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Black Chai - Short's Brewing Company

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Black Chai
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Zaphog on 02-08-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Black Chai is a sumptuous black ale that immediately entices the senses with aromas of dark specialty malts, cardamon, nutmeg, and ginger. The brew has a delicious creamy mouthfeel. Chocolate and roasted malt characteristics resonate throughout this black ale. The finish is playfully spicy and bitter.
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 18
Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gjl75
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beardown
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of seangibbs60
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Near black body with a thick beige head. Roasted malt, chocolate, spruce, how was your spice, tea leaves, earth. Smoke and char with chai tea. Mild to moderate sweetness. Bitter, ashy smoke in the finish. Interesting and creative, as expected with Short's. Fun to try once.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good, but not outstanding. And more interesting than "good" necessarily. Looks beautiful poured into the glass. Very dark, very nice head. Smells nice, you do notice some slight chai spices in its aroma.

Toasted/roasted tasting with chai tea notes. At first sip I didnt notice them much, but definitely did by the end of the glass. Flavorful, but not quite as flavorful as it looks. Its worth a try if you're into chai tea.

Photo of bigleague
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of clager
1.78/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Tastes like a mix of burnt coffee and tea, not a desirable combo. Shorts often is hit or miss with their eccentric craft beers, but did not enjoy this one.

Photo of wtkphoto
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MiWolfman
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ssimpson89
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chris_the_Tartar
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from a Short’s sampler 12-pack. Look is straight black, with a thick brown head. Smell is spices, though not as strong as I would have thought a ‘tea’ flavored beer would be. Taste is light, hints of spices which grow stronger in the aftertaste and as the beer goes on. Also some alcohol flavor in the aftertaste. Feel is smooth and light. Not really sure what to make of this beer. Maybe would be enjoyable for someone who loves tea (or maybe would be viewed as an abomination by a tea enthusiast, what do I know?).

Photo of montesown
2.01/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

One taste - down the sink!

Photo of jamesod
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardyA
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gtg642
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of QuadriderMX
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deakin
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marisol820
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a sweet, chococalatey scent with some chai and roasted malt. It has a thick and creamy mouthfeel. It has a creamy chocalatey chai flavor with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and just a hint of coffee. Overall a decent black cream ale.

Photo of Alextricity
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$5 pint at One-Eyed Betty's in Ferndale.

Came with a finger of head and is basically black in color. Aroma is mostly Chai tea with some roasty undertones, and the taste is similar -- big Chai tea on the front, and slow coming roastiness and bitterness that works strangely well. Pretty unique and well-made. Packs some nice flavor. Not a huge depth of flavor, but it tastes like I thought it probably would. Very nice.

Photo of Jas45678
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fargrow
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This would be a fantastic dark cream ale, but cardamom bitterness takes away from the creamy sweetness of it. Still a good beer.

Photo of amalburg
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of marcb105
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmich24
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Black Chai from Short's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.