Short's The Woodmaster | Short's Brewing Company

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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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear dark brown with a nice 1/2 inch of tan colored head with excellent lacing.

S - Well it smells very sweet with pecans, toasted malts, syrup, and a touch of brown malts. Maybe some chocolate but I got to reach for it.

T - Alcohol is pretty strong in the taste which is kind of a let down. Quickly it moves to pecans and then finishes sweet with what I hope is the syrup. Wished it was as balanced as the soft parade...

M - Medium to heavy. It's weird because I can taste the alcohol but I get little to no burn.

Overall I was kind of excited to try this, then reviews of bozzyness let me down a bit, finally the confirm that it taste boozy really sucks. So far my least favorite shorts beer. I guess to do an imperial brown ale with this high ABV then avoid boozy flavors is impossible.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Mitchster
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.19 for a 12oz single @ BevCo. Fermented with maple syrup and toasted pecans. No ABV per the bottle or website.

Pours out to a clear dark mahogany, forming a modest yellow head with good retention and nice creamy sheets of lacing. Appears to be filtered, no sediment in the bottle. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is of a strong brown ale with notes of carob, milk chocolate, earthy roasted malts, and definitely a nuttiness although I couldn't tell you it was pecans. The mouthfeel is rich with a dense body. The taste opens with carob and dark fruit...raisins, dates and figs, brown sugar and then is followed by a brief wave of higher alcohols, giving it some yeasty rotting pear and pepper flavors. Moderately sweet. Mild Herbal woody bitterness. Finish of leather.

Hrmmm, an interesting beer. This would be a great beer if it were not for the boozy fusel alcohols with limit it's drinkability, and if it were a touch less sweet and lower alcohol.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to StormKing47 for hooking me up with a 12oz bottle of this. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a dark brown color with more of a mahogany clarity about it as it is held to the light. It displays a finger of tan head that quickly recedes to a thin film across the top and leaves fingers of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma has a bit of tangy alcohol that I have noticed is fairly similar to other shorts brews. It mixes with some nutty grain sweetness. A bit of toffee and vanilla mix with a solid amount of brown sugar. As it warms up, it gets a little toasty smelling and some herbal hops emerge with a note of sulfur across the back.

The taste is herbal and nutty with a grain flavor that is toasty. Some brown sugar flavoring is present along with more nutty grain aspects that never quite get to be sweet. The alcohol is prevalent with a warmth and mild fusel character. The finish is primarily a mixture of herbal hops and a bitterness that includes enough alcohol to almost make this medicinal with a hint of raw woodiness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is quite bold and shows hints of the character and ingredients displayed on the bottle. However, the description sounds better than this brew tastes. I think if the alcohol was toned down there could be more focus on the flavoring without it getting caught up in all the alcohol character.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of StoutHunter
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's The Woodmaster last week for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I was bummed that I missed out on this beer last year, so when I saw it on the shelf this year I knew I had to pick up a couple bottles, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks good and it has a northern Michigan winter feel to it, I like it. It poured a nice deep brown color that took on a ruby red color when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and it left some nice sheets of lacing. This is a damn good looking American Brown Ale.

S- The aroma seems prefect for a cold winter night, it starts off with some sweet roasted malts that impart some nice roasted, chocolate, and vanilla aromas. Next comes the maple syrup and the pecans, both stick out enough to notice them and the pecans add some nice nutty complexity to the aroma. I didn't pick up any hops, but I did pick a slight alcohol aroma. This beer has a great rich, robust and nutty aroma that I really enjoyed and the aroma suits the cold winter months nicely.

T- The taste follows the nose nicely but it doesn't seem as robust as it did in the aroma. It starts off with loads of sweet medium roasted malts that impart some nice roasty flavors that makes a nice base for this beer. Next comes the maple syrup and the pecans which are there but the maple syrup doesn't stick out as much as it did in the aroma and the pecans impart a very nice nutty flavor. On the finish comes a slight coffee taste along with a little bit of booze and a low amount of medium bitterness, the aftertaste was full of roasted malts and nuts. This beer tasted good, but it wasn't as robust and complex as the aroma was.

M- Smooth, slightly cream, slightly cloying, it was medium bodied but still felt a little thin and it had the perfect amount of carbonation. If the body was a little thicker the mouthfeel would be spot on.

