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Goodnight Bodacious - Short's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 273
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 22.89%
Wants: 25
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of justinp444
4.86/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best black IPA I've had to date. Pours a black with a nice off white inch thick head. Smells of chocolate and coffee with a bit of citrus and earthy hops. Taste is an incredible balanced citrus, fruity ester, and roasted malt flavor. Full mouth feel and a medium body.

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Photo of ElevinoFive
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's big, black and green- and it's back for good! Last year's seemed a bit more effervescent, but this is one of the boldest of its steez. Short's naysayers better reckonize. A hops and malt two hitter that'll make you question why you often pay so much for a 4pk that includes too much bourbon. If this were an 8pk, you could aka it- Robobeer. Naturally you'd want his permission.

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Photo of Chris_the_Tartar
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks black as it claims to with a tiny ,mocha head. Smell is of hops, malt, caught a whiff of lemon. Each sip starts out like an IPA, mouth full of hops, but with a creamy aftertaste. Truly succeeds in being a creamy IPA unlike a hoppy porter, like some other black IPAs I've had. Damn good.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out one finger of mocha colored head with a pitch black body. Looks delicious. Yeast is present in the bottom of the bottle, which I would recommend pouring in which adds some flavor. Also above average lacing.

S - A whiff of this brings a balance that plays well with the piney hops and the black chocolate malts. There is a complexity within these two notes as they battle to overtake one another.

T - Here comes the piney bitterness with a nice follow up punch of the black malts. Next sip is chocolate malts followed by piney, grassy bitterness. The bitterness lingers on with the creamy chocolate notes. Not much alcohol present in this one for the 8.5%.

M - Medium to full mouth feel with a soft fluffy creaminess. Carbonation is present but the softness of the beer somehow covers it up as it goes down, in the end some carbonation starts to show through. Lovely.

O - This is the last of the six pack that was given to me as a B-Day present from a buddy of mine. All I can say is this is my all time favorite Black IPA and the best offering I have tried from shorts.! If you want an awesome black IPA this is a must try. Its to bad this is a seasonal beer, and I will have to wait almost another whole year to get some more. This beer is best fresh but with some age on it it smooths out considerably. Get this one Cheers!

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Photo of malty
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome caramel colored lasting foamy head on thick black fluid. Missing much lacing.

Burnt, pine, grass, roasty, caramel, very stout ;)

Chewy, deep, smooth, delicous, super roasty without the burden of smoke. Creamy, heavy carbonation, high dry bitting bitterness, lots of heavy dark chocolate. Resinous, piney, green, dank burn.

Highly Recommended!!! Drinks a lot like a RIS... Thanks, Adam.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a beige head that thinned to a ring leaving streaks of lacing rings.

S - roasted aroma jumps out at first with faint citrus rind in the background.

T - rich roasted coffee and chocolate upfront is met by citrus rind bitterness blending with chocolate covered espresso coffee beans on the finish.

F - medium/full bodied with a creamy, smooth feel.

O - perhaps a pioneer in a new style, American Double / Imperial Black Ale?
in any event it is a very good beer, get some and enjoy responsibly.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Goodnight Bodacious last week for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. This is the first time Short's has bottled this beer, I've never tried it before and haven't really heard much about it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty nice looking, the picture of the constellation and the story behind the name is pretty cool. It poured a dark pitch black color that didn't let any light come through with a finger and a half worth of darker tan head that died down to a thick ring and left lots of nice lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of dark malts that impart some roasted, caramel, chocolate,and coffee like aromas. Up next comes the hops which show up nicely and impart a pretty piney aroma followed by an almost equal amount of citrus hops with grapefruit and citrus rinds coming through the most. The aroma of this beer was very good, it smells like a 50/50 mixture of an Imperial Stout and a Double IPA, I really liked it and I thought it was quite unique.

T- The taste seems to be pretty close to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a nice amount of dark malts that impart a nice roasted, slightly charred, slight coffee, and some nice chocolate flavors. Towards the end I get a good amount of hops that impart some nice citrus and piney flavors with the citrus seeming to stick out the most with some nice citrus fruit rind flavors. It had a higher amount of medium bitterness with a roasted and a resiny hop aftertaste that really sticks around. This beer has a really good taste to it that's intense while still being very well balanced, I really enjoyed it.

