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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great stout. Pours very dark brown, some white head. Decent attractive aroma, some of the cocoa, mollasses. Very tasty bittersweet chocolate. Light coffee. Above average mouthfeel. Very tasty and drinkable, smooth.Surprisingly high a.b.v. as not felt at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 01:05:32 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GrandCruDrew for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with dark khaki highlights on the edges of the glass and a very small 1/2 inch dark khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small rivulets of lace stick on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malts, toasted oats, cocoa powder, and molasses. However, the smells are somewhat underwhelming. Taste is much better than the smell with roasted malts/oats, dark cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and molasses. Good mouthfeel with low carbonation but a smooth and creamy feel. Overall, this is a good stout that I am very happy I got to try after reading about it. One of the best of the Short's beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:42:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the last of the new Shorts I needed to try, I cracked this one open with dinner last night. Served in a pint glass and consumed on 02/11/2010.

The pour was dark as night with a small cap of tan that appeared right on the top, settling down slowly it leaves a touch of side lacing and a nice bit of foam around the edges. Ten minutes in the top is bare though and only some light lacing on the sides remains. Aroma is sweet, licorice and brown sugar, hints of chocolate coming together nicely, but missing that little bit of push to really throw it over the top for me. Smooth, creamy and full bodied it started to grow on me as the session wore on. Bitter, dark German chocolate, coffee, hints of something else, fruit, maybe but probably not. Hard to place but there is something else there providing another flavor of some sort that is hard to discern. Dry finish with a light alcohol warmth to it and last tastes of cookie dough and coffee.

Overall interesting, not my favorite of the lot but interesting for sure. Wish I could figure out what the other taste was though, it just has me terribly perplexed at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 01:25:06 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again I must thank calsbeek for hooking it up with a few bottles of this one. Thanks Ryan!

A: A very nice looking pour on this beer. Black and viscous with a decent sized tan head.

S: There is a lot of roast going on here, but a slight sweetness/sugar character from the molasses provides a bit of contrast.

T: Again, a lot of roasted malt with some nice molasses flavor. The oatmeal provides a smooth, cookie-like taste, and there is a bit of alcohol as well.

M: The body is full and the carbonation is low to moderate.

D: Again, an interesting beer from Shorts. I found this one to be a bit too boozy, but not surprising at such a high ABV. The flavors are fairly nice, though, just note quite as mellow as I might have hoped for.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 20:43:13 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle# 270 of 500; Bottled 4/20/06

Appearance: Closer to dark brown than black, with a mocha head that foams and fizzles to a film; leaves a curtain of lace

Smell: Dark chocolate with lots of molasses and a hint of coffee

Taste: After a burst of dark chocolate, the molasses takes over, dominating the flavor to mid-palate, along with a hoppy bitterness; after the swallow, the molasses continues in strength, with the coffee making an appearance at the very end

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation; some warmth from the ABV, even after three years of age

Drinkability: Another interesting beer from Short's but the molasses is a bit too dominant for my tastebuds

Thanks, hoppymeal, for another treat

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 00:38:49 | More by brentk56
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown; almost a cocoa color. Thin light mocha head that sticks around for some time. The nose is really nice with notes of cocoa, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, and some slight roast. The taste is really strong with the cocoa and molasses and light vanilla notes in the end. A bit boozy, but it works well with the strong dessert flavors. Really nice overall, though it's a bit much to really pound down.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:34:16 | More by Thorpe429
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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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, labeled "Mystery Oatmeal Stout". Thanks to Roke87 for the hookup.

This beer pours a solid black, with slight cola edges, and one fat finger of tight foamy, creamy tan head, which exhibits stellar retention, eventually giving up some approaching storm cloud lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of lightly roasted malt, powdered beverage chocolate, bitter coffee, and a separate earthy sweetness. The taste is sweet toffee malt, strong bittersweet chocolate, mild day-old coffee, some earthy, floral honey, and mild sticky molasses. Not a whiff of booze, nor even a warming - wow. The carbonation is quite sedate, almost drowsy, the body medium-full in weight, deadly smooth, and somewhat creamy. It finishes still sweet and chocolaty, a subtle dryness that's more bitter leafy hop than alcohol keeping things in check.

