carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a very nice dark brown with a light brown, creamy head. The color is so dark it almost appears murky but upon closer inspection is actually sparkling clear. The Belgian lace is well formed and attractive. Rich malty notes with hints of toasted cereal, chocolate and nuts. Smoky? Restrained, yet balanced hops. Layered flavors. Lighter body than the color suggests. Highly refreshing. Rather moreish.
tmoreau (2421) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle share. Poured a mahogany brown with an off white, bubbly foam head and clingy streaks of lacing. The aroma was some roastiness, chocolate, caramel malt and a wisp of smoke. The flavor was a lighter version of the nose high lighting the caramel and malt sweetness. The body was a little thin, but all in all a quaffable brew.
Pailhead (4808) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, roastiness, and a hint of black licorice. It pours a hazy orangish-brown with a small off-white head that diminishes to a thin film somewhat quickly. The flavor starts with caramel and chocolate and a hint of fruity sweetness in the background. It finishes with a light-moderate roasted nuttiness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my first brew from Shorts. I shared a bottle of this with BeerBaron617 today and generally liked it a lot. It had everything that I like about a stout, in a lighter form. It had a nice transparent brown color with a tanish head. It smelled like chocolate which was great. It had the taste of chocolate with a bit of bite, and maybe even a little licorice in there. I will have to try some more by this brewery, and will certainly be having this again!
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from my buddy Steve - thanks, man! Nice dark brown pour with a slight yeastiness in the body and some moderate carbonation. Soft toffee and toasted malts in the nose, with a bit more sharpness than one usually gets from the style. Pleasant body, easily quaffable, and the flavor has far more nuance than you often get. Nice hopping certainly helps, and it’s a decent brown overall.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours mahogany with a frothy beige head. Aroma is of malt, caramel, nuts, brown sugar, bread, and roast. Taste is of very heavy caramel malt. Lots of roast and brown sugar as well. Has a very tasty roastiness with a nice nutty flavor underneath it. Mouthfeel is very malty and creamy. I didn’t find the body as thin as some others have, though it is light. Lingering nut and brown sugar taste. Very easy to drink. As it warms, a lot more chocolate comes through.
valpoaj (631) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy, yet light brown color with a 1/4 finger head at best. Aroma is lightly roasted caramel malts, but stops short of smelling burnt...and there is a sweetness in there that gives it a nice touch. Flavor is more robust than the mild flavor...roasted caramel malts, yeast, and some nutty notes. Starts sweet and turns more bitter toward the end. Good, yet not great. Palate is typical for a brown...a bit thin, but not to the point of being watery.
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle courtesy of Headbanger) - Color is a dark amber with good carbonation and a very small head. Aroma is mild roasted malt scent. Taste is crisp and nutty. Starting with a lighter medium body it goes down with a crisp feel. Finish jumps in with a nutty roasted flavor that has a touch of sweet to it, then a mild bitterness rolls in. After taste has the sweet coming back up. This is a tasty brown.
emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to todd for sharing. Pours a murky light brown with a thin offwhite head. The nose is sweet, malty, caramel, bready. The flavor is malty, bready, mildly sweet, some caramel, English feel. Nutty.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks to Todd for sharing this two once sample. Brown pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is awful warm trash. Flavor was not for me either, probably just me