arminjewell (9583) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, cocoa, roast, caramel, hints of pine, grass, slight orange into some more cocoa powder. Taste was a mix of brownie, cocoa, roast, nice pine, orange, hints of herbal notes, finishing bitter. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle:   Black, soft frothy sandy head, spotty lacing.   Faint roastiness, subtle hops.   Nice
balance on the tongue, seems a bit more moderate than the softness suggested by the nose.   Dark chocolate and
ashy notes follow.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   I like this in that its not acrid, isn’t balanced one
way or the other, and has a bit of sweetness to it.   Seems like a solid example. BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Overall not bad, but nothing that really stood out to me here. Good chocolate notes, but I tend to like the more dry versions of this style. Worth a try. PhillyCraft (7074) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2015
Bottle, pours black with medium off white head that stuck around for a minute or so. Faded to a ring of foam with nice lace. Notes are rye, roasty malt, chocolate, wood, coffee, light ash and bitter hops. The roast overpowers the hops slightly but its well balanced overall for a black ipa. Surprised I was able to finish most of the bottle before cracking a can of boat. Jfletch (9) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2015 does not count
Bottle to pint. Pours very black with brown around the edges. Pours like a stout. Aromas of cedar, barnyard and almost a sweet burnt rubber. The body is medium with good carbonation. Good toast notes. Coffee is the predominant flavor on the palate with a nice bitterness at the end from the hops. There is a strong alcohol component at the end. The finish is slightly dry. Which is welcoming. Overall a very nice beer. I could drink a few of these.
AirForceHops (7129) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 18, 2015
12 bottle shared by Willrunforbeer, much thanks. Black with almost no head. Aroma is chocolate, charred malt and pine. Chalumeaux (1533) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2015
The flavor is pine forward with roasted earthy malts, ash and very mild citrus. The pine is the main player with a nice body and mouthfeel. Pine bitterness is over the top, bold. Maybe the best Shorts brew I have sampled.
Poured from bottle thanks umich03jm. Color is black with thin tan head. Aromas of malt roast pine and coffee. Taste is smooth with notes of coffe chocolate and pine. Nice beer. smroush (275) - Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Aromas of roasted coffee, sweet molasses or caramel and bitter pine/spruce hops. Big and bold.
Medium light brown head; dark brown, nearly black color.
Full bodied, somewhere between oily and creamy texture; a very long finish with both sweet malt, roasted flavors and bitter hops on the finish.
Overall I love the big bold flavors from both the malt and the hops and the really long finish. Best beer I have had of the (many) beers I have had from Shorts. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2015
This poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was of citrusy hops and roasted malt. Flavor was herbal, roasted malt, and some.chocolate
WillRunForBeer (2623) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle from trade with umich03jm. Big thanks, Jason! Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee with a hint of pine peeking through. Taste is dark chocolate, roast, coffee - balanced with floral, pine hop. Pine hop bitterness lingers through the finish.