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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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• 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9797) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Pours a nice brown color with a brown head. Aroma is full of toasted pecans, some honey and maple syrup and caramel. Flavor is nutty and a bit hot. maple syrup shows itself on the finish. Pretty fun beer to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7028) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2009
courtesy of a good RBian. 2007 bottle. Pours hazy dark brown, beige head with golden lacing. Aroma had distinct pecan nose with some subtle maple. Flavor, good maple mouthfeel with some underlying pecan. Aging added some soy like characteristics with light caramel malts and chocolate. Tasty though the pecan and maple profile remianed a little in hind sigh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3426) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
750 ml 577/936 7/22/09 (Shorts Brewery)-Pours a clear medium amber with a small ring for a head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts, chocolate, and slight maple. Taste of malt, caramel, nuts, vanilla, maple syrup, and spices. This full bodied brew is very drinkable and I was hoping for a bit more of the maple and nuts but this still is well balanced. Not as good as some of Shorts other brew but still better than most.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Name: Woodmaster
Date: July 11, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: clear amber, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, lots of oak, touch of vanilla
Flavor: sweet caramel and vanilla flavor, touch of oak, nice spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10592) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2009
Bottled. Brownish red coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Roast, sweetness, chocolate in the aroma. Flavour is fruity, herbal and chocolatish. medium bodied. Dry. Roasty chocolaty end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Poured dark amber brown, sweet, nutty, maple syrup, malty, little caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Draft or bottle. Pours an amber body with a tan head. Chewy nutty character with a coconut and sweet maple fruity body. Etoh latent fruit and some sweet malt. Odd ball but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Bottle. Dark but clear chestnut brown. Nose is mildly peppery maple syrup and oily chestnuts (is that an okay observation knowng that it’s pecans?). Huge full body, viscous and syrupy. Flavor is oily nuts and maple and toasted brown malts. Lovely texture and curious flavor, but does have some off flavor- toothpaste, herbs and sharp maple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2729) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2009
thanks to Beerlando for hooking this up. Pours a nice reddish black with a thin tan head. Chocolate smores, toffee, maple syrup and nut aroma. Taste has caramel, toffee, maple syrup and chocolate. Unique and complex beer that was really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Bottle courtesy of hoppymeal poured into a snifter. Pours a dark cola brown with hints of amber around the edges and a small off-white head that doesn’t linger long and leaves only a swirl along the top with no lacing. The maple syrup is abundantly evident in the aroma, which is very sweet overall, with caramel and toffee coming through as well. There are hints of both the nuts and some booze which stings the nose slightly. I think I would describe the taste as a slightly more abrasive version of the nose. It’s got the maple syrup which sticks to the palate along with the alcohol which makes its presence felt in the finish especially. The overall character is slightly toasty with the pecans showing up in the background. The mouthfeel is, no surprisingly, syrupy, and get almost cloying with the big maple syrup presence. The body is pretty heavy because of that and the carbonation is pretty light. This is not one of my favorites in the imperial series and the sweetness is enough to limit the drinkability. Overall, it’s a tasty brew and definitely better than most, just not quite as good as most of the other Shorts beers I’ve had.

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