Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter) | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter)
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.15%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Robust Porter.

Added by BeerBeing on 10-13-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,409
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
311
pDev:
8.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 311 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Derek for bringing. Very good roast aroma. A dark thick chocolate pour. A whote head with lots of bubbles. Thick and lacey down thye glass. A porter's imitation of an imperial stout. Roasted malt. Above average mouthfeel. Some sips, at the end of the bottle, contained some sourness. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the chocolate malts are much stronger and there also notes of coffee beans and hints of Oreo cookie wafers and roasted malts. Only slight bits of bitterness are noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely flavorful, rivaling that of a Russian Imperial Stout, except there is no bitterness and is obviously lighter in body.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generously hooked up by Frognutunl, thanks Wes!

Poured a dark brown in the light, and black in the glass. A crimson glint shone in it's meniscus. The creamy tan foam was tightly beaded, slowly drizzling down the sides like watching through soapy windows at the car wash.

Some vinous aged qualities in the nose, also tootsie roll, licorice, and sticky molasses. Roasty flavors of burnt toast, wood, and tobacco, underscored by a mild yet pleasant cranberry tartness. Full bodied and chocolatey, leaning into stout territory. Creamy feel with a dry finish. Easy drinking, and a good one to share. Although it's starting to show it's age a little, it was still a pleasure to drink. Thanks again Wes!

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 2/14/2017. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, dark/brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, licorice, dark fruit, herbal, wood, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, light-moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, dark/brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, licorice, dark fruit, herbal, wood, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and woody/spicy/piney hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, dark/brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light smoke/char/dark fruit, herbal, wood, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, light-moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.2%. Overall this is a fantastic imperial porter! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, light-moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV; with the modestly bitter/drying finish. On the roasty side for a porter, but nails all of the biscuity/nutty/sweet dark malt complexity that was expected. Well hopped, but not overdone. Fits more of an American porter profile, with English style influences. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate fudge color with a thick deep beige head that is quick to fade.Dark roast coffee and bitter chocolate really stand out in the nose.Dark roast coffee and some earth upfront on the palate with unsweetened chocolate and faint brown sugar round out a pretty dry flavor profile.The alcohol is pretty well hidden and the body is a little slick,pretty damn good.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a full, foamy, tan-colored head.

Smell: Black malt, licorice laden aroma with notes of bittersweet chocolate morsels, caramel, and a touch of smoke.

Taste: Black malts hit the tongue at once. They're very roasty, very satisfying. Frothed melted milk chocolate. Plenty of sweetness throughout. A trickle of caramel syrup. Slight smokiness. A moderate amount of earthen bitterness sets in. Full of flavor from start to finish and beyond.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A porter par excellence and another fine, unique offering in a long line of fine, unique offerings from Short's.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to chpueblo22 for this one. I'm always excited to try new Short's brews.

Appearance - Dark brown, not quite black, as it pours. No head. Maybe a glimmer of some mocha bubbles.

Smell - A bit of roast, but it's remarkably nutty. Like sweet peanuts and malt. An interesting smell, for sure, and one I'm rather enjoying. Grainy and earthy at the same time.

Taste - Mimics the smell. A touch sweet and then a solid nutty and grainy malt backbone. The finish is of the darker persuasion. More roasty in the finish, but still quite earthy. Hardly bitter at all.

Mouthfeel - Lacking in carbonation. Nearly flat, in fact. As much as I enjoy drinking it, it could use a livelier body.

Overall - One of the best Short's beers I've had. Quite enjoyable. It gets better as I drink it, too.

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3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown, nice opagueness, but still some light through on the sides and bottom. Nice short lived off white head with decent lace and audible carbonation. Smell was a decent english average porter. Caramel sugar and roasted malts were really the most notable aromas. The taste was smooth, crisp, a tad watery with the caramel being mellowed somewhat by a nice albeit small hoppy back.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another Short's Imperial bottle from Deuane's basement shared with StormKing47 and myself.

A - Pours opaque black with a nice one and a half finger tall mocha colored head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted chocolate malt, dry oak, molasses, licorice, and some light berry twang at the very end of each sniff. Quite complex really.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet chocolate malt quickly giving way to a mix of even sweeter molasses, dark fruits, watered down espresso, licorice, and dry oak tannins. The finish is a mix of light sweetness and a slight berry twang, lingering on the pallet for a short period of time. This one is complex yet quite balanced. Very nice English porter.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy, feel with a small twang at the very end. Very nice feel.

O - Every time I drink a Short's beer in a small bottle they leave me a bit let down but then we drink one of these imperial bottles and they quickly win me back. I hope to try some of the other imperials some day...

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Short's Publican Porter (Imperial London Porter) from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 311 ratings
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