Voo Doo | Left Coast Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Coast Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
567
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
28.38%
 
 
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11
Gots:
101
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Reviews: 115 | Ratings: 567
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

*12 oz. bottle* Ok, this is my first time of getting my hands wet with Left Coast Brewing. Lets see what we got. When poured this turned out to have a black body with a mocha lacing around my glass. When I popped this baby's cherry (cap). I could smell the aroma of German chocolate cake... mmm. After getting my head in to this I found highly roasted malts, with hints of coffee. German chocolate with a hint of mild pine oil. Interesting. After this beer made love to my sense of smell, now I want to plunge in and get a feel for her. The taste is bitter chocolate. Burnt malts follow yet not offensive. I pick up some cherry pit with hints of espresso. Slightly bitter finish leaves its mark on your taste buds. The feel on the palate is medium-light smooth body with a very tight and sharp carbonation.

Overall: This stout is pretty solid. Very decent roasted malt flavors with a nice touch of bitter chocolate. If complexity you're looking for.. this one is a little tamed, just to the point stout. The aroma for me is the highlight on this brew. I thought I was baking a German Chocolate Cake while brewing some morning coffee. This is very drinkable for being 8.5% abv. This one just doesn't scream excellence to me (IMO). This brew is worthy.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep obsidian in color, with a coarse tan head, which retains well, and thick, scattered lacing.

Aroma: Strong aroma of bitter chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, cold coffee, and roasted barley.

Taste: Opens with prominent roasted barley. Moderate grapefruit hops soon appear. As the taste progresses, some sweet, warming alcohol manifests itself, as well as bitter chocolate, and cold coffee. Finishes with a mild, lingering wave of citric hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, and very pleasant, with just a bit of stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very nicely made, perhaps a touch biased to the roasted barley and citric hops. A little more emphasis on the chocolate and cold coffee flavors would be most welcome.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass from a bottle. Pours black with a small head a very little lacing. The aroma is of roasted coffee with some chocolate. The roasted malt flavor enhances the mouth feel and taste. I was just expecting more depth. A well done stout.

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Photo of brurevu
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my tasting notes: This beer was big and robust that poured a deep black with a decent fluffy head. The taste was outstanding with loads of sweet malts and a big burnt chocolate, bitter dark chocolate flavor that sustained itself nicely. The full creamy mouthfeel kept this substantial brew thick and satisfying. The Voodoo Stout was a fantastic stout and one I would drink again and again.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: black with some dark brown notes peeking through. 2 finger tan head that fades pretty quickly

s: smells like your generic stout. roasted and toasted malt, dark & milk chocolate, a hint of malt sweetness. finishes creamy

t: follows the nose pretty well. roasted and toasted malt upfront, bitter baking chocolate, creamy milk choco. something almost oaky. finishes with malt sweetness

m: full mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation

o: fairly average stout. all the flavors work well together, and it tastes good. its warming, but theres no hint of alcohol in the flavor. still though, pretty average

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Photo of Furlinator
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with almost no head and good lacing.

Smell is of coffee, caramel and toasted bread.

Taste follows the smell with bitter black coffee being dominant and roasted malt in the finish.

Light mouthfeel for a stout. Medium carbonation.

Very pleasant coffee and malts up front but, there is a bitter aftertaste that I find a little unsettling. Still, not a bad example of American stout.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Voo Doo pours a black color with a small but lacing head. There is a smokey aroma with strong coffee and roasted notes. The taste is much the same, lots of roasted and coffee flavors. Good and full bodied, and flavorful. Overall a very nice enjoyable stout.

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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 Garrettshu
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, bought at Spec's in Waco. Poured in 2 servings into pint glass.

A: Aggressive pour both times produces a three-finger head, a creamy-light brown color, a bit lighter than chocolate milk. Dark brown body, not black, and rather translucent especially on the edges.

S: Toasty malts, small amounts of vanilla and chocolate.

T: The malts dominate, hints of coffee and chocolate surface from time to time. Tastes very much like roasted espresso beans.

