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Short's S'more StoutShort's S'more Stout

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ffejherb on 12-03-2008

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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 131
Photo of Hardtailbrewer
4.27/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Coolest presentation for a beer at the pub. Actually served with a roasted marshmallow on a toothpick! Beer great, but don't eat that marshmallow:/

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

It's time for a short Short's review, this one was just ok, it looked and smelled like a pretty straight forward stout, I didn't really pick up any of the featured ingredients in this beer, but when paired with a marshmallow graham cracker treat it seems like it brought out some of those flavors, but it could have just been the treat. It wasn't bad, but in the end I was just a little disappointed.

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Photo of TCmichigan
4.07/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I had this after a long day of skiing right at the Short's Pub in Bellaire, MI.

Appearance: It came out in a snifter, with a toasted marshmallow half-burnt lying across the top of the glass.

Smell: Slightly graham crackery, but enough chocolate to cover the smell of the marshmallow splayed across the top (which I clearly ate before I drank the beer).

Taste: Strong chocolate and sugary taste... probably trying to allow for the marshmallow flavor for the places carrying this who don't drop a mallow on top.

Mouthfeel: Nice full feel, but still not as thick as some stouts I've had. Carbonation was low, but bar staff also told me the tap was acting up before I ordered.

Overall: Appearance really hit a 5.0 for me, but after the novelty wears off, this just seems more like exactly that; a novelty, not so much a stout.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lord Hobo in a pint glass.

Short's S'more Stout pours stout black, with a light helping of caramel foam. Head retention is alright, but lacing is pretty sparse. The nose is spot on for s'mores, with plenty of marshmallow and chocolate, and a little bit of bready crackers. The aroma is a little dull though. The graham crackers, already a minor note in the nose, come precipitously close to disappearing completely in the flavor profile. Fortunately, the chocolate and marshmallow (not an easy flavor to get in beer in my experience) are even more robust, leaving the flavor still pretty good, if a little bit farther away from the s'mores goal than the aroma. The mouthfeel's a little off for a stout, with the body a little on the dry side, and the carbonation noticeably active. Short's really are the mad scientists of the beer world, and it's impressive how close they came to their target with the S'more Stout.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A very generous 16 oz. pour into a pint glass at Lord Hobo. Reviewed from notes.

Pours black. A quarter-finger light tan head presents itself, but it's basically nonexistent.

There is a very prominent chocolate component in the aroma. It seems creamy, with a rather strong milk complement - I might even call it marshmallow-like. There's also a light roast quality that reminds me of coffee.

The taste is surprisingly coffee forward. I can detect just a hint of marshmallow vanilla sweetness. Milk and coffee, almost like a cappuccino, really come through. There's a slight bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is totally absent.

The mouthfeel is far too thin for a beer this big, and the carbonation is a touch high. It's tough to enjoy a beer this rich and sweet when it feels watery.

An interesting take, if not exactly evocative of s'mores themselves. Technically impressive, though not a standout.

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Photo of oline73
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap during the pre EBF throwdown at Lord Hobo.

Appearance: This beer pours pitch black with a finger of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet roast with lots of graham cracker and some dark chocolate. Quite nice.

Taste: I was really disappointed that the graham cracker didn't show up here like it did in the smell. Less sweetness with dark chocolate and some bitter roast.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with smooth, thick carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer smells really good, but is a bit of a letdown when it comes to the taste. Still not bad.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a 16 oz pint glass at lord hobo.

A: Pitch black with a thin layer of tan heas. Little lacing.

S: Roasted malt and slight hints of dark chocolate.

T: Roasted malt up front transitions to a very sweet mid-palate. Milk chocolate, mocha, slight hints of coconut.

M: Full and slightly chewey with subtle carbonation.

O: Not Shorts' best novelty brew. An average sweet stout.

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Photo of BeRanger
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Tulip from an unopened growler that was 11 days old. Part of a three growler Shorts tasting.

A - Pours dark brown/black, about a finger of light brown head. Little to no rentention.

S - Spot on, Chocolate, Graham Cracker, Marshmallow, Roasted Malts.

T - Taste was just like the smell, however I was impressed that the alcohol being 9% was masked. No harsh or hot after taste on the finish.

M - Medium body, low carbonation.

