Short's The Woodmaster - Short's Brewing Company
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4.29/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
02-22-2013 01:47:04 | More by chugalug06
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
01-17-2013 17:00:32 | More by Alextricity
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
01-14-2013 07:25:18 | More by elNopalero
4.2/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
01-10-2013 04:15:35 | More by BlissJunkie
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
3.71/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
12-28-2012 22:38:55 | More by tectactoe
Short's The Woodmaster from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.