JFGrind (2047) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Had Shorts the Magician on draft, ample bitterness, malt, and full bodied. Honestly thought this was more of an Imperial Red than an Amber beer. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this bottle. Reddish-amber pour with an off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee and biscuit malt. The flavor is similar with some sweet toffee and biscuit malt, as well as a hint of light orange peel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Teutonosaur (6) - Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2013 does not count
Not a bad beer- definitely differs from my usual brew. Also not for everyday consumption. Most prominently a raisin taste, also notes of cereal, chocolate, with a kind of carob aftertaste, minimal head, tan foam, hazy, red, medium sweetness, lively carbonation, oily feel. Not a bad brew- though the artwork is atrocious and embarrassing- something a young Trekkie might draw on his geometry notebook. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle. Chocolate, roasty nutty, and caramel aroma. Deep amber with a small beige head. Charred toast, nutty caramel, and roasty bitter flavor, as well as some tartness. A strange collections of flavors that don’t quite come together for me. Medium body, soft carbonation. I agree with others about most of Shorts’ label art., and this one is especially bad. olio (10269) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 7, 2013
355 ml bottle.
shrubber85 (11402) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Originally rated on 20110218.
Pours amber color with a medium head. Aroma of sweet fruits, some resin, hops and caramel. Flavor is pretty much the same with some nutty notes.
Draft. Raisin, chocolate caramel, and earthy root aroma. Amber with small head. Sweet caramel malt up front with mildly bitter ginseng/gentian finish. Complex. umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark red color with a small head that fades quickly, leaves some lacing. Aroma is pretty malty, like a scotch ale. Caramel, toast, and light chocolate. Taste is not as good though. Very watery and bland. Some caramel and toasted malt, but mostly water. Medium body. Finish is fizzy, stale, and watery. I guess this is trying to be an accessible scotch brewed for the masses but I don’t even think it works as that. Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle (from backlog). Nice dark brown/amber pour with a medium head. Faint aromas of caramel and raisins. Then it got weird. Raisins, maybe chocolate and some all malts that didn’t blend well. I poured out the bottom half of my glass. Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Appearance: Looks great. A deep, somewhat hazy red color with a tan head. The head doesn’t last long, but there’s some good looking lacing.
Smell: Sweet. Dark fruits, malts. Almost a bit of chocolate, but that doesn’t come out in the flavor. Caramel in there a touch as well, and alcohol can be traced.
Taste/feel: I haven’t had many Irish Reds, but this is my favorite of the four or so that I’ve had. As I’m not familiar with the style, I’m not completely sure about how they’re SUPPOSED to taste, but this is just a good tasting beer. The malts up front with the dark fruits, tartness, and sweetness on the finish makes me want more. There seems to be a mild hop presence there, too. Just tastes great. The feel is fantastic -- a somewhat prickly carbonation, but the beer still goes down smooth.
Overall, I’m shocked at the 77/100 rating. That’s a decent score, but I actually thoroughly enjoy this one, and it’s one of my new favorites from Short’s. That sour smell, tart flavor, malty finish.. all of it comes together well. May I have another? madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
22nd February 2012
Hazy dark red - amber beer. Little pale tan head. Light crisp palate. Semi dry. Sourish citrus on a caramel malt base. Minerals. Finishes with a carbonated sting. A bit clunky, especially for Shorts.