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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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rpbuckeye

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-14-2013 15:48:24 | More by rpbuckeye
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

02-08-2013 03:59:37 | More by jaasen64
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avalonct

Michigan

5/5  rDev +31.6%

02-08-2013 01:17:31 | More by avalonct
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-06-2013 01:43:50 | More by Dyerseve
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

02-04-2013 21:19:22 | More by duceswild
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phingdong

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-31-2013 23:15:12 | More by phingdong
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rjcoy06

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

01-31-2013 22:50:10 | More by rjcoy06
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adamant1912

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-29-2013 19:24:19 | More by adamant1912
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/07/12

Appearance: A super dark brown color with a finger of head... lacing is minimal at best... nitro beer? The bubbles are almost microscopic, the beer's creaminess is unbelievable, and it just looks really, really nice.

Smell: Obviously, tons of malts ... but the maple syrup and nuttiness are also pretty prominent. Not a strong aroma by any means, but a pleasant one.

Taste: Most important part as always, and I'm not completely impressed. The beginning of each sip is a wallop of sweetness from the maple syrup and malts, and a good bit of nuttiness comes through in the middle. On the finish though, I get a super sweet alcohol taste ... the sweetness likely because of the syrup, and the 9.5% just isn't very well hidden here. The first few sips were especially alcohol-y, but it got better as the beer went on. The after taste and film on the roof of my mouth tastes like toasted pecans, which is what the beer's supposedly brewed with.

Woodmaster's not BAD. Not bad at all. I just find it to be a bit too sweet (wanted more of a maple FLAVOR and a little less of the maple SWEETNESS), and the alcohol comes through a bit too much for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 17:00:32 | More by Alextricity
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MichiganBrews

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-17-2013 00:21:06 | More by MichiganBrews
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elNopalero

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a ruddy dark caramel brown color with very light, thin foam. There’s a light aroma defined by some sweet maple notes and a touch of mild caramel malt. The flavor has a pronounced bitterness that is appealing contrast to malt sweetness along with some maple notes. There’s some pecan on the finish but it doesn’t draw undue attention to itself. I get some heat but it’s on the mellow side. That said, I felt the abv before I noticed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 07:25:18 | More by elNopalero
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been one year aged in a cellar. Upon opening it is still very maple forward. There is very little head even on an aggressive pour.
The color is definitely on par for a brown. It's not clear but it's not cloudy however you can see through it unlike a porter or a stout. First sip has a great amount of alcohol and lots of dark fruit. While the alcohol is the most dominate flavor, its not hot alcohols. Everything is very mellow and enjoyable. Past the figs and dates the pecans stand out more than the maple. The maple is present but it's more ambiguous and leaves you searching for all that makes this beer so good. It has a subtle but enjoyable carbonation.
I enjoy boozy olde ales and this one aged a year is definitely one of my favs. I enjoy it fresh as well but the year makes it a much more complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 04:15:35 | More by BlissJunkie
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Circleo12

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

01-10-2013 03:37:36 | More by Circleo12
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danwho

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-06-2013 00:28:05 | More by danwho
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jdubified

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-05-2013 15:34:54 | More by jdubified
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-05-2013 04:17:26 | More by t0rin0
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jmich24

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

01-05-2013 02:42:25 | More by jmich24
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HeightsEats

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-01-2013 11:42:12 | More by beergorrilla
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly opaque, murky brown color, slightly reminiscent of a quad with less red tones in it; some light shines through the edges, but not much. Beige colored head settles down quick and leaves just a little bit of lacing on the way down. Aroma is full of some damp chocolate notes, toasted malts, faint nuts, and rubbing alcohol. The alcoholic aroma is actually quite strong - I don't smell much maple syrup as advertised. The taste, however, delivers with a bit of that maple goodness I was looking for; very nutty, woodsy, and maple flavored. Some toasted malts to back it up; light earthiness and not much of a hop profile to speak of. However, that rubbing alcohol flavor was abundant and almost a little too distracting, which was unfortunate. It was almost a little like nail polish remover - just kind of strong and in the way, but not enough to ruin the beer for me. Medium body, medium-high carbonation.

Pretty tasty beer - unfortunately, I think the alcoholic body masks some of the flavors a bit, and if that were toned down a little, this beer would be pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 22:38:55 | More by tectactoe
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BHansen214

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.1%

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

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-26-2012 01:21:54 | More by Tedyjam
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Pat316

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

12-25-2012 21:38:10 | More by Pat316
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tjbuchanan

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-25-2012 16:13:15 | More by tjbuchanan
Short's The Woodmaster from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.