Night Wheeler - Short's Brewing Company
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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
2.8/5 rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
A sessionable black lager? That's a first for me. $2.29 single bottled a bit ago, on 3/25/14. Poured into a shaker pint. Don't judge.
Appearance: Ruby black with a thin layer of brown head. Decent lacing. Looks porter-ish. Quite nice.
Smell: I don't know... smells like an old man's breath after he had a banana. Really has a "bad breath" aroma. Weird. Roasted, dirty, muddy smelling, with muddled and almost rotten smelling fruit in the background. Completely baffled. Not enjoying it so far. Gets a little better as it warms, but it's still a combination of the yeast, malt, and hops that's not working for me.
Taste/feel: What a huge disappointment. Almost zero body on this one. A little silkiness, but almost drinks just like water, and a pretty light carbonation doesn't help with that. Bitterness is the first thing I notice over flavor, which is just about never a good sign. For flavor, most of it comes through on the finish, and it just tastes like an average black ale that's been watered down. Pleasant roast aftertaste on this one. There's a subtle hop fruitiness and spiciness in there, but the bitterness is the most clear indicator of hops in Night Wheeler.
It's never a good thing when a beer's appearance is the best part of it... but that's the case here. I didn't like Bloody Beer by Short's, then again I wasn't really expecting to. This beer is a let down and a bit confusing. Looks good, smells bad, tastes alright, and the mouthfeel needs work. Displeased.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 13:59:22 | More by Alextricity
Night Wheeler from Short's Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.