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Wynona's Big Brown AleWynona's Big Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
his is named after a song that sparked the idea to make this ale. Brown ales seem to be there, but not really there, do you know what I mean? Well that won't be the mistake with Wynona! Voodooed out this style and add more that's what we say. Hoppy and smooth hints of chocolate and tons of brown malt to let you know it's there. Try the brown, You'll be Happy You Did!!

Added by WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Quite brown and opaque, no head to think of. Aroma is bread, some chocolate as others have said.

Taste is thin brown malts, a cola consistency along with a nuttiness. Wet toast. For a brown this is pretty good but almost too easy to drink you don't really notice.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bottle poured into a pilsener glass

one finger taupe foam cap over a dark russet hazy brown liquid, slight lacing

aroma of sweet caramel, whiff of coffee

light taste of roast caramel malts,

low sudsing, slight roast coffee aftertaste

ok beer

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Photo of q33jeff
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Ok,not bad, but last of 6 in brown ale tasting.
LOOK: Color, brown...Small head.
AROMA: veggie, hay.
TASTE: A bit weak, Aftertaste is stale bread.
FEEL is flat.

Side by side Brown Ale tasting:
1. DuClaw x11 Mesquite Smoked Brown Ale
2. Rogue Hazelnut Nectar (4.01)
3. Clown Shoes Brown Angel (3.99)
4. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale (3.42)
5. DuClaw Euforia
6. Voodoo Wynona's Big Brown Ale

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Photo of mkh012
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of white head. The nose is mild. I get coffee, chocolate, and hops, but overall, it's kind of dull and unimpressive. The taste largely follows. Some nice roasted notes in there, but kind of thin, bland, and unbalanced. An average beer - not one I'd rush back to. A little bitter on the finish.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 30/12 pack ($ 0.208/oz) at Franklin Beer Co, Franklin, PA
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter; the 12 pack is hand labeled BB 5/6/16
Aroma faint caramel
Head virtually none – slight frothiness which quickly diminishes to neither ring nor layer
Lacing - none
Body dark amber, slight chill haze
Flavor - not much; slight caramel; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, flat

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3. Incredibly average beer.

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Photo of McMatt7
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The smell of this beer is tops, caramel and brown sugar bomb, hadn't had in a while and forgot how much i enjoy this beer, smooth, flavors follow the nose, maybe a little coffee in there, finishes sweet, need a keg in my basement.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2015-03-26 in Columbia, PA from a 12 oz bottle

A - Clear, dark brown with almost no head or lace.

S - Caramel and molasses, light-moderately roasted grain and maybe a hint of coffee.

T - Caramel, molasses, light touch of licorice, earthy spice, roasted grain then some roasted and hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty balanced but certainly leaning to the malty side.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Smooth and fairly dry.

O - A well done brown ale.

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Photo of Omnium
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Bowtie Pint

A - Nice clear brown with a finger of foamy khaki head, medium lacing.
S - Molasses, toasted caramel, hazelnut, some earthy tones, light roasted malt.
T - Hops are present, but more in the background, laying some mild bitterness, kinda earthy and dank, toasted malt and nuttiness, some caramel flavors too. Really great.
M - Balanced, but actually kinda watery on the end. I'd prefer something more viscous.
O - One of my favorite brown ales of all time. I love this beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure when or where I've first had this, but it's been a while, and I figured I'd review a bottle.

Poured into a Voodoo bell tulip, dark brown in color, with a finger of tan head that retained as a thick collar and laced the glass. Aroma of chocolate malts and caramel, some dark fruit notes going on as well. This beer can be a bit inconsistent I've found. This particular bottle I think may have been off. There was the typical characteristics of a brown ale here, dark malts, somewhat roasty, caramel sweetness, but also an underlying fruity taste that was sort of in the acetaldehyde / cidery range. Not really sure what was going on here, and it's been a while since I've had this beer, so I can't really compare it to past tastings. Medium body, pretty smooth, but again, a bit messy, off, inconsistent. Worth a try, but definitely not one of Voodoo's best.

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Photo of mscudder
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a pint.

A - Deep mocha hue with a one-finger khaki head. Fair retention with little lacing.

S - Chocolate, bitter coffee, toffee and caramel malt. Sweet, even for a brown.

T - Milk chocolate is the dominate taste here, bitter coffee is in attendance. Roasted flavors blend nicely to make this a unique brown. I question how close this is to a milk stout though...

M - Creamy medium body with light carbonation.

