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Imperial Carob Stout - Short's Brewing Company

Imperial Carob StoutImperial Carob Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

36 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.4%


Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 06-20-2007)
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tasting glass. Big thanks to Matt for sharing this.

A: Opaque black body with a brief wisp of tan foam. A little flat.

S: Sweet chocolate, lightly sweet carob. Syrupy, sweet, and seductive.

T: Chocolate, caramel, carob, and some delicate leafy, herbal, spicy notes. Tasty.

M: Medium body with highly lively, fine carbonation filling it out.

O: I'm hearkening back to the days of the Drinkability score here, as this one became a bit hard to drink after a few sips. While it was tasty, the sweetness and spiciness together became a bit overwhelming. Still, very interesting and enjoyable beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 00:35:12 | More by woosterbill
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SpeedwayJim

New York

2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeff (ipa247) for this one. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a .5 finger coarse mocha colored head with low retention. A thick ring of mocha hangs atop an opaque black brew. Lacing is non-existant. Pretty shabby.

S: Nose is strange. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and burnt brown sugar. There's also a strange spoiled leaf and herbal scent that I'm guessing is the carob. Not the most enticing.

T: Opens roasted malt, milk chocolate, and burnt brown sugar. Very coarse. Spoiled coffee towards the middle with some marshmallow sweetness at the middle-end. More brown sugar with a hint of brownie and alcohol at the finish. Aftertaste is cocoa powder bittersweetness. Interesting.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Thin and mellow in the mouth but with a coarseness going down. Finish is mellow but the aftertaste lingers. Average.

O: For Shorts, this is another experiment that didn't really work. I've never had carob before, but if its anything like the awkward burnt brown sugar, sweet tea leaf, marshmallow flavor combination that is happening in this beer, I'll pass. An interesting beer and intriguing enough that its worth a try, but ultimately not very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 22:55:21 | More by SpeedwayJim
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Number 390 out of 912. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a slight light tan head. Chocolate aroma mixed with some light roast aromas with some, honestly reminds me of a chocolate cereal of sorts. Roasted flavor followed by a dark chocolate sweet flavors. More sweet than roast. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty nice drinking beer. Very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 21:16:29 | More by kbutler1
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into kbs chalice.

Pours hardly any head. But leaves a slight amount of lace. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Smells like a chocolate cereal. Cocoa puffs or cocoa pebbles. Rich and creamy. Some vanilla and fruity flavors.

Taste: Very chocolate forward dominate. It tastes kind of like fake chocolate or dark chocolate. Cocoa pebbles and cocoa puffs again. It is a very odd tasting beer. It is pretty creamy.

Mouthfeel: Rich, roasted, and creamy. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry, kind of clean.

Overall, this was an interesting stout. The chocolate was odd, but it wasn't bad. It was somewhat drinkable. Thanks Kevin!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 00:04:50 | More by mothman
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mentor

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cellared by me since I picked it up from the brewery back when it was just released. Pours a heavy finger of brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells very dry roast coffee, chocolate, cream, blackberry, mild spice zip, and some clean alcohol. Metallic, chocolate on pear, chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Tastes dry roast, with baker's chocolate, and blackberry that I find comes with the use of northern brewer hops. This beer is very dry, like a foreign export stout. Grassy hop still persists, some citrus hop flavor, nut, iron, berry, over-baked sugar cookies (made with some brown sugar in place of some of the white sugar). Scorch and black malt acrid in the finish. Dark fruity esters rise retronasal to add complexity. Pretty interesting beer.

Thick in the mouth and md carbonation that comes across stingy, like due to the drying grains and acrid finish. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 06:02:13 | More by mentor
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joshuaseresse

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on my Michigan trip. Drank the other night with my girlfriend. Served in a snifter:

A - dark black with a minimal head which quickly dissolves into a thin ring with lots of bubbles in the middle. Really no lacing.

S - Roast and milk chocolate. Sugar and light vanilla.

T - Roasted candy. Creamy dark chocolate and bits of vanilla.

M - A bit bitter and dry feeling left in the mouth. Carbonation is a bit lacking. Kind of reminds me of the feeling you get when drinking ice coffee.

