drdisque (491) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Michigan Winter Beer Festival. Outstanding barley wine. Quite tangy with sweet notes. Bourbon barrel adds just the right amount of spice/tannin.
tectactoe (1058) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler: Thanks to Jeff for this other awesome Shorts hook-up! Deep, deep brown body with slightly translucent edges... no head forms, only a very fine, tan ring. Aroma is full of unattenuation, sweet residual sugars, warming & sweet bourbon, perfume, light toffee, caramel covered candies, anise, & dried, dark fruits like plums & raisins. Flavor is a sticky caramel & bourbon bath up front, covered a big profile of oak. Date & prune purée, light black licorice, wood, & a big, finishing perfume-y floral presence... from the hops, I’m assuming? Boozy, bourbon soaked dark fruit finish. Medium-heavy mouth feel, lightly sticky. This is some seriously great stuff! Certainly showcases what Shorts is capable of. Not the best barrel aged barleywine I’ve had, but it’s definitely a winner.
bpar73 (329) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, and chocolate. Flavor of bourbon, caramel, roasted malt, and. vanilla, Great stuff.
beechner224 (370) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler share thanks to homer321. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, yummy. Tasty.
Homer321 (896) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler thanks to mikem409. Fairly dark brown with minimal head. Nose is mostly bourbon. A light toastiness I the nose as well with some caramelization sugar notes. Taste is mostly bourbon with a moderately sweet malt presence. Fairly bitter. A significant amount of alcohol warning. Pretty tasty.
DrewFace (414) - Rockledge, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler share thanks to Homer321. Bourbon barrel sweet choco mamma oaky vanilla and more bourbon. Sexy choco mamma roasty chocolate bourbon and oak...boost = detected. Yum
alliance100 (329) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Logans Alley - pours a deep brown with off white head. Big vanilla and bourbon oak aromas. Taste is toffee meets raisins. Medium sweetness. Alittle alcohol is noticeable . Good , one of the better offerings from Shorts that I’ve had.
koleminer20 (348) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at HopCat in East Lansing. Pours a deep dark ruby, with essentially zero head with not a lot of lace to speak of. The smell is overwhelmingly bourbon filled with heavy vanilla notes. The taste is the complex barleywine taste I’m looking for. There is a lot of vanilla that fades into a roasty malt complexity that begins to show heat. By the time the beer finishes, the booze is there, and at 11.8%, it is something that can be expected. The beer coats your mouth, allowing that flavor and boozyness to just hang for a few moments, which is surprisingly enjoyable.
BlowOffTube (342) - Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really tasty. Pours dark brown, no head. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Taste is lots of smooth bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, and some wood characteristics. Great stuff.
rumproasts (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at 2013 michigan winter beer fest. pretty dark with minimal head. big boozy beer. intense with lots of bourbon.
umich03jm (1500) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery. From memory of visit on 1/19/13. Aroma and taste was dominated by bourbon and raisins, with a hint of vanilla. Low complexity but fairly tasty. A decent barrel barleywine.