watchman146 (4) - Michigan, USA - APR 19, 2010 does not count
The Caramel and chocolate aroma joins the dark black appearance, with caramel colored head to clearly signal the coming taste experience. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Easily my favorite I have tried so far from Shorts. On tap at the brewpub. The body was dark copper with a light khaki head. The aroma was caramel and apples with some black tea. The taste was rich vanilla with some light tobacco. There was also some caramel. This was like a very nicely made imperial ESB. jgb9348 (6256) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Nice hazy, ruby tinted deep amber coloured body with a thin tan head and a bunch of bubbles - nice and very nice looking for this style. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, sour grapes, pit fruits, raisins, apples and a touch of fruit-roll-ups. Medium-bodied; Same exact flavour as the smell with a very complex bit of sour grapes at first, some earth and light nuts following, a touch of the malt and a good kick of raisins and prunes near the end - crazy and complex and not at all like the style implies. Aftertaste a rather sour and sweet finish with not much malt showing through and only a touch of the earthiness and nutty flavours that were noticeable earlier on. Overall, a very interesting beer that is quite complex and is easily one of the more ’hard-to-read’ beers that I’ve had recently. A good beer for people to sample that want to be surprised and to have a complex beer for a style that isn’t known for complexities. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 30-July-2010 for US$1.89, sampled at home in Washington on 05-May-2011. TheRobbFather (5) - Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013 does not count
After having so many different brews from Short's, I finally tried the Magician. What was I waiting for?! Delicious! It drinks like an amber ale, I feel, even though it's classified as a London style ale. 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2010
Rating #32 for this beer. Nice. 12 oz bottle. [A] This smells fruity. A sour cherry aroma. Doughy, caramel/toffee. Light chocolate. [A] Clear brownish red with a tan head. [F] Tea-like. Caramel. Some chocolate and vanilla. Maple syrup jumped out. Amber fruitiness. [P] This is another really sessionable brew from Short’s. Very soft, and mild bodied. Thin. Low carbonation. Not at all bitter. 6% ABV is not even a thought, while enjoying this flavorful beer. [O] The beer dude @ Archer had told me this was nothing like anything he had ever tasted before. I’ll agree with him there. This is certainly nothing extreme. But it is intriguing. An Amber with great depth. Definitely a repeat.
bpar73 (1118) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2011
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 Dark reddish brown pour with a cream colored head. Definite dark fruit overtones. Smooth pleasant finish. A nice amber. superspak (5594) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/26/2014. Pours moderately hazy deep red/copper color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, plum, fig, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Irish red ale. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Strong red hues the way through a journey of sweet honey and caramel mountains. Sitting on my tongue for a while, making me wish that I reserved a room. Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Sample @ WBE: Curious style, described as a "Dark Red London Ale". Sort of smells like Victoria’s Secret "Strawberries and Champagne" lotion, and some caramel. Tastes of raisin and dry cherry and finishes with a honey flavor, but only slightly bitter. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a pretty-looking red-amber with a rim of white. Nice rich malty nose, bits of caramel and sweet tea. A good bit of leafy hops blends in as well. Really fresh, complex nice malt flavor. There’s deep unique earthy caramels, sweet oats, chewy grains and a bit of bright alcohol flavor. Chewy and good body, but not too sweet. Very nice. A bit of honey-like sweetness meets a plant-like, flowery hop backing. Not bad.