Woodbooger | Strangeways Brewing

BA SCORE
59%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 83 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Strangeways Brewing
Virginia, United States
strangewaysbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,408
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
83
Liked:
49
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
13.83%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Jason
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a damn brown ale.

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Photo of BMart
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of InspectorBob
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Tone
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, Belgian yeast, slight roasted malt, floral notes, hint of raisin, and a hint of bacterial funk. Fits the style of a Belgian Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level and hint of tartness. Tastes of alcohol, Belgian yeast, slight roasted malt, floral notes, hint of raisin, hint of roasted malt, hint of hops, and a hint of bacterial funk. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, and blend, with a great feel.

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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 Axnjxn
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Jason_cs
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cjgiant
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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

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Photo of jaymo18
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drknight
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shirtless_mike
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Woodbooger from Strangeways Brewing
Beer rating: 59% out of 100 with 83 ratings
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