superspak (2693) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/30/2012. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of huge grapefruit, mango, orange zest, pineapple, toast, pine, roasted malt, light char, grass, floral, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with a great hop profile and solid roasted malt backbone. Taste of big dark roasted malt, coffee, grapefruit, orange zest, pine, light char, pineapple, toast, floral, grass, and piney spiciness. Nice amount of pine and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, toast, pineapple, roasted malt, light char, coffee, pine, floral, grass, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and hop complexity; with a nice roasted malt backbone that is well balanced with the hop flavors; almost zero cloying flavors are present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming present on the finish. Overall this is an excellent Black IPA! Great hop flavor profile and balance with roasted malts; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.
tricyclist (792) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Mike. Thanks Mike! Pours deep dark and murky with a full light khaki head. Nose is fully roasted with a really nice grassy note to it. Flavor is different but in a good way. Fresh grass and dark malts throughout. Really enjoyable.
BrownALEx (272) - Portland, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a muddy black with a thin beige head. Aroma is very piney with no real malt aroma detected. Taste is big and bold, almost all hops here. Small amount of lacing left on the glass. Palate is long that finishes bitter. Overall this beer is the best black ipa I’ve had so far. The next one has a lot to live up to.
bwa5879 (685) - Portage, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Kalamazoo megabev. Pour is dark black with brown hue. Offwhite cola like head is a half inch thick. Intense floral hop scent, maybe a bit reminiscent of citrus as well. Taste is really unique. Thick and chalky mouth feel. Bitter with hops at first, accompanied by a taste I can describe no other way than wheaty. Roasted malt finish that's a little bitter and slightly chocolatey.
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umich03jm (2054) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown color with a perfect 1 cm head that lingers a bit. Aroma is very floral with pine and roasted malt. Taste is the same. Fresh flowers, light roasted malt, light chocolate, bitter finish. Thin body allows for easy drinking. A very solid Black IPA but I’ve had a few better.
JPDurden24 (1595) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a tan head. Some floral hops and roast in the nose with a similar taste, perhaps a little spruce and citrus along with it. Pretty damn tasty.
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a think tan head. Aroma hints of roasty malt and chocolate, with loads of fruity hops and some pine. Flavor is upfront roasty, semi-sweet malt quickly overcome by strong, varied hop flavors (fruit, pine) with a lingering bitterness. This is an exceptional dark IPA.
mikem409 (1491) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown white head but was gone too fast. Big floral hop aroma. Taste is massive ibu shorts yeast and slight roast
Huhzubendah (2618) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer is near black with a finger of thick, beige head. Plenty of lacing cascades down the walls of the pint glass.
Great aroma with pine, malt, roast, hops.
Nice flavor as well. Surprisingly good. I just never know what to expect from Short’s. The roast and hop components are blended beautifully.
Lingering pleasant hop bitterness in the finish. Thin to medium bodied. Nice feel.
A stellar example of the style. I would definitely have this again. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-01-2011
MacBoost (1328) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by someone at the Monte’s Krown tasting yesterday. Pours a thin black with an almost white head. Citrus hops in the nose, very perfume like. Taste follows suit with bittering hops and some roast. A solid brew.