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Short's Black Diamond | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Black DiamondShort's Black Diamond

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The new Schwartzbier brew, which translates into a German-style black lager, will be called “Black Diamond”— giving it a nod to winter and skiing. Visually, black lagers can be deceiving, featuring an opaque, black color and a full, chocolatey flavor similar to stout or porter. But unlike its dark cousins, Schwartzbier features a bottom fermenting lager yeast, which produces a medium-bodied brew with a smooth finish that will be worth savoring.

Originally brewed for Shanty Creek's 50th Anniversary.

Added by TheBrewo on 11-01-2013

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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We crack the top and pour a brew the color of licorice into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It puts forth a two finger head of mocha colored foam, showing nice retention, and leaving mountains of lacing all around the glasses. No haze or sediment is appreciated, and carbonation appears to be light around the edges. The nose whiffs of rich coffee and English brown malts, light smokiness of char, licorice sugars, glass, light dried grassiness, coiny metallics, cooked barley, creamy lactics, faint buttery diacetyls, dark chocolate nibs, burning tobacco of cigars, hazelnut, wax, white sugar, and the skins of Spanish peanuts. Our first impression is that the beer is nicely to style, with unexpected harsh and grainy smokiness marking its finale. As we sip, the flavoring opens with sour acidity coffee, blue Gatorade, lemon juice, campfire smokiness, clovey, crystal and German black maltiness, burnt barley, tinny metallics, molasses thickness, and angel food vanillas. The middle comes to a peak with cinnamon and brown sugar, grassy and herbal hops, sesame seeds, smoked ham rinds, charred malt base, basement mustiness, Band-Aid medicinals, and rubber. The end hits hard with the licorice, iced wateriness, walnut, plum fruitiness, tobacco smoke, stomach acidity, lemon juice, egg proteins, coffee and burnt chocolate maltiness, black cherry skins, and light echoes of fusel vanilla extract. The aftertaste breathes of char, pencil eraser, mineral, gravel, musk, cheesy moldiness, floral honeysuckle, synthetically flavored vanilla coffee, almond butter, continued dark fruit of cherry and plum, gold leaf, burnt marshmallow, fortune cookie sweetness, and licorice. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is pleasantly prickly. Each sip gives nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is coated and cooled, with eventual sticky dryness and light pucker from the burnt maltiness of the thing. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is the beers flavoring, especially when coupled with the soft feel and great ease of drinkability. We thought long and hard about the aroma, which was pleasant and fit right to the style, but was pushed a bit into the extremes of the “ashtray” nose. This did, however, add to the ultimate thrust of the beer in its entirety, rounding out its presentation. This is an odd style to attempt these days, but we found this effort to be much appreciated from the point of variety. This is an easy beer, and although a bit bright around the edges, this would suit any craft beer drinker looking for something new and strongly executed, or someone looking to get into the style outright. This beer is also highly characteristic of Short’s, and it fits their brand wonderfully.

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A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—slight traces of brownish red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and chocolaty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of dark and chocolate malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
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I got a bottle of Short's Black Diamond in the new Short's Variety pack that I picked up last week for $18.99 at Meijers. Short's already makes a really good Schwarzbier and I'm interested to see how this one compares, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so it should be fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Short's imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty nice, I've skied at many places in Michigan, but I have yet to ski at the place this beer is made for, Shanty Creek, but it looks good and it appeals to the skier in me. It poured a nice black color that didn't really let any light come through with two and half fingers worth of light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a good amount of sticky lacing behind. This is a very good look Schwarzbier, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a slight molasses like aroma to it and it was followed by loads of dark roasted malts that impart a roasty, slightly charred, slight smokey, coffee and chocolate like aroma with neither aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a grainy malt aroma with a little more sweet malts at the end. This beer had a very nice aroma, it was well balanced and true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by loads of dark roasted malts that impart all those roasty aspects that I got in the aroma with the roasted, coffee, and chocolate flavors seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a light smokey and charred flavor with some grainy flavors and a slightly higher amount of low bitterness with a roasted malt and grainy aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer that delivered just what I want from the style.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, slightly creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was really good and it was very true to style.

Overall I really liked this beer and I thought it was a great example of the style, I still think I like Sustenance Black Bier a little more, but this beer was pretty close to being as good and it reminded me a little of their Uncle Steve's Irish Stout. It had everything that I look for in the style with some great balance. This beer had great drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, clean, not too filling and the taste did a great job at holding my attention, I could drink lots of this stuff without getting bored with it, it's very sessionable. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was and how drinkable it was, those two things really made this beer stand out as a well made Schwarzbier. What I liked the least about this beer is that it's not available on it's own, this would be a great seasonal beer to release in six packs at the start of ski season. I would for sure buy this beer again, I'll try to stock up before it's all gone and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the style or dark beers in general. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, I already knew Short's had some skills when it came to this style and they didn't disappoint. Great job guys, thanks for another impressive Short's brew and keep up the good work.

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