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Joyous Almondo - Short's Brewing Company

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Joyous Almondo
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86
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jayli on 03-13-2011

Brown Ale brewed with coconut, almonds and chocolate
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 6
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The name says it all.

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4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Joyous Almondo from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.