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Short's Mystery Stout - Short's Brewing Company

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362 Ratings

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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

tommy5, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of buschbeer
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.

buschbeer, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Sirvis
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Sirvis, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of TreyIsWilson
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.

TreyIsWilson, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

dmorgan310, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

waston, Feb 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Tracker83, Feb 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Doublicious, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jeffwright, Feb 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

thickgirth, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

astronautjones, Feb 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker, Feb 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

MichiganderHB, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ltltony, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of PaulyB83
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!

PaulyB83, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Morey, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

FlyingHellfish, Jan 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

lewdwig, Jan 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

blue-dream, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

TheConnMan, Jan 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Lukafer, Jan 13, 2014
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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.

superspak, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

decadance, Jan 07, 2014
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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?

elNopalero, Jan 06, 2014
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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.

CMUbrew, Jan 06, 2014
Short's Mystery Stout from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.