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Short's The Woodmaster - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 47
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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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Finchum

Michigan

1/5  rDev -73.8%

02-05-2012 11:41:48 | More by Finchum
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UCLABrewN84

California

1.35/5  rDev -64.6%

Thanks to GrandCruDrew for sending me this one!

Pours a murky dark brown with a 2 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of lace on the drink down. Smell is of hearty bread, roasted nuts, and maple. There is also a funky gym socks smell that ruins everything. I think this bottle may be infected. Taste confirms the infection. This is a sour beer on first sip, but I can taste the malty bread flavor, roasted nuts, and slight maple syrup. The infection issue is awful when combined with these flavors. Carbonation level is average. Overall, I bet this is a really good beer when it's normal but this was definitely infected.

05-05-2011 01:30:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

Reviewed from notes taken on 4-3-11.

Pours a light brown with an off white head. Nothing too fancy here. I'm picking up some sour on the nose. In fact it's controlling the scent.

Pretty light mouthfeel. A slight carbonation. The taste? Well that is downright horrific. Best way to describe it is toasted crushed up aspirin. A drain pour for sure.

Not sure what went wrong here. Bottle was maybe old? The beer flat out sucks? I'd like to say I would try it again, but if it never crosses my lips I'm fine with that outcome too. For sure an avoid at all costs.

04-20-2011 15:46:42 | More by TheDudeRules
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jodan

California

2/5  rDev -47.5%

11-08-2012 06:00:27 | More by jodan
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funkel81

California

2/5  rDev -47.5%

02-06-2012 17:56:28 | More by funkel81
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womencantsail

California

2.1/5  rDev -44.9%

Thanks to Iain for sending me this one.

A: The pour is brown in color with a tall off-white/khaki colored head.

S: Sour. What. The. Hell. Some nail polish remover, vinegar, and toasted bread. Just an awful combination. A bit of cherry cough syrup on the finish, too.

T: The flavor is a bit better as it lacks much of the nail polish remover and cough syrup. But, it's still vinegary and sour. A bit of toasted malts and bread and a little nuttiness.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Dear Shorts, learn how to bottle a fucking brown ale without it going sour

07-22-2011 04:56:09 | More by womencantsail
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

2.33/5  rDev -38.8%

Thanks to hurfer for the extra. Poured from 12oz bottle (no date) into snifter glass. Pours a dark cola brown with hints of amber around the edges and a small off-white head that doesn't linger long and leaves only a swirl along the top with no lacing. The maple syrup is abundantly evident in the aroma, which is very sweet overall, with caramel and toffee coming through as well. There are hints of both the nuts and some booze which stings the nose slightly. I think I would describe the taste as a slightly more abrasive version of the nose. It's got the maple syrup which sticks to the palate along with the alcohol which makes its presence felt in the finish especially. The overall character is slightly toasty with the pecans showing up in the background. The mouthfeel is, no surprisingly, syrupy, and get almost cloying with the big maple syrup presence. The body is pretty heavy because of that and the carbonation is pretty light. This is not one of my favorites in the imperial series and the sweetness is enough to limit the drinkability. As I respect the originality of this style, it just isn't my style.

02-17-2011 03:32:50 | More by CuriousMonk
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kscaldef

Oregon

2.35/5  rDev -38.3%

A: Murky brown topped by a 1-finger dark tan head

S: Roasty with some chocolate, dark fruit, and banana notes. Sort of bizarrely reminiscent of a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

T: Hits with more of that banana on the front of the tongue, then big roasty flavors that fade to a mild sourness like overripe fruit.

M: moderate carbonation & body, fairly long linger

O: Seems a bit odd and disjointed in the end. Interesting, but not what I would call pleasant. I have to wonder what's intentional here and what's not.

04-10-2011 03:41:46 | More by kscaldef
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otto251068

Tennessee

2.38/5  rDev -37.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with hints of a dark red color. Very cloudy with some bubbles sticking to the glass. A fingers worth of dense khaki colored head takes its time, finally rises, then fades to some nice swirling cloudy wisps.

Smell: The first and most potent aroma is the malts, very nice. Some caramel and definite sweetness there too. After the pour the alcohol really comes out, and the sweetness reminds me of some dark fruit, mostly raisins. A touch of red apple.

Taste: The dark fruits hit me initially, with just a touch of sweetness to it, also a bit of the maple syrup and toasted malts. Whew, the alcohol is definitely there (dominates the beer really), and has some bourbon qualities. Lots of sweetness at the very end, but this beer is dominated by the alcohol which pushes all the other subtle flavors aside.

Mouthfeel: Large body and light carbonation. Nice carbonation level for this beer. The beer drinks very smooth, and the light but prickly carbonation is nice. Towards the end of the beer the carbonation is all but gone.

Overall: I just can't get by the overwhelming bourbon and alcohol flavors. They are really overwhelming and overpower all the other flavors. Every bit of the 9.4 ABV is present.

01-31-2011 19:58:52 | More by otto251068
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dmorley21

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

01-28-2012 23:43:46 | More by dmorley21
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Lunch

Maryland

2.53/5  rDev -33.6%

12oz. bottle poured into a 16oz. Old Rasputin nonic pint glass.

As soon as I open this motherfucker I was greeted with what I thought was a hint of infection. Smelled sweet and sour as it poured a chestnut brown into the glass with a sizable head. Goddamnit, Short's get your act together. Infection is not as prominent in the taste which is dominated by a sweet maple. Overly carbonated and fizzy.

