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Short's The Woodmaster - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

249 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 48
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)
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Honus1

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.1%

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-24-2013 15:13:28 | More by InspectorBob
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Andreias21

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-20-2013 00:36:22 | More by Andreias21
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stooge

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 12/7/12; tasted on 6/5/13 in a Hair of the Dog tulip glass.

A- dark brown and cloudy, slightly opaque
S- subtle sweetness, maple and vanilla
T- slightly sweet and well-balanced with hints of maple, vanilla, pecans, and dark fruits that blend very well in harmony together.
M- just the right amount of carbonation for the style, not too much as you would expect from a brown ale.
O- quite enjoyable, excellent blend of flavors that complement each other well. This has become my favorite Short's offering, which says a lot. Not too sweet, not too carbonated, and not too complex; they really hit a home run with this one. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 05:38:51 | More by stooge
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Slay40

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-10-2013 19:03:07 | More by Slay40
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-04-2013 20:42:16 | More by Kelp
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rsenters29

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-01-2013 19:52:49 | More by rsenters29
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-28-2013 05:52:15 | More by Texasfan549
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-28-2013 03:19:20 | More by FLBeerGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-28-2013 02:03:54 | More by kjkinsey
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johnyb

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-24-2013 00:10:40 | More by johnyb
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CMUbrew

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-08-2013 03:20:26 | More by CMUbrew
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sleuthdog

Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks out to rpbuckeye for this one

Poured into my new Short's pint courtesy of rpbuckeye also

Pour: A nice rusty brown with reddish hues when held up to the light. Maybe a half finger of dirty white head that decided not to hold on. No lacing even when trying to produce some.

Smell: Sweet with a nutty like touch on the nose. I do pick up on the maple aspect of this with some brown sugar and dark fruits. There is some roasty notes within everything else.

Taste: Sweet for sure with toasted malts and the pecans in the back and aftertaste. It is somewhat a big beer in that it is very sweet and maybe too much so. There is the sweetness that I guess is from the maple syrup but it also has a burn sugar like quality. I am not getting much alcohol if at all.

Mouthfeel: I would describe this as medium maybe because of the sticky feel that seems to cover the palate but yet it is thin at the same time. Hard to describe for me. It is smooth and creamy with a let down on the thinness of this beer. Carbonation seems medium.

Overall: First offering from Short's and I guess I would say it is just ok. It is pretty easy to drink despite it's fairly high ABV but just too sweet and a bit off balance. I like the uniqueness of the nut flavor with the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:00:55 | More by sleuthdog
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-27-2013 02:39:34 | More by Rhettroactive
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SimcoeJoe

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-16-2013 13:04:44 | More by SimcoeJoe
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-09-2013 04:46:43 | More by smutty33
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Sparty55

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

03-07-2013 14:56:33 | More by Sparty55
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Lord Hobo

Appearance: dark brown in color, clear, one inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: wood, nut, and sugar

Taste: big wood in the beginning, nut appears in the middle, and maple kisses the end, alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body, medium carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle and slightly sweeter end, dry

Overall: A nice woodsy brown ale where I wish the maple was a bit more pronounced. Not a bad beer, but probably a victim of Shorts overall quality. I do not think the flavors burst here as much as they do with other Shorts beers. I would get this again, but there are others in the brand I would go to first.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 13:57:54 | More by tigg924
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-02-2013 23:21:20 | More by waiting4lunch
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-02-2013 02:17:28 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-22-2013 21:48:24 | More by JohnnieNepal
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Scotthuller

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

02-22-2013 03:04:28 | More by Scotthuller
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with very light dense foamy head. Not much lacing.

Vanilla, maple, sugar, roasty, sweet.

Very nutty flavor, dry and mouthy. Sugars are roasty and forward. Nothing is subtle about this brew. Carbonation is a nice medium with a slight agave finish. Flavor is a bit tight and could use sometime in the cellar.

Highly recommended, a great drinker even at 9.5%. Lots of unique aromas and flavors. Thanks Abanton for spreading the Shorts wealth.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 01:47:04 | More by chugalug06
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azdback

Arizona

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-21-2013 07:55:21 | More by azdback
Short's The Woodmaster from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.