Hoppy The Woodsman
Schooner Exact Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #92
Ranked #12,922
3.99 | pDev: 9.77%
Schooner Exact Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Very Good
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kemoarps from Washington

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 bottle opened 3.21.20

Pour is right in the wheelhouse for classic old ale/strong ale appearance... muddy/mildly rusty brown the colour of weak coffee or raisins, with an elegant looking off white head that settles to galaxy swirl in the middle and ruffly collar around the edge of the glass.

Nose similarly brings a really nice manifestation of those age-d flavours: some nice rich chocolate layered over light fig raisin leather and oak. Still a touch of vanilla, presumably from the barrel.

Still sweeter than I'd expect, it's really carried the smoothe vanilla and caramel of the whiskey aging, while retaining the underlying leather and raisin and chocolate and some faint nuttiness.

Sweet and somewhat creamy, but fairly thin. Gives the impression of a really smoothe well integrated 11%, when in reality it's just a well integrated 8%.

The one thing, though... for a beer named HOPPY the woodsman... the hops are (appropriately) background at best.It's tasty and I'm enjoying it, but it's really somewhat of a misnomer. Small thing.

Mar 22, 2020
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HopMaven from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage opened Jan. 2018.
Lovely carmely, chocolate aroma.
Still tastes a little hot even at this age, but a nice, silky mouthfeel.
Glad to have a later vintage to enjoy down the road

Jan 15, 2018
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d_dog_e from Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoined several pints of this unique 3 flavored barrel aged brew while traveling for work back in 2010. It was served draft at a small bar located on Front St. in Poulsbo, WA. They recently picked up a keg at a beer festival. Hoppy was one of few whiskey barrel aged beers available at the time. Being a big fan of bourbon, it was a must try. Although high gravity, the bartender was willing to serve it in pint glasses. Apparently, me and my buddy where the only ones ordering it. He was afraid the keg would spoil before they got a return, so he rolled the dice.

Enough back story...

This beer has 3 distinct flavors. At first it taste like a sweet caramel porter, then it turns hoppy (like a fairly bitter IPA), and finally delivers a smooth whiskey finish (as if you chased with a sip of quality bourbon). Never had a beer quite like this masterpiece. I loved the transition from sweet to bitter with no need to order a whiskey chaser.

We enjoyed so much we went back the next 2 nights hoping the keg would not blow while simultaneously hoping to bestow the honor with our last 2 pours before leaving town, but... Hoppy is a real bast*rd. We are lucky we made our flights out of Sea-Tac in the morning.

Long live the Woodsman... hope to enjoy again.

Jan 19, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split between a pair of large snifters. I don't see a date except "Vintage 2014" on the label.

Pours dark brown with a light, small head that fades fast to a fairly tall ring. Smell is booze and spice.

Taste is actually really nice. Rich, vanilla, bourbon, not boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with a somewhat unfortunate oiliness. Overall, not bad, but not great.

Dec 23, 2015
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gandres from Philippines

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Schooner Exact tasting room in Seattle. Rainy Saturday afternoon, with brunch.
Color/Look: Dark brown, clear
Smell: not a lot of aroma, no alcohol smell, woody
Taste: taste like scotch, strong alcohol, like a mixture of scotch and beer, becomes sweet as it the beer gets warmer

As the beer gets warmer, smell and taste comes out

Dec 06, 2015
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TheWiltChamberlainofipas from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle and very pricey. I give them a pass because this edition is packing some serious whiskey notes. A little bit of oak and a warming alcohol relaxes you paired with a hint of dark fruits. This is a great night cap.

Nov 01, 2015
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brandonwnw from Washington

4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle on clearance for 6 bones. L - dark strong ale, dark brown and barely translucent with an inch of tan head; S - a little harsh, with concentrated dry fruit and whiskey; T - nice! The sharpness from smell comes through here too, but in a very good way. Flavor tends to have a bit more hops and less malt than other strong ales, but pairing with the whiskey makes it a wide ranging taste experience. Starts hops and ends wooden with solid oak and vanilla. F - carbonation is bit towards the bubbly side and the wood doesn't do as much as I'd like to smooth it out. O - this should be drank near room temp; I came in expecting something like a Fremont B-bomb and was disappointed a bit. However, taken on it's own merits, this is very good and will serve as a perfect contrast of whiskey barrel aging vs. bourbon barrel aging. In short, whiskey barrels provide a much sharper flavor profile that seems less prone to mellow with time. Another year may serve this well and at $6 I'll probably throw one in the cellar to find out. Prost

Jun 13, 2015
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jellikit from Washington

4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dr. Pepper. Slightly reddish brown. Purple and rose hues. Medium foamy off white/light tan head. Clear. Fizzy.
Smell: light vanilla, caramel, and whisky.
Taste: light vanilla, caramel, fig, cherry. Followed by light oak and then boozey alcohol.
Mouthfeel: medium to medium low carbonation. Big body. Sweet.
Overall: great barrel aged beer for the price. Balanced well. Will buy again.

