Short's Uncle Steve's Irish Stout - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SupaCelt on 12-18-2009

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Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, deep brown, virtually black color with a thin tan head comprised of very fine bubbles that stuck around for a while but surprisingly didn't leave much lacing on the glass. I like to think of this beer as a "pumped up Guinness" - they are very similar (makes sense, since they are both Irish stouts) but it seems like Uncle Steve's picks up some of the slack that a typical Guinness Draught has. The nose is bigger, the taste is bigger, and the mouth is creamier. Hints of coffee beans, deep and bitter mocha, and lots of roasted grains and malts hit your nose and your throat. The mouth is slightly chewy and quite a bit thicker than a Guinness.

Very solid Irish Stout here that I would definitely have again and again. In many places I've seen, the price of these is usually very comparable to the price of Guinness, and this beer outperforms in nearly every aspect.

EDIT: Update 3/10/2013

Enjoyed this one again for the first time this season, a week before St. Patty's Day. The nose is much better and fuller than I remember it being - lots of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet, dark chocolate notes. Very roasty taste, inducing a nice mix of bitter and sweet. Smooth, creamy, and finishing with some roasted malt and burnt coffee beans flavors. Dry, low carbonation.

Overall, a bit better than I remember it being. I could knock back six of these no problem. A tasty Irish style stout with a nice, bitter roast aroma and flavor.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes: Deep dark brown pour with eggshell head and some nice lacing. Aromas of roasted dark malts and a bit of smoke. Smooth. First sip is smooth with a mellow dark roast and some with a nuttiness. A bit dry with a touch of smoke. Easy to drink and well balanced. Medium bodied smooth and a bit dry. Overall, an interesting take on an irish stout, but I wouldn't expect less from Short's

Photo of nickadams2
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours dark brown with a two finger tan head.Nice retention with moderate lacing.

S_Roasted barley and dark coffee. Hint of chocolate as well.

T_Roasted malt and coffee.Chocolate and hops in the finish. Finishes dry.

M_ Thin but full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D_Low ABV and the thin creamybody make this a great session beer.

Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes

A - Pours black with barley one finger of head. Not much lacing.

S - Smell is primarily chocolate and roasted malts. Eventually some coffee notes come through as well. Simple but good aroma.

T - Taste is similar to smell, though with more of a coffee presence. Roasted malts and coffee, with some chocolate in the background.

M - Light/medium mouthfeel seems a bit over-carbonated for the style, lacking creaminess.

O - Flavor profile is nice, but the high carbonation reduces the overall enjoyment. Still pretty good though.

Photo of Mora2000
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and some tartness. Tastes like this one is slightly infected like several other Short's beers I have tried. Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

Short's makes some good beers but they are too hit and miss in the quality control department for me. If they can start putting out beers that aren't infected, they will move up in my book. I have another bottle of this that I received from TasteTester and hope that it isn't infected like this one was.

Photo of boatshoes
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from Tiffany's Party Store in Kalamazoo when doing a recent art show in the area.

Appearance- Pours an opaque black with about a half finger of brown head on top that almost immediately dies back to a ring around the edges.

Smell- Much more going on in the nose that I was initially expecting. Huge amount of rich roast, with a slight bit of bitter coffee and an almost earthy smell. Big smell for the style.

Taste- Starts off with rich and bitter roast, though in lesser amounts than the nose suggested. Some slightly strange, almost acrid flavors come in around mid palate as well. Almost reminds me of black olives. Finishes somewhat bitter and astringent.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is decent for the style though a touch on the thin side. Drinkability is okay as well, but the finish was somewhat off putting in its astringency.

Overall, an decent Irish dry stout. Wasn't in love with this beer but worth a try if you are partial to the style.

Photo of madeofsteel
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick, pitch black color with a chocolate looking head of about a half inch. Some retention and spotty lacing.

S - Very pleasant roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some mellow booze in the back.

T - Delicious. Roast coffee, very faint caramel, toffee and chocolate.

M - Very creamy and smooth. Kinda messy, but still damn drinkable.

O - While not the best stout I've had, still pretty good for the money.

Photo of pwoods
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle shared by FtownThrowDown

A: Pours pretty much pitch black. Shorter head on the pour. Little lacing.

S: Lots of roast, nice bitter aroma. Some light chocolate.

T/M: Lots of bitterness from the black patent. Lots and lots of roast. Some hops are mixed in there but definitely in the back. Body is medium with smooth carbonation.

