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Short's Mystery Stout - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

344 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%


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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BeRanger

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a half finger of brown foam, I assume their be more from a bottle however this was out of a Growler.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate and you can smell a little of the alcohol.

T - Rich in Chocolate and Oats, a little bit of a kick to it.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Pretty strong flavors with a little bit of heat, but it still finishes relatively smooth.

O - Another good Brew from Shorts - I wasn't quite expecting what I got but it was still a nice treat. I look forward to trying this in a bottle or on draught as I think I definitely lost a little of the flavor being from a growler.

Serving type: growler

12-25-2011 17:45:03 | More by BeRanger
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another growler that Viggo shared, courtesy of hoppymeal. thanks eric and derek!

64oz growler. sampled dec 5/09.

pouirs deep brown, not quite black, with a small dense tan head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. cocoa. bit of molasses. light alcohol, but it definitely hides most of its strength. caramel. bit of butterscotch. almond. earthy. touch of dark fruit. multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker.

taste is great. dark and milk chocolate. touch of bittersweet chocolate. coffee and espresso. molasses. lightly warming alcohol. vanilla. woody and earthy. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. actually, more like a 12 grain bread with sunflower seeds and such baked into it. bit of nutty character too, but the sunflower/grainy character is probably closer. caramel. bit of toffee. a bit friuty.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. just below medium carbonation level. slightly prickly, but that may be a touch of alcohol more than carbonation.

drinkability is great. it hides most of its alcohol, drinking like 7-8% rather than over 12%. great depth and complexity. this is one tasty stout!

Serving type: growler

12-06-2009 04:07:45 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, huge thanks to hoppymeal for the growler extra! A god among men.

Pours a cloudy and opaque very dark brown, basically black out of the light, thin tan head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, a tiny layer, no real lacing, but looks pretty good.

Smell is rich and intense, chocolate, lots of roast, caramel sweetness, big biscuity toast, oatmeal, very toasty, some fruit, very brown sugar and a bit of lactose sweetness, really well integrated.

Taste is very good, sweet and roasty, chocolate wafers, some roast, caramel, brown sugar, oatmeal, nice fruity character but mostly just a lot of dry roast and fruit. Raisins, a touch of alcohol, light bit of floral, real silky sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty damn silky and smooth, absolutely no hint of the ABV on this one. I owe you Derek!

Serving type: growler

12-06-2009 03:36:18 | More by Viggo
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of Northernbrews. Thanks a ton Jeff!

Pours a very dark brown in color. Whatever little head there is on the pour is quickly gone. Just a ring of off white carbonation around the perimeter of the beer.
Smell is huge chocolate malts, some bitter cocoa and just a hint of alcohol.
Taste is more of the chocolate malts, but there's an awful lot of alcohol in this bad boy as well. This is a real shit kicker, nothing to be messed with. Glad I had help with this growler because there's no way in hell one man is drinking this and living to tell about it. With all the alcohol and strength in this beer, it's still relatively smooth in the mouthfeel. Short's can just flat out make beer! Would be nice on those really cold winter nights.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2009 18:06:19 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Bung

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sounds and feels like this version is slightly different than what is listed.
Black pour with a tan head that receded quickly. Not a ton of lacing, but it is there. Some roast aromas, more cocoa and chocolates. Tastes reciprocates, but there is some espresso type tones in there as well. Not creamy, but not watery either with just enough carbonation. The coffee roast is how it finishes and it lingers a while. Not really much alcohol presence. It is just a little bit thin, with the offset being there is no problem putting some quantity of this down. Will look forward to trying to get some more from Shorts.

Serving type: growler

04-20-2009 01:32:36 | More by Bung
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younger35

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a growler of this deliciousness from northernbrews. As far as I'm concerned Joe Short is the most inventive brewer out there and although sometimes it's hit or miss, its still really fun to try! Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass with a buddy.

Appearance- Pours a super dark brownish black with a small half finger dark tan head that bubbles away quickly. A nice collar is left with a tiny thinned out cap and some smidgens of lacing.
Smell- A bit of dark black chocolate to start with a very wispy sort of cocoa smell. Brown sugar and a light sort of toasted grain that is fairly raw and earthy. Black coffee and cream with hints of dark fruits and smoke.
Taste- Starts slightly sweet with a dark molasses earthiness and loads of roasted malts. Espresso and caramel that slowly fade to a dry chalky chocolate that reminds me of cocoa nibs. Loads of smoke and dried plums finish covering every square inch of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- A bit on the thin side but nothing I can't get past. Fairly gritty and rough with very little carbonation.
Drinkability- I really enjoyed this but not as much as I did Cup O' Joe or even S'mores. The flavors aren't quite as big as some of the other's Short's I've tried but saying that it was definitely worth trying and I'd drink again. Thanks Jeff!

