michaelinwa (534) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with umich03jm. Black pour, low disappearing head, and a surprisingly light aroma that mostly consists of coffee first, and roasted malt in the background. Flavor is also relatively light, with a balance of coffee and roasted malt. Slightly sweet. Soft carbonation and light but not thin on the palate. Very little bitterness here, and finishes sweet. Easy to drink but doesnít really stand out.
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crazy strong coffee aroma and dark black pour with a complex taste and lingering mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
umich03jm (1306) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 Pours a dark black color with a small head that quickly fades. The aroma is mainly freshly brewed coffee but you can also pick up chocolate and a light creaminess. Taste is great. Very lightly roasted, fresh coffee flavor with good amount of slightly sweetened chocolate and cream. The perfect amount of bitter and sweet balance for a coffee stout. Fairly thick mouthfeel and incredibly smooth. Really great stout. This tastes much better than I remember it tasting last year.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours jet black. Thick tan head. Aroma us big roast morning coffee. Taste is sweet cold creamy coffee.
fattybladdy (359) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black w tan head, nice looking beer. Strong coffee scent. Taste is coffee, although not as strong as expected, roasty and pretty sweet. Very smooth and syrupy.
davey101 (562) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass. I enjoyed 2011 vintage last year but never reviewed it. Thanks steimie!
A - Black body with a two finger mocha head. Foam sticks around for a long time. Excellent lacing and retention.
S - Plenty of coffee. Roasty, bitter and slightly sweet . That is about it actually.
T - Rich and roasty coffee beans and sweet milk sugar. Again, just coffee...but its so delicious. This might be my favorite "coffee beer" but its certainly not the best "coffee stout". Aftertaste is of bitter coffee beans.
M - Medium bodied and creamy. Carbonation is on the low side.
O - Shorts certainly has a skill for making beers which meet their descriptions. While this beer lacks the flavors and aromas that I would normally associate with a stout, this is spot on like a good cup of coffee with some cream. Phenomenal execution!
blackflag321 (386) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour to snifter. Dark, dark, dark brown with small head. Big coffee aroma. Fresh roasted coffee taste with hint of sugar and cream to take the edge of the bitterness. I liked the single bottle that I bought...hope the store has a six-pack with my name on it.
ebone1988 (153) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is fantastic, strong coffee notes, some chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Appearance is dark as night, dark brown head, not much of that though. Taste is rich coffee, the taste is like the smell of coffee being ground at the grocery store, itís unlike any stout Iíve ever drank. Mouthfeel is malty but a little to carbonated to be perfect. Overall, I took a chance on this because I usually donít like Shortís, this was a welcome surprise.
bwa5879 (443) - Portage, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from kalamazoo megabev. Deep deep brown almost black pour. Head was dark brown, about a sixteenth of an inch high, and so thick it looked like ground grain resting on top of the beer. Sweet coffee and cocoa scent, slightly sweeter than the aroma of Founderís Breakfast Stout but very similar. Low carbonation and thick, dense, frothy mouth feel. Sweet at first, reminiscent of freshly roasted, bold, nutty coffee, with some sweet vanilla. Finish was a bit astringent but not overbearing, and left a dry sticky feeling, hints of vanilla flavor as well.
madmitch76 (12130) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
26th February 2011
Opaque dark brown beer, tidy brown head. Nose of fresh black coffee. Fairly neutral palate. Fresh black coffee, not bitter but very slightly sour. Some lactose takes the edge off the coffee. Whisper of hop fruits in the finish but this beer is all about the coffee and itís done well.