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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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Photo of IronCitySteve
2.04/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a hazy brown color with a thick tan foam head with plenty of lacing.

S: Lots of roasted nuts, milk chocolate, bread and caramel. Very sweet smelling, quite inviting.

T: A highly bitter taste and metallic tasting. A bad bottle or how the beer normally is? There is some nutty malt character but the metallic taste is too much.

M: Metallic and bitter.

D: I am not sure if this is a bad bottle or not as I have not seen anything posted anywhere. Voodoo makes very tasty brews, this one is a miss for me.

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Photo of mizzouguy
2.39/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wow, I'm guessing a bad bottle based on the other reviews. First things first, pours deep brown with a head that explodes. Smell is all bitter coffee and metallic. Not good and the taste follows. Very bitter and ends with a metallic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is totally over carbonated and just not good. Can't really pull a whole lot of positive out of this one but I'm guessing it is just a bad bottle. Maybe I will try again and hope for a better bottle.

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Photo of charlesw
2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Seriously over carbonated. Scary artwork on the bottle. Bad spelling and grammar on the case and many of the bottles in it. And... WTF are they talking about? Some inside joke they have? They claim to have been brewing for 10 years but, wow, do they ever have, like, no reviews here. And then...

Yeah. This one tastes a heck of a lot like the pilzilla. Golly. Must be the yeast or some other funkiness in the brewery. Only the pilzilla is a lager, isn't it? Whatever. Let me try another one or two from the brewery before deciding if they all have that same flavor to them... Still... Pretty unbalanced. Fizzy. Way too much chocolate. Like... It's like... Well, it's like homebrew - the first time brewing a recipe (before you tweak it). That chocolate would surely mellow with age but I'm not keeping this one around long enough for anything like that to happen...

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Photo of stakem
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle with no indication of freshness poured into a shaped pint glass. This brew appears dark brown in color with lighter brown and ruby clarity when held to the light. I only got about 8 ounces down the side of the glass before I have to wait for the head to reside. Slightly more than 3 fingers of darkly tanned head forms atop this brew and slowly recedes leaving thick patches of lacing on the glass. The retention of the head is fairly solid and laces in a complete wall around the glassware.

The aroma of this brew is chocolate malt as soon as the cap is popped. As it sits in the glass and more whiffs are taken, the chocolate aspect drops off and it smells a bit musty with herbal hops and a touch of mineral character. There is a slight bit of "greenness" to the nose with a scent of alcohol and citrus.

The taste is a dry touch of dark malt upfront tasting lightly roasty and smoky with a bit of coffee-like bitterness and a faint amount of residual sweetness. The roast of the chocolate malt provides it's own level of bitterness before the hops come into play with an herbal flavor and bitterness. The taste of this brew is a bit perplexing in a not-so-good way. Some sips are roasty malt which is enjoyable, other sips are more mineral filled, green and tasting a bit off.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a higher than expected amount of carbonation that is a bit prickly on the tongue. I could not finish the glass and don't think I would risk trying another one if I had to pay for it. This just doesn't taste much at all like the Wynona's Big Brown I had before that inspired me to recently pick up this bottle to review. The sample I had before had much more residual sweetness and a much brighter hop character to it. Perhaps this is just an old bottle? Who knows, there is no way to tell how fresh it is since there is no date code. However, the excess carbonation and off character to this brew makes me suspect something might be off with this bottle. I don't know if it provides any benefit since there is no bottle/date code, but this particular bottle had a gold cap.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a lot of coffee going on in it. The beer is a deep brown color, as it should be. The beer didn't have much of a nut flavor to it because the coffee strongly over powers it. The sweetness that a Brown Ale has is also muted for the same reason. This beer is now on the bitter side like cold black coffee.

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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 TheChauffeur1
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones. This one just did not do it for me. The color was a dark off brown that was somewhat clear with a good tan head. Light lacing with a burnt roasted malt smell. There is a nice hop aroma. But I could not get the burned malt out of my nose. Surprisingly I tasted coffee hints. This beer seemed tilted, unbalanced. The hops and malt did not blend well. In the mouth it seemed to bubbly for this style otherwise it was ok. I had a 4 oz sample and that was enough for me. I wish I dug this beer as much as I dig Primus. Later

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Photo of SwillBilly
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber. Thanks VWCraig.

