Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
$2 single poured into a shaker pint. No bottling date, but this was recently put into packs, so Iím not worried about it.
Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear ruby black color with a finger of a light sand colored head. Decent amount of lacing. Pretty nice.
Smell: Mm. Nice. Chocolate, roastiness, and a nice amount of caramel malt sweetness to tone things down a bit. Very pleasant on the nose.
Taste/feel: Letís be honest, if this had been a few % higher ABV or just named a porter instead of an English Mild, the rating would be higher. This one tastes fantastic for a 3.9%. A bit thin as it first hits the tongue, but then a sort of creaminess comes through which is very nice. Thereís a nice roasty and somewhat ashy flavor throughout the sip, with traces of chocolate, and caramel sweetness to balance things out. Carbonation is a bit above average, which makes this beer all-the-more drinkable. Aftertaste is a lingering roast/smoke quality that I really like.
Overall, a pretty much phenomenal beer given the ABV. Another great one from Shortís. If this were available all the time, thisíd be my go-to session ale.
Evolutionary (252) - Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampler pack from giant eagle. 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.
---Rated via my mouth
bwa5879 (537) - Portage, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown to red pour with quarter inch of tan head. Aroma of dark bitter chocolate and cream, cranberry, buttery malt, some smokey fire, bourbon too. Low carbonation, chalky mouthfeel, dry film finish. Lots of malt in flavor but watery overall, malt ball and carmel, cranberry and big smokey mesquite. Good robust flavor that is smokey but weak/watery.
koleminer20 (429) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I didnít really know what to expect on this one, but here we go. The pour is a dark dark red, on the verge of brown with a thin, quick fading white head, down to just a ring, and a couple spots of lace. The aroma is roasty malt. There might be a little coffee and caramel there, but theyíre extraordinarily light. The flavor is very similar. Itís very light, with some coffee and caramel notes. The mouth feel is like a cold coffee. Thin, somewhat flavorful, but very uninteresting. The carbonation is minimal, and the aftertaste is lightly lingering, and of cold coffee. This is quite a boring beer.
Clownoisseur (137) - 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 (2586) - 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 (3126) - 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 (6352) - 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 (2203) - 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 (4416) - 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. Itís 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. Thereís a faint fruitiness in the middle. The finish has some light toasted nuts. Itís light bodied with mild carbonation.