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Goodnight Bodacious - Short's Brewing Company

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 271
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 6.97%
Wants: 24
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
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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 claminat420
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1/ 27/15 on neck of bottle

A- pours pitch black with a nice tan head. leaves a decent amount of lacing from a hardy pour.

S- dark malts with some alcohol.

T- not to far from the smell. alil bitter. very slight floral/ citrusy hop action trying to make a appearance but dominated by the roasted/ chocolate malt. also detect the slightest bit of coffee flavor from the malt.

M- medium/ heavy bodied. good carbonation.

DRINKABILITY- as i'm on number four of the sixer it's not terrible. won't buy again tho. too many hoppy brews out there.

Overall- I was honestly expecting more hop action coming from this brew. it's bitter and has a slightly floral/citrusy hop presence but it's pounded by the malt. this beer reminds me of I think it's anger by greenbush brewery and nighttime by lagunitas. it's playyyyyed! maybe it's the style TO ME but all these black ipa's seem the same. drinkable but nothing special. if you're looking for more of a dark malt driven showcase with some slight hop action this is a beer for you. I just prefer hop explosion. (1,058 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with mocha head heavy lacing at the edges and a good dusting on top.

S: Aroma of citrus and ash. Some orange rind and pine. Pure bitterness with dark deep roasted malt scents.

T: Bitter orange peel, deep woods pine and charcoal. Deep bitter black patent malt battle with citrus hops. Goodnight bodacious has a Bitter finish that was hard won by the hops. Flavorful is an understatement and this is tasty but definitely would be tough to have more than one of these for me. Ideally I would have had half a bottle and I like DIPAs. Lots of licorice / anice flavor in here as well.

M: Medium to thick body for a ABA, medium carbonation.

O: Overall this is a tasty American black ale. It is too much for me right now however. Maybe its spring however I am just not a fan of this right now. As fate would have it, I dumped 3/4 of this beer on my rug. Oops. Maybe it was predetermined as I wasnt particularly interested.... (944 characters)

Photo of Bignutz
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
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 (500 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's tectactoe night in Minnesota! Another brew arriving from Michigan. 12 oz. bottle, approached with trepidation - Short's has had plenty of great, horrid, & everything in between for me over the years.

Pour is true black with mild carbonation. Nose is roast that leans towards setting-off-fire-alarms scorched. Overwhelms whatever else might be lurking in the depths.

Goodnight Bodacious would be a great wing-man. Torched roast flings itself at the tongue, & is yanked back from the edge of the volcano by a healthy dash of bitter, piney hops. Dark chocolate leavens the shock to the system. Herbal & orange bits scatter through the midsection, leaving the finish to soft caramel & the scrapings at the bottom of a bi-annual cleaning of the coffee pot. Drinkable? Six ounces in my mini-chalice, & I'm happy.

Short's: Purveyor of the Gangrenously Whack. This is one of few black ales that doesn't disappoint, perhaps because it goes right up to the edge of too much, then hits the accelerator. Strange, & very good. (1,024 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an impenetrable black with a finger and a half of mocha head. Left no lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts and coffee, followed by a small amouunt of citrus and pineapple.

T - Moderates between roasted and toasted malts along with mango and pineapple. Throws some banana into the mix as well.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, It was definitely good, although it was far more like a stout than an IPA. Needs more balance. (451 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232, thanks man. First beer tried from Short's.

Pours black, with a one inch head, and not much lacing, really.

Aromas of pine, grapefruit, chocolate and coffee. Great aroma.

The aroma is better than the taste. Slightly watery at times, slightly muted hop flavor. The flavor is good, I just want more of it. Low amounts of roasted malt, some chocolate, pine, and grapefruit.

Medium to thin bodied, slightly disappointing. Crisp mouthfeel, finishes creamy, however. Fairly dry.

