Short's Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Uber Goober Oatmeal StoutShort's Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sudmissle on 12-21-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
229
Reviews:
147
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
19.44%
 
 
Wants:
77
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Adam, thanks.

This beer smells like the ground after the circus was in town. Beer is black and has a thin brown head of small bubbles, low carbonation and low lacing.

Aroma is like roasted peanut shells but a distant aroma, like it has infected the air.

Beer is a little thin and finishes with this strong peanut shell / roast taste. It's considerably thinner than I was expecting. It's not as bad as most of the reviews make it out to be, you can definitely tell that it was made with peanuts. Perhaps the roast of the peanuts and the roast of the grain is what is clashing on the palate, the finish is a little rough. I don't think I'll have it again.

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Photo of Gobzilla
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very dark brown almost black with a thin tan head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was quite nice consisting of peanut butter, slight coffee, chocolate, and booze notes. The flavor caught me by surprise cause it seems like it is infected due to the sour character it has on the palate. It did have the peanut butter and choclate notes but I don't think the tart sourness is intentional. There was also a little booze and coffee notes as well. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, tart, and boozy finish. It did not drink that good due to the sour character on this oatmeal stout. Usaully I expect some creaminess from this sytle. Well too bad.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes from 4/14/11
BA review #400. Poured in to Duvel tuip.

A - Poured dark black with a half finger of light brown head.

S - A good peanut nose up front followed up some typical stout smells - roasted malts, molasses and some noticeable alcohol.

T - Roasted malts, peanuts, some bitterness. The peanut flavour it not nearly as prominent as it was in the nose but is still evident. An interesting palate.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated.

O - An interesting beer and one that I would drink again, but not one that I will go too far out of my way to hunt down.

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Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a re-review. I have left the original review with the original scores at the bottom of this review.

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending this bottle my way. Unlike the last time I had this beer, this beer is not a gusher. It pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is pretty nice. I get some peanut butter and chocolate, as well as a little bit of roasted malt.

The flavor is more of the same. The nutty flavor from the peanut butter goes very well with the chocolate and roasted malt. There is also a little bit of fruity tartness in the flavor which may be early signs of infection - but I can't be sure because this is the only bottle I had.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.5-2.5-2-3-2 = D+
Thanks to TasteTester for sending this beer to me.

The beer opens as a huge gusher. Looks like this one is infected.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a huge tan head. The aroma is peanuts with tartness. It also smells like the rum balls we used to make around Christmas time. The flavor starts off normal with some roasted malts and light peanuts before giving way to an extremely sour cherry character which is not appealing. Medium mouthfeel and prickly carbonation.

I want to like Shorts, but until they get their sanitation under control I won't be trading for any more of their beers.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick dark black color that produced a quickly dissipating dark brown colored head.

(S)- Smells like the densest, most creamiest peanut butter ever! Has a subtle roastedness & molasses background, but is otherwise a cascade of creamy peanut butter. Weird for a beer, but just fantastic to sniff.

(T)- Again, like the smell: mountains of peanuts. The difference from the smell is that the roasted malts, molasses, & oatmeal are more present; creating a bit more balance. Has an almost potent raisin taste with the peanuts & molasses combined together.

(M)- A good carbonation level. The peanuts give off a very dry mouthfeel; combined with a bitterness from the roasted elements creates a rather "hot" feel. However, this does change for the better as it warms up, so dont drink this too cold!

(D)- Certainly an interesting idea for a stout. Most of it works well together, however, it does get a little disjointed. Sometimes it doesnt quite know what to taste like. Its sometimes boozy, or its really bitter, or its creamy. Certainly dynamic & unpredictable in character, but not necessarily what I would look for in a stout. Good, but it has it quirks. Not very drinkable either due to its "moody" character.

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Photo of HopHead84
1.86/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

1/31/2010

Bottle received in a trade with Flandersned. Thanks! Poured into a snifter, the beer seems to be black, and the head is thick, creamy, and two fingers high. Retention is great and a thick sheet of lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

The nose is roasted malt, a dash of coffee, and a distinct nuttiness. There's also a slightly strange tang.

Blah, sour, tart, and tangy...not what I'm looking for in an oatmeal stout. This is infected and the beer is ruined. Beware. I was really looking forward to trying this...drain pour.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the faintest bit of lighter colored hints when held to a light source and a two finger dark chocolate mocha brown head that immediately disappears leaving no lacing behind.

Slightly roasted dark malt aroma with plenty of sweet and bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, nut and licorice. It smells pretty sweet but there is an underlying roasted peanut scent.

Lots of tight carbonation up front and it is slightly infected/oxidizes with lots of sweetness and slight tart flavor. There are some nice silky chocolate notes that are slightly roasted. Prominent oatmeal presence along with some toffee and licorice and a smooth slightly creamy roasted peanut favor.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.18/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: very dark brown, near black, no head

S: a metallic smell is detectable a distance from the glass immediately after pouring. Once that passes, the aroma is very strong nuts and peanut butter. Under that, there's some toasted notes, a little maple syrup, and some soy.

