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 (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. 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. 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.