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Goodnight Bodacious - Short's Brewing Company

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249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 20
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: smakawhat on 06-15-2012

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Ratings: 249 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by lochef81:
Photo of lochef81
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've long been a doubter of Shorts Brewing but having tried this offering, I'm a step closer to being a believer. This ale pours a deep rich black (almost stout like) with a very slight tan head and substantial lacing. The nose is perplexing. There are substantial hop notes with a good deal of pine and grass along side those of coffee and carmely roasted malts. Unfortunately there is also something slightly off and skunky in nature. The mouthfeel is smooth and clean. Medium bodied with a nice coating feel. It is actually lighter than I would have guessed it to be. The flavors mirror the nose. With a bitter piney hoppiness upfront followed by a deep coffee/chocolaty malty sweetness. This is damn good and one of the best black ipas I've had. Maybe there is hope for Shorts yet.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into well-used tulip glass. Color is pitch black, Slightly aggressive pour produces three fingers of fizzy mocha head that quickly dissipates. Seriously, I turned form the glass, to browse a thread here head was just gone. Thin film left behind, spotty lacing. Smell is citrus hops, roasted malt. Taste is absolutely wow. I expected something different, more bitter, even though it's billed as a DIPA and I've not found those to be so. There is a tiny bite on the end, but a bit sweet citrus and a bit roasted flavor dominates. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy, which was also unexpected. Bitter roast aftertaste, floral burps.
Oh, and the title is a Primus reference. Excellence all around. So far, Short's limited releases this year have been killing it over last year's.

Photo of malty
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When Shorts says 'Double Black', they ain't lying. Jet black x 1000 is the color of this brew. A loose khaki head stays put at 1.5". It does settle to 1" after several minutes, leaving a coagulated barrage of large bubbled lace in its wake. Still, menacing, and daunting. Absolute killer wide ringed shattered lace all rather way down the glass.

I was forced to stir up this wicked head as to give it a fair chance of a smell rating. After said swirling of my nonic pint glass, dark chocolate brownies come to the forefront. A few more gentle swirls gives eminence to resinous, scorched hops, that bring to mind a charred pine forest. Not that I ever smelled, (or for that matter, want to) a burnt-up Christmas tree, but I have sometimes imagined it after dozens of times watching Christmas Vacation. Boozy.

The acrid dark roasted malts chant impending domination on my palate with every measured quaff. Rich, yet pointed - thanks to enough hop bite to climb itself out of the roasted malty quicksand. This is a battle between Bass and Treble. The Bass is boomin', but the hi-hat is chiming away. Balsy, with a evil grin - showing sparkling white teeth.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, but very airy, thanks to a beautiful amount of ultra fine carbonation. This is what separates the pros from the wannabes, IMHO. The drinkability of this ale is outstanding, thanks to the masterful kinetic body, which actually gives the hop bill more time to shine, rather than be smothered by a wilting, lifeless body.

Overall this is one bad mofo! Not quite the palate wrecker one might fear by being a double (black) IPA. Shorts def puts their skillful hallmark on the deeep daaaarrrk malt bill on this one, but never letting you forget they're the maestros of hop manipulation either. It's kinda like looking up at the hugest, most scary roller coaster in the park. Getting strapped in. And getting the ride you expected, but you didn't die. You didn't even shit yourself. You loved it so much, you got back in line and took it for another ride. Then you gleefully dreamt about it that night, while unknowingly grew a bigger pair.

Photo of Bignutz
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark Ale with distinct hop aroma, getting the Apollo scent but I'm not quite sure. Hops and coffee on the nose. Mouth feel is wet, malty and delicious. Great lacing, let it sit as it just gets better. i get black patent malts heavy with no smoke but a coffee grind palette and a slight sweet maltiness. IBU's are there but not a dominant hop finish but very crisp, fast finish. FINAL WORD: Shorts did it again, this beer is very good for the style, very nice for its style. I'd buy it again. cheers

Photo of DanGeo
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tectactoe
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for this one! Pours a menacing shade of black, no real color can be detected from this one. Light-tan head, a bit lighter than I would expect for a beer so dark. Aroma is full of nice toasted caramel malts and deep, roasted malts. Not picking up much cocoa or chocolate, mostly just a deep roasty aroma. Hops are present as well, after all this is just a black DIPA, right? Mostly heavy on the pine needles and florals, but the citrus notes come alive sometime during the latter half of the beer.

