Short's Mystery Stout | Short's Brewing Company

very good
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Short's Mystery StoutShort's Mystery Stout

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

Style: American Double / 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

Added by mcallister on 05-24-2006

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Colour is a dark, silky brown with a thin, chocolate head.

Smell: Very strong roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol.

Taste: Surprisingly tame. Again, lots of roasted malts with a toffee/coffee backing. Finishes with a bitter and sweet bite.

Mouthfeel: I was expecting a full body but I was surprised to find this wasn't at all. A little sticky and just a hint of carbonation.

Overall: Not the most complex Imperial Stout I've had but it is certainly not the worst. Taste could be deeper and more complex but regardless, it was enjoyable nonetheless.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another cool bottle flown over the pond by Kkottonmouthkngz. Thanks again for hanging out man, and cheers for the brews!

From a bottle into a snifter
Oatmeal stout with cocoa and molasses
Vintage: 2009 ABV: 10.8%

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, tan head with good retention. Black body with medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A ring and touches of wisp remain leaving some very nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts with light cocoa and molasses notes on the nose. Oats are there, as well as some dark chocolate. Nice nose and medium in strength.

TASTE: Roasted malts, burnt malts, and some definite cocoa and chocolate flavors, moving into a bitter and sweet molasses finish. Aftertaste is big and persistent with lots of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and sweet molasses. Lots of stout flavor, and plenty roasted, burnt, with a good dose of bitterness. Pretty nice really.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Slightly light on the palate, creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky on the palate. No heat.

OVERALL: This is a solid, solid imperial stout, and all the advertised elements were there for the taking. Very roasted, burnt and charred base with lots of interesting chocolate and molasses battling it out in the forefront. Plenty of flavor and complexity; only a fuller palate is required to really push the score beyond the point of no return. Thanks again for the bottles Kkottonmouthkngz. This was a real surprise.

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Short's Mystery Stout from Short's Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 374 ratings.
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