3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
hotstuff (3742) - 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 (2038) - 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 (824) - 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 (1060) - 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 (242) - 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 (1801) - 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 (5310) - 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.