The aroma leaves no secrets as to how this one will taste, maybe aside from the fact that the hops are a bit more pungent on the palate than they were on the nose. A nice, steel-y caramel and deeply roasted malt backbone holds up a nicely constructed hop profile - more pine, pine needles, and some oily resin. Citrus is a bit buried, but eventually surfaces; grapefruit rind, lemon and orange zest. There's a heavy bitter and resinous flavor that resounds into the aftertaste. A touch of roasted malts also linger alongside the finishing hops. Medium bodied, not quite thick or sticky, somewhat dry and easily drinkable for a DIPA.

What can I say about Shorts that hasn't already been said? I love their willingness to try new shit. This was my first "black DIPA" and it was pretty damn good. Unique, interesting, tasty, and extremely drinkable.

EDIT: 3/24/2013

After plowing through my own six pack, I realized I like this even more than I originally thought. Hops had faded a little bit, leaving the beer more "stout" like, but it was still delicious. I got more bitter cocoa notes this time that I wasn't getting before. Very roasted, tasty, and unique - like a stout that has been overhopped to oblivion.

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of aboyd87
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite Short's Beer by a long shot.

Photo of arthurry
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikerap100
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of king75
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dmorley21
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Roguer
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Head is slow to form, but eventually forms a finger of solid, dark tan head. Retention is decent, and lacing is nice. Brew is a beautiful dark coffee brownish-black.

Ruby red grapefruit aroma bodes well for this Black DIPA. Some earthy and piney hops, as well. Dark chocolate roasted malts and a sweet honey aroma linger in the background only.

Big dose of chocolate, followed by citrus hops, finished with roasted malts and earthy hops. Long lasting roasted finish which intermingles with grapefruit pulp and citrus peel. Hints of mint, burnt coffee, and cream.

Medium feel, silky and smooth, yet lively. Long finish.

Black IPAs and hoppy stouts can fall into a gray area where what they're really trying to achieve can be a bit muddled. I think this one hits the target pretty well. The focus, from the aroma through the finish, is on the hops, although the dark roasty malts are very present.

Photo of CraigMack61
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 33nickadams
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Completely opaque, black and with a small tan head that sticks mostly to the side of the glass. Color reminds me a of a stout or porter. Smells of roasted barley and citrusy hops. Some coffee and chocolate notes in there as well. Taste has the roastiness somewhat subdued and well-balanced with the bitterness and flavoring of the hops. Finishes dry with the alcohol well-hidden. It teeters on the edge of being a stout, but not quite there. The hops are definitely in the spotlight here. The mouthfeel is moderate and lightly carbonated. Overall, I like these black barleywines. This is a style that I would like to see more. Maybe I'll brew up a batch of my own, and use this as a standard. This is a good brew!

Photo of miketd
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mzeld
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Acuity
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Flopjack
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Black with a 1 finger slightly off white beige head. Nice lacing.

Smell - Very rich in the dark malt category. Has dark coffee, dark chocolate, and sort of an in and out floral hop character that blends nicely with the roastiness.

Taste - First you get a nice semi piney, semi citrusy, resin, and bitterness. As the bitterness begins to mellow just slightly, you enter an entirely different stage of flavors. The end flavor is roasty and somewhat smokey flavor. You get some dark chocolate, coffee, char, and just slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing smooth.

Overall - Good beer. Unique style of beer. You feel as if your drinking two styles of beer at once. On one hand you have all of the citrusy goodness of an IPA, and on the other roasty characteristics that closely resemble a stout especially upon smell. Not dissipointed, glad I tried it.

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Goodnight Bodacious from Short's Brewing Company
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