1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Short's The Woodmaster - Short's Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Short's The WoodmasterShort's The Woodmaster

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

250 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 250
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 47
Gots: 21 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Short's The Woodmaster Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 176-200 | 201-225 | 226-250  | next › last »
Ratings: 250 | Reviews: 117 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

afdempse hooked me up with a growler from Short's. Thanks Adam!

A: Thin, brown hue with only a small head that leaves little lacing.

S: sweet malt, nuts, wood

T: The beer has a pleasant taste, with maple syrup really coming through. There is also a good roasted pecan flavor in there. The downside is the sweetness, which is overabundant.

M: A moderately thin body and very sweet throughout. Also, I would prefer a bit more carbonation.

D: An interesting beer and fun to try. Best in small quantities.

08-13-2010 15:21:20 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4/5  rDev +5%

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Extreme beer will never die, it will just become more difficult to be original. Original is what The Woodmaster is, a Double Brown Ale fermented with earthwork maple syrup and toasted pecans. Number 7 of 13 in their Imperial Beer Series.

The carbonation struggles through the semi-viscous brew to form a tight tiny-bubbled tan lace. Mildly hazed dark-mahogany color has a dull glow when put up to the light. This maple-caramel fusion jumps at the nose with suggestions of date sugar, ripe strawberries, rum and cocoa powder in the back. Very smooth at first sip but then the creaminess takes over with a lush full body. Mellow toasted-malt blankets the palate and cradles the rounded fruity ester and mild earthy, nutty character of the maple and pecans. Alcohol is very warming but does not get hot, hops are laid back and simply balance in their faded state. A tad mineral or salty in the semi-sweet finish.

How is a beer of 9.5% ABV so damn drinkable? It's scary in a way as this is a sipper, so make sure you have a friend or two to share the bottle with ... or not. The maple syrup does add a good amount of depth, as well as the pecans even though they stay a little vague. Vite Estreme Della Birra!

07-07-2010 00:42:10 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of largadeer


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

750ml bottle shared by ipa247 back in January. Thank you, Jeff.

Semi-hazy dark amber with a small off-white head that recedes to a thin collar. Toasted pecans leap out of the glass, slightly overwhelming the toasted malt foundation. Maple syrup is noticeable on a lesser level, lending only a touch of sweetness. Toasted pecans and maple follow through on the palate, though it's not especially sweet. Flavors of toast and roasted malt are stronger mid-palate along with moderate bitterness. This is enjoyable, but I find myself wishing it were less attenuated to balance the slightly chalky and astringent character of the nuts. The finish is dry and lightly bitter with a lingering nutty aftertaste. Pretty good, a different yeast, something with more of an English ale character, would have made this more enjoyable.

03-01-2010 20:06:16 | More by largadeer
Photo of drabmuh


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from a bottle into a becher glass. Beer is brown but light brown, forms a thin broken head. Beer is clear and carbonation is low, no lacing left on the glass.

Smells sweet and woodsey, like slightly old wood. There is a liquor smell to this beer.

Beer is sweet and has a liquor like quality to it, a rather strong liquor like quality, bourbon almost. I guess the point of this beer is to taste like bourbon, congratulations, you did it, you really did. Drinkability is fine, mouthfeel is fine. I guess its an OK beer but not a repeat for me.

01-31-2010 00:05:52 | More by drabmuh
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

750ml bottle from the cellar.

Pours autumnal brown with a haze and a quarter inch of biege foam. Dotted lacing and a partial skim coat remained for the duration of the glass.

Aromatics lead off with maple syrup, caramel, sweet malt, and touch of toasted nuts. Proofing dough drizzeled with maple syrup and pecan dust.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a sticky, tacky mouthfeel.

Sweet, plump malt, maple syrup, and a caramel reduction start the palate. Hints of chocolate, nuts, and a winey tartness follow through.

Finishes with lingering sweet syrup, rich malt, a warming booziness, and a mild tartness.

Quite sweet but probably the most maple I've had in a beer. The nuts are quite subdued at this point as well and a mild tartness seems to be developing.

01-21-2010 00:31:31 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of GbVDave


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Mentor for this from our recent trade! Also, thanks to Mentor for mailing me the hang tag/trading card. You rock, Paul!

