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

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Short's Uncle Steve's Irish StoutShort's Uncle Steve's Irish Stout

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Lahey
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From tap. Look is black with thin head and heavy lacing.
Smell is light coffee.
Taste is coffee and little else. Pretty enjoyable.
Feel is thin, but what I expect from a low abv stout.
Overall a decent stout. I go more for the high abv barrel aged styles. But if you like guiness-like stouts, this ones a winner.

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Photo of handyandy
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Black, little brown head that dissipated quickly. Light lacing.
S: Very roasty, almost burnt smell. Reminds me of burnt black firewood.
T: Heavy roasted flavors with a coffee like finish finish.
F: Medium body, moderate carbonation.
O: Dark and burnt sort of beer, not smoky in any way though. Light enough to drink more than one, and enough flavor to make it worthwhile.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to glass. Pours a deep black with touches of mahogany when held to the light. Small bit of head. Roasty cocoa and malt aroma, with a taste that follows. Thin feel. Great St Pat's day traditional Irish stout.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours black with a thin tan head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is roasted malts and light dark chocolate.

T - The taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate and some light coffee notes.

M - Meidum bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with dry finish.

O - This is a decent Irish stout. Easy drinking beer with nice flavor.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a short, foamy, brown head. Fades fast.

Smells coffee, chocolate, bitter nutty, roasted malt and hints of smoke.

Tastes roasted malts and bitter earthy. Fades to more coffee and hints of chocolate. Finish is set with a bitter coffee and very faint smokey linger. Lighter medium body and lower smooth carbonation

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Photo of Masonz223
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste:Roasted notes light coffe some chocolate Molasses smoked charcoal.
Feel: silky mouthfeel with a dry finish
Overall: this is a very tasty beer. Has more of an American stout feel and taste then Irish dry stout. Not as creamy but more flavor. Very nice.

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Photo of lochef81
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This irish stout pours a near black color with a short lived tan head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is a robust blend of chocolate, coffee, and malt. It is reminiscent of guiness (not the bottle but fresh and on tap). The mouthfeel is rather light, more porter than stout. The flavor is a typical stout quality but has a metallic quality that is a turn off. This is good and if pushed a touch further could be great. Get the Publican Porter instead if you can.

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Photo of Flopjack
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Black with a half finger mocha head, decent lacing.

Smell - Very roasty, spent coffee grounds, chocolate, nuttiness very similar to walnuts.

Taste - Nice combination of the darker flavors, molasses and spent coffee grounds right at first. Very subtle hop character, but, the end of the beer has a pleasant smoky character. You get a meshing of flavors that creates a woody, char like taste to finish this off.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, medium bodied, crisp/clean feeling and smooth.

Overall - Good beer. Not a very heavy beer but this beer still has a nice flavor profile. Being a lighter beer you get more of a refreshing mouthfeel that is crisp, but not so heavy and full like a stronger stout.

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro pour at Brickhouse BBQ.

A. Pours a smooth black with a creamy light tan head.

S. Mild roast, sweet cocoa, toasted bread.

T. Lightly charred grain, a bit nutty, baker's chocolate. Dry to style but not watery.

M. Between light and medium-bodied with creamy carbonation.

O. Not really any noticeable flaws here. Pretty spot on for the style.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 2/25/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, light char, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, light char, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Light coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, light roast, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark roasted malt flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dry stout! All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of wyatt13
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My dad picked this one up while he was in Michigan a month or so ago. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Hardywood Park glass.

A - Pours a deep, dark black that only lets the tiniest amount of light shine through. A finger of creamy mocha head bubbles up with the pour but then quickly dissipates. Decent lacing.

S - Nice roasted coffee and bitter chocolate here, as well as a good amount of hop bitterness and a nutty quality like hazelnuts.

T - A charred coffee taste is first upon the tongue, with a burnt or slightly ashy quality. A minimal chocolate presence that plays second fiddle to the strong smokiness. No alcohol bite is apparent.

M - Creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is on the lighter side of medium. Not a lot of carbonation in this one and it really dries out the mouth.

O - This was a bit too burnt or smoky for my taste, but it was still enjoyable. Worth giving a try if you want a stout with a lower ABV.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Pint
From: Meijer in Ann Arbor
Price: $8 a six pack

Appearance: jet black and opaque. small tan head that doesn't stick around too long

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee

Taste: A medley of the three, roasted malts chocolate and coffee. some sweetness but its over powered by bitterness.

Mouthfeel: dry and medium in body

Overall: decent brew from short's. nothing I could get excited about but good to have around st pats day.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was looking for a good Irish themed beer for the weekend. Was gonna buy a 6 pack of Guinness Extra stout but saw a six pack of this for the same price. Opted for the latter.
Served it in a tulip.

