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

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Reviews: 147
Hads: 225
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 81
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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Photo of sculls65
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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 !

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Photo of spartanfan
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque black with a decent sized tan head that fades to a thin layer leavng no lacing behind.

S: Smells of dark chocolate and a lot of coffee. A faint odor of peanuts in the background.

T: Rich tastes of coffee. The peanuts are more prevalent in the taste than they were in the nose, but I probably wouldn't have recognized them if I didn't know they were there.

M: Silky smooth mouthfeel as expected from an oatmeal stout. Moderate to low carbonation.

D: With the smooth mouthfeel this one goes down easy. Not really much alcohol for an 'Imperial Oatmeal Stout' as the bottle claims, but what alcohol there is, is well well hidden.

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Photo of kevinv
2.69/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Short's offering provided by beerindex... Thanks!

12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating noted on this bottle.

A - Pours a jet black. The surface of the beer fizzed with some tan/mocha colored bubbles for about half a second, but never formed and actual head. So, the beer is black...not much else to the appearance.

S - I thought the aroma was great. It actually smells like a smooth, creamy, peanut butter. Light undertones of chocolate and dark roasted malts.

T - This is where it falls apart for me. At first, you get a glimpse of all the goodness you smelled in the aroma, then it's quickly gone and you're left with a weird metallic sourness in your mouth. You can definitely tell that peanuts were used in creating this beer, but where is the sourness coming from? A mild bitter chocolate seems to meld well with the peanuts.

M - Pretty thin with low carbonation. Definitely below average, in my opinion.

D - I finished the beer, but the sourness was very off-putting. I can't imagine that was intentional. Probably won't seek this one out again.

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Photo of otto251068
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a dark, deep brown. A little light comes through around the edges to show the burnt carmel color. The tiniest bit of tan head fades quickly to a few wisps. No carbonation clinging to the glass, no lacing.

Smell: A little funkiness here, not really sure what to think about that. There is a good amount of peanuty aroma though. After the pour there is a bit of a fruity smell, not citrusy, but more of a ripe berry. Alcohol, and an earthy smell come out after warming.

Taste: More sourness hits, only this time its my taste buds, and not my nostrils. The middle has plenty of burnt flavors. There are some peanut flavors in there, but mostly I get a burnt, earthy taste. Finishes with some bitterness, and then some serious alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light carbonation. It finishes clean, with only some burnt notes and a slight bitterness lingering. Very smooth. The level of carbonation is a bit low for my liking, but fits according to the style.

Overall: Without a lot of bold, overpowering flavors in this beer, combined with the low level of carbonation, this beer is easy to drink. It finishes clean as well.

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Photo of slentz
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to tulip at about 50 degrees.

A: Easy pour down the center of the glass leads to about a finger worth of head that recedes very quickly. Lot of carbonation here. Head disappears to a thin ring within seconds. Not the best looking stout. 3.0

S: First smell is of burnt malts, light sweetness, a little brown sugar. Smells kind of strange, has a smokey smell and other stuff going on really cant pin point it though. 3.0

T: Taste is somewhat sour, tart, really strange. One of the strangest tasting oatmeal stouts I have ever had. Not really all that enjoyable to be honest. 2.5

M: Mouthfeel is pretty flat not much going on here. 2.5

O: Overall I really did not enjoy this at all. It is very below average. A drain pour for me. I would not seek this out again. 2.5

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Photo of madeofsteel
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of steadydose
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured Uber Goober into a tulip glass. Black body on this beer w/ a 2 finger mocha brown head. Looks thick when swirled around and carbonation looks tight on the side of the glass.

On to the smell. Wow! this beer really smells like peanut butter.

First few sips I got a lot of the roasted taste, not as much as peanut in the taste as there is in the smell. I also detect some tartness in the taste and finish. Not sure why that's there, but I'm going to let this one warm up a little bit and see if that goes away.
15 min... later

Well, a lot more roastyness is in the taste now, but the tart qualities are still there. Doesn't make the beer unenjoyable, but I'd prefer it to not be a part of the flavor profile. Every once in a while I get some of the roasted peanuts in the taste, and a salty taste as well.

Well carbonated beer, and the finish last pretty long. Dry, roasted, tart flavors are left linging to the inside of my mouth.

Overall Uber Goober was for me a unique brew. I really liked the aroma of this beer. Glad to have tried it, wonder if some time in the bottle would smooth things out and integrate the flavors a little better. The combo of roasted malt, coffee flavors just didn't go well with the tart finish on this beer for me. Really fun beer to try, high points on creativity, but not a beer I would want to drink too often.

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Photo of Telix
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a DFH chalice.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown, very opaque with a small chocolate colored head. Low carbonation, zero lacing. It's really completely average for the style.

S: Some surprising bitterness and roastiness on the nose. Some chocolate, some bite in there. It's pretty mild, not really ideal or anything. Mildly appetizing.

