Voo Doo | Left Coast Brewing Company

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Voo DooVoo Doo

Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Voo Doo is a full bodied, dark brew that is rich and malty with plenty of roasted barley character. This hearty stout is layered with flavors of roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee coming from the highest quality imported malts. Its creamy long lasting head completes the brew, tempting your taste buds to be spellbound.

39 IBU

Added by imagese on 01-12-2011

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Photo of newsage
2.04/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

If this what an American stout taste like then F*ck American stouts.. no really this beer gives America and stouts a bad name. I Am a big fan of the stout but this beer taste weird like f*ckin play-dough. Avoid at all cost don't be fooled! try any other stout but this shit!

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Photo of randal
2.19/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

One dimensional, boozy and thin for an American stout especially one that clocks in at 8.5%. I am reminded of Randy Mosher's advice on building a stout recipe to make the grain bill interesting beyond roasted malt.

"Let's see this beer is roasty and uh... roasty with some roast up front and then ... hmm... roasty."

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle pours an opaque black color with an impressive cap of dense brown head. Retention and lacing are both magnificent. Stouts dont get a whole lot better looking than this.

Nose is a straightforward mix of roast, licorice and chocolate. Some piney hops in the background along with a bit of dark bread. So far, so good.

This is a good example of a taste doing a complete 180 from the smell and appearance. First sip brought forth an extemporaneous 'hmmm...wtf is this?' Nearly all of the sweetness disappears and the roast is a bit excessive. Hops are flavorful and even a bit resinous, so if that is your thing this beer might be for you. I prefer my stouts creamy, full and on the sweeter/chocolaty side...this one does not manage to capture any of those adjectives. Not that it is all bad, I'll still finish the bomber fairly easily, but I wont buy this again and in a loaded style category, it pretty much falls flat on its face.

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Photo of Smurf2055
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours the standard stout color, four fingers of light tan head. Good lacing and retention.

Very rich smell, coffee. Robust.

Pretty watery, ashy taste.

Carbonation and a bitter aftertaste.

Pretty drinkable. Run of the mill. Somewhere between stout and export stout, not really my thing.

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Photo of kguard
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Quick tasting after work.
Dark brownish-black color with a thin head that lasts longer than expected.
Smell gives a lot of roasted, almost burnt, coffee and chocolate.
Taste starts sweet, faint molasses, turns burnt grains and malt. Undesirable.
I thought it was more black ale versus stout. Thin to light-medium body with decent carbonation.
I would try one more, as I thought it was a bad batch. Glad I split one beer with two other people.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a nicely dark brown color. The head is less than a finger high, and khaki in shade. General duration (and even the initial height, while we're at it) is lousy, and minimal lacing is left on the glass. (2.75)

Smell: I get a good roastiness from the nose, which I always like. I'm also picking up notes of dark chocolate, licorice, and dark fruit. This doesn't really develop as it opens up: it stays a bit bland and weak throughout. Still, the notes present are solid enough. (3)

Taste: Roastier than the nose presented. It starts off with notes of roasted coffee, before transitioning into...not much. Everything seems like a muddled mess, which makes it hard to enjoy. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly dry and light, yet with a finishing slickness. It goes down easily, and that's without the presence of significant carbonation. (3.25)

Overall: It drinks like an overgrown dry stout - it's quite easy to drink for 8.5%. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel like it's 8.5%. Nor does it taste like a stout that's remotely interesting. There's no reason to revisit this one. (2.75)

2.86/5: This voodoo is boring

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Photo of iSip
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There are so many great stouts out there that the Voo Doo is middle of the pack at best. All stouts pretty much look the same, so lets move to aroma. There was an odd chemical component to the Voo Doo aroma, which was a low point. Flavor was ample in chocolate and vanilla, but dry and rough around the edges. An OK beer overall, but with so many other wonderful stouts to drink, I will not reach for a Voo Doo again.

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Photo of imagese
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint. No bottling date, or info on Left Coast's site. I'm assuming this was done the same time as Ale Epeteios, so it has to be somewhat fresh...

A- Pours jet black with a one finger head that fades slowly to a thin layer that laces nice and full the whole way

S- semi-sweet chocolate with a slight hint of a dark dark roasted espresso bean

T- pretty much follows the nose. Initial burst of chocolate espresso with a very burnt malt backbone. A little too heavy on the roasting IMO

M- Very thick and creamy, but a little too over carbonated for the style

D- once again, finding myself really having to push to finish this one off.

