Clownoisseur (90) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a semi-transparent dark brown with a small tan head that breaks into spotty lacing. Aromas of big wheat breads, mild coffee, mild chocolate and some dark fruit sweetness. Taste is pretty earthy. Notes of spice, grains, some dark fruit, coffee and nuts. A bit flat tasting, but still rich in flavor. Finish is lacking any hop bitterness, adding a bit to the "flat" mouthfeel. Just kind of fades away at the end. Not bad, but probably not something I would seek out again.
rumproasts (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Deep amber with one finger head. Surprisingly traditional for Shorts. Nice malty body with light English style hops.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 28, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Chocolate and cola aroma. Pours a nice silky head and gives away some nice malt depth, but in the flavor it seems a little languid and the cola flavors really ramp up in an unpleasant way. Seems to start with a very traditional Brown Ale base but then seems to get a little out of whack in the malt structure that gets lost. A little sweet for the style, even.
crossovert (6129) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Ehh not that great of a mild, very thin, very staleish, lacking in that big yeasty character.
superspak (2123) - Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/6/2014. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, biscuit, toast, brown bread, roast, light coffee, raisin, pear, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, toast, dark bread, roast, light coffee, biscuit, raisin, pear, light nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, dark bread, toast, biscuit, roast, light coffee, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with good robustness for the ABV and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a smooth, bready, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present as expected of 3.9%. Overall this is a damn nice dark mild ale! All around good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; nicely robust and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Pailhead (4368) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate chocolate, light caramel, fruit, and faint nutty notes. It’s a dark brown with some reddish-orange transparency and a small khaki head that quickly fades to a thin layer outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with a watery chocolate and caramel combination. There’s a faint fruitiness in the middle. The finish has some light toasted nuts. It’s light bodied with mild carbonation.
jtw (1074) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
an intriguing foray into a classic style for shorts - oddly enough it doesn’t seem to push the envelope in any direction which is uncharacteristic but welcomed in this case. dark amber-to-brown ale with light head and carbonation, and lots of toffee and toast in the aroma. some roasty coffee and black tea notes but overall a nicely bodied all well-suited to consuming several consecutively. perhaps a little bolder than an old-world ESB/mild but still very enjoyable.
fattybladdy (420) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle to pint, pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma is light caramel maltiness. Taste is pretty thin with hints of toast and nuts. Overall a bit boring.
umich03jm (1500) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small bubbly head that fades to a small ring. Aromas are nuts, coffee beans, cocoa, and light sweet caramel. Taste is weak and watery. Mostly nutty with some light coffee. Very light sweetness. Thin body. Very boring beer but not bad.
BlowOffTube (342) - Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour thin white head. Light mocha aroma. Thin body light carbonation which works here, maybe a touch more carbonation would be better. Very light chocolate and some coffee taste. Easy to drink.