T: This has many of the same weaknesses of Cup A Joe, in my opinion. It's really unintegrated and quite syrupy. It opens with some creaminess and quickly gives way to a chocolatey/somewhat peanutty middle, and finishes with a roasted bitterness. There is a decent amount of tongue bite the whole time, as well. While this sounds "complex", it really just feels like a mess in the mouth - not much meshes together into a complete beer and just feels like a bad homebrew.

M: Nice enough. It's creamy, sort of thick, not perfect or anything. It's a pretty good match for the beer style. The carbonation level is a real weakness, it's so flat it makes the sweet beer even more syrupy.

D: Meh. I wanted to stop drinking it after maybe half the bottle, but stuck with it to get my review notes done. I wouldn't drink another one voluntarily.

It's funny, these limited edition Short's releases are going to get at least B+'s across the board, but so far are unimpressive.

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Photo of knight84
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark espresso brown with hints of caramel at the edges. The head is an effervescent mahogany brown that dissipates very quickly leaving only a dusting of lace on the surface. The nose is overwhelmingly peanut-y - like a jar of dehydrated peanut butter powder - there is also some toffee, a touch of caramel sweetness, and booze in the nose.

The flavor is dominated by peanuts with toffee, cold coffee, and dark chocolate rounding out the flavors. The finish is quite bitter and the final impression of the beer is peanuts and bitter hops that linger on the palate a bit longer than expected. When cold the beer tastes pretty boozy but this disappears as it comes to room temperature.

The mouthfeel is full and fairly robust up front with very effervescent carbonation, this fades quickly - a little too quickly in my opinion. Not bad MF but not great either.

Overall another good beer from Short's - very unique and well executed as expected from this great brewery. Not my favorite beer from them but I certainly hope that they continue bottling it into the future.

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uber Goober pours a dark brown with no head. No retention is not a surprise.The label design is impressive

Uber Goober has a nice peanut aroma. Peanut dominate the bready smell. Very distinct.

This imperial stout has a nutty taste, distinctly peanut with a slight malty taste. The roasted malt gives it a toasty taste.

Uber Goober is an interesting stout. It has an oily feel and look. Its very well-balanced and not too sweet or strong. A good tasting and creative beer. Delicious.

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Photo of anth0ny
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a freshly opened growler (exactly 2 weeks old).

Deep dark brown with a moderate head, light brown in color. Head disappears quickly with little to no lacing.

Peanuts up front with underlying chocolate and burnt malt aromas. Very nice.

Tastes like a cookie. The peanut flavor and bitter chocolate almost meld into each other. Decent stout body underneath. Quite simple but very tasty and drinkable. The peanut-chocolate combo is not overwhelming or too sweet by any means. Alcohol could be hidden better.

Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth mouth. Very mild.

Overall I liked it a lot, but definitely room for improvement.

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Photo of Sudmissle
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick with fading head and moderate lace.

Smell has notes of chocolate, high quality fresh roasted peanuts, and toasted bread.

Taste starts off with chocolate notes, and then finishes with a complementary, subtle peanut richness which lingers on the palate.

Nice thick mouthfeel -- ideal for the style.

This is a one of a kind original. I would encourage anyone to give this beer a try -- it's definitely worth it!

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Photo of wikk3d
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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?

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Photo of bfflo
4.36/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured black with caramel-colored edges, but almost no head at all, and only a few minor scraps of lacing. Smell is definitely dominated by peanut butter, with a faint note of roasted grains and some malty sweetness supporting it. It's a very enjoyable scent. Mouthfeel is sort of appropriately buttery and chewy, and the oily body feels full in the mouth, but vanishes a little disappointingly quickly on swallowing, causing you to realize it's thinner than it first tasted. The peanut flavors are very present in the overall coating left in the mouth, but they come into the flavor profile late, offering rich, velvety tone instead of bombastic sweetness, which actually impresses me, as I don't necessarily expect that kind of restraint in a Short's. On the downside, it's a trifle watery, and there isn't a whole lot more to the flavor profile beyond some mild, basic stout characteristics: e.g. some chocolate notes, a charred quality, and a very mild, malty-seeming bitterness in the aftertaste that could be a subdued hop bite. Drinkability is exceptionally high, and like most people, I love peanut butter as a flavor, so it's really easy to enjoy this one. It's not quite complex or bold enough to be a full-blown A, but it's probably the most pleasantly drinkable Short's beer I've yet to try. I'd give it a B+ on my own, but the BA calculator tallies it out as an A-.

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Photo of B0bD0bbselbock
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tumbler glass.

A- Poured to a 2 finger espresso-like tan head, reducing to about 1/4 finger, lingering along, evenly spread across the glass. Medium lacing which hangs out for a bit. Deep, rich, blackish brown in color with a high opacity.

S- An amazing sweet, dry roasted peanut aroma, along with notes of chocolate, roasted grains, and a faintest hint of coffee.

T- A tasty palate of mildly sweet roasted peanuts, roasted grains, malt, along with notes of rich, dark chocolate.

