RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 92   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
A big bodied stout that receives its distinguishable flavor characteristics from the substantial use of roasted malt, dark specialty grains, and ground carob. Cocoa and chocolate-like aromas penetrate from the black depths of this alluring ale. Robust flavors of roasted black coffee, and even subtle notes of dark fruit, mix with the abundant rich chocolate qualities. As it warms, an ample bitterness from the dark roasted specialty grains and high alpha hops intensifies, provoking a noticeable dryness on the palate.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (11024) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Bottle... Mostly clear mahogany pour with a mid-sized, wispy, beige head and a small, creamy, mushroom-colored collar. The nose features milk chocolate and a light note of cola. Medium-bodied with airy carbonation. The flavor is extremely roasty and carbonic up front with some nice mocha in the finish. Bottle courtesy of FlandersNed!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (12510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2015
355ml bottle, rich black pour. Aroma is roasty and caroby which is very similar to cocoa as it is often used as a substitute. It is definitely hoppy and dry, shorts just loves cranking bitterness into their beers. Its good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are dark chocolate, coffee, and has a lightly sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bottle. Pours near black. Small tan head. Big dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Big thicker palate. Mild roast aroma. Big mouthfeel. Definitely good enough to drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle. Black with no head. Aroma is rich roast, ancho pepper, and a little dark chocolate. Flavor is more of the same with a little raisin poking through and a long rolling bitterness and spice. Feel is thin, with low carbonation, and more of the spicy roast playing out. Lots of character but little life.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8746) - Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a fairly opaque very dark (almost black) cola with foamy beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; dark malt, carob, roast, and bitter hops. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant semi-dry medium to medium full-bodied mouthfeel. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1415) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Draft. Pours black with a khaki-mocha head that leaves an intricate wall of foamy lace as it descends. Nose involves substantial toasted malt and roasted coffee notes, some cream sugar, and some dark chocolate, maybe a touch of some minty, woody hops. Fairly sweet, decently bitter. Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, decent action, finishing dry and toasty. Really nice stout, drinks like a cold brewed coffee, maybe somewhat unbalanced toward all the toasty roasty stuff in that sense, but it sets it apart from other stouts. Not as big bodied, well suited for warmer weather.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demmbonz (732) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2015
12oz bottle to snifter. Dark and roasty pour. Extremely dry finish. Some from the hop and some from the roasted malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
schwabtana (21) - Madison Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Looks good but a little thin. I love shorts but they are always missing something on their stouts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy cocoa and roasted malt mixed with some light herbal notes, wood, espresso, and a hing of anise. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights. It has a two finger tan head that eventually fades to a thick film. There is a lot of thick soapy webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of cocoa and dark chocolate. There is a good dose of roasted malt in the middle. The finish has moderate burnt notes, light-moderate anise, light wood, and a touch of smoke. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overal, it’s a little too roasty and burnt for my preferences.

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