Bottle # 496 of 936
Date Brewed: 3.20.07
Batch No: 289
Date Bottled: 5.9.07

A: Pours a muddy milk chocolate mixed with Grade B maple syrup color. Small khaki head gives way to thick bubbly ring and ample lace.

S: Aromas of tangy fruit, maple syrup, toasted nuts, cola nut, molassas, honey, vanilla, and pipe tobacco.

T: See above with a hint of brandy and/or rum, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and dry toasty malt.

M: Full bodied and sweet with the perfect amount of dry astringency.

D: Damn! We loved this beer! So rich and earthy, hopefully this becomes easier to find in the future.

01-16-2010 19:50:24 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Arbitrator


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

Chilled 750mL bottle, shared by ipa247 at his recent sour tasting. Thanks, Jeff.

A: Pours a port-like maroon body with moderately-retaining off-white head.

S: Maple, nuts (though I'd be hard-pressed to identify them as pecans after reading the bottle), toffee, caramel, toast.

T: About the same as the nose. It tips a little to the sweet side with toffee, caramel, toast, and maple. The nuts are.... bitter, almost like year-old walnuts (I know this because I have some in my cupboard).

M: It gets a bit cloying and syrupy after a number of sips, which is weird because it's fairly dry. I blame the carbonation, which seems a lit low. A bit boozy in the finish. A strange, uneven bitterness from the nuts, as I mentioned.

D: It wasn't awful, but I didn't care much for it. One of the weaker Short's beers I have had, though I love and commend their experimental side.

01-15-2010 21:42:31 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

Viggo opened this one up. thanks eric!

750ml bottle topped with a descriptive tag telling more about the beer. sampled jan 1/2010.

pours crystal clear deep red, almost brownish at a distance but showing a beautiful garnet and ruby blend when held to the light. the small fine tan head quickly drops to a thin ring around the glass. spotty lace.

aroma is good. warming alcohol. light maple. big caramel and toffee presence. pecan, almond, bit of peanut. multi-grain bread and biscuit. touch of apple and pear. light toasty character.

taste is neat. light alcohol. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. light cracker. caramel and toffee. bit of maple. pecan and almond. bit of oaky character. light vanilla. bit of apple and pear again. lightly fruity. bit of raisin and date.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. neat depth. another interesting brew from a fine brewery.

01-08-2010 19:05:46 | More by grub
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

750 ml bottle. Huge thanks to rlcnmeyer for the DLD hookup!

Pours a clear dark ruby red, very thick off white head forms, settles down to a thick ring, good retention as it keeps up a solid layer, no real lacing on the glass though.

Smell is nice, very nutty, heavy toffee/caramel, lots of raisin and dark fruit, figs, bourbon, wood, vanilla, very rich and malty aroma, nice and biscuity, smells good.

Taste is better, very fruity and nutty, pecan pie, maple, alcohol, sherry, vanilla and oak, cherry puts, toffee and caramel, biscuit, more nuts, really cool flavour profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Smooth going down, this is nice stuff. Thanks Randy!

01-05-2010 19:02:34 | More by Viggo
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1%

750ml split courtesy of Viggo - another gem on a good night, thanks man!

Pours an amber/auburn/brown with little head, has some retention - no issues there.

A rich, complex brown. Raisins, caramel, vanilla, sweet maple syrup, a light earthy pecan nuttiness, anise, a little bit of roast in there, honey, cocoa powder - a light hop bite in the finish to give some balance to the sweetness and booziness. Nice carbonation, pulls it all together. Balanced and rich, perhaps a little too much sweetness/syrupyness but what do you expect from a beer with maple syrup?

Rich and tasty, unique. Certainly worth a try.

01-02-2010 19:21:32 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

A- 750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Looks like your typical brown ale with a dash of red thrown into the color mix. No real head to it, just a ring of white foam around the edge. Lacing was pretty decent surprisingly.

S- A bit of toasted pecan aroma up front then followed by a really strong smell of licorice. Unfortunately, it seems like the maple syrup has faded a bit from this beer.

T- Much the same as the smell. A bit of toasted flavor rounded out with the licorice flavor. Very interesting taste, I just wish the maple syrup showed up more.

M- Very smooth with a nice medium body. Not a whole lot of carbonation.

