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Hoppy The Woodsman - Schooner Exact Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Schooner Exact Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertunes on 11-06-2009)
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Reviews by RedDiamond:
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3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I couldn't get much information about this ale, but I believe it's a barrel-conditioned version of SE's Hoppy Holidays winter warmer. Most brewers use bourbon or wine barrels to age their beers. But the smell and taste of this ale remind me of Seagram's 7 Canadian Whisky.

Unfortunately Seagram's is permanently imprinted on my brain due to a wretched incident in my teenage years in which two buddies and I got insanely drunk and deathly ill on the stuff. To this day, the smell alone makes me queasy.

And that's what the Woodsman smelled like - like a horrid teenage puking episode, making for an association in my mind between this ale and violent illness. That's unfortunate, but I'll try to work around it.

Hoppy has strong notes of vanilla to the taste and smell along with a peculiar marshmallow quality. The whisky element is central and defining, perhaps too much so. It is redwood color and sports a fair array of suds. The flavor is harshly wooden and could use some more time to relax. It tastes raw, like a flesh wound. It's not bad, but that raw, heated oak-woodenness is too much for my senses.

RedDiamond, Dec 11, 2009
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

jcr8611, Mar 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Seattle_Suds, Dec 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

jpbebeau, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Brouwers. Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown, slightly burgundy color with a small tan head with minimal lacing.

S: Lots of roast, coffee witha slight hoppy kick.

T: Lots more caramel and chocolate. The finish is very chocolate forward, reminds me of a tootsie roll almost.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A solid beer, look forward to next years version.

mdaschaf, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32oz bomber, Chucks, split

Served in unbranded snifter - pours a dark cola body with a thin beige ring of lace. There is a bit of wood throughout but the bourbon is light - bolder barrel utilization would benefit this one I think. Toffee and earthy wood dominate the palate and a thin layer of booze coats the mouth during the finish.

dirtylou, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

jmccraney, Jan 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Hopmodium, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a cloudy dark mahogany amber with a two finger tan head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing. Rich aroma of bourbon, dark malts and oak. Flavor follows aroma with oak, bourbon and dark malts with a light taste of dark fruit and chocolate. Finishes slightly hoppy with residual oak and chocolate. Medium bodied. A nicely integrated tasty brew. Finish is a big lighter than I expected, but overall very enjoyable. Glad I got to try one of the rare bottles of this.

LiquidAmber, Dec 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Laklimell, May 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Telestic, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Birdlegs, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of sukwonee
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Half growler filled at 99 Bottles - $9 for 32oz (not too bad)

A: Dark brown body with 1 finger head. Lots of small bubbles.

S: Vanilla, oak, booze, some dark fruits. No hops.

T: where do I start? so while the flavors that I do get are quite good, there isn't enough taste. It lacks the punch. This was the same problem with this brewery's porter - it doesn't pack enough flavors. I think the base beer they are using for this is the problem. The bourbon characters (vanilla, oak, booziness) are integrated quite nicely though.

M: This is the real problem with this beer. It's too watery. I think it's also lacking carbonation.

O: Overall - pretty ok. There are many many many other better bourbon aged offerings I would drink over this though.

sukwonee, Feb 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

CaptainQ, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of rabidawg
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer. On draught at Taphouse in Bellevue, WA. Big oak and vanilla character, with heavy black cherry notes. Cracked pepper in the middle. Slightly smoky. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin and fizzy. Whiskey overtones hurt the drinkability, but thiss is an excellent brew.

rabidawg, Dec 10, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Zach122, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of draheim
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep amber brown w/ a rich fluffy head, sticky lace.

Aroma is big caramel malt, warm roasted barley, toffee, brown sugar.

Taste is likewise sweet and malty. Caramel, toffee, dried figs and dates, warm booze.

Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied.

Overall a balanced, tasty winter warmer.

draheim, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of mactrail
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was one of the top stars of the Fall trip to Washington and Oregon. Beautiful clear mahogany color in the tall Blanche de Chambly glass. Sensational woody flavor weaves its way through the booze. Sprightly mouthfeel and not so heavy bodied as many holiday beers. Great aroma of brandy and cedar.

Dry rather than sweet, which seems to allow the barrel taste to breathe and lets you enjoy more of the fruity flavors. Just enough malty sugars to mellow everything out. Hops are restrained but add some fruity notes and a bitterish finish. Some sharp and zingy notes complete the trip.

One of the absolute best winter brews I've had. The brewer calls this an "Imperial winter ale." Warm and racy with a satisfying tangy of whiskey. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

mactrail, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

johnnyboy76, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of czechsaaz
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full disclosure. The brewer at my local moved over to Schooner Exact but the timing isn't really right for this to be his. Could be if the keg is super fresh...

Piney and citrussy with hints of caramel and light raost malt getting through. Lots of fruity esters from the yeast.

Dark amber, almost red (roast malt maybe?) but still clear with a this solid head leaving a ton of lacing.

Kind of different from what I was expecting. Hop bitterness is high, but no where near the flagship of this type of beer. Good malt profile with more of the roast malt that I get in the aroma. Some citrus hops and honey malt midway through. Finishes pretty malty in the aftertaste.

Medium-full bodied. Not thick, but not medium either. Only the slight warming in my stomach 3/4 of the way through the pint hints that it's a stronger beer.

Nice beer. Not so huge or hoppy that it wrecks the palate but not sweet either. I'll have another.

czechsaaz, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schooner Exact Brewing Company--Hoppy the Woodsman Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Ale--2011 32 oz. Growler Bottle. 9.00% ABV. 60 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Lacy dense 1/3 inch lasting tan head. Cloudy fizzy dark ruby mahogany brown red color. Rich aromatic bourbon hop mild oak front. Creamy medium textured mild sweet rich malty toffee hink dark caramel body. Light roasted toasted notes. Creamy mild hop spice rich bourbon somewhat hot smooth end. Not too fond of Bourbon notes in Beer, but this was well made & not too overpowering. Sampled 3/26/2011. Purchased for $19.00 including $5.50 Growler Deposit @ PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 3/26/2011.

philbertk, Mar 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

benbjb, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of ccrida
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the Taphouse Grill, served in a tulip, Hoppy the Woodsman is garnet with an off-white head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is sweet, loads of vanilla, a bit of sweet ethanol as well, but clean.

Taste is really heavy on the whiskey, much more so then any barrel character, clearly it was super wet. So much so it's really hard to get a good handle on the base beer, some firm hop bitterness, a bit malty, but really just a whiskey strong ale.

Mouthfeel is kind of oily, somewhat dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability isn't too high for me, this just tastes to much like a cheap glass of whiskey with a liberal dash of bitters. Not what I was expecting by the name, but maybe it's sat for a while, this place is notorious for low turnover of their 160 taps.

ccrida, Jan 07, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Hoppy_McMalt, Sep 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

woodenbones, Jan 26, 2012
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Hoppy The Woodsman from Schooner Exact Brewing Company
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