bu11zeye (12908) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a dark brown body with a medium tan head. Aroma of pine, coffee grounds, light citrus, and lactose. Flavor of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, lactose, and chocolate.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Shorts: Pours a pitch black...nose is massive amounts of rich, fresh coffee.....................and not much else. There are a few underlying notes of what may be chocolate malt apparent but this is all coffee. Medium-full bodied....flavor pretty much follows the lead of the nose, massive amounts of coffee with some vanilla bean to note. Top notch coffee-based stout.
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: The aroma is loaded with roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and just a hint of vanilla. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a large brown head that fades within half a minute or so...some better retention and lacing from being a 5 in appearance. The flavor is exactly what you get in the aroma. It starts with lots of dark chocolate. The finish has lots of roasted coffee and a hint of vanilla. Medium-full bodied with somewhat lively carbonation for a stout.
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown. Nice creamy head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. Full bodied and creamy. Smooth, silky feel to it. Hops, cream, coffee, and chocolate. Long roasty lingering finsh with head still sitting at the bottom of glass.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from punkrkr27..pours black with a mocha head..aroma slightly sweet with black coffee...Flavor is dark malts, chocolate and coffee..thin body with lots of carbonation..pretty tasty
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Holiday Market. Pours almost black with thick dark tan head which is still bubbling 15 minutes after pouring. Aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate, and some roasted malts. Flavors of dry roasted malts, some chocolate, and loads of coffee. Finishes dry with bitter coffee. Lively carbonation. Solid coffee stout.
blutt59 (6552) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, via trade with mibirder, black coffee pour with strong bitter coffee aroma, flavor is inky black espresso and burnt toast, nice lasting finish
hopdog (11984) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with a larger sized tan head. Aromas of coffee, roasty, light chocolate, some cream, and light smoke. Nice coffee in the aroma. Tastes of coffee, cream, chocolate, and roasty. I love coffee beers and this one did not disappoint me.
nickd717 (4429) - Sofia, BULGARIA - JAN 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle shared by bring on BA - thanks, Barry! While some of the Short’s beers did not impress, this one was awesome and then some. Pours black like coffee with a large tan head and very nice lacing. A crapload of fresh coffee jumps out at you in the aroma. More potent and good-smelling than most coffee beers. Some roasted malt and chocolate are also present. Flavor is amazing - freshly brewed, rich mocha with cream. The coffee flavor blends seamlessly with the rest of the beer, and the cream really starts to make its presence known as the beer sits for awhile. Amazingly smooth and creamy on the palate with medium-full body and almost none of the harsh bitterness that other coffee beers can have. I wouldn’t mind drinking one of these every morning. Unfortunately my job has an annoying "no alcohol at work" policy. Lame.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another Shorts beer courtesy of hoppymeal.
Pours pitch black out of the bottle, completely opaque with a big thick mocha head that refuses to die and sticks to glass stubbornly on the way down.
As a coffee beer lover, I might be a bit biased, but this thing smells fantastic. Freshly ground coffee, sweet cream, dark roasted malts - just spot on for the style and completely fills the nose.
The taste isn’t quite as heavenly as the nose, but it’s close. The spent coffee grounds are still in full force along with the big lactose sweetness. Tastes like an iced latte. The only complaint I have in the taste is it’s a tad too bitter but that’s nitpicking.
The mouthfeel is probably what keeps this one from the pantheon of coffee beers in my mind. It’s just too carbonated for a stout in my opinion.
As a coffee beer lover, this one certainly hits the spot and if they ramped the carbonation down a little, this would be a world class beer. As it stands, it’s just plain great!