One smooth-talkin', Barry White analogue of a big stout. The molasses and chocolate sure provide more bang for the buck than the oatmeal apparently does, but so what - it all goes down insanely easy for the purported strength, and in a nice dessert-like, coma-inducing manner.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 22:58:41 | More by biboergosum
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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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a touch of hops but it’s a bit metallic as well.

T: The taste starts with a very hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by flavors of milk chocolate, black coffee and oats. The hops presence is mild as it should be for this kind of beer but there’s enough to provide some balance. There is some dark fruit in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid 2IPA worth drinking for while.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 03:51:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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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Mora2000

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TasteTester for sending this beer to me.

Pours dark brown to black with a beige head. The aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malts. The flavor is chocolate, roasted and burnt malts, coffee and some nice bitterness - although I am not sure if it is from hops or from the bitter chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 23:23:47 | More by Mora2000
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Pours a darker colored thick head that fades at a medium pace with lots of little bubbles and a bit of lacing, over midnight black colored beer.

Nose adds lots of dark malts, some roasted malts, black patent, some oats, bit of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs, creamy chocolate milk and lactose like, some light bitter earthy malts, light coffee and caramel.

Taste starts with a bit of a smoked malt, some light smoked malt flavors dominate the initial flavor, then some other dark malts, bit of roast, black patent, and a hint of chocolate malt, some cocoa nib flavors, light chocolate milk, flaked oats, a bit sweet, there's also an interesting slight fig like fruit flavor, light coffee, later comes plenty of caramel and molasses. As it finishes it dries a bit, and as the liquid evaporates a huge dark chocolate flavor appears and just blankets my mouth, like I was just chewying on dark chocolate, and plenty of oatmeal as well late, just the faintest hint of booze which is hidden well, and some light earthy hops come out from hiding really late.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, slightly creamy, decent carbonation, and just the faintest hint of booze.

Overall I'm impressed. By far the best short's I've reviewed so far (I tried a few crazy beers but didn't review them at festivals that were really good), lots of great flavors and aromas, booze is hidden well, nothing over the top, nothing lacking too much aside from maybe a bit more hops, but tasty and I bet it will age well.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 02:04:31 | More by jlindros
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The molasses on this really seems to overpower and overshadow everything else on this beer. It's thick and consistent on it's body and flavor, but the molasses really takes over things and unfortunately that's that. Interesting, yes. But the molasses ruins any chance the beer may have had to deliver any degree of subtle or otherwise character.

I still do appreciate this beer, but the nearly one-sided nature of it is nearly too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:21:36 | More by RblWthACoz
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Telix for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The stout is dark, oily and pitch black. A small head quickly dissapates. Even when I swish the ale around in my glass, no legs linger around.

S: Rich chocolate, burnt malts and molasses linger around, along with coffee and licorice. The nose is very inviting while retaining its complexity.

T: The stout is burnt, ashen and charred. The fierceness is surprising, especially because the nose doesn't hint at this magnitude. Vanilla and molasses follow behind the burnt malts. Molasses doesn't strike me as blackstrap, a bit sweeter and not as 'dark'. Chocolate sweetness, cocoa powder and semi-sweet varietals, are a counter point to the scorched earth malts. Behind all the dark malts, lo and behold, a citrus hoppiness is evident. A nice change of pace, those hops are. More roasted malts see each sip away.

M: The stout is well-rounded, sweet and acrid, bitter and toasted. The molasses and hops add flavor bursts that smooth out the sharp dark malts.

D: At 11%, this is a sipping stout. Full of flavor, roasted and dark, yet sweet.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 20:31:40 | More by akorsak
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 09:27:44 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from mjd83goblue. Thanks for the opportunity. <Jeremy2002 = bad trader>