O - This is a fine example of a brew that is better than the sum of its parts. A brown which combines a creamy body with some good flavors, without being overly robust.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown with a mocha head on top. The head is dense but not tall.
Aroma is quite porter like which I wasn't expecting and robust.
Plenty of roasted malts aroma.
taste is similar, with a rich roasted malt taste. Not overly pronounced butr lighter then a porter.
Drinks thick and creamy.
Surprizingly good with desent flavor.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Stone Grille in York, served in a goblet chilled.

the color is dark brown translucent with light tan head with very fine bead.
The smell is malt with caramel and toasted odor with light fruity yeast aroma with mild toffee-like scent. The feel is very good lots of malt complexity and medium carbonation with subtle dry finish and mild alcohol.

The taste is very good with malty toasted taste with sufficiently toffee-like and caramel sweetness with light coffee/cocoa and hint of dried fruit in the light woody realm with mild roast in the finish. Overall a pretty enjoyable brown, plenty of malt and a nice amount of alcohol. Very easy to quaff.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into Rastal 0.3L. no bottled on date.

A: relatively clear, moderate brown hue. head is a shade of brown, but otherwise very white. retention is quite good, as is the lacing.

S: dark chocolate, a bit of coffee. there is a decent amount of American hops sprinkled in with what is otherwise mostly all-grain aroma-wise. really roasty, smells similar to a porter.

T: roasty and chocolaty both at the beginning and especially at the conclusion of the sip. slightly astringent. a little soapy? finish is bitter before turning to more astringency. more chocolate.

M: moderate amount of carb on a very medium, almost full body.

D: a good drinking, strong brown ale. good/great aroma, good flavor. the astringency is almost too strong as I wouldn't hate for a little softer malt profile to keep things biscuit and a bit rounder. not bad non-the-less.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker brown with a full head that disappates to mostly a rim around the glass. Clean filtered. Aroma is darker malts, brown sugar and maple syrup. Flavor is much of the same - good quality brew. Good balance - not too thick for the beginning of spring, but not too thin to give some heartiness to it.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a deep mostly translucent brown, tan thin head dissipates to a lacing.

Roasted coffee and hints of hop in the nose.

Flavor is of roasted coffee with some acidic tartness and the aforementioned subdued hop bitterness, on the nutty side.

Medium body with a subtle tingly carbonation.

Good flavor and drinkability, nice balance in the coffee and hop elements, would definitely have again.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark opaque brown with a finger of beige head. Great lacing.

Smell is malt forward with coffee, roasted almonds, some chocolate, and just enough hop aroma.

Tasty stuff..nutty and malty with smooth roasted character. Well balanced with piney hop flavors.

Medium bodied, lingering bitterness, could have a few of these.

More good stuff from Voodoo..Go get it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a tiny white film of a head. The film faded relatively quickly yielding to little lacing.
Smell- The smell is largest of a chocolate and a roasted malt aroma. Mixed with this is a lighter sweet smell of caramel as well as some notes of a nutty nature.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of a roasted and nutty nature. The nutty and roasty flavor are a backbone of the beer which maintain their strength throughout the taste. With these flavors is a lighter caramel sweetness up front. More toward the middle of the taste chocolate flavors begin to come to the tongue. While this occurs the caramel gets stronger and a lighter herbal hop flavor come to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to the end where a light, but quite noticeable, alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. In the end they leave a very nice darker and warming flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather light (not surprising for a cask). The lower carbonation is quite nice for the flavors, although a bit more creaminess of body may have been better for the darker flavors of the brew.

Overall – A rather enjoyable brew. One to try if the chance arises as it has a nice flavor profile and just the right amount of booziness to give it a nice warming feel but yet maintain great drinkability.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Wynona pours out of the bottle a clear brown color and rests in my glass viscous brown. More than a finger of creamy brown head raises up and coats the side of the glass as it recedes, and it lasts forever. Bubbles race up the sides as well. Really nice looking American Brown.

S: Nuts, roast, caramel and roasted malts hit the nose big time. The roast and caramel are definitely the forefront, but the other aromas are not forgotten. I'm really impressed by the roast specifically. I've found it can be forgotten in this style.

T: The taste does not disappoint! This beer is much like a nice cup of coffee. Caramel malts provide the base for a huge assault of roast. The nutty aroma has taken a step back, but the balance between roast and malt is wonderful. Almost like a porter / brown ale combination. Hard to put this one down.

