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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Pub Brew. Joyous Almondo is equal parts chocolate, coconut, and almonds, to create a brown ale delicacy unlike any other. Sweet aromas of chocolate and coconut emit from this brew. The first sip leads toward a perfect fusion of flavor, as chocolate and coconut embrace the toasted almond qualities. Pleasant almond flavors remain well into a finish, which is not too sweet, bitter or dry.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at GABF. Penny copper with offwhite head. Nose is sweet with butterscotch interplay and cherry stone almond extract. Some cocoa sort of shows up but not really. On tasting, slick and buttery with some toasted coconut and almond. Also showing some phenolic notes as well. Doesn’t work for me, though a good idea.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HonkeyBra (3234) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Sampled at GABF. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of Almond Liqueur, nuts, mild cocoa. Flavor is quite sweet, too sweet, with a bit of nutella and fudge with almonds. Very very sweet. Slick mouthfeel. This is not one of my favorites from Short’s. I guess you can’t hit a homerun every time.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
@ GABF. Rusty copper. A bit muddled but has a decent cap. Aroma is not as good as expected. Almond skins, toasted, but none of the pleasant almond extract/essence/marzipan I would hope for in the aromas. the flavors end up being too sweet, though, and it has a syrupy palate. Toasted almond and toasted coconut emerge late, giving a macaroon quality. Weird and gimmicky but a nice try and it grows on me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (1939) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2011
draft at ebf pour has a brown color with a touch of foam. aroma has chocolate, nuts, and coconut touches. mouth feel is medium and coats alright. flavor has chocolate, sweetened coconut, and some nuts. cool idea and glad I tried it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2011
tap at the pyramid scheme in grand rapids mich. coconut, chocolate, nuts... coconut, chocolate, nuts... coconut, chocolate, nuts... coconut, chocolate, nuts... coconut, chocolate, nuts...seriously, though

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours a medium caramel-brown color with a thin off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries in some roast, chocolate, and toasted coconut. A bit of a nutty character. The flavor is along the same lines, though there’s something a bit off about it, perhaps tracing to the coconut. Chocolate makes a good appearance along with a moderate malty sweetness. Medium body and fairly sweet. Slight dryness in the finish. Really interesting brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Draft at EBF. Pours an amber bruin body with a white head. Hints of licorice, sweet coconut sugar tones. light birch and wood with a creamy sweetness. Kinda delivers what they were going for.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2011
6th Annual MBG Winter Beer Festival, Grand Rapids. Murky dark brown body, thick cream head. Nose of almond and light chocolate, quite sweet. The body is very sweet and syrupy, caky, with brown sugar, almond, and a touch of banana, drinks like a slice of almond cake. Strange.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 6, 2011
Aroma had nuts, light toffee and some staleness to it. Not much detectable coconut. Flavor had a touch of that coconut and nut essence but very light overall. A bit thin and had a slight off cardboard flavor. I know Shorts can do better, I like these experimental brews.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
On tap at Sunset for their Shorts event prior to EBF. Pours a hazy caramel brown. Smells a bit like an almond joy, with coconut and nuts, toast and cocoa. Chewy roast and cocoa, malt. Decent enough, but nothing overly special. Long sweetness on the finish.


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