Short's The Woodmaster | Short's Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
349 Ratings
Short's The WoodmasterShort's The Woodmaster
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double Brown Ale fermented with Northern Michigan maple syrup and toasted pecans

Added by BelgianAleSlut on 06-29-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
349
Reviews:
134
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.55%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
57
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 349 |  Reviews: 134
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.38/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Thanks to GrandCruDrew for sending me this one!

Pours a murky dark brown with a 2 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. Nice rings of lace on the drink down. Smell is of hearty bread, roasted nuts, and maple. There is also a funky gym socks smell that ruins everything. I think this bottle may be infected. Taste confirms the infection. This is a sour beer on first sip, but I can taste the malty bread flavor, roasted nuts, and slight maple syrup. The infection issue is awful when combined with these flavors. Carbonation level is average. Overall, I bet this is a really good beer when it's normal but this was definitely infected.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sample courtesy Jay23, via trade with Hoppymeal. Thanks!

Around an 8 oz. sample, poured into a Chimay chalice. Deep orange/brown body with pretty crimson highlights. Consistent head with spindly lacing. Good clarity on the first pour. Plenty of visible carbonation streams.

Dark and exotic aromas of vinous berry, dried apple, maple, with the mild lactic elements of a Flanders red.

Fairly mild apple tartness, brown sugar, a unique nuttiness (presumably pecan listed on the label), definite 100% maple syrup tones, and dried figs rounding it out. Bittersweet. The maple gives it a nice oomph in the body, along with a forest-like element.

Ultra malty, smooth, and medium bodied overall. There's a twinge of alcohol under the maple goodness, which slows you down some, but it's not distracting. Very creative and highly recommended!

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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy color that perfectly matches the bottle in which it was stored; a nice cap persists and dots with lace

Smell: Some caramel, a definite toasted pecan aroma but another aroma, too; I think a previous BA called it sausage, but that is too generous, I'm afraid

Taste: Opens with a lot of caramel and a building maple presence that turns nutty by mid-palate; unfortunately, the pecan flavors seem a bit rancid to me; after the swallow, the off flavors persist to the finish although at the very end, the toasted pecan returns

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body (creamy) with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I had much higher expectations for this beer; perhaps age has brought on the rancid flavors (as they would for Christmas pecans one kept around until summer); still enjoyed the adventure and look forward to trying the last of my Shorts beers soon

Thanks, hoppymeal, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with a finger of off white head and good retention.

Smell: Very sweet, mildly tart malt with a ton of dark fruit notes. There is also a molasses note with some wood and spices.

Taste: Not quite as sweet as the smell, but the sweet malt and dark fruit notes are still there. There is a lot of alcohol and a mildly tart flavor to this beer as well. There seems to be a woodiness to this beer as well. Finish is bitter with a lot of hot alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Way too much alcohol. I would have liked the more complex flavors to have room to shine. Oh well.

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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared by ipa247 back in January. Thank you, Jeff.

Semi-hazy dark amber with a small off-white head that recedes to a thin collar. Toasted pecans leap out of the glass, slightly overwhelming the toasted malt foundation. Maple syrup is noticeable on a lesser level, lending only a touch of sweetness. Toasted pecans and maple follow through on the palate, though it's not especially sweet. Flavors of toast and roasted malt are stronger mid-palate along with moderate bitterness. This is enjoyable, but I find myself wishing it were less attenuated to balance the slightly chalky and astringent character of the nuts. The finish is dry and lightly bitter with a lingering nutty aftertaste. Pretty good, a different yeast, something with more of an English ale character, would have made this more enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/23/2015. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, maple, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and adjunct notes; with solid strength. Taste of big chocolate, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, maple, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, maple, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and adjunct flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a light-moderate warming that lingers after the finish; but never really feels boozy. Overall this is a very nice imperial brown ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and adjunct flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. Definitely could use some aging time to smooth out the warming alcohol, but still a very enjoyable offering right now.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to jale for gifting me this bottle. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a very dark brown with a short, stubby off-white head and some spotty lacing. Galaxy swirl on top. The nose brings some light cherries and molasses along with some brown sugar and sweetened malt. Also a bit nutty. The flavor has a decent amount of maple and brown sugar plus some light nutty character. Mild toffee and caramel plus a bit of light cherry. Mouthfeel is medium and quite chewy. Nothing too great about this, though not bad either.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My last Short's, thanks to grub.