Pretty good, but not one of my favorite black ales. (563 characters)

Photo of MCain04
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra from a trade with tectactoe, thanks bro much appreciated. 12 oz bottle poured into HF stemware.

A: Dark brown almost black body with tan 1-2 finger head, moderate lacing and retention.

S: Hoppy, piney and grassy, with some roasty malt character to it.

T: Hops to the smell, with a big roasty malt backing, not too bitter though, not alcohol presence.

M: Medium carbonation, medium body, wetter than most DIPAs, decent.

O: A solid offering from a small brewery, if available locally I would enjoy this if well-priced. Nothing to go crazy over, but a well-balanced brew. Glad to have tried.

Serving type: bottle (622 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pitch black with a thin layer of cocoa head.

S. incredible floral hop aroma, some citrus, alcohol, faint anise.

T. Big chewy mouthfeel. Heavy malts blend with piney and citrus hops to create a very solid blend of black ale and an ipa. Bitter and drying finish.

O. Very interesting concoction from shorts that is a must try if you can get your Hands on one. (365 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.19 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. No specs on the bottle or website. Pours out to a clear dark black, forming a nice mouse-like dark tan head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. Fine layer of yeast in the bottle. The aroma erupts with hops...skunk weed and pine, sitting on top of some nice roasted malts with suggestions of espresso and black walnut. Mouthfeel is very soft and creamy smooth with a medium dense body. The taste is very good. It's what I would expect for something described as a double black IPA...lots of hop oil aromas, roast and big body but unlike that of an imperial stout. The hops dominate in flavor, but there is a very pleasant balance between the roast and bitterness, which is medium firm. I'm guessing Simcoe and Amarillo are probably in here. The mouthfeel is bitter like strong espresso, with hints of french roast astringency as well. Alcohol adds a peppery bite. I'm guessing this is somewhere around 8.5% by flavor. There are some sherry and port like oxidized notes in the finish.

A very interesting and well made beer and the first time I've had a Black DIPA. The bitterness is a bit over the top and as a result, one is plenty, but it's still worth a try. I just couldn't see myself buying a 6-pack of this. (1,294 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, unknown bottling date. Generously extra'd to me by Kevin, thanks man. Poured into a Bell's snifter today, 3/18/2014.

App- Pitch black opaque body that does not illuminate at all. Nice two finger mocha head with very good retention and lacing. Looks like a nice American stout.

Smell- Milk chocolate roastiness mixed in with citrusy hop goodness. Very interesting and complex even given the Black IPA style. Must be the fact that its a double IPA as well.

Flavour- Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. A muddled mix of citrus and floral hops with milk chocolate, earthy dark malt bitterness and roasted malts. Trying to get a bead on this, but it's like eating grapefruit dark chocolate, except its in liquid form. It kinda works, but it doesn't work, at the same time.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, slick resinous finish that is also creamy due to good carbonation. A little bit of boozy heat on the back end. Definite sipper.

Overall- Very interesting smelling Black DIPA that kind of gets muddled on the palate. Perhaps there's too much clashing with each other in terms of the citrusy hop flavours and strong dark malts. Still, I enjoyed this beer and would enjoy it again if presented with the opportunity. (1,228 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks saisonrichbiere for the hook up

The beer pours jet black with 1/2 an inch if tan head that laces. The nose is citrusy/floral hoppiness forward that transitions into chocolate. The taste is a good balance of hops & chocolate/carob followed by a slightly lingering hoppy bitterness. It's solidly medium bodied smooth, sweet followed by a lingering bitterness and great drinkability for black IPA. This was pretty tasty that I'd drink again in the future. (460 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dee black with a two-finger foamy tan head. Heavy amount of sticky lacing.

S - Light amoun of roasted malts with some earthy hops.

T - Starts off with light citrus, mostly grapefruit. Finish has a nice mix of roasted malts and piney hops. Lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - Good beer and one of the better black IPAs I've had. Nice combination of roated malts and piney hop. Recommended. (471 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Churchkey DC into a tumbler.