Beware of any of Short's beers in a bottle.

05-17-2011 22:19:12 | More by Lunch
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Urbancaver

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -31.8%

Pours a pretty maroonish brown. A bit of head and highly carbonated... it really looks pretty darn good. Smells malty and sweet. There is a hint of something bitter on the nose that is a bit off but overall smells like a decent brown ale. Taste, however, is a different store... something is seriously off here. I can't tell if its intensional or not. sharp bitterness on the tongue. Some serious maltiness that would be good if not for the off flavours. The beer is thick and creamy almost and tastes pretty good but its seriously got osmething funky going on that isn't very good. I think shorts missed on this one

03-02-2011 05:11:20 | More by Urbancaver
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RuckusDu

Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -30.4%

A - Maybe a third of a finger of large bubble off yellow head. Falls to nothing. Body is slightly cloudy caramel color.

S - I think it is a typical Short's scent, but not one that is very pleasant to me and I don't know if that is true. Sour milk with some wood and biscuit.

T - That sour milk is still there, but not as strong. Good malt flavor that goes with that biscuit-ness.

M - Good carbonation with moderate body.

O - Not that great as the sourness dominates. The malty backbone helps, but not enough to make it great.

06-19-2012 03:41:54 | More by RuckusDu
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rjcoy06

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

01-31-2013 22:50:10 | More by rjcoy06
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

02-07-2013 22:57:32 | More by DonFrap
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

02-23-2013 20:51:48 | More by yourefragile
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sennin

Michigan

2.85/5  rDev -25.2%

Bottled on January 2, 2012.
Poured into a pint glass on August 30, 2012

A: It's nothing special really. It is essentially what you would expect from a Brown Ale. But there is very little lacing and head retention, but I suppose that is a common trend with most of Short's brews. Even still, it is not a particularly "sticky" beer either, so the lacing doesn't really stay on the glass...a bit disappointing.

S: Not very good. I almost didn't drink this beer because of the smell alone! Sour milk is prominent scent up front with some dark chocolate, syrup, coffee, and burnt sugar like scent wavering around it. I know the beer has aged a bit, but honestly- it has hardly aged at all! Very odd smelling beer. But it isn't horribly off-putting I guess (I mean, I did still drink it).

T: This is a completely different story since the taste is actually quite alright. First taste is oddly of cherries to me with something of a coke like taste coming in a bit after. There is a subtle "nuttiness" in the background which I am sure is from the pecans. It later evolves into something of a coffee like taste. Syrup shows up much later in the tasting session but isn't prominent enough considering that it is a major ingredient in the beer. Regardless, it's a truly odd tasting beer, almost resembling a brown ale/cider fusion. Strange, but not necessarily bad.

M: Wet and silky on first taste, but quickly dries out, creating a kind of powdery feel on tongue. Bitterness is present and caresses the sides and back of the tongue. The dryness the brew leaves is a bit unpleasant though.

Overall, this beer was below average to me by Short's standards. I don't see myself buying it again anytime soon. But it may be worth trying for the odd experience it embodies alone.

08-30-2012 06:35:50 | More by sennin
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

Thanks to jale for this extra.

Mahogany body with a khaki to mocha colored head. No lacing. Not much head retention. The beer fell sort of flat with an off white collar resting on top.

This smells like a cake that would be called "Death by Chocolate" or "Triple Chocolate Deathmatch." Something over the top. I'm even getting a bit of espresso and pralines. This whole thing sort of reminds me of Tiramisu with pecans sprinkled on top. Just an awesome aroma.

Taste gets weird. Almost nothing like the smell. A yeasty flavor kicks in and then a huge wave of bitter espresso takes over the palate. The finish threw my tongue on a roller coaster ride of bitter burnt pecans. Man this is bitter. It's like i just dragged my taste buds across the floor of a tannin factory. Incredibly astringent finish that just keeps lingering until the next sip. As my tongue numbs I can start to pick up on the maple syrup and pecans better but the alcohol stands out more.

Mouthfeel almost is pretty viscous. Nice for a beer like this. I just wish this beast tasted as good as it smelled.

02-03-2011 23:33:22 | More by BearsOnAcid
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HeightsEats

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -23.1%

Appearance is dark brown, pretty much exactly what one would hope for a maple beer. Aroma is burnt caramel and maple, promising a flavorful, satisfying beer. Unfortunately, that promise ends up broken after a drink or two. The alcohol (9.5%) is not well-hidden at all, and a booze flavor predominates with just a little roasted malt and pecans in the aftertaste. I couldn't get through a bottle of this on its own, but having a meal to counterbalance the alcohol made it a little better.

Considering the high bar set by most Short's beers, this was a disappointment. A few months (or more) of ageing, though, might smooth out the flavors and improve it.

01-01-2013 13:48:43 | More by HeightsEats
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phingdong

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-31-2013 23:15:12 | More by phingdong
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-13-2012 07:07:50 | More by ygtbsm94
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Honus1

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.3%

07-02-2013 00:45:46 | More by Honus1
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BHansen214

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-27-2012 00:26:39 | More by BHansen214
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Pelletben

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-16-2014 23:11:47 | More by Pelletben
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RBlaszak

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-16-2012 16:50:26 | More by RBlaszak
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Short's The Woodmaster from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.