Imperial Carob Stout | Short's Brewing Company

Imperial Carob StoutImperial Carob Stout
44 Ratings
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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hoppymeal on 06-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by slaintemhor:
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bottle of the 2007. The colour was as black as a moonless night. The aroma was redolent of burnt sugar and roasty malt. On the palate, it seemed somewhat thin bodied (for an Imp. stout), but still sweetly malty and that chocolate-like flavour that carob has, though slightly chalky as well.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. # 140 of 912

Pours into my glass a deep black with dark brown edges and a small dark tan head that falls to a ring around the top of the glass. Aromas start out with rich roasted malts that move into herbal, chocolate flavors from the carob used here. Mild vanilla and a bit of a spicy undertone. Coffee aromas come through as well with a burnt undertone. Quite nice and complex.

First sip brings a big, rich roasted dark malt body upfront. Big, herbal carob moves in which brings a healthy chocolate flavor with caramel as well. Coffee notes move down with a touch of vanilla and spice as well. Slightly burnt on the finish with a mild sweetness. Really interesting, complex, tasty brew here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and rather chewy with a fairly dense malt body. Medium carbonation as the beer flows down nicely. Pretty easy to drink through the 750 by myself over the course of the night. Log this one in as another tasty brew in the Imperial Series from Short's. I'm very glad to have had the opportunity to sample this one.

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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Pours thick dark brown with gorgeous brown head. Aromas of the carob, and I like it. A good changeup from regular chocolate laden RIS. Very rich filling drink, nicely done well above average mouthfeel. May be a tad of lactose, otherwise smooth and without coffee obtrusion.

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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 prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to ThomasHardy for the bottle. Another rarity I never thought I'd see. Thanks a ton, Brady.

Bottle #187 of 912

Imperial Carob pours a very dark brown color. It's damn near opaque. There's a faint hint of scarlet highlights at the very edge of the glass. A light tan head tops it off and rises to a finger or so deep. It dissipates to a surface level covering quickly. Lacing appears to be rather light.

The nose is good. Chocolate malts are easily the strongest scent. They're a little cocoa-like, but there's a bit of sweet milk chocolate here, too. Roasted coffee is in the mix, but is lighter than I expected. I'm hopeful that it's stronger in flavor. Ancillary notes of molasses and anise are noted. They're very subtle, but add some nice depth. It's a little yeasty on the tail. Alcohol is blended well. It's not a really deep or complex smelling beer, but it smells good. I like it.

The flavor is a little better than the nose, but it's not enough to bump the score. Damn the absence of tenths of points. It kicks off with a nice malty flavor. Chocolate malts are the focal point. It is a little cocoa-like, but there's a slight sweet side to it. Roasted coffee is more pronounced in flavor and complements the chocolate malts well. It's not so strong that the coffee averse would be offended by any means. Anise and molasses are very light in the mix, but work well with the other flavors. Tastes like there's some hop remnants here. I'm curious as to what a fresh bottle tastes like. This bottle is over two and a half years old. Nonetheless, a little floral hop flavor is noted. Alcohol is not noticeable in the least. It finishes a little dry and earthy. I'm tempted to pull the trigger on the next highest score, but it's just not quite that good. Not far off though. Perhaps a fresh bottle would change my mind.

Imperial Carob has a medium body that leans thick after a little warming. It's nice, creamy and smooth. Carbonation is relatively low and smooths it out nicely. Drinkability is excellent. It goes down way too easy and has a nice flavor. I'm splitting the 750, but would've gladly tackled it myself. It's also not too intimidating at 8.1% abv. Good stuff.

Short's brews some good beer. I'm hopeful that they'll distribute to Ohio one day. Imperial Carob Stout is another solid release in the Imperial Series. This is good stuff. I don't have any big qualms with the flavor, or anything else for that matter. I'd love to try a fresh bottle just to see what, if any, impact fresh hops might have on the flavor. But, for a two and a half year old bottle, this stuff's held up amazingly well. Glad I got to try it out. Easily recommended if you have the opportunity. Thanks a ton, Brady.

