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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: 79
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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Ratings: 288 | Reviews: 84
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Derek for bringing. Very good roast aroma. A dark thick chocolate pour. A whote head with lots of bubbles. Thick and lacey down thye glass. A porter's imitation of an imperial stout. Roasted malt. Above average mouthfeel. Some sips, at the end of the bottle, contained some sourness. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the chocolate malts are much stronger and there also notes of coffee beans and hints of Oreo cookie wafers and roasted malts. Only slight bits of bitterness are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely flavorful, rivaling that of a Russian Imperial Stout, except there is no bitterness and is obviously lighter in body.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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 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 ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a full, foamy, tan-colored head.

Smell: Black malt, licorice laden aroma with notes of bittersweet chocolate morsels, caramel, and a touch of smoke.

Taste: Black malts hit the tongue at once. They're very roasty, very satisfying. Frothed melted milk chocolate. Plenty of sweetness throughout. A trickle of caramel syrup. Slight smokiness. A moderate amount of earthen bitterness sets in. Full of flavor from start to finish and beyond.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A porter par excellence and another fine, unique offering in a long line of fine, unique offerings from Short's.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generously hooked up by Frognutunl, thanks Wes!

Poured a dark brown in the light, and black in the glass. A crimson glint shone in it's meniscus. The creamy tan foam was tightly beaded, slowly drizzling down the sides like watching through soapy windows at the car wash.

Some vinous aged qualities in the nose, also tootsie roll, licorice, and sticky molasses. Roasty flavors of burnt toast, wood, and tobacco, underscored by a mild yet pleasant cranberry tartness. Full bodied and chocolatey, leaning into stout territory. Creamy feel with a dry finish. Easy drinking, and a good one to share. Although it's starting to show it's age a little, it was still a pleasure to drink. Thanks again Wes!

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jay23 for bringing a bottle of this brew to our New Beer Sunday. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - One finger of dark mocha foam that takes a while to dissipate to a solid cap. Dark black, with only the faintest hint of brown at the bottom of the class. Not sure if English porters should look much different from Baltics, but this is pretty good looking.

S - Huge dark fruit and vinous smell to it - you can tell this one is a few years old. Lots of chocolate and molasses - reminds me a little of Perkuno's Hammer. The vinous quality has taken over a little bit and it's a little unbalanced.

T - The taste has much more roastiness than the smell, with some baker's chocolate, brown sugar, and a hint of shortbread cookie! Smell is much more balanced and delicious.

M - There's a certain gritty cookie feel that reinforces the shortbread note, but it's otherwise pretty smooth with low carbonation and lots of velvet creaminess. There's lots of residual stickiness as well.

D - It's a little too sweet to be highly drinkable, but still quite nice. Nice carbonation and well hidden alcohol. Another solid brew from Short's!

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Yet another Short's Imperial bottle from Deuane's basement shared with StormKing47 and myself.

A - Pours opaque black with a nice one and a half finger tall mocha colored head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted chocolate malt, dry oak, molasses, licorice, and some light berry twang at the very end of each sniff. Quite complex really.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet chocolate malt quickly giving way to a mix of even sweeter molasses, dark fruits, watered down espresso, licorice, and dry oak tannins. The finish is a mix of light sweetness and a slight berry twang, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time. This one is complex yet quite balanced. Very nice English porter.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy, feel with a small twang at the very end. Very nice feel.

O - Every time I drink a Short's beer in a small bottle they leave me a bit let down but then we drink one of these imperial bottles and they quickly win me back. I hope to try some of the other imperials some day...

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jeff(ipa247) for breaking this out at our tasting.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a 1.5 finger dark chocolate mocha head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Slightly roasty silky sweet chocolate malt aroma with hints of honey, bourbon, licorice and sweet dark fruit notes. The aroma is prett intense with a lot of strong bourbon and alcohol heat.

Silky chocolate chewy, viscous malty mouthfeel with a lot of strong alcohol and oak character. Slightly vinous with subtle hints of dark fruit. Subtle hop notes this provide slight balance and a lingering dry hot alcohol finish.

Photo of weeare138
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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