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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 OneDropSoup
2.12/5  rDev -35.8%
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 +6.1%
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 -7.9%
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 -28.5%
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 -66.1%
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Derek for sending me a bottle of this the other day. Fingers crossed it's not infected...

A: The pour is a very dark brown with a surprisingly small off-white head that fizzles out quickly.

S: There's a touch of metal to the aroma, but otherwise a nice roast and a good sweet creaminess, giving the marshmallow feel to it. A bit of a chocolate aroma to it as well.

T: The flavor is pretty sweet and mostly starts off with chocolate. There's a little bit of a sourness to it, which certainly doesn't jive with the s'more theme. A decent enough graham cracker/malt flavor, though.

M: The body is medium with a low to medium level of carbonation and a bit of a sour/metallic tinge on the finish.

D: Not really that great due to the obvious signs of infection. It's too bad as I could imagine myself really liking this beer.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another tasty brew courtesy of mymrnngjckt. Cheers Kevin!

Appearance: Poured from the bottle, this brew is a very dark, almost black, brown color. There's less than a cm worth of toffee colored head after the initial pour, and it doesn't hang around long at all. In fact, by the time I've finished typing this sentence it's completely gone.

Smell: I can smell the milk chocolate and some sweet marshmallow and they smell really good, but both are surprisingly mild.

Taste: The milk chocolate is definitely there, and there's a definite sweetness which I can attribute to the marshmallow, but other than that it's pretty simple. Not a bad tasting beer, it just doesn't perform like I thought it would.

Mouthfeel: I have to admit, for a big stout the body is rather thin and watery. The carbonation, however, is good and the texture, while thin, is fairly creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: I'll be honest, I'm disappointed in this brew. I've only had a few of Shorts' offerings, but they've always impressed me. Well, except for the licorice beer...but then I don't really like licorice. Anyway, this isn't necessarily a bad beer, and I wouldn't exactly turn it down if offered, but there are plenty of other stouts that are much easier to find that have a lot more oomph to them.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.67/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle gifted by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: Dark brown with a thin, wispy head that leaves a few small traces of lacing randomly located around the glass.

S: Roasted malt with a big chocolate scent. Also, I detect a lactic scent that is slightly sour / milky.

T: The beer is honestly not very enjoyable. It's always fun to try a new beer, and especially one by Short's, a brewery that pushes the limits to the extreme. However, this beer does not taste like smores. I enjoy smores made on the campfire, but I struggle to find the connection between smores and this beer.

The flavor is mostly of burned malts, chocolates (which are the redeeming quality of the beer), and a slightly sour taste that I can only guess is the brewer's attempt to replicate a marshmallow flavor.

M: The body is too thin and frail to be associated with a stout of any kind. Carbonation level is on the low end of the spectrum.

D: I'm thankful for the opportunity to try this, but I won't have it again and I would not recommend it. I thought Short's PB & J was really innovative and fun. Strawberry Short's Cake was not only convincing, but incredibly tasty and very drinkable. I commend Short's for pushing the boundaries, but this beer just falls short.

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Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a flat black color with a very faint tan head.

Aromas are of cocoa and milk chocolate. Smells nice.

Taste is very chocolate forward. Milk chocolate, cocoa, some light coffee, creamy sweetness, and really faint cracker taste on the smooth finish. As the beer warmed, I noticed a slight sourness.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Smooth, with nice fullness.

Drinkability is good. These odd ball Shorts brews have been kind of hint and miss (part of that due to a few infections), but this one works, and works pretty well. Doesn't taste a whole lot like a smore, this is more like a pretty chocolatey stout. Good stuff.

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Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with mild amounts of unsweetened chocolate. Also present are very slight amounts of burnt marshmellows.

Tastes more complex than it smells. Large roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by solid amounts of slightly sweet marshmellows. Midway through the sip semi-sweet chocolate flavors work their way into things along with a slight cracker flavor. The roasted malts and chocolate carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was actually surprised by how straightforward this beer was. A solid stout with a few small bells and whistles that's worth a shot.

