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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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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 80
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  9.15% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 10-13-2007

A Robust Porter.
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Photo of kbutler1
2.46/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle. Popped and poured into a small delerium snifter. Surprisingly this pours with very little carbonation or head. Only a slight dark mocha tan head forms after swirling but quickly retreats to a collar around the glass. Metallic right off the bat but I also get some roast coffee, dark chocolate, and booze in the nose. The aroma I am not that keen on. Medium mouthfeel, velvety...nice. Bittersweet chocolate, roast, leather, and alcohol. The bitterness from the roast cuts a little at the end and lingers on. Overall, I’m not all that impressed by this. I'm a little confused by all the high ratings for this. The picture depicts one of their one off beers and the bottle I have is a regular 12oz, I wonder if they scaled up production and some quality got lost in translation?

Photo of Filabee
2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of GRPunk
3.19/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, poured into a nonic pint.

A- Initial pour gave the impression of thin and under carbonated. A light head disappears all too soon. The body is actually dense and black through the center with dark brown edges.

S- Oh, that's nice! Sweet and robust. Lots of vanilla and underlying chocolate. With warmth, roast/smoke comes through, giving a hint of what should have been expected from the flavor.

T- Very roasty, on the edge of smoked. No, make that very smokey. Dark chocolate is apparent, though it's lost amongst the charred, grainy flavor. Notes of licorice that start to wear on the palate.

M- Very rich and viscous. Light carbonation, bit of a warming alcohol. Nice sipper feel.

O- I love the way Short's pushes the boundaries. I'll continue to buy their "out of the box" brews because they make so many "hits.". Unfortunately, thre's the occasional chance of a "miss" in there. I'm sure others, as suggested by the overall score, will love this beer. While the aroma hints at so much potential, the smoke and licorice side just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of Dontcounttoday
3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of divineaudio
3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. Pours black with a brown head. The aroma is medium to heavily roasted with dark creamy chocolate up front. Undertones of dark fruits/prunes, brown sugar, cold coffee, dark syrup and vanilla. The flavour is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of dark creamy chocolate, roasted malt and coffee/espresso on the finish. Some brown sugar/molasses. The mouthfeel is soft and light sticky with a light carbonation. Maybe a touch of astringents. Bit sourish and acidic. Medium to full bodied. Overall a decent porter.

Photo of Slay40
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of AGust82
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of adrienne
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of TypsiYpsi
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of GinsuDave
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one, Derek.

Pours nearly black in color with a small tan head. Quite a bit of roasted malt and licorice. Some molasses and dark chocolate aromas are also present. It’s somewhat oxidized and there’s a little dark fruit character, to it. A really nice roasted malt flavor to this. A hint of graham cracker and vanilla sweetness. There’s a bit of molasses and licorice, too. Medium body with a low to medium carbonation.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown, nice opagueness, but still some light through on the sides and bottom. Nice short lived off white head with decent lace and audible carbonation. Smell was a decent english average porter. Caramel sugar and roasted malts were really the most notable aromas. The taste was smooth, crisp, a tad watery with the caramel being mellowed somewhat by a nice albeit small hoppy back.

Photo of Floydster
3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with OHLRangers, thanks to Ed for giving me the opportunity to try this beer, shared with Carlos, Chris, Gabe, and Dennis a few days ago, poured into a small sampler glass, bottle #191/672

A-Color is black, we were outside during the day and I could not see through it a bit, 1/2 inch frothy tan head that left a ring on the top of my glass, decent retention and lacing
S-Roasted barley, some dark chocolate, more coffee aromas once it warmed, black licorice, burned caramel, hint of smokiness, and straw
T-Taste begins with dark chocolate, then roasted barley and malt in the middle, finish is dry and made up of strong coffee and chewy malt, malt is almosted toasted at times but I still get a roasted feel towards the end, later on dark fruits emerge with berries leading the way, not tart by any means but instead slightly sweet, flavor is mostly dry overall and I would say the most recognizable taste is dark cocoa
M-Very dry mouthfeel, also some roasted and chewy sensations in there, medium to full bodied, slightly low carbonation was fitting for what it was, taste lingered
D-Could drink half the bottle probably, I had eight to ten ounces and that was plenty, can be heavy on the stomach, alcohol is hidden very well though as I did not taste booze once, smooth

This was one of the most hyped beers coming out of the Short's imperial series but that might have been because it had the least amount of bottles produced, I really was not all that impressed with it though, not worth the twenty dollars in my opinion, would not drink again mainly because of the price, worth trying if possible

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter) from Short's Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.