O - A very interesting beer, I was surprised by the low marks. You have to keep in mind that you are reviewing a dessert beer, so it's going to be a little whacky! I think they did an excellent job of masking the alcohol and bringing in the flavors.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks to Donerik

Pours a blacked out color with little to no head. Slight film glides across the top without lacing.

Roasted malts and burnt marshmallows in the nose. Some hints of bready graham, chocolate, and sugar with a dash of unfortunately familiar Short's metallic weirdness.

Dark malts right up front with some milky chocolate. Notes of graham cracker and burnt sugar, which are quickly smashed into oblivion by a metallic sourness. Yes, this one appears to have turned. I can see what they're going for here, but the profile is pretty much wrecked after the sour cherry sugar surge.

Medium body, abrasively high carbonation, rough on the palate. After having about 20-25 different Short's beers, I'll chalk this one up to an old/off bottle and re-review when a fresh batch is released. I really wish this wouldn't continue happening with their beers though, especially since I know this should be SO much better than the bottle I just had.

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.44/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Florida9 for tossing this my way when I was in town the other day. Been wanting to try it for a while (despite the reviews I remain curious).

a - opened the bottle and filled my cigar city snifter. pretty murky looking with weird bubbling and stuff (yep, STUFF...like in orange juice, ya know STUFF). odd for a beer and a bit offputting. no head and the stuff clung to the side of the glass...little gross.

s - burnt chocolate crossed with a milk stout. very roasted and very burnt.

t - wow, now that's different. kind of sour, actually. makes me wonder if this is infected, but other reviews tell me that this is expected. the roasted burnt chocolate in the nose is there, but the tartness is so overwhelming that it takes over. i don't really know what to think or say about this beer. not sure if i will be able to get through the bottle.

m - super sharp mouth. heavy carbonation...kind of thick, but the sourness just confuses things. after a few moments of a not great aftertaste, things come together and my mouth feels a cool roasted chocolate aftervibe.

o - overall, a miss. short's is hit or miss. the names are usually pretty spot on, but to say s'more stout makes me think of deliciousness...the chocolate milk stout makes sense, but the sourness...that does not. i wonder if this is infected?

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Photo of Florida9
2.74/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dirty dark brown in color. Cloudy, yet still a little translucent. What I will assume are graham cracker crumbs form clumpy islands on the surface of the beer. There is no head whatsoever.

S: Rich scent of dark chocolate, coffee, some roasted malts, and a little marshmallow.

T: Sour mash? Chocolate and some light graham cracker flavor, but the sourness dominates. This is not an infected sourness either - it's a cheap, shitty, gas station coffee sourness. Not appealing at all.

M: Medium bodied, but the sourness makes it feel thin. Prickly. Lower carbonation levels.

O: Not impressive. Doesn't take like a smores at all. Doesn't taste much like a stout, either.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: pours a deep brown with large floaty chunks visible on the surface. Not much head. Having trouble getting past the chunks in this.

S: the initial aroma is quite nice, big deep notes of chocolate and coffee, creamy hints of vanilla and marshmallow. On second smell, I pick up some dark fruits that seem a little out of place along with a touch of smoke.

T: the dark fruit character that I picked up on the nose basically dominate the flavor. Starts of sweet and becomes quite tart. Not getting the chocolate or coffee from the nose.

MF: thinner than I would expect from an imperial stout.

O: another disappointment from Short's. I really had high hopes for a beer with S'mores in the title, but this was ultimately a failure.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.38/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

Been meaning to get my hands on a bottle o' this for some time. Finally. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a half-finger of short-lived dirty white foam. Some small flakes of something or other (the graham crackers?) float about on the surface. this thing kinda looks like a biology project I made in ninth grade... The nose comprises graham crackers, chocolate powder, black cherry, dank raspberry, and cinnamon. Methinks infection has set in on this one... The taste holds notes of sour cherry, dark chocolate, honey, light coffee, blueberries, and graham crackers. The sour berry notes are pretty strong, though not yet all-encompassing. Still, it isn't very appetizing (nor is it anywhere close to a s'more). The body is a light-ish medium, with a moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a dry-ish finish. Overall, infection seems to have sullied what could have been at least a decent beer. Shame, really.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jeff for sharing this one!

This bottle was purchased straight from the brewery.
Review from written notes.

