Grovlam (4203) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. [Drikkeriget Grand Shorts Imperial Series tasting, thanks to Jeppe for another great session] Another very unique beer and my first spruce beer. What became clear was the use of the word “pine” in regards to hoppy aroma is all misleading. This was how pine, pinewood, pine needle etc smells like. Average creamy off-white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Cloudy golden yellow color. Aroma of true pine tree – pinewood, also some sweet pine like notes. Grassy, citrus and floral notes could also be picked up. Over the palate came bitter pine that wasn’t to pleasant. The aroma was fantastic, but I did not enjoy drinking this one. Full bodied with a soft carbonation. Heavy bitter harsh flavor with some counter sweetness. Earthy and piney lingering bitter finish.
TURDFERGUSON (4039) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to Paul Philippon for sharing! Nose has a bit of oregano in there with a whole bunch of spruce and piney hops. Flavor is very sprucey and hoppy but I don’t dislike it at all. Really enjoyed this unique creation and my first brew from Shorts. This is by far the best imperial pilsner I have had.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to Paul Philippon for sharing! BLAM!!! Sticky icky pine resin everywhere, no longer on your fingertips from the Xmas tree but right up in your nose and mouth. Incredible spruce aroma with some spice and very aggressive hops. I started off thinking this was too boozy, too one-dimensional. But God help me if I didn’t keep coming back to this one, liking it more each time I sipped.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle, bottled 5/07. sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #3", thanks kan for this odd brew. pours dense with big white head. nose is spruce! flavor spruce!, sap oak, hoppy, really sprucy. a bit too much spruce. like drinking parts of a christmas tree. odd, really odd, and interesting. just couldnt drink that much of it.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Brickhouse BBQ Beer Spot Great Taste pre-party. Hazy banana yellow with a thin off-white head. Aroma of spruce, pale malt, mild grassy and noble hops. Taste is of heavy spruce with a large noble hoppy presence plus sweet malt and a long bitter spruce finish. Probably one of the best pilseners I’ve ever had.
sunevdj (3891) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shorts tasting with The Club +a few. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Smells of rose hybs and spruce. Extremely bitter but very well balanced by a strong sugary sweetness. Strong hoppy aromas. Also aromas of eldeberry flowers, spruce and some wood and resin. Low carbonation. Medium body. Bitter finish with a hint of warming alcohol. Best of the Shorts tasting.
Headbanger (3765) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle 445/886 Brewed 4/30/07 (Purchased Shorts)-Pours a hazy orangish slightly amber. Aroma of hops, spruce, and malt. Flavor of the same. This medium bodied brew was great but I thought the spruce was a little too much.
Enjoyit (3736) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy orange of colour with a white head. An aroma of spice, ginger and pine. A flavour of ginger, timian and rosmarin.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.6 oz bottle. Fogged honey with streaming bubbles and a long-lasting, puffy white head. Quite pretty in a pilsner glass. Nose is dough, lemon zest, grass and spruce. Crisp medium light with biting carb. Taste is an odd citrus and lychee? Hops and iron with spruce adding a sweet touch. Dries with increasing bitterness. Crazy. Once again Shorts intrigues me with a unique brew that pushes the edge of beer boundaries.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks Joey! Bottled 5/29/07 (#140 of 886). Poured a clear light orange color. Head was white and left some lace behind. Aroma was citrus dominated with lots of semi sweet orange accented by subdued spruce. Medium bodied and sweet on the tongue. The sugars were attenuated by assertive hop bitterness that peaked at about 8 out of 10. Wow. There was a remarkably distinct spruce flavor. Crushed pine needles came to mind immediately. There were also pineapple, bitter orange, and light honey flavors. Great beer.