Samplings from June 21, 2018

Voodoo LogoThis past Thursday was a Voodoo Brewery Tap Take Over. As an added bonus, they were giving away glassware from Voodoo. 7th Hill had six different beers from Voodoo, four of which were above 7% ABV. I was hopeful that I would find a new great beer to add to my top ten of all time.

So, I was doing a little bit of reading on Voodoo Brewery. First, I was surprised that they weren’t out of Louisiana. When you say Voodoo, my mind immediately thinks about New Orleans. Actually, They are out of Meadville, Pennsylvania. Is it irony to have a brewery in a town called Meadville? The brewery is employee owned and claim a quirky and fun approach to brewing.

Let’s see how quirky and fun their beers are.

 

Voodoo BBVDBig Black Voodoo Daddy

Brewer: Voodoo (Meadville, PA)
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 12.0%
IBU: ?
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10 Ounce Tulip
Rating: Good

I try not to start out with what I call a high-octane beer, but looking at the beer list my eyes gravitated to the word Stout. Over the last couple of months Imperial Stouts have been a mix of hits and misses. The best imperial stout that I have had lately has to be the Bourbon Barrel Ten Fidy. To me, it’s about balancing the alcohol with the flavors. When the balance is right, the beer is usually good.

The BBVD pours dark with a creamy mocha colored head. The aroma has a bit of sweetness with a strong roasted maltiness. The flavor is slightly bitter with a strong dark roasted malt and a hint of chocolate in the finish. In all everything works pretty good for a 12% ABV Imperial Stout. I wouldn’t say that it’s my gold standard for this type of beer, but it’s solid and definitely a beer that I will drink again. Actually, I started and ended the night with this one.

 

Voodoo HoodooHoodoo

Brewer: Voodoo (Meadville, PA)
Style: IPA
ABV: 7.3%
IBU: ?
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10 Ounce Tulip
Rating: Ok

The last couple of weeks have seen some good IPAs pass through the Taproom, especially unfiltered IPAs. In June alone, there have a couple of good ones from Stone and Sixpoint Breweries. I like my IPAs to have a strong citrus flavor with hoppy overtones. One thing that an IPA shouldn’t be is light on flavor.

Well, the Hoodoo pours golden with a light white head. The aroma is definitely citrus leaning toward grapefruit with a bit of hops. The beer was more bitter than anything else, followed a hint of citrus. In all the beer was solid and I enjoyed drinking it. I’m not an extremely big fan bitter beers, and really like a big citrus punch. Unfortunately, the Hoodoo didn’t meet either expectation.

 

Voodoo WBBAWynona’s Big Brown Ale

Brewer: Voodoo (Meadville, PA)
Style: Imperial Brown Ale
ABV: 7.3%
IBU: ?
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10 Ounce Tulip
Rating: Meh

Yes, the name screams Primus. If you don’t get it, look up songs by the band Primus. Heehehe. Well, it’s been a while since I have had a brown ale, much less an imperial brown ale. I’m not sure why, but I tend not to favor this type of beer. Perhaps because it tends to be fairly mellow and doesn’t really pack a heavy handed punch of flavor. Cigar City has a decent brown ale, which I enjoy. Founders has a decent imperial brown ale, which I have had on multiple occasions. There are some out there that I like.

The WBBA pours dark with a creamy white head. The aroma is very light but you can get the aroma of lightly roasted malts. The flavor was very light with the roasted malt, but lacked any flavor to set it apart. I hate to say it, but I was underwhelmed by this one.

 

Voodoo VLCVoodoo Love Child

Brewer: Voodoo (Meadville, PA)
Style: Belgium Ale
ABV: 9.2%
IBU: ?
Served: Draft
Glass and Serving Size: 10 Ounce Tulip
Rating: Ok

The Voodoo Love Child was the last beer for sampling this night. I was intrigued because it’s not often I drink Belgium Ales, much less potent ones like this one. Come to think of it, the last one that I had was over Veteran’s United in Jacksonville, and that one was pretty good.

The Love Child pours dark golden, almost brown, with a light white head. The aroma is intoxicating with strong notes of berries and fruitiness, with being both sweet and sour. The flavor however was predominately bitter with hints of fruit. After the aroma, the flavor was a little disappointing, but over all the beer works pretty well and I enjoyed it.

 

Summary

The Voodoo Brewery made a pretty good impression on me, for this being the first time that I have had their beers. My favorite was the Big Black Voodoo Daddy, which I have had a couple of times since Thursday. With the exception of the Wynona, the other beers were pretty good. I have to admit that looking at their list of beers, I would like to try some of their other brews. Voodoo is a name that I will look for in the future.

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