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Short's Mystery Stout - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

370 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 115
Gots: 44 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of decadance
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of elNopalero
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
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?

Photo of CMUbrew
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of schnjac
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Short's Mystery Stout from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.