Off tan brown head produced and presented one finger tall, kind of a creamy appearance. Very very dark dark brown walnut like black body. Brew keeps a real solid puck while drinking and leaves lots of clumping lacing too.

Great solid nose on this beer. Airy dry chocolate, almost powdered cococa, but also with a milky sensation. Lingering mild roast as well. Solid.

Taste brings a nice soft citrus body to the palate with lots of grapefruit. Great meld of hop orange bitter and roast character dryness. Excellent feel on this brew with creamy and coating characteristics that hit the tongue so perfectly. Chocolate nose sensations don't seem to come through so much upon the taste.

Really loved the feel on this brew more than anything and it brings all the good qualities of this style together. Real nice black ale. (876 characters)

Photo of Auror
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From Blind Bif 8. Reviewed from notes, drank on July 6th, 2013 side by side with Greenbush Rage.

Appearance- Pours dark, but not quite opaque. Not much head.

Aroma- Not super pungent. As it warms, there's roasted flavors and also some fruity notes. Blackberries and cherries mostly.

Taste- This is an odd one. It's got much more chocolate and again these fruity notes including the ones mentioned above as well as plums. Not sure if this is yeast-derived or fruit added. Also some roast and hops.

Mouthfeel- Below average carbonation. It's slick and soft. Not much alcohol evident.

Notes- I think the hops/malt combo might have contributed to the fruity notes, but it's also possible the hops have faded a bit. If Short's release calendar is accurate, this was released in February. My friend and I both enjoyed it more than Rage though, which is interesting. (865 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Short's glass. Thanks Brian (brownbrian) for sending me a couple of these.

A- Pours an opaque dark black with about a quarter finger of creamy mocha head that has nice retention and slowly recedes to a flat top.

S- A good amount of roast and cocoa powder backed up by faint citrus hops in the back. Fairly aromatic, nice aroma, decent balance.

T- Fruity hops up front that add notes of pineapple and grapefruit and a light bitterness. Finishes with heavy cocoa powder and a bit of roast with the hop presence lingering a bit on the palate.

M- Medium bodied, very drinkable, nice carbonation level.

O- From a brewery I haven't been overly impressed with so far, this was definitely a quality black IPA and one of their better offerings that I've had. It had a nice balance, was flavorful, and very drinkable for the abv. One of the better black IPAs I've had and definitely worth trying. (918 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a becker style glass

It pours thick and viscous like a good stout. No light is getting through this beer. A meager pour yielded only an inch of tan head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is amazing. I get chocolate and coffee, but I also notice plenty of hop aroma.

The flavor starts out with those roasted flavors that I smelled, chocolate and coffee, but the hops run in to slap my palate with a healthy dose of bitterness that lingers a bit.

Full, chewy mouthfeel

This beer is a hopped up stout. I love the stout characteristics of this beer. The hops come in to contrast the traditional stout flavors. This bottle is a little older. I would love to try this fresh. I would also love to try it without the generous portion of hops. I think there is a fantastic stout hidden in this beer as well. (835 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Perennial tulip - thanks to erikkoppin

Deep blacked-out pour with a thick, frothy tanned head. Rings of webbed lacing coat the glass while drinking.

Fairly heavy pine hop bitterness in the nose with resin and softer, sweeter notes. Touches of coffee beans and chocolate with roasted dark malts and alcohol warmth.

Bitter and piny right up front with sticky resinous hops. The hop profile builds like a wave, riding on top of the multi-layered malt backbone. Coffee beans, dark chocolate and sweetness mellow out the aggressive hoppiness. Roasty and warm in the finish with lingering bitterness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, creamy and full on the tongue. Black IPAs are hit or miss for me sometimes but this was really delicious, especially with the soft, pillowy mouthfeel and high-torque hop profiles. (843 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,271 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,725 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

4.25/5 (807 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of jordand3
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of Flopjack
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (923 characters)

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