Short's S'more Stout | Short's Brewing Company

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

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ffejherb on 12-03-2008

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Photo of Bum4ever
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Dark brown with a small amount of tan head that faded quick.
S: Good smell here of chocolate and a little vanilla
T: Taste has chocolate with some almost coffee flavor and a slight hint of vanilla at the finish.
F: Really thin for my taste, Good amount of carbonation.
O: This just didn't do it for me. One of my go to local beers is Highwater Campfire Stout and the reason I love it, is that I think it accomplishes excactly its goal of tasting like a s'more. This one doesn't really taste like a s'more, its basically a thin chocolate stout in my mind. It's not necessarily a bad stout just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of larryi86
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank you Blackop555 for this
12 oz bottle, dated for 1/19/17, poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Milk chocolate, marshmallows, some
vanilla, hints of smoke, some roasted malts.

T- Milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted graham crackers, some marshmallows, slightly band aid like smokiness.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- Some what s'mores like, pretty tasty, worth picking up if you like the idea of stout and s'mores combined.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark, inky black pour with a tight, creamy cappuccino-like head of 1 finger.

Aroma of dry cocoa, some of those mini packet marshmallows you get in boxed hot cocoa; roasted barley, french vanilla, some dirt.

Flavor is pretty chocolatey, with notes of coffee, oats, and french vanilla. What bothers me though is the slight metallic cherry taste that leads me to believe it's either oxidized or infected.

Feel is on point, I'm not thinking about it much which is a good sign; it's just simply roasty and medium to thick bodied with proper carbonation.

Overall, yeah I probably wouldn't revisit this one, but I'd be interested to taste it without infection, or perhaps that's one of its characteristics?

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/19/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 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, graham cracker, toasted dark bread, and wood smoke; with light nuttiness, marshmallow cream, vanilla, charcoal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready/smoked malt, graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, graham cracker, toasted dark bread, and wood smoke; with light nuttiness, marshmallow cream, vanilla, charcoal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, graham cracker, toasted dark bread, wood smoke, light marshmallow/vanilla, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while, Great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready/smoked malt, graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly chalky/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a great flavored smoked stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready/smoked malt, graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Not a whole lot of marshmallow presence; but the smoked malt, graham cracker, and milk chocolate are well represented. Great balance with the base stout, without being overwhelming on any flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.84/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a short, foamy, tan head doesn't last long. As head fades floaties appear.

Smells marshmallow, chocolate, roasted malts, hints of graham cracker, bready.

Tastes chocolate, coffee, roast malt, vanillay marshmallow. Semi sweet finish with short coffee linger. Lighter side of medium, lower, smooth carbonation

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Short's S'more Stout for $2.19 at The Lager Mill a couple day ago. I've had this beer before at a Shorts tap takeover and I was a little disappointed with it and I'm interested to see how the bottled version is, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's goes well with the beer and it's eye catching. It poured a dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had half a fingers worth of bubbly tan head that died down to a thin bubbly ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind and it for sure has some pieces of graham crackers floating int it. This is a a pretty nice ooking beer, but I could go without the floaties.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the fist to show up and they impart a roasted, charred, medium smokey, dark malt and slightly grainy aromas with some nice chocolate coming through and it seems to be the most noticeable ingredient, I only get a slight bit of marshmallow and a slight bit of graham cracker, but they are hardly noticeable. Towards the end comes a little more sweetness and a little smokiness. This beer has a nice aroma, but I wish the marshmallow and graham crackers showed up more.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they are a little lighter and not as smokey. Up next comes what could be a very light amount of marshmallow, but it's very hard to pick out and I don't get any graham cracker flavors. Up next comes the chocolate which is nice and on the finish there's pretty much hardly any bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and it has a nice chocolate aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish the marshmallow and graham cracker were more noticeable.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, a little prickly, slightly creamy, on the fuller side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it had a little less carbonation that wasn't as prickly.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and it's a decent example of the style, it would be pretty good id they just called it a chocolate stout, but the name makes it a little disappointing since it's very hard to pick up the marshmallow and graham cracker flavors. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink one, but the lack of the other key flavors might bore me so one is enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the chocolate aspect, it's nice and the highlight of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is that graham cracker and marshmallow flavors didn't show up more, that was disappointing. I might buy this beer again and I would recommend it as a Chocolate stout, but not as what the name implies. All in all I liked this beer, but i didn't love it and I think it would be much better if it did a better job at living up to it's name. It's not a favorite shorts beer and it's nice for the style. Better luck next time guys, it needs to live up to it's name more. I feel the same about this beer as when I first tried and the score stays the same.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.01/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip. From Short's re-released version (first recalled version apparently suffered from too many Graham floaties for the brewery's liking). Pours pitch black with a thin finger of head that's here and gone. No lacing left behind. Some floaties, no big deal. Graham cracker, cocoa, char, burnt sugar on the nose. Feel is slick and on the fuller side. Flavor is cocoa, char, marshmallow. Flavors become richer the more it warms. Smooth at 8%. Have yet to try it brewery style with a toasted marshmallow garnish, may have to try it with my last bottle.

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Photo of TurboBrew
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown/dark.

Light 1/4 finger tan head. Some floaters as expected.

Smell is great. Sweet chocolate and marshmallow. Taste is meh, typical stout here. Roast and bitter astringency. Mouthfeel follows.

Used a blowtorch and charred the crap out of a fresh marshmallow. Dunked it in my second 12oz. Much improved. Actually disintegrates into the stout and makes it taste better all around.

Overall a nice brew but not one Ill revisit unless its fresh at the pub in Bellaire.

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Photo of Hardtailbrewer
4.27/5  rDev +29.4%
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 TCmichigan
4.07/5  rDev +23.3%
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 +18.8%
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 +8.5%
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 +3%
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 +1.8%
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 +6.1%
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 -19.7%
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 -26.1%
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, 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 -17%
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 -22.7%
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 -27.9%
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 +11.5%
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 -26.7%
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 +8.8%
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 +21.2%
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 -4.5%
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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Short's S'more Stout from Short's Brewing Company
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