A: Poured a fine opaque dark brown black color with a short cafe colored head which dissipated fast and had minimal lacing.

S: Smells very rich, coffee, malts, barley, chocolate, smoky hints to it

T: Good flavor, quite sweet with its maltiness, evokes a smoky feel to it, robust coffee and dark chocolate flavors

M: Rich, full bodied, lower levels of carbonation, a plus for me

O: Well I bought I impulse bought this to support a local brewery, and one of my favorite breweries personally, and my loyalty did not disappoint me one bit. Recommended by me.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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 stevepat
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great representation of the style. I am not the world's biggest stout fans and when i do partake i prefer milkier stouts but the flavor here is spot on. Especially appreciable on a cold late winter day in Michigan. My only real complaint, which may be erroneous, is that the beer is a bit fizzy. I always associate stouts with a flatter feel. Anyway, a great choice for a classic stout

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Gorgeous. I poured aggressively and didn't see a head initially, but before long, a two finger or so head was sitting on top. A nice dark brown, creamy head. The beer itself is pitch black with no light going through the glass -- lacing is fantastic.

Smell: A very nice chocolate sweetness. Dark malt. Maybe some woody notes as well.

Taste/feel: Well, well, well. The taste, for me, is super roasty with a lot of those woody notes coming through in the taste. I was expecting a quite bitter stout, but there's actually some very nice sweetness here. It's pretty sweet on the front, and bitter at the back. Semi-sweet chocolate on the finish, with a very nice mouth feel that's almost like chocolate milk. A really nice beer.

A super solid beer that, like others have said, is better than Guinness in every aspect, except maybe the appearance (it's hard to beat Guinness, in my opinion). Uncle Steve's is just a solid stout all around... try it if you haven't already.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great session beer ! Seen this at local Meijers store on sale and picked up a Six pack .This Beer has rich dark stout flavor with almost chocolate back end taste to it . I found it very easy to drink and you could easily enjoy this paired with fish and chips as i did .

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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 RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice hearty stout. Seems a bit too hearty for the style. Nice roasted tones with a thick body. Good complexities. I still think it's a bit too much for the style. Again, another Short's beer that is quite good, but doesn't quite fit to style.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear black, almost opaque with the barest hint of amber at the edges of the glass when held up to a bright light. Coffee coloured head and lacing.

A warm aroma including smokiness and oak along with the toasted malts. The flavour is well balanced and smooth. Taste includes a variety of sweet roasted dark chocolate malts followed by a nicely dry smoked finish with tannins.

A magnificent dry stout and definitely a beer I'd recommend.

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Photo of hmbrewer336
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a dark brown almost black body with a brown head about one finger thick. last couple drops run around on top of the beer before falling in. no lacing left on my glass

S: smells roast and tobacco and biscuits. as the beer warms coffee smell starts to come through. slight noble hop aroma with a slight grassiness.

T: roast and chocolate. slightly hoppy when held in the mouth. good bitterness. very earthy. i pick up a touch of green apple. after taste lingers bitter for a few moments.

M: moderately high carbonation feels good on the mouth. light in body and easy to drink.

O: this is a nice irish stout. uncle steve should be happy with this. beer is very true to the style. full of roast and biscuit with a slight hop.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This comes out a black cola color with dark cocoa foam, very tight bubbles and a thick, strong coffee roast aroma on the nose. The coffee dominates but it is not exclusively so, balanced out by chocolate. The flavor is all about dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, and a sharp hop bitterness for definition. It’s full bodied, thick and robust. I dig it. Fantastic

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Photo of robboyd
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought the easiest way to describe this beer is to compare it to a Guiness, which I would consider the standard for an irish stout (if it truly is I have no idea). I think this brew from shorts stacks up favorably. There are many similar characteristics. The malt, aroma, bitterness, is all very similar. I would say this beer has a bit more going for it. The head is frothy rather than creamy and the taste is a little more acidic rather than smooth. It has a nuttiness to it, almost like roasted pecans. The moutfeel is medium and drinkable. I let this beer warm over the course of an hour or so and it's flavor profile held true throughout. I will say that it became softer with warmth, more drinkable, but that's not to say it was boozy from the start. Overall I think this is a really great every day stout. I'm glad they come in six packs!

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Photo of KevJams
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A~ Dark, as you would expect. Pours nice with a small amount of head, not much lacing.

Smell~ Reminds me immediately of the Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids, so many different great tastes in one spot. Really like the smell

Taste~ First taste is one of delight! I have enjoyed almost every Shorts beer I've tried, this one is no exception. Lots of yummy chocolate and malt.

Mouthfeel~Very light feel, average carbonation

Overall~ A great stout from another recent favorite of Michigan beers

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Photo of madeofsteel
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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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