M: IMO, the beer's best attribute. Not too thick, and extremely drinkable, probably the most drinkable stout I've had yet. Drinking the 22oz was a breeze. Could be potentially dangerous sitting at 8.5%. Carbonation is present but not overpowering, and booze is masked by heavy malt flavors.

O: A very good stout, one of my personal favorites up to this point. Will definitely drink again if the opportunity arises.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black glass holds a respectable layer of dark tan foam that laces the glass.

Smell: A bitter hop leaf earthiness with some dark roasted grain giving it some support.

Taste: Mild and mellow, caramel sweet toasted malt melds with the hop earthy notes to give a well integrated package. A milk stout richness and creaminess transcends just mouthfeel and contributes to the flavor. It's a little lightly flavored for an American stout, almost like an American Black Lager beefed up, but what's here works well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture, silky, the body is a bit odd as it starts by feeling heavy but finishes light and dry, almost chalky. A mild but firm carbonation level gives it a cask like feel.

Overall: I like it. The earthy note isn't where I like my hops, but there's nothing wrong here. It's well made, the coffee and chocolate notes are pretty far in the background. Left Coast knows what they are doing; recommended.

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Photo of SanDNigel
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz into tulip
A- Its dark-brown, most definitely not black, with a clean tan head which dissipates at a moderate rate
S- Alcohol sitting on-top of a roasted malt body. Almost toasty vanilla with oak, i guess theres a bit of chocolate and coffee, but not what dominates it for me
T- A mocha with vanilla syrup. Reminds me of the brown oat bread you get at some steakhouses (even Outback...) with butter. Smooth, roasty and yeasty.
M- It's just fine; the liquid wants to be syrupy but the millions of bubbles won't let it
It's a good beer, one I would drink again if it was poured for me. Not one I would go out of my way to order or buy, unless it was on sale. Not bad by any means, but really doesn't hit my "world-class" mark.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thick and spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character followed by mildly sweet flavors of coffee and chocolate. The hops presence is mild but brings a decent balance. The after-taste consists of a dark chocolate mild bitter-sweetness.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid stout to drink for a while but there are better alternatives within the style.

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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 Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After working, sitting on the porch and now cleaning, I decided I needed a big ole mama-chicken stout. Here it is. Let's see...

Well, pours black yet not "thick". Off tannish head almost reminds me of the famous Yeti pour...but it isn't, and that becomes apparent quickly. But, to dismiss this beer b/c it doesn't look like Yeti would be stoopid. Looks good, a bit oily lacing

Rich roasty aromas. Coffee and burnt toast come up front. Raisin and dark plum next. And a deep inhale gets at the chocolate and caramels

Roasty flavors, too, although not as deep or rich. Molasses comes and goes right off the bat. The raisin and plum turn to prune and baked caramel. Dark chocolate is faint and gives it a bit of dryness. Tiny hint of leather.

drinks well for 8+

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Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of tan head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A rich and very roasty aroma with lots of chocolate and coffee hints. Dark roasted barley malts upfront with good hints of dark chocolate, coffee roast, toast, cookie dough, burnt caramel, toffee, grains, biscuit, yeast, and nut. Hints of sweet molasses and some anise licorice spicing. Subtle hints of dark fruit raisin, plum, and prune juice. Subtle hints of earthy hops in the background. A very roast and chocolate forward smell.

Taste: Follows the nose with a rich and roasty taste driven by chocolate and coffee notes. Sweet dark roasted malts upfront with tasting notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, toasted bread, dough, cream, grain, caramel, toffee, yeast, and nuts. Sweet notes of molasses. Some noticeable notes of anise spice giving a slight dark licorice flavor. Subtle dark fruit presence with undertones of prune, plum, and raisin. Light notes of earthy hops towards the finish. A pretty solid roasty stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Fairly chewy and slick. A little alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A pretty solid stout. More like an imperial stout with a pretty rich and roasty profile.

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Photo of cvm4
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black and doesn't seem thick. Creamy tan head that lingers around.

S - Roasted malts, a faint smell of licorice and along with expresso & semi-sweet chocolate.