D - Its a good brew. The first time I drank it at the brewpub I was blown away by it but this bottle was a little less candy than I remembered. Its a good non barrel aged stout but my taste might be off a bit because of all the barrel aged coffee stouts I've been drinking lately.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 18:32:15 | More by joshuaseresse
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TCgoalie

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/7/10 purchased from the Short's Tap room.

I noticed quite a few bubbles of carbonation when this was poured, though not much gathered for a head.

There is some cocoa beans and malts in the smell with a touch of heat sting.

The taste is mild with dark chocolate and light malts. There is a bit of a hop/coffee bitterness in the end.

The mouthfeel is dissapointing for an 'imperial stout' as it is thin with a bit of drying.

Overall, this would be a great single stout but doesn't stack up to other imperial stouts. The Price was too much...$15 for the 750ml.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 03:18:15 | More by TCgoalie
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared w/ friends in Newport, RI. Thanks to doodler.

A- A nice dark brown/black pour, a sandy tan head that is 2-3 fingers. Settles nicely, minimal lacing.

S- Rich chocolatey aroma, some great deep dark malts on this one.

T- Chocolate/Carob. Very nice, mellow, milky. Is there lactose in this? Also, a very faint tinge of earthiness that helps balance the sweet flavors.

M- Like velvet. Sublime.

D- Fairly high. One of the best 'flavored stouts' out there. This aged gracefully and is drinking well now- if you got one, open it up!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 18:08:44 | More by ShogoKawada
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice. This is a dark black color, fairly fizzy with a light head. Smell is dominated by deep dark chocolate... maybe some milkiness or cream mixed in as well. Taste is also dark chocolate.. mostly sweet and finishing with a slight bitter twinge. This is extremely drinkable without much alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, not heavy at all for an imperial stout.

I'll admit I'm not really sure I know what carob tastes like, but to me this is a tasty and drinkable chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:03:52 | More by webmanspidey
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle from their Imperial series that I picked up at the brewpub. This one is holding up very nicely. It has a light brown head, some lacing and a black/brown color.

Smells real nice, chocolate (or carob but I've never smelt carob from what I remember), coffee and roasted malts.

This is a nice smooth beer, coffee, chocolate and some bitterness (not hops). A real treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 06:33:16 | More by irishkyle21
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Pours thick dark brown with gorgeous brown head. Aromas of the carob, and I like it. A good changeup from regular chocolate laden RIS. Very rich filling drink, nicely done well above average mouthfeel. May be a tad of lactose, otherwise smooth and without coffee obtrusion.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 01:06:02 | More by Sammy
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Bottle 369 of 912.

Inky dark brown body with a dense, creamy, finger of khaki brown head. Good lacing. Roasted malts on the nose mix with sugary dark fruit, vanilla, milk chocolate, and maple syrup. Taste follows suit, with light roasted grains up front. This is followed by a growing sweet mix of milk chocolate, caramel, and ripe fruit. Sweetness is tempered by some bitter dark chocolate, a smattering of roasted coffee with cream. Finish is bittersweet with lingering notes of licorice and mocha. Medium-full body with a creamy feel. Another very nice imperial beer from Shorts!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 01:39:41 | More by alexgash
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slaintemhor

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bottle of the 2007. The colour was as black as a moonless night. The aroma was redolent of burnt sugar and roasty malt. On the palate, it seemed somewhat thin bodied (for an Imp. stout), but still sweetly malty and that chocolate-like flavour that carob has, though slightly chalky as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 05:22:37 | More by slaintemhor
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tpd975

Florida

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to jdubfl for bringing all the Short's beers in for a tasting.

This one finished a shorts tasting where we drank every Imperial beer except the Publican Porter. All I can say is wow. Short's can put out some real world class unique beer.

A: Pours a dark blackish brown with a small head. No retention or lace.

S: Aromas of bakers chocolate, bold roasted malt, and coffee.

T: Flavor of coffee, which seems to meld well with rich dark chocolate. Light roasted malt, nuts and vanilla. I can't believe how chocolate like the carob is in this beer.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with good carbonation.

D: Good, a tasty brew and a fitting finish to a great Short's tasting. Thanks Justin for bringing them in and to northernbrews for sending them.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 00:32:32 | More by tpd975
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big 750 received a while back from kbeals.. Thanks Kevin.. I had been holding on to this one to share with the Boise peeps for a while now... poured into MNFG.

great lite tan head.. the brew is deep dark brown .. verging on black..

