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

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82
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222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 85
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Sudmissle on 12-21-2007)
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Photo of kzoobrew
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 release, poured in to a tulip pint.

Deep brown bodied beer though if you would call it black I would not argue. Largely opaque, only a slight slimmer of light breaks through the thinnest edge to reveal a crimson highlight. The pour was relatively strong however the resulting head was a bit meager. The one finger head quickly receded leaving a slight brown sugar colored ring around the top.

The aroma is captivating. The roasted peanut aroma shines, while pairing extremely well with the dark chocolate aromas which are set just beneath.

Roasted malt and chocolate flavors are more up front in the taste in comparison to the aroma. The peanut on the tongue cannot compete with itself in the nose but it does deliver a solid secondary flavor. The bulk of the peanut flavor is noted lingering on the tongue during the aftertaste. Hints of molasses and slightly burnt caramel settle in towards the back of the palate. A silky sweetness can be observed through out.

The mouthfeel has me going back and forth a bit. The overall body falls somewhere between medium and full. The texture is very creamy which gives the perception of a fuller body. The texture is smooth and slightly oily. The finish lingers and leans toward the longer side.

Joe Short wants you to think when you drink. He wants you to think about how his beers work when common sense says it never will. He wants you to think about why no one has done this before. Ok, maybe that is just what I am thinking when I drink his beers but I am sure he would appreciate the thought. Uber Goober is a very good beer. Not a session beer but on I would not think twice about a repeat. One worth seeking out.

kzoobrew, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of mmcnaughton
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

mmcnaughton, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of anticipation23
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

anticipation23, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of webmanspidey
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass. This is pitch black and opaque, thick with little to no head.

Smells of sweet mocha, coffee, and possibly soy sauce.

Taste is initially bitter with a kick of alcohol burn, and finishes with legitimate salted peanuts. I'm pretty amazed how well the peanuts come out in this one, much more prevalent than in the PB&J.

If the ABV is really only 6.5%, this is one of the few beers I've experienced that tastes significantly stronger than it actually is. Mouthfeel is thick and silky, nearly perfect for the style.

Overall, an interesting beer because of the peanut flavor.

webmanspidey, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH pint glass. Pours a jet black with a thin spritzy dark mocha head that drops very quickly.

Aromas of dark roast coffee, roast grains, dark cocoa, and a big punch of roasted peanuts.

Flavors of a, well, unsweetened reese's peanut butter cup. Dark cocoa powder, dark roast coffee, roasted malt, and peanuts.

Mouthfeel is silky, light, not quite watery.

Overall, well, it works. Interesting mix of flavors. Nothing aggressive or offensive. Couldn't see sitting down and drinking a number of these, but one a sitting is good. Seek it out for nothing more than the novelty works.

JamnesCameron, May 22, 2011
Photo of jmich24
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

jmich24, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Pellinore1
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kdub87 for sending this bottle.

Pours deep, opaque brown into a pint glass, producing less than a finger of light tan head. This fades, leaving a little lacing.

After getting over my initial shock at the distinct peanut smell in this beer, I've decided I kind of like it. But only kind of. Definitely some nice, roasty malts going on as well, but I have a hard time picking out anything else.

The taste is a little more subtle than I expected, and the peanut flavors work better for me than the smell. Pleasant, roasted malts hit the tongue first, followed by some slightly bitter coffee notes. The peanuts come back around in the finish, with some dry, roasty flavors as well.

Full-bodied, but with a little less carbonation than I would like.

Drinkability is fine, but slightly hampered by the unusual flavor profile. I'm glad I had one, but I'd choose to follow it with a very different beer.

Pellinore1, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of kegger22
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short's Uber Goober is rich, dark brown in color with a modest light brown head that reduces to nothing. The aroma is actually peanuts, roasted peanuts in fact. The taste also contained the peanut element, plus coffee. (If the PB & J could have pulled the peanut thing off, it would have been perfect.) The feel is just barely full bodied with little (the proper amount), carbonation. Drinkability is very good.

Short's really did a nice job with Uber Goober, it comes across as advertised. I have been very impressed with all three of the special stouts that Short's has just brought out: Mystery, Cup a Joe and this one.

kegger22, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of mikey711
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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

mikey711, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of waltonc
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring black with ample tan head into a tulip glass, this brew smells like roasted malts and roasted peanuts. Tastes slightly sweet, with more peanuty flavor. There is some bitter chocolate in here too. Tastes a bit like the beer version of a Reese's peanut butter cup to me, and that I like. Somewhat boozy for 6.5%, and mouthfeel is fairly thick. Overall, I'm a big fan of this one. Really creative effort.

waltonc, May 24, 2010
Photo of Rons35
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Rons35, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Magpie14
3.68/5  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

Magpie14, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.5/5  rDev +25%

SaisonRichBiere, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of danielharper
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pour dark brown, almost black, with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly.

