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Voo Doo | Left Coast Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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:
113
Ratings:
560
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
28.65%
 
 
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11
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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 560
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 micromaniac129
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep chocolate brown. With an aggressive pour i can get about a fingers worth of head. It's mocha coloured and fairly dense.
Aroma smells nice with rich roasted malts coffee beans and chocolate.
The flavor sports roasted malts which have a slightly burnt taste. I like. you can pull out some coffee and dark chocolate too if you wantb but i think that is a result of the malts.
On the palette it drinks smooth but there is a bit of an ashen feel around the edges which is not a problem for me.
A good stoudt to be had.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and heavily roasted malt, with a little bit of cream thrown in. The flavor is similar. There is a lot of roasted malt and a hint of smoke, along with a ton of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice, straightforward stout that is easy to drink.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jason (jrallen34). Served in a tulip of some sort.

A - Mocha foam settles to a thick collar, some wisps, and minimal lacing. Body is black, and quite dark for a lower-ABV stout.

S - Biscuit, chocolate, light roast. Seems somewhat aged, with a bit of earthy and slightly stale hops.

T - Taste is again heavy on chocolate and biscuit, giving this a mild Twix vibe. Low roast flavor and bitterness, and again the same slightly oxidized character.

M - Roasty and chewy, medium body. Dry texture, minimal alcohol presence, and medium-low carbonation. Quite easy to drink.

D - It is what it is, a solid but unexceptional American stout that probably lingered on a shelf for too long for its lower ABV to warrant. Probably wouldn't bother revisiting this even if I could find a fresher example - shame on Left Coast for not bottle dating.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Listed here on the site, the abv is 8.5%, however, my bottle state that it's 6.8%

The beer is black, with no light penetration. There is some red-brown in the pour and on the edges. A big almost dark mocha head forms with plenty of thick lacing and good retention.

Smells of deep roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee.

Tastes of iced espresso, dark malts, a hint of chocolate. Very balanced and nice.

Feels silky smooth, medium-full bodied and no bite. Very easy to drink.

This beer is quite good. All the stout notes I really enjoy, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. It's not original, but it's done very well.

DOA

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Photo of smerrell
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours nice and black, with a lingering head with good lacing.
The aroma is of roasted malts, with a hint of toffee. The aggressive carbonation acts as a buffer to the tongue getting the full attack of the roasted malts, but once the bubbles subside the full coffee/chocolate flavor is pleasant and dissipates quickly.

Overall, I think this is a good stout, and I would not hesitate to get it again

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Photo of beer2day
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark black pour with 1/2 finger dark mocha head. No retention nor lace.

Smell is chocolate and mocha, roast coffee, and earth. Started out fairly intense, but fading midway through the glass.

Taste is slightly stale coffee, then mocha and chocolate. Lots of roasted flavors. Light chocolate bitters in the finish with hop profile hidden under that.

Feel is light and creamy. My bottle says 6.8% though, so that's about right.

Overall I would get it again but I'm not in a rush.

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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 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 coldriver
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a opaque black with huge lovely head. Aroma is dark roasted malt and alcohol. Taste is coffee, slight chocolate, licorice and alcohol. Creamy but thin mouthfeel is lacking that strong bite you expect from stouts. This one got better as it warmed, but overall weak flavored.

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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 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 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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a near black body with a foaming, though not angrily so, light tan head.

Smell: A roasty aroma, with some sooty coarseness from the black patent. Plenty of bittersweet chocolate (or chocolate BS, as I've started saying in close company) with just some caramel and second-fiddle hops hardly pushing past the stronger chocolate and roast notes.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, some minor caramel, and even a bit vanilla laid over the hard roasted grains. Citrusy hops, lightly resinous with a medium level of bitterness aided in part by the roastiness from the malts. Dry, lightly roasty, lightly chalky finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Quite smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Those well-roasted black patent type malts just always seem to bring a bit of harshness to the beer, which I'm never too enthusiastic about. Still, it's a decent enough stout.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Goofy's in Cheney.

Pours a walnut brown color and is opaque. Creamy 2 tone brown head.

Smell is a smoky, roasty aroma.

Taste is dominated by dark chocolate. A little sweetness and coffee on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodoed and smooth with a cloying character and some heat.

Drinkable but hardly sessionable at 8.5 ABV.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite rich, thick bodied, and quite a mouthful. Not watery by any stretch of imagination. Not as hot as an Imperial Stout, but strongly-flavored. Winey and slightly sweet. Lots of lightly roasted malt along with the burnt. Nice dose of bitterness and a chocolate aftertaste.

My bottle says 6.8%. It drinks more like an Imperial, however, so maybe it is 8.5% as stated on the Left Coast website.

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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 dmlasp
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, rich, malty, with some punch, and the consistency of motor oil. Very good; what a stout should be. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a stout glass; forms a thick head that dissipates reasonably quickly. This stout has a decent aroma and a creamy mouthfeel and a certain tanginess that may not be to everyone's liking, but that I enjoyed.

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

A - Pours black into my snifter with only about a finger of head even with an aggressive pour. Head is tan in color with minimal retention and splotchy lacing.

S - Sweet and milky, roasted malts, licorice, dark fruits, coconut and bitter chocolate.

T - Roasted malts and sweetness are at the front of this. Milky espresso notes and bitterness are secondary, resinous hops and subtle dark fruit notes are present.

M - A little thin for my stout preference and washes from the palate too quickly.

O - Pretty decent stout, worth a try and would drink again in the future.

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Photo of vande
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of a couple of bottles that was enjoyed by friends while we watched the reality TV that's called the Travel Lodge's Parking lot....

Pour a deep, dark brownish-black leaving a thick and dirty looking layer of head... immediate notes of chocolate and coffee beans...which brings us to what happens in the palate... coffee is definitely present, along with a bitter dark chocolate... somewhat a creamier beer that was a touch thinner than russian imperials that I've enjoyed in the past... Overall though, a pretty decent offering...

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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 SkipWeathers
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark with light brown head, quickly dissipating

S - Nothing too exceptional, coffee, caramel; not too aromatic

T - big coffee flavor, milk chocolate, roasted nuts

M - fizzy at first but soon went flat, somewhat chalky, not much lingering flavors so a bit thin

O - Pretty basic stout, but strong in alcohol; a little one-dimensional; worth a try though for stout enthusiasts

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Photo of Zorro
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown colored ale with a small light brown colored head.

Smell is sweet and aromatic with big coffee and berry scents. A little sharpness from the patent malt this smells boozier that I would have expected. You can add chocolate, rum and coconut to the list of scents present. One of the more aromatic stouts.

Starts out semi-sweet with a heavy roast flavor. Taste sort of like espresso soda with a thicker mouthfeel. This becomes mildly bittersweet in flavor but just doesn't have the flavor complexity that the smell promised. Still it is mild and tasty and a little like a milk stout.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall a very nice stout! The smell promises more than the taste delivers but I will buy this again.

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Voo Doo from Left Coast Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.
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