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Plum Rye Bock - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nickadams2 on 11-13-2010)
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Reviews by malty:
Photo of malty
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Force poured into my stemmed tulip Ayinger glass showcased a vividly clear rust chestnut color with a settled creamy 1/2" very light beige head. Staring into this liquid reveals very, very little uprising carbonation. Elegant, consistent thin rings of lace all the way down.

The smell is of fig jam slathered atop fresh biscuits. Complex malt aroma is definitely bready and sweet. Very fresh and comforting to say the least.

The first component that strikes me is tartness - which I adore. The predominant flavor derived from the plums are the plums skins. The lush and yet tart flavors are very abundant and accurate. You can tell this wasn't made from any sort of concentrate. There's a ghostly flavor of toffee, which is a telltale element of a good bock beer, of this I'm also thankful. But this beer is all about the tart/sour/zesty plums.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very fine carbonation that hides itself upon the initial quaff, then slowly builds to intermingle these beautiful flavors wonderfully. The finish is a bit chalky and dry and lasts a long time.

Drinkability (for me) is stellar. Due to its tartness, I tend to sip this. But I would have no problem ordering two or three in a row.

I remember having this fresh on tap about 11 months ago at HopCat where they were showcasing a couple dozen Short's brews for Joe Short's birthday. I also remember this being my first time trying it and completely loving it. And it's just as I remember it. A truly unique product with masterfully mixed flavors which is a true joy to savor. I also believe this to be the perfect season to have this brew released. It really would make for a great fireside sipper for certain. Good beer Short's!

malty, Nov 22, 2010
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Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours a dingy copper color, very opaque and very hazy, impossible to see anything on the other side. Dark beige-colored head, thick and fluffy - this beer was very volatile, even with a modest pour. Musty plum sweetness on the nose, some funk and some crisp tartness, slight herbal notes; some malt and spice also in the background. Not really getting any rye in the aroma. The taste is actually nothing what I expected from the aroma - very, very sweet taste up front. Huge abundance of plums and grapes, the sweetness turns into a sharp tartness for a moment, almost puckering. The carbonation peaks at the same time, giving one hell of a mouth shock midway through. Apple skins and phenol comes to mind as well. The rye doesn't get picked up until about three-quarters of the way through and even more so when the beer warms up a bit. The aftertaste is like stale rye bread and yeast - this beer is malty all the way. Very light perfume-like florals can be picked up but play tertiary to the malt and rye. Medium body, crisp with lots of carbonation. Beer almost floats away on your palate.

I didn't know what to expect with this one, but my expectations weren't very high. Maybe that's why I liked it so much? I was very pleasantly surprised with this one. Delicious fruit beer (and I don't normally like fruity stuff), fruit tastes authentic and sweet and it isn't cloying or sickeningly sweet. I'd have this one over and over again.

tectactoe, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of nickadams2
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

A_Dark red/amber. Almost burgundy. Thin white head that subdues into a thin ring. No lacing.

S_Plums,dark fruits,rye malt and grassy hops.

T_Same as nose. The plum comes through sweet and a little tart. Balanced nicely by rye malt and a touch of earthy hops.

M_Full bodied with plenty of carbonation.

D_Easy to drink but wouldn't want to drink more than one in a sitting.

nickadams2, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Bottle shared by Jeremy - much obliged!

Pours a clear and bright ruby color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately sweet caramel malts with hints of spicy rye. Also present are solid amounts of red grape aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by loads of red grape flavors with hints of cranberries. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors fade a bit and mild amounts of spicy rye comes into play. The rye and fruit flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I wasn't expecting much from this beer and it delivered almost exactly that. I didn't find much plum influence, rather it was skewed more toward dark grape juice with hints of slightly tart cranberries. Not a terrible beer but not one worth seeking out.

glid02, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of dc55110
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours the color of cup of cola that has had the ice melt in it. Hard as i tried I couldn't get a head, what head there was dissipates with in ten seconds.
*Edit* After attempting a 12" pour I was able to get a two finger head on the beer, which promptly fizzled out in less than a minute. There is a good deal of lacing in my tulip this time.

