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Wynona's Big Brown Ale | Voodoo Brewing Company

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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!!

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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 303
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 JamesS
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a great deep brown with fantastic head and nice lacing. Excellent deep scent, very dark and malty. A wonderful ent-draught with fantastic deep malt flavors, earthy and dark, with a slight hint of nuttiness. Goes down thick and great, with no hint of it's high (for a brown ale) ABV. Fantastic!

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Photo of Paymygasbill77
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a beer mug. This beer pours a Very dark reddish-brown with a decent light brown head. Nice Lacing.

S: Molasses or brown sugar. This really smells great! It made me want to drink it.

T: Molasses and chocolate malt flavors up front that lingers and blends nicely with the mildly bitter finish. This beer is not too sweet and not too dry; very well balanced.

M: Full bodied and almost creamy at times.

O: This is a well-crafted brown ale that pulls you in and makes you want more. I find it to be very well balanced and flavorful. If you like a American-style brown ale this one is for you!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Auburn brown body good clarity, topped by a fluffy three fingers of light beige froth. Nice lace.

Exceptional aroma of coffee, chocolate, and nuts.

Taste is nutty, with a big chunk of dark chocolate floating in some cafe au lait.

Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Very nice drinking.

A big thumbs up to this big brown ale.

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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 SamuelJackson45
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark chocolate brown look.

S- Smell of bittersweet chocolate with a slit hint of coffee from the malt.

T-Taste of mild hops and bittersweet chocolate.

M- Very moist creamy and smooth. The bittersweet malt linger through out the sip.

D- I must say this is a tasty beer. A worth another bottle.


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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 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 DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this about a month ago in a 12 oz bottle.

A - Poured a mahogany deep brown with an inch of head. Pretty nice.

S - I can smell caramel, toffee, and cinnamon

T - Not a bad Brown ale. More bitter than expected. Taste is great with the caramel and toffee flavors with bitter finish. Pretty nice.

M - Pretty medium bodied and full of flavor.

D - Well not the best brown ale I ever had but still highly drinkable. Pretty nice brown ale.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich brown with a gigantic fluffy head - a very welcoming looking beer. The head drops fairly quickly to thick lacing. The aroma is powerful - rich and roasted, woody and almost a little coffee-like. This draws you into the warm, rich, woody flavor - it tastes like being in front of a roaring fire at a ski lodge. There is relatively little caramel, as one might expect from a beer this dark. Instead it really is more roasted and smokey - in fact, this tastes as if there might be a bit of smokes malt sneaked there for effect. If not, it is a wonderful application of roasted dark malts. There are hits of dark chocolate, coffee, and smoked barbecue. The mouthfeel is creaky on the tongue, but extremely dry on the finish, highlighting the smoky effect of the beer.

Very tasty beer.

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Photo of number1bum
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown. Like some other Voodoo brews this is overcarbonated so it has a massive tan head that takes awhile to settle. Eventually settles to a thick lace but doesn't leave much stick.

Smells of roasted nuts, brown sugar, cocoa powder, molasses, and some fruity hops. I'm digging this smell.

Taste is very nutty with a mocha flavor, as well. Also some cocoa and brown sugar sweetness. I didn't get the mocha in the nose but it's here in a big way in the taste. Ample fruity hop flavor and some hop bitterness that mingles with the roasty nutty flavor through the finish.

This one has a medium to full body but the carbonation is a little too aggressive. It would complement the beer better if it were softer.

I am a sucker for a big, flavorful brown ale and this one does the trick big time.

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Photo of beergod1
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow...and to think this brewery is only 30 min. from my house. This is a class brewery, and this is a big American Brown Ale, Malty, hint of creamy Chocolate, and nutty. Med. body, and a nice finish, maybe a splash of hop on that finish? The rest of the beer from this brewery is also pretty good, but those I had on tap, Wynona's was from a bottle. upick6 in Erie PA has these regularly on tap and in bottles.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, very nice thick, creamy, one-finger tannish head, which leaves some nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, nice roastiness, toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, slightly bitter, roasty, with nice notes of toffee/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, Thanks Joe.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Great big caramel light brown head forms with some soapy character but with much staying power. Body is classic brown dark chestnut with red hues, slightly clear.. great looking brown here. Nice clumpy island of retention head too.

Nose is a great milk chocolate, and ripped husky like grain and malt. Real enjoyable.

A mild grain taste with a slow lingering malt on the swallow. The flavor really punches in the aftertaste to linger so nicely. Mild hop sting it seems on the finish too. Great solid texture mixing with the palate all over.

Overall a fantastic brown ale end of story.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky brown with a short livid khaki head. Some particles are floating but not excessively so, an unfiltered brown ale by the looks of it.

Smell: Malty, some piney hops. Caramel, light espresso.