T: surprisingly thin initially, takes a few seconds for the nut flavor to build and eventually dominate. There's also a sour thread running through.

M: definitely coats the mouth. A little sticky, although not sweet. My tongue feels a bit fuzzy, like it was the morning after drinking, not the night of. Might be okay if I liked the taste, but I'm not enjoying it much. Nearly flat.

O: Just not digging this. The peanuts seem gimmicky and I don't really like the base beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bottle from Flick's in Lambertville, MI. Smells fresh, so I'm hoping for better luck.

Rich chocolate, smooth oatmeal and thick peanuts. The nose doesn't lack for imagination. The taste is significantly improved, with peanuts driving the initial flavor. That same metallic off flavor pops up, reminding me of myriad bottling issues at Short's. I'm afraid that this newer bottle isn't much better, barely pushing the taste up to 3.0 and the overall up to 3.0 also.

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Thanks to Telix for this 12 oz bottle. Despite the recent infection warnings, I'm plowing ahead.

A: The oatmeal stout is big and black. The pour conjured but a finger of dark tan-hued brown that stood out against the blackness of the body. That head, sadly, disappeared quickly.

S: The nose is heavy on the stout side, with oatmeal and lactic sweetness prominent. The dry peanut aroma still stands out, a very interesting flavor that is far stronger than the normal nuttiness.

T: The infection is present. On the upside, the start and finish of each sip deliver a solid flavor. Peanut flavors, dry and roasted, lead off. The end of each sip is dark and roasted, a full stout with chocolate and coffee. The oatmeal and lactose aspects of the nose were lost in translation, too bad. In between, not so great but hardly the 'severe quality control issue' that some would call it, especially when it is cold.

M: As the ale warms, the peanut and stout fade into the metallic flavors. A peanut-centric stout is intriguing, and the nose starts out strong.

D: Not quite a drain pour, the sour flavors become more evident the warmer the ale gets. Get it cold and the start and end are good.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a rather vsicous oily black with a fluffy mocha colored cap that rose just shy of two fingers. Head settled to form a thin layer and left spider web lacing all over the place.

Dark roast and bitter chocolate show up first followed by rolled oats and peanuts. The roast and chocolate are the dominant forces here, but as it warms the oats and peanuts step up to the plate a bit.

The flavor profile is very similar to the nose. Dark roast and bitter chocolate up front while the oats and peanuts lend some drying sweetness on the back end. The one thing I have noticed with the Short's beers I have had is the cumulative effect. The peanut flavor started off subtle and then built and built over time. I thought that the peanuts worked well with the beer overall.

A full mouthfeel with a perfect level of carbonation. Thick and chewy thanks to the cumulative nature of the peanuts, but still maintaining a consistent smoothness throughout.

I found this to be rather enjoyable. I like peanuts. I like oatmeal stouts. I really like peanuts in my oatmeal stout. I would definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
1.89/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I got a bunch of Short's beers in a recent trade with schro126. Thanks, Nathan! I drank this right after the PB&J and was rather horrified.

Inky black with a dense brown head that sticks around a while leaving no lace, this is solid stuff. The nose is heavy on the lactic sourness, this is quite terribly infected with a blend of nice roast, ground peanuts and the sourness and an ashy character. The palate is intensely sour, undrinkably so (and this from a sourhead). The heavy infection washes out all the other flavors. Drying and fruity on the finish with a lingering bitterness, this is rather awful. Light in body with a high level of carbonation, this isn't even close to good. I'd like to try it fresh, though.

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Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle over Xmas when I was in the Detroit area. This one's truly black, only the faintest of brown edges appears when you really squint. A dense, mocha head appeared during the pour and refused to go away, even after the glass was empty. Chunky lacing, almost streaky, covered the glass. Nice aroma. You can smell the peanuts for sure, pleasant roast, earthy and sweet with a bit of fruit, faint licorice and cherry. Now this is a sweet stout! Lots of lactose and malt, roast, chocolate, nuts, raisins, and a bit of berry sourness in the finish. Bitterness was present throughout, but was fairly restrained. The peanuts are there, but aren't overpowering. Medium bodied with average carbonation, pretty smooth and silky. For such a sweet beer, this didn't feel unbalanced at all. Just enough bitterness and a fruity tartness kept it all in check. Good stuff.

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Photo of maximum12
1.78/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to malty, again, as I work my way through this case plus of Short's goodness that we swapped over the weekend of the Great Taste. More than half gone, easy!

Pours a hard, unsmiling black. Less fizz & drang than my last beer, thankfully. First smell out of the gate is delicious, reminding me of my favorite candy bar, a Reese's Peanut Butter cup, & then...no, no, not the scary dark fruit smell. Please, I just had one, not again!

