BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours with a large tan head over a black body. Lots of coffee. Starbucks. Fresh Roast. Slight earthy hop notes. Taste is just fully coffee with light sweetener. Ridiculous amount of coffee. Creamy carbonation.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 bottle. pours a deep brown with a big foamy dark tan head. Head dissapates quicly leaving a thin layer of bubbles atop the beer. Aroma of molasses, burnt chocolate, coffee, vanilla beans, and caramel. flavor has notes of espresso, roast, bitter dark chocolate. For the relatively low ABV, this beer has great mouthfeel and a ton of flavor. Great all around really. Few apparent faults- nice clean flavor and aroma, great body. like a Dark chocolate and vanilla dark roast coffee with a nice big creamy, chewy, sticky mouthfeel. A winner, and definitely my favorite so far from this brewery. Not very sessionable, however.
rerate. much much more sugary and sweet than i remember, and the coffee presense has faded. Bottle from the same six pack consumed three months after original bottle. Couldn’t finish the bottle. way too sugary.
notalush (5774) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from FlandersNed (thanks!) - black pour with a dark tan head - aroma of whole bean, dark roast coffee, molasses, vanilla bean, a bit of doughy character - full, mildly prickly carbonation - mild coffee bean acidity - slightly bitter black malt and moderate roast - coffee flavors integrate fairly well with these characteristics - vanilla creme sweetness develops late, and washes the acidity and bitterness off the palate - a touch of anise and tobacco in the finish - pretty nice.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark pitch black color with a frothy 1.5 finger light beige creamy head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of of soapy lacing left behind.
Deep roasted silky chocolate malty aroma with hints of toffee roasted coffee bean, caramel, toffee, and subtle hops. The roasted notes are not overpowering allowing the chocolate mocha note to shone through.
Very roarty up front with a slightly viscous medium body. Lots of bittersweet dark chocolate and bitter earth hops. Strong bitter roster espresso bean flavor with chewy chocolate malts, earthy hops, toffee and burnt toast/coffee notes. The roasted flavor is a bit overpowering, taking away from the silky chocolate notes but overall this beer is decently balanced. The strong roaster character makes it slightly less quaffable and a touch harsh but I’m still putting this one down pretty quickly.
BuckeyeBoy (6544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Toby Pours out a black topped with a small tan head. Aroma is of rich dark malts, coffee, and some chocolate. Taste much as the aroma plenty of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, and a little sweet pit fruit.
ogorir (3) - Northport, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2010 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
this gets a big ’meh’ from me. the coffee is more like burnt, used coffee grounds than fresh brewed coffee. big coffee grounds nose, bit of chocolate. about the same on the front, but the back end leaves you with used coffee grounds again.
markwise (5305) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to hoppymeal for this growler. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is coffee, roast, earth, and lactose. Flavor is deep and dark: roasted, earthy coffee with hints of milk and cream. It tastes like an excellent cup of coffee, but made better. Absolutely excellent. Simple, yet deep and incredible.
Drake (13146) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of CrellMoset. Thanks! Pours a dark black color with a medium brown head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of rich dark coffee, rich dark chocolate, cream and caramel. Lots of bitter roastiness. Taste is dark chocolate and coffee with some faint apple-like fruity notes. Light sugary notes.
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 12oz bottle poured into DFH snifter.
A - Pours black with a tan-colored head that disipiates into a thin ring around the edge of the glass and nothing more. Looks just like a black cup of coffee, who woulda thunk?
S - You can smell the Higher Grounds Organic Coffee in the brew, which smells completely amazing, I might add. Smells like a cup of black high-end coffee, chilled. There’s a hint of alcohol mixed in there as well, but the coffee is the over-powering monster.
T - High-end coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, blended awesomely with just a hint of alcohol. A perfect example of how a coffee-flavored beer should taste.
M - Full bodied, rich and creamy, low carbonation that doesn’t get in the way of what this brew is trying to tell you and a creamy finish.
D - This is one amazing coffee stout. If you’re a coffee lover, then this is the stout for you. Simply excellent...’nuff said.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle received as a gift from Michigan. Pours black with a nice brown head. Permeates the aroma of coffee grounds. There is no way that you could create a more accurate coffee aroma. The coffee flavor on the palate is thankfully just as great with an added note of toasted malt. I can’t say that I picked up on much cream, but this is certainly one of my favorite Shorts beers, regardless.