bpar73 (1177) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2015
On tap at the brewpub. Amber pour with an off white head. Taste and aroma of plums, toffee and malt. Nice brew. alexsdad06 (10647) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2015
12 oz. bottle via trade from old notes. Pours a hazy copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, ripe plums, some spicy rye character that cuts the sweetness a bit, lightly tart, the finish does show a mild bitterness, decent enough. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2015
Bottle: Dingy copper color, very hazy, nearly opaque. Dark-beige head that grows thick & fluffy. Volatile pour. Musty plums on the nose, light cotton funk with some crisp tartness & underlying sweetness. A touch of toasted bready malts, too. Taste is loaded with lots of red grapes & plums up front; there’s a quick zip of tartness that slowly mellows into a malty & fruity juice-like sweetness. Notes of red apple, yeast phenols, toasted bread (which is the only bit of rye that I could conjure up) & a touch of caramel in the very finish. Hint of must. Slightly over-carbonated, but overall it’s pretty unique & tasty. johnnnniee (4405) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Review from notes, sampled spring 2011
Pours a clear golden brown color with a good sized white ehad that persists for a while. The nose is sweet with caramel and burnt sugars offset with a tartness that I suspect comes from the rye as well as a tart dark fruit that should be from the plums. The flavor is rich and sweet like you’d expect from a bock, but there is a tart edge that makes this just a bit different. Spicy malts and tart dark fruits compete heavily with the clean malty richness of a bock. Medium body with a hint too much carbonation and a sweet tart kind of mouthfeel going on. Kudos to Short’s for always pushing the boundaries, but this one doesn’t work for me. I kept wanting this to be a clean bock, but that fruity tartness always jumped in. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
Originally reviewed: 1/27/11. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a murky amber with an ever-so-thin off-white on top. Minor lace sticks around. The nose is lightly musty with hints of wet wood, some fruity quality that I can only imagine is plum, and faint syrup. Pretty sweet aroma.
The mouth is moderate. Good carbonation level, with a light bubbly finish. The fruit aspect comes full force in the flavor. Plum, sour grapes, figs, and sweet malts. This is almost drying on the back end, but subtly. This isn’t bad. It was an easy-enough drinker as my glass was empty before I knew it. Not something I could have much of, but a good tart fruit beer anyways.
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2012
12 oz bottle...funky, fruity, spicy/sweet lager that is quite complex and breaks new ground in beer flavor. Creative and innovative - well done! zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2011
(bottle - 12 oz) Solid amber pour with a thin white head. Big and sweet plum aroma with not much else besides that. Very sweet and fruity at the start of the flavor. Plums dominate the flavor along with other fruit sweetness and move to a sticky and slightly cloying fruit finish. A bit too sweet and one dimensional. mixmasterob (1058) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Bottle thanks to rayl101. Thanks! Very nice aroma. Full of sweet plum, I got hints of raspberry too, maybe esters, fruity. Flavors started out mildly sweet, lots of tart fruits with a lingering tart finish. Mouthfeel was tingly with lively carbonation, fitting for the style. Medium bodied, a great sipper. Another fun beer from Short’s. jcr (2726) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Bottle. Deep amber body. Short fizzy off-white, pinkish head. Aroma of overripe plum, alcohol, caramel, citrus. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly to moderately acidic. Medium body, watery trxture, lively carbonation. Taste of fermenting fruit, alcohol. Hint of vinegar. Tartness in the finish. Too much alcohol in the flavor for my tastes. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Murky burnt siena with a thin tan topper. Aroma is herbal and almost more plum tomato than plums. Rye, grains, tannins and spice round it out. Taste is a combination of sour and malt with some fruit behind it. Herbs & spices and some sweetness as well. Typical shorts, okay, moderately interesting and a tick above average.