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Cinnabilly - Short's Brewing Company

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This clear, caramel colored gem emits a soft potpourri of cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, and hints of vanilla. Sweet malt flavors allow for an array of sensations, ranging from toasted almonds to cinnamon graham crackers. The pleasant addition of cinnamon creates wonderful accents throughout the beer that are never overwhelming.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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Bung, Jul 19, 2014
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. Yeeehaw! Cinnamon doppelbock - why the hell not? Sounds like a great idea. Funky brown and rusted, old copper color, probably a bit lighter than many doppelbocks, but it fits the "cinnamon" aspect nicely. It's almost completely opaque from the haze, and is topped with a beige head that pauses briefly before receding to a minimal collar.

A nice display of spices come through on the nose; lightly sweet, caramel malts, heavy cinnamon spice, doughy and sticky sweet bread. The cinnamon aspect evolves with time and opens up quite a large profile of aromas, despite being just one spice. Cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, sweet cinnamon candy, cinnamon potpourri, and even a mild hint of cinnamon sticky buns. If you don't like cinnamon, you're gonna hate this shit.

Just when you were thinking it wouldn't be possible, the taste comes through with even more unabashed cinnamon goodness than the aroma. Cinnamon spice, up front and in your face, like taking the cinnamon challenge - one spoonful and try not to violently gasp for air. In all seriousness, though, the flavor, somehow, never reaches ungodly, annoying, hot, or undrinkable levels of cinnamon, despite the ominous presence it does indeed have.

Mild caramels from the malt and some more doughy bread flavors make their way in, but this beer is liquid cinnamon, start to finish. Spicy but not hot, with just enough underlying sweetness to lift it above and beyond. The body is a bit thinner than you'd expect from a doppelbock, but it does the job just fine; medium carbonation with a slick, smooth mouth feel.

Pretty interesting and definitely cinnamon heavy - this beer won't be for everybody. Even with the intense cinnamon aspect, I never felt that the beer was too out of control or undrinkable, and it was actually quite tasty when all was said and done. I'd have like some more of the doppelbock aspects to show up, but it still turned out to be a relatively enjoyable beer.

tectactoe, Aug 12, 2013
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by stillmatic2232, thanks man.

I don't know what else this was made with other than cinnamon, but it doesn't really matter, as it only tastes like cinnamon.

Pours a rusty looking brown, with a half inch head, and no lacing.

Smells like cinnamon, and really nothing else. The smell kind of reminds me of Fireball.

Tastes like cinnamon, and really nothing else. It's apparently bourbon barrel aged? I don't get that at all. It's kind of overwhelming, all this cinnamon.

Medium bodied, with a cinnamony mouthfeel. Not all that drinkable.

Shorts succeeded in making a cinnamon-flavored beer. However, they did not succeed in making a dopplebock or even a drinkable beer.

GreesyFizeek, Aug 14, 2014
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3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's Brewing Company's Cinnabilly yesterday for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before and it was one of the new beer that Short's is releasing this year that I'm anticipating and I'm interested to see how it turns out, 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 looks nice, it's got little cartoon like goat on it with cinnabuns as the horns, I think it's well designed and it's very eye catching. It poured a very nice slightly red amber color that took on more of a crimson hue when held tot the light with about a fingers worth of very light tan bubbly head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end it left some nice spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the spices being the first to show up and it's the cinnamon that sticks out the most and it has a natural cinnamon stick like aroma with a little bit of allspice and ginger coming through in the background. Up next comes a unique sweet and slightly creamy aroma that's a little frosting like and it's followed by the malts which impart a caramel malt, light sweet malt, and cereal like aroma. The aroma was nice, but it felt like the different aspects could have blended together better.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the spices still being the first to show up and they impart that same cinnamon heavy aspect and this time it reminds me a little bit of Big Red gum and there's doesn't seem to be many other spices showing up in the background. Up next comes that same icing aspect, but it's even lighter than it was in the aroma and it's followed by the malts that have the same malty flavor that I get in their Strawberry Short's cake, it's got lots of grainy, cereal and biscuit like flavors and there's a little bit of caramel malt showing up in the background. On the finish there's not really any bitterness just a little more sweetness with some cinnamon, biscuit malt and light icing like flavors in the aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I thought it had the same problem as the aroma with the different aspects not blending as well as they could have.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, a little creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of a Cinnamon Bun themed beer, even though the base of this beer is a Doppelbock I don't feel like it's a great example of the style simply because the added flavors seem to cover it up. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little crisp, a little creamy, not too filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, but I think that heavy cinnamon flavor would start to wear on me after having more than one so I think a half to a full bottle is a good amount for me, I wouldn't want anymore than that. What I liked the most about this beers was that it was actually a little cinnamon bun like and I thought the mouthfeel and appearance were pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the way that the different aspects were blended in the taste and aroma, they were a little harsh and I think they can be smoothed out and blended a little better. I would buy this beer again, if they release next year, but I have a six pack and I think that will last me for the year. I think this beer would be better suited released in the late fall. I would recommend this to anyone who isn't afraid of some cinnamon in their beer. All in All I was just slightly disappointed, I had high hopes for this one and while it was a little cinnamon bun like it was also rough around the edges and I thought that held this beer back from being as good as it could be. This isn't my favorite Short's beer or Dessert beers and it falls right in the middle in both category's. I appreciate the effort guys, but I think with a little bit of work this could become a pretty good beer, keep on thinking outside of the box.

StoutHunter, Jun 14, 2014
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Cinnabilly from Short's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.