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Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter) - Short's Brewing Company

Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%

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

Style | ABV
English Porter |  9.15% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Robust Porter.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 10-13-2007)
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Photo of lochef81


4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My love-hate relationship with Shorts Brewing is being won over today by my second excellent offering from their brewery. This porter pours a deep almost black mahogany with a nice tan head and substantial tan lacing. The aroma is overwhelmed by rich chocolate, sweet malt, and a touch of hops. The mouth is smooth and creamy. Fairly heavy for a porter but strictly in the best of ways. The flavor adds a significant amount of coffee and roast to the notes found in the nose. Their is surprisingly little alcohol bite given the abv. It is very drinkable and enjoyable. Shorts is still the quintessential hit or miss brewery for me but this is definitely a hit.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 19:52:51 | More by lochef81
Photo of Stevedore


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, no bottling date. Generously extra'd by Kevin, thanks man! Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 3/18/2014.

App- Pitch black, opaque body that does not illuminate to light at all. One finger dark mocha head with good retention, eventually drops into a thick brown collar. Nice lacing. Beautiful porter.

Smell- A ton of roast malt, milk chocolate, a bit of smoke, earthy hops. Very complex and screams "porter".

Flavour- Very complex. A lot of roast malt, milk chocolate sweetness and an interesting faint bubble-gum like finish that is barely covered up by an earthy bitterness which could be from the hops or roasted malts.

Mouthfeel- Fantastic full bodied, creamy feel on the palate. Finish is a bit astringent and bitter earthiness that makes this a bit harder to drink than a typical pub porter would be. Still, I'm impressed by how full bodied this porter is.

Overall- Excellent example of a porter that I enjoyed very much. It rivals Edmund Fitzgerald and Black Butte, and is somewhere in between those and Everett Porter, which still reigns supreme in the Porter category. Anyway, this is probably the one Short's beer that I'm most impressed with so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 03:12:04 | More by Stevedore
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a coffee like black with a two-finger foamy tan head. Head dissapates slowly leaving heavy lacing.

S - Dark aroma - dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and roasted malts.

T - Follows the nose only more intense. Big flavors of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The flavors mellow with sweet dark fruits and bitter coffee finish. ABV is very well hidden.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Very impressed by this beer. One of the best beers I've had by Short's.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 04:17:12 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of beergoot


3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another bottle was given to me by @alexanf: thanks! I owe you!!

Deep brown, nearly black body with a thin, light tan head; small amounts of lacing. Coffee grounds and light cocoa smell. Chocolate notes upfront with a bold bitterness and astringency dancing around with a mild malt sweetness; coffee grounds. Medium-heavy bodied; semi-dry feel to the beer.

Overall, this porter is interesting and intriguing. You can't miss the sweet malt backbone, yet it's the bitterness and husk astringency that probably will strike most drinkers. There's a subtle alcohol warmth throughout that gives an added dimension to things.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 21:32:57 | More by beergoot
Photo of brutusmuktuk


4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle a jet black color with a light off-white head. Has a chocolate and malty aroma. Taste is sweet dark chocolate with a touch of bitterness in the finish. I also get some malts and coffee. Has a medium to full body feel and goes down smooth. A very tasty porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 21:29:18 | More by brutusmuktuk
Photo of Emnmarko


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark like a cup of black coffee. A nice creamy caramel colored head develops, then leaves a solid cap. Moderate lacing clings to the glass.

S- Roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, toffee. Robust with a sweet center. Bitter hop aromas subtly announce their presence.

T- Wow, take the nose and multiply by ten. An explosion of bitter sweet chocolate covered coffee beans is followed with a warming dry bitterness in the middle of the tongue. The slow transition continues and finally finishes with a warm cocoa and bitter hop aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied and drinkable for a porter. Does down smooth without any problems.

