Woodbooger - Strangeways Brewing

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Woodbooger
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BA SCORE
86
very good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Strangeways Brewing visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: blbarnett3 on 10-09-2013

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Photo of Kiserian
4.79/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good flavor, the only one of their beers that I enjoyed.

Photo of jfmorey
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearances can be deceiving:

A very dark brown with a nice tan head.

Initial taste is of a light chocolate stout. So where's the Belgian element that I paid for?

(Not present).

So its a very good brown ale, with a thicker mouthfeel; that's all. I could see drinking a lot of this if that was the style I wanted.

So why the claim to be something else?

Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown where no light passes through the glass. Beige head with no lingering lace (it's streaky).

Dark, rich molasses aroma. Fresh smell. There's a bit of alcohol to the nose as well.

The flavor features a strong coffee element. It's not as sweet as the smell suggests, although I do get some cocoa notes. I also note some sourness in the background. Short aftertaste. The body is thinner than I would like and the high carbonation exacerbates this.

Photo of uvachief
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Dark chocolate almost black. Aromas of dark fruit like dates with a hint of coffee. Light and slightly creamy. Definitely taste fruit and coffee. Only moderately sweet. Hidden roasted malts. Very drinkable and smooth. Close to a stout. Good year around but think it will do better in the winter.

Photo of beerrat
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great taste I will drink again.

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a damn brown ale.

Photo of blbarnett3
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep brown with a finger and a half head

S - Chocolate notes

T - Rich malt flavor with the suggestion of brown ale, but deeper, slightly sweeter.

M - A bit on the thin side for the depth of color

O - Billed by the brewery as a "Belgian-style Brown Ale". Rich dark-roast malt flavor reminiscent of a Porter. Interesting combination of styles and very drinkable.

Photo of cjgiant
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at brewery:
Listed as Belgian "brown" ale, I'm rating it as a brown.
Looks medium to dark brown, with head that lasts.
Only disappointing part to me was nose, and it wasn't that bad, just not normal to a style. I get light bourbon and wood (from where??), candied dark fruit, and a hint of coconut - very little nutty notes I would expect from a brown, little ester or funk from a Belgian.

Taste follows the nose, the coconut coming through a bit more...

Full disclosure: had a sample I thought was pretty close to awesome, started review with it, planning on ordering a full pour. Subsequent full pour was somehow different. Head sustainability very questionable... Adjusting slightly, but mildly confused...

Appearance dropped .5, feel dropped a bit on a full pour.

Taste on full pour is more nutty, hazelnut, with oily nutty bitterness that comes with it. Coconut flavors are still present, but not adding much sweetness, goodie bad. Carbonation is quite light in full pour, but does punctuate the taste a bit.

Too confused to be confident about this beer. Definitely need another try at it at a later date.

Photo of rjs246
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Strangeways is known for their adventurous brewing, but their year-round offerings Albino Monkey witbier and Woodbooger dark ale are consistent, delicious and very very drinkable.

Woodbooger from Strangeways Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.