ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2009
Black colour with a small dense brown head. Roasted, light grainy sweet aroma with notes of bread, brewmash, alcohol and fruit. Roasted and light sweet flavor with notes of fruit and alcohol. juiceisloose (1492) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2009
This one poured a dark brown color topped by a small, tah head. Some sticky lacing is left behind in the glass. The aroma shows a good amount of dark fruit to go with the roasted chocolate and coffee. There is a hint of vanilla present along with some earthy hops as well. The flavor is just as nice with dark chocolate, raisins, figs, and caramel all blending together nicely with the roasty and earthy hops on the back end. Medium bodied, smooth with subtle carbonation that leads to a great drinker. This is a tasty porter and a nice brew from Shorts. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2009
750mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours completely black in the glass with a big creamy tan head that clings to the side of the glass and leaves great lacing. The head hangs on as a cap for the duration. Beautiful looking beer for the style.
The aroma just jumped out of the bottle. It’s flush with dark chocolate malts with some molasses in the nix as well. There’s also tons of other sweet aromas in there - vanilla, licorice, caramel. Not to mention the hints of coffee. This is one of the best smelling porters I’ve had.
The taste doesn’t quite live up to the aroma (tough ask for me). It’s got the dark chocolate malts forming a backbone underneath the caramel, vanilla and coffee. Definitely some licorice in there as well.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and dry cocoa-like finish.
This is another original and very tasty brew from Shorts. It’s got a fantastic nose with tons of complexity and a solid flavor profile as well. mjs (7370) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 19, 2009
(Bottle at Hilpeä Hauki, Helsinki, on 2009-04-18) Black, Medium sized and tan coloured head. Strong liquorice and coffee aroma. Full bodied and dryish palate. Liquorice, coffee, roastedness, bitterness and hint of grass in taste. Liquorice and bitterness in aftertaste. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2009
750, capped and leafletted. #299/672. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Jet black. Dense, creamy tan head. Big chocolate and coffee nose. Plummy, with reduced dark pitted tree fruits showing through. Creamy medium body. Tons of roast, fruit, chocolate, and coffee on the mid-palate. Super yummy.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2009
A thick, dark chocolate-mahogany colored body pours from the bottle, crowned by small, dense, khaki shaded head. Viscous legging leaves a brownish tint on the glass, slowly forming spotty lacing that sticks. The nose shows some Baltic tendencies, with big notes of dark fruit accompanying a roasty, choco-caramel malt base. Hints of vanilla and licorice emerge, as does an earthen hop profile and traces of coffee. Flavors are equally impressive, with fudgy chocolate, figs, dark caramel, and earthy roast all coming together nicely. The licorice really plays an important role, lending unique complexity. Medium-full and softly carbonated, the palate works nicely for the style. Damn nice brew. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 6, 2009
One of my favorites so far of the series. Nice and malty with and good level of roast on the malts. Not too bitter. Some cocoa and coffee with a touch of heat. Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 3, 2009
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of liqurice, weak sweets, roasted and burnt notes. A flavor of roasted malt, liqurice, weak sweets and weak dark fruits. Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2009
From Voldby, DK.
Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, liqourice and dried fruit. Flavor is chocolate, coffee and caramel, Alcohol. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012 750mL Bottle. Thanks Andy! Aroma casts a fresh, bristling dark roast. Classic and deep. Rich, nuanced and detailed aroma, backed with chocolate, a slight twinge of age and some house yeast character that works for this beer. Pours black, with a well-lacking creamy tan rim. Piquant and darkly tangy roast edge to this. A really intense rich roast in the porter tradition, backed with some lightly piney hops. Prickly and coppery. Vibrant, with a unique blend of hop resin and roast character that melds well into the roast, yeast, and alcohol characters. Still vibrantly hoppy two years in. The roast hasn’t gotten mushy or oxidized. This is a fantastic example of the style.
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Re-rated 03.17.2012. I still believe this is one of the best examples of this style ever. The porter and dark malt qualities of this beer are fantastic. I love the snappy, sharp, crispness of the malt texture that really plays well with the higher alcohol level. So complex and satisfying. An extremely well formulated brew.