Short's The Woodmaster | Short's Brewing Company

very good
349 Ratings
Short's The WoodmasterShort's The Woodmaster

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

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

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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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on January 2, 2012.
Poured into a pint glass on August 30, 2012

A: It's nothing special really. It is essentially what you would expect from a Brown Ale. But there is very little lacing and head retention, but I suppose that is a common trend with most of Short's brews. Even still, it is not a particularly "sticky" beer either, so the lacing doesn't really stay on the glass...a bit disappointing.

S: Not very good. I almost didn't drink this beer because of the smell alone! Sour milk is prominent scent up front with some dark chocolate, syrup, coffee, and burnt sugar like scent wavering around it. I know the beer has aged a bit, but honestly- it has hardly aged at all! Very odd smelling beer. But it isn't horribly off-putting I guess (I mean, I did still drink it).

T: This is a completely different story since the taste is actually quite alright. First taste is oddly of cherries to me with something of a coke like taste coming in a bit after. There is a subtle "nuttiness" in the background which I am sure is from the pecans. It later evolves into something of a coffee like taste. Syrup shows up much later in the tasting session but isn't prominent enough considering that it is a major ingredient in the beer. Regardless, it's a truly odd tasting beer, almost resembling a brown ale/cider fusion. Strange, but not necessarily bad.

M: Wet and silky on first taste, but quickly dries out, creating a kind of powdery feel on tongue. Bitterness is present and caresses the sides and back of the tongue. The dryness the brew leaves is a bit unpleasant though.

Overall, this beer was below average to me by Short's standards. I don't see myself buying it again anytime soon. But it may be worth trying for the odd experience it embodies alone.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 25.7 oz bottle, from the 2007 bottling; purchased at the brewpub three years ago this week. # 631 of 936.

A: The brown ale is dark, a syrupy chocolate/caramel look, obscured and opaque. A thin head, mildly off-white, is just a thin band around the glass. Not back for being as old as my middle child.

S: Maple syrup, toasted pecans, and caramel. The richness of the aroma is very reminiscent of Utopias, the maple syrup adding a luxurious texture to the smell. Brown sugar adds to the sweet spiciness of the nose.

T: A little long in the tooth, but just a little. That age has mellowed out maple syrup a spell, coaxing more out of the nuttiness. That nuttiness is chewy and darker, a full flavor that segues into the nutty caramel flavors of the base brown ale. The maple syrup is sweet, a dark richness against the nuts. A little thin at times, the ale still holds up remarkably well. The maple syrup aspect lingers, a dry sweetness that packs a boozy punch at times. An excellent beer to nurse through.

M: The maple syrup and pecan are a good combination, nutty and sweet. Spicy brown sugar and raisins add to the wall of flavor. Damned, this one held up well.

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2.66/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Maybe a third of a finger of large bubble off yellow head. Falls to nothing. Body is slightly cloudy caramel color.

S - I think it is a typical Short's scent, but not one that is very pleasant to me and I don't know if that is true. Sour milk with some wood and biscuit.

T - That sour milk is still there, but not as strong. Good malt flavor that goes with that biscuit-ness.

M - Good carbonation with moderate body.

O - Not that great as the sourness dominates. The malty backbone helps, but not enough to make it great.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

thanks to duff27 for sharing this bottle. Thanks duff!

reviewed from notes of 5/23/12.

Appearance: opaque medium brown bodied beer with large head. Head is approximately 2 fingers tall and is an off white color. Spotty lacing is left as head falls down to a thin cap.

Smell: nutty, earthy, and brown sugar sweetness in the nose. Nose is not as expressive as I would have hoped for, I guess the best word for the nose is it is slightly bland.

Taste: Get a little hint of maple and pecan immediate when the beer hint the toungue. It is fast fleeting though. More prominent characteristics of the beer are nuttiness, toasted malt, and an earthy note. Hint of brown sugar. Finishes is a bitter kick and a grainy note that amplifies the bitter aftertaste. Maple comes off as earthy and not much sweetness, but it is rich.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. easy to drink; you would not think its almost 10%. Slight booze note present here.

Overall: Was hoping for a little more than what this was. A brown ale brewed with maple syrup and toasted pecans should be a pretty robust beer. Not what I imagined, but not not horrible either. If I did not read the label I would not have noticed or been looking for maple and pecan flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No idea what vintage this is. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown body that lets light through. 2 finger high light khaki head settles into some edging. Weak retention, but tight bubbling.

S - Roasty and sweet. Maple syrup isn't present, but it is nutty with some burnt brown sugar and caramel malts. Warming and sort of out of balance.

T - Each sip has this one dimensional flavor that lasts through the entire time. Brown sugar, caramel, and toasted nuts. Its bizarre how the flavor doesn't change or break down. Finish is warming with a lingering nuttiness. High carbonation and a medium mouth feel.

O - I did not like this beer all that much. It seems to be a bit too sweet and nutty with a massive amount of carbonation.

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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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