mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of BadNewsBeers- thanks Tyler! Big peanutty and sour nose with a big dirty earthy roasty smokiness. An almost full body, soft and milky. Sweet taste with a dryer finish, this is a big beer with a beautiful sweet earthy nut character. I wish I lived in Michigan.
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 Short’s. 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 it’s way down.
It’s 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 I’ll 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 Short’s down road. Thanks again Derek!
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.
JoshuaB (475) - 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!
SpongeRuiner (871) - Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery for the Shorts Anniversary. One of my bigger wants going in the event and it did not disappoint. A really nice dark pour with a great looking dark colored head. The aroma is bursting with a peanut butter chocolate note that I can’t get enough of. The best part and the thing that really brings it all together is that nutty peanut flavor. The feel and taste is like a handful of peanuts in your mouth and it’s great. Roasty and chocolatey. I love the low abv stouts that still have the thick good creamy feel. Very drinkable. Even with 99 on tap I went back for more on this one. Great stuff.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Northernbrews for getting me the growler. Awesome beer. Take the Mystery Stout, a full flavored stout with bitter chocolate flavors, mix in some oats and a ton of peanuts and you get this. I only mention the Mystery Stout because I also had it and it almost seems like it was the base beer for this. The aroma is overwealming with peanut butter and chocolate, like a peanut butter cup. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth with a strong roast, bitter chocolate taste and a peanutty finish. The flavors mix in a strange, but delicious, way. This is incredible.
darkguardian (726) - Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This amazing beer was very generously shared in the form of a growler by GodofThunder. You sir, kickass.
Pours dark dark brown with a tiny head. Huge nose of peanuts, faint coffee roast and some chocolate. Flavor starts off much like the mystery stout with roasty chocolate and coffee and then you just get slammed in the face by tons of peanuts. Really like drinking a Reese’s cup. This is completely and utterly unique and in the world of brewing thats a rare thing. Amazing.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanx to GodofThunder for sharing this growler.Wow what a nose on this.Peanuts, chocolate and some roastiness.This was quite delicious.Flavor was like liquid Reeses PB cup.Love the nuttiness that blended well with the chocolate.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2010 Note: Subsequent sampling of the infected 2009 12oz bottles yielded far worse results than the below rating, which is from the early 2009 draft-only batch.
Growler, courtesy GodOfThunder. Wow! This beer is crazy (in a very good way). Pours a very dark mahogany brown color with a hint of chestnut translucency at the outer edges. A small, mocha colored head leaves scant traces of lacing behind. The aroma is exactly like a melted Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Rich bittersweet chocolate and just heaps of roasted peanuts overflow from the glass. Seriously, I have no idea how they packed so much peanut butter essence into this brew, but they did it well. Expecting a letdown in flavor, I was again blown away by the chocolate and peanut butter presence. Bittersweet chocolate and abounds, its sweetness, as well as that of some dark caramel, is countered nicely by the substantial peanut roast and a nice addition of earthy hops. Medium-full on body and silky smooth, the mouthfeel is almost buttery, as if some residual peanut oil is still incorporated. This brew is off-the-wall and incredibly well executed.
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a beautiful silky black with a 6-inch dense tan-colored creamy head that settled ever so slowly. The nose suggests dark roast and sour notes with a strong hint of peanuts and oatmeal cookies. If I had tasted this blind, I would have suggested it was a medium-bodied farm-house ale with a snappy finish. This is tasty and fun; Unexpected but delicious. Very well-developed Belgian lace forms and stays put. The stout lingers with definite peanut, oatmeal and chocolate notes. Excellent at cellar temperature. Chilling further would restrain the expressive nature of this stout. Shorts Brewing is brewing some interesting beer. Must get back to the store to see what else they have made . . .