Nose is lightly chocolate and mildly spicy... not as much aroma as I was hoping for.. lite coffee and other expected aromas.

Flavor makes up for the aroma... very smooth.. milky and tons of chocolate and dry cocoa at the finish.. lite coffee and a sorta artificial chocolate mid palate combines with some mild toasted malts.. a bit sweet at the end of the glass... the body is about right.. the carbonation may be a tad light.. but overall.. this one left me wanting more... maybe the age got to it.. I don't know... but I really was hoping for bunch more from my first Short's RIS...

Jeremy, Eric, and Sam kept trying to describe Carob to me.. but .. I don't think I've ever had it.. so, it was probably lost on me.

Thanks Kevin... I truly appreciate the Short's connection.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 06:42:55 | More by JohnGalt1
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csmiley

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to prototypic for sharing this one.
Bottle 187 of 912

A - Pours almost black in color. Some reddish highlights come through on the edges. Mocha head looks nice and shows average retention. Healthy amounts of lace coat the glass. Looks good to me.

S - Aroma is a little light but very pleasant. Chocolate comes through first and seems pretty smooth. Alcohol has a decent showing in the aroma as well. Some coffee finishes it up. Not much more can be said.

T - Starts with some chocolate and roasted notes. The balance between these two is nothing short of great. The chocolate really has a dry bittersweet flavor. Some alcohol is noted and keeps this one a little warm but never hot. Espresso comes in midway. Some charcoal style smokiness is in there too. More chocolate rounds things out.

M - Medium bodied with an average carbonation level. Very smooth on the palate with a nice dry finish. It doesn't hang on for too long either which actually works well for this beer.

D - Drinkability is good for this one. Everything just works well together. Alcohol is kept in check which makes it go down quite easy. 8.1% wouldn't keep me from downing a 750 ml bottle all by myself.l Flavor and aroma profiles are both very nice overall. It is ridiculously smooth for an Imperial Stout. Congrats to Short's for coming up with this one. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 02:01:27 | More by csmiley
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prototypic

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to ThomasHardy for the bottle. Another rarity I never thought I'd see. Thanks a ton, Brady.

Bottle #187 of 912

Imperial Carob pours a very dark brown color. It's damn near opaque. There's a faint hint of scarlet highlights at the very edge of the glass. A light tan head tops it off and rises to a finger or so deep. It dissipates to a surface level covering quickly. Lacing appears to be rather light.

The nose is good. Chocolate malts are easily the strongest scent. They're a little cocoa-like, but there's a bit of sweet milk chocolate here, too. Roasted coffee is in the mix, but is lighter than I expected. I'm hopeful that it's stronger in flavor. Ancillary notes of molasses and anise are noted. They're very subtle, but add some nice depth. It's a little yeasty on the tail. Alcohol is blended well. It's not a really deep or complex smelling beer, but it smells good. I like it.

The flavor is a little better than the nose, but it's not enough to bump the score. Damn the absence of tenths of points. It kicks off with a nice malty flavor. Chocolate malts are the focal point. It is a little cocoa-like, but there's a slight sweet side to it. Roasted coffee is more pronounced in flavor and complements the chocolate malts well. It's not so strong that the coffee averse would be offended by any means. Anise and molasses are very light in the mix, but work well with the other flavors. Tastes like there's some hop remnants here. I'm curious as to what a fresh bottle tastes like. This bottle is over two and a half years old. Nonetheless, a little floral hop flavor is noted. Alcohol is not noticeable in the least. It finishes a little dry and earthy. I'm tempted to pull the trigger on the next highest score, but it's just not quite that good. Not far off though. Perhaps a fresh bottle would change my mind.

Imperial Carob has a medium body that leans thick after a little warming. It's nice, creamy and smooth. Carbonation is relatively low and smooths it out nicely. Drinkability is excellent. It goes down way too easy and has a nice flavor. I'm splitting the 750, but would've gladly tackled it myself. It's also not too intimidating at 8.1% abv. Good stuff.

