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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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Ratings: 288 | Reviews: 84
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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.

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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.

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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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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.

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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.

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