Apr 12, 2015
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draheim from Washington

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep amber brown w/ a rich fluffy head, sticky lace.

Aroma is big caramel malt, warm roasted barley, toffee, brown sugar.

Taste is likewise sweet and malty. Caramel, toffee, dried figs and dates, warm booze.

Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied.

Overall a balanced, tasty winter warmer.

Mar 14, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was one of the top stars of the Fall trip to Washington and Oregon. Beautiful clear mahogany color in the tall Blanche de Chambly glass. Sensational woody flavor weaves its way through the booze. Sprightly mouthfeel and not so heavy bodied as many holiday beers. Great aroma of brandy and cedar.

Dry rather than sweet, which seems to allow the barrel taste to breathe and lets you enjoy more of the fruity flavors. Just enough malty sugars to mellow everything out. Hops are restrained but add some fruity notes and a bitterish finish. Some sharp and zingy notes complete the trip.

One of the absolute best winter brews I've had. The brewer calls this an "Imperial winter ale." Warm and racy with a satisfying tangy of whiskey. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Mar 05, 2014
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mdaschaf from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Brouwers. Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown, slightly burgundy color with a small tan head with minimal lacing.

S: Lots of roast, coffee witha slight hoppy kick.

T: Lots more caramel and chocolate. The finish is very chocolate forward, reminds me of a tootsie roll almost.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A solid beer, look forward to next years version.

Apr 19, 2013
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sukwonee from Washington

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Half growler filled at 99 Bottles - $9 for 32oz (not too bad)

A: Dark brown body with 1 finger head. Lots of small bubbles.

S: Vanilla, oak, booze, some dark fruits. No hops.

T: where do I start? so while the flavors that I do get are quite good, there isn't enough taste. It lacks the punch. This was the same problem with this brewery's porter - it doesn't pack enough flavors. I think the base beer they are using for this is the problem. The bourbon characters (vanilla, oak, booziness) are integrated quite nicely though.

M: This is the real problem with this beer. It's too watery. I think it's also lacking carbonation.

O: Overall - pretty ok. There are many many many other better bourbon aged offerings I would drink over this though.

Feb 16, 2013
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dirtylou from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32oz bomber, Chucks, split

Served in unbranded snifter - pours a dark cola body with a thin beige ring of lace. There is a bit of wood throughout but the bourbon is light - bolder barrel utilization would benefit this one I think. Toffee and earthy wood dominate the palate and a thin layer of booze coats the mouth during the finish.

Jan 13, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a cloudy dark mahogany amber with a two finger tan head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing. Rich aroma of bourbon, dark malts and oak. Flavor follows aroma with oak, bourbon and dark malts with a light taste of dark fruit and chocolate. Finishes slightly hoppy with residual oak and chocolate. Medium bodied. A nicely integrated tasty brew. Finish is a big lighter than I expected, but overall very enjoyable. Glad I got to try one of the rare bottles of this.

Dec 18, 2012
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grittybrews from Washington

4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 (?) bottle, opened 10/2011. Poured a brownish amber with a thin film of dark khaki head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and booze.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Very smooth flavors with lots of vanilla, oak, tobacco, cocoa/cookie sweetness, and some bitter, earthy hops on the finish.

Big flavors without being too over-the-top. Really nice vanilla/bourbon character, although I could have used a little more bitter hop character to balance.

Oct 15, 2011
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youradhere from Washington

3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

South Sound Tasting Notes- Thanks Jackcrow!

Pours a bright reddish amber, very clear with lots of head. Smell is bourbon vanilla, toffee and chocolate covered raisins. Taste is wood, bourbon, and some toffee hidden somewhere in there. Mouthfeel is too thin for the amount of bourbon and wood character, makes it feel like a watered down scotch; mild carbonation. Overall not bad.

Oct 09, 2011
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philbertk from Washington

3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schooner Exact Brewing Company--Hoppy the Woodsman Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Ale--2011 32 oz. Growler Bottle. 9.00% ABV. 60 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Lacy dense 1/3 inch lasting tan head. Cloudy fizzy dark ruby mahogany brown red color. Rich aromatic bourbon hop mild oak front. Creamy medium textured mild sweet rich malty toffee hink dark caramel body. Light roasted toasted notes. Creamy mild hop spice rich bourbon somewhat hot smooth end. Not too fond of Bourbon notes in Beer, but this was well made & not too overpowering. Sampled 3/26/2011. Purchased for $19.00 including $5.50 Growler Deposit @ PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 3/26/2011.