Short's brews some good beer. I'm hopeful that they'll distribute to Ohio one day. Imperial Carob Stout is another solid release in the Imperial Series. This is good stuff. I don't have any big qualms with the flavor, or anything else for that matter. I'd love to try a fresh bottle just to see what, if any, impact fresh hops might have on the flavor. But, for a two and a half year old bottle, this stuff's held up amazingly well. Glad I got to try it out. Easily recommended if you have the opportunity. Thanks a ton, Brady.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 01:47:15 | More by prototypic
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jay for giving this to my wife for her birthday. Served in a NotLA taster glass.

A - Good looking stout with two fingers of light tan foam that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid cap and tons of lacing. Dark, dark, brown body - almost black - with some slight transparency and more reddish-brown highlights at the fringes.

S - Tons of carob, which is very similar to cocoa-infused brews, roasted malts, and hints of coffee, vanilla, and cookies. Pretty potent and I think exactly what I'd expect from a carob stout.

T - The taste is quite the letdown - some roastiness and vanilla/saccharine sweetness. Finish is almost medicinal, with some dirty bitterness as well.

M - Medium body that's appropriate for an 8% brew. Lower carbonation, some grittiness, with some light lingering stickiness. Drinks a little like coffee with lots of cream and undissolved sugars.

D - I went for a refill of my taster, as it went down pretty quickly thanks to the lower carbonation. Still, I won't be driving up to Bellaire to get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 03:31:53 | More by MasterSki
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nickd717

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade, thanks to Tyson. Shared at a BA tasting. This was really quite good and I will be seeking out more from Short's in the future.

A - Black in color with a two-finger tan head and decent lacing.

S - Roast, coffee, and cocoa - or I guess that's probably the carob.

T - Roasted malt, bitter cocoa, coffee, and carob, which really balances it out. More on the drier side for an imperial stout.

M - Palate is slightly astringent, which is not a bad thing, with medium body for the style.

D - Pretty good. This is tasty and not too heavy, so it's definitely not tough to finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 16:25:38 | More by nickd717
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gford217

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle #296 courtesy of rlcnmeyer poured into a tulip. The last of the Imperial Series for me, and it's been a tasty trip.

Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and almost completely opaque black in the glass underneath a creamy tan head that recedes to a creamy ring and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma a mix of hugely roasted malts and dark chocolate sweetness. There's a good bit of coffee in there as well and some dark fruit in the background with the spicy carob character coming through as it warms.

The taste has an initial sweetness that has lots of dark and sweet chocolate. But it quickly gives way to a huge roasted, almost burnt, dark malt backbone which dominates through the finish, with coffee joining the mix as well. The subtle spiciness of the carob shows through in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and, as previously mentioned, is very roasted overall on the palate.

Another very creative and very tasty beer from Shorts. The carob has an interesting mix of sweetness and spiciness that inherently drives complexity in the brew. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 03:00:44 | More by gford217
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younger35

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew in a trade with hoppymeal. I really love how Short's is brewing some of these crazy unique brews. This will be my sixth of the Imperial series. Drank from my Darkness Snifter.

Imperial Stout brewed with Carob
Date Brewed: 1/30/07
Batch No: 275
Date Bottled: 3/26/07
Non Traditional Ingredients: Carob
Imperial Beer 6 of 13
Bottle Number 153 of 912

Appearance- Pours a dark blackish brown with a half finger dark tan head that recedes fairly quickly. A small wispy cap is left behind along with a super thin collar and very little lacing.
Smell- Very chocolaty (duh, right?) from the start. It's a very milky chocolate with a slight sweetness to it. Supremely roasted with an almost espresso like coffee aspect and more of those Tootsie Rolls I seem to find in these sweeter chocolate stouts. Caramel and vanilla finish this bad boy off. Great pungent nose!
Taste- Starts off with sort of gritty sweetness that is somewhat bitter (like coffee) and acrid. Very roasted and near burnt I wish they would have cut back on some of the charred grains. Some chocolate like goodness is present but not near as much as the nose led me to believe. The chocolate is raw and earthy and somewhat bitter. It's weird because somehow the brew manages to be fairly acrid and bitter, yet sweet. Caramel and vanilla create sort of a cappuccino like combination. More roasted bitterness in the finish with some lingering marshmallow and caramel.
Mouthfeel- Medium to full body with a creamy silkiness and light tingly carbonation.
Drinkability- Well for the most part the beer is fairly tasty. I would pump up the chocolate a few degrees and tone down the roasted malts and unfermented sugars a bit. It's a bit much at times but its pretty good overall. Big thanks again to Derek for his generosity!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 03:22:55 | More by younger35
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Floydster