Appearance: A big woosh erupts from the bottle when popping the cap. Uh Oh is my 1st thought. Poured gently into my pint glass a huge 3 finger light tan head erupts from the beer. Deep mahogony in color with ruby hints along the edges. Head is slow to fade.

Smell: Hints of bittersweet chocolate and raisin bread with a good amount of citrusy hops coming through as well.

Taste: Well, if it wasn't for the overcarbonation this might be a pretty good beer. Somewhat roasty with a good abount of bittersweet chocolate and caramel. Finishes with nice and dry with dark roast malt and a citrusy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Way overcarbonated. Really takes away from the mouthfeel leaving too thin for the style. Super tingly in the mouth.

Drinkability/Notes: This beer needs some QA done at the brewery. Way overcarbonated. The carbonation really does the beer a disservice because I think there is a pretty decent beer somewhere in my glass. It has some nice qualities, chocalte, roasted dark malt, citrusy hops but the carbonation issue almost ruins it. You really need to let this one warm up a bit as well to really get a good feel for it. Worth a try? I don't know, would like to try it again if Voodoo gets a handle on carbonation.

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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 JRed
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with substantial toffee head. Smells like chocolate, cream, raisins, and plums. Drum roll leads to disappointment; soda-like qualities of chocolate flavoring, cheap malt, syrup, a sour choco bite that turns me off. Light-medium body with little carbonation. Nothing about this ale jumps out at me.

Dear Diary,

Never again.

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Photo of superspak
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle date. I got a gusher. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a nice dense 2-3 fingers of light tan head with great retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap that lasts forever. Some nice lacing clings around the glass as well. Aromas of roasted malt, caramel, bread, apple skin, light dark fruit, chocolate, and some molasses. I think it is safe to say my bottle might be a bit infected. The apple skin aroma just throws everything off. Taste quite a bit better: big caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, chocolate, bitter coffee, molasses, nuttiness, and spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, molasses, bread, nuttiness, and spices. Nice balance of flavor and bitterness. A bit of a metallic flavor is present as well. Medium bodied with big full carbonation; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel with big prickly carbonation. Overall for probably being infected, this is an ok brown ale. I will definitely give it another shot sometime, the bomber is only 6 bucks.

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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on cask at Cole's cask festival. A malt job, not overally drinkable cask when others are available, but would drink a pint if thirsty and only water, coffee, and prune juice would be my alternatives.Simcoe, Amarillo and Northern Brewer, chocolate malt.
Had again in 2010 fest and it was a lot better. An attack of hops and then sweetness overwhelms.

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Photo of bort11
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

leftmindedrighty threw this in as an extra. Thanks dude.

22 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Tall fluffy tan head with great retention. Color is an almost black brown, with dark mahogany highlights.

Smell has a nutty character, though there are some darker malt notes. A little bit of charred wood and coffee bean. Taste initially has a fusel alcohol burn, but that mellows out as the beer warms. There are still plenty of dark wood flavors and nutty characters.

Carbonation is a little too prickly, though that too mellows as it warms. Mouthfeel has a medium body and the alcohol is drying. This is pretty unbalanced and all over the place. Definitely one you want to let warm up.
Of course I had to Blip Big Brown Beaver by Primus Wynona's

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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 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 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 mikeyv35
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date: 06/16/2010
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2008
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Brew poured a dark brown mahoghany in color w/ a massive, more than 4 finger light brown bubbly head. Lacing all over the glass. It literally took 15 minutes for the foam to calm down before I could smell or drink this, even w/ a very slow pour. After 15 minutes, the nose was of toffee, caramel, spices, and bradiness. The taste was of caramel, toffee, slight coffee, w/ a finish of spice and a good hop backbone. However, the nose and flavors were all diminished from what they could have been by this brew being so overly carbonated. Medium bodied but tough to tell due to extreme carbonation. Drinkability was poor unless you enjoy drinking foam.

Overall, this brew was very disappointing due to what I obviously already pointed out. I will have to revisit a fresh 2010 bottle of this brew, but for now I am very underwhelmed.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a very dark brown that looks black until held up to the light. There is a thin mocha head that is gone in a flash. The smell is mostly roasted malts with chocolate and a little bitterness from something, maybe some hops. The taste is more roasted malts with chocolate and coffee. A little sweet with little to know hops present. This tastes like an American Stout but the mouthfeel and body are a little thin which bring it back within the Brown Ale style. Drinkability is low for a brown ale but still rather tasty.