The smell is very fruity. Touches of apple, grape, plum (I guess).

Taste is very similar to a NA sparkling grape/apple cider. It is very sweet. The carbonation save this, sparkles nicely on the tongue. Slightly dry finish.

I couldn't have more than one of these unless it was a hot day and I was eating something very salty.

This is closer to champagne than Infinium, without all the bubles.

dc55110, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Stigs
3.83/5  rDev +7%

12oz bottle from the brewery, served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - pours with a short lived quarter inch of loose fluffy white foam. quickly falls to a thin film and ring within a minute. the beer is clear, deep amber in color.

S - mostly mellow, with soft dark fruits...cherry and raisins, plums. doughy, malty sweetness sit alongside some toffee.

T - little bit of the unexpected right away. slightly tart cherries and red grapes dominate the mouth with a lightly acidic sourness. light toasted nuts and caramel malts hoist up the lively fruit. barely picking up any rye here, which is fine.

M - light body, with moderate carbonation. just slightly puckering fruitiness, with a moderately dry, acidic finish.

D - not bad. nice lively tartness brings some much needed character and finesse to a Short's beer. refreshing, and easy to sip.

Stigs, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of mzeld
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

mzeld, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of alleykatking
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for stopping by with a mixed 6pk of Short's!

A- Pours a bronzed amber color. Half finger off white head shows low retention. Specks of lace are left on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel malts in the front of the beer really shine with almost no other aroma. Midway through there is some grapes and a muted plum aroma. Some light rye on the backend of the aroma makes up the final part of the nose.

T- Caramel malts are still in the front end like the aroma. Grapes come in next with some other red fruit flavor that I can't put my finger on. The middle of the beer is where the rye kind of shines and fades in the backend but is there till the end. The ending part of the beer is mostly bigger plum notes with caramel malts and light alcohol.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is lower for the style I thought. Caramel malts, light darker fruit, and rye are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, plum, rye, and caramel malts. Flavors were blended well for the style but a little muted. No off flavors were present while drinking. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This was a interesting beer. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it at first to be honest. The flavors were a little muted but the lack of alcohol flavor meant I could drink this a little more quickly.

alleykatking, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

(12oz bottle courtesy of rayl101!!). Pours hazy orange-amber color with massive tan head. Loads of carbonation on this one. Aroma has loads of ripe pit fruit, maybe a hint of orange, and some hay notes. Unique. Taste is sweet like a very ripe plum-a bit tart as well. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Tart finish. This is a different beer and one that I like quite a bit. I couldn’t drink it all night, but it has some nice flavors that are new to me in a beer.

trappistlover, May 14, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

This has been sitting in my refirgerator for a while. Thanks to kevin (kzoobrew) for this beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance – Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a dark amber, slight orange color. About a finger of off white head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates at a medium pace leaving slight lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Slight plum fruit notes, figs, and grapes. Slight spices but overall quite reserved.

Taste – Quite interesting flavor. Plum tartness can quickly be detected, slight malty backbone…and rye. Yet another interesting beer from Short’s.

Mouthfeel – Decent carbonation, lighter, and crisp.

Overall – An interesting beer, one I wouldn’t get again but as with most Short’s beers, glad I was able to try it.

SpdKilz, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

12 oz. Amber pour, ample frothy white head. Sticks to the glass pretty well.

Quite a bit of puckering fruit smell. Faint spice and "V8 Splash" type smell also.

Taste starts with tart fruit, then goes into some malt and spicy rye. Finishes with just a bit of darker fruit and peat, tobacco/smoke. The taste evens out quite a bit as it warms.

Lighter bodied but coats the mouth fairly well. The rye almost gives it a bit of creaminess. Alcohol is very well hidden. Not sure I would drink more than one though, the tartness is not all that pleasant. Same tartness that shows up in many of their experiment brews, just not my thing.

Bung, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of BierFan
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin pale khaki head. Hazy reddish amber body.