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottles acquired in trades with OHLRangers and hoppymeal, thanks to Ed and Derek for the opportunities to try this beer, took one bottle to the Lost Abbey party last night and had the other about a week ago, reviewed from notes during the first experience, poured into my New Belgium snifter

A-Deep brown color with some red tint at the top, small 3/4 inch bubbly off white head that went away rather quickly, not much retention, no real lacing
S-Both milk and dark chocolate, rich caramel malts, some fruit, rum, roasted coffee beans, maple syrup, creamy milk accents, mild toffee, and sugar
T-Starts off with the carob full force with a mix of chocolate flavors, hard to describe the middle but is tasted like some kind of roasted bean that was similar to coffee but not quite, more on the espresso end of the spectrum as far as that goes though, finish is a little sweet, gets sweeter as it warms in my hand and that same roasted flavor is still there, the finish is a sweet rum-like taste that I could smell as well, not hot booze but more of a sweet presence to show that they are there
M-Moderate level of carbonation, medium body that is on the thinner side for sure, roasty, slightly sweet, and light mouthfeel, taste lingered a little bit
D-Could get close to finishing this bottle probably, it is not as full as other impy stouts, so that helps and the booze are hidden well, pretty smooth

Bottle #207/912, six of thirteen in the series, Short's succeeds in producing another unique beer for this lineup, glad to see a stout made it into their program, would drink again, recommended

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 19:25:08 | More by Floydster
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with an opaque black color and a thin, brown-tinged, tan colored head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate notes, richly fruity / molasses-like rum notes with lots of roast coffee aromatics and a deep, toasted grain note towards the finish. Rich, expressive dark chocolate notes play a big role here as does a big, darkly, almost burnt, whole grain toast character. As the beer warms up I get a nice mix of dark fruit aromatics, Rum-character, Brandy-like notes and a solid, burnt raisin note. This has a nice, fairly complex nose to it.

Roast flavors dominate in the mouth much more than they did in the aroma. This has a bitter, blackened, leaning towards charcoal, grain note to it in the finish as well as a lingering, toasted, whole grain note. This has quite a bit of astringency in the mouthfeel from all the roast grain, but it is fairly rich, which helps to mitigate this just a bit.

This started out pretty interesting; the aroma is much more expressive and complex than the flavor is. The flavor comes off a bit too harsh, though it is still reasonably tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 20:55:12 | More by Gueuzedude
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. # 140 of 912

Pours into my glass a deep black with dark brown edges and a small dark tan head that falls to a ring around the top of the glass. Aromas start out with rich roasted malts that move into herbal, chocolate flavors from the carob used here. Mild vanilla and a bit of a spicy undertone. Coffee aromas come through as well with a burnt undertone. Quite nice and complex.

First sip brings a big, rich roasted dark malt body upfront. Big, herbal carob moves in which brings a healthy chocolate flavor with caramel as well. Coffee notes move down with a touch of vanilla and spice as well. Slightly burnt on the finish with a mild sweetness. Really interesting, complex, tasty brew here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather chewy with a fairly dense malt body. Medium carbonation as the beer flows down nicely. Pretty easy to drink through the 750 by myself over the course of the night. Log this one in as another tasty brew in the Imperial Series from Short's. I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to sample this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 02:05:01 | More by orbitalr0x
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body, though with only a scant, off-white head.

Smell: Roasty, grainy aroma smelling fairly chocolatey and a bit like fresh-brewed coffee.

Taste: Roast and an intensely dark chocolate-esque flavor with a subtle sweetness. Tastes of burnt marshmallows and cookie crumbs. Hint of bitterish tree bark. Fairly roasty throughout, particularly on the otherwise creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Rather enjoyable! It's good to see carob finally making a much-needed comeback. One of the tasties carob-based beers that have ever been.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 21:23:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Imperial Carob Stout from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.