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Short's The Woodmaster - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

309 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 48
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BelgianAleSlut on 06-29-2007

Specialty Double Brown Ale.
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Ratings: 309 | Reviews: 132
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4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaulyB83
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 02/23/15

L- Deep hazy reddish brown, small light khaki head.

S- Fruity raisins, over ripe banana, light bit of apple. bit of alcohol.

T- Similar to aroma but with the alcohol coming out more, has an aftertaste that reminds me of pecans with a bit of a chalkiness.

F- Not too heavy for a high abv beer.

O- Pretty good but kinda hoping for more maple flavor.

Photo of browntrout
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breakingbland
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pecan and maple do indeed add to this beer but in a fairly subtle way. The flavor profile is deep and rich and includes a barrel aged quality even though it's not a ba beer. The high gravity is evident but the alcoholic burn is minimal. The flavor components usually found in a porter are downplayed. I'll definitely look for this one again.

Photo of jrs3994243
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of montesown
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what the hype is all about - I just kept hearing OVERRATED in my head as I drank it.
Cheers-

Photo of Kerrie
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vogie
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/23/15. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a thick dirty cinnamon color with a soapy off white head that leaves a ring around the edges of the glass. Aromas of cherries, dark fruits, cinnamon, dark bread, maybe a hint of maple syrup, and heavy alcohol. Tastes of brown sugar, cinnamon, dark break, alcohol, hints of maple syrup and nuttiness on the backend. Almost has a lingering sweet peanut butter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy, a little harsh, heavy on alcohol, and a dry finish.

A speciality double brown ale indeed. This was a good brew in complexity and experimentation. I wish the maple syrup and pecans were pulled out more. However this is a balanced brown ale that offers a bit of dry and sweet. Perfect for the colder months of the year and true to Short's style.

Photo of FlyingHellfish
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jas45678
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wallbj
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Deep, rich brown in color with an off-white fizzy head that settles into a small, creamy cap. No lacing. Smell is roast malt, biscuit, and sweet sugar, fresh cut wood, and juicy plum. Tastes of sweet, dark fruit (plum, cherry), a boozy bite, dark bread, yeast, biscuit, and roasted pecans on the back end. Entirely too smooth drinking for the ABV, this one is going to sneak up on me, and no aftertaste. Full, chewy mouthfeel. Delicious little meal in a bottle.

Photo of hopnado
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marcb105
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prager62
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of loganburgh
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bung
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A slightly heavy ale, which I was expecting but a little more than expected I suppose. What compensates for the heaviness is the slight sweetness the maple syrup brings to the mix. Overall a good beer that I would recommend to friends and partake of myself again if given the opportunity.

Photo of MaxPowers
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Calraven
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/23/2015. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, maple, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and adjunct notes; with solid strength. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, maple, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, maple, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and adjunct flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warming that lingers after the finish; but never really feels boozy. Overall this is a very nice imperial brown ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and adjunct flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. Definitely could use some aging time to smooth out the warming alcohol, but still a very enjoyable offering right now.

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4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Short's The Woodmaster from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.