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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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A rich lustrous dark red London ale. Rich malt complexities lending notes of toasted caramel, raisins, toffee, and slight roast chocolate. Very light hop additions let the true malt characters promenade throughout the tasting enjoyment this beer offers.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
queenholly (2611) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle. Chocolate, roasty nutty, and caramel aroma. Deep amber with a small beige head. Charred toast, nutty caramel, and roasty bitter flavor, as well as some tartness. A strange collections of flavors that donít quite come together for me. Medium body, soft carbonation. I agree with others about most of Shortsí label art., and this one is especially bad.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olio (5261) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 7, 2013
355 ml bottle.
Originally rated on 20110218.
Pours amber color with a medium head. Aroma of sweet fruits, some resin, hops and caramel. Flavor is pretty much the same with some nutty notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (6975) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Draft. Raisin, chocolate caramel, and earthy root aroma. Amber with small head. Sweet caramel malt up front with mildly bitter ginseng/gentian finish. Complex.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
umich03jm (1572) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark red color with a small head that fades quickly, leaves some lacing. Aroma is pretty malty, like a scotch ale. Caramel, toast, and light chocolate. Taste is not as good though. Very watery and bland. Some caramel and toasted malt, but mostly water. Medium body. Finish is fizzy, stale, and watery. I guess this is trying to be an accessible scotch brewed for the masses but I donít even think it works as that.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mittenator (1089) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle (from backlog). Nice dark brown/amber pour with a medium head. Faint aromas of caramel and raisins. Then it got weird. Raisins, maybe chocolate and some all malts that didnít blend well. I poured out the bottom half of my glass.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alextricity (446) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Appearance: Looks great. A deep, somewhat hazy red color with a tan head. The head doesnít last long, but thereís some good looking lacing. Smell: Sweet. Dark fruits, malts. Almost a bit of chocolate, but that doesnít come out in the flavor. Caramel in there a touch as well, and alcohol can be traced. Taste/feel: I havenít had many Irish Reds, but this is my favorite of the four or so that Iíve had. As Iím not familiar with the style, Iím not completely sure about how theyíre SUPPOSED to taste, but this is just a good tasting beer. The malts up front with the dark fruits, tartness, and sweetness on the finish makes me want more. There seems to be a mild hop presence there, too. Just tastes great. The feel is fantastic -- a somewhat prickly carbonation, but the beer still goes down smooth. Overall, Iím shocked at the 77/100 rating. Thatís a decent score, but I actually thoroughly enjoy this one, and itís one of my new favorites from Shortís. That sour smell, tart flavor, malty finish.. all of it comes together well. May I have another?

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (13348) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
22nd February 2012
Hazy dark red - amber beer. Little pale tan head. Light crisp palate. Semi dry. Sourish citrus on a caramel malt base. Minerals. Finishes with a carbonated sting. A bit clunky, especially for Shorts.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (4886) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy fine to large sized light brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a strongly carbonated slightly hazy dark red brown colored body and a very good lacing. The aroma was malty and mild vinous. The semi-flat mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a mellow hoppy aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of old ale brown malt and hops. An OK brew just nothing special.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mrjaxson (265) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Can a beer be downgraded for a nasty-looking label with a drawing that looks like a bad rendition of Star Trek: The Next Generationís beloved Mr. Data with a bucktoothed smile? Iím saying the answer is yes, so there goes a point for "Appearance." There are scents of caramel malts in the aroma, but it has a tart taste that seems mostly like apple cider.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (2258) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2012
On draft at Churchkey in D.C. The beer appears amber in color with a thin head that leaves a bit of lacing on the snifter. The aroma brings malt, slight sweetness, and a hint of caramels. The flavor is pretty simple - malt with a bit of caramel. Itís decent enough, but rather bland. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. An OK beer, albeit unexciting. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 06-16-2011


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