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Hoodoo - Boom Island Brewing Company

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very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boom Island Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: morimech on 01-29-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

koes0024, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

zeledonia, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Ross_Haddow
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Ross_Haddow, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Bighuge, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -1%

Duff27, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -25.7%

ejimhof, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Mdodge8837, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of KarlHungus
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

KarlHungus, Apr 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

MN_Beerticker, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

sacrelicio, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Skyjmpr
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Skyjmpr, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

joh02034, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Princeton's Liquors. Heck of a dubbel. It's a complex beer that isn't too rich or thick, but still covers a lot of ground. There's a roasted edge with a touch of cocoa; a peppery, bitter finish; smooth, gentle fruit (cherry and apple); and a subtle caramel malt taste. The beer finishes dry and could be sipped after dinner, or paired with a hearty meal. Find this beer.

tempest, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

yokken, Dec 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

GarretD, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Mongo65, Nov 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

BierVogel, Nov 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

gford217, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here's #2 in the mini-marathon of Minnesota-brewed dubbels. 2 of 2. That's all I've got. Until Harriet makes Dark Abbey again. Anyway, here's the second Minneapolis dubbel, this one from Boom Island. It's called Hoodoo. For this occasion, I'm taking Bud Powell off of the turntable, and dropping on Dr. John. I won't quote the label yet, for it'll, once again, give away, my game. But let's share this much: "Handcrafted Belgian Style Ale. Boom Island Brewing Company. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 750 ml, Alcohol 8.5% by Vol." Boom Island Brewing Company, 2207 North Second Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55411."

Let's crack 'er open already…

Whoa, Ladies and gentlemen, we have a gusher! And I don't mean in the sense I usually employ on these pages. Merely loosening the cage from the cork sent it flying off and brew spilling out. I quickly poured into my favorite glass, and mopped up the table, and now we're ready to go.

Dark brown coloration, almost black, with a gorgeous head, creamy, tannish, large and lacy. Looks beautiful. (Beats Borealis in this category.)

Aroma: sweetish, creamy, nutty…not much else, not particularly special. (Borealis beats it here.) {After reading the notes on the label, yes, roasted malt, but that other stuff? A stretch, maybe, but it's hidden, and quiet.}

Taste: rich, dark, deep, scrumptious. Full-bodied, with dark malt flavors dominating, cocoa and hints of espresso. Overall dry. Floods the mouth with this richness, tasty, lightly hoppy, good bitterness. Good grit, excellent texture, lays long in the mouth. Edges on sweetness, and hops reel it right back in.

One thing missing is that extra special Belgian yeast quality, which is here in some quantity, but not quite where I want it.
(And here's where I compare again. Two completely different interpretations, two different takes on the style, but if I want something less sweet, and more deep and rich, Boom Island wins out. Borealis wins for those who want more "Belgian-ness", and Boom Island would be hit for those who want something closer to a stout or porter.)

Let's take a moment to hear about "The Skinny on Hoodoo." Aroma: Light roasted malt aroma. Slight banana and clove flavors present. { I didn't get that at all, maybe clove, banana? A stretch. If you look really hard, yeah, okay.} Flavor: Rich and complex malt flavors. Low hop bitterness. Banana and bubble gum type esters. {Again, I guess, but "bubble gum" I feel is over-used and often mis-applied. I'm certain not picking it up in the flavor. But then, I'm prone to merely say: that Special Belgian yeast something, without plucking out words like banana and bubblegum. Sometimes words fail. I'd rather not use them, than use the wrong ones.} Overall impression: Sit back and enjoy forming yours. {This I approve of, an "overall impression" of the beer by the brewer on the beer's label doesn't sit well. Say what it is, what went into it, how you made it, then get out.}

Now the front label: "Warning: the dark malt flavors, spicy aromas, and mysterious undercurrent of bitterness in this award-winning Belgian-style dubbel are powerful moo in the ancient HOODOO tradition. Prepare to fall under it's spell. Enjoy with a black cat bone {???} OR SERVING OF JOHN DE CONkEROO."

That's why the Dr. John album, to put me in a hoodoo mood, I guess. I didn't need the assist from Mac Rebbenack, as this brew does a great job of getting me reeling with the feeling right away.

So how does the battle of the Minnesota dubbels shake out? Go for the Borealis (if you can find it, in the Duluth area) when in the mood for the fruitier, spicier, sweeter stuff, but bank on Boom Island for something meatier.

feloniousmonk, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of fuzzcherry
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

fuzzcherry, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. No dating visible.

Appearance: Pours a very dark and cloudy brown with a little ruby red at the bottom of the glass. Lots of bubbles and a huge off white head that takes up the whole tulip and slowly fades into a thin layer. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: A nice aroma of yeast and dark fruits. Belgian yeast with some cloves. Hints of banana and dark fruits including grapes, prunes, raisins, and fig. Also a little caramel. Its what you would expect from a good Dubbel.

Taste: Nice spicy bite from the Belgian yeast and cloves. Also a little cinnamon spice. Some sweet caramel malt and banana. Big dark fruit presence with notes of raisins, prunes, grapes, and fig. The spices are very good. Pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation on the heavier side. Feels spicy and prickly. Finishes pretty dry. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Belgian Dubbel from this new brewery. Good combination of spices and sweetness.

MattyG85, May 23, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle. Poured a comfortable two fingers of tannish head over a ruddy dark tea brown brew. Foam disappeared quickly without lace but remained a thin skein that lasted for some time.

Smell is fairly faint overall. Primarily getting caramel malt, banana, milk chocolate.

Taste is a big step up. Delicious caramel, bready malts, cream, bananas, lightly sweet, faint bubble gum, hopped enough to keep it clean without being bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisply carbonated, medium light, mildly creamy.

Overall, easy to drink and tasty.

JackieTH, May 20, 2012
Photo of Shango42
4/5  rDev -1%

Shango42, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Oversized Wine Glass

Appearance - Jet Black that becomes dark red when held up to the light. It's worth noting that the head, while initially pours around 3 fingers in width, is quite fizzy and disappears rather quickly. I can also tell there is alot of carbonation going on in there based on all the bubbles climbing up the sides of the glass.

Smell - The smell, while it's there, isn't really that powerful. Figs, spices, caramel, bubble gum/cotton candy and slight floral hops. There's also a yeasty aroma going on here as well along with some malts.

Taste - However to comes to flavor, it's a different story! The figs, spices and bubble gum flavors really come out in full force! The yeasty notes have a sweet taste to them and the malty flavors are much stronger here!

Mouthfeel - It's fairly light for a Dubbel Ale and the carbonation is fairly moderate but more than what I'm used to from this style of beer. Still, it's got a crisp and refreshing feel to it and it's relatively easy to drink for this style.

Overall - When I first heard about Boom Island in the newspaper, I was eager to try out their Dubbel since I found it unusual for a small start up brewery to commit to such a complex style of beer. However when I finally tried it, I can see why they did, because they're pretty damn good at making one! Sure....the smell masks the complex flavor and the carbonation could've been toned down, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is a true example of how an American-made Dubbel Ale can be done right! I will be looking forward to more releases from Boom Island in the future!

NuclearDolphin, Mar 21, 2012
Hoodoo from Boom Island Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.