Short's Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout - Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Uber Goober Oatmeal StoutShort's Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
82
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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 19.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Sudmissle on 12-21-2007

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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 148
Reviews by jale:
Photo of jale
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a deep brown almost black with a finger of brown head which quickly dissapates.

S: boiled peanuts(it's a Georgia thing) light roasted malt

T: peanuts, chocolate, earthy and a very light sourness.

M: Somewhat thin and lacking cabonation.

D: Glad to try it, but one is enough for me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of nickadams2
4.73/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A _ Pours black with a dark reddish brown hue around the edges.Thick creamy light brown head. Starts at two fingers length and then dissipates to one. stays all the way down to the last sip.Thick lacing that slides slowly down the glass. Beautiful.

S _ Smells great. Vanilla, cream, a little bitter chocolate , and finishes off nutty. Slight alcohol pick up.

T_ Tastes of vanilla and burnt chocolate. Finishes with the taste of peanuts which i like. Great example of an oatmeal stout.I for sure pick up bourbon in the finish. Ever so slightly but its definitely there.Nice touch.

M_ Nice creamy full bodied mouth feel. Thick and creamy.

D_ Very easy to drink. Goes down smooth and the tastes and smells go together beautifully. Nothing offensive to the palate or off putting. I was surprised this one wasn't rated higher.

I drank one of these on two separate occasions. Each time I felt this beer had a higher ABV than 6.5. I called shorts and the girl on the phone said the 2009 batch is 8.7 ABV.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Dec. 2010

Pours black with carbonation clinging to the side of the pint glass.

Smells of peanuts and earthy roasted malts. The peanut smell works very well with the malts.

Taste is similar to smell, with chocolate and a faint amount of hops coming through. Also a decent creaminess.

Medium to almost light mouthfeel. The lingering earthiness is very nice.

I thought this was a well made stout with a nice flavor profile. My friend referred to Uber Goober and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups as "the adult milk and cookies". Can't say I disagree.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a re-review. I have left the original review with the original scores at the bottom of this review.

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this bottle my way. Unlike the last time I had this beer, this beer is not a gusher. It pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is pretty nice. I get some peanut butter and chocolate, as well as a little bit of roasted malt.

The flavor is more of the same. The nutty flavor from the peanut butter goes very well with the chocolate and roasted malt. There is also a little bit of fruity tartness in the flavor which may be early signs of infection - but I can't be sure because this is the only bottle I had.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.5-2.5-2-3-2 = D+
Thanks to TasteTester for sending this beer to me.

The beer opens as a huge gusher. Looks like this one is infected.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a huge tan head. The aroma is peanuts with tartness. It also smells like the rum balls we used to make around Christmas time. The flavor starts off normal with some roasted malts and light peanuts before giving way to an extremely sour cherry character which is not appealing. Medium mouthfeel and prickly carbonation.

I want to like Shorts, but until they get their sanitation under control I won't be trading for any more of their beers.

Photo of sculls65
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into imperial pint glass. As dark as dark can be with very little head. A dark tan almost copper colored ring hugs the inside of the glass. The smell is what makes this beer in my opinion...its like chocolate covered peanuts roasted in coffee. Taste is not too far behind..malt and peanuts taking center stage as it coats the tongue adequately. No problem finishing the bottle, doesnt cloy or bore , but you better like peanuts !

Photo of madeofsteel
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick, pitch black. Forms a half inch of brown head, but only after a very hard pour. No retention, little lacing.

S - Burnt peanuts, malt, mild sour funk.

T - Much more approachable than the nose lets on. Less burnt, and more like peanut butter, but without a lot of the sweetness. Nice and bitter. Thankfully, the sour in the nose is not present.

M - Little carbonation. Creamy, but also sort of dry near the finish. Messy on the tongue.

O - Definitely one of my favorite specialties from Short's, although some complaints about souring led me to believe it might be an issue with handling. So a fresh growler was in order, and sure enough, no problems. Delicious.

Photo of rudylaw
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as the dickens with a mocha head. Looks fantastic!

Smells like chocolate and hints of coffee. Smells like an empty bag of ball park peanuts!

Rich, roasty peanuts. Tastes almost like watery peanut butter. That yields to chocolate. This is interesting... but it gets a little old the further you progress through the 12oz.

Mouthfeel is silky and standard for an oatmeal stout. Low carbonation and a tad chewy. Another winner from Short's, but I was slightly disappointed in this one.

Photo of Brenden
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes are recent.

