Wicked Juju
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 10.36%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
47
From:
Left Hand Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  13
SCORE
85
Very Good
Wicked JujuWicked Juju
Notes: Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain.

Good JuJu's voodoo goes darque. Consecrated in observance of the light and darkness in all creatures, fresh juiced ginger and dark roasted malt are brewed together to pour black with slight ginger heat giving way to chocolate malt sweetness. Invoke the good spirits and give reference to the wicked with each divine drop.
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours dark like a cola with a small white head.
S - Aroma is ginger and dark chocolate.
T - Flavor follows the nose. You get a lot of ginger, and the finish is bitter dark chocolate.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - I can't say I would have put ginger with dark chocolate, but it works well enough. Make sure you let this warm a bit to fully bring out the chocolate.

Sep 07, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a clear, dark amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of ginger, toasted caramel and toffee. Strong but not overpowering ginger taste with sweet caramel and toffee.

Jul 03, 2016
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber
Best By: 11/21/16

Pours a pretty nice blackish color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice kinda quick light tan head, but leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a big ginger note, kinda roasty, kinda nutty, some nutmeg. The taste is not too bad, malty, roasty, really big ginger note, slightly spicy, nutmeg. Medium body, ABV could be hidden better. Overall, not too bad of a brew.

May 25, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour an effervescent mahogany ( almost looks like coke ) with a sliver of tan head. Stays effervescent throughout, nice head retention & minimal lacing

S: Ginger & not much else

T: Ginger, carob, a little caramel & a little astringency up front. Medicinal bitterness, piney notes, some ginger snap cookie, but not enough to balance the bitterness, almost seems close to turpentine, flavor comes around as this warms. Finishes woody & medicinal bitterness, some gingersnap on the edges

MF: Medium body with slight carbonation

Drinks alright, a little more ginger & sweetness would've served this beer better

May 21, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass best by 11/21/16 and near room temperature. Pours a very dark brown, with a 2 and a half inch sticky tan head that leaves an abundance of lace.

Smell ginger, dark chocolate, cinnamon, spicy peppers, and maybe orange peel.

Taste follows ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark chocolate, orange, and spicy peppers.

Mouthfeel is above medium almost creamy, moderate carbonation and it works wonderfully, definitely on the dry dide.

Overall not sure I will get another bomber of this ginger bomb, but a well crafted beer, that stands out in a odd way. My wife is going to smell this thing on me tonight, raw ginger. If you like ginger this may surprise you as it did me.

Apr 30, 2016
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BBD 11/21/16. Pours as dark as a stout. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Very good light nose of ginger, chocolate and malt with caramel notes.

Heavy light body that is quite smooth with a touch of oiliness and hints at creaminess in the effervescent finish. Quite outstanding body / carbonation balance with a moderate mid-palate effervescence and a finely bubbled tight prickly burst in the finish. At room temperature, the body is medium.

The flavor profile is outstanding. It is unique. It looks like a black IPA, but lacks the hop level and use of roast. What it has is ginger and chocolate over a rich malt base with strong caramel notes coupled with a touch of uncovered alcohol when presented at room temperature. The sweetness is there but is perfectly balanced by a blast of ginger flavor plus a bit of heat. This flavor and heat linger in the finish. The middle has no significant hop bitterness but here the sweetness arrives in a subdued fashion allowing chocolate to lead for a bit. Dark chocolate leads briefly then quickly shifts to sweeter milk chocolate and subtle hints of fruit. Like a conjured night spectre, ginger then reasserts itself and casts its spell in, through and beyond the slightly dry finish. The slow fade provides a nice spicy heat, ginger flavor and a tingling light alcohol astringency.

