Wynona's Big Brown Ale
Voodoo Brewery

Wynona's Big Brown AleWynona's Big Brown Ale
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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #229
Ranked #21,291
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Wynona's Big Brown AleWynona's Big Brown Ale
Notes: This 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!!
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claminat420 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured heavily into my libbey's porter glass. 08041934B21732 marked on bottom of bottle.

Appearance- a slight transparent brown with a hint of red. off white tannish head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma- semi burnt caramel

Taste- like the aroma with some earthy hops. alittle biscuit. has a super light bubblegum hint coming from the yeast. alcohol is well hidden; same with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel- a solid medium body with a slight slickness.

Drinkability- easily going to crush the four pack.

Overall- for the style this brew is up there even tho there's not much out there to compare with. the bubblegum, yeasty flavor reminds me of harpoon's Oktoberfest. would grab if you're in the mood for a malty/ semi-caramel with some earthy hops beer.

Dec 06, 2019
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Scrapss from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Nonic pint from the bottle, another one from the 20191201 dated best by mixed pack from Voodoo.

A: It is a dark brown with tan edges, and on the verge of an opaque body with more murk if it had more chocolate malt. Head is a compact, tight bubbly tan head forged as a 1mm thick disk with a slight wispy tan lace. Will cream up and evoke a new head on agitation.

S: Every bit of the Brown ale with toffee, coffee dark roasted malted milk-ball dominating the nose, with a very light earthy hop backgrounding and teasing to come out and play but the malt tells it to go home.

T: Follows nose for a scant second: I love that warming roasted feeling that is imbued upon quaffing this fine brown ale. It lightens a bit on the palate over the nose, almost tea-like notes bounced around on the palate, belying the nose a bit. Earthy hops come out to play now, which probably produces that tea-like hint. Sweet, but never cloying even as it warms.

M: Smooth, rich, medium-full body with a creaminess beyond description. Ultimate finish leaves the breath wanting a sip of mineral water to carry it on, like a fine scotch.

O: If you pass on brown ales, earthy hops and maltier brews for the latest NEIPA hazy, this is not for you. If you want to expand your horizons and engage a brown ale, this would be a good start.

Jun 04, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear, dark amber. One finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Roast coffee and chocolate maltiness.

Taste: Gentle milk chocolate-like malt with mild hop flavor and bitterness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Average body, good carbonation.

Overall: Not sure if it really tastes "imperial", but it's a fine beer nonetheless.

Jun 01, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, brown in color with one inch head. Taste is caramel, toffee, and leather. Medium bodied, low carbonation, and sweet. Don't get a lot of brown ales these days, but this is very good for the style. Might be hitting up this style more if all beers tasted this clean.

May 06, 2019
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atr2605 from New York

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pourrs a deep amber/brown with an off white head with average retention
S-caramel, toasted biscuit, subtle coffee
T-more caramel, toasted biscuit, roasted notes, nutty, hint of vanilla
M-medium bodied with average retention
O-pretty solid brown ale with decent compexity

Feb 03, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid brown ale - good roasted malt, light coffee, and the hops are just present right at the end to add a little panache. Unadventurous but a good representation of the style.

Nov 18, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle and enjoyed in a snifter. This mighty nice
brown pours a red tinged moderately dark mahogany with a decent
head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light pooling layer, and
showcases light lacing. Nose of collocate, subtle coffee, and dark sweet malts.
Flavors lightly exceed the nose with brown sugars, hints of coffee, medium amounts of
chocolate, and a subtle herbal hop note on the rear. Decent mouth feel; medium body,
medium low carbonation, and a lightly dry and subtly chocolate tinged finish.

Overall, a solid little ale.


Sep 12, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Treated as an Imperial brown ale, this was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a nice dark brown color with a finger's worth of dieing foamy head that didn't even leave any lace.
The aroma had a nice sweet coffee bean to roasty portion as well as some dark cocoa powder. Light nuttiness and an even lighter caramel malt coming in underneath.
The flavor took all of the previously mentioned aromas together, nice and sweet with the roasty, a little bit of toast and those clean malts all delving together nicely on into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, perhaps a touch under yet having a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt right where it was supposed to be. ABV felt good as projected by the brewer. And the smoothness combined nicely with the roastiness allowing just enough to stick but also just enough to glide.
Overall, really nice imperial brown ale that I would love to have again.

Sep 10, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours brown with ruby auburn hues; small khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Hints of chocolate and cocoa powder leading the way. Subtle hints of coffee and vanilla in the mix. The flavors basically follow the nose. More chocolate and cocoa. Hints of toffee, caramel and vanilla. More hints of coffee. Solid malt backbone. It's not too sweet at all. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. Slightly fluffy and pretty smooth. Easy to drink.

This is a solid brown ale. It's a nice traditional example of the style. It's not flashy, but it's still enjoyable. It doesn't drink like a big brew. Not bad at all.

Aug 15, 2017
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Thomcoastal from Maine

4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Once opened, the scents of carmel and malts are the first thing that hits your nose. The pour is beautiful, a smooth not too airy nor too flat head with a rich brown clear liquid. The flavor is clearly leaning toward a smooth mouth feel and taste. The finish is without any after-taste.

Aug 13, 2017
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cdclark81 from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown in color with a bit of copper. The beer has a nice head on it with good lacing. Very malty smell, and I feel like I'm picking up some type of oat or grain, which is weird. Rich, malty taste typical of a brown ale. Though it's an imperial, it's only 7.5% but does have a stronger bite than normal brown ales. Very good beer.

Aug 12, 2017
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Looks just like cola. A thin fizzy head that disappears in a flash matches
S: There's definitely coffee there, lots of brown malt but I keep getting something cola-esque throughout
T: This is unique. I kind of like it. It's like a spinwheel of coffee-Coke-Pepsi-Dr Pepper-brown malt over and over with notes of each cola
M: Thin, carbonated, what's the theme again?
O: I don't love this but I would definitely drink it again since it goes down easy and would be great to drink when watching a game or with friends when beer isn't the focus

Aug 06, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. NO freshness dating.

attractive red-brown body to begin with, but the last ounce muddied the waters a bit, making it chocolate (or muddy) brown. small off-white head, no lacing.

solid malty brown ale aroma.

strong brown ale taste, slightly meaty. a faint fizziness to it.

medium on the mouth, good and meaty on the finish.

overall, good solid brown ale. nothing exceptional about it, but it delivers what it's supposed to.

Jun 03, 2017
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Mike_enola from Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown color with a 1/4 inch of tan foamy-head with decent lacing.
Smells of molasses, toasted caramel, nuts, bread and roasted malt.
I can taste the hops but very subtle, offering a mild bitterness. Very earthy, toasted malt and some caramel flavors as well. Nicely Balanced. Overall A definite go to for solid brown ale. Well done.

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Mar 31, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, some brown sugar. Taste is malts, brown sugar, light coffee, not nearly as much as the aroma indicated. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Dec 28, 2016
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Rogerlb from California

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Oct 09, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
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

Oct 01, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.77/5  rDev -27.9%
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

Jul 24, 2016
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Feb 01, 2016
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McMatt7 from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Aug 25, 2015
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Mar 26, 2015
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Nov 24, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Apr 24, 2014
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mscudder from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Jun 25, 2013
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

May 25, 2013
Wynona's Big Brown Ale from Voodoo Brewery
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