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Short's The Woodmaster - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

258 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 47
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of Sparty55
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Sparty55, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

tigg924, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of waiting4lunch
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

waiting4lunch, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

yourefragile, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of JohnnieNepal
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

JohnnieNepal, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Scotthuller
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Scotthuller, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of chugalug06
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

chugalug06, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of azdback
4/5  rDev +5%

azdback, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of rpbuckeye
4/5  rDev +5%

rpbuckeye, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jaasen64, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of avalonct
5/5  rDev +31.2%

avalonct, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

DonFrap, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Dyerseve
4/5  rDev +5%

Dyerseve, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

duceswild, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of phingdong
3/5  rDev -21.3%

phingdong, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of rjcoy06
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

rjcoy06, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of adamant1912
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

adamant1912, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Alextricity, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of MichiganBrews
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

MichiganBrews, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

elNopalero, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of BlissJunkie
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

BlissJunkie, Jan 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Circleo12, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of danwho
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

danwho, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of jdubified
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jdubified, Jan 05, 2013
Short's The Woodmaster from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.