miklebba (2) - Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2015 does not count
The best stout ever. Coffee, chocolate, heaven, this stout is rich and warming just like your favorite cup a Joe. StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Huge thanks to my man Jeff for hooking me up with this one. Everything I have ever wanted in a coffee beer. Pours a deep, dark, black. Lacing looks like cream, and it looks exactly like a cup of coffee in my glass. Aroma is big and bold, all coffee and cream, with a hint of roasted grain and a touch of chocolate. Flavor is exactly the same: dark strong coffee and cream, a bit of chocolate, burnt grains and malt. Thick and creamy on the palate. This is exactly how I like my coffee stouts. Delicious. chucklemation (1718) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Flavor is the same, with a sweetness at the start and a light bitterness in the finish. Amazing. nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2010
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. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle pours pitch black with no head. After I poured it it looked like it was starting to show signs of head formation around the edges. But nothing. Aroma is layered. Upfront I detect caramalt very strongly, then it leads very quickly to dark roasted coffee. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavors are what you would expect for a brew like this. But it goes beyond that and doesn’t disappoint. Dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, caramalt, and finishes with dark roast coffee that lingers on the palate for a while. Awesome.
bwa5879 (945) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2012
12oz bottle from kalamazoo megabev. Deep deep brown almost black pour. Head was dark brown, about a sixteenth of an inch high, and so thick it looked like ground grain resting on top of the beer. Sweet coffee and cocoa scent, slightly sweeter than the aroma of Founder’s Breakfast Stout but very similar. Low carbonation and thick, dense, frothy mouth feel. Sweet at first, reminiscent of freshly roasted, bold, nutty coffee, with some sweet vanilla. Finish was a bit astringent but not overbearing, and left a dry sticky feeling, hints of vanilla flavor as well. koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
On tap at HopCat in East Lansing. It pours a nice incredibly dark brown/black with a thin mocha head that laces very nicely. Smells very heavy of ground coffee with the refreshing aroma of espresso. Taste is very solid. Roasted malt and coffee come through on the front, with the espresso carrying it through to the finish. The mouth feel, although good, is a little thin for the aroma and taste. This aspect is the only miss on the beer. Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
$5.50 a pint at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
I found a new Short’s favorite.
Appearance: Pitch black. Little head on it that goes away pretty quickly. Nice lacing at the top, but not much at the end. Looks... well... stouty.
Smell: Ugh. Good Lord. So much coffee... fully loaded with it. Roast. Maybe notes of chocolate. The coffee dominates and permeates all around.
Taste/feel: Like the smell, but the feel puts it to another level -- perfectly silky and creamy and way too drinkable. The coffee is at the forefront, of course, with a bit of chocolate sweetness. A touch bitter, but well balanced as a whole. If you love coffee in your stouts, you’ll fall in love with this as I have.
An utterly incredible beer worthy of a pick up. The rating is among Shorts’ highest for a reason... I thought their Mystery Oatmeal Stout was awesome, but this is actually a little bit better. Don’t bother putting socks on before trying this beer, because it’ll knock them right off anyway.
Cheesy? Don’t care. Just drink it, damn you. ColovianTrader (464) - - DEC 10, 2014
Awesome beer! Flavors of rich coffee, cream, dark cocoa, molasses, toasted malts and notes of dark fruits. Perfect creamy feel. Heavy, but appropriately so. Clownoisseur (485) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2015
2014 bottle. Pours dark brown, near black, with a 2 finger mocha head that slowly recedes to a nice cap over the beer. Aromas are loaded with fresh coffee grounds, cocoa powder, chocolate mousse, vanilla and lightly roasted almonds. Taste is packed with coffee, espresso, Irish creme and cocoa. Great counterbalance between the sweet creamy mouthfeel and the dry cocoa. Really compliments each other. Nice chocolate notes shine through this beer...never getting too chewy with the medium carbonation helping push the flavors. A nice moderate coffee bitterness spikes the finish as it lingers with some Hersey’s Kiss milk chocolate goodness. Short’s really raised the bar with this year’s version. Very well done and slightly under-rated beer!