D- High ABV and the overall sweetness of this beer makes it a good sipper. There's no way I could have finished the whole bottle.

Overall, a very good beer. I think the age has changed the beer quite a bit. I would love to try this one fresh (hint, hint Short's).

01-02-2010 02:37:03 | More by kbeals
Photo of CoolJosh


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Shared with treyrab. He and I have had the pleasure of trying a lot of their imperial series beers, as well as their regular offerings. Neither of us have yet to be disappointed, and with this being one of the most anticipated beers of winter 09, I look forward to diving into my glass.

The appearance is that of your average brown ale minus the head. A little bit on the murkier side with some rusted red hues along the bottom and edges.

The smell comes very close to meeting expectations. A very nice toasted pecan scent matches well with the maple syrup used. Both of which carry over well into the taste and are met with a light sweet chocolate flavor. Unfortunately, some of the bitterness of a pour or aged brown ale is showing in the aftertaste. All in all, another great offering from Short's. Well done men!

11-30-2009 01:24:05 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of tpd975


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Huge thanks to jdubfl for bringing all the Short's beers in for a tasting.

A: Pours a nutty brown hue with no real head. No retention or lace.

S: Aroma of nuts, caramel, brown sugar, and maple.

T: Nice big nutty pecan flavor up front. Slight maple and a nice blend of spice. Earty, with a hint of bitterness. Kind of like the bitter you find in the pith of pecans.

M: Medium in body, on the flatter side when it comes to carbonation.

D: Good, unique which is a trend in the Short's Imperial series.

11-01-2009 00:07:27 | More by tpd975
Photo of Gtreid


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

Bottle poured into CCB stemware.

A: Pours a murky brown color, with not much head. And what was there did not retain well.

A: Smells of syrup and caramel malts. Not much hoppiness in this. I get a very subdued nuttiness, maybe from the pecans. Also a very prominent alcohol scent.

T: I get maple syrup, some nuts, and alcohol. Flavor is nice, just not as pronounced as I imagine it would have been when fresh. I get a little earthiness but not enough.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth for this Medium body beer. Not much carbonation going on.

D and overall impression: Drinkability falls a little short on this as well. A little too sweet for me. Overall, I think this had a little too much age on it. All of the flavors had mellowed, and I don't beleive this is what Joe intended this beer to taste like. Would have really liked to try it fresh and compare. But, I am reviewing this bottle, so i am not impressed. Skal.

08-06-2009 21:54:36 | More by Gtreid
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours brown in color, a little translucency around the edges. Smell is some light dark malts, and just a hint of alcohol. Taste is roasted malts, there's a good amount of alcohol in the taste. Very smooth and easy drinking. This is a good beer. There's even more alcohol showing up in the nose once this gets a chance to warm up. Another absolutely incredible beer from Short's. Wonderful beer from a wonderful brewery.

06-07-2009 02:55:19 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of gford217


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

Bottle courtesy of hoppymeal poured into a snifter.

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. As it warms, the abrasiveness fades a good bit and the flavors come together a bit better.

The mouthfeel is, not 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 (pretty high bar) and the sweetness is enough to limit the drinkability. Overall, it's a tasty brown and definitely better than most, just not quite as good as most of the other Shorts beers I've had.

05-19-2009 01:52:10 | More by gford217
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.38/5  rDev +15%

750 ml bottle. #313 of 936.

Deep brown and opaque with a half inch of light tan head on top. Big brown malts with a nice sweetness from the highly evident maple syrup. Earthy with caramel accents as well along with a nutty undertone. Rich and inviting.

First sip brings smooth brown malts with sweet caramel accents. Toasted pecans come through quite nicely as well as fresh maple syrup flavors. Roasty brew with a smooth finish. Nutty, malty and overall just damn yummy.

Medium body and creamy with good carbonation. This was wonderful brew and a gem in a great series of beers from Short's. The last of the Imperial Series for me and it just leaves me wanting more, so give me more Joe!!