O- I'm impressed with this one. A well put together porter with style. A smooth sweet and rich roasted malt flavor flawlessly balancing a bitter hop backbone. Rich chocolate warming the way to the gullet. This is one fine example of a porter. I acquired this bottle in a "pick yer six" at a local, well stocked beer store for my first try and I'm very pleased. I will definitely be picking up a sixer of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 01:31:40 | More by Emnmarko
Photo of Flopjack


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Black with a caramel colored head about 1 finger.

Smell - Truly smells very much like a stout. Cacao, molasses, dark roasted coffee, roasted malts.

Taste - Smokyness right from the start much like a smoked porter, reminded me of German rauchbier. Underlying notes of bitter chocolate, slight coffee, roasted malts, slight floral like characteristic that is very hidden and contributes to the bitterness for me.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, light/medium carbonation, refreshing.

Overall - Good beer. Was not expecting such a smoky character like was experienced but in a good way. This beer does not drink like a 9% beer for me, it is smooth, smoky, alcohol is not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 20:12:26 | More by Flopjack
Photo of Alextricity


4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date's disappeared. $2 single poured into a Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pitch black. Looks more like a stout than a porter. Brown head leaving very good lacing. Nice pour.

Smell: Very dark. It just smells bitter. Black coffee/roast, dark chocolate, a char sort of aroma as well. Good stuff.

Taste/feel: 9.15% is something that really surprises me about this beer. It drinks like it'd be 6.5-7%. A robust flavor that's not typically seen in a porter. Heavy dark chocolate and roast like the aroma would suggest, with a sort of char-like finish with a lingering bitterness. There's a bit of sweetness in the sip, almost one that seems to be offered up by a dark fruit kind of flavor. The aftertaste is roasty and a bit smokey even. Lingers a good while. The body is great. Medium mouthfeel with a medium/high carbonation, so it really is more like a porter than a stout in my mind.

I had to bump up the taste and overall rating of this brew a tick for the simple fact that it (somehow) only costs $2 for a single. This is a big, big, delicious porter that's dangerously drinkable. It's big on flavor, but never too rich, and an absolute delight to drink.

I honestly feel like this is Short's best beer, and I doubt they could top this one. Brilliant brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 17:15:35 | More by Alextricity
Photo of joe1510


4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Brewed 6/1/06
Bottled 2/5/07

Bottle #150 of 672

I have here yet another great Short's beer from the man himself, hoppymeal. Thanks again Derek! Publican Porter is a monster that gurgles like motor oil out of its bottle and into my snifter. A dense head slowly rises to a fingers worth of height before just as slowly receding to a thin cap and thick collar. The head is so dark brown that it actually has that purple hue to it and ends up leaving many small spots of foam behind after each tip of the glass. The body? Well it's deep, dark, and completely black.

This beer smells amazing! Dark chocolate and cocoa leap from the bottle directly up and into my nose. Oats and moderately roasted barley all fit right into place and ratchet up the aroma even higher. Behind all these robust aromas there's layer upon layer of brown sugar, blackstrap molasses, anise, fudge, bitter roastiness, heavy cream and spent coffee grounds all in that order. This is a porter that's complex like no porter I've yet come across.

Everything I described in that paragraph above applies to the flavor. The roastiness and chocolate own this beer with all the other aspects swirling around and constantly changing. This beer is a piece of work in the bets way possible. A porter unlike any I've sampled in the past. The long finish leaves candied plum fruitiness behind. There isn't a hint of the 9.5% abv noticeable throughout the entire drink. I'm really digging Publican Porter.

The mouthfeel is as good as it gets and actually unexpected. Each sip is heavy on the tongue but perfectly velvety without a hint of stick. The mellow carbonation lets this brew glide right through the mouth.

I hate to sound cliché but there's no other way to describe this one. Publican Porter is dangerously drinkable. The big abv is nowhere to be found and this beer drinks like a dream.

I would love to get my hands on a couple more bottles of this nectar. I can't see it getting a whole lot better with age but I can see it staying at its peak awhile longer. Thanks for the treat Derek, again, a big thank you!

Reviewed: 1/5/09

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:56:29 | More by joe1510
Photo of Etan


3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


A: Pours thick and black with a dark tan head.