Into a small tulip it pours a blackish burnt mahoghany, glinting lighter brown around the edges when held to the Tennessee sun. A wispy offwhite skim of foam across the surface, that eventually breaks after a few sips, throwing spotty lace froth around the edges.

Earthy charred roast, deeply malty, with a creamy and slightly lactic note.

Flavors of black malt roastiness, peanuts, toasted graham crackers, bitter dark chocolate. Sadly no toasted marshmallow to be found, but tasty nonetheless. Rich with mellow roast, a dry aftertaste with a lingering nuttiness. Lighter bodied with creamy carbonation. Not a bad stout, it was pretty interesting.

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Photo of psiweaver
2.42/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a little tasting glass from the Elysian Pumpkin Festival.

A: pours a light black with chunks of something in it. Graham crackers? Marshmellow? Not appetitizing

S: smells like sweet candy with more sugar and kind of a burnt chocolate smell as well. not good either

T: taste is overly sweet with tons of off flavors to it.

M: chunks of something and a lack of carbonation are the final nail in the coffin for this beer.

Overall not very good which is sad because the other shorts beers i've had tend to be pretty good.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.59/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle toward my trade deficit with jale (thanks Jim!). Poured into a Great Lakes snifter. Lots of reports of infection, but this bottle seemed fine to me.

It pours murky brown, looks like sedimentation floating around in the liquid, with a thin and short-lived tan head. Excellent start! The aroma is VERY nice in a Short's way. No marshmallows or graham crackers, but I do get some chocolate. And alcohol. Not bad in-your-face alcohol, it's just that this smells potent.

The graham crackers are there in taste though, biscuit and cocoa and nice breadiness. No marshmallows still, this is sweet tasting but not sweet enough for me to get marshmallow.

Medium-thick body, dry mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer immensely, although it may have been due to toasting a winning night at poker.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3-3-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a dark brew with one finger of creamy foam. Decent lacing ring with little carbonation present

S - Malt's, chocolate with not much hop nose

T/M - Interesting taste, chocolate comes into play, real malty. Can't tell if I am tasting the marshmallow though. No hop bitterness at all

D - Pretty drinkable stout. Malty brew that went down pretty smooth. I would only drink one of these though; it was a little too sweet for me. I recommend people trying it but I wouldn't seek this brew out again.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a half finger head

smell: chocolate, graham cracker,

taste: sour, with graham cracker mashmellow backend

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: I love what these guys are trying to do. But for some reason they just don't hold up very well.


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Photo of nhindian
1.36/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Bottle provided as a generous extra by brian23456, thanks Brian! This one has been on my 'Wants' for a while.

A - This beer pours a dark brown, black in the middle but gradually lightens around the edges. It only builds a very meager head; about half a finger's worth if that. Retention is even worse as it quickly sheds any semblance of head in a matter of seconds. Lacing is also spotty with only a few select areas of glasses bearing any mark of lace.

S - The moment of truth: the first smell. I have to say prior to receiving this beer I was incredibly stoked for this beer and has been on my 'Wants' for awhile even though I didn't actively try to land it yet. Will my anticipation be rewarded? Upon the first smell, it's a bold and resounding no. Not at all. I can't really place this aroma at all, it's a hybrid of stale tobacco that carries a bit of smokiness with it, something sweet gone wrong (sour milk?) that I can only imagine to be some representation of marshmallows... It's certainly different and interesting in the way it keeps drawing me to smell it just so I can distinguish what it is, but I can't say it's tantalizing in the least. Give me this beer blind in 10 years and I'll probably be able to peg it as soon as the cap comes off, it's that impressionable.

T - In my days of actually reviewing and analyzing beer, I know that although a majority of the time the smell isn't a direct mirroring of the taste or quality, it sometimes can be misleading. I am really hoping this is of the latter variety. And although the taste isn't a carbon copy of the nose, it still isn't appetizing. It starts with some really nice smoked malts that give a great charred note to this beer, but it quickly dissolves into that stale tobacco taste before being swept away by a torrent of overwhelming sweetness. I immediately think this might be one of my first drain pours but want to give it a chance to warm up. Almost done with the bottle and it's not getting any better at all. The one positive of this beer: it really does hide the alcohol well, but I'd rather have some alcohol than the weird melange of flavors and sweetness that's assaulting my palate now.

