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Short's Mystery Stout - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

356 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 120
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
*12 oz. bottles released in 2009 are 10.8% abv. The original 750 ml bottles from first batch were 12.5% abv.

This beer demands respect and respect it will have. Imperial Oatmeal Stout with cocoa and molasses. It is very strong and possesses rare flavor combinations which can overload even the most experienced beer connoisseur.  Capture every bit of its warmth and wisdom, as it will demand all of your attention.
12.5% ABV

(Beer added by: mcallister on 05-24-2006)
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Reviews by steadydose:
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steadydose

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recieved this one via trade a while back. Finally got a chance to crack it. I poured this beer into a tulip. It's black body poured pretty thick and had a nice cap of brown foam sitting on top.

Everytime I took a whiff all I could really get was a intense chocolate aroma, maybe it's my nose, but I wanted more complexity, but overall the chocolate aroma was good.

Mystery Stout had a good dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor in the taste. There was also a little burnt toffee in the mix, although there was that little metallic twang in the background that would come forward once in a while, that I did not enjoy. This beer has a long bitter finish. The taste is much more complex than the aroma though.

Medium heavy mouthfeel with good carbonation, maybe a little less carbonation would have been better for a beer like this.

Overall this was a big assertive stout with a lot of roast qualities. I think a little time in the cellar would benefit this beer. As it stands now this beer was a little boozy, bitter, and burnt tasting for me. Seems as if it could age well though, too bad I don't have another bottle to find out.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 00:57:05 | More by steadydose
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A- Pitch black and nice light brown head. Looks great! Moderate head retention, but great lacing.

S- Roasted Malts, Chocolate, Brown sugar and molasses. It smells awesome. A bit of a metallic note to it though.

T- Bitter-sweet and delicious, but has quite a nice hop balance for the style. Molasses definitely a big player. Nice roasted notes to it. Alcohol is well masked.

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Short's Mystery Stout from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.