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Short's The Gambler - Short's Brewing Company

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Short's The Gambler
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 25.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-31-2011)
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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.

mochaguy, Dec 14, 2012
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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.

TheBigLebrewski, Oct 29, 2012
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Short's The Gambler from Short's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.