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Photo of bierenutz
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a murky dark brown color with almost no head or lacing left on the glass.
S-Chocolate and mild graham cracker aroma with roasted coffee notes and bready malts. I'm not getting any marshmallow aroma and the sweetness in the smell must be from the chocolate.
T-Bittersweet chocolate and deep roasted malts with an ashy-oakiness. There is a tinge of sourness/bitterness and, of course, the thought of infection crept in to my thoughts. Perhaps it's just the subconscious overthinking things.
M-Moderate feel and low carboration.
D-This is an interesting beer and a good effort and experiment although it misses the mark a bit. This would be interesting to try on tap without the interference and complication of potentional infection issues.

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Photo of tetonka4kzoo
4.29/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black color. It has a thin lacey head.

Great nose! A robust, roasted malt smell with hints of nuts and smoke. It also has an expresso aroma.

S'more Stout has a chocolaty taste. This stout has a smokey yet sweet taste. You also notice the graham cracker taste after two sips. Very tasty and delicious.

Smooth and creamy feel. I guess that's where the marshmallows come in.

Very drinkable, had 3 last night! Another unique and creative brew from Shorts.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
2.2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A= Poured dark black with a small head that disappeared very fast.

S= To me it seems a lot like chocolate and a few roasted malts that it about all I smell.

T= Taste kind of threw me a bit really bitter to me thought it would have more body to it don't really taste anything but bitterness.

M= To me this one could have used some more carbonation. I really expected a full bodied beer since it was a stout but this one was just really thin bodied and very bitter.

D= I'm glad I just bought a bottle of this one thought it would be interesting to try but I was wrong. Not even worth a try for me I will be pourning the rest of the beer down the drain. IMO not really worth trying.

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Photo of billab914
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip glass. It poured dark brown in color with a thin dusting for a head spread out over the beer.

The aroma really shows the graham crackers in it which is pretty interesting. A lot of dark, roasted malts with a moderate dark chocolate flavor come through as well. I'd like to say I get a little of the marshmallow in it and I think I do, but I'd never pick it out if it hadn't been written on the bottle. Pretty cool aroma overall and not bad.

The taste shows more milk chocolate to it then the nose did. Roasted, bitter malts come through pretty well also. less of the graham cracker comes through but it's still there. The finish shows a little of what could be the marshmallow, but again I wouldn't ever have picked it out if it wasn't written on the bottle. Pretty decent tasting beer overall with a little interesting element to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had some good stout flavors and built some interesting flavors off of that. Not a bad beer overall, but not as cool and different as I had hoped.

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Photo of largadeer
1.5/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Yet another infected Short's beer generously shared by nickd717.

Fizzy dark brown, this is becoming over-carbonated, though the head is fleeting and the beer is topped by chunks of...I don't even know, marshmallow maybe? The chocolate/marshmallow/graham cracker aroma is slightly noticeable but buried beneath funky sour notes. Similar on the palate, dark malt and marshmallow beneath lactic sourness. Fizzy mouthfeel with some chunkiness from the floaties. Yeah, another interesting Short's beer ruined by infection.

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Photo of nickd717
2.04/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle thanks to mikeincharleston.

Pours darkest brown with a one-finger tan head.

The aroma is...well...a little sour. Not good. S'mores and wild yeast, not a good mix.

The flavor is also sour s'mores. Really rather nasty unfortunately.

Medium-light bodied and sour.

Oh man, just not good at all. Shame this had to get infected, since it seems like an interesting beer.

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Photo of number1bum
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this bottle. Also courtesy of Kevin I got to try this beer about 2 years ago when he had a growler. I don't remember what the beer tasted like or how much I liked it, but I certainly remember lighting up some marshmallows with a burnzomatic and tossing them in the beer, then throwing marshmallows (not flaming this time) all over the room in a sort of beer pong game. Good times.

