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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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).

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2210) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle. Deep amber/ruby body. Fizzy, off-white head, diminishing. Aroma of caramel, maple sugar, raisin, plum, wood, alcohol, nuts. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Peppery alcohol finish. Taste of bread, overripe fruit, maple syrup. Interesting beer. Sweet flavors balanced by the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (475) - - 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).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpar73 (473) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (1338) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjakopa (218) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dohny (244) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (4606) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rand (1300) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle 12 fl.oz from erzbierschof.ch. Brown with average beige head. First nose of maple syrup on roasted malt, then nuts, spices and wood. The taste is soft, syrupy, rich and deep, roasted, maple syrup, mould, wood. Nice combinaison with the roast of nuts which strengthens of bitter, woody and earthy side. Bitter-sweet finale perfumed and greedy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 10, 2013
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours brown with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of lots of caramel, chocolate, and light roast from the malts, some light maple, a light nuttiness, and hints of bitterness. Flavor the same with a good blend of everything, but a little too much sweetness and some hints of alcohol. Average texture. A decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (1896) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Matt! Mostly opaque, murky brown, kind of like a quad with less red-ish tones to it... Beige colored head settles quick without leaving much of anything behind. Aroma is full of some damp chocolate notes, toasted malts, faint nuts, and rubbing alcohol... the solvent-y note is quite strong. Taste is very nutty, woodsy, & has a good amount of maple to it. Light earthiness. Still getting a strong solvent & rubbing alcohol note in the finish that’s killing the vibe... Without that, this beer would be very nice. It’s a big hindrance after the first few ounces.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4881) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours a clear brown with some thin, off white head. Nose is sweet, caramel, brown sugar, maple, nutty. Sweet, boozy flavor, caramel, malty, whiskey, nutty. Boozy, hot finish. Relatively well blended.

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