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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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Ratings: 349 |  Reviews: 134
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +3.6%

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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 -8.5%
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 +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of 33nickadams
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, translucent, with a half a finger head with small bubbles. Smells of nuts, chocolate, maple syrup and malt. Taste is nutty, chocolatey, slightly coffee and I get very little maple syrup. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side and is carbonated lightly. Overall, this is a great beer and I will seek this out every year. A great winter warmer. If you were never able to get Cashew Mountain Brown, this one ranks right up there with it in my opinion. I would love to see this one barrel-aged.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BeRanger
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours Amberish color with about two fingers of off-white head. After the head subsides, there is a little bit of lacing.

S - Smells tart, the maple syrup is bold, dark fruits, molasses, pecans and kind of a wood/spice smell as well.

T - Tastes better than the smell, something about the tart maple syrup smell turned me off at first however the taste is pretty good. Typical brown ale taste with a hint of maple syrup and sugary/candied pecans. The alcohol taste is pretty well masked.

M - Light body, mild carbonation - finishes a little bitter.

O - While I wasn't a huge fan of the smell, it's a pretty interesting brown ale. It's sweetness and ABV certainly doesnt make it a session beer for me but I don't mind it.

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4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle in to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark red that can be described as slightly dense.
Just under a finger of a cream colored head. The head holds steady.

Smell: It's a sweet nutty smell, the nuttiness in very present in addition to hints of fruit.

Taste: I would say splendid! I was anxious to try this beer and I was not disappointed. The smell is a sneak peak of what you get, which is...nutty and full of sweet winter goodness!

Mouthfeel: This was my only disappointment with this beer, I love the Shorts earthiness that you get in most of their beers, but this one lacks that. Perhaps it's just this style of beer. Don't get me wrong it still has a good mouthfeel, just not what I was anticipating.

Overall: A great Brown Ale with a little kick!! A true Winter Warmer! I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and encourage you to give it a try!

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Short's The Woodmaster from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 349 ratings
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