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

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SupaCelt on 12-18-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-19-2011 02:13:51 | More by brydog22
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-17-2011 00:35:33 | More by TasteTester
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-02-2011 15:57:03 | More by jz989
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

11-30-2011 03:09:47 | More by brandoman63
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-25-2011 18:03:38 | More by cates1tg
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-25-2011 05:47:27 | More by zoso1967
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-23-2011 12:48:50 | More by mmcnaughton
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-22-2011 02:00:11 | More by Another6Pack
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-19-2011 03:29:10 | More by Gtg642
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-15-2011 15:14:37 | More by randomdanger
Photo of mdaschaf


3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:27:47 | More by mdaschaf
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black like any other stout. Mocha Brown head. No lacing to speak of. Fair amounts of carbonation.

S- Roasted malt stands out most. Bits of caramel sweetness and chocolate fill in the gaps.

T- Coffee and chocolate come in small doses and blend seamlessly. There's a bitterness to this that comes out, but it's very slight. This beer has flavor, but it never really goes to far in either the bitter or sweet direction. It's very neutral.

Finish is almost like a brown ale. Coffee and nuts are the last things you taste. Sadly the aftertaste is a bit richer than the initial taste is.

M- Medium light body which is nicely carbonated. Has a fairly dry finish.

O- Short's didn't screw up with this brew, but they made what I would consider one of their most average offerings. I enjoyed it without dobut, but I expected a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 17:01:28 | More by BBP
Photo of GRPunk


4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a GRBC pint glass.

A- A liberal pour created a 1/2-finger brown head atop a near pitch body. Even the edges stay a shade short of jet. Difficult to judge carbonation level. The head thins to a fully covering film and ends up a little sparse. Nice spots are left about the glass, but end up falling back into the body before I'm done. Better head retention would up the score here.

S- Ahh, classic dry Irish stout going on here. Dark roast coffee and lighter chocolate and vanilla notes. It gets really roasty with a little bit of warmth, nearly smokey.

T- Very, pleasantly, rich for the style. Lots of medium-dark roast coffee with chocolate notes that hint at powdered chocolate milk mix. Hopping is suitable to keep sweeter malts in check without becoming overwhelming.

M- Great for the style. Lightly carbonated without getting thin or watery. Creamy and smooth with a quality near chalky, though pleasant. Bottled dry stouts can really lack in mouthfeel. This one certainly didn't.

O- This is a wonderful example of the style. Flavorful, yet drinkable. It's screaming to get matched with Irish fare. I could sit down and put back a bunch of these. A very sociable drink. I had some initial worries that this might be a bit out of season (and bottling this style seems to ruin it for me). Any worries were laid to rest. Definitely exceded expectations.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 16:29:50 | More by GRPunk
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pour is amazingly THICK; think motor oil. Chocolate colored head with a very soapy bottom and a slightly foamy top. Brew is jet black with slight purple and red streaks.

S - Smokey! Strong scent of chocolate and oak. Very woody. Slight scent of caramel too.

T - Tastes like a 60% coco bar. Very sweet and delicious! Quite refreshing! Smokey, oakey taste... Not bitter, or unpleasant.

M - Dry, and crisp. Very elegant carbonation; not too heavy and not too light... just right.

O - A very delightful drink! Relaxing brew! I would Love to see this brew come in a CAN! Good brew in a good trade! Thanks Another6pack, can't wait until round two....

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 03:36:09 | More by chugalug06
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4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uncle Steve's Irish Style Stout

Poured from a12oz bottle into a SA Perfrect Pint.

Pours a very dark brown that is nearly opaque. The brew settles solid black with 2 fingers of light mocha head that sticks around for a while. Spotty lacing.

The nose is very roasty and has hints of coffee as well. The roasted malt is dominant and very inviting.

The taste follows the nose and some! There is a massive roasty presance but underlying this is a flavorful dark chocolate taste. I bit of coffee creates a taste akin to cup o' mocha.

The mouthfeel is chewy and full-bodied. Creamy for the most part but a bit of bitterness is felt from the dark cocoa and coffee flavors.

Overall, this is my first from Short's due to where I live and I'm very impressed. This is a flavorful and drinkable treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 04:24:59 | More by ChugginOil
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. From a generous trade with semibaked. Thanks!

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown body that borders on black. A finger of mocha foam rises and recedes rather quickly into a thick collar and broken film on top of the beer. No lace.

