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Black Chai - Short's Brewing Company

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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

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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Photo of QuadriderMX
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deakin
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marisol820
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fargrow
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
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 -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of marcb105
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmich24
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JimGlonke
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRPunk
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the Winter Pack poured into a Sam Smith imperial pint glass.

A- A normal pour creates 1-1/2 fingers of dense brown head. The body is near black. The head settles to a light foam. Solid, wide rings persist on the glass.

S- Lots of roasted malt with some spicing. Not necessarily what I think of as a "chai" aroma at first. The roasted aroma borders on smokey. Spicing seems like cardamom, maybe a little clove later. I keep getting hints of raisin.

T- Much as the aroma suggests. There's a bunch of dark roasted grains up front. Somewhere between coffee and a hearty, whole grain bread. Spices come through the middle, mostly cinnamon-like. Nothing seems overdone.

M- Medium-full body. Slightly grainy/chalky with lighter carbonation. Kind of creamy.

O- My wife is a huge fan of chai tea and chai tea lattes. Based on my experience, I just don't get a ton of it from this beer. While it misses on the label, it's still a very solid beer. I could see drinking 2-3 in a sitting because the spice/tea is subtle enough.

Edit: I noticed the bottle date of 11/17/14. Maybe the age has mellowed the chai spices?

Photo of Barnoloid
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BellsFan
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think it is a bit too carbonated for the style

Photo of Tracker83
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRBLUE12
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NSXAG
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kerrie
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FlyingHellfish
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjcoy06
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of docoman
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I like Chai tea, but this wasn't my favorite incorporation of both beer and chai.. I give Shorts credit for trying just about any combination... finished beer, but didn't want to consume a 2nd one.

Photo of Grand-Raggedy
2.3/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

I am a fan of beer. I love Chai tea. They dont work together...

Photo of hopnado
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jonross07
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of szmnnl99
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Black Chai from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.