Short's The Gambler - Short's Brewing Company
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MrDanno96:
3.05/5 rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I've sampled this beer several times over the past few years and want to put in my two cents about it. If we rated for nailing a concept on the head, this beer would be a 5, easy. It truly is exactly what it says it is.
The gambler pours a light tan in color, almost leather like in appearance. The nose is all smoke and leather. Perhaps a little earthy too. The true experience starts with flavor, which is dominate by flavors of leather and tobacco. Smokey and earthy flavors too, with just the slightest hint of bourbon. A smoke filled 19th century poker room in a glass. Imagery of a log cabin with a wood burning fire also comes to mind.
All this said, I don't think you would ever want to drink more than a few ounces of this beer. One can only take so much liquid smoke and leather. It would probably be delicious paired with the right cigar and some cured meats, though.
Since you can't drink a concept, I can't give this brew very high marks since it is difficult to drink. But it is truly fascinating the complex flavor profile Shorts has somehow managed to fit into the glass. As such, I don't think it is deserving of some of the low marks others have given it.
Serving type: on-tap
02-07-2012 00:30:57 | More by MrDanno96
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4.2/5 rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On Tap at Hopcat for Short’s Birthday Party 12/13/12
Tried it Twice, as a sample and as a full-pour.
Appearance: Cloudy amber with a short white head.
Smell: Quite muted citrus.
Taste: Like a buttery Chardonnay mixed with an IPA. Prominent notes of coconut, vanilla, butter, light citrus with a long moderately mild earthy finish.
Mouth Feel: Mild+ carbonation, smooth, with a medium-full body.
Overall: I really enjoyed this. The bourbon barrel notes made it a fun experience. I didn’t notice any tobacco or tea flavors, just a really nice bourbon barrel aged IPA. Very pleasant.
Serving type: on-tap
12-14-2012 17:31:54 | More by mochaguy
4.2/5 rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
In the interest of admitting bias, this is a collective review in the presence of some border-line alcoholic smokers who gamble any time they get the chance. Along the same lines, it is necessary to state that this is a challenging beer to review in the respect that it can't be immediately compared to any other; there is not a standardized style that this beer could be justifiably labeled as. Unless, as many of our kind do, you tend to drink beer with a tumbler of one-cubed corn belt whiskey beside it and a half burnt cigarette dangling from your trembling lips.
This beer appears as any serious IPA; mellow golden-hued-orange-tan with light but apparent cloudiness.
The allure of this beer, as expected, comes from the tobacco flavor-inspired ingredients. And the smell is the first criteria by which this beer's exciting place in the world is realized. Chai, foreign travel, MICHIGAN BREWED, and crimes committed in poorly lit and very smoky rooms come to mind.
Taste. Have you seen those billboards on the highway that say something about 'kissing a smoker is like liking an ashtray'. Kissing a smoker is for sissies. Drinking the gambler is like bedding a smoker. And tell me you don't enjoy it. Also, tell me you don't taste bacon.
(A seriously crazy flavor profile. Tea is very forward, with alcohol in the swallow, albeit less tinged with bourbon or, for that matter, wood, than many beers aged in bourbon barrels.)
Mouthfeel, per the style and ingredients, is pretty aggressive. We were split in this regard. I felt it was too heavy in the mouth and that the less refined aspects of the flavor were those that hung around.
Overall, a fantastic and excitingly unique beer. If you're wandering around trying to taste new beers, consider yourself lucky if you get a chance to try it while short's has it.
Serving type: growler
10-29-2012 18:03:37 | More by TheBigLebrewski
Short's The Gambler from Short's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.