StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge thanks to my man Jeff for hooking me up with this one. Everything I have ever wanted in a coffee beer. Pours a deep, dark, black. Lacing looks like cream, and it looks exactly like a cup of coffee in my glass. Aroma is big and bold, all coffee and cream, with a hint of roasted grain and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is exactly the same: dark strong coffee and cream, a bit of chocolate, burnt grains and malt. Thick and creamy on the palate. This is exactly how I like my coffee stouts. Delicious.
chucklemation (422) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Flavor is the same, with a sweetness at the start and a light bitterness in the finish. Amazing.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle received as a gift from Michigan. Pours black with a nice brown head. Permeates the aroma of coffee grounds. There is no way that you could create a more accurate coffee aroma. The coffee flavor on the palate is thankfully just as great with an added note of toasted malt. I can’t say that I picked up on much cream, but this is certainly one of my favorite Shorts beers, regardless.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pours pitch black with no head. After I poured it it looked like it was starting to show signs of head formation around the edges. But nothing. Aroma is layered. Upfront I detect caramalt very strongly, then it leads very quickly to dark roasted coffee. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavors are what you would expect for a brew like this. But it goes beyond that and doesn’t disappoint. Dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, caramalt, and finishes with dark roast coffee that lingers on the palate for a while. Awesome.
bwa5879 (611) - 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 Founder’s 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.
koleminer20 (545) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at HopCat in East Lansing. It pours a nice incredibly dark brown/black with a thin mocha head that laces very nicely. Smells very heavy of ground coffee with the refreshing aroma of espresso. Taste is very solid. Roasted malt and coffee come through on the front, with the espresso carrying it through to the finish. The mouth feel, although good, is a little thin for the aroma and taste. This aspect is the only miss on the beer.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
$5.50 a pint at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
I found a new Short’s favorite.
Appearance: Pitch black. Little head on it that goes away pretty quickly. Nice lacing at the top, but not much at the end. Looks... well... stouty.
Smell: Ugh. Good Lord. So much coffee... fully loaded with it. Roast. Maybe notes of chocolate. The coffee dominates and permeates all around.
Taste/feel: Like the smell, but the feel puts it to another level -- perfectly silky and creamy and way too drinkable. The coffee is at the forefront, of course, with a bit of chocolate sweetness. A touch bitter, but well balanced as a whole. If you love coffee in your stouts, you’ll fall in love with this as I have.
An utterly incredible beer worthy of a pick up. The rating is among Shorts’ highest for a reason... I thought their Mystery Oatmeal Stout was awesome, but this is actually a little bit better. Don’t bother putting socks on before trying this beer, because it’ll knock them right off anyway.
Cheesy? Don’t care. Just drink it, damn you.
roborb (66) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Growler courtesy of a very generous trader, thanks man!
The beer pours a very dark, motor oil black color with a 1/2 inch brown head. The aroma is of strong coffee and roasted malts. There is a lot of cream in the first sip with coffee following quickly. My only complaint with this beer is that it is a little thin. Regardless, this beer is one of my new favorite coffee stouts!
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love this beer! Drank from a growler recently brought back from Short’s. Pours viscous black with a mocha colored head that fades to a ring of foam. Aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans, creme and some light chocolate. Flavor is like the perfect blend of rich roasted coffee, creme, and hot cocoa. There is also a nice biscuity aspect in the aftertaste, almost like a biscotti. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, rich and smooth, especially for the low ABV. There are so many coffee stouts nowadays but this one is a step above the rest. Truly superb.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Charles Thickfreakness shared with dalekliz, and I’m psyched to try it. Pours black with with a creamy tan head. Nose is sweet and chocolaty, creamy and roasty, and full of coffee. That is one hell of an amazing nose. Taste exceptionally rich, very full and coffee and quite slick to the tongue. This is an amazing beer, beyond amazing in fact great!