Mar 29, 2011
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a vrown color with good carbonation and a small dirty white head, not much lacing.

S: Lighter bourbon, some wood, chocolate

T: Bourbon and wood, very earthy, plenty of chocolate and caramel

M: Leaves the mouthfeel with a light sticky feel, some light booze, vanilla and chocolate

D: Good.

Mar 19, 2011
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ccrida from Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the Taphouse Grill, served in a tulip, Hoppy the Woodsman is garnet with an off-white head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is sweet, loads of vanilla, a bit of sweet ethanol as well, but clean.

Taste is really heavy on the whiskey, much more so then any barrel character, clearly it was super wet. So much so it's really hard to get a good handle on the base beer, some firm hop bitterness, a bit malty, but really just a whiskey strong ale.

Mouthfeel is kind of oily, somewhat dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability isn't too high for me, this just tastes to much like a cheap glass of whiskey with a liberal dash of bitters. Not what I was expecting by the name, but maybe it's sat for a while, this place is notorious for low turnover of their 160 taps.

Jan 07, 2011
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czechsaaz from Washington

4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full disclosure. The brewer at my local moved over to Schooner Exact but the timing isn't really right for this to be his. Could be if the keg is super fresh...

Piney and citrussy with hints of caramel and light raost malt getting through. Lots of fruity esters from the yeast.

Dark amber, almost red (roast malt maybe?) but still clear with a this solid head leaving a ton of lacing.

Kind of different from what I was expecting. Hop bitterness is high, but no where near the flagship of this type of beer. Good malt profile with more of the roast malt that I get in the aroma. Some citrus hops and honey malt midway through. Finishes pretty malty in the aftertaste.

Medium-full bodied. Not thick, but not medium either. Only the slight warming in my stomach 3/4 of the way through the pint hints that it's a stronger beer.

Nice beer. Not so huge or hoppy that it wrecks the palate but not sweet either. I'll have another.

Jun 16, 2010
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RedDiamond from Oregon

3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I couldn't get much information about this ale, but I believe it's a barrel-conditioned version of SE's Hoppy Holidays winter warmer. Most brewers use bourbon or wine barrels to age their beers. But the smell and taste of this ale remind me of Seagram's 7 Canadian Whisky.

Unfortunately Seagram's is permanently imprinted on my brain due to a wretched incident in my teenage years in which two buddies and I got insanely drunk and deathly ill on the stuff. To this day, the smell alone makes me queasy.

And that's what the Woodsman smelled like - like a horrid teenage puking episode, making for an association in my mind between this ale and violent illness. That's unfortunate, but I'll try to work around it.

Hoppy has strong notes of vanilla to the taste and smell along with a peculiar marshmallow quality. The whisky element is central and defining, perhaps too much so. It is redwood color and sports a fair array of suds. The flavor is harshly wooden and could use some more time to relax. It tastes raw, like a flesh wound. It's not bad, but that raw, heated oak-woodenness is too much for my senses.

Dec 11, 2009
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rabidawg from Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer. On draught at Taphouse in Bellevue, WA. Big oak and vanilla character, with heavy black cherry notes. Cracked pepper in the middle. Slightly smoky. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin and fizzy. Whiskey overtones hurt the drinkability, but thiss is an excellent brew.

Dec 10, 2009
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a version of SE's Hoppy Holidays Winter Ale that has been aged in bourbon barrels. The base beer is listed at 7% ABV but I don't know about this. The brewery also doesn't list a specific style for the base beer, so if this is wrong please feel free to change the style.

Poured into 14oz tulip glass. Poured a lovely deep brown with ruby tinting. The beer had a thick, strong, light tan head that had great retention and lacing.

The aroma is solidly malty with a whisper of bourbon and oak. The bourbon and oak flavors are more prominent on the tongue than the aroma indicated. The flavors build on a solid malt foundation and blend together nicely.

The body is solid without being heavy, it coats the tongue nicely. The drinkability is excellent, the only question is the effect the alcohol level has on you.

Overall, an excellent brew that is worth seeking out. Since this brewery doesn't bottle you'll have to drink it fresh, this is a good thing, in my opinion, because time will only soften and make this brew more bland.

Nov 06, 2009
Hoppy The Woodsman from Schooner Exact Brewing Company
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