TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from my trip to Michigan. I brought a lot of Shorts home. This is one of them. Pours a roasty brownish dark hue, blackish brown dark with some fiery reddish edges, a medium light brown head dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are a mixture of earthy nuts, berry tannins and sweetness, mellow raspberry and grape, roasted malts, bready grains and touches of cocoa creep in. Really the berry takes over, strawberry and raspberries, peanuts. Quite on target. Initial is on par, big nuttty presence, a touch sweet as the rye and sweet and slightly tart fruit berries take over. Bread crusts and peanuts, touches of roastiness, earthy soil, peanuts, toasty bread, bitterness and peanuts provide touches of life, the fruit provides quite the contrast: strawberries and raspberries, touches of juicy fruit, light tannins. Nothing too sweet. This beer is nice, not infected, and provides interesting contrast. The peanuts and roastiness, toasty bread take the dominant stand, but genuine berries filter in, some sweetness, tannins, fruity berries and jammy qualities, but a gentle complinent. The rye of the soft parade blender provides some more breadiness. Nice. Interesting. Unique. Lingering peanuts, roast take over.. A touch more berry would win me over, but pretty interesting
dalekliz (824) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown-black with a fizzy off-white head that fades. Aroma has a lot of fruit, grapes and berries, with yeast, burnt toasted malt, grass, and a hint of something sweeter and richer. Taste hits with a ton of fizzy fruit and yeast, then picks up rounder malt and peanut notes at the back. Lingering blend of everything that really is a bit like peanut butter and jelly. Weird, but not bad. This bottle was quite old too but doesn’t seem to have lost anything.
nuplastikk (4088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Red-amber chocolate body. If this was supposed to be sour, it would be higher regarded. Big vinegar notes, but with some brown sugary malt tones to balance it out. Pretty nice somehow.
DrSilverworm (4732) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, thanks to FlandersNed. Sticker on the cap reads "1-10". Moderately hazy, dark brown color. Thin khaki head. Leaves solid ropes of lace. Tart, tannic, nutty peanut butter aroma. Light jelly fruitiness. Very sour, tart taste. Sweet and sour. Oxidized aroma - some paper, cardboard. Medium body. Lightly slick. Lighter, kind of soft carbonation. Lightly sour, clearly old, infected, pretty oxidized, but not repulsive - significantly better than Uber Guber, when I tried it (it was incredibly sour)
b3shine (4194) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to taster (2010 vintage; shared by DrSilverworm). Looks solid; cola with beige head that quickly dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes of sour fruit. Tart on the palate. A good fruited sour, but an inappropriate example of the style.
bpar73 (328) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Dark brown pour with a quickly dissipating white head. . Smokey peanut butter and grape jelly aroma and taste. Roasted malt with nuts and dark fruit. Interesting combination.
mikem409 (1456) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from notes 2011. pours dark brown with red tint and nice redish head. big berry and faint peanut aroma. taste is sweet berries at first and follows right behind with the peanut butter and chewy bread!
Mittenator (1035) - Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(From backlog) Bottle. Odd fake chemically smell. Peanuts followed by artificial fruit and really weird aftertaste.
madmitch76 (13037) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
20th February 2011
Opaque and very dark brown beer, short lived head. Nose of tart black fruits and earthy peanut. Crisp palate, dry. Pretty tart fruits to start - we are almost in sour beer territory! Generic black fruits with a touch of red berries. In the backdrop is earthy peanut with a whisper of smoke. Finishes crisp and dry. I love Joe Short’s creativity and this another great idea but I’d like the tartness toned down a lot. Still enjoyed it though.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Hazy brown body. Small beige head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of peanuts, bread crust, damp basement, roasted malt. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly tart. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, lightly sweet and moderately tart. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Light taste of peanuts, citrus, sour apple. Slight oxidation. Interesting beer, but not all that enjoyable.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap from notes at EBF 08. Sample pour was certainly enough on this one, dark hue, aromas were very strange, some nutty qualities and over ripe fruit. Goes down smooth, but the palate is all messed up, too much cloying up front with little to no finish. I guess this was a noble try, but PB and J should go into a beer.