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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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• The auspicious blueprint of savory fermented delight extracted by formidable humans of the world
• Beer Type: High Gravity Brown ale fermented with Earthwork maple syrup and toasted pecans

Woodmaster is a high gravity, American Brown Ale fermented with Northern Michigan maple syrup and toasted pecans. This dark brown, full bodied ale is rich with sweet malt and syrup flavors. These flavors are complimented by the presence of hop aromas and a faint nuttiness.

The very first batch of Woodmaster was brewed in Bellaire on March 20, 2007. It was the 289th batch of beer brewed at Shorts, and is one of the original beers from the Short’s Imperial Beer Series (#7 of 13 to be exact).


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2992) - Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2015
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Muddy brown pour, aroma of dark fruit and sweet caramel. Taste of brown sugar, maple, caramel, raisin and nuts with some booziness. Solid overall.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (5809) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Draft at GABF 2014 with Andrew, Mel and company. Pours a deep amber body with white lacing. Aroma and palate are dominated with a generic malt character. Way too much sweet caramel malt. Additional notes of nuts and sugar.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Salmoniform (1136) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2014
GABF. Hazy brown hue with tan head. Aroma is nutty, cereal, caramel. Medium body and soft carbonation. Overall this was a bit thin and came across as watery with the low carb level.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (565) - - JUL 9, 2014
22 0z bottle. Pours a clear thinnish brown color with large bubbled off-white head that left sparse lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, pecans and wood. Flavor leads with sweet maple syrup complexity, roasted pecans, and light hop bitterness. Overall sweet, thin bodied, and low carbonation. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord tasting).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpar73 (559) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Brown pour with a thin white head. Sweet malt, syrup and nuttiness in the aroma and taste. Nice, smooth finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2013) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Hazy, reddy brown. Minimal, tan coloured head. Dried fruit. Syrup. Hint of the pecan nuts. Taste is chewy sweet. Plenty of nutty dryness. Light bitterness. Palate is alcoholic and a bit oily. Stays on the right side of easy to drink, though. Wasn’t getting this, at first, but it’s a grower. Enjoyed it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjakopa (224) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - DEC 28, 2013
Pours a nice dark amber colour with slightly brownish head that hangs around. Aroma is sweeter with a roasted aroma and hints of chocolate. Body is foremostly sweet and slightly alcoholic. Aftertaste is more alcohol with some hints of the roasted pecansncoming through. A very strong beer, for fans of belgians with a roasted twist.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dohny (289) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2013
Poured from bottle. Dark brown color with creamy brown head. Aroma of chocolate, prunes, some sulphury notes. Taste of chocolate, cofee, prunes.Full body, warming alcohol, average carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (5308) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle. shared by Bobo, many thanks. dark brown color with medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, nuts, maple syrup. Taste, dark malt, caramel, maple, nuts, whiskey, wood. Alcohol is present, but not in disturbing way. Tasty.


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