D: Low ABV and pretty damn drinkable. A sold Irish Dry Stout.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with a 1 finger fairly bubbly khaki tan head. After a few minutes it dwindles to a thin covering, leaving a touch of lacing on the sides. Light just barely gets through the edges.

S: The aroma is a blend of milk stout and dry Irish stouts. Has a bit of lactic qualities as well as coffee. A touch of chocolate in the background.

T: Following the Irish stout style this is a mild flavored, easy drinking brew. Roasted malts pull through nicely and provide a bit of a coffee ground taste. A touch of alcohol shows up at the end. More sweetness comes out as it warms up.

M: Thin to medium body, average carbonation. A tad bit watery. Would like to try this through a nitro tap.

Overall not the most impressive beer but by no means bad. If you can get it on draft or a single bottle give it a go.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, practically black color, with a thick one finger head upon pouring that quickly dissolves to a thin layer on top. The foam is rather dark tan/brown in color. Thin, but sticky lacing clings to the sides.

S: Lots of roast and some espresso/coffee. There is a hint of chocolate and some bitter hops.

T: Very roasty with coffee being the predominate flavor. There is a little bit of coffee and some biscuity malt.

M: Light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

O: Not really a fan. It seemed a bit thin and I just didn't really like the flavor combination. Made well, just not for me.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with big initial beige foam, that tapers off to leaving some thick lace in the glass. Coffee astringency up front. Sourness on the back end, with sugar more at the end of the bottle. Dry aftertaste. Flavours going on, and that keeps me drinking for interest. Some anise. Big burping carbonation, yet this is 8 months aged. You sold it,I rate it and the sourness may be attributable to an oops infection batch, and it is more evident in the aromas at the end of the glass, along with roast.

Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shared by bring - thanks, Barry!

This one's description calls it a "true textbook Irish Stout," and that's pretty much what it is. Pours darkest brown with a lasting one-finger light beige head.

Aroma is simple and good: roasty malts, coffee, and earth.

Flavor is also simple and well done, with a lot of coffee flavor and good smooth roastiness. A little earthy with a very mild hint of tartness that this style often exhibits.

Medium-light bodied with average carbonation. Just a tad watery, but I expect that from this style.

Drinkability is high. This is a pretty good beer overall.

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a finger or so of creamy mocha colored head. This retains with a thin but frothy look, leaving back a thick foamy cascade that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of dry roast and coffee, with some chocolate and caramel adding some sweetness. Earthy character mixes in as well, giving this a hoppy tang in the nose.

The taste is cocoa and caramel, with some tart feeling fruity and citric character that leaves an earthy twang in the mouth. A light pithy bitterness is present here, while roasted malts finally show up in the finish with a dry and toasted feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being mellow yet still crisp on the palate. Some chewy slickness underneath adds a bit of a smooth heft to the presence of this.

Definitely a different take on an Irish Stout here, with the tart fruity tang of this really standing out. It wasn't necessarily unpleasant but just different, as the other aspects of this were mostly well done. I'm curious as to just how different this one ended up being in the bottle.

Photo of Flopjack
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Black with a half finger mocha head, decent lacing.

Smell - Very roasty, spent coffee grounds, chocolate, nuttiness very similar to walnuts.

Taste - Nice combination of the darker flavors, molasses and spent coffee grounds right at first. Very subtle hop character, but, the end of the beer has a pleasant smoky character. You get a meshing of flavors that creates a woody, char like taste to finish this off.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, medium bodied, crisp/clean feeling and smooth.

Overall - Good beer. Not a very heavy beer but this beer still has a nice flavor profile. Being a lighter beer you get more of a refreshing mouthfeel that is crisp, but not so heavy and full like a stronger stout.

Photo of alleykatking
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark brown color...almost black but not quite there. One finger light brown head shows medium retention. Nice sticky streaks of lace on the sides of the glass. This is the first Short's beer that actually looks great after a pour.

S- Nice roasted malts in the front of the aroma. This imparts a nice coffee like hint to it as well. Chocolate malts come through toward the middle with the roasted malts muting a little bit. Molasses and light earthy hops bring up the backend with a ever so lightly hint of alcohol. This beer is robust but has a little sweet side to it.