M- Fairly smooth, hidden alcohol, slightly creamy, on the medium side of being full bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel, it was a little thick for the style, but I thought that the extra thickness worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer and a good example of the style, but there's no confusing this with any other American Black Ale, it's a completely different animal, it's very unique. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down fairly smooth and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, but it's a little too intense to drink multiples of, so I think one bottle is enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and taste, they were really nice, intense yet balanced, I really liked that. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, I can't say that there's anything that I didn't like or would want to change about this beer, it's great just the way it is. I would for sure buy this beer again if they release it again, it's already all gone in my area, so I'm glad I picked up a few of these, I recommend this to anyone whole loves Black IPA's and all around intense beers. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, I always expect good things from short's, it's what they do, but I didn't expect to like this beer as much as I did, it really won me over. Short's shows you can take some robust malts and combine them with some intense hops and bitterness and get a great tasting yet well balanced beer that isn't dull in the slightest. Great job Short's, you guys continue to impress me with your awesome and unique brews and this one is no exception, I can't wait to see what other new and crazy beers you have waiting to be unveiled.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown... basically black with a medium tan head that goes down quickly. Scent is that of a roasty porter or coffee stout. A ton of roasted malt and some dark malt with roasted hop aromas. Very interesting beer here. This has some hoppy notes, but drinks like a well-crafted, roasty porter. The hops are just a plus. Taste is just as it smell. Roasted malt and hops with some chocolate and coffee. Espresso with coffee grounds and hops. This beer is fantastic! One of the best "black ipas" and one of the best "american black ales" I've ever had. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Jim & Renee for this one!

Jet black with tan foam, spray of spotty lace in the glass, initial billowing head dwindles to a bare skim after a few minutes. Surface is patchy with clusters of larger bubbles here and there.

Great piney hop aroma melded nicely with roasted malts, lightly sweet chocolate and coffee traces.

Big flavors of blackened malt and piney hops. Extremely smooth and silky with a nice lingering resiny hop flavor, green and coniferous. Slight malt sweetness, creamy and smooth feel, light carbonation. Damn this is good.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my friend Scott for sending this to me! You send me a lot of Shorts and they are very hit or miss, but this one is a definite hit!

I'm usually not a fan of black IPA's but I'm willing to try anything once. This beer is SURPRISINGLY good. Shorts Brewing has been hit or miss IMO but this one is excellent! A nice solid fairly malty backbone to complement the flavorful hops. Not too overwhelming on either the malt or the well rounded hop profile, I would love to have more than one of these, although I would feel much better about drinking it pretty fresh (as I just did). Good choice and thanks again, my favorite black IPA to date!

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Photo of minterro
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this bad boy about two months ago, tired the first 5 fairly fast going to finally give it a proper rating.

Very deep powerful chocolate and roasty aroma. finger of head when poured vigorously. choppy lacing. looks vigorous when poured. Pitch black not unlike the night's sky. noticeable relatively rapid carbonation bubbles rising.

hoppy but nothing too intense upfront. A bit of a bitter finish but I think this one might have done a bit more tongue bruising back a month ago. Very thick and lowish carbonation. Robust but not overwhelming. Alcohol in the finish but hidden everywhere else. chewy texture.

Overall: A very very solid beer. I would say a close second among Black IPA (just trailing Stone's 15th anniversary). I would recommend drinking one at a time, not only for the ABV but also just to spread the wealth.

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Photo of 33nickadams
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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Photo of GRPunk
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

A- A normal pour created a 1-finger, brown head. The body was a dark brown, nearly black through the middle. The head settled out to a thin foam and left awesome lacing on the glass.

S- Bold hopping at first smell. Further sniffs bring out rich, roasty malts in the background. Hops are initially leafy, tobacco-like. Hints of citrus zest come along later.

T- Much more balance than the initial aroma suggests. Roasted malts really hold their own and compliment the hopping with chocolate and light coffee flavors. Hops are really leafy, almost minty. Hints of spicy, medicinal hops give a slight bite in the finish.

M- Full bodied. Carbonation is moderate-heavy, and kind of needs to be to keep up with a fairly viscus brew. A little hop bite at finish. Well masked ABV.

