Beer: Wynona’s Big Brown Ale
Brewery: Voodoo Brewery
Style: Brown Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: This is the most unremarkable looking beer: murky brown body, no head.
Smell: Strong dark chocolate, dirt, and soy sauce aromas. There’s something in here that smells like a metal toy I used to own.
Flavor: It tastes exactly like it smells, but it’s not downright awful, as the combination of chocolate, dirt, soy, and wet metal should taste under any other circumstance. After you get over the likeness to the aroma, the bitterness of this Brown Ale comes as a shock. As I keep drinking, it actually tastes exactly like Dewars. Dewars and water, to be specific. In normal beer terms, it also tastes like malts. Loads and loads of roasted malts. Caramel, coffee, blah blah blah.
Feel: Thin body with moderate carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Well, Voodoo Brewery, your Wynona is one bewildering lady. I don’t really enjoy the flavors put forth in this beer, but I don’t really not enjoy drinking it. For one, it diverges from the other, sweeter Brown Ales of the month. In fact, there is very little sweetness in this (except for the sweetness associated with the Scotch flavor). Okay, well, actually there are moments of sweetness, but the first and last flavors are dry dirt and Dewars. WHY DOES THIS TASTE LIKE DEWARS? Oh Voodoo Brewery and your wacky magic. Though, by wacky magic I mean maris otter malts and a ton of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Northern Brewer hops. If I had to sub-classify this beer, I would say it is a Northern Brown Ale with an American twist (the twist being a million hops).
Also, in case you didn’t once own the Primus album Tales from the Punchbowl, you probably didn’t get the reference to their song, ‘Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver.’ Perhaps this reference was used because Voodoo used maris OTTER malts? Oh, I don’t even know, too many references. More importantly: beer. This Brown Ale is weird. And alcoholic (7.3%!). And weird. So, do as the label says and get down with the brown…ale.