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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
• 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2011
12oz bottle, 2011 batch. Pours deep mahogany, almost opaque. Fairly full head. Nose is pretty typical for a brown ale - Nutty, slightly roasted malts, mild caramel, some sweetness. I can’t say for certainty I’d say this smelled like pecans if tested blind, but it is nice and nutty and sweet. Very sweet on the palate, bordering on too much so. What follows is a rich body and some roast bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel, a bit astringent from the 9.5% but not unexpectedly so. The finish is also sort of drying. A decent but not awesome beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4183) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to waltonc. Deep medium brown color, fairly clear, with a small off-white head sitting on the beer. The aroma of this one is pretty nice, nutty with caramel, maple syrup, and some oak presence even though I don’t think this was -bal aged. The flavor is a little sweet and rather nutty. Big-time pecans, maple syrup, caramel, toast, and dark fruit. Medium-full bodied and smooth on the palate. Not at all boozy for the nearly 9.5% ABV. Solid tick, thanks Chris.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Pours a deep brown with a bubbly off white head. Aroma was woody and nutty with a touch of caramel. Flavor of maple, oak, nuts and caramel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Dark amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of wood, nuts, toffee malts, maple sugar, and light alcohol. Taste of nuts, wood, caramel malts, maple, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
750ml bottle. Poured a deeper brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of nuts/pecans and woody. Tastes of maple syrup, brown sugar and nutty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2010
The aroma is light sweet and malty and some oakiness from the pecans maybe. the flavor has some sour notes from the fermentation with smoothsweet maple and pecan flavor that blend and alter with the malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2010
On tap at Shorts. Pours a dark amber brown with barely any head. Aroma of sweet nutty malt. Flavor of maple (but not so much maple sugar), nutty pecan, also a strange saltiness (mushrooms?). Not overly sugary or malty as I was expecting. Still, it didn’t quite sit right with me. An interesting beer to try, but I’d suggest a small sample! 7/4/7/3/14 [3.5/5]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10209) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2010
On tap. Poured a clear dark brown with a near white head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma had dark grains and pecans with a surprisingly soft maple undertone. Flavor had more maple in it, kind of a fresh maple syrup aroma with grains and a bit of pecan underlying. Kind of tasted like whole grain pancakes with maple syrup.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25449) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 27, 2010
Bottled. Deep rubyish amber/brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma is mild roasted malts, some red berries, dark dry fruits, mild chocolate and alcohol as well. Flavour is quite much the same along with some burnt sugary sweetness and liquorice. Alcohol gives a nice warming touch after swallowing. Yet it’s quite balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Bottle:   Deep caramel, thin sudsy light beige head, spotty lacing.   Big woody nose, sweet, caramel, candied nuts, maple syrup.   Smells oh so fine.   Big time maple syrup and pecan sweetness on the tongue.   Initially I thought it was too much but as time goes on it grows on me.   So different from the norm that its intriguing.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Sweet candied nut like finish, with lingering maple syrup.   Different and certainly entertaining.   Thanks Derek for this one!

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