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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich lustrous dark red London ale. Rich malt complexities lending notes of toasted caramel, raisins, toffee, and slight roast chocolate. Very light hop additions let the true malt characters promenade throughout the tasting enjoyment this beer offers.

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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.

4.5
heemer77 (5361) - 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.

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jgb9348 (6579) - 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.

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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.


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