MF: Medium to thick body and rests on the palate nice and creamy. The carbonation is perfect for the size of this beer. Very drinkable, the alcohol is higher than I would expect, but it is hidden well.

O: This quickly became one of my favorite brown ales. This isn't a style I typically enjoy, but this beer really impresses me in all factors. I wish Voodoo had wider distribution! This should be coveted by all.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a lovely golden walnut brown in the glass. Some swirly foam and a nice carbonation in the mouth. Fairly light bodied but full of flavor. Aroma of oats and toffee.

Sweet and grainy is the first impression. A vast amount of roasted malt, though the beer is not so thick or sugary. It's just quite richly flavored with a tang to it. It even tastes like there is a touch of the barrel and a hint of macaroons. Dark caramel, too. The hops are well balanced with the malt, and give bitter. Ends on a more herbal note with some roasted barley.

This is certainly a superior Brown Ale that should give other brewers something to shoot for. The nuttiness with just enough richness, and a good dose of hops is totally drinkable. From Food and Friends in Philadelphia, in the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of PappyVanWink
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I took this Big Brown Beer & I stuck it up in the air, I said sure do love this Big Brown Beer & I wish I did have a pair.

A- Well It's Beaver Brown of course.

S- Smells like Seven Layers, (it'd go good with TacoBell) some nice Hops on the nose.

T- It's like a normal Brown ale on steroids, you can taste the malty backbone but the hops are all over this too.

M- Creammmmyyyy

O- Great Beer, only problem was it went too fast!

The Rib & Chop House in town has this on tap, it's my go to beer to have with Steak.
Drank this with Rex, Lou & his old baboon...

Drink it,
It's Good,
Pappy Says So!

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Photo of vande
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a deep, dark mahogany color that upon the initial pour has a thicker looking head that vanishes quickly leaving a light lacey after affect

s - coco and brown sugar [can it be?]...Malty, caramel, sweetness....if only all browns could smell this scrumptious.

t - wow. Good stuff! Coco powder, toffee, chocolate covered nutty goodness...This is a brown Ale I could get used to [if I could get more...] damn....

m - lighter to medium bodied, sort of evaporates into your palate leaving a pleasant memory behind....even somewhat of a smoky after affect?

o - a Great Brown ale... One I would definitely drink again. And a again.

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Photo of burnstar
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown. Medium sized dense persistent off-white head. Mild malty smell. A little chocolate and some sweetness in the nose. Taste is mostly toasted malt. Some chocolate notes again. Fairly low sweetness. Just a little herbal hop flavor. Some bitterness throughout from the hops and maybe some roasted malt. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel but not too heavy. Extremely drinkable. Pretty good stuff overall.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark amber in color and poured with a quarter finger high head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of chocolate and dark malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and has also has some hints of toffee.
There are some metallic flavors in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking brown ale that would make a good accompaniment to food, particularly a burger.

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Photo of gestyr
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22Oz bomber into a schooner.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with red highlights when held to the light. Head is tan, viscous and long lasting.

S: Malty, roasty, caramel, slight bit of dark fruit, hops

T: Nice. A good balance between the malts, the caramel, the roastiness and the bitterness which appears last.

M: Nice medium body. Very creamy feeling. No carbonation sting but you know it is carbonated.

O: A very enjoyable beer. A good representation of the style. Would pair very nicely with a beef stew and some sharp cheddar cheese.

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Photo of aorloski
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served room temperature.

Appearance - pours incredibly dark brown, closer to black than anything. A decent amount of head on this one, maybe about a finger. Expected at this ABV. Pours pretty creamy/lighter side. Reminds me of a DFH Palo Santo but less viscous.

Smell - Smells great, very good nut brown quality OVER THE TOP. Roasted characters, chocolate, deep dark malts and a mild hint of peat.

Taste - Follows the nose, but better. I am pretty damn impressed by this beer, honestly it is pretty fucking complex. The nut brown qualities are right up front, unmistakable and then it morphs into this really robust malty, nutty and chocolatey velvet goodness in your mouth. A hint of bitterness brings out the dark chocolate qualities. Really just a fantastic beer.

Mouthfeel - So creamy, velvet like, carbonation perfect for this.

Overall - I got this as an extra in a trade and so happy i did, you can't find these in boston. This reminds me a lot of palo santo marron but about 2 steps down. Which to me is a good thing. I love palo santo, but if i saw this stuff around i would probably pick it over it. Really a great offering, and my first Voodoo beer. Good job guys, will be looking for more in the future!

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