Uncle Steve's Irish Stout | Short's Brewing Company

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Uncle Steve's Irish StoutUncle Steve's Irish Stout

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Uncle Steve’s Irish Stout is Short’s version of the classic Irish Stout, complete with a dark color, soft head, and smooth full flavor typical of this lighter bodied style. A simple grist formula provides a base of roasted malt flavors with a creamy drinkability everyone loves.

20 IBU

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Ratings: 276 |  Reviews: 116
Reviews by JordanEllwanger:
Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very dark rick black amber. The caramel coffee smells comes out even without a sniff. The caramel white head holds some carbonation and a decent alcohol sent followed by some coffee grounds and caramels. The taste brings the grounds out even more. Coffee and alcohol are all I can taste. The feel is decent and makes for an enjoyable stout.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark fudge color with a thin quick to fade beige head atop.Big roast coffee aromas really hit ya,love the big roasted element,like being in a coffee house.The body is a little slick and thinner in the finish.Roasty and earthy flavors with an ever so slight caramel note underneath but it's slight.The aromas are the best part of the beer,better than alot of the more 'well known' dry stouts out there.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, deep brown, virtually black color with a thin tan head comprised of very fine bubbles that stuck around for a while but surprisingly didn't leave much lacing on the glass. I like to think of this beer as a "pumped up Guinness" - they are very similar (makes sense, since they are both Irish stouts) but it seems like Uncle Steve's picks up some of the slack that a typical Guinness Draught has. The nose is bigger, the taste is bigger, and the mouth is creamier. Hints of coffee beans, deep and bitter mocha, and lots of roasted grains and malts hit your nose and your throat. The mouth is slightly chewy and quite a bit thicker than a Guinness.

Very solid Irish Stout here that I would definitely have again and again. In many places I've seen, the price of these is usually very comparable to the price of Guinness, and this beer outperforms in nearly every aspect.

EDIT: Update 3/10/2013

Enjoyed this one again for the first time this season, a week before St. Patty's Day. The nose is much better and fuller than I remember it being - lots of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet, dark chocolate notes. Very roasty taste, inducing a nice mix of bitter and sweet. Smooth, creamy, and finishing with some roasted malt and burnt coffee beans flavors. Dry, low carbonation.

Overall, a bit better than I remember it being. I could knock back six of these no problem. A tasty Irish style stout with a nice, bitter roast aroma and flavor.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes: Deep dark brown pour with eggshell head and some nice lacing. Aromas of roasted dark malts and a bit of smoke. Smooth. First sip is smooth with a mellow dark roast and some with a nuttiness. A bit dry with a touch of smoke. Easy to drink and well balanced. Medium bodied smooth and a bit dry. Overall, an interesting take on an irish stout, but I wouldn't expect less from Short's

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Photo of nickadams2
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours dark brown with a two finger tan head.Nice retention with moderate lacing.

S_Roasted barley and dark coffee. Hint of chocolate as well.

T_Roasted malt and coffee.Chocolate and hops in the finish. Finishes dry.

M_ Thin but full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D_Low ABV and the thin creamybody make this a great session beer.

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Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes

A - Pours black with barley one finger of head. Not much lacing.

S - Smell is primarily chocolate and roasted malts. Eventually some coffee notes come through as well. Simple but good aroma.

T - Taste is similar to smell, though with more of a coffee presence. Roasted malts and coffee, with some chocolate in the background.

M - Light/medium mouthfeel seems a bit over-carbonated for the style, lacking creaminess.

O - Flavor profile is nice, but the high carbonation reduces the overall enjoyment. Still pretty good though.

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Photo of WuAnquo1
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and some tartness. Tastes like this one is slightly infected like several other Short's beers I have tried. Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

Short's makes some good beers but they are too hit and miss in the quality control department for me. If they can start putting out beers that aren't infected, they will move up in my book. I have another bottle of this that I received from TasteTester and hope that it isn't infected like this one was.

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Photo of mikejonze
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of mikerap100
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of boatshoes
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from Tiffany's Party Store in Kalamazoo when doing a recent art show in the area.

Appearance- Pours an opaque black with about a half finger of brown head on top that almost immediately dies back to a ring around the edges.