05-05-2009 02:03:55 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of younger35


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%

Received this brew in a trade with hoppymeal. I've really been excited to try this one, almost the most of all the Imperial series. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

High Gravity Brown Ale
Date Brewed: 3/20/07
Batch No: 289
Date Bottled: 5/9/07
Non Traditional Ingredients: Earthwork Maple Syrup, Pecans
Imperial Beer 7 of 13
Bottle Number 340 of 936

Appearance- Pours a fairly weird looking dark reddish brown with a small light tan head that recedes quickly. No cap is left but a fairly small collar that leaves very little lacing.
Smell- Fairly sweet smelling with a light toasty nuttiness. If it didn't tell me pecans were used on the bottle I wouldn't specifically guess pecans but they do let there presence be known. Some brown sugar and plenty of dark fruits including prunes, raisins and plums. The maple syrup doesn't really stand out much, just sorta smells like molasses.
Taste- Starts very fruity with a metallic raisin like kick before giving away to a light alcoholic sweetness. The alcohol isn't necessarily prevalent; it's just spicy and nicely acclimated to the beer. Some caramel and brown sugar are fairly prevalent and the nuttiness really shows as the beer warms. It's rather sweet and can get pretty cloying at times but I can get past it. Finishes with a rather toasty nuttiness.
Mouthfeel- Pretty thick and hefty with almost syrupy feel and very light carbonation.
Drinkability- Overall this brew isn't bad it just has two things about it that I don't necessarily appreciate in a beer. The metallic grape thing and the cloying aspect. Big turn offs for this guy. I do appreciate what Joe was going for in this beer though and I wonder if more of the nuttiness would have showed fresh. Either way thanks for the opportunity Derek!

02-13-2009 03:23:25 | More by younger35
Photo of alexgash


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

750 ml bottle from the brewery. I lost the trading card hang-tag, so I don't know the bottle number.

Pours a muddy, varnished brown. Small, gauzy, beige head. Some lacing. Nose has a bit of a sour edge to it. Tart cherry mixed with vinegar--kind of Flemish Red-esque. There are also maple syrup and graham cracker malt notes. I'm not sure if the Flemish Red character was intended by Joe, but hey, I like Flemish Reds!

Taste starts with semi-sweet cookie dough malt with a woody edge. Graham cracker mixes with light fruit notes. Subtle vinegar and tart cherries (Flemish Red or Oud Bruin) throughout. Woody, nutty (pecans?), with maple syrup and a faint smokiness in the finish. Lingering vinegar and cherry pits. Medium-bodied, with a smooth feel. I didn't expect this to be so Flemish! Reminds me of Goudenband.

02-01-2009 23:33:11 | More by alexgash
Photo of OHLRangers


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

750ml bottle purchased from the brewery in July 08.

Shared with my better half on Xmas Eve, poured into standard pint glass. Dark reddish brown appearance, limited head leaving no lacing.

First thing that hits in the aroma is the pecans, followed by the maple syrup. Upon tasting, each drink yields another flavor. I get the pecans first, then a bit of a boozy hit on the back of the tongue, followed by the maple syrup. As the temperature changes, so do the tastes.

Great feel, but it's a tough beer to drink and drink. Great for sharing, and another from the creative mind of Joe Short.

12-25-2008 05:10:43 | More by OHLRangers
Photo of joe1510


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%


#304 of 936

Yet another brew received from hoppymeal, thanks again Derek! Short's Woodmaster pours garnet with glowing mahogany highlights throughout when directly backlit. A short fingers worth of white head formed on the pour and fell rather quickly to a skim coat with a ring around the glass. The body is a touch murky and the head leaves some small spots of lace on its way down.

The maple syrup in the nose of this beer is huge and the pecan doesn't fall far behind. There's a solid toasted and caramel maltiness laying down a foundation but the maple syrup and pecans steal the show. The aroma morphs back and forth between the two almost creating two totally different aromas. When I first opened this I noticed a bit of sour in the nose that I believe is from the pecans but as it warms the sourness disappears. Clean alcohol on the backend.

The maple syrup and pecans aren't as noticeable on the tongue as they were in the nose. The base of this beer, the double brown, is dominant throughout, which is how it should be. Very toasty with a touch of Cocoa Pebble like chocolatiness here and there. A quick hit of clean alcohol hits mid palate and is pushed aside by the sweet maple syrup and pecan nuttiness. Both adjuncts mix well with the double brown and never become overpowering.

