callmemickey (1355) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Deep black body with a nice one inch chocolate brown head. No lacing, but the head receded to a hearty skim that maintained its froth throughout.
S: Bold, roasted coffee. Hints of expresso, bittersweet chocolate and a nice sweet cream undercurrent.
T: Much like the nose, this is definitely coffee forward. A nice earthy, smokey blend of roasted coffee pleases the palate. The chocolate and sweet cream help to balance the coffee and results in a surprisingly delicate experience considering the boldness of the roasted coffee in the nose.
M: Perhaps the biggest flaw is the weight of the body. While the lightness makes this beer incredibly drinkable, I was hoping for a creamier experience. Otherwise smooth, with a nice lingering finish of lightly bitter coffee.
O: A very nice addition to the world of stouts. Shortís has a very nice blend of coffee and cream here and its a nice treat. Goes well with a chocolate chip cookie.
Dogbrick (6008) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to pest for sharing a bottle. The beer pours brown-black with a medium tan head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of black coffee with some chocolatey notes in the background. Medium body with a roasted coffee character and flavors of bittersweet chocolate, malt and a touch of dark fruit. The finish is creamy with a coffee aftertaste. Above average overall.
thedm (4773) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small foamy fine dark brown opaque dark brown no visible carbonation. Strong roasted coffee burnt malt aroma. Dark malt roasted malt coffee flavor. Mild start tingly roasted finish. A decent brew.
ICEatALAMO (532) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice malty aroma up front and then as you are starting to drink the coffee smell hits you. The taste had a nice coffee flavor that some "coffee" stouts lack. Although I have been a little down on Shortís beers laterly, this one was a good one that I want to get more of.
doppelthat (46) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer pours a dark black body with a thin dark tan, bubbly head that settles quickly. The aroma is of coffee and some sweet caramel, also there is a little funky, almost sour quality in the smell. It tastes very much like coffee but also with a bit of this off puting sour taste. I do love sour beers but I totally wasnít expecting anything sour from the taste but I for sure got some weird sourness. I think this bottles must be a bit old, I wish Shorts put bottled on dates on their beers. Im am sure if this beer was younger it would be great. I still get all the awesome coffee notes but the sourness kills almost all the roasty flavors the beer has to offer.
zach8270 (2921) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Pitch black pour with a thin tan head. Coffee and roasted malts abound in the aroma with a very sweet cream and chocolate note coming up under it. Flavor starts off with lots of coffee and espresso leading into a big roasted and burnt malt middle. Light sweetness near the finish and the cream really makes it smooth and silky. Really good.
TreborWhip (355) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bixlerís Lodge poured dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Flavor dominated by sweetened coffee with cream, a hint of chocolate, and a slightly bitter espresso finish. Paired very well with my filet mignon with bearnaise sauce and a side of brown rice.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2011
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
12oz from notes, I will re re rate this once I try an uninfected bottle. So yeah, infected for sure, super high carbonation, bitter with no flavor at all.
evanlarkin (218) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ported from BA.
Dark brown, opaque, and a small amount of tan head. Pretty standard for the style.
Coffee and condensed milk. Slightly sweet. Itís kind of like a a creamy iced coffee smell. No hop presence here.
Still, no noticeable hops, but no issues here. Lots of coffee, some creamy milkiness hanging around with it. Again, like a coffee with cream. Thatís the best way to describe this. Semi sweet with some chocolate notes in the background too.
Thickish, more like the milk than the coffee. I suspect that lactose is an ingredient here. Mediumish carbonation.
Not bad, but Iíll admit that I take my coffee black. Milk stouts have never been my thing, but this is certainly ranking above most of them.
jgb9348 (3962) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep, absolute pitch black coloured body with no head at all and a very oily look - crazy deep, just like a nice [used] motor oil. Aroma of super pungent coffee, roasted malt, peanuts, walnuts, anise and a ton more roasted coffee. Medium-bodied; Super strong soy sauce, Worcestershire, mushrooms and meaty flavours abound with some roasted coffee, a lot of pungent roasted malt, alcohol and a bit more anisey and licorice flavours - strong as hell and not necessarily in a good way. Aftertaste is very strong with a vibrant mushroom and meaty taste along with roasted coffee. Overall, a strong and pungent beer with a lot of deep flavours that donít go over so well. Nice and strong tasting, but just not for me. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchantís in Dearborn, Michigan on 16-January-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 19-September-2011.