M - Mouthfeel is thin with low carbonation. Finish is all sweetness and unfortunately lasts a long time.

D - Drinkability is low. This is a serious struggle to finish this beer and honestly is near the bottom of any beers I've tried, which is sad given I've had some pretty rough infections. A complete and utter disappointment of a beer given my anticipation, but even after I slayed the idea of it living up to them, it still boils down to being a pretty disgusting beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

S'more has a dark brown body and a brown head. Retention and lacing are both OK.

The aroma is really sweet, and manages to smell a lot like a marshmallow with lots of sugar added into the mix. A little bit of chocolate swirls around in there also.

This one is sickeningly sweet. Burnt sugar leads off, with a marshmallow flavor following it. Lots of sweet chocolate, and some roasted malt. The burnt sugar definitely dominates. This beer does succeed in tasting a little bit like a s'more, but it is cloying and overly sweet.

This beer feels a little unpleasant due to its extreme sweetness, but it does seem to have adequate body and carbonation.

I couldn't even drink 12 ounces of this. A six pack would be out of the question. Too sweet and sugary.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.12/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

<JEREMY2002 = bad trader>
Much love to mgbickel for hooking me up with this as consolation for my misfortune in the RIS BIF, Round 2. Thanks, Mike!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Solid black with deep brown highlights around the edges. Thin mocha covering with a thicker collar. Some swabs of lacing.

Very interesting smell: Blackened cookies, a little caramel, along that interesting organic smell that straddles roses & dirty diapers. Not necessarily appetizing, but interesting nonetheless.

Sharp, tart dark fruits & skins up front, pretty much dominating the flavor, with some alcohol & a roasty, astringent aftertaste. Kind of a Belgian yeast character, in its spicy & fruit qualities, though I doubt this used a Belgian yeast.

Medium-full body, with some flintiness & a little bit sharp from booze. Astringency in the aftertaste is not great, either.

Man, I've had some Short's beers that were very evocative, but this really missed the mark. Really, kind of a mess. Wouldn't want to try it again, this is coming close to a pour.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Spica66 for a few bottles of this one in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a massively dark brown almost black with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and tobacco (really!?!?!?). The flavor was of roasted malt, chocolate, sugar (from the marshmallows maybe?), and tobacco (OMG, I wasn't dreaming it in the aroma). It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this wasn't that bad. But tobacco, really!? Not sure at all how I feel about this note in the aroma and flavor. It was only in the aftertaste on the flavor thank God, but still... Just not pleasing at all. Other than this one off flavor this was a decent American stout. Just hate it shot itself in the foot.

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Photo of GradyS1
3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A decent brownish black with little head, lacing on the top. S- This was the best part IMO, chocolate with a little roast and finished with a light vanilla which i beleave mush be the marshmallow element. T- not so good, this has a bit of sourness too it, It starts off with a nice coco taste but then goes immediately a tangy tartness, no vanilla. M- Just average, light carbonation and thickness. D- I would not drink another bottle of this if this is how the beer is suppose to taste. I would hope not because I think that if you take away the sour aspect and put this on draft, you have a tasty beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.36/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle thanks to Thorpe, I don't think mine was infected but it might as well have been, big disappointment here. Get your shit together Shorts.

Beer is brown with a weak thin head with no lacing, low carbonation, it looks OK.

Beer smells like...ashes?

Beer is a little thin...but I can forgive it since the beer tastes like ashes and rubber. Maybe this is infected, it's just not as bad as everyone is saying. The finish is bitter and ashy, I won't have it again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.12/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass, generously shared by nickd717. Thanks. From notes.

A: Even if this beer weren't infected -- and I knew it was, because Short's was on the label -- the appearance would be awful. Floating chunks of... what the hell is this?!?! Flakes of marshmallow? It's completely unappealing to the eye.

S: Sour, funky. Some chocolate, cracker, and possibly marshmallow.

T: I had a hard time picking out the s'more ingredients. It was mostly just sour and tart, with a light barnyard note in the finish.

M: Thin, with floaties and chunks swirling in my mouth. It was very, very off-putting.

D: It's hard to tell if Short's is aiming to be one of those novelty breweries with ridiculous ingredient lists or a case study in "how can we infect everything we make," but at this point I don't trade for anything they make, because it betrays a lack of common sense.

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