fsquirrel29 (75) - Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 I have to say this is NOT my style of beer. I found this beer to be way too sweet and fruity for me. I’m not a hops fan and this beer says it has "light hops". So I either really hate hops, or they use more of them than the review says. But to be perfectly fair to this beer, a friend bought a 6 pack. Gave 1 to me, drank 3 himself (with the same review as mine) and gave the remaining 2 to a co-worker that likes hoppy beers and the co-worker REALLY liked this beer.
hotstuff (3931) - 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 (2585) - 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 (826) - 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 (1167) - 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 (257) - Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
JFGrind (1810) - 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 (5346) - 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.
Teutonosaur (6) - Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2013 does not count
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a bad beer- definitely differs from my usual brew. Also not for everyday consumption. Most prominently a raisin taste, also notes of cereal, chocolate, with a kind of carob aftertaste, minimal head, tan foam, hazy, red, medium sweetness, lively carbonation, oily feel. Not a bad brew- though the artwork is atrocious and embarrassing- something a young Trekkie might draw on his geometry notebook.