This one is very, very dark brown with some light sneaking in at the edges. A firm tan head about a finger and a half tall retains its form well and leaves patchy lacing behind.
The aroma is heavily on peanuts, nearly spot on with just a slight intrusion from the roasted malt accents of dark chocolate, raisin and coffee. The other aromas are just barely detectable, but just enough to draw from the perfection of fresh-roasted peanut.
The same goes for the flavor, though unlike the aroma, in which the malt is just enough to make a strong base without detracting from the pure peanut, other flavor notes do creep in underneath. Otherwise this one is simply awesomely peanuty.
The mouthfeel is also fantastic: I hardly realized this one was an oatmeal stout until I got that velvety smooth and creamy feel in a rich, medium-full body. This finishes long with a semi-sweet flavor lingering with the taste of roasted peanuts.
I think Short's got what they were shooting for here almost perfectly.

Photo of sleestak4life
1.89/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is coffee, light peanuts and...dammit, there it is again. The sour smell that means for the second year in a row I’ve fallen prey to infected Goober. Taste, lightly roasty with subtle peanut butter and yep, a foul, sour finish. Mouthfeel is unpleasantly slick and lacking in body. God, when will I frickin’ learn with Shorts’ oddball releases?

Photo of Magpie14
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: massively black. No transparency and close to inky as the bartender poured loosely in the glass. No real slab of lace exists but what remains is a deep brown mahogany ring of foam. Some speckling is present on the inner walls of the glass...not much though, pretty clean

S: smell is huge oily redskin peanuts with plenty of dark roasted malts. A sweet tart smell permeates every whiff. The nose is by and far one of the most unique I have smelled in some time

T: nutty, sweet and tart, with a slight caramel feel. This beer has some incredibly interesting dimensions. The sweetness gathers tart and sour cherries with bitter chocolate flavors. Some of the chocolate is mixed with a few crushed coffee beans, oily peanuts, and a dose of oats or creamy oatmeal. This is a wild amalgamation of flavors.

M: finishes dry and tart with a good dose of pea-nutty flavors. For a stout it holds true to a heavier body and fairly smooth finish. Pretty nice feel.

D: I am one and done with this one. I love Shorts and always will support...this is one of my lesser favorites. But props need to go to Shorts for inventive style and venture

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the new 6-pack seasonal. Tremendous roast aroma, black with fabulous brown head. Carbonation is right there. The taste is very sour, I cannot imagine that this is intentional. Yes, peanut, yes stout. But sour? Above average mouthfeel, but sour is one step backward for me, one big step backward for the masses.

Photo of mikey711
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a syrupy thick black with a quarer inch thick of brown head. the head did not retain very well aside for one nice ring around the top of the beer.

S: The initial note definitely is reese peanut butter cups!!! That just make me smile. Aside from the peanut butter there is a nice roasty note sweetness from the oatmeal. I am very pleased to see they were able to accomplish what they intended with this beer. At times it also smells like reeses peanut butter puffs cereal.

T: It starts out nicely with a bitter roasted note which I prefer in stouts before transition to some milky oat sweetness before finishing with the peanut butter note. The flavors stand out a bit more individually rather than as a whole but it is still very enjoyable.

M: A slight bit of heat is present and it is a little rough around the edges but there is a good amount of body present.

D: A unique beer to say the least and I think I could only enjoy one in a sitting but I really enjoyed it and cant wait to try the PB&J

Photo of PretzelCity
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this bottle courtesy of Telix. Pours out dark, almost black with a two finger peanut shell colored head that quickly fizzles out. The nose is exactly what the bottle has promised, an oatmeal stout with peanuts. The peanut aroma isn't overpowering, but it is pleasantly noticeable in the background. Unfortunately the peanuts don't have the same effect in the taste. The flavor of the roasted oats are overpowered by the salty, oily quality of the peanuts. There is only a hint of peanut flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin, oily and overall a little lacking. The peanuts make the beer bitter and hard to drink. I didn't know exactly what to expect with this one but was somehow disappointed.

Photo of nickd717
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle shared by bring - thanks, Barry! I heard this one might be a little infected/tart, and what do you know...it was. Not necessarily a terrible thing though.

Pours black with a nice one-finger peanut butter colored head that leaves light foam on the beer as it settles. Impressive for a beer that presumably has head-killing peanut oils in it.

Aroma is roast and lots of peanut butter, with some wild tartness.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma. Really a great peanut butter flavor in there. Without the tartness, this could be an impressive beer, and hell, it's still not bad. It is interesting, that's for sure, especially with the lactic tartness.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth on the palate with mild acidity.

Drinkability is average. I like what they did here, and appreciate the fact that it's probably tough to add peanuts without getting the beer infected in some way. My advice is to drink this as fresh as possible!

Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Sunset Grill & Tap (Allston, MA) on 3/11/11. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a dense black in the glass, topped with roughly a ½ finger of mocha colored head. This retains nicely, with some rich edges that leaves back some thick foamy swathes of lacing. The aroma smells like straight up roasted peanuts in the nose, which is quickly followed by notes of chocolate, burnt malt, caramel, and some light green floral hop character. A little bit of alcohol warmth is making its presence known as well.

The taste mirrors the nose, with a distinct roasted peanut flavor that melds well with the additional notes of dark malts and bitter hops that are present. Some sweeter flavors of chocolate and some lighter caramel and flaked oatmeal sweeten this up a bit. The finish is all peanuts, which lingers with some spicy alcohol notes. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a big sharp creaminess to it at first but despite the size of this, things seems a little flat and thin at times on the sides of the overall feel. I swear that they had this listed as over 9% ABV and this felt like it, with some sharp warmth (including the aforementioned sweetness and dry spiciness from the alcohol) really giving this a bit more attitude than it feels like it needs.

While there was certainly no shortage of Short's flair here (the peanut flavor really is well done) but the big alcohol presence and uneven feel kept this one from reaching its true potential. I could have used a little less Uber with my Goober here I think.

Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Massive thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one with funkydelic and I at an impromptu tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller sampler wine glass. Poured a deep dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted peanuts, salty, and slight fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, nutty, and subtle saltiness. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing too awe-inspring going on in this one at all. It honestly reminded me of eating roasted peanuts on both the aroma and the flavor. More so in the aroma though, as it wasn't as salty in the flavor fortunately. Glad I got to try this one, but doubt I would have it again.

Photo of alleykatking
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Another gift from Vinnie during band practice. Man I like the fact that 2 out of the 3 other members are craft beer drinkers!

A- Pours a deep dark brown color...well I would say almost black. Brown hues come and go more around the sides of the glass when held to the light. One finger brownish head shows medium retention. Light lacing slides back down in the glass.

S- Lightly roasted malts with a huge dose of peanuts in the front of the beer. The chocoalte malts come in next giving it a nice underlying finish in the nose. This smells like a peanut dominated chocolate covered peanut. I like it a lot.

T- Chocoalte malts come out more in the front than the aroma would suggest. Roasted malts play secondary in the flavor profile in the front of the beer. The typical malt base is no where to be found in this Short's beer. The backend is a mix between caramel and light molasses I would say deep in the background while peanuts dominate the ending. It tastes almost like you ate a handful of peanuts as you take a drink of a chocolate stout.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Heavy chocolate malts with light roasted malts left on the palate. Tons of peanuts left on the aftertaste. I burped a couple times and it tasted like chocolate covered peanuts..haha. Medium drying on the palate from alcohol. Balanced flavors for what it said it was. Nice oily silky smooth feel throughout the beer. No off flavors at all in the beer.

D- Once again Short's does it for me. They are the masters of brewing funky beers that deliver what they say they will. The ABV like all their beers are hidden well enough that you don't notice it until it's too late. Super drinkable and putting down a six pack of this is very easy to do!

Photo of wikk3d
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark brown with a very thin head that settles into nothing in a relatively short time. Looks as if it lacks carbonation.

Aroma - Strong scent of peanut butter and cocoa. Has a slight hint of caramel.

Taste - Very strong chocolate with peanut overtones. Hint of coffee and caramel flavors as well. Tastes a lot like a melted Reeses Cup. Very sweet, almost a little too sweet. Very little carbonation, almost flat.

Mouth - Again, this beer is lacking a lot of carbonation. It's not really something I really enjoy. It's similar to a Guinness that has been left out for a long time.

Drinkability - Although it lacks in some areas, it's a good dessert beer. Not something you drink on a warm summer day. But then again, how many stouts can you?

Photo of trappistlover
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12oz bottle from rayl101!). Pours near black/dark brown with thin khaki head. Aroma has lots of peanut, peanut shell along with some dark chocolate/cocoa nibs. Smells very rich. Taste is roasty bitter, but the sweet, slightly tangy malts quickly cancel out the roast. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. The finish is dry, but not overly done. This is a well-balanced beer with several things working together pretty nicely. I think they did a good job here.

Photo of CortexBomb
2.03/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Uber Goober is a very strange beer, it has a lot of promise; a peanut-infused oatmeal stout, but the final product is borderline undrinkable for me.

It has a nice appearance and a decent peanuty aroma, the flavour however is sickly sweet, cloying, with an off-peanut edge (and oily effect) to it. I honestly had trouble drinking it, and I've tried more than one bottle to make sure it wasn't just a bad batch...the stuff just grates on my mouth.