S: Deep roast and dark chocolate and cherry-like sweetness. Mocha, graham cracker, dark bread.

T: Dry, bitter roast, mild vinous quality, dusty cocoa, more slightly-astringent roast, alcohol warmth.

M: Thick-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Interesting. A bit too roasty and bitter to enjoy a lot of but pleasant in small quantities.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 07:23:35 | More by Etan
Photo of chugalug06


4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kick ass, dark and deep. But it is a Porter? Lacing is solid and thick.

Smokey, roasty, chocolate, molasses, Oceanic.

Creamy, way smokey, lots of Oak and BBQ chips, meaty, thin, watery, drinkable, chalky, molasses, dark chocolate. Medium carbonation, moderate sweetness, no bitterness, just dry... Decently salty. Smokey, yet not overly smoked to the point of distraction.

Highly recommended. A great brew, thanks abanton for sharing yet another great brew!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 03:44:26 | More by chugalug06
Photo of WillCarrera


4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Churchkey, served in a snifter.

A- Pours nearly black with an inch of creamy, thick brown head.

S- Really interesting aroma, has a unique fruity aroma, lots of dark fruit, some molasses, milk chocolate, a bit of roastiness.

T- Similar to the aroma, nice dark fruit flavor, molasses, milk chocolate, nice subtle char.

M- Medium to full-bodied, carbonation is low with a really smooth, creamy feel.

O- A really tasty beer, great mix of chocolate and fruit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2013 01:46:19 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of MDDMD


4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-dark black brown color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, dark roasted malt, slight smoky character

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee,dark brown sugar, slight bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice porter with good labor and balance, really enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 00:40:46 | More by MDDMD
Photo of czfreeman


4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep black tone. Pretty rich khaki head rises to the top of the glass. Very good looking Porter.
Smells like an amazing Porter should, Cocoa,prunes,bourbon raisins, candy malts, brown sugar, light warmness in the finish. Molasses, coffee, and fig come into play intermingled with a nice body in the background.
Taste is exceptionally good. I imagine Porters in the old days, that Joe Short was aiming were sweeter and stronger than today..and this fits it to a tee.
Prunes,molasses, coffee, vanilla, nice warming boozy touch.
Cocoa, fig, deeply roasted malt, dark breads.
Mouth feel is near perfect. This balances the higher abv perfectly and masks it wonderfully.
This is a great porter. Very glad to try it and will buy again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 22:51:30 | More by czfreeman
Photo of tectactoe


4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi-thick black color with deep brown edges. A straight pour down the center causes almost no noise as a deep-tan colored head slowly starts forming seconds after I'm finished pouring. It goes quick and leaves no lacing behind.

The aroma is heavy and robust, even a little more so than I was expected. Some lightly sweet, roasted malts, lots of licorice, hints of anise, a good amount of chocolate. Plenty of deep and dark fruit notes floating around; plums, dates, prunes, raisins, almost with a wine-like essence to it. Warmth brings out some more chocolate, along with a sweet molasses. The alcohol itself shows a presence but doesn't sting the nostrils too much.

The taste, however, is a slightly different story. Up front, you get a hefty boozy flavor - mild fusel alcohol notes and a stingy warming effect that takes over your palate. Lots of flavors combine shortly thereafter; dark chocolate, fudge cake, lots of roasted malts, bitter and burnt coffee beans... The taste is definitely more roasty-bitter and less creamy-sweet than the aroma had lead on - not a bad thing, though. Nice hop profile squirts out about midway through; leafy, ashy hops with a heavy bitterness that hits the back of the palate - only coupling with the heavy roast to amplify the bitterness even more. The alcohol heat grows and is the heaviest at the end; aftertaste is a deeply pitted roast flavor with a huge backing of booze. Silky smooth mouth feel, low carbonation.

Wasn't expecting much out of this, but it turned out to be pretty good. I like things that are super-roasted, and that's exactly what this is. A little heavy on the alcohol character, though. This one is definitely a slower sipper than I pictured it would be.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 22:33:43 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Shibbykaiyai


4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To start off, I do not like very many porters. Prior to having this one, I tried the Short's Cup of Joe and only made it two sips into it.