Serving type: growler

04-14-2009 22:29:01 | More by younger35
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emerge077

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to MasterSki for pulling out this wildcard...review from notes.

Black body with a near ruby glint at the meniscus of the glass. Dry coffee and tobacco nose, sort of faint, reminded me of an Irish Dry Stout. Tobacco leaf, dry ashy bittersweet chocolate, traces of espresso. Thin bodied, with a firm bitterness. Fairly simple with nice roasty chocolate flavors. Nowhere near 12.5%, and therein lies the mystery. Paired nicely with Chris' donated chocolate...

Serving type: growler

03-31-2009 01:30:02 | More by emerge077
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Busted this out for a Sunday afternoon tasting with a bunch of the Chicago BAs. Served in a mini-pint glass. Big thanks to rclnmeyer for hauling this down from Bellaire.

A - One finger of light than foam that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. Dark, dark, dark brown with a hint of lighter brown at the fringes - one step away from black.

S - Quite the surprise - smells kind of like an Irish dry stout! Baker's chocolate, a touch of smokiness, burnt malt, and some dark fruits way in the background. Not one hint of booze.

T- Roasted malts, a hint of coffee, dark fruits, a touch of molasses, and a mild bitter aftertaste. Not the most complex stout, but still quite nice.

M - Surprisingly thin, more porter-like in texture than imperial stout (see below). Nice carbonation with a lot of tingle on the upper lip and top palate. Solid residual stickiness.

D - If this was really 12.5% it'd be the greatest beer of all-time. Even still, it's incredibly drinkable - the guys and I polished off the growler in no time, even though we had major problems with the Sheol earlier that was only 1% stronger. Nice moderate carbonation, mild aftertaste, and incredibly well-hidden alcohol (no matter what the ABV really is).

The guys and I did a double-take when we saw the listed ABV of 12.5% - apparently this is a new version that is closer to 7.2% and features a significant receipt tweak. I'm not even sure this can be considered the same beer as the bottled version, which I unfortunately never got a chance to try.

Serving type: growler

03-30-2009 05:55:19 | More by MasterSki
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TheBlackMallard

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed while watching a bootleg copy of Role Models.

Pours still and black, some bubbles rise to the top and form a small mocha ring. Leaves plenty of lacing while the beer itself seems to coat my snifter.

Smells of Chocolate, Plums, Coffee, Roasted Barley, Molasses and Brown Sugar.

Strong coffee notes, Chocolate, Raisins, and Awesomeness.

Thick and creamy with medium low carbonation. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

Serving type: growler

01-17-2009 05:31:35 | More by TheBlackMallard
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FrognutUnl

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Deep cola brown in color with a scant tan head. When I had it at the brew pub it was a bit more carbonated than this growler I have now, but it is almost a month old in the growler. The aroma hasn't changed a bit, big cocoa and roasted oats with hints of coffee, absolutely wonderful. The taste is the same as the nose. Not a whole lot of complexity, but still a damn tasty brew. Mouthfeel is a little thin due to the lack of carbonation, but again the growler has been in my fridge for quite awhile. Carbonation issue aside, this rates very high on the drinkability scale.

Serving type: growler

01-02-2009 02:15:55 | More by FrognutUnl
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OMills

Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

M-Moderate Carbonation and mouthfeel. Not too thin,but could be a bit more "beefy" IMO

O- I'd say this a damn good beer. Every shorts Ive had its damn good. The mouth feel is a bit lacking IMO, but none-the-less is still great. I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 05:14:34 | More by OMills
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Gryphon69

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle
no date

A- Pours a very deep dark brown, near black. Head is surprisingly light tan for such a dark murky beer. Nice sticky lacing everywhere I swirl my glass. Looks good

S- Cocoa and roasted malts heavy up front, a nice deep oat smell to follow, some alcohol and brown sugar sweetness at the end. Love the full frontal chocolate smack in the face.

T- Ohh, heavy on the cocoa up front with dark malts mixed in, some noticeable coffee in the middle. Has a very odd and distinctive burnt and bitter finish that is ...dry. After the burnt sensations, the cocoa and malts come back in play.