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Photo of nickd717
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade, thanks to Tyson. Shared at a BA tasting. This was really quite good and I will be seeking out more from Short's in the future.

A - Black in color with a two-finger tan head and decent lacing.

S - Roast, coffee, and cocoa - or I guess that's probably the carob.

T - Roasted malt, bitter cocoa, coffee, and carob, which really balances it out. More on the drier side for an imperial stout.

M - Palate is slightly astringent, which is not a bad thing, with medium body for the style.

D - Pretty good. This is tasty and not too heavy, so it's definitely not tough to finish.

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Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big 750 received a while back from kbeals.. Thanks Kevin.. I had been holding on to this one to share with the Boise peeps for a while now... poured into MNFG.

great lite tan head.. the brew is deep dark brown .. verging on black..

Nose is lightly chocolate and mildly spicy... not as much aroma as I was hoping for.. lite coffee and other expected aromas.

Flavor makes up for the aroma... very smooth.. milky and tons of chocolate and dry cocoa at the finish.. lite coffee and a sorta artificial chocolate mid palate combines with some mild toasted malts.. a bit sweet at the end of the glass... the body is about right.. the carbonation may be a tad light.. but overall.. this one left me wanting more... maybe the age got to it.. I don't know... but I really was hoping for bunch more from my first Short's RIS...

Jeremy, Eric, and Sam kept trying to describe Carob to me.. but .. I don't think I've ever had it.. so, it was probably lost on me.

Thanks Kevin... I truly appreciate the Short's connection.

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

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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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't remember who shared this gem at DLD, but thank you, thank you!
This was so much the same RIS you've had before but very different at the same time. Pours dark in color with no head. Taste is a much different choco profile than I ever have tasted. Somewhat crisp on the mouthfeel. Good, clean dark chocolate and roasted taste. Great beer.

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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 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 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 brdc
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Large capped bottle, #10 of 912. Thanks to hoppymeal.

Poured into a snifter, it is pitch black with a milk and coffee colored head, one and a half finger, that quickly drops and disappears, leaving very little lacing on its wake.
Aroma has roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, some alcohol, and a reasonably strong carob note, which does not really match the toehrs very well.
Rather thin for an imperial, it shows the same taste, and here the carob does not match well at all, almost clashing with the other tastes.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle #296 courtesy of rlcnmeyer poured into a tulip. The last of the Imperial Series for me, and it's been a tasty trip.

Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and almost completely opaque black in the glass underneath a creamy tan head that recedes to a creamy ring and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma a mix of hugely roasted malts and dark chocolate sweetness. There's a good bit of coffee in there as well and some dark fruit in the background with the spicy carob character coming through as it warms.

The taste has an initial sweetness that has lots of dark and sweet chocolate. But it quickly gives way to a huge roasted, almost burnt, dark malt backbone which dominates through the finish, with coffee joining the mix as well. The subtle spiciness of the carob shows through in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and, as previously mentioned, is very roasted overall on the palate.

Another very creative and very tasty beer from Shorts. The carob has an interesting mix of sweetness and spiciness that inherently drives complexity in the brew. Good stuff.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of webmanspidey
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 JohnnieNepal
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 Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with an opaque black color and a thin, brown-tinged, tan colored head. The aroma is a mix of chocolate notes, richly fruity / molasses-like rum notes with lots of roast coffee aromatics and a deep, toasted grain note towards the finish. Rich, expressive dark chocolate notes play a big role here as does a big, darkly, almost burnt, whole grain toast character. As the beer warms up I get a nice mix of dark fruit aromatics, Rum-character, Brandy-like notes and a solid, burnt raisin note. This has a nice, fairly complex nose to it.

Roast flavors dominate in the mouth much more than they did in the aroma. This has a bitter, blackened, leaning towards charcoal, grain note to it in the finish as well as a lingering, toasted, whole grain note. This has quite a bit of astringency in the mouthfeel from all the roast grain, but it is fairly rich, which helps to mitigate this just a bit.

This started out pretty interesting; the aroma is much more expressive and complex than the flavor is. The flavor comes off a bit too harsh, though it is still reasonably tasty.

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