T - Roasted malt dominates with every other flavor playing backups. Some notables are coffee, creamy chocolate and lingering dark fruits.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Has a dry finish and nothing in cloying about it.

O - It's a good middle of the road stout. Nothing fancy here.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The voo do stout is a decent stout from left coast the beer poured a deep opaque black with minimal ecru head that is not lacing. The scent carries roast and espresso. The taste is powered by espresso with warming essence of alcohol. The mouthfeel is full bodied with subtle carbonation. Overall a very decent stout.

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Photo of MickeyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber that I picked up at the local craft beer store

A- Served in a pint class, this beer pours an opaque black color that has about one finger of tan head. This beer is very thick and viscous and the head dissipates quickly.

S- Coffee aromas are present along with roasted barley and dark chocolate. Awesome nose here.

T- So many complex flavors here. Awesome sweet maltiness with coffee, chocolate, and an incredible roasty nut aftertaste.

M- This beer is full bodied and smooth all the way through. The high ABV is well covered by the many flavors and good deal of sweetness.

O- I really enjoyed this beer. It is a reasonable price, and has a very unique taste. I will have to buy it again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Yardhouse in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Served a fair black color with a half finger head. Fair retention. Spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Fairly standard stout aroma. Roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Predominant roasted malt flavor in the form of coffee. Finishes with light creamy chocolate notes. Fairly simple, straight-forward stout flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body. Smooth. A bit dry on the finish.

Overall - Good, solid stout. Nothing truly noteworthy, but I'd have no problem drinking it again if there weren't better options available.

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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 Joshpu
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a duvel glass.

A: Black to dark brown on the edges. Definitely can not see through it. About a finger of light tan head, with an aggressive pour, which dissipated quickly.

S: Roasty. Malt, dark chocolate, coffee. Probably a dark fruit.

T: Big blast of malt, dark chocolate and coffee. A little bit of chocolate/coffee bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Easy to drink, almost silky smooth. A little sweet.

Overall this is a good beer. I don't think it's super unique, but nonetheless a solid beer. Definitely recommend trying it.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Two and half fingers of tan head on a black body. The pour had bubbles dancing all over.
The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Really nice.
The taste starts with a mild bitter, then dark bitter chocolate, a little caramel and finishes with milk. Amazing depth, complexity and development.
Smooth texture with low carbonation and a heavy body.
The taste was perfect and the rest of the beer supported it well.

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Photo of arfenhouse
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Black with tan head. One finger head with average lacing. 3.5/5

S: Mainly roasted grain and chocolate. Coffee and some raisin that is a bit hard to find. oSme sort of grassy smell in the background. 4/5

T: Bittersweet roasted malt with a coffee taste. Leaning a bit on the sweet side. Finishes with a bitter coffee taste. The alcohol is not noticable at all. Lighter version of an imperial stout. 4/5

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Finishes wet and a little sticky. 3.5/5

O: Seems to be between a regular stout and an imperial stout. Alcohol is very well hidden. I;m taking off a point because it's a bit pricey and I could spend 1$ more for a much better imperial stout. Grab this if you can get it for cheap. 3/5

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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 Moose90
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into tulip pint glass for first sample.

A - Nice and black, almost opaque. Leaves a fluffy 1" head, color of a latte. Head settles but stays as a steady layer on top of the beer leaving nice lacing with each sip.

S - Bitter chocolate, black coffee, good smells, but some alcohol does come through.

T - Slightly bitter coffee, nice chocolate notes, a little bit of a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie coming through.

M - Medium body, slightly drying and astringent. Not too sweet and sticky, which is nice. Has a pleasant lingering finish.

O - I like it. This has a great nose and some decent complexity. I wasn't expecting to have my mind blown by this beer, but it is a solid stout nonetheless.

No date on the bottle, but comes off fresh enough for my liking, don't know that age would improve this one too much. Another solid beer from Left Coast, would buy again at the sub $5 price tag.

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Voo Doo from Left Coast Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 567 ratings.
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