b3shine (4203) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to oversized snifter. Looks good; pitch black with low carbonation and nice lacing. Smells great! One of the best coffee shouts I’ve ever smelled. Tastes pretty good, but not as good as it smells. Mouthfeel is decent. Pretty good, but I wish the taste was as good as the smell.
Reynolds314 (2008) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dissapointing for me. Taste is coffee grounds and milk. The base beer is mostly hidden but the strong spent coffee taste. Medium sweet and silky palate but the flavor is off.
Ernesto987 (3227) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
And........ This is a cup of coffee beer. Smells like a cup of coffee and tastes like a too. A gimmick that works well but still a gimmick
radarsock (755) - Vermont, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours russet brown-black into snifter. Smells of espresso, spent grain, oats and molasses. Tastes the same. Damn good.
JoeTheYounger (1122) - Claremont, California, USA - MAY 1, 2012
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle shared by wesirs. Dark pour with some roasted coffee and some mild smoke. Taste was bitter coffee followed by a tangy sourness unfortunately. This would have been great.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle. Rating #185. Dark black with a decent head. Huge roast aroma, ashy and a little smoky. Flavor was a bit off, more dark roast, a little coffee, but there was a bit of sourness as well. It seemed a little contaminated/infected, too bad. (2356)
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
1.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Originally reviewed: 3/27/11. I had received a boxload of Shorts earlier this year and only 1/4 of what I had tried was not infected. I thought surely this beer, with its A- average, would be alright. I was anticipating it greatly, as coffee stouts are one of my favorites. Alas, it did not deliver. And because Shorts has horrible quality control and I am not alone in my experience with this , I will review nonetheless.
Split this with my wife. Poured my allotment into a chalice. Pours a very dark black, with the thinnest of tan heads on top. No lace. The nose is the best part of this beer. With the other infected Shorts brews, I could sense it in the aroma, not with this one. This misled me into believing it was indeed an alright beer. Big notes of freshly-ground coffee, some chocolate, and roasted malts. What I expected and hoped for.
The mouth is overly-carbonated for the style. I like a bit more smoothness and heft. This one was bordering spritzy and thin. Eh. The flavor is where this fell flat. Some coffee is notes, but it is so overpowered by sourness, that I can’t even begin to pull out other flavors. Chocolate? Not so much. Sweet cream? Nope. Sour vinegar? Bingo! That’s it. "Beer," meet drain. What a mess this was. I am honestly done with this brewery. There’s only a few breweries overall that I will write off. This one made the list.
jredmond (4871) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with pat and Linh. Pours a deep brown body with light brown lacing with carbonation. Aroma is strong coffee and espresso and light sweet roast. Mouthfeel is medium with nice coffee roast flavor.
bigtaster (513) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, black coal color minimal head. Huge coffee espresso in the nose. Full bodied lots of dark malts mixed with coffee. Impressive amounts of coffee on this one, good beer.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle pour. Black color with a tan head. As advertised coffee and creamy. A nice stout. Very enjoyable.