superspak (1899) - Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/24/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge ginger root, cinnamon, molasses, toast, biscuit, nutmeg, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Decent aromas with some solid complexity and good strength; but has way too much ginger going on. Taste of ginger, molasses, toast, biscuit, toffee, cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of ginger, molasses, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, light roast, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of spices and dark malt flavors; with a good malt/spice balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a solid spiced brown ale. Good robustness and solid balance of spice and malt flavors; and smooth to sip on for the ABV. A fairly enjoyable offering.
Nephilium (1215) - Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Molasses and ginger in the aroma, pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light, and just a dusting of light tan head. Cinnamon and ginger are there in, with the finish fading over to molasses. Long finish, with the molasses being a bit overpowering. An interesting change on the standard Christmas spices.
ebone1988 (153) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is heavy ginger, a sweetness, and is light. Appearance is brown, light tan head. Taste is cloying ginger, then a bit light, so mostly ginger. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, the saving grace of the beer. Overall...itís decent but I canít say I want more.
RespertFTW (342) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour. No head. Some ginger in the aroma. Taste was tough to decipher because I dumped it after the first sip. Yikes.
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alliance100 (91) - Comstock Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle - pours dark brown with thin white head . Ginger aromas . Moderate all spice flavor with metallic after taste. Not my favorite Shorts .
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wolfman27 (3) - Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2013 does not count
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Dark brown in color and fine tan head. Extreme ginger once it hits the palate, but mellows into notes of molasses. Ginger dominates this brew, which makes it undesirable
jtw (1057) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A spicy mess of ginger and dark sugars, with resiny pine and full-bodied sweetness. Reminiscent of Anchorís winter ale, but boozy and cloying. Interesting at best, unpleasant otherwise.
umich03jm (1306) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small foamy head that fades quickly and leaves some oily lacing. Huge ginger and cinnamon spice aroma with some brown sugar sweetness. All I taste is ginger and cinnamon. Very sweet too. This is hard to drink. Not very good.
Mittenator (872) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Deep brown with a small head. Molasses and allspice aromas. Heavy molasses with a metallic finish.
fattybladdy (359) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle, dark brown, near black in color with tan head. A very spiced up beer with ginger, molasses, and cinnamon.