Light fluffy 1/2 finger head and light lacing, murky dark molasses brown colored beer with barley light getting through.

Nose brings lots of interesting aromas, fruit, dark dried fruits, a light sour malt aroma, some toasty brown malts, creamy malts, little brown sugar, maple, toasted pecans, little raisin, little syrupy, crystal malts, weird but interesting.

Taste starts a bit sweet, malty, fruity, again toasty brown malts, creamy malts, light reddish malts, light sour malt as well and a bit spicy, little bit of booze with a bit of warmth and tingle, then maple syrup, a bit of dark fruit and hints of raisin, molasses, toasted pecans, it comes through a little bit syrupy and creamy. Finishes a bit boozy and slightly anesthetized, pretty syrupy in the mouth, little sweet still, and a bit malty, also some lingering maple and dark fruit.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, lighter but decent carbonation, and some warming and tingly booze, a fairly big beer.

Overall pretty good, creamy and a bit syrupy though which seems weird but not as bad as I thought, interesting malts, good fruits, nuts, maple, syrupy, and all those flavors add a weird light sour tart flavor, a bit boozy but designed for that I think, a big beer.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a murky, caramel brown color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has some distinct toasted nuttiness and syrupy flavors to it. I get some of the typical brown ale, caramel, malty flavors to it, but the pecans and syrup are very interesting.

The taste shows more of the brown ale, malty, caramel like qualities to it at first. Midway I start to get some of the maple syrup and pecan flavors. I get a lot of nutty flavors coming from the pecans. The maple syrup gives it a sweeter, syrupy flavor lingering in the finish. Both mix pretty well actually and give it some pretty cool flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side, and slightly slick. Carbonation is moderate. Drinkabilty was pretty good actually, things came together pretty well in it. I liked both the nutty, pecans and the sweeter syrup in it. Pretty cool and good beer overall.

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Photo of atrocity
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark reddish tinted amber with a sparkling clarity to it. Lots of carbonation was visible rising up to the surface throughout the session. There was a good three inches of white pillow like foam

Lots of spices are evident on the first pass through and this is more or less to be expected. Nice notes of cinnamon, spiced apple and pear, and a touch of nutmeg. There was a good amount of sweetness mixed in with caramel and a roasted nice like smell coming off it as it warmed. Deep underling grain and malt base was apparent as well. Very sweet and entirely malt driven, this was not terrible, just underwhelming. Good bit of spice added in and a nice bitter hop driven finish.

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2.05/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Iain for sending me this one.

A: The pour is brown in color with a tall off-white/khaki colored head.

S: Sour. What. The. Hell. Some nail polish remover, vinegar, and toasted bread. Just an awful combination. A bit of cherry cough syrup on the finish, too.

T: The flavor is a bit better as it lacks much of the nail polish remover and cough syrup. But, it's still vinegary and sour. A bit of toasted malts and bread and a little nuttiness.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Dear Shorts, learn how to bottle a fucking brown ale without it going sour

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

afdempse hooked me up with a growler from Short's. Thanks Adam!

A: Thin, brown hue with only a small head that leaves little lacing.

S: sweet malt, nuts, wood

T: The beer has a pleasant taste, with maple syrup really coming through. There is also a good roasted pecan flavor in there. The downside is the sweetness, which is overabundant.

M: A moderately thin body and very sweet throughout. Also, I would prefer a bit more carbonation.

D: An interesting beer and fun to try. Best in small quantities.

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Short's The Woodmaster from Short's Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 349 ratings.
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