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Short's Mystery Stout - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

362 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 117
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Rempo
1/5  rDev -74.4%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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1.5/5  rDev -61.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of KeefD
2.3/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a milky dark brown color but becomes black as night in the glass with no head or lacing. Aroma of charred malt, light cocoa, and not a whole lot else. Taste is a little off for me. There some alcohol heat up front, follow by what can only be described as burnt plastic, and an odd sweetness to finish things up. There's some chocolate flavors going, and maybe a hint of coffee from the roasted barley, but it's overpowered by that odd plastic flavor. Medium-full bodied with almost no carbonation. Burns the throat and stomach on the way down. No thanks.

KeefD, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.58/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle opened on 1-22-12.

A - Pours a dark brownt with a dark tan head. Good retention.

S - Chocolate, wheat, and oats.

T - Bitter chocolate, that's about it.

D - Low carbonation, and a light body.

O - Gross. What the hell? Is this a bad bottle, or a bad beer.

HuskyinPDX, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of BMoney575
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled on 12-28-09

Pours completely black, with a bit of red/brown around the top edge. A tan head settles quickly, leaving a slowly moving ring af tan lacing.

Smell is very malty, strong notes of chocolate and vanilla, a little anise, a little smoke, and a slight booziness. Very good.

Taste is super sweet malt, a slight fruitiness, and big-time alcohol. Way too sweet, way too boozy, and way too fresh.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, with lower carbonation.

Drinkability is poor, the sharp flavor and lacking mouthfeel are a terrible combo.

Overall, I'm very happy that I have 2 more to keep in the cellar. Maybe another review in a year.

BMoney575, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of corby112
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of ipa247. Thanks a lot Jeff!

Pours a deep dark hazelnut brownout of the bottle but appears pitch black in the glass. Completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter color edges. One finger chocolate tan head that quickly fades into a thin lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Nice roasty dark malt aroma with lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, lactic creaminess, oatmeal, burnt toast, toffee, honey, molasses, subtle coffee bean and licorice. Once again Shorts puts out a beer with an amazing aroma. Smells incredibly complex.

Very roasty chewy body that's on the fuller end of the spectrum. Lots of viscous bittersweet dark chocolate malts along with a strong oatmeal presence as well as some lactic creaminess, licorice, burnt toast, toffee, bitter earthy hops and a sweet honey molasses character. This beer is very hot and the high ABV is not well masked at all. Lots of stinging astringent alcohol throughout and especially overpowering in the finish. This beer is pretty flavorful but the strong alcohol presence makes it very hard to drink. Interesting but not very well balanced with way to much of a roasty and strong alcohol presence.

corby112, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz pry-top bottle, 2010, thanks to Andrew84.

Pours a thin black with some very very thin off-white suds. Nose is muted oat flakes and stale coffee. Palate is thin, dry and bitter. Flavors of stale coffee, cigarette butts and bitter baker's chocolate. Not super pumped about this brew. Can't find much more to write.

SFLpunk, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a short and quickly fading medium brown head.

Nose is a light synthetic black chocolate and light roasted grain/coffee character but not rich; a bit of a "thin" nose.

Mouthfeel is light and thin; no creamy character.

Flavors are big but more like burned grain/burned coffee strong with an underlying kick of sweetness. There is no real cocoa character and more "burned" molasses than desired.

Finish is very bitter espresso. There is a short and almost citrus character to almost every aspect of this beer.

Extreme type of flavors but not real pleasant.

GRG1313, Mar 13, 2010
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

bdkucharski, May 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

acurtis, Feb 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

DanielGJ0, Aug 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

waiting4lunch, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

monitorpop, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a reddish black that rubies on the edges. Just the slightest bit of tan head bubbled up for a bit before dissolving into some randomness on the top.

S - Cocoa, a lot of molasses, some char, oats and a little bit of licorice. Smells decent enough.

T - A lot of flavor, mostly char and licorice with heavy handed molasses. It's a combination that is a little too heavy for me. It doesn't taste bad, but it's not subtle and just gets kind of hard to drink. A bit of cocoa and dark fruit finish this one up.

M - Full bodied, alcohol is well hidden. Lower, but present carbonation.

O - Not bad, not great. It's a pretty hearty beer, and one that I don't care to necessarily have again. It was really, really hard to get through the bottle. It actually reminds me of a poor man's Double Black in some ways, but obviously not as potent or good.

