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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
Photo of acostuhhh
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jamesod
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Another6Pack for this one! 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and off-white in shade. Retention is about average for its gravity. A small amount of lacing sticks to the glass. (3.25)

Smell: This needs a bit of time to open up. When it does, it unfurls powerful notes of caramel and maple syrup. I'm also getting a lot of dark fruit and cherry esters, as well as a touch of alcohol. Unfortunately, I don't pick up much pecan. The maple really takes it a step beyond the average double brown ale...but not much beyond a step. Still, a good nose. (3.5)

Taste: At first, I get a lot of maple. And I mean, a LOT of maple. This quickly transforms into mid-taste flavors of caramel, vanilla, pecan, and almonds. It finishes boozy, overly so in fact. Brown ales aren't my favorite, but this big version is well done. The adjuncts really add a much-needed twist to it. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Well-attenuated for the style, but the feel is still on the slick and heavy side. The texture has a slight roughness to it, almost akin to oak tannins. It almost feels barrel aged - almost, mind. Carbonation offers a minor prickle, helping it go down more easily. (3.5)

Overall: First off, I'm decidedly not a fan of brown ales - I think I've said that a few dozen times already. Still, despite the flaws (mainly, it's too boozy), it offers a nice yet subtle twist on the style. Personally, I'd rather see a maple stout...but beggars can't be choosers, eh? ;) (3.5)

3.49/5: Well, I certainly wouldn't mind pouring this on my pancakes

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium, slightly murky brown with a small, light tan head. Soapy head with lingering lacing and a nice ring around the glass edge.

This one is a good exercise in proper temperature. Allowing to warm allows an otherwise boring aroma to really come out of its she'll. It's light, but lightly roasted malt, candied caramel, deep maple and a bit of alcohol is present and stings near the end.

The slight sweetness in the aroma disappears for the taste. More caramel here, earthy/nuttiness that must be pecan and maple undertones. All mix and play nice throughout with a dry and slight bitterness making itself known. And ever so slight presence of alcohol on the finish.

Body is medium and I'd prefer a bit more full to really highlight the maple here.

Overall another very nice offering from Short's. I wouldn't mind some aging to dissipate some of the alcohol and may add to the mouthful, but all in all a solid beer. Allow it to get halfway to room temperature before sampling.

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Photo of Chris_the_Tartar
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color of black coffee w/ 3 finger mocha head. Smell of malts and roasted nuts. Nuts and malts in the taste as well as Carmel notes that get stronger as you go and an oak flavor that lingers pleasantly. Surprising thick beer. Pretty solid and quite unique. glad I picked up a sixer.

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Photo of bob_d_j
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tracker83
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zacky_U
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greywulfken
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep brown and hazy with orange-red highlights; finger of tan foam left laces trailed behind

S: pecans and syrup and booze - some herbal and earthy elements; hints of spice and cinnamon

T: candied pecan and maple syrup flavors, slightly herbal and medicinal with some booze connotations, brown malty nuts and winter spice

M: medium body, modest carbonation, mildly bitter brown nut aftertaste

O: a decent brown ale with pecan and maple characteristics amply expressed

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Photo of Hardtailbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PaulyB83
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 02/23/15

L- Deep hazy reddish brown, small light khaki head.

S- Fruity raisins, over ripe banana, light bit of apple. bit of alcohol.

T- Similar to aroma but with the alcohol coming out more, has an aftertaste that reminds me of pecans with a bit of a chalkiness.

F- Not too heavy for a high abv beer.

O- Pretty good but kinda hoping for more maple flavor.

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Photo of browntrout
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breakingbland
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pecan and maple do indeed add to this beer but in a fairly subtle way. The flavor profile is deep and rich and includes a barrel aged quality even though it's not a ba beer. The high gravity is evident but the alcoholic burn is minimal. The flavor components usually found in a porter are downplayed. I'll definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of jrs3994243
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of montesown
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what the hype is all about - I just kept hearing OVERRATED in my head as I drank it.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vogie
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/23/15. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a thick dirty cinnamon color with a soapy off white head that leaves a ring around the edges of the glass. Aromas of cherries, dark fruits, cinnamon, dark bread, maybe a hint of maple syrup, and heavy alcohol. Tastes of brown sugar, cinnamon, dark break, alcohol, hints of maple syrup and nuttiness on the backend. Almost has a lingering sweet peanut butter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy, a little harsh, heavy on alcohol, and a dry finish.

A speciality double brown ale indeed. This was a good brew in complexity and experimentation. I wish the maple syrup and pecans were pulled out more. However this is a balanced brown ale that offers a bit of dry and sweet. Perfect for the colder months of the year and true to Short's style.

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Photo of FlyingHellfish
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jas45678
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wallbj
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Deep, rich brown in color with an off-white fizzy head that settles into a small, creamy cap. No lacing. Smell is roast malt, biscuit, and sweet sugar, fresh cut wood, and juicy plum. Tastes of sweet, dark fruit (plum, cherry), a boozy bite, dark bread, yeast, biscuit, and roasted pecans on the back end. Entirely too smooth drinking for the ABV, this one is going to sneak up on me, and no aftertaste. Full, chewy mouthfeel. Delicious little meal in a bottle.

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Photo of hopnado
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marcb105
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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