T- Starts of with a hint of toffee which dies almost as soon as it hints the palate. Roasted malts take over all this and bring forth a coffee like flavor. Hints of darker chocolate come out toward the middle with a molasses like sweetness. The ending of the beer is mostly roasted malts paired off with a nice crisp earthy bitter hop bite. Hints of alcohol are in the ending but nothing really comes of it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts and light darker chocolate are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly earthy hops, chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavors were very well blanaced which I found amazing for a Short's beer since they seem to be over the top at times on a single flavor. No off flavor (which I still haven't seen in a Short's beer). Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a fantastic surprise. I was expecting something with a little offness to it (in a good Short's kind of way) and found a well balanced beer. The ABV is a nice lower number so enjoying a sixer of this is very much in the cards. Another great beer from Short's.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Irish stouts are tricky beers, they promise the tastiness of stout with the joys of a session beer. Uncle Steve's manages to live up to the promise of this style; a big stout flavour with low ABV. Solid.

Flavour on this is fairly standard stout formula of roasted malts (not overly aggressive, but definitely roasted) with chocolate undertones. Definite side fruity elements (lighter) add some interest in the middle and are unusual for the style. Nice crisp finish.

Irish stouts are rarely as robust as their bigger brethren, but Uncle Steve's provides plenty of interest for its unaggressive profile. A tasty winter session option.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for this beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with dark, almost black color. About a finger of mocha colored head is achieved that dissipates relatively fast.

Smell - Heavy roasted malts that fade quickly to grassy floral hops. Coffee, chocolate, and slight toffee.

Taste - Pretty spot on to the nose. Actually, I am not well versed in this "style" but I'll be damned if I'm not enjoying this. The coffee is noticeable but tastes "fresh" and when mixed in with the roasted malts it has a nice flavor. The nice slight hop bitterness checks the malty flavor of the beer in order, and ends a hint chocolaty.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied, plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability - Because it is lighter bodied, it is damn easy to quaff. I was not expecting much going into this beer but I rather enjoyed it though it isn't my favorite stout it is definitely worth a drink.

Photo of Bung
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Near black pour with some off white head.
Aroma has roast malt, light coffee, anise, earthy peat and chalk.
Taste is a good blend of roast malt, anise and black licorice. Good dryness to it without being too chalky. Hint of dry pine.
Nice creamy small bubble carbanation, with a light/medium body. Drinkability is very good, smooth and sessionable.
It has similarities to Guiness but then takes it to a better place.
Had this after a Cup A Joe, so it was a bit tough to compete though.

Photo of BierFan
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Big fizzy brown head. Dark brown/black body. Good head retention, no lacing.

Smell: Predominately roasted malt and caramel.

Taste: Little sour at first then the roasty coffee flavors set in.

Mouthfeel: Too thin.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.36/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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

Thanks to Sweemzander for another Short's Brew.

A - Pours out clear and almost fills the nonic with black beer. Just a shade above, it's a very deep red amber brown color. A great tan head popped up to two fingers, hung out for a while, then dropped to a thin layer leaving lace.

S - Unfortunately the infected nose from the PB+J and Uber Goober makes it's way into this beer slightly. Deep roasted malts with a dry coffee nose and that light peanut nuttiness with a little tart splash.

T - Dark roasted malts with a bitter dryness and molasses. A scoop of coffee grounds too with the peanut and off infection tart funkiness to the finish.

M - Creamy and smooth with a full body and dry roasted finish.

D - While it's not terrible, it's gonna be a drain pour. I'm just not a fan of this infection crap from them despite their best efforts at a good beer (which otherwise, it would be).

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Edit: I try to review per style guidelines, and this one hit it out of the park.

12oz received as a great extra in my most recent trade with kbeals.. Truly appreciated Kevin!! Awesome trade!!

Poured into my shaped SA glass.

Khaki head shows great lacing and retention atop a pretty much black brew... clear ruby around the outskirts.

lite coffee aromas.. certainly a nice smack of dark malts.. not alot else going on.. as it should be.. smells simple and black.

Flavor and body are just about perfect.. a mild acidic note combines with the dark malts for a nice very drinkable brew.. lite coffee and dark malts.. surprisingly drinkable for me.

The body is about perfect for the style.. the carbonation is nice too...

Nothing really to complain about this brew... a nice brew and is pretty much spot-on. I am surprised how much I am liking this one... maybe I need to check back in on the style.

Thanks again Kevin for the great trade!!


Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

so i decided last night to break out 10+, thats right 10+ new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

another new one, i had high hopes for this one, but was slightly let own in the end. pours out a very nice dark brown, nearly black with a nice tight head of tan that sits on top with all of its glory. rich looking with a nice and even settling.

aroma is sweet at first with hints of cocoa and a nice light lactose aroma that comes up from it, but it fades quickly and is replaced by a light, semi muted roasted malt. the flavor is just a touch off as the overall profile lacks the punch i would hope for. ark roasted chocolate, hints of light sugary notes and just a light overall feel given the style lead to something that is not bad per se just not all that i had hoped it would be.

overall a solid stout but needed a little more punch to make it last in my mind.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a deep brown with a one-finger light brown head, retention around the edges, not much lacing

s - very roasty with dark bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee, not much alcohol evident

t - burst of bittersweet chocolate and coffee up front and then the super-dry finish sets in, one of the driest beers I've ever tasted, only a slight roasted malt flavor lingers on the finish, no alcohol evident

m - medium-bodied, higher carbonation, super-dry finish

d - quite drinkable and spot on for the style, alcohol is non-existent in the taste, taste is not very complex or interesting, however

Photo of Kaiser81
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 6daysbottomocean for this as an extra

Just got this in the UPS box...felt warm when I got it. It's been in the fridge for about an hour and a half, so I thought that would be good for this stout.

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter glass.

A - Opened with a loud pop when taking the bottle cap off. Lots of frothy, tan colored pillow like head. I had to let it sit before I poured the rest out on a second pour. The color is a deep brown, maybe the slightest hint of red tinge, but nothing much.

S - I get a lot of roast, and a lot of sediment, or metallic tinges in this. It smells la little ike when you bite on foil...those who have done it, know what I mean. If you haven't, don't do it.
Anyway, coffee, espresso, and bitter chocolate come out on deeper whiffs. As it opens, it becomes much nicer. It smells dry, for that matter.

T - Tastes kind of like how the nose is, but the metallic tinge is a bit more pronounced. Maybe the style is like that, as I don't think I've had a dry irish stout before.
Upon 2nd sip, some of the better flavors come out, the coffee, espresso, and bitter chocolate with the really dry finish.

M - Very dry finish, creamy texture, and kind of high carbonation.

D - Not sure I'm feeling the style very much. Maybe the beer had to still chill for a bit. Glad I got to try it, but I don't need to seek this one out.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a single of Uncle Steve's Irish Stout for $1.69 at the Lager Mill. I have been drinking a good amount of Irish Dry Stouts lately and when I saw that Short's has their own version I knew I had to give this baby a try and see what Short's can do with this style. As with all Short's no visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, the leprechaun riding a black cat looks pretty cool plus it's good to know that "Leprechaun Magic is back". This beer poured a really dark brown that is bordering on black. It had a finger and a half worth of dark tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed the rest of the time and left some nice looking lacing.

S- More robust then most in it's style. The dark roasted malts impart lots of coffee aroma, some nice dark chocolate, and toffee as well. This beer smells moderately sweet and had a nice molasses like aroma to it. I pick up a some grassy hops also. This beer has a nice aroma.

T- The taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Lots of nice roasted malts in this brew that have all those nice coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee flavors that aroma hinted at. There is some slightly bitter grassy hops on the finish that gives this beer its classic finish. This beer had far more roast then the traditional Irish Dry Stouts but I never expect a traditional brew from Short's so this works.

M- Smooth and creamy with a nice dry finish. Medium light bodied with average carbonation.

Overall This was one damn good Irish Dry Stout. The more I drink this style the more I get into it. This has much more roast and has more flavor then the traditional Irish Dry Stouts. Shorts always puts their on twist on whatever style they brew and this beer was no different. Purists may not like this brew, but I think it's great, it shows that this style can be dry like it should be while still holding on to flavors from american stouts, its like the perfect hybrid of the two. I would buy this again in a heart beat, in fact I'm going to get some more tomorrow before it is all gone. If you like Guinness but think it could use more flavor, then this is the beer for you. Great job Short's, you guys can turn almost any style into a work of art.

Update- I have been drinking a lot of the 2012 release, it's one awesome beer and without a doubt my favorite Irish Dry Stout, I am going to have to stockpile some before they are all gone.

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Short's Uncle Steve's Irish Stout from Short's Brewing Company
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