AgentZero, May 21, 2011
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Strait out of the bottle this looks like the start of a great stout. Dark and with a leather tan head, this brew looks better than many.

S: The aroma is a little lacking of some notes I'd like to hit. Molasses takes over. If you ever had a Russel Stover's dark box of chocolates (the one with the molasses chocolate), this brew smells like that.

T: The flavor is way too much molasses up front and on the back of the pallet. The molasses needs to tone down from 11 to about 8. Subtle hints of chocolate and alcohol accompany the molasses.

MF: Mouthfeel needs to cream up a little bit. I would love to see some more roasted or caramel malt to stiffen this body up, and to tone down the molasses.

Overall, if molasses is your thing, this is your beer. I did enjoy this stout, but probably wouldn't commit to a 4 or 6 pack.

TKEbeerman, May 10, 2011
Photo of Floydster
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle, #161/500, thanks to Carlos to bringing this to the tasting, had been waiting for him to crack this open for some time now, 2006 vintage, reviewed from notes, poured into my Rader snifter

A-Pretty much black, 3/4 inch tan creamy head, some retention, minimal lacing
S-Chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasty malts, charred accents, molasses, earthiness, and booze
T-Starts off dry and ends the same way, sweet in the middle with various malts, finish is too bitter for its style, dark chocolate, coffee, and hops plays a big role in that, some oxidization too, taste gets way to sweet later on but still dry
M-Dry, sweet, and roasted mouthfeel, full bodied, low level of carbonation, taste lingers a long time
D-Could drink much of this at all, flavor is too powerful, alcohol is not hidden, sweetness and dryness thgat jump out at you, few ounces is enough

Not the best beer from Short's by any means but does keep up with their unorthodox and interesting selection of brews, think it is hilarious that they do not even remember the recipe to this one, that makes it that much cooler if it is true because it would never be able to be replicated in the future, would drink again, recommended

Floydster, Apr 01, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a very deep brown, almost black, but not quite. Only the slightest hints of brown around the edges. It takes a while for the swirling, light brown head to rise. It peaks at about a fingers worth of densely packed bubbles, then fades to almost completely until only a ring clings to the glass.

Smell: Dark unsweetened cocoa, lots of it, also a deep molasses richness. Notes of lightly toasted malts, but really the cocoa dominates the aroma. There is a slight sourness coming though, along with a strong aroma of clear alcohol.

Taste: Toasted malts and burnt flavors hit right away, and continue throughout. There is a slight hint of molasses and brown sugar that provides some sweetness. Dark chocolate and bitter, unsweetened cocoa finish things off. More sweetness comes out as the beer reaches room temperature.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium level of carbonation. The carbonation level is a little higher than I was expecting, but still okay. This beer isn't too syrupy or thick, and has a pleasant texture which isn't a struggle to drink.

Overall: I like this beer, but the burnt flavors are a little too overwhelming. They drown out the molasses and cocoa, and really linger after the swallow. The alcohol level is very well hidden, and while this beer did grow on me, one is enough for a while.

otto251068, Feb 21, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

harripat, Jun 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

MMBrew, Jul 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

ErrandWolfe, Jul 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Tracker83, Feb 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

tommyguz, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of seaoflament
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A big thanks to the generous hoppymeal for trading me this beer that I really wanted to try, you rock Derek. I took this one to the SeaofFloydster Tasting that took place on March 28th. Bottled in 2006, #161/500.

The color was like any other imperial stout, dark with a thin head.

Pretty good aroma, lots of roasted malts and chocolate malts upfront. Almost oaky with hints of almonds. Bits of chocolate covered raisins and figs. Some dusty cocoa powder.

The flavor was a bit odd. There were parts of it that I liked and parts that seemed out of place or just overdone. Dry roasted barley, dry bitter chocolate, cocoa, and with a really long and dry finish that was a bit too astringent. Some blackberry jam. A little sweeter later on but the finish is not that good, there was an astringent grain taste that combined with the dryness and roasted barley that didn't make it so pleasant. The first part of the beer was good with the chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruits but the finish dragged this one down.

Somewhat fizzy yet low carbonation, medium dry. Couldn't drink too much of this one, especially when there were other beers to be had.

seaoflament, Mar 30, 2009
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Short's Mystery Stout from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.