ansermadide (1518) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black-bodied with a bright brown head, this looks like a seriously-roasted ale. It looks heavy and bitter, and the nose proves it. A soft, sweet, roasted malt aroma impresses at first snout, with a delicious touch of cocoa or baking chocolate sealing the delicious deal. It impresses even before your taste buds have a chance to register the beer, leaving a soft, dense, but brightly rich and almost powdery, spritey feeling on the lips. Then, once itís in the mouth, it drowns the taste buds, cheeks, and the roof of the mouth with a thick, oily skin of alcohol and rich, bitter, heavily roasted malts (and a touch of soft, gooey oats).
The finish is strong and bitter with roasted malts and cocoa, with a sweetness helping to ease the bitterness a little, then the softness of the oats carrying you back down to safety like a parachute deploying after a rocket launch. With this imperial oatmeal stout youíre actually allowed more of an opportunity to be slathered in bitterness, which is something I prefer from the style. The last thing I want is an imperial oatmeal stout thatís soft and malty all-around with no bite. Thatís like being overweight with a push-over attitude. This beer is like being overweight with a feisty attitude. Much more enjoyable!
koleminer20 (568) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Dan's. The pour is a nice black with a thicker tan head that doesn't really fade out and leaves pretty good lace. The aroma is light. It's got a good cocoa presence, and a nice bitterness. It almost smells like chocolate milk. I'm not getting any molasses or roasty malt. The flavor is a little better. It's a bit more bitter with a decent cocoa presence and a little more malt. The molasses again fails to pop through, but there is a better stout character with the bitterness and chocolate. The mouth feel is a little thin, but there is a decent carbonation to help it out. The aftertaste is quite dry, and bitter. I like it
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TheBear11D (224) - Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Mystery Stout pours black with dark tan head that lasts a fair while. The aroma is earthy chocolate with a bit of bread. the flavor is dominated by the chocolate up front with enough room for floral toast flavors to sneak in, but the bittersweet chocolate hangs on well into the aftertaste. Overall this is a decent beer.
SpongeRuiner (691) - Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Peteís Place. A dark black color with a light cream colored head. A strong coffee aroma with a back hint of chocolate. For a high abv stout there isnít a ton of flavor. A slight alcohol lingering. I wouldnít have ever guessed its 10%. Very drinkable for the style.
joshwoodward (566) - - MAR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Solid, definitely a big boy. But fairly well balanced. Slight metallic twang.
rumproasts (2846) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Near black with small head. Thick malty stout with molasses. Has a bit of a charred flavor.
wmubronco1992 (611) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Shorts winter 12 pack. Pours black. Small dark tan head. Mild roast aroma. Big flavors of oats, chocolate, and coffee. Good thick palate. Hardy beer with a nice hardy mouthfeel. You never know with Shorts. They bottle a ton of beers and sometimes it is hit or miss. In this case they have a hit. Very much enjoyed. By far my favorite from the seasonal 12 pack.
strongpieman (1472) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Excellent stout. Well balanced flavors, smooth but not sweet , tasty finish. Look for this one.
superspak (2540) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/16/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, oatmeal, molasses, toffee, toast, char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, cocoa, and molasses notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, cocoa, char, oatmeal, herbal, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, oatmeal, toast, toffee, molasses, char, pine, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa/molasses flavors; with a good malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial oatmeal stout. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted flavors with moderate hop presence; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11/14/13 bottling date. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
Appearance: Like oil. Dark brown head doesnít last long. Pretty nice lacing, considering the ABV.
Smell: Definite Imperial Stout. Heavy sweetness and roastiness... an essence of alcohol. Coffee and chocolate galore. Superb.
Taste: Awesome... so much chocolate with an awesome sweetness from the molasses, which also contributes to the almost flawless mouthfeel. Plenty of delicious roasty notes. The oats give a phenomenal feel, the molasses provides a great sweetness... but this is never cloying. It remains impeccably, DANGEROUSLY, drinkable. The alcohol is felt more than itís tasted (very little taste), but itís not harsh at all. Aftertaste has an almost burnt malt flavor that has me begging for more.
Basically world class, in my mind... maybe my favorite beer from Shortís as well. To top it all off, $2 a single? Iíve spent two times as much per ounce on beers that canít TOUCH this one. A must-buy. Amazing.