Homer321 (2755) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, pretty sure from MikeM409. Poured into a snifter. Minimal head, murky red in appearance. Nose is a lot of toffee, caramel and butter. Super sweet initially with minimal to non existant bitterness and no roast to dry it out. like a syrupy sweet beer. A little bit of cherry and fruity esters come across in the flavor as it warms. Tastes better as it warms with some more yeast expression coming through on every sip. Could use some more carbonation to break up the mouthfeel. other than that, tolerable, but not a beer I would drink more than one of.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rated on 8-09-2010. This bottled beer has a small fizzy beige head with a short retention, transparent reddish orange body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. This beer’s aroma is roasted malt, caramel and toasty. The taste is semi-sweet, caramel malt, lightly roasty, and toffee. The palate is soft carbonation and this beer is light-medium bodied. The aroma outweighs the flavors of this beer as the flavors just did not come together for me.
rumproasts (4134) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. mahogany with small head. caramel malt with toffee and dark fruit. interesting take on the style.
dalekliz (899) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a murky reddish-brown with a white ring. Sweet malty aroma, with dark fruits, a yeast bite, citrus, wood. Taste is quite sweet, with malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, grass, wood. Lingering woodsy citrus. Pretty nice.
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: muddled, swampy brown in the center, completely opaque& outlined with some slightly translucent shades of copper; topped with a light khaki head that sifts to a collar in moments. Aroma has plentiful sticky caramel malt, a hint of sugary plums, & some faint metallic tones in the finish. A little heavier tart apple & plum on the palate, almost like a scotch ale, outlined with light residual sugar, caramel malt, a faint medicinal overtone, & almost a cardboard-y vibe in the aftertaste. Doesn’t taste oxidized, just a side effect of the heavy malt, methinks. Not bad, but it’s largely "middle of the pack" & fairly standard for a malt forward ale. Without much hop presence, the malt bill wears your palate down quite quickly.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the 15th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 07/16/2011. Clear reddish body with a small frothy off-white head. Slightly tart fruit and caramel aroma. Tart fruit flavor with some caramel. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
TheRobbFather (5) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
After having so many different brews from Short's, I finally tried the Magician. What was I waiting for?! Delicious! It drinks like an amber ale, I feel, even though it's classified as a London style ale.
firstsip (681) - Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2015 Okay beer. Dark red, minimal foam on pour. No nose to write home about. Hops seem to overpower the malts... not bad tasting, but a loose definition of a red.
Had again on 7/3/2015: much different. Caramel nose. Subtle notes of vanilla, coffee malt. Complex but mellow.
JFGrind (1909) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had Shorts the Magician on draft, ample bitterness, malt, and full bodied. Honestly thought this was more of an Imperial Red than an Amber beer.
Mora2000 (5931) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this bottle. Reddish-amber pour with an off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee and biscuit malt. The flavor is similar with some sweet toffee and biscuit malt, as well as a hint of light orange peel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.