joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my first taste of Shortís. Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout is black. So black not a hint of light shines through even when directly backlit. There was even some gurgling as I filled my glass from the growler. A dense creamy two finger milk chocolate head formed on the pour that fell to a solid cap and left great spiderwebbed lacing on itís way down.
Itís my understanding that this was brewed with peanut puree and after sticking my nose in the glass it certainly appears that way. Strong initial aroma of crushed peanuts with the husk (is that the right word? not the shells but the skins) on them. As the nuttiness fades bakers chocolate shows up along with a touch of freshly brewed coffee. The finish brings along a moderate roastiness and a ghost like hint of alcohol. My original score for the smell was 4 but as this beer warms the the roastiness and coffee combine with the chocolate creating a combo of chocolate peanut butter. Excellent!
I was a little longwinded in why deScription of the smell so Iíll keep it short here. Quick flash of peanut butter up front before being overtaken by dark chocolate and fresh brewed coffee. These two combine to be soft and not overwhelming. Before you know it the peanut butter and chocolate come back on the finish along with a solid roastiness. Really interesting and delicious oatmeal stout.
Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. The oatmeal gives a great velvety smoothness from front to back. The body is full without being heavy. The roastiness on the finish leaves a balancing bitterness.
This beer is supremely sippable. The velvety smoothness really helps things along. It got blustery cold all of a sudden and this is a good choice to drink away an evening such as tonight.
This is my first taste of Shorts brewing thanks to Hoppymeal. An excellently brewed oatmeal stout with the uniqueness to make it a step above the rest. Hopefully I can get my hands on some more from Shortís down road. Thanks again Derek!
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Graciously shared by GodOfThunder! From the growler, pours black with a thin tan head. The nose is PEANUT BUTTER CUP! Peanut butter in the nose, chocolate, roasty, slightly sweet, wow. In flavor roast malt, bitter dark chocolate, peanuts come through more as peanuts and less as PB. Medium thickness, low carb, a little chalky in the mouth. Very impressive.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yummy yummy in my tummy. Nice oily mouthfeel. I love peanuts. George Washington Carver approved!
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with only a trace of a light brown head. Roasted peanuts with a faint sour aroma. Nice components of a traditional dry stout up front with lots of roasted malt and a hint of tart coffee. Big dry roasted peanut flavor in the finish with a peanut butter sweetness lingering on the lips. Creamy and slightly dry in texture. Perfectly carbonated despite its flat appearance. Nice, easy drinking stout from the good folks at Shorts!
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, Deep brown hue with a frothy beige head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, peanut, herbal hops, toasted malt, oatmeal and a hint of coffee esters. The taste is a cool balance of fruit, chocolate, and toasted malts and peanut. Some grassy and herbal notes as well along with some coffee. The mouth feel is lush and oily, medium-bodied and very smooth.
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque, black, with a slight mocha head. Nose is both pleasant and frightening at the same time (whatís up with Shortís and doing this to me?) Huge amount of peanut butter notes, some saltiness, a bit of soy. I donít really get any chocolate on the nose, just salty soy nuts. Dauntingly, I take the first sip...and itís drinkable. Weird, but drinkable. Thereís the chocolate malt on the front of the palate, followed by salty nuttiness on the midtongue and more chocolate and caramel on the finish. Thinnish mouthfeel, very little carbonation, sweet, salty, imperceptible bittering.
This beer is a parlor trick, because it doesnít taste like it smells. Itís also not really my bag. A unique beer, for sure.
RoscoeJackson (377) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2010 had this one around 10 days ago. i recall a noticeable peanut smell. interesting flavor. i recall a tartness on the finish.. overall i would say sweet, peanuty. interesting flavors going on here. iíd recommend trying one just because itís different.
UPDATE: 12-8-2010 ... I think last yearís batch was infected.. this one was good. LOTS OF PEANUTS. medium dark pour, a bit thin looking. very drinkable, not a ton of carbonation, not a ton of roast. unique in itís peanuttyness. decent brew thatís worth a try.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Actual peanuts used huh? Great. This kind of comes out like a Reeseís with peanuts that linger with you for a bit longer than when the beer is gone. Roasty and creamy. I only wish it had a higher alcohol bill to toast this peanut butter sammy.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark brown with no real head to speak of. Aroma was mostly roasted peanut. Flavor was peanut with some roasted malts and just a hint of chocolate. Pretty good.
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black head disappears quickly, but while it was there is a nice caramel color. Light peanut, burnt hay, light coffee. Taste is bitter. Palate is creamy peanut butter, roasted coffee, creamy, flat carbonation.