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Short's Black Diamond - Short's Brewing Company

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
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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HardyA

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-10-2013 02:53:14 | More by HardyA
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marcb105

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-09-2013 23:13:06 | More by marcb105
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black brew with nice mocha head that leaves some spotty lace after each drink. Malt forward with a dry bitter finish. Smells nice - malt, black licorice, some spice bread. Solid brew - glad I tried it. I'd love to have this again at Shanty creak on a winter day.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:47:03 | More by andrewjraab
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

11-09-2013 00:27:41 | More by Zaphog
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

11-07-2013 02:41:48 | More by Kerrie
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3/5  rDev -19.4%

11-07-2013 00:37:53 | More by szmnnl99
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Slay40

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-06-2013 23:09:14 | More by Slay40
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Mavigo

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from the Short's Limited edition variety pack. Served in a flute.

A: Pours a almost opaque dark brown-black color with almost no head except for a thin off white ring and a few splotches of lacing.

S: Smells of barley, wheat, coffee, malts

T: Mellow flavor, sort of woody, dry, a bit sweet. Really tastes of coffee, barley, a tinge of hops

M: Medium bodied, smooth flowing beer, with medium amounts of carbonation

O: Overall I was quite impressed with this one. It was well balanced, not too sweet, not too dry, an overall good lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 20:14:06 | More by Mavigo
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gashmoney

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-05-2013 21:57:28 | More by gashmoney
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jamesod

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

11-05-2013 17:55:30 | More by jamesod
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FrankHammer

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

11-05-2013 00:59:13 | More by FrankHammer
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rjcoy06

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-03-2013 19:21:27 | More by rjcoy06
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Drk93TT

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

11-02-2013 00:17:49 | More by Drk93TT
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-01-2013 00:46:42 | More by Jas45678
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We crack the top and pour a brew the color of licorice into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It puts forth a two finger head of mocha colored foam, showing nice retention, and leaving mountains of lacing all around the glasses. No haze or sediment is appreciated, and carbonation appears to be light around the edges. The nose whiffs of rich coffee and English brown malts, light smokiness of char, licorice sugars, glass, light dried grassiness, coiny metallics, cooked barley, creamy lactics, faint buttery diacetyls, dark chocolate nibs, burning tobacco of cigars, hazelnut, wax, white sugar, and the skins of Spanish peanuts. Our first impression is that the beer is nicely to style, with unexpected harsh and grainy smokiness marking its finale. As we sip, the flavoring opens with sour acidity coffee, blue Gatorade, lemon juice, campfire smokiness, clovey, crystal and German black maltiness, burnt barley, tinny metallics, molasses thickness, and angel food vanillas. The middle comes to a peak with cinnamon and brown sugar, grassy and herbal hops, sesame seeds, smoked ham rinds, charred malt base, basement mustiness, Band-Aid medicinals, and rubber. The end hits hard with the licorice, iced wateriness, walnut, plum fruitiness, tobacco smoke, stomach acidity, lemon juice, egg proteins, coffee and burnt chocolate maltiness, black cherry skins, and light echoes of fusel vanilla extract. The aftertaste breathes of char, pencil eraser, mineral, gravel, musk, cheesy moldiness, floral honeysuckle, synthetically flavored vanilla coffee, almond butter, continued dark fruit of cherry and plum, gold leaf, burnt marshmallow, fortune cookie sweetness, and licorice. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is pleasantly prickly. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is coated and cooled, with eventual sticky dryness and light pucker from the burnt maltiness of the thing. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is the beers flavoring, especially when coupled with the soft feel and great ease of drinkability. We thought long and hard about the aroma, which was pleasant and fit right to the style, but was pushed a bit into the extremes of the “ashtray” nose. This did, however, add to the ultimate thrust of the beer in its entirety, rounding out its presentation. This is an odd style to attempt these days, but we found this effort to be much appreciated from the point of variety. This is an easy beer, and although a bit bright around the edges, this would suit any craft beer drinker looking for something new and strongly executed, or someone looking to get into the style outright. This beer is also highly characteristic of Short’s, and it fits their brand wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:05:43 | More by TheBrewo
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Short's Black Diamond from Short's Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.