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Photo of mothman
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of light brown head. Color is a dark brown.

Aroma: Chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolate is fairly rich, but sweet. It has some creamy flavors and cocoa. Chocolate milk comes to mind.

Taste: Cocoa powder and milk chocolate. Again, it tastes like chocolate milk. Some roasted malts. However, I do get some grassy hops providing some bitterness. A touch of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, it is a decent brown. A bit roasted, but I like the chocolate and cocoa. Decent drinkability. Fairly solid brown in general.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a slight off white head. The aroma is of maple syrup and chocolate with a roasted malt backbone. The taste is of a sweet malt and roasted malt backbone. In the middle there is a chocolate and coffee flavor with a small hop bite, the hops seem to be earthy hops. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth with almost no carbonation. The drinkability is good, slightly above average. The hop bite in the middle ditracted from the nice malty notes. You would go back for a second or third but i cant see you drinking a six pack of these.

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Photo of DrJay
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Super high carbonation off the pour, there was a 3:1 ratio of foam to beer initially. The beer was quite dark with a mahogany hue and the overly generous cap was fluffy and tan. Clumpy, sticky lacing with great head retention. Lots of maltiness in the aroma, caramel with a little bit of dark grains, mild chocolate, more burnt than roast, with just a hint of smoke. Hops stayed in the background, but were definitely present. Solid bitterness both from hops and a little from the dark grain. Malty without being overly sweet, but with plenty of caramel and toffee throughout. Sour cherry became a bit overpowering towards the end as it warmed. Some bitter chocolate. Seemed a little unfocused with the flavours not completely in sync. Lingering cherry and burnt malt, light smoke. Carbonation was way too high. Slight dry astringency from the dark grains. The body felt lighter than it should due to the carbonation. Certainly an odd beer. Although the aroma was very promising, the flavour didn't hold together that well and the overcarbonation was a problem for the overall texture and drinkability.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled bomber into a wine glass.

A-Murky brown dark tea with a scuddy ring of a head. Pretty lackluster, unfortunately.

S-Sweet caramel and roasted nut malts. Not picking up much hopping here, but it is a very nice nose.

T-Astringent bitter hops hit the palate first, then give way to a sweet, slick, buttery roasted malt finish. Detecting some coffee and cocoa here. Not terribly complex.

M-This is a bit of an oddball because the slickness is at odds with a rather thin mouthfeel. Somewhat overcarbonated.

O-This one left me a bit flat. I was expecting more in the taste department. Pretty lackluster brew that will not find a space in my cellar.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Have a mixed variety case of voodoo new brews. Have tried them all. Can't say any of them knocked my socks off, but nothing wrong with any of them either. I think given time, they will all become solid offerings. Well on to the review of Wynona's Big Brown.

Murky dark almost black brown appearance. Huge head that forces you to pour this one over 5 minutes or so. Once it's in the glass the head sustains nicely and forms crater like mounds and lumps. Smell of faint chocolate and somehow a chalky note. Mild citrus hop notes but very faint. Taste is what it is. Malty, little bit of chocolate. Chalky off taste. A little thin on the mouthfeel that may be caused by the huge carbonation level and the airy feel that gives. I see potential in these beers but they aren't quite there yet.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Primus anyone?

Large begie head with nice retention and lacing. Wynona's Brown is, in fact, dark brown.

Smells of brown sugar, chickory and molasses. Very fragrant.

Really, really sweet. Tastes of sweet brown malt, with a sweet nutty and English stock ale type iced tea sourness. Smooth, clean mouthfeel. I like the idea of a beefed up brown but the sweetness becomes over powering to drink more than a glass.

trade via jwc215

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hmmm...this beer. strange.

poured into a snifter, deep brown. great lacing.

aroma is nutty, caramel, catty hops.

sweet caramel, catty hop flavor,nutty, roasted coffee flavor in the finish. kinda bitter, kinda sweet. i'm not quite sure how to take this beer.

medium bodied. this beer is weird. i feel like i could drink a decent amount of it. it's just really different.

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