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Hoppy The Woodsman | Schooner Exact Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.98/5
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62 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Schooner Exact Brewing Company
Washington, United States
schoonerexact.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beertunes on 11-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,072
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
62
pDev:
10.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of d_dog_e
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason_nwx
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snaotheus
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2015-12-22
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gandres
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of brandonwnw
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of ckornmannn
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown. prominent bourbon, vanilla, and caramel with both smell and taste. A very satisfying barrel aged beer.

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Photo of jellikit
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.
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.

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Photo of judkinst
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ace1117
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brittonnash
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful smell. A little too thin in the mouth for my taste. Delicious.

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Photo of DaveRinn
2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

tasted woody and burnt - was not a fan

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Photo of bkenis
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 510a
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of itracy63
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Salemjeff
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rab53
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Hoppy The Woodsman from Schooner Exact Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 62 ratings
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