M- Full body, thick and creamy. Not much slipperiness in it but very drinkable, feels heavy, but not syrupy or smooth.

O- Good beer, fairly easy to drink. The ABV is pretty well balanced and doesn't hit jump right out at you, which could be sneaky if you don't know its 10% beer. Not a very complicated beer with the smells and taste, what you smell is what you get.Would recommend it as a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 22:59:38 | More by Gryphon69
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - This beer is jet black with less than an inch of cocoa colored head.

S - I can smell the cocoa. It blends well with the roasted malt aromas.

T - I get some almost burnt flavors. The cocoa comes through, but the finish is kind of like burnt toast.

M - Full

O - I was hoping this beer would be better. The burnt flavor is off putting.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 18:13:07 | More by buschbeer
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick black with a very thin tan head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Mostly dark roasted malts and toasted oats.

T - Follows the smell. Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and a nice sweetness from the molasses. Nice bitter coffee finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is a very solid Imperial Stout. Lots of nice dark roasted flavors. Definetly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 03:02:27 | More by TreyIsWilson
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle date 10/16/13

A- Pours a pretty thick black with a nice medium brown head that dissipated to a thin ring.

S- Tart cherry, vanilla, chocolate, dark sugar. some alcohol.

T- Similar to nose. Coffee, dark chocolate, slight vanilla, dark sugar, slight tart acidity, some alcohol but the 10.8% is pretty hidden. Has a lasting dark chocolate, coffee note.

M- A bit lighter than expecting for the aroma, taste and ABV.

O- Another impressive stout from Short's. Most of their hoppy stuff I haven't dug but with this and Cup A Joe, I'd say Short's knows how to do dark beers. Nice amount of chocolate and light coffee plus some added vaniila make this a beer worth seeking out. And I found it as a discounted single for a dollar!



Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 06:52:58 | More by PaulyB83
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/16/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, oatmeal, molasses, toffee, toast, char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, cocoa, and molasses notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, cocoa, char, oatmeal, herbal, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, oatmeal, toast, toffee, molasses, char, pine, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa/molasses flavors; with a good malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial oatmeal stout. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted flavors with moderate hop presence; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:47:14 | More by superspak
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elNopalero

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a jet black with a healthy cap of cocoa colored foam.

There’s a hint of licorice backing the dominate aroma of cocoa nibs and dusting of cinnamon spice. The flavor has a sharp roastiness on it, with a strong chocolate-coffee presence. Great body, and pleasing finish. Enjoyed sipping.

Holy smokes, I didn’t realize it was so strong! Why doesn’t Shorts publish their ABVs on the bottles?

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 02:44:36 | More by elNopalero
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CMUbrew

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review from 12/30/13

A: Pours a dark black color. Looks fairly viscous. Fingers worth of dark brown head forms for about a minute before receding.

S: Definite oat smell, toasted oats, and dark roasty malt. There's also a little extra dimension there that could be some molasses. Just a tiny whiff of alcohol when really warmed.

T: Light roast initially, building to oat flavors and darker roast.

M: A nice full body with a good carbonation level.

O: This should be listed as an oatmeal stout because the oatmeal characteristics are definitely prevalent. Great stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:08:26 | More by CMUbrew
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schnjac

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown: almost black, with a minimal tan head. Moderate lacing is left on the glass. Strong roasty malts give rise to a smokey and mildly creamy coffee flavor. Moderately bitter aftertaste. Dry bitterness and very little carbonation in the mouthfeel. Nice creamy holiday stout

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 20:12:42 | More by schnjac
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark tan head that quickly died down, leaving a large collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is very rich—the cocoa flavors seem to be stronger in the taste compared to the smell.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very enjoyable if you like cocoa and thick stouts; the mouthfeel has the consistency of a milk stout. Surprisingly, no alcohol is perceptible in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 19:45:44 | More by metter98
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/14/13 bottling date. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Like oil. Dark brown head doesn't last long. Pretty nice lacing, considering the ABV.

Smell: Definite Imperial Stout. Heavy sweetness and roastiness... an essence of alcohol. Coffee and chocolate galore. Superb.

Taste: Awesome... so much chocolate with an awesome sweetness from the molasses, which also contributes to the almost flawless mouthfeel. Plenty of delicious roasty notes. The oats give a phenomenal feel, the molasses provides a great sweetness... but this is never cloying. It remains impeccably, DANGEROUSLY, drinkable. The alcohol is felt more than it's tasted (very little taste), but it's not harsh at all. Aftertaste has an almost burnt malt flavor that has me begging for more.