Uber Goober is plainly infected, dammit. One sip & the peanuts announce their presence with authority; wow! Wonderful addition to a beer, I'd like to see this done again, & more often. It holds off the meaty stout underneath nicely, but then gets stabbed in the back by the infection. Dark, bitter tartness rushes in & really ruins the effect of those magical nuts, both in taste, mouthfeel, & drinkability.

Man, this is really too bad. I can *almost* taste a really excellent, incredibly unique beer underneath the critters who've fouled all over the Goober. If Short's makes this beer again I'd be happy to try it - very, very fresh. Right now though, not good. Two drain pours in a row.

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Photo of Dactrius
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my boy Derek for hooking me up large, a true gentleman. Growler split with grub.

Pours a dark and opaque black, no light gets through, medium sized weird kind of greyish brown head forms, settles to a thin ring, some lace chunks stick to the glass, looks nice.

Smell is cool, sweet and malty, lots of fruit, light nuttiness, caramel and brown sugar, oats, honey, light chocolate milk, touch of roast, very sweet and malty, a bit of licorice and almost a cherry sweetness.

Taste is quite sweet, lots of caramel, lactose, chocolate, light roast and some licorice, lightly nutty, brown sugar, oats, lightly toasty, raisin, fruity sourness in the finish cool nuttiness, some alcohol, does have some peanut butter character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, goes down pretty smooth. Even though sweet it isn't overly sweet. Thanks a ton Derek!

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Photo of Bung
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.
Darker than expected black pour, just a little light gets through near the top. Brown bubbly head.
Aroma does have the peanut, but mostly roast malt with light cocoa.
Taste has much more of the peanut. Kind of like a 5th Avenue candy bar, which is much different and better than a Butterfinger. I got more roast and nut than peanut butter. The oats do lend for a creamy mouthfeel and solid medium body. No alcohol present, not that it's all that high.
Drinkability is fine, the taste is not bad, just different and not really begging one to drink a whole lot of this.
Another unique brew from a brewery that does some great different things with beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle provided by Jale, who was extra generous...Black pour, only a light tan head for a second then its gone...The aroma is the star of the show, its a dead on ringer for a creamy peanut butter pie. Lightly roasted, but incredibly creamy and smooth. Short's nailed it here...The taste loses a lot of the creamy peanut butter, still present but greatly subdued, disappointing. This is very roasted, but has a dominance of stale black coffee that is so strong that I don't even want to drink it. Monumental failure to me to not transition the aroma remotely in the taste.

Worth giving a shot if you like peanut butter, can't say anything wonderful things about how real the aroma is. Just doesn't carry over to the taste, which wouldn't be bad if was tastey itself, but its not.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Clarkston Union. This was dark brown and opaque, with a thick tan head thereupon. It smells sweet and all malts, peanuts somewhat noticeable. If I didn't expect peanuts I would have been searching for a way to describe the aroma, but you can tell there's something new in there.

The beer tastes a little richer than it smells, sort of sweet in a milk stout way, but creamy in an oatmeal stout way. The flavors are roasted malts and nuts, pretty good but not something I crave in a beer.

This was a one and done for me, same as many Shorts beers. They try a lot of odd things, but Huma Lupa Licious is the only one I return to regularly.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this beer as part of a birthday present from my buddy Ben, thanks man. I been wanting to try this beer for a while now and today is my birthday so to celebrate today I am going to crack it open and see how it goes. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer pours a nice dark black color with a fingers worth of mocha colored head that faded to a nice thin ring that left some lacing.

S- The aroma is straight up roasted malts and peanuts.

T- The roasted malts impart a nice bitter chocolate flavor that works well the tons of peanuts in this beer. The peanut flavor really sticks in your mouth.

M- On the thin side with medium carbonation.

D- If i had another bottle I would drink it. This beer has all the drinkablity of your average oatmeal stout but with much more flavor then you usually get.

Overall this was one different, kick ass beer. I thought the peanuts worked very well with the roasted malts. I would for sure get this beer again. Shorts continues to blow my mind with their crazy concoctions, keep up the good work guys.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown almost black with a finger mocha hed

smell: peanuts, mocha, roast, coffee

taste: oatmeal, peanuts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body, creamy smooth

overall: very nice oatmeal stout. one of the better beers from Short's.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Sweemzander for this bottle.

A - Very carbonated and completely black on the pour. The head is a dense tan dollop of bubbles that's fairly loud. Poor retention and little lace on the sides. A few small legs though.

S - Heavily roasted malts with a bit of cocoa and warm alcohol envelop a light, dry peanut nose. Unfortunately, the aroma is topped by a moderate tart funk. I'll assume this is also infected.

T - Dry and roasted bitterness with a slight peanut hint and a very woody, tart, bitter flavor. Definitely infected.

M - Full-bodied and rich with a smooth feel but a bad tart and bitter finish.

D - Honestly, it's not God awful. I'd have this over a BMC, but two infected beers in a row doesn't reflect well on Short's. Unfortunately for them, the poor review reflects their mistake and I look forward to having a good bottle (hopefully).

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Short's Uber Goober Oatmeal Stout from Short's Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 229 ratings.
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