Uber Goober is an interesting idea, but I think they flat out used too many peanuts for my particular tastes. I love the stuff when it's used in PB&J, as the Soft Parade cuts the peanut characteristics down to a dull roar and makes the stuff much more enjoyable for me. By itself though? No thanks.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for this beer that has been hanging around my refrigerator for some time. As a matter of fact it has made the trip from Michigan to California to Illinois. Here goes nothing! Cheers buddy.

Appearance – Pours a jet black into a generic tulip with almost no head and literally no lacing. No light gets through when held up to a lamp.

Smell – Honestly, peanuts. There are the traditional stout aromas such as burnt malts, slight coffee and chocolate, but honestly, I smell peanuts. Weird – Short’s having a beer smell like what it is suppose to be! I expected nothing less, haha.

Taste – Yum. Let me first say that after having a Blushing Monk earlier, this is a great night cap. Heavy roasted peanuts up front, burnt malts, bittersweet chocolate, and more peanuts. Short’s yet again scores high points for getting the flavor profile correct in what they were trying to do.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied (almost light/medium), decent carbonation.

Overall – Very interesting beer. Some of Short’s beers don’t work…I think this one does. While I wouldn’t grab a six pack of it in the future, it actually was better than I was expecting and as stated was a great way to cap the night after having such a sweet fruit beer. Tasty.

Photo of Bung
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.
Darker than expected black pour, just a little light gets through near the top. Brown bubbly head.
Aroma does have the peanut, but mostly roast malt with light cocoa.
Taste has much more of the peanut. Kind of like a 5th Avenue candy bar, which is much different and better than a Butterfinger. I got more roast and nut than peanut butter. The oats do lend for a creamy mouthfeel and solid medium body. No alcohol present, not that it's all that high.
Drinkability is fine, the taste is not bad, just different and not really begging one to drink a whole lot of this.
Another unique brew from a brewery that does some great different things with beer.

Photo of akorsak
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle from Flick's in Lambertville, MI. Smells fresh, so I'm hoping for better luck.

Rich chocolate, smooth oatmeal and thick peanuts. The nose doesn't lack for imagination. The taste is significantly improved, with peanuts driving the initial flavor. That same metallic off flavor pops up, reminding me of myriad bottling issues at Short's. I'm afraid that this newer bottle isn't much better, barely pushing the taste up to 3.0 and the overall up to 3.0 also.

***

Thanks to Telix for this 12 oz bottle. Despite the recent infection warnings, I'm plowing ahead.

A: The oatmeal stout is big and black. The pour conjured but a finger of dark tan-hued brown that stood out against the blackness of the body. That head, sadly, disappeared quickly.

S: The nose is heavy on the stout side, with oatmeal and lactic sweetness prominent. The dry peanut aroma still stands out, a very interesting flavor that is far stronger than the normal nuttiness.

T: The infection is present. On the upside, the start and finish of each sip deliver a solid flavor. Peanut flavors, dry and roasted, lead off. The end of each sip is dark and roasted, a full stout with chocolate and coffee. The oatmeal and lactose aspects of the nose were lost in translation, too bad. In between, not so great but hardly the 'severe quality control issue' that some would call it, especially when it is cold.

M: As the ale warms, the peanut and stout fade into the metallic flavors. A peanut-centric stout is intriguing, and the nose starts out strong.

D: Not quite a drain pour, the sour flavors become more evident the warmer the ale gets. Get it cold and the start and end are good.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.26/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Sweemzander for this bottle.

A - Very carbonated and completely black on the pour. The head is a dense tan dollop of bubbles that's fairly loud. Poor retention and little lace on the sides. A few small legs though.

S - Heavily roasted malts with a bit of cocoa and warm alcohol envelop a light, dry peanut nose. Unfortunately, the aroma is topped by a moderate tart funk. I'll assume this is also infected.

T - Dry and roasted bitterness with a slight peanut hint and a very woody, tart, bitter flavor. Definitely infected.

M - Full-bodied and rich with a smooth feel but a bad tart and bitter finish.

D - Honestly, it's not God awful. I'd have this over a BMC, but two infected beers in a row doesn't reflect well on Short's. Unfortunately for them, the poor review reflects their mistake and I look forward to having a good bottle (hopefully).

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes from 4/14/11
BA review #400. Poured in to Duvel tuip.

A - Poured dark black with a half finger of light brown head.

S - A good peanut nose up front followed up some typical stout smells - roasted malts, molasses and some noticeable alcohol.

T - Roasted malts, peanuts, some bitterness. The peanut flavour it not nearly as prominent as it was in the nose but is still evident. An interesting palate.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated.

O - An interesting beer and one that I would drink again, but not one that I will go too far out of my way to hunt down.

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Short's Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout from Short's Brewing Company
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