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Short's The Woodmaster - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

244 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.79%


Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Specialty Double Brown Ale.

(Beer added by: BelgianAleSlut on 06-29-2007)
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malty

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This six pack shipped t my local bottle shop a few weeks ago, so I'm guessing it's pretty darned fresh.

Pours a midnight brown with caramel highlights into my stemmed Ayninger tulip-style glass. The tight and dense khaki head settles to a sturdy 1/2". Due to the dark hue and murky edges, no visible carbonation is detected. Evenly spaced spots of lace, which creates dotted lines of lace all the way down. Starring at this for 5 minutes or so, I do see what looks to be tiny bits of pecans/skins wobbling back-and-forth against the wall of my glass.

A good deal of depth in the toasted malts, creating a coffeeish scent muddles in freshly made waffles and maple syrup. I think Founders Breakfast Stout might be replaced with Woodmaster as far as the 'breakfasty' smell is concerned. Milk chocolate gracefully dominates the middle section of this decadent bouquet, while a bitter, nutty nougat trails closely behind. Very fresh, fudgey and full smelling.

Wowzaa! Tons of depth in the flavor as well! Not at all cloyingly sweet, as I was silently fearing based on the description and scent. Tis very dry in the beginning with a bitter, charred woody essence. You can feel the warmth of this elixir after the bitterness diminishes, but no off-putting taste of alcohol anywhere to be detected. Hearty notes of toasted malts with the pecans making their graceful presence, but more in bitterness than traditional flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich and almost full bodied with well-placed carbonation - which is fine and graceful. The finish is warming, bitter and slightly chalky.

Drinkability is great. Since it's not sweet and a tad bitter, it doesn't build up at all of the palate.

Overall a perfect cold weather companion while enjoying a real wood fire crackling in the fireplace. The snow is flying outside as I type on my macbook, and with this beer sitting on the end table, I'm doing just fine. Glad I bought more than one, or I'd be completely bummed. Bittersweet and creamy. Yummy.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 22:08:36 | More by malty
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Short's The Woodmaster from Short's Brewing Company
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