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Short's Black Diamond - Short's Brewing Company

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The new Schwartzbier brew, which translates into a German-style black lager, will be called “Black Diamond”— giving it a nod to winter and skiing. Visually, black lagers can be deceiving, featuring an opaque, black color and a full, chocolatey flavor similar to stout or porter. But unlike its dark cousins, Schwartzbier features a bottom fermenting lager yeast, which produces a medium-bodied brew with a smooth finish that will be worth savoring.

Originally brewed for Shanty Creek's 50th Anniversary.

(Beer added by: TheBrewo on 11-01-2013)
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Pours a motor oil black with a very thin off white head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Roasted malts with a light amount of dark chocolate.

T - Taste is like the smell, dark roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate. I also get a caramel like sweetness in the finish.

M - Meium bodied with medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel. Very easy drinking.

O - Not bad by any means. Reminded me more of a watery black IPA. Would make a nice winter session beer.

01-25-2014 06:18:18 | More by TreyIsWilson
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-16-2014 18:03:15 | More by Morey
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FlyingHellfish

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-15-2014 02:33:59 | More by FlyingHellfish
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lewdwig

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

01-15-2014 00:12:27 | More by lewdwig
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blue-dream

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

01-14-2014 18:05:26 | More by blue-dream
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TheConnMan

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

01-14-2014 17:37:33 | More by TheConnMan
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3/5  rDev -19.4%

01-13-2014 08:32:02 | More by beergorrilla
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Lukafer

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

01-13-2014 06:42:18 | More by Lukafer
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Acuity

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-05-2014 06:19:10 | More by Acuity
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aaronblain22

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-05-2014 00:28:15 | More by aaronblain22
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HopHeadHerman

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-30-2013 17:58:51 | More by HopHeadHerman
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—slight traces of brownish red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and chocolaty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of dark and chocolate malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to taste like a hybrid between a schwarzbier and a porter.

12-29-2013 19:59:42 | More by metter98
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-27-2013 05:52:07 | More by Schmuckles
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-25-2013 04:03:11 | More by Dope
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bigaddy

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-25-2013 00:29:54 | More by bigaddy
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tommy5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-23-2013 22:35:49 | More by tommy5
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salinasa

Delaware

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-21-2013 23:50:51 | More by salinasa
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-21-2013 17:16:06 | More by Soneast
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-11-2013 03:17:01 | More by Sammy
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-10-2013 17:48:56 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

Part of a mix-a-six for $10. Poured into a good ol' shaker pint. Bottled 11/05/13. My first schwarzbier, that I know of.

Appearance: Pretty much just pitch black. A soapy little head floats on top, but doesn't last long. Lacing's here-and-there... nothing really special, but looks alright.

Smell: Think of an old man with chronic halitosis who just took a sip of coffee and did that "Ahhhh!!" right in your face. It seriously smells almost exactly like that. I should rate this beer a 1 on aroma because of that, but for some reason, I won't. Okay, I'm exaggerating. I got that smell on my first whiff, but now it's just a roasty coffee and chocolate and ... molasses? sort of aroma on it. A bit of charcoal and alcohol there too, but not much. Interesting.

Taste: Coffee and roast all the way. A lot of char/charcoal. I also get a significant sort of nuttiness in the back of my mouth on the finish, which I wasn't expecting. It's really kind of strong for me. A sort of pecan note or something. Really no chocolate in the flavor. No alcohol in the taste or feel. Aftertaste is a huge amount of roasted malt, leaving almost a burnt but not bitter flavor along with that nuttiness. Reading that this is a lager, it sort of drinks like one. Medium sort of carbonation, and a relatively thin mouthfeel with the heavy burnt nut sort of flavor make this feel and taste different than, say, a porter.

Gotta be honest, impressed. I like the depth of flavor on this beer. I had no idea this was being bottle released this year, but saw it in my bottle shop and decided to give it a shot... so incredibly glad I did. It's reminiscent of a porter, but adds more smoke/char to the flavor, and there's that great sort of nutty aftertaste. Wish I had purchased more.

12-08-2013 23:28:56 | More by Alextricity
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jmich24

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-07-2013 03:52:18 | More by jmich24
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leadahmer

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -59.7%

12-07-2013 00:37:20 | More by leadahmer
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-07-2013 00:14:42 | More by JohnnieNepal
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Tracker83

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-03-2013 02:13:38 | More by Tracker83
Short's Black Diamond from Short's Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.