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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: 23
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 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 malty
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (2,119 characters)

Photo of sendsilk
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (645 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 abraxel
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (723 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 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 emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (551 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 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 GRPunk
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,021 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.45/5  rDev +7%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (3,638 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 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 webmanspidey
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of 33nickadams
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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! (713 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)

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