Smell: The smell is what you would expect from a bock. Malty with an appropriate amount of noble hops. Slight dark fruitiness coming through.

Taste: Delivers exactly what the name promises. Tart plums, subtle rye, and a good bock to showcase the plums and rye.

BierFan, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

A: Pour a light brown. In the glass it is a medium brown with a lovely red tint. the head is a ring of white bubbles.

S: Bready with some nice sweet fruit notes.

T: Definitely a sharp tartness to this guy. The plum notes are interesting, but I think they might be a little bit lost. It almost has a wine/ pomegranate thing going on.

M: Fairly light, dry, and high carbonation. It kinda make sense in this one.

D: Good but not great. I appreciate the interesting style, and as I continue to drink it is grows more on me. But I don't see getting this often.. mostly because they don't sell it here.

Beejay, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz bottle split and poured into a Stone IRS tulip. No date or info.

Thanks to sweemzander for sharing this other Short's!

A - Beautiful clear bronzed amber color with a low but very persistent head. Sticky lace clings to the glass above the sexy color.

S - Mild fruity notes of plum but also cherry and spicy fig. Deep Vienna and caramel malts add a low sweetness with toasted bread qualities. A little low overall and weird too.

T - Tart and unique plum flavor falls behind a sharp rye and toasted caramel malt. Crisp lager flavor and feel.

M - Crisp and clean with a smooth, slightly high carbonation finish that's just a little bit dry.

D - Good drinkability and a clean flavor and finish. Mild plum compliments the rye and malt nicely.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Frosty80
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

Color: pours light brown with a slight reddish hue. sits a clear, deep amber

Smell: very clean, soft and sweet character. gotta really get your nose wet to detect the rye and plum

Taste: initial rush of tart plum sweetness and nutty rye. no hop flavor. finish is balanced with just a hint of fruity sweetness

Mouthfeel: low-medium body with low-medium carbonation

Notes: yep, this is a Shorts brew. i dont know what the hell it is. its like they use these ingredients sparingly and then they go for full attenuation so there really isnt any FULL flavor. its just ok.

Frosty80, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +14%

deep black with a huge brown head and a huge amount of lace. Looks pretty much as good as it can look, awesome, can't wait! Smell is a strong licorice with hints of plums, smoked touches, light rye? and some other fruit notes perhaps rasberry. The taste is very very sweet. Deep flavors of licorice and candy, is that dark plum raisin taste I taste..yummy to say the least! Nice as thick as I would have liked, but it goes down very easily and could be an easy all night drink.

mikesgroove, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +11.7%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Another6Pack
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev +11.7%

WeisGuy, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of oline73
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish amber with a finger of off white head and good retention.

Smell: Sweet malt with dark fruit and some tartness. Another slightly sour bottle from shorts.

Taste: A lot like the smell. I'm enjoying the plum flavor, but it's a little too sour for me. Some bready malt. I wouldn't have this one again.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I guess I should stay away from bottled short's beer. I still enjoy this brewery, because they try so many things that are damn interesting. Wouldn't have this one again, don't really taste the rye.

oline73, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

StoutHunter, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +11.7%

zoso1967, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of melissab318
3/5  rDev -16.2%

melissab318, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jpmclaug
3.58/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a pint glass

Hazy reddish orange body with an off white head. Smells sweet, really picking up the plums in this. Tastes kinda tart at first, once again tasting the plums, the rye is certainly present but isn't dominating. medium bodied, maybe a bit lighter than that with a good amount of carbonation.

Pretty drinkable but nothing mind blowing. I don't mind finishing this one but wouldn't really seek this out again in the future.

jpmclaug, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of ne0m00re
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

07/09/11- Review of a 12 oz bottle of this.
A: Deep red, cream head with decent lacing.
S: Relatively clean, toasty caramel, nice earthy barnyard plums. Good.
T: Caramel covered tart plums, cleaner finish. Nice balance with a good linger.
M: Medium body and creamy carbonation, but crisp in the finish.
O: Not too bad. Way to go, Short's.

ne0m00re, Jul 18, 2011
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Plum Rye Bock from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.