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Hoppy The Woodsman | Schooner Exact Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Schooner Exact Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beertunes on 11-06-2009

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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by RedDiamond:
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3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jcr8611
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of jpbebeau
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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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 jmccraney
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of bkenis
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | 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 jason_nwx
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Laklimell
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Telestic
5/5  rDev +25.6%

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

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sukwonee
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of rabidawg
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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

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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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