weak. This isn't the 'meal in a glass' filling feel a proper dubbel should have. Lacks body. Suits the flavour profile decently, but the texture fails to fully facilitate delivery of all the flavours and doesn't seem at all custom-tailored specifically to the taste. Unrefreshing. Too damn light, bordering almost on watery.
Frankly, it feels like the kind of mouthfeel that would be accentuated on nitro - and that's not at all what you want in a dubbel. Too creamy and airy.
I will say a highlight for me is its pleasant softness.
Not oily, astringent, harsh, boozy, rough, gushed, syrupy, or hot.
Dr: It doesn't hold a candle to the traditional Trappist dubbel, and even in ideal glassware with a year of age on it comes across shockingly young and painfully simple. There's none of the artful nuance, careful fragility, or delicate quality of the best beers in the style. Boom Island hasn't done badly for an American dubbel, but I definitely wouldn't get this again at its unreasonable price point (relative to the quality) and I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Where's the yeast character? The yeast notes almost seem German in character. I'm surprised at its current high rating.
Bottom Line: A drinkable but forgettable dubbel that falls well short of traditional offerings and doesn't age well. Not worth trying, especially for sincere fans of the style. Sort of a dubbel lite.
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2013 02:51:14 | More by kojevergas
3.79/5 rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75
This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is an inch of rocky light tan foam that recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma anise, all spice, plum, and tobacco, with hints of cocoa and cherry. There are a lot of wonderful things going on in this beer's aroma, and I seem to find something new every time I smell it. The taste is stronger on the spice than the aroma. There are still some noticeable fruity characteristics, but they are dominated by both the anise, and a pronounced alcohol heat that kicks in during the finish (and which is quite unpleasant). The mouthfeel is disappointing. It is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a watery texture, and high carbonation. With the exception of the high carbonation, this beer's feel does not fit within the dubbel style. Overall, this beer as some nice qualities, but it comes across as being a rough draft that could use a bit of editing. While it is not bad, I can't see myself drinking it when there are more fully developed dubbels on the market.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2013 02:49:32 | More by KarlHungus
Hoodoo from Boom Island Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.