Taste: A robust beer with a strong roasted presence. Caramel, coffee, toffee and chocolate nibs are all there for the taking. Hops are there lending an earthy bitterness to round everything out. Intensely flavorful and satisfying, the best tasting brown ale I've had.

Mouthfeel: Fuller bodied, smooth and somewhat crisp with a small hop bite.

Drinkability: A nice big brown ale that could be a staple for me. Excellent beer.

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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 rfgetz
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown, thinner khaki colored head, decent retention and lacing. Smell is dominated by delicious dark roasted malts, slight earthy, nutty and smokey notes, some faint carmel sweetness is in the back end. Smells bolder than you average brown ale, bordering on porter territory. Taste follows the scent, once again bolder and more assertive than a typical brown ale but not as aggressive as the smell dictates - dark roasted malts, roasted nuts, earthy, slight hints of carmley sweetness. ABVs hidden well. Medium bodied, good carbonation. Another very good brew from Voodoo. Almost infringes on english porter territory with its bolder brown ale profile.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to PittRooney for this bottle and many others!

12 oz bottle pulled from the fridge allowed to warm up for 20 minutes or so, poured into an imperial pint glass. 12/10 written in marker on the cap.

pours out a nice dark brown color, almost a little ruby red when held to the light. fairly clear body. big 2-3 fingers of light tan colored head off of the pour that faded to a thick, creamy, retentive layer. some nice sticky lace.

the aroma is mostly that of light roasted malt and coffee. some very light fruits behind all the malt and maybe just a touch metallic and a touch of bakers chocolate.

a very nice taste. a nice balance between sweet and bitter. lots of lightly roasted malt, brown malt, and coffee at the forefront. some bakers chocolate, light fruits, and kind of an earthy hop at the finish with a little bitterness.

medium bodied, maybe just a little more body than your average brown, but i welcome it. i wouldve never guessed 7.3%.

a solid brown ale, coffee flavors and brown malt are the the highlights here. bigger and better than your average brown. if your ever have the chance to try this, i definatly suggest you do.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear reddish brown color with a short 1" head falls quickly. Nice lacing paints the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel and chocolate tones are mild but pleasant.

Taste: caramel, chocolates, prune sweetness, and some soft roasted nuttiness are the main flavor components. Nice bitterness brings the sweetness back in check.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is brief as the flavors leave the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: nice flavorful beer that several pints can be consumed in a session. I enjoyed two bombers in one evening with interest level high at the start and the end.

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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 adamette
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint 6 fl. oz bottle that I purchased in Meadville this past weekend along with 5 other Voodoo beers. I became interested in them after attending the Frozen Falls Beer Fest in Garrettsville, Ohio 1 31 09. Poured into a clean, clear Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Nice medium brown one inch head over a deep brown ruby body which light does pass through.

S A stout like deep dark roasted malt smell of chocolate and coffee. There is even some bitterness like a dark chocolate that I find in Stouts.

T Deep dark roasted malt much like a stout but with a lighter mouthfeel, a bit thinner than other stouts. This is a huge beer and closer to a stout IMO than a Brown Ale.

M As mentioned above, thinner than stouts but much bigger than any other American Brown Ale that I have had. It is certainly bigger than Samuel Smith's Brown Ale (which I realize is not

D Not the highest due to the bigness of the beer and the perceived high ABV but it is not meant to be.

Notes: One heck of a Big Brown Ale. Looking forward to my remaining two Voodoo beers and then to seek out the two that I do not have: Big Black Voodoo Daddy and Black Magick.

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Photo of bonkers
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It has a deep brown pour with way,way too much head. The head does sticks around for a while. The nose is full of sweet roasted malt. The taste follows the nose. The roasted malt really shines. The beer is medium/light in body and is very drinkable. A very good brown ale, IMO it drinks more like an Irish stout.

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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 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 blazin5050
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had originally purchased this beer because it was $2 at my local beer store. Ended up making some bad ass sausage with it so I didn't really get too into the beer from the drinking and analyzing side of it so my review will be brief...

Poured dark brown into my stainless steel pot with a small but visible light cocoa head.
Full of cocoa and I believe I sensed the hops in this 1, normally I wouldn't pick up on brown ales hoppiness but I guess because it's an imperial it makes sense. Upon rising to boil my entire house smelled of malty chocolatey beer.
Taste was much like the smell, bigger flavor of course with chocolate, a good malty and hoppy backbone. Not really my kind of beer but would definitely make a nice sausage!

So I reduced the beer to about 1/3 it's original volume on high heat(watch out for boil overs!) added fresh black pepper and buckwheat honey little dijon and fresh tarragon. Marinated for at least 4 hours 3-1 veal breast-pork butt cut up small. Then ground it, mixed in carmelized onions and apples, and adjusted seasoning to taste. My secret recipe I'll only share here, Cheers!

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