M-Smooth, creamy, silky, full-bodied

D- It drinks quite well, as i find it smooth, rich, and tasty.

An excellent take on an oatmeal stout. The peanuts really compliment this style of beer very nicely, in terms of the rich flavors and sweet, peanuty aroma. An excellent beer if you love peanuts and oatmeal stout. I will gladly continue to buy this one again and again :)

P.S. On a side note, on my recent visit to the brewpub, i bought a growler of this beer and it was listed as 9%ABV on the beer board, so perhaps this may reflect the most recent brewing.

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Photo of jakeyb
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Tiffany's Wine and Spirit Shoppe in Kalamazoo, MI. While this is considered an oatmeal and peanut stout, I couldn't detect much of either in the aroma. The major presence in this beer is closer to that of a berry. It comes off the head quite powerfully and follows all the way through the drink. Drinkability is quite smooth, and (as the bottle claims) creamy. The carbonation level is nearly perfect for this beer, as it's presence is felt, but only enough to accompany this stroung stout. The flavor seems to almost drape over the sides of your tongue, covering it with a silky blanket of bubbles and beer. The finish is reminiscent of cranberries, with lingering bitter (though not entirely unpleasant) notes. As the beer begins to warm, a little more of the peanut/oatmeal flavor begins to blossom, especially in the aftertaste. This is definitely a very full-bodied brew though, and its 6.5 ABV does not do it justice.
Overall, this is a decent beer, and well worth the experience. Though I'm not sure if this is a beer that I would keep on hand (would not recommend more than one at a time), it WOULD be quite fun to have at a tasting, and a good example of a strong oatmeal stout.

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Photo of sleestak4life
1.89/5  rDev -47.4%
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?

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Photo of FrankenBrew
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Leah at shorts for hooking me and my buddy up with this delicious growler and 5 cases of shorts delight.

A- black as night with a nice copper/tan head dissipating over time.

S-upfront smells of chocolate with overtones of peanut and a little booze. The smell of roasted malt is also evident.

T- a peanut butter explosion in my mouth, in a very good way. This beer is just phenomenal. The peanut butter creaminess is balanced with the malt and hop bitterness. Hints of Cocoa are also in play.

M-full bodied and thick. It does justice to the imperial stout style.

D-It drinks really well, especially considering the 9% ABV. The booze is certainly masked by the peanuts and this makes for a really great imperial stout.

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Photo of inilegna
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark & black like motor oil, fully opaque -- no light shining through this one. Light brown head.

S - Coffe & espresso on first sniff. Fresh green peanuts, just dug out of the ground (if you've ever grown peanuts you'll know what I mean). Hints of vanilla and earth.

T - Intense green peanut flavor mid pallette. Quite creamy with that signature Short's tartness, or what I call umami. Burnt toast on the the finish, with a smoky, roasted malt in there somewhere.

M - Smooth, creamy and medium bodied.

D - Goes down so VERY smoothly for a stout. Be careful with this one!

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Photo of mochaguy
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Hopcat for Short’s Birthday Party 12/13/12

Appearance: Deep brown with a short mocha head.

Smell: Roasted peanut and chocolate.

Taste: Just like the smell, roasted peanuts and chocolate with a long mild finish.

Mouth Feel: Quite smooth with mild carbonation and a medium body.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. Straightforward but with easily defined and pleasant mild flavors of roasted peanuts and chocolate without being overly sweet.

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Photo of SlowCentury
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into my Bell's tulip

A - pours almost pitch black, no light coming through at all. with a moderately aggressive pour a short tan head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing behind. not looking too thick.

S - woah hello peanuts - nail on the head. roasty, the oatmeal is there, slight chocolate. it's hard to get past the prominent peanut buttery nose on this. i like it.

T - again with the roasted flavor and the oatmeal, and the peanuts come right up on you in a stronger than expected and pleasant way. this has a unique light sourness to it that i appreciate.

M - lighter, slick with a creeping fizz.

D - goes down pretty easy but i doubt i would do more than a couple.

Hats off to Short's for their creativity once again. Some of their brews come off as novelty but this is a good beer.

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Photo of Samiams
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up one of the recently distributed 12oz bottles today. Bottle describes it as an imperial oatmeal stout fermented with real peanuts.

Pours a deep black. Mostly opaque with a reddish hue around the edges. A small, brown head appeared but quickly dissipated even with a vigorous pour. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell greets the nose immediately with smoke and fresh roasted peanuts. Peanut shells. Touch of coffee and alcohol.

Tastes first very roasty, of peanuts and coffee. Maybe a bit too roasted. Right after comes a wave of pure peanuts, fresh with an oily feel. Intriguing. Dark, bitter chocolate with hints of butterscotch. Alcohol is hidden at first but starts to creep up towards the end.

Mouthfeel is balanced. Good level of carbonation. Solid body with an oily feel. At first I thought one would be enough, but as I near the bottom I find myself wishing I had another.

This is a solid and creative brew by Short's. Pick one up if you have the chance.

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