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

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

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 290
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 4.33%
Wants: 81
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  9.15% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 10-13-2007

A Robust Porter.
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Photo of cradke
4.7/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,053 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ink black with one of the darkest brown heads I've seen on a beer, full and creamy head. Aroma is a very nice blend of roasty malts, slightly smokey, but more nutty, good chocolate presence as well. Swirl in the glass brings up some nice dark fruits, raisins and prunes. Hints of dark molasses and bourbony alcohol in the aroma as well. Taste follows the aroma, dark fruits are more easily evident, chocolate, roasty nutty malts, a hint of a grassy hop to balance. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, very creamy, with just a bit of hop tingle n the tongue, nice roasty after taste leaves just a small bit of dryness and alcohol warmth. Had this one for the first time at the 08 anniversary party and it blew me away. This however was after much drinking at dl day and had to confirm that this wasn't just my warped taste buds talking that night. After killing the 750 by myself tonight I can be sure that this is a phenomenal beer, easily one of my favorite shorts beers and possibly the best of the imp series. Seek it out before I buy the rest. (1,055 characters)

Photo of Bcant
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a fine porter. From the bottle into a short mug. Two fingers of caramel colored head, near black body. Warm and rosty, hints of ripe fruit. This porter is strong but the alcohol is not prominent in mouth feel or taste. Perfect for a winter evening. Lovely with a rich stew. (281 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours near black with a creamy mocha head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose has roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and caramel.

Taste has big malts, ripe pitted fruits, cocoa, espresso and molasses.

Medium to full body is well carbonated. Great beer from Short's. (278 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml

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 (2,111 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serious looking beer. Pitch black and opaque, with a long lasting, super dark tan head. Outstanding nose combines premium dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and dark fruit. Flavor is tremendously rich, decadent and complex, with layers of aged malt character. Everything about this beer is impressive. Tank aged nearly 8 months before bottling. 18 months in the bottle and shows no oxidation. Impressive extraction and flavor concentration. Beautiful dark color, plus it's hand numbered, hand bottled and bottle conditioned. A terrific beer. (540 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle acquired in trade with hoppymeal (thanks!). Brewed 6.01.06, bottled 2.5.07 and bottle 144 / 672.

Poured a dark black color with red edges and an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of roast, chococlate, dark fruits, licorice, and light coffee. Tastes of chocolate, dark cherries, roast, light coffee, and caramel. Yet another Shorts beer that does not dissappoint.

Notes from 8/29/08 (395 characters)

Photo of david131
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an absolutely pitch black liquid with a thick and creamy mocha head that settles to a nice covering. Looks like serious business.

S- A very nice combination of semi-sweet cocoa, dark fruit, sweet coffee, and alcohol. Very nice.

T- Cocoa, dark fruit, sweet coffee, and alcohol. Everything blends very nicely together into a delicious mixture.

M- Velvety smooth body with a bit of carbonation noticeable on the finish. There is some lingering roastiness and lasting numbness from the alcohol.

O- A very enjoyable and well made beer from Short's. Drinks nicely, but it is a touch of a sipper considering the strong flavors and higher alcohol content. (660 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz 2011 release

A - Pours pitch black with one finger of brown head. Head doesn't last long and leaves only small amounts of lacing.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of vanilla and molasses. Very nice.

T - Follows the smell nicely. Roasted malts that are somewhat bitter, both bittersweet and a touch of milk chocolate, faint coffee and vanilla. A very faint sweet element. A bit of noticeable alcohol, but doesn't detract from the taste.

M - Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and an earthy dry finish.

O - Between this and Black Cherry Porter, I really wish Short's would do a year-round porter, as they are both very good. Hope this becomes at least an annual release, if not more often. (716 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.45/5  rDev +7%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Thanks to hopdog for sharing this. Bottle #144/672.
A - First of all, I notice the bottle which has a "gay" label of a guy sporting a mullett while washing a glass. I don't get it. Appears a near black with deep crimson edges when held to the light. The small, off-white head slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered spots are left around the glass.
Smell is of plums, black gapes, bitter cocoa, mild anise, and black cherries.
Taste is of light smoke, brown sugar, freshly baked brownies, and ripe fruit.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sweet, syrupy, with a semi-dry finish.
This would go great with BBQ.
I'm glad Steve scored this. I would've passed it up based on the label alone, note knowing that the bottle was a really nice beer. It's like meeting a woman in a dark room and after you hit it off with her, the lights come on and she's a winner when you were expecting the worst. (902 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by ipa247 at his recent sour tasting (wow, I've written that a lot today). Thanks, Jeff!

