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Imperial Carob Stout | Short's Brewing Company

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Imperial Carob StoutImperial Carob Stout

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by hoppymeal on 06-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of RyanM81
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bakerj8
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snoopy5023
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Goes in light. The carob gives the stout a light chocolate taste. Not much head, but that is not a distraction.

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Photo of LakersGotRings
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent Imperial Stout. Not what I expected. Has a light finish of bakers chocolate, but yet semi-sweet. Overall pleased with this offering.

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Photo of EdFed
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of woosterbill
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tasting glass. Big thanks to Matt for sharing this.

A: Opaque black body with a brief wisp of tan foam. A little flat.

S: Sweet chocolate, lightly sweet carob. Syrupy, sweet, and seductive.

T: Chocolate, caramel, carob, and some delicate leafy, herbal, spicy notes. Tasty.

M: Medium body with highly lively, fine carbonation filling it out.

O: I'm hearkening back to the days of the Drinkability score here, as this one became a bit hard to drink after a few sips. While it was tasty, the sweetness and spiciness together became a bit overwhelming. Still, very interesting and enjoyable beer.


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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeff (ipa247) for this one. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Vigorous pour yields a .5 finger coarse mocha colored head with low retention. A thick ring of mocha hangs atop an opaque black brew. Lacing is non-existant. Pretty shabby.

S: Nose is strange. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and burnt brown sugar. There's also a strange spoiled leaf and herbal scent that I'm guessing is the carob. Not the most enticing.

T: Opens roasted malt, milk chocolate, and burnt brown sugar. Very coarse. Spoiled coffee towards the middle with some marshmallow sweetness at the middle-end. More brown sugar with a hint of brownie and alcohol at the finish. Aftertaste is cocoa powder bittersweetness. Interesting.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Thin and mellow in the mouth but with a coarseness going down. Finish is mellow but the aftertaste lingers. Average.

O: For Shorts, this is another experiment that didn't really work. I've never had carob before, but if its anything like the awkward burnt brown sugar, sweet tea leaf, marshmallow flavor combination that is happening in this beer, I'll pass. An interesting beer and intriguing enough that its worth a try, but ultimately not very good.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Number 390 out of 912. Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown/black color with a slight light tan head. Chocolate aroma mixed with some light roast aromas with some, honestly reminds me of a chocolate cereal of sorts. Roasted flavor followed by a dark chocolate sweet flavors. More sweet than roast. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty nice drinking beer. Very interesting.

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Photo of mothman
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into kbs chalice.

Pours hardly any head. But leaves a slight amount of lace. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Smells like a chocolate cereal. Cocoa puffs or cocoa pebbles. Rich and creamy. Some vanilla and fruity flavors.

Taste: Very chocolate forward dominate. It tastes kind of like fake chocolate or dark chocolate. Cocoa pebbles and cocoa puffs again. It is a very odd tasting beer. It is pretty creamy.

Mouthfeel: Rich, roasted, and creamy. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry, kind of clean.

Overall, this was an interesting stout. The chocolate was odd, but it wasn't bad. It was somewhat drinkable. Thanks Kevin!

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Photo of mentor
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cellared by me since I picked it up from the brewery back when it was just released. Pours a heavy finger of brown head over a pitch liquid. Smells very dry roast coffee, chocolate, cream, blackberry, mild spice zip, and some clean alcohol. Metallic, chocolate on pear, chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Tastes dry roast, with baker's chocolate, and blackberry that I find comes with the use of northern brewer hops. This beer is very dry, like a foreign export stout. Grassy hop still persists, some citrus hop flavor, nut, iron, berry, over-baked sugar cookies (made with some brown sugar in place of some of the white sugar). Scorch and black malt acrid in the finish. Dark fruity esters rise retronasal to add complexity. Pretty interesting beer.

Thick in the mouth and md carbonation that comes across stingy, like due to the drying grains and acrid finish. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up on my Michigan trip. Drank the other night with my girlfriend. Served in a snifter:

A - dark black with a minimal head which quickly dissolves into a thin ring with lots of bubbles in the middle. Really no lacing.

S - Roast and milk chocolate. Sugar and light vanilla.

T - Roasted candy. Creamy dark chocolate and bits of vanilla.

M - A bit bitter and dry feeling left in the mouth. Carbonation is a bit lacking. Kind of reminds me of the feeling you get when drinking ice coffee.

D - Its a good brew. The first time I drank it at the brewpub I was blown away by it but this bottle was a little less candy than I remembered. Its a good non barrel aged stout but my taste might be off a bit because of all the barrel aged coffee stouts I've been drinking lately.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/7/10 purchased from the Short's Tap room.

I noticed quite a few bubbles of carbonation when this was poured, though not much gathered for a head.

There is some cocoa beans and malts in the smell with a touch of heat sting.

The taste is mild with dark chocolate and light malts. There is a bit of a hop/coffee bitterness in the end.

The mouthfeel is dissapointing for an 'imperial stout' as it is thin with a bit of drying.

Overall, this would be a great single stout but doesn't stack up to other imperial stouts. The Price was too much...$15 for the 750ml.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared w/ friends in Newport, RI. Thanks to doodler.

A- A nice dark brown/black pour, a sandy tan head that is 2-3 fingers. Settles nicely, minimal lacing.

S- Rich chocolatey aroma, some great deep dark malts on this one.

T- Chocolate/Carob. Very nice, mellow, milky. Is there lactose in this? Also, a very faint tinge of earthiness that helps balance the sweet flavors.

M- Like velvet. Sublime.

D- Fairly high. One of the best 'flavored stouts' out there. This aged gracefully and is drinking well now- if you got one, open it up!

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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into an Ommegang chalice. This is a dark black color, fairly fizzy with a light head. Smell is dominated by deep dark chocolate... maybe some milkiness or cream mixed in as well. Taste is also dark chocolate.. mostly sweet and finishing with a slight bitter twinge. This is extremely drinkable without much alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, not heavy at all for an imperial stout.

I'll admit I'm not really sure I know what carob tastes like, but to me this is a tasty and drinkable chocolate stout.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle from their Imperial series that I picked up at the brewpub. This one is holding up very nicely. It has a light brown head, some lacing and a black/brown color.

Smells real nice, chocolate (or carob but I've never smelt carob from what I remember), coffee and roasted malts.

This is a nice smooth beer, coffee, chocolate and some bitterness (not hops). A real treat.

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Imperial Carob Stout from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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