Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Voo Doo | Left Coast Brewing Company

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
84
good
113 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Voo DooVoo Doo
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%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
101
For Trade:
2
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 560
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.

 354 characters

Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with two finger mocha head, nice lacing.

S- Roasted malts, some coffee, faint smoke.

T- Roasted malts, some coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, some dark fruits.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A tasty, well done stout, very easy to drink.

 293 characters

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.

 257 characters

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

A nice extra from my man SwillinBrew.
Pours black into my chalice with brown mocha head, glistening in the dim light. Solid pair of finger-widths.
Big chocolate aroma, a little bit of coffee, some caramel as well. Not super complex, but very nice.
Chocolate is all up in my mouf. Bittersweet with some creamy caramel, so nice. Almost no roast and very little hop presence here. It all works together very well though. Creamy and chewy.
I'm a bit surprised at the grades on this so far, as every reviewer seems to think this is a good beer. It is what it is..I enjoyed it tremendously.
Thanks, chief.

 600 characters

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.

 316 characters

Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Dark bodied walnut brown out of the bottle hitting, to create the same color in the glass. Not quite black as midnight but definitely getting close. Not much head produced and a very thin collar, with some light bubbled lacing when glass is tipped.

Good solid roasty and balanced nose. Hints of coffee and dry nuts. Almost like peanut butter, and a nice toasty quality of char. Very nice and impressive.

Cola like body on the feel, almost milk stout but without the lactose sweetness. Slightly milky coating of char and coffee, with a wet sheen in the palate. Lots of charcoal roast in the aftertaste, and mellow hop bitterness. Not much boozy character that's well hidden, but also a hint of fizzy cola senses to match.

While not rich and large like most stouts, quite flavorful even for a wet body. Nice fun beer.

 864 characters

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint.

A - Pours jet black, with a two-finger tan head with good retention. Nominal lacing.

S - Healthy aroma of chocolate, burnt grains, black coffee, anise, and booze.

T - Chocolate, marshmallow, black licorice, burnt coffee, graham cracker, and lots of roasted bitterness. Just enough sweetness to balance. Slight bit of pine hop in the finish enhances the flavor and keeps things interesting. Not terribly rich, but decently complex. Pretty tasty.

M - Kind of thin bodied for the flavor profile. Also, WAY over carbonated; almost soda like. Some misfires here.

O - A really well done stout, just wish it had a better mouth feel. The taste pretty much makes up for it though and despite it's flaws, this one gets it more right than wrong. I'll buy again.

 798 characters

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

 602 characters

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.

 874 characters

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.

 724 characters

Photo of PorterLambic
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours thick and black with very little head despite a very vigorous pour. What does show up disappears quickly, leaving a mere ring of light tan and a scattering of broken lace.
Smell is very toasty, almost burnt, malts, unsweetened chocolate, faint toffee and an ashy note (probably from the malts).
Taste is rich with heavily roasted malt, faint hops, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, some whiskey. Obviously, with this style, time for warming almost always proves beneficial and in this case that holds true.
Pretty damned smooth with a definite linger but not to the point of being cloying. Light, almost watery, up front but it get fairly full bodied mid and finish where it ends dry. Somewhat warming and the ashyness really falls away. Put this in a barrel and I expect it'll be push 4.5.

 794 characters

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.

 940 characters

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

Pours a luscious dark black hue with a creamy one finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is dark roasted coffee,chocolate malts,milk chocolate and a slight herbalness,the mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly carbonated and the tastes are dark and milky chocolate mixed with dark espresso and finished with a mix of roastiness and herbal hoppiness and overall a great drop that I could drink alnight a classic dessert beer.

 428 characters

Photo of godlessape
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I saw this beer at a insanely low price so had to give it a try--wise decision.
Poured this one into a Samuel Smith nonic, watching the single inch tan head simmer down to a thin and spotty skim. The body has a impenetrable uber-dark brown coloring to it that seems to swallow all light.
The nose feasts on lots of unsweetened chocolate, roasted barley, a hint of raisins but most of all booze glorious booze.
What your taste buds pick up on doesn't differ much from what your olfactory gadget picked up on except for a little barley ash on the tailend.
The mouthfeel is medium to heavy.
Overall I think this is an above average stout and why the liquor store was selling it at such a cheap price is beyond me.