Basically world class, in my mind... maybe my favorite beer from Short's as well. To top it all off, $2 a single? I've spent two times as much per ounce on beers that can't TOUCH this one. A must-buy. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 04:26:45 | More by Alextricity
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krustster

Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It can't be hard to make a good-looking imperial (oatmeal!) stout. This one is no different than most; a mouthwatering dark dark brown, with also a very dark-colored head that was a bit fluffier than I expected which left some "lacing" but didn't coat the glass as much as some I've had. Dark red around the edges when held up to the light. I've grown to really like the Short's artwork as well.

I'm not sure how to detect oatmeal in a stout, but this one smells like an oatmeal stout anyway. The molasses is detectable, as well as some coffee and the usual roasted malts and so forth. So far, so good. Smells very rich, a bit of alcohol heat in the nose too.

The taste is quite a bit better than I was expecting. For some reason I expected this to be weak because it's a Short's brew (I know they have a lot of high gravity and fantastic stuff, I don't know why I always think this but I do) but this is loaded with flavor. Lots of coffee, in fact I looked at the bottle again to see if they included it with the molasses and oatmeal in the description. Bitterness is low but still noticeable yet balanced with substantial sweetness. For an imperial stout it's pretty smooth. I almost said "mild" but these are still big flavors of roastedness, molasses, coffee, and something else that I can't put my finger on but still fits just right. Surprisingly, the alcohol heat from the nose is almost totally hidden in the actual taste. To be frank, this tastes VERY similar to Founders Breakfast Stout to me, minus the hints of chocolate and that undefinable "something extra" that FBS has, for me at least. And the coffee isn't as exotic or whatever but that's okay.

The mouth feel is just about right. I think it might actually benefit from a tiny bit more carbonation but I'm probably crazy. Other than that it's fairly heavy, not as syrupy as some but still very appropriate; maybe a little too sticky on the finish but that is probably the molasses talking.

It could be the fact that imperial stouts are so hard to find where I live is making me like each one that much more, but overall I think this is a very delicious beer that stands up quite well to the competition. I don't know what the price is since I got a few of them in a mix-a-six for $9 deal and there were no packs available, but if it's on par with the rest of Short's offerings at around $10 for a six, then this one is a steal.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:48:32 | More by krustster
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schepelz

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A - Deep deep brown, almost a jet black. Aggressive pour that led to very minimal tan head. Not much in terms of lacing

S - Getting strong roasty malts. Faint hint of espresso/coffee. Getting a bit of boozy aroma as well

T - Very unique stout. Roasty, bitter, smokey, and also a charred flavor that others have mentioned. Lot of flavors meshing together in the most amazing way possible. Getting some creaminess which I'm assuming is from the oatmeal.

M - Minimal carbonation, medium bottom. Left with a dry bitterness

O - Very solid imperial stout that I was excited to try out of the winter 12 pack. Not what I expected, but definitely not disappointed by any means. Really enjoying the roasty / smokey / charred flavors that come through. Quite unique and very much enjoy

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 00:45:10 | More by schepelz
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brownish black. almost no head and leaves no lacing behind. opaque

Smell: strong chocolate and roasted malts. some espresso. low in strength though

Taste: chocolate up front. slightly sweet and lots of bitter. roasted malts. espresso. a hint of alcohol. pretty complex and very well balanced

Mouthfeel: nice and heavy. silky and smooth feel. strong lingering bitterness

Overall: a very good big strong stout. i hoped the oatmeal was a little more effective and i think the strong bitterness takes away from it. great strength and complexity. a wonderful beer for a cold snowy night.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 00:57:45 | More by SportsandJorts
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Mavigo

Michigan

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Came in the Short's Limited Edition variety pack. Sounds good. Served in a tulip.

A: Pours a thick black-brown color, like motor oil, and it has a short mocha colored head that lasts a few minutes before it dissipates down to a thin mocha remnant with small patches of lacing.

S: Smells of barley, malts, yeast, chocolate, dark fruits, cherries, and booze

T: Quite boozy and bitter, strong aftertaste. Tastes of barley, malts, yeast, dark fruits, finishes with booze and hints of hops.

M: Medium amounts of carbonation, full bodied, strong flavors and strong after taste, fairly balances, very thick and rich.

O: Overall this was interesting, I was expecting something overly sweet and chocolatey but it was bold and interesting. Recommended by me.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 21:28:13 | More by Mavigo
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Short's Mystery Stout from Short's Brewing Company
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