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Voodoo Brewery Wynona’s Big Brown Ale

I’ve had the good fortune to have a remarkable brewery pop up right in my hometown’s backyard, complete with a funky, cool brewpub for enjoying the beers on-site.  I recently took a look at the great Voodoo Brewery and Brewpub, and found the overall experience fantastic.  The brewery already has a number of world-class beers well-established within the beer community, and having a wide variety of these available on-tap so close to home is truly something to be appreciated.

Voodoo makes excellent examples of whatever style suits you best, and, as I’ve mentioned before, stouts and IPAs tend to be what I seek out first.  In the interest of getting a better sample of what Voodoo has to offer, I branched out beyond this, into a style that I almost never choose.  Brown Ales, while loved by many, simply aren’t a style that I seek out – either from the tap, or off the shelf.  They’re just not that interesting to me.  Nevertheless, I elected to try Voodoo’s Wynona’s Big Brown Ale.  I was delighted.  I had finally found a brown ale that I enjoyed so much I could actually see myself choosing it over other beers!  I didn’t take notes, however, and later wished I had.

So, on my most recent trip home, I made it a point to re-visit Voodoo, and take a closer look at this style-transcending brown ale.  Russ also recently took a look at this beer, and weighed in on the experience.

Are there any beers of a style that you don’t typically go for, but are exceptional enough to make you a fan?

Voodoo Wynona’s Big Brown Ale
Wynona pours a clear brown color and rests in my glass viscous brown. No discernable head from the tap, but overall, a really nice looking American Brown.
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.
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.
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.
I don't recall exactly what this cost, but beers that you'll find at Voodoo are definitely reasonably priced. I believe it was around $4.
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.
Wynona's Big Brown Ale

Beer Stats
Style: American Brown Ale
Serving: On-Tap
ABV: 7.30%
BA Score: 86
RB Score: 92

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Written by Garrett Miller and Russ Beck

Garrett brings a somewhat different perspective on beer to the table. While always thrilled to try any new, exotic brew that finds itself his way, Garrett finds that he's often quite satisfied with reliable, common craft choices. As such, Garrett is a fan of trying and reviewing these (admittedly less expensive) beers, and using them to introduce the exciting, flavorful world of craft beer to those not-yet-acquainted. Garrett’s favorite styles are IPAs and bourbon stouts, but won’t turn his nose up at anything. Find Garrett Miller on Google Plus

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