Short's Joyous Almondo - Short's Brewing Company
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Hooked up with a growler of this stuff - awesome! When Shorts finally announced this was going back on tap, I knew I had to get my hands on some. I fucking love Almond Joy. This beer pours a deep brown, almost dark mahogany with such a faint and distant translucency, even with the dark shade. The off-white, slightly grey head dissipates in just a few minutes leaving no lacing behind.
I don't know why, but I was expecting this beer to be a stout or porter. I guess I never really read any of the "fine print" (or any other reviews for that matter), but I figured that a beer modeled after Almond Joy would most likely be something with dark, roasted, and/or chocolate malts. Plus, the thicker and creamier mouth feel usually associated with the style would fit perfectly here, too. But it is what it is, so let's give this one a whirl.
The aroma is fantastic - bursting full force into the air once the growler is opened for the first time. So sweet and delicate; heavy coconut, vanilla, sweet milky chocolate, some brown sugar sweetness, toasty nuts, and a slight touch of wood in the end. This smells goddamn delicious. It's like an Almond Joy perfume. This would make an amazing candle, seriously. There aren't even many (or any) very noticeable "beer" qualities in the aroma - the adjuncts are definitely king of the hill here. The aroma only intensified as the beer warmed up; richer and sweeter bouts of chocolate, coconut, and brown sugar.
Sweet chocolate and little cocoa nibs are the first discernible flavor upon taking a sip, but a whole slew of other flavors are following close behind. Some caramel is present, as well as more brown sugar - I'm assuming these are resultants of the malts that are also responsible for the color of the beer. It has a substantially larger "nutty" presence on the palate than it did on the nose which is certainly nice. Coconut is stronger in the latter half of each sip, although it's presence is still heavily supported by the aroma. Light alcohol character is noticeable and only grows stronger with time. I didn't realize this was 9.5% ABV. The finish is full of more Almond Joy-esque goodness with a heavy emphasis on chocolate and coconut. Medium bodied, leaving a heavily sticky coating all over the mouth afterwards; medium carbonation.
Very impressed with how well this turned out - I knew it would be hit or miss, and I'm definitely calling a hit on this one. I still think it would have done even better as a stout or a porter, but it was still pretty great as a brown ale. It's pretty sweet and probably more of a dessert than a beer, but it's quite a delicacy nonetheless, and if you like Almond Joy - you're gonna like this stuff, too.
Serving type: growler
04-06-2013 06:41:22 | More by tectactoe
4/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on tap at the Sunset Grill poured into a snifter
Appearance: minimal head, hazy, reddish-brown in color
Smell: almond, chocolate malt, and chocolate
Taste: almond, big dose of coconut, toasted malt, milk, some light chocolate, and noticeable alcohol.
Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with a bitter alcohol kick, low carbonation
Drinkability: A unique beer. Very much Almond Joy meets an amber ale. I could have two or three. The flavor does not hit as hard as I would expect. It is a bit more delicate, but I still like it.
Serving type: on-tap
03-14-2011 13:25:57 | More by tigg924
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
on tap at sunset tap and grille in boston during the post-EBF brunch
Pours a deep hazed caramel color with some softer golden orange hues. A layer of white head retains for a bit before leaving streaks of lacing on the glass.
Strong, rich scents of burnt brown sugar, caramel, coconut, nuttiness, and light hoppiness with a bit of alcohol heat.
Syrupy sweetness up front, notes of chocolate and caramel swirl together, topped off with a smack of coconut. Almonds and brown sugar, with a thick, doughy caramel malted backbone. Rich and sweet with some alcohol towards the finish.
Fuller body, lower carbonation, sticky, syrupy, and rich on the tongue. Definitely a really tasty beer, especially since I enjoy coconut. It was a bit sweet and rich overall, as I was pretty satisfied with a small pour.
Serving type: on-tap
03-15-2011 01:53:47 | More by xnicknj
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had at Sunset Grill and Tap 3/10
Served in a snifter.
A: This beer pours a deep, dark caramel color. Not an inkling of head or film on this. Additionally, no lacing to speak of.
S: Nose is a ton of almond, vanilla and anise.
T: Taste starts nice and almondy, lots of nuttiness with a hint of vanilla. Flavor moves in to a mild toffee malt character and anise. A touch of brown sugar is present. Finish is a mixture of milk and dark chocolate, a nice coconut backbone and a good deal of alcohol.
M: Medium body, lower carbonation, slight oily presence to the body.
D: Goes down ok, somewhat tasty, kick is not well hidden, somewhat filling, and another interesting twist on the style. I was really looking forward to this beer, but the alcohol flavoring dampened some of the really interesting flavors. I'd like to try this again when maybe some of the heat dissipates.
Serving type: on-tap
03-13-2011 18:20:26 | More by Jayli
3.23/5 rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a medium caramel-brown color with a thin off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries in some roast, chocolate, and toasted coconut. A bit of a nutty character. The flavor is along the same lines, though there’s something a bit off about it, perhaps tracing to the coconut. Chocolate makes a good appearance along with a moderate malty sweetness. Medium body and fairly sweet. Slight dryness in the finish. Really interesting brew.
Serving type: on-tap
05-31-2011 10:59:57 | More by Thorpe429
Short's Joyous Almondo from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.