O- Another great "outside the box" beer from Short's. It's difficult for me to wrap my head around the whole black IPA thing. To go and imperialize it just leaves me more confused. All I know is I like this beer.

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Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into snifter. Looks like a stout from pour as well as throughout drinking it. Black body, creamy brown head, looks bodacious...
Hoppy on the nose, nice malt as well. Taste is unique, hard to pinpoint of this one bottle, but not bad by far.
Mouthfeel is a combo of porter and pale ale, not really dipa feel. Really smooth, creamy.
Overall, shes a keeper in my book. A different take on something that is a staple now in most fridges. Prost to Shorts on this one!

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a dark black color with light head and medium carbonation. Smells are heavy on citrus, with some sweeter malt smells like molasses and raisin mixed in. Taste is that of a very balanced malty IPA with a crisp bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thick for an IPA. This is very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of abraxel
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours opaque black, topped by a few fingers of slightly chunky, tan foam. Pretty good head retention and nice lacing.

S - Roasty malt mixed with piney hops. Not a super strong aroma, but enticing.

T - Leads with a small barrage of piney hops, then the hoppy bitterness melts into roasty bitterness as hints of coffee and dark chocolate slip through. There's a touch of slightly fruity sweetness in the background, enough to balance everything out, but that disappears for a dry finish. Seriously tasty.

M - Pretty thick and velvety smooth, with low carbonation.

Overall, very delicious. A unique take on the black IPA, and a damn good one. Probably my favorite beer from Short's, definitely my favorite bottled one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of the better shorts beers i have had, these guys are so hit or miss, so its nice to find a hit this strong, thanks to thebrewo for this one. everything you want in a black ipa here, piney bitter hops, literally like a forest in the night, its malt base is bitter too, tons of roast, bitter coffee grinds with the hops, but lots of body too, rich but dry, insanely flavorful, and honestly one of the best examples of the style i have had this year. it seems like the good ones they do never make it to colorado, but the hype around them is real. this has a cocoa layer in it, and some oily properties despite its seeming duality between hops and gain, these elements make it less bitter double jeopardy, and more approachable. it is different in its dry finish though, and in its well hidden abv. these black ipas often come across hot, and this one doesnt at all. palate coating but not super heavy, which is nice. i would imagine big C strain hops, although i cant be sure. not overly complex, but it doesnt need to be. a very easy drinking big beer, and frankly one of the more memorable ones from these guys. excellent late winter early spring seasonality as well.

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Photo of Flopjack
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of jordand3
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Kahlua mug (don't hate).

A - Very dark and very little head. Grayish-brown not even covering entire surface area.

S - Scent is subtle, but more malty and stout-like.

T - Great malt flavor; toasty.

M - Creamy and, once-again, stout like.

O - Shorts has been hit or miss lately. I worry that they're doing too much by putting out so many different styles all the time. This, however, is not one of those misses. I picked this up as part of a mixed 6-pack, really enjoyed it, and could definitely go for another.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Goodnight Bodacious

Had on-tap at BoatWorks and served in a shaker pint.

Appearance: Black. Finger of dark brown head. Great lacing, (4/5)

Smell: Excellent mix of hops and roasted malt... fruity and earthy hops one whiff, roastiness the next. Really nice stuff that I like. Doesn't blow me away, but great balance for the style. (3.75/5)

Taste/feel: On point. Excellent. Phenomenal blend of sweetness and bitterness that make this a brew to remember. Again, plenty of nice hoppiness coupled with chocolate and roastiness. Could you ask for much more? The brew is also nice and full in feel with a medium carbonation. Very nice. (4.25/5, 4.5/5)

Excellent beer. Definitely one of the very best I've had from the style. Great balance. Doesn't favor the hops nor the roast. I really like this brew.


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Photo of lochef81
4.11/5  rDev -1%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 1/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine, orange zest, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, orange rind, and floral hops. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roasted malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, orange zest, orange rind, cocoa, light char, floral, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, pine, citrus zest, cocoa, char, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted malt and hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, sticky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial Black IPA. Great balance and complexity of roasted malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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Goodnight Bodacious from Short's Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.