Apr 26, 2016
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves streaks of chunky lacing

S: Roasted malt and ginger spice up front, along with some dark chocolate and moderate caramel sweetness. Some dark fruits in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of roast and plenty of ginger spiciness and some light heat. Goes into some of the dark chocolate and very light caramel sweetness. Some brown bread and dark fruits kick things up a bit towards the end. Finishes with lingering ginger and roast

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: Definitely a different brew that focuses on the ginger and roast. Not quite as much ginger/candied ginger as great juju (which really impressed me), but a solid imperial dark version of good juju. Pick this one up if you want something unique

Apr 06, 2016
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is ginger, malts and a kind of Belgian spiciness. The flavor is ginger, malts, spices, an English/Belgian yeast mix almost and a mix of acidity and slightly sour in the finish.

Mar 30, 2016
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, weak head with large patchy lacing. Roasted and ginger aroma. Assertive roasted coffee and earth flavor. Mild ginger. Herbal, soapy hop. Strong hop flavor. Well balanced. Full body. Well carbonated. Bone dry finish. Good stuff. Flavors are well blended. Much like a spiced black ipa.

Mar 29, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this is basically a dark juju, still ginger based, but built for colder weather and more of a brown ale or porter base. i actually like it pretty well, but i can see why all of the servers at old chicago said it was absolutely disgusting. its so unique and weird as to be unappealing to the typical beer drinker, but in the context of their regular juju, i think it works. its more like gingerbread with the chocolate malt profile and almost raisin malt flavor under the fresh ginger. its cool, seasonal, and has a great mouthfeel, frothy and bubbly too. im not sure i would want more than a single pour of it, but i do admire its attempt to make ginger more than just a summer flavor in the left hand lineup. the dark malt base masks a little of the hotness of the ginger that is there in the regular edition, and i think that makes it more well rounded for me. its also way more substantial, pretty full bodied beer here. definitely worth a try if you like the other one.

Oct 26, 2014
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longmontcompass from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

There’s good beer, there’s great beer, and then there’s the beer that will blindside you with complex and balanced flavors on a random Monday afternoon. One such beer is Left Hand Brewing Company’s Wicked Juju, a special limited variation of their season Good Juju. This special batch was one brewed for Colorado Old Chicago locations in observance of Día de los Muertos.
Appearance: You know how Nitro Milk Stout looks really dark? It’s almost grey compared to the black-hole-in-a-cup that Wicked Juju is. The black beer sits heavy in the cup, difficult to agitate, but leaving slugs of thick canvas-colored foam when swirled in the glass. The head sits heartily on top, a thick layer that will dissipate according to how fast you drink. For me, that foam was not long for this world.
Aroma: Malt. Wicked Juju is the beer I would point to if someone wasn’t quite sure what malt smelled like. The sweet maltiness of the nose mixes with highlights of ginger so subtle you might think they were put there on accident. When you take your first sip you’ll be assured that it was no accident.
Flavor: As someone who prefers more of a tart/bitter flavor over a sweet flavor, Left Hand’s Good Juju is a beer that I have had many times. It’s a beer that I like. When I read that Left Hand would be releasing a special Imperial variety for a limited time I was excited to try it. I didn’t know that it would change what I thought of the capabilities of a ginger beer. Every drink starts with a mouthful of rich, slightly bitter malt with dashes of dark chocolate for a very pleasant combo of bitter and slight sweetness. The brightness of the ginger will explode in your mouth, crawl into your gums, and start to clear your sinuses. The dark, chewy malt and chocolate and the bright, energetic ginger are craftily balanced.
Overall Impression: Really? You want my overall impression? If the 321 words of high praise above aren’t clear enough, I’ll be blunt: This is one of my favorite beers ever. I don’t know if you’ll like it, but I can tell you that if you don’t, you need to seriously reconsider your life choices.
The Wicked Juju is around for a limited time available on tap for a limited time at Colorado Old Chicago locations and at Left Hand’s tap room in Longmont.

http://longmontcompass.com/wicked-juju-left-hand-brewing-company/

Oct 21, 2014
Wicked Juju from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 47 ratings