hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper orangish / copper color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, nuttiness, some spiciness, caramel, and woody. Tastes of citrus, peppercorns, caramel, toffee, some dark fruits, and nutty. Alcohol content well hidden for 11%+. 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle. Cool beer! Pours a magnificent... blood orange color, clear with fizzy carbonation, lots of flakies though. Fantastic tart blood orange aroma, great citrus! Flavor follows, tangy blood orange, the peppercorn kicks in towards the finish in an unexpected way that really complements the orange. This works for some reason. Hides the alcohol wonderfully. Just a bit of a cough syrup aftertaste though. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Bottle shared by Vic. Pours a hazy orange amber toned body with an off white head of bubble and light head retention. Aroma of hops, vine, pepper, dusty and herbal with celery and spice notes. Spicy and pricking pepper both green pepper and pepper corns. A hint of polish and very spicy with no warming. 10% yeah right, could it be? As it warming pepper comes out slight less giving way to a light hoppiness and alcohol ever so slightly. A bit woody with a hint of citrus but mostly pepper notes. Seems so thin for the suggested abv, maybe i drink to much ris. Very nice! Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2010
The aroma of oranges is awesome, not too sweet and not too tangy - very Shortsy. The beer pours murky brown with an orange hue and a white head. The flavors of orange come in pretty quickly, dominate, and then settle with citrus bitterness on the palate. The beer is medium in body for a barleywine, not syrupy. Also, it is unbelievably smooth for such an incredibly high ABV of 11.7! We were guessing 6ish. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours an orangish color with an off white head. Smell is immediately magnetic to my nose--the peppercorns and blood orange really make a wonderful pairing. The taste is another step up from there, with the peppercorns not too pronounced and the blood oranges presenting a cacophony of flavors all by themselves. Mouthfeel is exception...thought this was about 5% abv based on taste. Drinkability isn’t that high, although I thought about boosting the score about more as this is so good compared to other wheatwines that it’s drinkability is by definition good or a bit higher.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-23-2010
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2010
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Exotic appearance, a murky pink-orange-brown, like an offal slurry, topped by a medium head of the same, albeit lighter, color. Spicy, sweet and bitter orange flesh and rind nose. Potent body, intensely tannic and bitter with huge orange peel and orange skin notes, the tart and bitter flavors overwhelming and pummeling the palate with astringency. Some chalky yeast notes are evident in this harsh morass, but that was about all I detected. This is a serious whiff, extreme and largely unenjoyable. barncatmatt (2286) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
12 oz bottle from northern brews. shared with jsprime. aroma of orange and pepper corns. the flavour is big with citrus up front, tons of pale and cara malt and biting pepper corns on the finish. unique but not outstanding. worth a try. nimbleprop (8372) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
12oz bottle pours a hazy, orange red with zero head. Smells like hand soap, oranges, rose wine, flowers. Flavor is bitter oranges, soapy, white port. Finish is bitter and astringent. Kind of gross. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Mahogany pour with ruby highlights and a small, short-lived, off-white head. The aroma is rich, deep and buttery with notes of caramel, toffee, and almonds wrapped in a big, intense orange orange aroma. The aroma also shows some subtle notes of the peppercorns and dark fruit. The flavor is loaded with dark fruit notes and lots of blood orange layered over buttery toffee, pecan, and almond notes. There’s also some hints of brandy, zesty continental hops, fresh peppercorns, and strong fusel alcohol at the end. The body is full and sticky with low carbonation and a strong alcohol warming. mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Okay, gotta break my rating hiatus for this one. After trying a few of the Short’s wacky beers (Smores, Key Lime, etc.), this one does it for me. While the Key Lime was tasty, and the Smores wasn’t anything special, this has excellent use of the blood orange that really work well with some great citrus hops notes. Very fresh and fruity all the way through, with the blood orange and related citrus notes giving the most push from the nose through the flavor. Very unique, very tasty. 12oz. bottle, purchased in Kalamazoo several weeks ago.