Short's Mystery Stout - Short's Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
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
12-30-2013 20:12:42 | More by schnjac
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
12-30-2013 19:45:44 | More by metter98
4.31/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
12-11-2013 04:26:45 | More by Alextricity
4.16/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
12-06-2013 02:48:32 | More by krustster
Short's Mystery Stout from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.