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Short’s Smugglin’ Plum Sweet Stout

Short’s Smugglin’ Plum Sweet Stout
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Smugglin’ Plums Stout has a sweet perfume of rich roast and plum. It has a hearty malted complexity that finishes slightly sweet and dry. .75 lbs. of plum is used in every gallon of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (4698) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
tap at 2015 michigan winter beer fest. Deep brown with small head. Malty with some dark fruit. Light booziness. Moderate sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Tap: Nearly black with turbid brown edges, slight beige collar traces the top. Very dubbel-like in both aroma & flavor, likely due to the plum juice. Heavy plum puree, dates, raisiny, & a strong sweetness throughout that comes off like burnt molasses & Candi sugar. Hints of anise, very light roasted dark malts... Mostly just a dark fruit (plum) monster, though. Think dubbel with a heartier roast & dark malt base. In other words, not my wheelhouse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpar73 (851) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a very thin tan head. Aroma and taste of dark fruit, roasted malt and dark cocoa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Draft. Pours a black body with a tan head. Soft chewy plum and roasted malts, lighter smoke character with some raisin like notes. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2008
on tap at hopcat. pours black with beige head..aroma of heavily roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, and toast..ditto on the flavor with hints of prune, raison, and dark fruit..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2008
on tap at HopCat. pours black with tan head. aroma of plums and chocolate. flavor of plums, chocolate, and roast. nice plum skin finish, full mouth feel. very drinkable, not overly sweet or fruity. the use of plums is perfectly executed. probably the best fruit stout i’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2008
On tap at HopCat and served in an English pint glass. This stout poured a slick, oily black with a thin head of dark tan bubbles that hung around for a bit. Some spotty lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of heavily roasted malts, light plumbs, and some chocolate. The flavor was similar, with a healthy dose of sweet plumbs coming in to play. Chocolate covered plumbs...tasty! The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and creamy smooth with light, soft carbonation. A really nicely crafted stout. Fruity and highly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2008
On tap at the brew pub. Dark dark brown to black but not impenetrable with almost no head. Light tan ring. Dry nose, bigger roast and prunes along with some slight soy sauce. Full creamy mouth. Light, not overly carbonated. Dry dark roast acidity over dark fruit. Fruity! Very dry and nondistinct on the plum, though a bit pops out midway through with some small diacetyl. Lingering fruity roast. Fun beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Ruby fringed black pours, with a sparse rocky coffee and cream head. Noses in delightful deep roast and dark fruit. A little bit of coffee leaks in there. Unique flavor profile. Really smoky, densely roasted and not all that fruity. I get a bit of watery peach skin, but not much plum. A touch of salt and oak. Not really working that well for me. A bit watery. Light fruit. Unbalanced roast and underfermented sweetness. Some distant plum brandy sugars carry a little complexity, but it doesn’t quite work for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Draft @ Hopcat. This is a standout in this category. Pours black with cherry highlights. Aroma of morning-after campfire, charcoal, ashes and chocolate malt. I have no idea what a plumb is but if you lit it on fire I would probably agree that makes up the majority of the aroma. Awesome, full mouthfeel - not too thick or thin - and finishes dry on the palate. Best smoked beer I’ve had, and definitely a beer to convert non-smoked fans over.

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