Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
Originally reviewed: 2/15/11. Poured into a pint glass. I’m a little hesitant with this one. The Short’s beers I’ve had have been hit or miss. The last one, PB & J, was an infected, vinegary mess. It didn’t even warrant a review. So I’m crossing my fingers on this one.
The pour doesn’t conjure up any confidence on my end. A deep dark black, but not even the slightest bit of head or lace. Nothing. This could be motor oil for all I know. The nose is eerily similar to the last peanut butter beer of theirs I tried, and we know how that turned out. Mild cocoa, jam, and PB. There’s a definitive tart presence that is a little off-putting.
The body is moderately thick with carbonation spritzing it up midway through, then smooths out on the finish. Mild cocoa, coffee char, and the faintest of nuttiness. Sourness is ever-present. Eh. I don’t like this. Maybe I’m a little gun-shy with these guys now, but this could have been so much better. Out she goes. Won’t have this again. drdisque (899) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Michigan Winter Beer Festival. This beer REALLY tastes like peanuts and is one of the beers I had at the festival that really stood out to me. It wasn’t the BEST beer I’ve had, but it’s certainly a good beer and the flavor is so interesting I consider it a must-try. Spartan213 (11) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2012
12oz Bottle. Pours a deep brown with almost no head. If only the taste completely lived up to aroma of chocolate and tons of roasted peanut. The flavor of the peanut is definitely there and I get a little bit of the chocolate as well, just not as much as I was expecting. This is an older bottle and as something that I have had in the past it seems like it has lost a little something over time. Not quite to the point of being infected as so many reviews on here mention, but maybe heading that way. In the end I still enjoyed it and will definitely buy again when the next batch comes out. 50belair (3701) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown /black pour with a tan head. Roasted malt and peanut butter aromas. OH NO, this is terribly infected and taste horrible..... jgb9348 (6590) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Deep dark brown coloured body with a very thin, very fast-dying tan head. Aroma of odd rubber, alcohol, anise, medicinal and funky malt smells with perhaps a hint of peanuts, sweetness and more licorice. Medium-bodied; Assertive odd funky malt flavours at first with a taste of balloons (inflating), alcohol, nuts, resin and some odd funk. Aftertaste shows some odd flavours still, with a touch of anise and other spices. Overall, easily the worst from Short’s that i’ve had, and although not a horrible beer, one that I will not tell others to buy nor drink. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant’s in Dearborn, Michigan on 16-January-2011 for US$2.59 sampled at home in Washington on 27-November-2011.
mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle thanks to rayl101. Black pour with no head. Aroma was big and roasty, I’m trying to find the peanuts but I don’t get much, if any. Didn’t get anything but a deep roasty-ness in the flavors either. Thin body with light carbonation. Just a touch of sourness in there too. Could be infected. Reminded me of an oatmeal stout I brewed awhile back that went terribly wrong. jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Another infected bottle; pours black with huge carbonation. Taste is very sour, a bit sweet and bitter yet. Roasted aroma, little else. I’d like to try a non-infected one, but this is evidently a common problem with this beer. Maybe get a newer one; I stored this one for a while before drinking. barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2011
355ml bottle shared by jsprime. nice roastystout aroma with peanut butter as well. terrible infected sour thin stout flavour. FAIL. will have to try a non infected example, if one exists. juiceisloose (1603) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2011
12 oz bottle, courtesy StFun. Pours a very dark mahogany color with no real head except for a scant ring of mocha colored bubbles. A quick swirl of the glass leaves some soapy legging that drips down the glass and rejoins the body below. The aroma is really nice and shows gobs of roasted peanuts, peanut butter, and chocolate. It smells pretty darn close to a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, which I am a huge fan of. The flavor is definitely a let down from the aroma with notes roasted peanuts and peanut oil along with the caramel and some bittersweet chocolate. The peanut butter flavor is there, but the chocolate was missing a little to me. There is a little twang in the background, but not enough to deter things. I had heard that some of these bottles could be infected. Medium bodied and smooth on the palate with subtle carbonation that leads to a roasted peanut finish. This is an interesting stout and a great idea, but just didn’t come all the way together for me. Pretty good stuff either way and glad I got to try it. msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Bottle From secret santa. Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and a nice amount of peanuts. Flavors of roasted malts and chocolate with peanut coming through. Finishes dry and mouthfeel is a little thin. Interesting brew.