If you find one of these bottles, split it with a buddy. Worth the try since it's limited and inexpensive.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass: Stout/Porter glass

Appearance: black with a mocha colored head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Roasted malts, and alcohol mostly.

Taste: Roasted coffee, alcohol, and a slight hint of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry texture, and a dry alcohol finish.

Good average stout, something I would recommend to a beer drinker that is just starting out. This would be a nice mellow introduction to the style. I wouldn't recommend this for anybody who looking for something complex.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Black, yes, not much head, only a small ring. Not much lace either.

S - Old burnt coffee. Small malt seeps in.

T - Not much malt at all. Bitter, coffee, ashes. Thin.

M - As said, thin. Not very nice balance. Not much here.

D - Next, please. Sorry.

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Photo of felipe2toes
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a khaki head. Looks like syrup coming out of the bottle.

Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate.

Starts off OK with flavors following the nose with coffee and chocolate and cocoa. But then it finishes with some really acrid and just plain bad bitterness.

Mouthfeel was very off-putting because of chalky and strange feeling film that coated my mouth. Syrupy at first, then strange chalkiness to finish. Not drinkable at all, couldn't finish bottle.

Not a very good experience with this particular brew.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 2 Jan 2012. Served in the (512) One snifter.

Medium sized brown head. Well carbonated. Very dark brown in color, almost black. Aroma is burnt, charred, burnt sugar. Starts with burnt sugar. Quite roasty. A says mocha and chocolatey, but I'm not getting that. Medium body, moderate ethanol. Middle is a bit charred, coffeelike. Ok, some chocolate comes through in the finish and aftertaste. Charred chocolate.

Did I mention burnt? A liked this a bit more than I did.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seems a bit anemic for a stout. A bit on the watery side and not beefy enough. More of a bitter chocolate, watered down bitter chocolate.

I taste the threads of the chocolate, then streaks of the roasted barley. It doesn't come together seemlessly, but in waves of the individual flavors. I'm hoping that laying it down for a while will meld the flavors better. This has backbone, but needs some aging. Or some buffering up.

Not bad, nice enough, but not quite enough omphhh. User friendly. But not knock'em, sock'em robots.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours near black with a short mocha head and a moderate amount of spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose brings a good amount of chocolate along with some coffee and a fairly-strong roast component. The flavor has the same characteristics, but also has the unwelcome addition of diacetyl, which isn't overpowering, but does a good deal to kill the flavor profile of the beer. Medium body with a fairly-dry finish.

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Photo of McD0uche
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle of Voo Doo into chilled pint glass:

A: A very faint, light brown head appeared in the middle of the glass. A few bubbles showed up but around the periphery but faded quickly.

S: Like a chocolate-covered fruit. Slightly sweet. Hints of coffee.

T: Dark chocolate, sweet to bitter transition. Fruity? I can't pin it down, it fades very quickly.

M: Strong on the tongue for about a second and washes away fast. A little oily.

O: A decent stout overall. The flavor fades a little too quickly for my liking, and I kept reaching for more to keep the ride going.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much black, creamy tan head is tight with good lacing. Nothing out of whack. Aroma is full of roasted malts, with coffee and chocolate leading the ring. Espresso up front, then the cocoa, and finally a hint of smoke.

Muscular and aggressive flavor. Similar in profile to the nose, but the alcohol heat and sugars are ramped up. No complexity or dimensionality to the onslaught of coffee and chocolate. I like it.

Body is medium, maybe leaning towards full as the carbonation seems to fizzle toward the bottom. Creamy and a little slick.

Overdone on the malt-in-your-face. This is comparable to a scalded French roast: cheap, bitter but drinkable, and a potent delivery vehicle for your favorite legal drug.

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Photo of woemad
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber I’d totally forgotten I’d purchased, but almost certainly less than a year old. No date can be fond on the silk-screened bottle.

Poured a super-dark shade of brown into a snifter, with a dark beige head that dropped after a few minutes. Spotty lace.

The nose reminds me of bitter coffee and a small amount of mollasses. There’s a little bit of prune scent as well.

Bitter and sweetness together up front, with the bitter winning out. Very roasty, coffeeish taste, with a weak cocoa-ish sweetness. There’s not much hop character, though that might be due to age. It’s fairly one dimensional, at any rate.

