orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Yet another Short’s Imperial bottle from Deuane’s basement shared with StormKing47 and myself.
nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2014
A - Pours opaque black with a nice one and a half finger tall mocha colored head leaving light lace down the glass.
S - Smells of dark roasted chocolate malt, dry oak, molasses, licorice, and some light berry twang at the very end of each sniff. Quite complex really.
T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet chocolate malt quickly giving way to a mix of even sweeter molasses, dark fruits, watered down espresso, licorice, and dry oak tannins. The finish is a mix of light sweetness and a slight berry twang, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time. This one is complex yet quite balanced. Very nice English porter.
M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy, feel with a small twang at the very end. Very nice feel.
O - Every time I drink a Short’s beer in a small bottle they leave me a bit let down but then we drink one of these imperial bottles and they quickly win me back. I hope to try some of the other imperials some day...
Rich chocolate, coffee, and roasty malt flavors. Super smooth with a medium viscosity and an alcohol burn on the finish. Very flavorful. ChiGuy68 (626) - Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Tasted from a 12oz bottle. It poured an opaque, dark brown with a frothy brown head and streaky lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with coco. Chocolate malt taste with a slightly bitter finish. jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is dark coffee, some chocolate, nutty tones as well. Taste is nice punch of coffee/dark chocolate. Good roasty flavors here. Syrupy consistency with a nice chocolate finish. Even better as it warms. Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Pours dark unclear black blackish coffee with a beige head. The aroma brings smoke, soy, and roasted chocolate. The flavor brings smoky brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, and subtle coffee. Smooth for the ABV, and creamy and delicious overall.
jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Last beer at Savor 2014. A nice 9% to finish off the evening. Nice taste of coffee, chocolate, lightly bitter. Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Bottling date’s disappeared. $2 single poured into a Perfect Pint.
Appearance: Pitch black. Looks more like a stout than a porter. Brown head leaving very good lacing. Nice pour.
Smell: Very dark. It just smells bitter. Black coffee/roast, dark chocolate, a char sort of aroma as well. Good stuff.
Taste/feel: 9.15% is something that really surprises me about this beer. It drinks like it’d be 6.5-7%. A robust flavor that’s not typically seen in a porter. Heavy dark chocolate and roast like the aroma would suggest, with a sort of char-like finish with a lingering bitterness. There’s a bit of sweetness in the sip, almost one that seems to be offered up by a dark fruit kind of flavor. The aftertaste is roasty and a bit smokey even. Lingers a good while. The body is great. Medium mouthfeel with a medium/high carbonation, so it really is more like a porter than a stout in my mind.
I had to bump up the taste and overall rating of this brew a tick for the simple fact that it (somehow) only costs $2 for a single. This is a big, big, delicious porter that’s dangerously drinkable. It’s big on flavor, but never too rich, and an absolute delight to drink.
I honestly feel like this is Short’s best beer, and I doubt they could top this one. Brilliant brew. chucklemation (1796) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Poured from a bottle a jet black color with a light off-white head. Has a chocolate and malty aroma. Taste is sweet dark chocolate with a touch of bitterness in the finish. I also get some malts and coffee. Has a medium to full body feel and goes down smooth. A very tasty porter. SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2014
A floral hop aroma not very strong. A dark color and dark minimal head. Solid looking beer. Creamy mouthfeel that really warms nicely. The flavor is layered nicely with milk chocolate with a nice counter part of hop bitterness. mjakopa (268) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - FEB 7, 2014
Pours a dark black with little, dark brown head. Aroma is a slightly chocolatey, coffee, hints of caramel and roasty. Body is on the lighter side, slightly roasted, sweet, and slightly bitter. Aftertaste ends dry and hoppy and quite alcoholic (although not overpowering, and surprisingly little given its ABV)