Hopper8 (178) - Holland, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2017
UPDATED: APR 22, 2017 Amazing. This goes down as one of the best porters I’ve ever tried. The flavors are so cool. I love this beer. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Serious looking beer. Pitch black and opaque, with a long lasting, super dark tan head. Outstanding nose combines premium dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and dark fruit. Flavor is tremendously rich, decadent and complex, with layers of aged malt character. Everything about this beer is impressive. Tank aged nearly 8 months before bottling. 18 months in the bottle and shows no oxidation. Impressive extraction and flavor concentration. Beautiful dark color, plus it’s hand numbered, hand bottled and bottle conditioned. A terrific beer. koleminer20 (3599) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
On tap at HopCat in East Lansing. . Pours a beautiful dark dark brown. Medium dark tan head that laces nicely. The aroma has some nice roasted malt tones, a mild infusion of coffee, a hint of chocolate, and then the strange smell of warm milk on a deep inhale. The taste is very roasty, a hint of the coffee, not much chocolate, and then finishes in a semi-dry fashion. Overall, pretty tasty 69Evil (5) - - SEP 14, 2013 does not count
Sensationelles Bier....so wie ein Porter schmecken muss! Herb...erfreut den Gaumen! Ideall um einen schönen Abend unter Freunden abzurunden joergen (28148) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
Pitch black coloured with a huge beige head.
Roasted aroma of chocolate, liquorice, dried fruits and rye bread.
Roasted flavour of chocolate, liquorice, dried fruits, rye bread and hops.
Dry roasted and hoppy finish.
574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Pours pitch black, opaque with a dark mocha-toffee head that leaves behind touches of soapy lace. Nose involves deep dark chocolate in droves, roasted barley and toast notes, faint dark fruit (raisins), toffee, vanilla, a hint of licorice. Taste is very sweet with some bitterness attempting to balance. Creamy, velvetty mouthfeel, a touch oily, with a rich, sweet, roasty finish. A natural to pair with dark chocolate. An awesome brew, glad I could try it. Gurthnar (5873) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle shared by Bobo, thank you! Aroma dried fruits, raisins, plum. Alcohol. Chocolate, roasted. Quite complex. Clear dark ruby-brown colour. Taste is sweet all the way, though some light bitterness is present in the background. Cognac. Caramel, fruity. Full body, alcohol not disturbing, although present. Great experience. biehrmaker (1) - Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
This is a wonderful porter for the winter months with explicit dark roasted flavors that correlate with distinct chocolate overtones. This smooth dark finishes well with just enough hops for a crisp aroma and clean finish. a definite must-try! 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. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Appearance: Pours a black body with a full, foamy, tan-colored head.
Smell: Black malt, licorice laden aroma with notes of bittersweet chocolate morsels, caramel, and a touch of smoke.
Taste: Black malts hit the tongue at once. They’re very roasty, very satisfying. Frothed melted milk chocolate. Plenty of sweetness throughout. A trickle of caramel syrup. Slight smokiness. A moderate amount of earthen bitterness sets in. Full of flavor from start to finish and beyond.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A porter par excellence and another fine, unique offering in a long line of fine, unique offerings from Short’s.