Smell- Much more going on in the nose that I was initially expecting. Huge amount of rich roast, with a slight bit of bitter coffee and an almost earthy smell. Big smell for the style.

Taste- Starts off with rich and bitter roast, though in lesser amounts than the nose suggested. Some slightly strange, almost acrid flavors come in around mid palate as well. Almost reminds me of black olives. Finishes somewhat bitter and astringent.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is decent for the style though a touch on the thin side. Drinkability is okay as well, but the finish was somewhat off putting in its astringency.

Overall, an decent Irish dry stout. Wasn't in love with this beer but worth a try if you are partial to the style.

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Photo of madeofsteel
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick, pitch black color with a chocolate looking head of about a half inch. Some retention and spotty lacing.

S - Very pleasant roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some mellow booze in the back.

T - Delicious. Roast coffee, very faint caramel, toffee and chocolate.

M - Very creamy and smooth. Kinda messy, but still damn drinkable.

O - While not the best stout I've had, still pretty good for the money.

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Photo of TCJosh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of pwoods
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle shared by FtownThrowDown

A: Pours pretty much pitch black. Shorter head on the pour. Little lacing.

S: Lots of roast, nice bitter aroma. Some light chocolate.

T/M: Lots of bitterness from the black patent. Lots and lots of roast. Some hops are mixed in there but definitely in the back. Body is medium with smooth carbonation.

D: Low ABV and pretty damn drinkable. A sold Irish Dry Stout.

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Photo of Brenden
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Heavy brown, almost black, no transparency whatsoever. Mocha-colored head a finger tall with good retention and patching
S: meaty, a little smoky (reminds me of hickory-smoked beef)
T: Roast / char with some tang in it.
M: lighter body than one might expect from a stout but that's an American stout. Appropriate mediumish body if not too lively on the end. Also appropriate is the dryness. A little crispness builds off the beginning.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with a 1 finger fairly bubbly khaki tan head. After a few minutes it dwindles to a thin covering, leaving a touch of lacing on the sides. Light just barely gets through the edges.

S: The aroma is a blend of milk stout and dry Irish stouts. Has a bit of lactic qualities as well as coffee. A touch of chocolate in the background.

T: Following the Irish stout style this is a mild flavored, easy drinking brew. Roasted malts pull through nicely and provide a bit of a coffee ground taste. A touch of alcohol shows up at the end. More sweetness comes out as it warms up.

M: Thin to medium body, average carbonation. A tad bit watery. Would like to try this through a nitro tap.

Overall not the most impressive beer but by no means bad. If you can get it on draft or a single bottle give it a go.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, practically black color, with a thick one finger head upon pouring that quickly dissolves to a thin layer on top. The foam is rather dark tan/brown in color. Thin, but sticky lacing clings to the sides.

S: Lots of roast and some espresso/coffee. There is a hint of chocolate and some bitter hops.

T: Very roasty with coffee being the predominate flavor. There is a little bit of coffee and some biscuity malt.

M: Light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

O: Not really a fan. It seemed a bit thin and I just didn't really like the flavor combination. Made well, just not for me.

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Photo of king75
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ShawneeIrish
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with big initial beige foam, that tapers off to leaving some thick lace in the glass. Coffee astringency up front. Sourness on the back end, with sugar more at the end of the bottle. Dry aftertaste. Flavours going on, and that keeps me drinking for interest. Some anise. Big burping carbonation, yet this is 8 months aged. You sold it,I rate it and the sourness may be attributable to an oops infection batch, and it is more evident in the aromas at the end of the glass, along with roast.

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Photo of danp14
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kyle_goochstink
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shared by bring - thanks, Barry!

This one's description calls it a "true textbook Irish Stout," and that's pretty much what it is. Pours darkest brown with a lasting one-finger light beige head.

Aroma is simple and good: roasty malts, coffee, and earth.

Flavor is also simple and well done, with a lot of coffee flavor and good smooth roastiness. A little earthy with a very mild hint of tartness that this style often exhibits.

Medium-light bodied with average carbonation. Just a tad watery, but I expect that from this style.

Drinkability is high. This is a pretty good beer overall.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Uncle Steve's Irish Stout from Short's Brewing Company
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