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. What head there is lasts well, with prominent legs and sparse lace. Aroma is chocolate, anise, and alcohol. Taste is sweet chocolateyness to start, anise in the middle, then coffee and bitterness to close, with ample warming that lingers. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is scary good for the abv. Nice one.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 01:45:02 | More by ppoitras
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to zrrbrrt for sharing this outstanding gem (#160/500)...
Appears a dark brown bordering black with a 3 finger tan head that slowly fades into a small film and collar. Spotty lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of maple, cocoa, caramel, oats, vanilla, plenty of sugar, and dark grapes.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas toned down slightly with roastiness standing out. There is also a light oakiness found in the flavors as well.
Mouthfeel is roasty, full bodied, with caramel and brown sugar running along the palate.
Drinkability is nice, and ripe. I bet it'll get even better with age.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 17:10:15 | More by weeare138
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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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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Quite dark, not much in the way of edges. A hard pour produced a smattering of light beige bubbles. Short-lived, spotty lace. Now that's a roasty aroma! Nutty and coffee bean notes along with brown sugar, toffee, milk chocolate, dry cocoa, bit of lactose, slightly toasty. There's a strong bitterness present, but rich sweetness prevails. Lots of caramel and toffee, chocolate, and roast. A bit fruity towards the end, chocolate covered raisins and faint citrus. Slight alcohol in the finish, along with lingering bitterness. Creamy texture, some alcohol warmth, full bodied, low carbonation, light astringency from the dark grains but not enough to dry out the palate. Very smooth. A very good beer with nicely integrated flavours. Everything seems to work very well together and the alcohol is well hidden if this thing is really 12.5%.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 23:06:52 | More by DrJay
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Got this one a while back from Kbeals.... Thanks a bunch Kevin. I decided to pull this one out because I was worried that it may be infected, but I am happy to report, no sour notes are found.

Dark tan 1" head... sorta dies quickly... only hints of lacing... the brew is black.

nose is very nice... good chocolate whaffs combine with the dark malts... if it was sweeter, I would think iced mocha.

Flavor has more in the way of roasty malts that speak of coffee... some nice fruity esters are pretty lite mid palate that remind me of plum... a bit of char toward the finish... and a touch of metal shows, but isn't too distracting... plenty roasty and chocolaty across the board.. pretty nice right now, I doubt age is really going to help. Body is a tad light for this big of a stout, but the mouthfeel is smooth and a lighter than expected carbonation adds to the overall presence.

Thanks again to my main Short's connection... Kevin we should do it again sometime!!

4/4/4/4/4

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 06:25:12 | More by JohnGalt1
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Poured into darkness snifter. Thanks to eyebrews for this one!

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head that fades to a thick ring. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a midnight black.

Aroma: Lots of oats up front, chocolate/heavy cocoa, coffee, molasses. A very big, roasted stout. Grassy hops in the background.

Taste: Definitely is a huge oatmeal stout. Roasted malts, oats, heavy molasses. Deep cocoa and rich coffee notes. Grassy hops again balance it out a bit. Very much like the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and rich. Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends roasted and dry.

Overall, this is an awesome oatmeal stout. It is massive and packs a lot of flavor. A definite sipper, but a good one. I dig this one. Another winner from shorts. Glad to see this one wasn't the ones that went bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 05:45:39 | More by mothman
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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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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! 12 oz bottle! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured a deep dark brown with a minimal slightly tan off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoke, and dark fruit. The flavor was of roasted malt, smoke, maple syrup, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma did not do much to prepare me for the flavor, but I was pleasantly surprised when I did sample this one. The maple definitely makes itself known on the followthrough and was followed up by a nice fruity aspect as another surprise. The smoke in this one was also a nice touch. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one as it is definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 12:46:02 | More by thagr81us
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher Nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Sweemzander for another Short's beer.

A - The tall pour was on the quiet side. It came out like dirty oil draining from the pan. Totally black in the glass, it's topped by a light toffee head. Only a finger tall, it had poor retention but a small collar of lace left over.

S - A large oaty nose balances well with dark roasted malts. Hints of milk chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, and molasses give good depth and subtlety to the nose. Really robust and foreboding.

T - Mystery stout is incredibly bitter right from the get-go. Really dry and roasted. In fact I'd say it's too roasted. A bit of cocoa combined with the roasted malts is distracting. The hints of milk chocolate and molasses add a nice touch.

M - Very rich and syrupy, "spent oil" is a good way of describing this brew. It coats the throat on the way down. Its velvety smooth from the oats and finishes soft. The aftertaste becomes hard with a really dry bitterness from roasted malts. Almost burnt-like.

D - This one's a big-time sipper that could either get better or worse with a warmer temperature. A few minor tweaks and it would be money! It's on the right track and I'm happy it's not infected!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 03:19:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Short's Mystery Stout from Short's Brewing Company
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