I was saddened to read that this beer is no longer being brewed as I finally found one I like.

It was a nice dark brown color when being poured into a pint class with a nice coffee aroma. It went down easy for a porter, an enjoyable brew. My liver is happy that I only had one and that it is discontinued because I could definitely drink more of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:32:40 | More by Shibbykaiyai
Photo of divineaudio


3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled 12/18/12, poured into a nonic.

a - pours a viscous dark brown, nearly black. gave me a finger or so of dense, creamy, light brown head that took some time calming down. what i'm left with is a thin film and a few thick rings of lacing in the glass.

s - roasted malt, tart dark cherry, cola, hint of marshmallow, and that weird earthiness that all short's beers have.

t - heavy on the roasted malt character with some burnt malt in the background. notes of chocolate and spice. has the short's signature earthy bitterness and finishes a little on the boozy side.

m - full bodied and quite sticky. medium carbonation with a medium co2 profile.

o - interesting beer and enjoyable, but not what i look for in an english porter (or any other porter for that matter). too much focus on the roasted flavors not enough else going on for depth. also, the higher abv makes this a one and done for the night beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 01:10:36 | More by divineaudio
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having had many of Shorts Brews over the years, I believe this is one of the best. Certainly among the more traditional non-experimental beers, this may be the best.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the beer was a dark murky brown color with an off-white lacing coating the glass. A beautiful sweet dark coffee aroma exploded from the glass. A $4 coffee rarely smells this exciting. The initial taste was sweet dark chocolate blending nicely with the sour notes. A traditional English Porter should have sour aspects to it, but should not overwhelm the rest of the beer. Despite being an imperial, the sourness is well balance with other aspects of the beer. Notes of molasses and burnt sugar were also detectable. The dark chocolate and sour notes continue into the aftertaste but begin to evolve. The 9.15 ABV is well masked until the warming sensation in the aftertaste, lingering nicely. Being a porter, the beer is on the thicker side while still being an easy drinker. No aspect of the beer overwhelms, allowing everything to be well balance. Well Done!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 14:43:56 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of dfillius


4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the re-released 12 oz variety of this from 2011/2012. Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 0.25 fingers of brown head with poor retention. Better head retention please. Nearly opaque DARK brown.
S: Roasted coffee beans with dark chocolate and maple syrup. Slight estery alcohol. Really pleasant and delicious smelling!
T: Sweet with the perfect amount of roast balance. Fair alcohol character stays subdued. Toasted marshmallow, graham cracker and chocolate. Not a s'mores beer, but a treat like s'mores are. Hint of cherry or plum. Very chocolatey.
M: Chewy, full, warming and bitter from roast
O: Perfect finish for the cold day at work outside. I'd love to have a few of these! I'd order another and buy 6.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 00:18:31 | More by dfillius
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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 12/15/2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice thick soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, coffee, char, molasses, earth, and light herbal. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of huge dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, char, earth, caramel, molasses, and herbal. Fair amount of spicy and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, char, caramel, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of highly robust flavors; good malt/bitterness balance as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present on the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent imperial porter! Very robust and complex with great flavor balance; and very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 05:43:17 | More by superspak
Photo of siege06nd


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ChadlyG.

A. Pours a dark ruby brown. Half finger of light brown head that retains nicely with some excellent lacing. Great looking porter here.

S. Rich chocolate and coffee roast. Some bread crust and mild ripe fruit. Simple, straightforward, and delicious.

T. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee roast, brown sugar, and a bready quality that reminds me of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Good amount of residual sugar, but the roasted qualities temper this nicely.

M. Moderate bodied, medium carbonation, thick mouthfeel and nice residual flavor.

O. An excellent and unique porter. Thicker and sweeter than most I have had. Distinctive is its slightly syrupy mocha flavor. This is very good stuff and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 17:14:00 | More by siege06nd
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Rich (DrDoItBig)for this extra. Poured into Hill Farmstead wine glass.