 715 characters

Photo of gregb13
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 24 oz. bottle at Albertson's. Pours fairly dark, a bit thin. Nice head and small legs. Faint nose while chilled; opens up quite a bit upon warming. Predominantly coffee, dark chocolate, very roasty. Taste follows nose perfectly. Goes down smooth. No lingering bitterness or hops to speak of. Quite nice though rather one-dimensional.

 345 characters

Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black only small ruby highlights when held to the light. Head is small coco colored and it falls quick with just spotty lace.

Aroma is roasted malts, good chocolate notes, some light coffee and dark fruity notes.

Taste is roasted malts some dark chocolate upfront moving to lightly sweet fruity notes. Finishing with a dry roasted Columbia coffee like flavor, mingled with some herbal hops for some added bitterness. Also some fruit and anise notes lingering. Taste seeems little better then the aroma more complex any how.

Mouthfeel is nice big medium approaching full. Carbonation only medium but seems to pep up some in the finish.

Overall nice little stout, defiantly worth trying but not kick ass enough for regular consumption.

 745 characters

Photo of cbutova
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz bottle poured into a chalice and a can glass with a voodoo black body. A light mocha cap forms at about half a finger with a foamy texture. Decent head retention and a puffy ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Dark, semi-burnt grains with a heavily toasted nutty tone right there with spicy raisin, dark fruits and slight cocoa. Hints at a dryness.

T- For me the roasted malts really open up here and take charge. Bitter, dark cocoa powder, roasted ashy grains, chocolate and semi-burnt toasted nuts. Spiced raisins come to mind again but they do not disturb the dark flavors.

MF- Medium-thick bodied probably a bit toward the mid side. The consistency is somewhat creamy and foamy. Finishes dry, roasty and bitter.

Just a solid, big stout all around. The body is a bit thinner than most stouts like this but the flavor works out just fine with the texture. Heavily toasted nuts, burnt grains and bitter cocoa powder in a fine balance.

 939 characters

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.

 395 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A moderately active bubble show produces a one inch cap of beige foam that leaves clumps of lacing; the liquid is fudge brown colored

Smell: Moderately roasty with undertones of chocolate and char

Taste: Chocolate forward with some char and light molasses tones building through the middle; more roast appears in the finish along with some coffee; very dry in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pleasant enough to drink but rather limited in the flavor range

 517 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I shared at Skuter's UCLA vs. USC viewing party.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

 487 characters

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black body with minor head on top of an aroma that is thick of roasted malts, bordering on coffee at times, touch of dark chocolate. Simple, not complex stout, but pretty tasty and enjoyable. Chewey, slightly sticky body that is a little boozy and has some minor chocolate sweetness and a whole of roasted malts although not picking up a hint of coffee as I did in the aroma. Goes down nice with no problems and is a fine beer to have.

 444 characters

Photo of MECove
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is rich and dark. The head is thick too but it dissolves quickly and the lacing is mediocre. It's smooth and light in the mouth with less coffee-bitterness in the actual flavor than the aroma. Wouldn't mind a stronger hint of malt or nuts. This is one that tastes better when fresh compared to others that even out their flavors after sitting a bit. I enjoy it and could make a night of it!

 400 characters

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours pitch black with a thinner deep tan colored head atop.Alot of dry roast and bitter chocolate in the nose,some sweet alcohol and dark fruit creeps.Dry upfront on the palate with an onslaught of dark fruit and molasses hitting midway,some drying comes into effect late leaving some residual dark fruit notes lingering.Not a whole lot of chocolate although it's there,there is a good amount of roast and dark fruit flavors,not to mention alcohol.

 449 characters

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.

 1,252 characters

Photo of bbtkd
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Left Coast Voo Doo American Stout, 8.5% ABV 39 IBU. I began by pouring a fourth of it on the damn table. The rest ended up in the glass, with about a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly. At first I thought it smelled/tasted oaky, but it's roasted barley. Slightly bitter finish. Not too bad.

 298 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe