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

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

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SupaCelt on 12-18-2009

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1.25/5  rDev -66.3%

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.18/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Pours an opaque brown body. The head on this one is massive. No joke, went to open this one and the cap pratically blew off, tons of foam, 5+ fingers. It was very pillowy and leaves a sticky head.

S: A simple nose of toasted malts, coffee, cocoa, & earthy hops. Hint of sour in the nose.

T: It was really hard to focus on the flavor because the carbonation was way too high. Flavor of roasted malts, grains, coffee, and finishes a bit dry and sour.

M: Way too much carbonation & medium body. I felt like I was drinking seltzer water which strongly effects the taste.

D: I think I got an infected bottle, but this one just tasted bad. I feel like every other bottle I get from Short's is infected. I would never drink this again.

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Photo of jampics2
2.19/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks good, nice fluffy head atop a dark nice body.

Smell is -uh-oh- sour, peanut hints, roast, infection. Ugh. I had an Uber Goober with this same problem and one w/o. This will be a drainpour.

Taste is dominated by a sharp, sour infected metallic taste. Bit of nuts and roast.

Mouthfeel is OK but a bit too carbed, probably due to the infection.

Drainpour. Could be a great Irish stout, but this bottle is infected and sour and just bad. These Shorts releases have been hit or miss due to the infections, hope they take care of them next time!

While I had a poor experience with this beer, I am thoroughly impressed with Shorts Brewing's response to these QC issues. I am not telling anyone that this beer is horrible as much as this batch had it's share of problems. I look forward to another batch and an updated review. Thanks to Shorts for reaching out and offering to make this right - classy act for sure!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.36/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date or info.

Thanks to Sweemzander for another Short's Brew.

A - Pours out clear and almost fills the nonic with black beer. Just a shade above, it's a very deep red amber brown color. A great tan head popped up to two fingers, hung out for a while, then dropped to a thin layer leaving lace.

S - Unfortunately the infected nose from the PB+J and Uber Goober makes it's way into this beer slightly. Deep roasted malts with a dry coffee nose and that light peanut nuttiness with a little tart splash.

T - Dark roasted malts with a bitter dryness and molasses. A scoop of coffee grounds too with the peanut and off infection tart funkiness to the finish.

M - Creamy and smooth with a full body and dry roasted finish.

D - While it's not terrible, it's gonna be a drain pour. I'm just not a fan of this infection crap from them despite their best efforts at a good beer (which otherwise, it would be).

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Photo of crossovert
2.49/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown with hints of red and black with a thick tannish head.

Smells like old molasses, and dark malts.

The taste is full but the mouthfeel is incredibly watery. It has lots of coffee and molasses notes an a bit of sourness.

This is one of my least favorite styles but this one at least has some flavor though like most the mouthfeel is off for beer and it appears to be infected.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of semibaked
2.57/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Looks like pretty much any other stout...BLACK! With about a half an inch of head that disappears quickly.

S - Mild amount of coffee and roasted malts, nothing much else going on but still pleasant smelling.

T - Watered down coffee flavor, hoppy bitterness, and malts.

M - Very watery, pretty much no body and maybe just a tad of oiliness to it. Just unappealing.

D - Ya I am definitely glad I didn't buy a 6 pack of it, I usually really Short's beer but this is a big miss for me.

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Photo of n811
2.57/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass revealing a slim tan head.

Smell was very roasty, pungent burnt malt.

Taste was over the top roasty/malty with a long finish. This is way too much stout for a style exemplified by Guiness & Murphy's. Reminded me of a misplaced homebrew.

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Photo of corby112
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with only the faintest of mahogany/chestnut brown edges when held to a light source and a massive frothy three finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting cap.

Strong deep roasty aroma with lots of dark malt and a slightly bitter almost acrid character. Lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal, burnt toast and coffee bean. There's also a slight bitterness with some possible subtle hops. I'm really surprised how roasty/toasty the nose is. It's almost burnt smelling.

Very roasty, almost burnt medium body with a lot of dark bitter malt character. Slightly lactic and creamy with a lot of bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, roasted coffee bean and burnt wood. There's also a very prominent hop bitterness especially toward the end of the palate which lingers into a very acrid dry finish. Sweet alcohol is present mid palate, lasting through the finish, but there is a bit of silky viscous burnt chocolate maltiness in the end of the swallow. This beer isn't as smooth or creamy as it claims to be and overall this beer has a really harsh acrid/burnt character that makes it difficult to drink. I wasn't very impressed with this one.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of claminat420
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- poured the typical stout color. tan colored head. i have to say this beer is a foam machine. a foamy foamster! foam leaves little to hardly any lacing.

S- roasted and chocolate malt. what a good stout should be.

T- very grainy and dry. has the same as the smell qualities. has a dark fruit/ sourness when it's colder.

M- medium to light bodied. decent carbonation.

D- get a single.

Overall- drink this beer semi cold. i through my first one in the freezer for 10 minutes when it was already somewhat cold and it had a funky fruity/ sour taste. when it warms up this beer has potential it just walks a thin line. really dry. will never buy this again. i'll give irish dry stouts another try but if they're all like this then i'm good.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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