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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
watchman146 (4) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2010 does not count
The Caramel and chocolate aroma joins the dark black appearance, with caramel colored head to clearly signal the coming taste experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Easily my favorite I have tried so far from Shorts. On tap at the brewpub. The body was dark copper with a light khaki head. The aroma was caramel and apples with some black tea. The taste was rich vanilla with some light tobacco. There was also some caramel. This was like a very nicely made imperial ESB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Nice hazy, ruby tinted deep amber coloured body with a thin tan head and a bunch of bubbles - nice and very nice looking for this style. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, sour grapes, pit fruits, raisins, apples and a touch of fruit-roll-ups. Medium-bodied; Same exact flavour as the smell with a very complex bit of sour grapes at first, some earth and light nuts following, a touch of the malt and a good kick of raisins and prunes near the end - crazy and complex and not at all like the style implies. Aftertaste a rather sour and sweet finish with not much malt showing through and only a touch of the earthiness and nutty flavours that were noticeable earlier on. Overall, a very interesting beer that is quite complex and is easily one of the more ’hard-to-read’ beers that I’ve had recently. A good beer for people to sample that want to be surprised and to have a complex beer for a style that isn’t known for complexities. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 30-July-2010 for US$1.89, sampled at home in Washington on 05-May-2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRobbFather (5) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013 does not count
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2010
Rating #32 for this beer. Nice. 12 oz bottle. [A] This smells fruity. A sour cherry aroma. Doughy, caramel/toffee. Light chocolate. [A] Clear brownish red with a tan head. [F] Tea-like. Caramel. Some chocolate and vanilla. Maple syrup jumped out. Amber fruitiness. [P] This is another really sessionable brew from Short’s. Very soft, and mild bodied. Thin. Low carbonation. Not at all bitter. 6% ABV is not even a thought, while enjoying this flavorful beer. [O] The beer dude @ Archer had told me this was nothing like anything he had ever tasted before. I’ll agree with him there. This is certainly nothing extreme. But it is intriguing. An Amber with great depth. Definitely a repeat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpar73 (344) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2011
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 Dark reddish brown pour with a cream colored head. Definite dark fruit overtones. Smooth pleasant finish. A nice amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Strong red hues the way through a journey of sweet honey and caramel mountains. Sitting on my tongue for a while, making me wish that I reserved a room.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Sample @ WBE: Curious style, described as a "Dark Red London Ale". Sort of smells like Victoria’s Secret "Strawberries and Champagne" lotion, and some caramel. Tastes of raisin and dry cherry and finishes with a honey flavor, but only slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 30, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a pretty-looking red-amber with a rim of white. Nice rich malty nose, bits of caramel and sweet tea. A good bit of leafy hops blends in as well. Really fresh, complex nice malt flavor. There’s deep unique earthy caramels, sweet oats, chewy grains and a bit of bright alcohol flavor. Chewy and good body, but not too sweet. Very nice. A bit of honey-like sweetness meets a plant-like, flowery hop backing. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Draft @ Shorts. Pours a slightly hazy amber color; light-tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Basic earthiness, chocolate, and red fruits in the aroma; dry, with some citrus bitterness. Medium mouthfeel: solid levels of carbonation; nice earthy bitterness and maltiness, chewy citrus notes, and some dried fruits; very, very drinkable and tasty amber rendition; toasted of roasted malts and chocolate, but these are slight and serve to buttress the core flavors; really nice amber. Lengthy finish: soft earthy and citrus bitterness, toasty malts, and some light chocolate notes; nicely balanced finish.

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