Full bodied, with a surprisingly prickly mouthfeel.

A fairly one dimensional stout that only delivers if you’re really into bitter, roasted malt flavors. It’s drinkable but not much more than that. I’ve had several Left Coast beers now and I’m just not very impressed by them.

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Photo of kcopelan002
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

serving- pint glass
appearance- dark brown with a tan head
smell- roasted malts
taste- dark malts, chocolate some hints of hop
mouthfell- medium carbonation medium thickness
overall- a decent stout with hints of chocolate. A very basic stout. Nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep, dark brown; almost black with no light penetrating. Poured a creamy 3 finger brown head (it was an aggressive pour) with good retention to a 1 finger cap. Laced in thin webs that sheeted a little down the glass.

S: Espresso and chocolate character is very prominent. A little earthy/peaty.

T: Very consistent with the nose. A little sweet and a lot of bitter/burnt espresso and toffee. Very one-dimensional. Bitter in the finish is even and mild.

M: Full body. Low carbonation; the aggressive pour likely decanted a bit of it. Smooth, rich and creamy.

D: Very smooth. If you gotta have big well-toasted malts, its spot-on. It does get tiring.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown practically black color, very thin almost non-existent head with no lacing on the glass.

Smell is all dark roasted malt, not picking up a hint of hops or much else other than a slight presence of chocolate.

Taste is dominated by roasted malt although it may be more appropriate to call it burnt malt, has a very bitter burnt flavor running throughout that controls everything, not sure coffee contributes much to the burnt bitterness since it's not overly coffee flavored but the bitterness is similar to a dark cup of joe, medium-low carbonation with decent stickiness, some cocoa peaks its head near the finish along with some sweetness after the burnt flavor wears off enough.

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Photo of bmwats
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Black. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly quickly. Some sporadic lacing mostly retreats quickly back into the brew leaving a slight beer ring.

S: Smells of oak, dark chocolate, and molasses.

T: Unsweetened chocolate, roasted espresso.

M: Bittersweet throughout. Pungent finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark, intimidating appearance, and a nose of burnt coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is basic, but again, burnt coffee, unsweetened chocolate, earthy malt. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark, dark black/brown with a dirty/off-white three-finger head that stays for sometime, but subsides to a respectable thicker lacing afterwards.

Smell: Roasted coffee and coco and some syrup scents coming through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: As the nose hinted toward, there is a roasted milky/coffee flavor that is very apparent, along with a very syrupy flavor. the Syrup flavor is too intense to really enjoy this beer to the fullest. There is too much carbonation in the beer, that takes away from the enjoyment and it tends to be on the acidic style. Aftertaste leaves a stinging hangup in the throat. Also tends to be very watery and lighter in body.

Overall: This stout left me underwhelmed. I was looking forward to something with a bit more heft on it and was disappointed. It was just too watery for my total enjoyment. Maybe I had a bad bottle or something happened with it being shipped over seas, but I would probably never buy another bottle of this. Sorry Left Coast, but I gave it a shot.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bentwookie for this one.

A: Pours a dark brown/black color with a very large brownish head on top, billowing up to the top of my glass. Decent retention, lasting a few minutes. Leaves behind sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: A bit of roasty malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some faint coffee aroma on the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, very roasty with some cocoa and chocolate, but of coffee. No lingering flavor.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty smooth actually.

O: Very roasty, but an average stout. Easy drinking and smooth. Love the bottle art.

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Photo of StroppyMare
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured nice and dark with a tan head which didn't stick around long.
Smell: Almost exactly like an old style chocolate malt! Seemed very sweet.
Taste: Follows the nose. Chocolate, malt, molasses, a touch of coffee and malt. Did I mention malt?
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Not viscous.

Overall: A solid example of the style, but not balanced IMO. Glad I tried it, wouldn't turn it down if it were offered, but would choose something else myself.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black with a thin brown head and nice lacing, low carbonation and some retention.

Aroma is quite chocolatey and sweet with mild roast, a little ashy.

Beer is creamy and buttery in a bad way with chocolate and strong coffeeish roast. Something went wrong with an otherwise good beer. Interesting, overall but it seems to have diacetyl problem. Fix it and I'll have ti again.

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3.7 out of 5 based on 576 ratings.
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