bpar73 (292) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the pub. Dark brown almost black pour with a thin head. Ginger, molasses and cinnamon in the aroma and taste.
johnnyoski (389) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a small tan head. Heavy aroma of gingerbread cookie, nutmeg and cinnamon. Very muddled taste, with lots of molasses, ginger and nutmeg up front. Finish has a sharp, cinnamon spice kick. Sticky texture with average carbonation. Kudos to Shorts for always trying to come up with something unique, but in this case its Holiday spice overkill.
HonkeyBra (2879) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Very dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, gingerbread, molasses, gingerbread cookies, mild sweet bread. Flavor is quite sweet, lots of gingerbread cookie notes, cinnamon, lots of sweetness, maybe a touch of bitterness from the spice. Somewhat bready. But, really dead on for a gingerbread cookie. Medium bodied with a Beers like this always end up one-dimensional and gimicky. Itís fine. Thereís nothing wrong with this beer. Itís just not something I really want to drink much of.
xwhiteboy777x (2) - Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is kinda gross. The finish, however, is great...cinnamon, ginger. My tongue is numb and I feel like I just ate a Christmas cookie.
Alextricity (382) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No bottling date... got rubbed out at some point.
Appearance: Ruby brown. Perfect clarity. Short lived head with little lacing.
Smell: Spicy, as youíd expect. Huge amounts of ginger and cinnamon. Pleasing, if you like a lot of spices. Thatís really all thatís there.
Taste: Cinnamon and nutmeg... heavy cinnamon and nutmeg -- burns the throat slightly. Seriously, thatís what it tastes like. Not much else there. The molasses sweetness is noticeable near the finish, but thatís the last of what you get. A touch of darker malts on the finish as well, but hardly. Those spices linger long after each sip, by the way. The thing about this beer that I think could easily turn someone off to it is, besides the heavy spicing, itís a sweet beer. Not syrupy thick or sweet, but the molasses definitely makes this a sweet beer. 7.8%, the alcohol is *sort of* there with a warming effect, but I would have guessed 6%.
Feel: Medium/low thickness with a pretty high carbonation. Makes the spicing feel even more harsh.
Not bad. Actually, pretty decent... if you can handle a one dimensional beer thatís super heavy on cinnamon and ginger. This makes for a pretty tasty seasonal beer, but I couldnít see myself having more than a single bottle in a sitting... it just gets too overwhelming. Iíd consider this a "spice beer" rather than an "english brown." I finished it all, but I had enough after about 3/4 of the beer.
superspak (1928) - 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 (1222) - 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 (355) - 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.
-- rated with Beerbasher
alliance100 (111) - Grand Rapids, 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 .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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