Short's does a great job with the mouth feel of all their beers. This is no exception. Although the alcohol is on the high side the body never steps above medium. This beer moves through rather quickly with just a touch of stick on the back of the tongue.

Woodmaster goes down easily but the big alcohol and heavy flavors really limit the drinkability. A couple glasses would be nice but anymore then that would be overkill.

Another unique, delicious beer from Short's. I can't get enough of their beer. The maple syrup and pecans in this beer really set it apart from other nut browns, not to mention the big abv. Thanks again for the treat Derek!

06-21-2008 03:22:54 | More by joe1510
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy color that perfectly matches the bottle in which it was stored; a nice cap persists and dots with lace

Smell: Some caramel, a definite toasted pecan aroma but another aroma, too; I think a previous BA called it sausage, but that is too generous, I'm afraid

Taste: Opens with a lot of caramel and a building maple presence that turns nutty by mid-palate; unfortunately, the pecan flavors seem a bit rancid to me; after the swallow, the off flavors persist to the finish although at the very end, the toasted pecan returns

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body (creamy) with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I had much higher expectations for this beer; perhaps age has brought on the rancid flavors (as they would for Christmas pecans one kept around until summer); still enjoyed the adventure and look forward to trying the last of my Shorts beers soon

Thanks, hoppymeal, for the opportunity

05-22-2008 23:47:09 | More by brentk56
Photo of BeerTruth


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

Thanks again to hoppymeal for this Short's brew.

1 pint 9.6 fl oz. poured into my SanTan glass. Bottle #288 of 936.

Pours a rich mahogany with a fluffy two finger tan colored head that slowly dies down. Lots of bubbles racing to the top of the glass. A nice wall of lacing is left on the sides. Very interesting aroma of sausage, young maple syrup, and toasted pecans. Caramel malt and cane sugars dominate the nose as well. Smokey wood scents here and there too. Taste is much like the smell but has an interesting spice-like sting to it along with brown sugar and molasses. Aftertaste has a toasted nut flavor with a weak pancake sweetness that dries the mouth. Just not digging the flavor to be honest, probably because it's nothing like I've ever had before. Mouthfeel is warm and medium bodied with a constant carbonation. Drinkability suffers because of the over the top sweetness. Bottle should definitely be shared. I could see people that really enjoy this beer and really dislike this beer, as for me, I'm just about in the middle. Congratulations to Short's for being pioneers in the extreme beer movement. Thanks again Derek for giving me the opportunity to try this truly unqiue beer.

02-26-2008 01:05:39 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of emerge077


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Sample courtesy Jay23, via trade with Hoppymeal. Thanks!

Around an 8 oz. sample, poured into a Chimay chalice. Deep orange/brown body with pretty crimson highlights. Consistent head with spindly lacing. Good clarity on the first pour. Plenty of visible carbonation streams.

Dark and exotic aromas of vinous berry, dried apple, maple, with the mild lactic elements of a Flanders red.

Fairly mild apple tartness, brown sugar, a unique nuttiness (presumably pecan listed on the label), definite 100% maple syrup tones, and dried figs rounding it out. Bittersweet. The maple gives it a nice oomph in the body, along with a forest-like element. Taste=4.25 if I could.

Ultra malty, smooth, and medium bodied overall. There's a twinge of alcohol under the maple goodness, which slows you down some, but it's not distracting. Very creative and highly recommended!

01-06-2008 20:19:17 | More by emerge077
Photo of BelgianAleSlut


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

My third taste of Joe Short's Imperial Release Series. This one is a double brown ale brewed with maple syrup and toasted pecans.

Color is a nice deep mahogany, pours on the flat side. The low carbonation reminds me of those english browns I drank 15 years ago. Sweet and flat was how I liked them then, not so much now. A little more carbonation would really improve the release of smells and flavors on this one I think.

Smells almost like port. Can taste molasses and brown sugar notes, dry nut can be detected slightly upon finish. Sweet beer.

Warms mouth, throat and belly quickly. Would work nice as a winter warmer.

Not too crazy how this feels in the mouth. Needs a little more life, even for a sipper.

Drinkability is aided by great taste and ABV.

06-29-2007 01:23:16 | More by BelgianAleSlut
« first ‹ prev | 176-200 | 201-225 | 226-250  | next › last »
Short's The Woodmaster from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.