S: Roasted grain up front, carrying notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and earth. This is pretty expressive on the nose, and even with some slight seasonal allergy stuffiness, I find myself enjoying the aroma.

T: Roasted malts carry this one, expressing flavors of grain, dark chocolate, and coffee. The roast is so pervasive that I'd even say I'm picking up flavors of *roasted* dark chocolate and *roasted* coffee, but there is very little bitterness that I typically associate with those flavors. The bitterness is instead found in the aftertaste, from earthy hops and even a touch of grass.

M: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is a little more lively than low; it's a little too sharp to be velvety, but it's not a glaring flaw. This is a remarkably balanced beer.

O: Quite good. I didn't have any expectations when I went in, but I was impressed by what a flavorful beer this turned out to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 02:58:45 | More by Arbitrator
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4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 20:51:50 | More by alleykatking
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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: coffee, roast,

taste: coffee, roast,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: This beer had great flavor just wish it had a bit more body. Definitely drink again. Has a nice coffee kick to it for being an Irish Stout.

the CPJ

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 15:38:05 | More by THECPJ
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 2/25/11, pored into snifter on 03/14/2011.
Pours black, very little fading in color. Topped with a thin, tan head- dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing. This beer smells of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. The taste follows quite nicely- more bitter chocolate, nice amount of roast, and a dab of coffee. Medium body, medium-low carbonation and a nice creamy mouth-feel. Slightly dry finish. This is a tasty stout and session-ably smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 01:27:14 | More by gnemesis
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4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 03:41:30 | More by StoutHunter
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to erikkoppin for this one - the 5th of a mixed six sent my way.

poured cold and deep dark brown leaning toward black to a portsmouth brewing balloon glass with a very short lasting, small bubbled, mocha head leaving spotty lace after a tip or a sip.

pleasant aroma of maple syrup over pakcakes with coffee sitting on the other side of the table just out of reach.

creamy sweet coffee with cream, smoke and ash. perhaps a bit of oak and dark fruits in the wayback.

higher carbonation than i expected form the lack of head, fairly creamy smooth, subtle to medium coffee bitter.

drinkable - yep.

overall - good, not great. smoke a bit too forward for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 01:23:35 | More by robwestcott
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in an awesome Michigan brew monster box from lewis1rg. Thanks Ryan!

A: Dark, dark brown, with a bit of black and grey notes that were very reminiscent of charcoal. The slight beige head was cool...

S: Tight scent of dates, figs and chocolate... along with a bit of fresh chocolate cake batter that I tend to notice in a lot of Irish stouts.

T: Very nice dark fruit flavor on the beginning and middle. However, the finish was almost so dry that it came off as watery. Still, that's a minor quibble.

M: Once again, dry.... but heck, it's not called an Irish Dry Stout for nothing! The slightly prickly carbonation gave the brew a much needed peppery quality.

O: I have a soft spot for this style, and this was a very nice example of the style. Nothing earth-shattering here, but still a nice sessionable drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 17:55:43 | More by Chaney
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Pours black with a dark brown head that had to be induced with some harsh pouring. There was evidence of it's existence, but the head was short-lived.

The aroma is dominated by coffee which smells wonderful, but there is a backing of cream and milk.

The flavor is decent. Coffee and cream stand out, but I'm not picking up much more. The sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Pretty decent brew. Not anything that stands out as amazing, but was worth having.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 02:23:49 | More by TheBear11D
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

A - Pours thick like molasses, beautiful dark rich, almost black color. Aside from a few bubble, relatively no head. Fully opaque.

S - Dark roasted coffee, rich molasses. I can smell Short's signature rye malt heavily.

T - Very light seeming at first, then dark coffee hits hard. A mild bitterness in the middle of the tongue and a smoky flavor in the palette.

M - Quite light. Leaves my mouth filled with saliva. Foams quite nicely with a swirl.

D - Very drinkable. Would be a great session stout; not too strong and for someone who loves stouts, would go down smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 21:57:48 | More by inilegna
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3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a blackish-brown body with little retention, hardly any lacing and some carbonation.
S. Smell a mix of chocolate and coffee malts.
T. The taste is some chocolate followed by some coffee with some hops in the back. Also taste some dark fruits and molasses when drinking this beer.
m. The mouthfeel is a dry feel that really doesn't do much.
I see that it has overall listed instead of drinkability. This is not a bad beer, but when it comes to an American brewery making an Irish Dry Stout I would recommend Avery Out of Bounds Stout over this.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 03:28:05 | More by DannyDan
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