Woodbooger | Strangeways Brewing

very good
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Brewed by:
Strangeways Brewing
Virginia, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dark roasty brown ale brewed with organic coconut sugar, dark Belgian candied sugar, and aged with vanilla bean.

Added by blbarnett3 on 10-09-2013

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 78
Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer while I was in the Richmond VA area visiting for a short period of time, and while having lunch at a brewpub inside the airport decided I'd try a couple while waiting for my airplane.

A nice looking beer-- look was a deep brown, almost black appearance with a nice thick head to it. Smell was very much like the taste-- smells of chocolate, toffee mostly proved to taste just like that. Beer was not bitter at the end at all, a very drinkable dark beer for sure. Feel was carbonated perfectly, and left little aftertaste for such a strong beer.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer overall, would definitely get again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted a below average amount of time. Not much lacing.

S: A decent aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, a little coffee, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of some light coffee notes, some vanilla, a fair amount of the advertised coconut, chocolate notes, malt, dark fruit (plums, perhaps?), and light caramel. Not really a Belgian beer flavor in the strictest interpretation, but an interesting interpretation. Doesn't exactly succeed, but is still a decent flavor.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer, but it's oddly drinkable. Worth a try, for sure.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a nonic glass. Very dark in color. The smell was sort of neutral, not over powering but pleasant. Excellent mouth feel. The taste was very good. I buy this beer on and off mostly in the autumn and winter.

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Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep chocolate brown in color with a nice light brown head.

S: Light fruit, and a touch of powdered cocoa. Almost like a chocolate cherry thing going on, some slight bread aroma as well as caramel.

T: Caramel malt, and a bready flavor with roasted malt and a touch of coffee in the finish. Some decent sweetness, as well as perhaps something English in the finish.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. The carbonation is fairly fine in size, and there is a bit of a linger in the finish.

O: Overall a pretty tasty brown with a bit of a twist. I've been fairly skeptical of this brewery, but this

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Photo of cjgiant
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Re-review with a written comments on April 8, 2015. Averaged (approximately) ratings from both reviews.

Purchased at a Kroger in Midlothian, VA.

This beer tastes more like an American Brown Ale that a Belgian Brown. Not a beer I would try again.3.25

A – Pours an opaque brown with reddish highlights with a half-finger of light brown rocky head. The head dissipates quickly. Good light brown lacing. 3.0

S – Aromas of brown bread, dark fruit (raisin), metallic, very faint pepperiness. 4

T – A malty beer with no bitterness to speak of – Some very, very faint fruitiness of apples and strawberries, molasses in the finish. 3.0

MF – A smooth medium bodied beer with a semi-dry finish. 4

Original ratings.
A 3.25
S 4
T 3.5
MF 3.75
O 3.5

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Photo of uvachief
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of rjs246
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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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.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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?

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Photo of blbarnett3
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Woodbooger from Strangeways Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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