S: Dry and roasty, mild notes of peanuts. Hints of sweetness, just a touch of chocolate. Not a whole lot of aroma at all, to be honest.

T: Sweet roasted chocolate malt up front, with a dose of dry peanuts on the back end. Some residual sweetness on the finish with a dry and malty aftertaste. A bit astringent on the aftertaste, as well.

M: Moderate thickness, low hops, but the carbonation bites the tongue a bit.

D: This is actually pretty relaxing and drinkable. The recipe could use a bit of tweaking, but who else would even think to make a peanut-based Oatmeal Stout? If it was just a touch sweeter I'd like it more, I think.

danielharper, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of PretzelCity
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

PretzelCity, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of BBP
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A fairly spirited pour offered next to no head at all. There were simply a few bubbles. Despite all my efforts to swish it around, I only managed to get a thin partial film at the top. It pours a considerably dark brown with just the slightest lacing.

S- Far more appealing than the visual. You can get very distinct notes of peanuts in it, and the oatmeal is actually pretty prominent too. There's loads of dark malt in it, as well roasted/burnt malt. A decent amount of noticeable bitterness for an oatmeal stout.

T- Very much a nutty flavor, rivaled only by oatmeal and roasted malt. The peanut flavor is easily noticeable and very obvious, but it isn't overpowering. It actually fits with the oatmeal and malts very seamlessly. I can't say which side I'd put this between brown ale and oatmeal stout.

M- Fuller than average, but for an oatmeal stout it comes in at par. Very smooth. The carbonation is pretty far from the mouth-feel. While I tend to enjoy my beers with low carbonation, this one was one of few that made me think it could use more carbonation. It leaves a slightly dry sticky finish.

D- An interesting sort of hybrid brew combining a brown ale with an oatmeal stout. I enjoyed it, but it seemed a little weird for me. Not in a bad way, but a bit different from what I'm used to. I couldn't see myself drinking a lot of these for that reason.

A good effort from Short's, but I think I'll stick to their other brews from now on.

BBP, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of HardyA
4/5  rDev +11.1%

HardyA, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of DannyDan
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours nicely into beer mug. the brownish black bodied brew has a thin tan head that has good retention, moderate carbonation and excellent lacing that looks nice on the side of the mug. The smell is very much a roasted smell of coffee, peanuts, and some chocolate. The taste is of peanuts, a little bit of chocolate, caramel, some hops, and the ending taste is of coffee. It has a little bit of bitter in the taste, but mostly has a sweeter taste to it that is well balanced. The mouthfeel is a smooth creamy taste that has a nice medium to full body to this beer. The smoothness of this oatmeal stout makes this a beer that is very easy to drink. Great beer and a must try.

DannyDan, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours thick with a brown head that quickly fades away. The brew is opaque, with little droplets of oil floating on the surface.

S: The bouquet is bold, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and primarily peanuts.

T: Very rich, with chocolate and molasses in the forefront, with a handful of peanuts in the aftertaste.

M: Thick body with a slight slickness to it.

D: A must have for any fan of both peanuts and stouts. A one of a kind brew that is both tasty and well produced. Worth seeking out.

Avagadro, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of cynical1027
4/5  rDev +11.1%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of JamesShoemaker
4/5  rDev +11.1%

JamesShoemaker, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of BrewerB
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Though I wish I could recall the generous BA trader who hooked me up with this brew, I can not. Thank you, whomever you are!

Skyscraper massively tall dark tan head shows a few craters but sits briefly strong atop the dark brown/black brew before receding down to liquid level and leaving scant lacing behind. Tiny bubbles hug the sides of the glass as the beer is swirled releasing aromas of charcoal, chocolate, and a strong presence of peanut butter. A prickly bitterness grabs the tongue on the first sip, acidic/citrus/wild yeast twang seems out of place. Robust maltiness, peanut character not making their way to the forefront as they should. Bitterness seems too high and not in proper balance and the beer finishes much drier than anticipated. High, prickly carbonation doesn't feel appropriate for an oatmeal stout.

Something went amiss here...it could be a problem with my storage or possibly a bad batch from the brewery. The immense carbonation and slight sourness seem to indicate an infection and are forcing my hand in pouring this beer out with more than 3/4 of it remaining.

BrewerB, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of CortexBomb
1.95/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

CortexBomb, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of surlytheduff
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

surlytheduff, Dec 25, 2011
Short's Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.