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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: 118
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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tommy5

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-18-2014 01:03:59 | More by tommy5
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

03-08-2014 04:57:12 | More by Sirvis
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

02-25-2014 03:02:27 | More by TreyIsWilson
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-23-2014 00:22:56 | More by dmorgan310
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waston

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-19-2014 15:32:25 | More by waston
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Tracker83

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

02-18-2014 02:51:41 | More by Tracker83
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Doublicious

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

02-17-2014 17:21:51 | More by Doublicious
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jeffwright

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-14-2014 01:48:13 | More by jeffwright
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thickgirth

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

02-13-2014 23:17:47 | More by thickgirth
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astronautjones

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-13-2014 22:33:10 | More by astronautjones
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

02-11-2014 17:41:38 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-26-2014 01:39:26 | More by MichiganderHB
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ltltony

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-24-2014 21:04:45 | More by ltltony
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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!

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-18-2014 19:46:33 | More by Morey
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FlyingHellfish

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-15-2014 02:19:46 | More by FlyingHellfish
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lewdwig

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-15-2014 00:14:44 | More by lewdwig
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blue-dream

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

01-14-2014 18:04:36 | More by blue-dream
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TheConnMan

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-14-2014 17:38:20 | More by TheConnMan
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Lukafer

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-13-2014 06:45:27 | More by Lukafer
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-07-2014 05:27:32 | More by decadance
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elNopalero

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%

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?

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

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

01-06-2014 01:08:26 | More by CMUbrew
Short's Mystery Stout from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.