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Mystery Stout | Short's Brewing Company

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
*12 oz. bottles released in 2009 are 10.8% abv. The original 750 ml bottles from first batch were 12.5% abv.

This beer demands respect and respect it will have. Imperial Oatmeal Stout with cocoa and molasses. It is very strong and possesses rare flavor combinations which can overload even the most experienced beer connoisseur.  Capture every bit of its warmth and wisdom, as it will demand all of your attention.
12.5% ABV

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 375 |  Reviews: 206
Reviews by JordanEllwanger:
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black and a little brown around the edges. A little amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle topped by a fleeting caramel colored head. Sent of roasted nuts, coffee grounds, choice malts, and possibly a little black liquorish. Not a bad taste, I can still taste a little hop in there. Above that is coffee grounds and hidden caramel flavors. I may have let the bottle sit out too long for the feel is sharper than I imagined it would be.

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of schnjac
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown: almost black, with a minimal tan head. Moderate lacing is left on the glass. Strong roasty malts give rise to a smokey and mildly creamy coffee flavor. Moderately bitter aftertaste. Dry bitterness and very little carbonation in the mouthfeel. Nice creamy holiday stout

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Photo of spycow
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of KeefD
2.34/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a milky dark brown color but becomes black as night in the glass with no head or lacing. Aroma of charred malt, light cocoa, and not a whole lot else. Taste is a little off for me. There some alcohol heat up front, follow by what can only be described as burnt plastic, and an odd sweetness to finish things up. There's some chocolate flavors going, and maybe a hint of coffee from the roasted barley, but it's overpowered by that odd plastic flavor. Medium-full bodied with almost no carbonation. Burns the throat and stomach on the way down. No thanks.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BirdsandHops
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of dark tan head that fades into a thin layer with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with sweet, creamy cocoa aromas at first. The finish has notes of licorice and molasses.

T: Roasted malts again with notes of roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. There is a sweetness in the middle with flavors of molasses and licorice. The finish is lightly bitter and charred.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is nice and creamy.

O: A pretty decent imperial stout. Nothing to go nuts for, exactly, but tasty and drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared by bring - thanks, Barry!

Pours jet black as far as I can tell, with a one-finger tan head that fades to spotty foam.

Aroma is roasty with anise, molasses, and cocoa. Not sure what's so mysterious about this one - it smells like a good stout, not at all crazy and out there like other Short's beers tend to be.

Flavor is very nice with roasted malt, licorice, carob/cocoa, molasses, and some alcohol. Reminiscent of their Imperial Carob Stout, and to a lesser extent, their Black Licorice Lager. I sort of question the classification of this as an Imperial Stout, since 7.2% is hardly imperial in my book. As such, I'm pretty much reviewing this as a Stout.

Fairly full and smooth on the palate with just a small amount of booziness.

Good drinkability. Overall a very solid offering, on the higher end, definitely one of the hits from a brewery I consider to be very hit-or-miss.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.82/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of korguy123
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to TheSevenDuffs for throwing this in a surprise box.
12oz into tulip. Bottle date 12/10/2009

A- Opaque milk chocolate color, thin khaki/off white ring around the rim. Held up to the light, light brown shines through the edges.

S- Chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, black coffee, molasses, faint alcohol.

T- Bitter burnt coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar. I'm not really getting the molasses in the taste. Very complex on the palate. My tastebuds don't know if they're coming or going. The bitterness grows a bit off putting by 3/4 finished.

M- Surprisingly thin for a stout. Not as thin as Goose Island Oatmeal stout but pretty close. The alcohol starts to stick to your lips as you get through the first sip.

It's complex, it's a slow sipper but the bitterness really started to throw me off by the end.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of womencantsail
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again I must thank calsbeek for hooking it up with a few bottles of this one. Thanks Ryan!

A: A very nice looking pour on this beer. Black and viscous with a decent sized tan head.

S: There is a lot of roast going on here, but a slight sweetness/sugar character from the molasses provides a bit of contrast.

T: Again, a lot of roasted malt with some nice molasses flavor. The oatmeal provides a smooth, cookie-like taste, and there is a bit of alcohol as well.

M: The body is full and the carbonation is low to moderate.

D: Again, an interesting beer from Shorts. I found this one to be a bit too boozy, but not surprising at such a high ABV. The flavors are fairly nice, though, just note quite as mellow as I might have hoped for.

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3.32/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of chugalug06
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice two Finger head. Pours quite nicely. Head is almost a rose color. Nice a pillowy too, soapy bottom. Brew is dark brown with lots of black.

S - Lots of Oats and Chocolate and not too much else. Fairly smokey. Lots of nice roasted malts. Mild twang, perhaps heat, in the nose.

T - Lots of Rich chocolate. Heavy malted oats. Nice complexity with great bittering hops. Mild heat.

M - Rich and sassy! Super strong, without the heat burn. No bitterness. Medium bodied with slightly too much carbonation.

O - Quite a nice brew. Another Gem from Short's. Very glad I got to try this one, you should be happy if you're also able.

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Photo of acostuhhh
3.99/5  rDev +2%

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Mystery Stout from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 375 ratings