Anyway, this one pours a pretty dark brown color with very little head, even with a vigorous poor. Not even half an inch, and it also doesn't keep at all. A rimjob only.

Smell has some nice milk chocolate up front, with a sort of lactose sweetness as well. Has a touch of coffee and some roasted malt as well. The graham cracker doesn't really stand out. A nice nose.

Taste is not quite as robust as the smell, but does have some nice milk chocolate flavor. Is this really 9.2%? It doesn't show, as the flavor is subdued all the way around. There's a slightly sticky sweetness in the finish that I think is coming from the marshmallow. Again the graham cracker doesn't come through; the graham cracker did come through in Short's Key Lime Pie so I know it's possible; it's not here though. Decent flavor, but frankly it's a bit bland.

Mouthfeel is a medium body but feels awfully thin for what they're trying to accomplish and for the alcohol content (at least according to what it's listed as here, since it's not on the bottle). The label says it's a robust stout; I don't think so.

Gotta be honest, this is really a pretty mediocre beer. The nose is nice, the rest is nothing special and is pretty disappointing in some regards. If this is truly 9.2% then I'd like to know where all the flavor went from the malts that had to go into this to boost the alcohol. If not for the flaming marshmallows a couple of years ago this would not be at all memorable.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours and mild chocolate body with a small tan head.

S- smell of graham crackers and marshmallow and roasted malt.

T-Taste roasted malt a hint of chocolate and graham cracker.

M- Chewy of the graham cracker and chocolate malt and marshmallow.

D- This is a ok stout.Not the best to say the least. But good to try once.


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Photo of crashdavisinoh
2.89/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance-Dark Brown. A few white specks floating around. Very small head that quickly disappeared

Smell-Got some chocolate and vanilla...sweet.

Taste-Eh....first I do not get any Smores taste from this except some slight chocolate so I think Short's missed the mark. Picked up a little vanilla also. Malty taste.

Feel-lightly carbonated...creamy feel...medium body

Drinkability-I would not drink more than one...not due to the ABV but the overall quality of the beer. I am glad I tried it...being a smore fan and a fan of different beer.

Thanks to Thorpe429 for throwing this in as an extra!

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Photo of domtronzero
2.72/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear dark brown with a small mocha-colored head. Frothy and short lived. Quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. No Lacing.

S - Sweet sugary malts, dark roasted malts, little chocolate and light alcohol.

F/M - Dry roasted dark chocolate malts. Light caramel sweetness, very bitter, acrid almost burnt characteristic. Dry astringent finish. Medium body, medium carbonation. Lingering roasty aftertaste.

D - Okay, dry acrid and quite bitter, but kind of easy drinking although quite weird tasting.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: black, minimal receding tan head and lace.
S: has that signature short's smell (the house yeast?)-a fruity, funky thing-not necessarily good, but unique to short's. some chocolate and maybe coffee.
T: sourish. bittersweet chocolatey dark malts. not getting the graham crackers or marshmallows really. lingering sourness and some bitterness.
M: lighlty carbonated, slick, medium-bodied.
D: something is off as with the other experimental short's brews i've had. as with the others, high marks for creativity and low marks for execution. wouldn't have guessed the high abv.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. No date or info.

Thanks to Thorpe429 for this one!

A - Pitch black in color, even a tall, vigorous pour couldn't rouse any head out of this beer. Poor retention on the thin tan foam, no lace left over. Tiny chunks what I assume to be part of the graham cracker cling to the glass though.

S - Lots of roasted malts flood the aroma. Cocoa and bitter-sweet chocolate with some coffee come out too. A touch of the graham cracker is in there with a pinch of marshmallow-like sugary sweetness.

T - Very, very roasted malts. A hint of smoky malt in there bit it's just acrid bitterness. Coffee and cocoa are prominent. No graham cracker available in flavor and the marshmallow is only slightly hinted at after the swallow.