Overall I thought that this was an above average beer and a pretty good American Brown Ale that was quite unique for it's style and it fit the winter months nicely. This beer had pretty good drinkability, I could go for another one, but after that I think the sweetness and alcohol percentage would start to get to me, but it went down pretty smooth with not too much alcohol showing up for 9.5% beer. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and the aroma, they were both just about as good as it gets, I could smell this beer all day, that's how good the aroma was. What I liked least about this beer was how the body felt a little thin and watery and how the taste wasn't as robust and complex as the aroma. I will for sure buy this again if it is released next year, I am glad I went back and got a six pack. This beer is worth giving a try if your are a fan of nutty brown ales, this one stands out instead of blending into the crowd. I enjoyed this beer, I like the complexity that the maple syrup and pecans added, it was just enough to make for a good flavor and great aroma without feeling overdone. Short's really did a good job on this beer it seems like they have a special gift for knowing exactly what added ingredients work best with what styles to make for a truly unique and memorable beer, and to me that's what Short's does best, they make memorable beers and this one is no exception, great job guys.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown/ Ruby with a tan head that lingers

Smell: Nutty chocolate with a semi-sweetness with no real hops and syrup. Nice aroma.

Taste: Upfront cherry and vanilla, mildly nutty and slightly fruity. Woody and maple syrup strong after that with a dryish finish.

Mouthfeel: Taste the alcohol but it's balanced. Medium body and carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Fitzgerald's Hotel and Restaurant in Eagle River, MI. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Founder's snifter.

A: Pours a deep brown with almost a crimson hue around the edges. Nice looking white head caps the beer nicely, sticking around for a good while, leaving behind a nice ring along the sides of the glass.

N: A really nice prominent vanilla undertone giving way to a sweet, nutty aroma. Very enticing. Decent amount of roast with some really nice chocolate.

T: Faint nuts come through a roasted malt body, with hints of vanilla, nut and some mild milk chocolate. Good amount of bitterness coming through.

M: Feels a bit thin, but for the alcohol content, it's a really easy drinking beer. Great aftertaste of wood and nuts.

D and O: Nice beer. The nose is really the showcase, after that, not a WHOLE lot going on. A really nice Brown Ale. I wouldn't put that up there with the Good Humans from Short's, but close. Both Imperial Brown's, but on their own different side of the spectrum.

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3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wintbs379 for this bottle.

A: Pours a deep chestnut brown with about 1/2 finger of khaki colored head. The foam settles nicely along the top of the beer. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: It smells a little sweet with hints of roast and vanilla. There is also an unmistakable bit of tartness in the nose. I'm really hoping this beer hasn't "re-fermented". But then again... it is a Short's beer, so I would be surprised.

T: The initial hit is sweet malt mixed with some mild tartness. I then get some oily nuttiness, a little buttery, and a touch of booze. There might be a bit of a flavor issue with this brew, but it's not terrible.

M: Medium bodied beer. This beer is a bit brash right up front, but it turns quite silky and coating towards the finish. Like I mentioned earlier, it's a touch oily.

O: This beer is nothing special. I has high hopes based on the label description, but had no idea what to expect considering it's from Short's. I'd like to try this beer again in the future, but not from a bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of gustogasmic
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A beautiful beer! Very dark red, but no cloudiness or opacity. Luscious 1/2 inch head with big, light-tan bubbles.

S- Smells funky, pungent. Syrupy, a little booziness.

T- Syrup, candy, and christmas spice. Nice and sweet, the booze is not detectable. It's "fermented with Michigan maple syrup & toasted pecans." The sweetness imparted by the maple syrup and the light nuttiness of the pecans comes to me as *surprise* ... Candied pecans!

M- Medium-body, well-balanced on the malts. Has that oily feel that often comes with high-ABV stuff.

O- Another adventurous Short's idea. This one worked. The nuttiness is perfectly balanced with our beloved traditional ingredients, and the maple syrup sweetens it well, hiding the alcohol and bringing in flavors reminiscent of the smell of a candy shop. The richness, strength, and oiliness make it a sipper, but this is good, because the complex AFTERtaste is as enjoyable as any I can remember: pure pecan and maple... indeed Woody.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Short's The Woodmaster from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 364 ratings