A: Pours opaque black with a finger of dark mocha head. Retention is short, with a thin collar and a few bubbles on top being the final result.

S: Anise, dark plum / fruit, espresso, chocolate, roasted malt. Plenty of molasses.

T: Licorice / anise, working VERY well with the dark fruit (plums) to add more dimension to the otherwise straight-ahead cocoa and molasses straight-ahead sweetness. An espresso-driven finish.

M: Full-bodied, creamy (low carbonation). Very malty, but not syrupy, finish. Definitely warm, but in a robust redden-your-face way, not genuinely hot. It would be a great cold-weather sipper, if we had cold weather in the Bay Area.

D: A great porter! Outstanding flavor. I really enjoyed this one as a "palate cleanser" between sours. (890 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours completely black in the glass with a big creamy tan head that clings to the side of the glass and leaves great lacing. The head hangs on as a cap for the duration. Beautiful looking beer for the style.

The aroma just jumped out of the bottle. It's flush with dark chocolate malts with some molasses in the nix as well. There's also tons of other sweet aromas in there - vanilla, licorice, caramel. Not to mention the hints of coffee. This is one of the best smelling porters I've had.

The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma (tough ask for me). It's got the dark chocolate malts forming a backbone underneath the caramel, vanilla and coffee. Definitely some licorice in there as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and dry cocoa-like finish.

This is another original and very tasty brew from Shorts. It's got a fantastic nose with tons of complexity and a solid flavor profile as well. (958 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (1,069 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Used motor oil dark brown. Murky. Half inch of dense, creamy, dark sandy brown head. Some lacing. Inviting nose of roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. I could smell this for a while.

The taste does not disappoint. Bitterish coffee notes up front. Roasted malts follow, but soon turn sweet and chocolatey. Caramel and dark fruit play together, before iced mocha java takes us to the finish. Notes of nougat, vanilla, molasses, smoke, and peat flash here and there and settle in for a long roasty-sweet finish. Medium-full body with a slightly sticky feel. A delicious, sinfully good beer! A great way to start off this New Year's Eve! (678 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a tulip at Redcoat Tavern.

Appearance: My glass arrives with an ebony, nearly black viscous beer with a wispy off-white film on top. Totally dark with no light getting through anywhere. The light head might be more due to the pour than the beer itself. We may never know.

Smell: The aroma is full of robust roasted malts. Dark, bitter chocolate really stands out, with some espresso, tobacco, and light vanilla sweetness.

Taste: The flavor starts with a full, slightly sweet and fairly bitter roast malt flavor, and the complexity gradually unfolds. Dark bitter chocolate is the most dominant flavor, with coffee and deep, fully roasted grainy malt coming in next. A bit of earthy bitterness at the end, but it is very subdued. The result is a balanced beer at the end.

Mouthfeel: For a porter, this is very full bodied. The carbonation is light, like it is reduced and smoothed out by the full body. Rich and creamy best describes the feel overall.

Overall: Every time I come to Michigan is another chance to try a new Shorts beer, if I can find them on tap. I really enjoyed this full flavorful porter and would definitely drink it again. (1,162 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,266 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml capped brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black, medium viscosity. medium headwith decent retention and good lacing.

S: Deep roasted malts with some potent alcohol. Rich molasses.

T/M: Good alcohol mix with the roast. Pleasantly sweet malts. A touch of lactose mixed with the spent coffee grounds. Some aged hops. Body is full but not thick or cloying.

D: Damn tasty brew that is pretty drinkable. (417 characters)

Photo of BBP
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is decent. Pours nice and thick with slight head, but the retention was good. Hints of lacing.

The aroma was a bit under-pronounced, but it smells very well rounded and balanced. It hints at some chocolate and roast.

The flavor is incredible. I'm used to thinking of porters as lighter stouts with flavors that just don't mesh as well, but this is incredibly full, well balanced and smooth. The flavor hit's a nice balance between the sweet dark malt and the bitterness from the roasted malt. Chocolate is quite evident in this, but it's a nice rich chocolate. A hint of caramel rounds it out, but manages to stay very subtle.

The body is as good as it gets. It's nice and full with a medium weight to it. The finish is slightly dry and sticky.

Overall, this is a really great porter. I wish I would have grabbed a lot more of this. I could easily get a case of this without any regrets. The drinkability is perhaps what makes this what it is. It goes down so great, and has a flavor that makes you want more. The alcohol is nearly invisible. I'm surprised I just found out about this gem from Shorts recently. Look forward to trying the rest. (1,162 characters)

Photo of CoolJosh
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Autumnaldave for throwing this one in as an extra.

