peteinSD (1416) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Brian - thanks! Black pour with a ring of foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is bourbon with vanilla and light alcohol spice, roast, chocolate, and darker raisin. Remarkaby heavy bourbon influence that remains balanced on a 6.5% ABV beer. Taste is dominated by the bourbon and it’s hard to pick out the roast character although the darker fruit notes seem intensified by the bourbon. There is also chocolate and even some light hop bitterness in the taste. Smooth, coating mouthfeel and the bourbon integrates well with the base beer even if some of the roast characteristics are lost. If you like bourbon in your beer, this is your beer. Very impressive.
Idiosynkrasie (4460) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle. Clear darkest brown to black colour with small, minimally lacing, tan head. Intense Bourbon aroma, vanilla, oak, leather, overlays any other flavours. Taste is initially moderately sweet dark malty, some vanilla flashes up, then dry oak and leather notes gain ground. In the finish the malt and barrel flavours mix up to a slightly fruity, dark berry note. Intense aroma is suggestive of a substantially heavier beer.
Reynolds314 (2679) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting beer. Very light smokey roastyness is sadly overshadowed a bit by spirity bourbon flavor that is a bit boozy and underdeveloped. I think this could use more time in the bottle to smooth out the flavors. Interesting concept.
mixmasterob (925) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff is great. I loved the original, this is better. Black pour with a small beige head. Very inviting aroma full of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate and hints of vanilla. Almost like a big stout. Huge aroma given the size of this beer. Flavors were packed with oaky bourbon, roast, dark bittersweet chocolate and a light bitter finish. Carbonation was light and very creamy. I can’t believe this is >7%, drinks like a big beer. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Easily the best I’ve had from Shorts.
Ernesto987 (4311) - Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
light bourbon notes are still overwhelming this light background of
A beer. Very nice sweet bOurbon finish
JDBaker11058 (1426) - Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: dark cola brown with a light brown bubbly head, syrupy legs, and minimal lace. Aroma: very boozy, with notes of roasty malt, smoky leather, coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste: toffee, caramel, vanilla, and dark chocolate up front, over roasty malts, wood, and a slowly building boozy note. Finish: the alcohol burn crests slowly and is the last to fade. Notes: Seems big, rich, and boozy, even with the low abv. Clearly the barrel-aging played a major role in the development of this one. Definitely a sipper. Would have liked to try it against the regular version to compare. On tap at Birch & Barley. .
radagast83 (5311) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color, relatively translucent still, not a bunch of head - mostly wispy off-white. Aroma was caramel, sweet roasted malts, vanilla notes, bourbon notes. Flavor was smooth bourbon, vanilla notes, with notes of wood and sweet toasted malts.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ar: Bourbon, rum, raisins, and a bit of toffee.
Ap: Black with brown highlights - small tan head with poor retention, settling to a spotty lace.
T: Sweet raisins and rum up front - transitions into boozy alcohol and some earthiness - bitterness is low, but there is a very rough tannic quality - ashy on the finish
P: Medium body with medium carbonation - finish is dry.
O: There are some interesting flavors here, but the alcohol heat and harsh tannins are just too prominent and compromise the better qualities.
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
#1490 bottle; Nose Is heavy vanilla, smoke note, oak, coffee whiff, earth, later leather, feel is quite watery, carb is mediumlow, taste is iron, some rotten fruit, soy, kale, coffee, wood chip, vanilla
ICEatALAMO (1065) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the anniversary party. Pours dark with little head. Aroma is rich with bourbon and is pleasant. The taste starts and ends with bourbon. It is there throughout the drink, but isn't overwhelming. They took a good beer and made it better.
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