A- Pours dark brown and opaque going into my glass and sits the same. A nice sized mocha brown head forms and has some good retention. A small ring is left above the body along with some rocky nooks of foam, not much lacing. Nice signs of carbonation when I swirl it around a little bit.

S- Sweet malts aplenty! Bittersweet bakers chocolate and a hint of vanilla fill my nostrils along with a subtle earthy hop. Not overly stinky or complex but what's there smells nice.

T- Follows the nose pretty closely. Sweetness is present throughout that finishes with a slight bitterness. Sweet malts and chocolate dominate and this tastes like a really nice English porter. Finish is slightly dry.

M- Not too big of a feel on the palate. About a medium feel on the tongue with a fair amount of small carbonation bubbles. Pretty easy to drink but would prefer a bigger feel.

O- Really nice beer. Exactly what I'm looking for in a traditional english porter. Well done Shorts!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 22:19:26 | More by Gushue3
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to adamdd for this one!

I was expecting a brown porter, being that it's "London style", but it's very dark. Hold it up to the light and you'll see the edges in brown and a really dark, ruddy glow barely eking through the liquid. Very slight head with not much retention.

Malty, malty, malty with a blast of dark fruit sweetness made vinous by the alcohol. Hints of cocoa as well. Nearly smells like a barleywine, stopping just short of being solvent in perception. Very appropriate to the style, if not pushing a bit over the top. But I like it.

Holy hell I did NOT expect that flavor! I was prepared for roasts, but got smoke, making this beer meaty. The sweetness in the nose is nearly gone, rendering this drier than I expected and I'm happy to be surprised in this regard. Dark fruit and chocolate are there still, but the alcohol makes quite a splash and dominates the aftertaste. As the beer warms it gets even more chocolately in flavor and I feel I need to watch my back in case the Cocoa Puffs Cuckoo decides to waylay me. The aftertaste also changes in character and the sweetness returns amid a lesser alcohol presence.

This has more body than most porters...not quite viscous, but maybe as close as you'll get with a porter. But I'm sure there are some extreme porters out there I have yet to try.

One of the more interesting beers I've had in quite a while to be sure...one that pushes the boundaries of the style in a surprising and interest-grabbing way. It will definitely help me sleep tonight.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 02:04:29 | More by Naugros
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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 12 ounce bottle makes no mention of the strength (or rareness) of this brew. Accordingly, I poured it into a regular ol' pint glass.

Pours thick and dark. Smells the same, but not like any stronger porters that I'm used to (absolutely none of the buriness of a baltic, or bitter darkness of an imperial). It smells instead like a lively, lightly fruity, lightly fruity session-strength porter. Which is nice.

Tastes like it smells: rather nice, with absolutely nothing betraying any hint of largeness. It's sweet all the way through, starting with lightly sour porter barely, moving into a bittersweet middle of licorice and chocolate, and ending on a lingering smokiness.

Quite nice, and dangerously sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 03:37:28 | More by mynie
Photo of cradke


4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick and dark. Pours very viscous with a thin head. Very fine lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolates. Vanilla notes. A good sweetness. The nose is good and comes out more as it warms a little bit but still a little soft.

Taste: Wow. Really comes out swinging. Strong chocolate notes. Figs and dark nuts. A really nice amount of vanilla. The flavor is quite intense which is kind of unexpected but very awesome. I can tell the alcohol is there but it is subtle and really greats a nice backbone.

Mouthfeel: Wow again. There is a fantastic carbonation and viscosity combo here.

Overall: Wow. This is in a grey region between stout and imperial porter but the moral of the story is that this beer is amazing. Much stronger in flavor than I thought. There is a fantastic amount of chocolate playing with vanilla in here which comes out of no where for porters. The sweetness is spot on! I really can't think of much to be improved on the taste front. Without a doubt, one of the best porters I have ever had. This is just what beer is all about.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 03:29:59 | More by cradke
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Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter) from Short's Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.