Poured from a 750mL into a pint glass. Pours a Vicious dark black with a small ring of khaki brown head. Looks how it should.

This smells good with a ton burnt chocolate malts and some sweet chocolate scents. There's a creaminess that resides in this scent, along with some roasted characteristics, and some slight coffee as well. There's a soy sauce scent to this as well, something I typically pick in big roasted stouts and porters. Some burnt toffee kicks back an underlying.

The taste is really well done, and it's apparent that time has done this beer well. Bitter as expected, and relatively sweet and salty. The sweetness is predominantly chocolate roasted malts, with a subtle cola taste. The caramel malts stick out as well on the finish, an aged hop presence really does this beer justice. Everything in this beer works. The beer's mouthfeel is very smooth, and works well with the roast characteristics that come out in the taste. really nicely done. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to Jason for this one. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours black, thin ring, slight filmy whisps on top, spotty lacing.

S - Dark fruity sweetness, chocolate, roast, oak.

T - Chocolate, roast, dark fruit, malts, oak. The booze is smooth and very well-hidden for over 9%. I think the time in the bottle has smoothed this one out and improved it vastly.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, smooth and creamy.

O - Excellent porter. The alcohol is barely detectable and the smooth dark fruity chocolate notes are delicious. Def drink now, as it's just "on". Recommend. (580 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Publican Porter last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I was surprised to see this beer at the store the other day, I have never seen or tried this beer before so I thought I better buy a bottle and give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I am not a big fan of the label on this beer, but that doesn't mean it's bad looking, I'm just not digging it. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a nice three fingers worth of light mocha colored head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing. This was a good beer that looked really similar to a Stout and it had the best head that I have ever gotten from a Shorts beer.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty straightforward, it is all about the roasted malts. It starts off with loads of dark roasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and impart some chocolate and some slight caramel and coffee aromas. I didn't pick up any hops in the aroma. This is a really robust smelling porter that blurs the line between stout and porter.

T- The taste follows the nose nicely. It starts off with lots of dark roasted malts that taste like they have a pretty heavy roast to them and they impart some nice coffee and bitter chocolate flavors along with a slight bit of caramel and vanilla. In the middle and towards the ends comes the sweetness which is on the high side of medium and it has slight dark fruit flavor to it. The finish is a little sweet with a low amount of medium bitterness and it had a roasted grain aftertaste. There was a slight presence of alcohol but it didn't stick out that much for a beer that comes in at 9.15%, it lets you know this is much bigger then your average porter. The flavors came together nicely to make for a big robust porter.

M- Pretty smooth, slightly dry, a little sweet, on the thick side of being medium bodied and it had a nice medium amount of carbonation that worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel fit this beer nicely and was much more Stout like the Porter Like.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty good beer, it's suppose to be a beefed up version of an English Porter but to me even though it is based off of an English Porter it has much more Baltic Porter and Imperial Stout quality's to it, so this is for sure not a traditional take on the style, but hey this beer is made by Short's and I always expect them to go outside the lines so this doesn't surprise me, but I still think this beer should be classified as a Baltic Porter. This beer had good drinkability, it went down smooth and faster then expected, I would drink another one if I had it. What I liked the most about this beer was pretty much everything, every aspect was pretty good and worked well together, I also thought that this beer looked damn good. What I liked least about this beer was the sweetness in the taste of this beer, it was just a little too sweet, but I got used to it and it didn't hurt the beer that much. I would buy this beer again if they release it next year, this makes for a good beer to drink on a cold winter night. This beer is worth giving a try if dark beers are your thing, it takes some aspects of a English Porter, Baltic Porter, and a Imperial Stout and mixes them all together for a dark beer trifecta. I was surprised with this beer, which is the case with most beers from Short's, it was much richer, bigger and more robust then I thought it would be, I have never seen Short's make an RIS, but this beer is pretty close to that style, I liked it, they don't make that many big beers but when they do they do it right. There was nothing odd or crazy about this beer and there doesn't need to be, it is one solid beer and one of my favorite big Porters, good job Short's this another good beer from the crew up north.
Edit1/19/13 this years is a little less sweet with a good aroma, I like this one a little more, Short's nailed this one. (4,081 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one apparently was not brewed only once. 12 oz bottle. This is a thick, viscous, dark beast of a beer. The smell is sugary with cocoa overtones. The flavor is full on kick ass English-style porter. Yes, it is imperial but it isn’t too boozy. An unexpectedly kickass offereing. (283 characters)

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Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter) from Short's Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.