M - Dry and very acrid bitter with a dry roasted finish and a lingering metallic note. Medium-full bodied.

D - The alcohol doesn't really show through which definitely makes it a little easier to drink, but it's just great overall. If you're gonna make something called a S'more Stout (and who doesn't love s'mores), you better do it right, otherwise it's a major let-down. If this was a normal stout, it would be decent, but as a s'more stout, it fails. Also, why is the alcohol so high in this anyway?

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received as part of a massive SURPRISE box from Kbeals!!

Pours with a very short lived tan head... the pretty much black.

Nose is milk chocolate... and with a swirl, I swear I get marshmallows... Not really finding any graham cracker sadly... a hint of cinnamon (could be the EtOH).

Flavor has the graham cracker pretty prevalent with melting waves of chocolate... NOW, I'm having a hard time picking up on the marshmallow.. hints of smoke on the finish.. pretty earthy with warmth... never would have even come close to guessing the ABV!!

Body is medium... pretty amazing given the high gravity.. carbonation is actually on the lite side...

Interesting brew.... definitely not gonna ever be my favorite, but interesting for sure...

Kevin is pure and simple, awesome. Very generous and a trader's trader who I am glad to say that I recently was able to meet in person and share some great brews. Kevin is "Good Humans" :-)


Edit: Some reviewers say this may be infected, I really am not sure.. often with so much dark malt, a sour twinge is imparted into the brew.... there is a very minor "twang" more in the nose and even less on the finish.. That said, I like it and am very excited to share with the local peeps.

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

Fourth beer of the night...I have been eating a ton to make sure I am not inebriated! It is working great because I'm not even remotely tipsy which makes for great beer reviews! A third beer enjoyed tonight courtesy of erikkoppin. I have been wanting to try this beer for quite some time after reading about it on the forums (despite it getting mixed reviews). Let's see how it fares!

Appearance - Pours jet black into my Bell's Tulip. About a finger of quickly dissipating tan head is achieved that leaves little lacing on the sides of the glass. Right off the bat, I will say there are NO chunks or anything remotely close to what people have been describing in their beers. So I find this to be a positive sign.

Smell - Sweet chocolate, a most DEFINITE graham cracker aroma (and I emphasize this because it honestly does smell like smores, creepy almost). Hints of smokiness and coffee.

Taste - After the initial taste I am relived to say this is not an infected or messed up S'more Stout others have been talking about. Loads of chocolate, bready/graham cracker, just a hint of marshmallow, and a surprisingly smoky flavor, which let's face it, is part of the enjoyment of smores (having that great smoky flavor imparted onto the actual smore...makes me miss Traverse City from this summer). Quite enjoyable tonight and I can't wait to tell my brother-in-law and fellow beer geek about this beer tomorrow.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - To be frank, quite so. I didn't realize the ABV until I looked at the description. I was expecting 5-7 tops, not 9. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I feel bad for the people who have gotten infected bottles, because Short's puts out some amazing beers. I hope in the near future they figure out all infection issues because this is a world class brewery and it is only a matter of time until they explode with [even more] popularity. Another well done beer by Short's!

[edit] So I had another one of these tonight and it was starting to turn infected (tartness to it) and I can see how if someone drank this over a non-infected S'more Stout they would have negative reviews - sucks how different this beer is with a bit of infection. Oh well, I got one damn good one in!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. First off, the beer had hard, white chunks floating on the top. At first I thought they were marshmellows, but they were very hard. Very strange.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights. The aroma is graham crackers, honey and chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, smoke and roasted malt. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Some other people I drank this with thought it was showing signs of infection. I didn't get any of the sour notes that I have gotten in other Short's beers such as PB&J, but the mouthfeel was a little thinner that I think it should have been which could be from an infection.

I actually liked this beer a lot better than the other people that tried it. A very strange beer, but one that I am glad I got to try.

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Short's S'more Stout from Short's Brewing Company
3.3 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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