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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   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).


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wmubronco1992 (668) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle. Off white head. Pours a very cloudy brown. Aroma of booze and sweet nuts. Taste is a bit harsh with plenty of alcohol. Interesting beer, but the maple syrup makes it a little too sweet for my liking.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (4266) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Brandon. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, and malt. Taste is caramel, dark fruit, malt, and some maple syrup. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle at home, thanks to Debbie. Pours a dark amber brown with a thin off white head that quickly dissipates. Flavor is sweet, malty and caramel. Not really any maple or nuttiness that I noted. Still, a nice beer. Bit boozy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chucklemation (793) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Pours a hazy brown color, no head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, and booze. Flavor is sweet caramel, booze, and a nutty finish. Decent, but not too memorable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1258) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a murky caramel brown with an off-white to light tan head. Candy fruit aroma, moving into nutty molasses and more fruit aroma, general bubble gum tone to the whole thing. Quite nice.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (913) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Pours a deep foggy brown color almost mud like. With a light tan colored head. A raisin filled almost boozy aroma. Very nutty. A mild light taste and feel. A lot of maple syrup flavors and more nutty notes. A stronger carbonation overall. Different and decent. Not my go to for these specific flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1131) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle. The pour is a nice amber brown. The aroma is sweet. The taste is full of flavor. Has some nice dark fruit notes. A little bit bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ColovianTrader (421) - - MAR 5, 2015
Boozy. Flavors of cider, caramel, toasted nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar and candied apples. Fairly sweet. Pecan and maple start to come out as it warms. This may improve with age.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
schwabtana (21) - Madison Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2015
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Sweet aroma of maple syrup. Gets 10 times better when it warms up. Another awesome beer from shorts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3403) - 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.


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