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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 92   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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A big bodied stout that receives its distinguishable flavor characteristics from the substantial use of roasted malt, dark specialty grains, and ground carob. Cocoa and chocolate-like aromas penetrate from the black depths of this alluring ale. Robust flavors of roasted black coffee, and even subtle notes of dark fruit, mix with the abundant rich chocolate qualities. As it warms, an ample bitterness from the dark roasted specialty grains and high alpha hops intensifies, provoking a noticeable dryness on the palate.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demmbonz (632) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2015
12oz bottle to snifter. Dark and roasty pour. Extremely dry finish. Some from the hop and some from the roasted malt.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
schwabtana (21) - Madison Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Looks good but a little thin. I love shorts but they are always missing something on their stouts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (5395) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy cocoa and roasted malt mixed with some light herbal notes, wood, espresso, and a hing of anise. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights. It has a two finger tan head that eventually fades to a thick film. There is a lot of thick soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of cocoa and dark chocolate. There is a good dose of roasted malt in the middle. The finish has moderate burnt notes, light-moderate anise, light wood, and a touch of smoke. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overal, it’s a little too roasty and burnt for my preferences.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
njager246 (477) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Aroma is sweet chocolate and roasted malts, taste has a lot of coffee and some chocolate!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (675) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a very thin tan head. Aroma is coffee and roast, lots of roast. Flavor is similarly heavy on the roast, with notes of coffee and cocoa. Lots of bitterness in the finish. I don’t know what carob is so I’m not sure what it adds, but this is a very interesting stout and I enjoy it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpar73 (598) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Taste and aroma of bitter dark chocolate, burnt coffee and dark roasted malts. Hop bitterness gives it an ashy quality with a dry finish. Good for what it is, but a little more sweetness would take it up a notch.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (2953) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle: Deep, deep brown, completely black once it hits the glass. Semi-frothy, foamy tan head that settles slowly & leaves some chunky lacing behind. Huge aroma of bittersweet chocolate, heavily roasted malts, light smoke, a touch of woodsiness, mild brown sugar, & a little bit of anise. Flavor is very roasty, much like imperial version was. Super huge roasted malt, bitter charred notes, French roast coffee beans. Big ash & smoke mid-palate with a tingle of salt in the finish. Hints of super bitter dark cacao. A bit of wood & faint licorice, too. Not much balancing sweetness. Again, I like roasted stouts but a full bottle has worn on me. Not bad, but would be better with a little more balance.

1.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Diamob (1) - - FEB 5, 2015 does not count
A terrific example of Short’s worst. Style points are high for this beer, it smells and looks the part of a nice robust stout. The trickery begins when you take your first taste. Fleeting glimpses of coffee and bitter chocolate that are abruptly destroyed by a wave of industrial floor cleaner followed by a dusting of the baking soda that has been in your fridge for way too long. If you love crushed hopes and buyers regret, buy a 6-pack of this tragedy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Clownoisseur (341) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Pours a dark brown, tan head that recedes to a cap. Aromas of dry cocoa, earth, char and toast. Taste is bitter cocoa, earth...light smoke and dry wheat toast. Mouthfeel is dry on the palate. Interesting interpretation. Finishes fairly bitter with earthy hops, hints of pine and another dose of cry cocoa and coffee. Solid stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3146) - Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2015
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/6/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, char, light smoke, light dark fruits, herbal, light pine, and roast/char earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, carob, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, char, light smoke, herbal, pine, light dark fruit, and roast/char earthiness. Large amount of pine/roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, char, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, carob, and earthy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. A fair amount of dryness on the finish as well. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy stout style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt, carob, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.


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