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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 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

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Added by SupaCelt on 12-18-2009

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Ratings: 269 |  Reviews: 114
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 nmann08
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mothman
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of creamy tan head. Color is a dark brown, near black,

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, grassy hops, coffee,

Taste: A bit more hops showing here. Chocolate, coffee, and cream flavors. Lightly roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and smooth, a bit crisp. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Finishes with a touch of sourness to it.

Overall, a decent dry stout. However, I think that this one went a bit sour. Pretty drinkable. Just sour in the aftertaste.

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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 Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown color, definitely bordering in on black. Light and thin tan head that recedes pretty quickly with only a bit of lace to show for it. The nose brings a lot of roasted malt along with a bit of roasted coffee. The taste is really highly roasted malt, coffee, and a small dose of coffee. Nice, dry mouthfeel with good carbonation.

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a finger or so of creamy mocha colored head. This retains with a thin but frothy look, leaving back a thick foamy cascade that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of dry roast and coffee, with some chocolate and caramel adding some sweetness. Earthy character mixes in as well, giving this a hoppy tang in the nose.

The taste is cocoa and caramel, with some tart feeling fruity and citric character that leaves an earthy twang in the mouth. A light pithy bitterness is present here, while roasted malts finally show up in the finish with a dry and toasted feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being mellow yet still crisp on the palate. Some chewy slickness underneath adds a bit of a smooth heft to the presence of this.

Definitely a different take on an Irish Stout here, with the tart fruity tang of this really standing out. It wasn't necessarily unpleasant but just different, as the other aspects of this were mostly well done. I'm curious as to just how different this one ended up being in the bottle.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

so i decided last night to break out 10+, thats right 10+ new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

another new one, i had high hopes for this one, but was slightly let own in the end. pours out a very nice dark brown, nearly black with a nice tight head of tan that sits on top with all of its glory. rich looking with a nice and even settling.

aroma is sweet at first with hints of cocoa and a nice light lactose aroma that comes up from it, but it fades quickly and is replaced by a light, semi muted roasted malt. the flavor is just a touch off as the overall profile lacks the punch i would hope for. ark roasted chocolate, hints of light sugary notes and just a light overall feel given the style lead to something that is not bad per se just not all that i had hoped it would be.

overall a solid stout but needed a little more punch to make it last in my mind.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Uncle steve is that you!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Devin for the opportunity to try this.

A: Pours a creamy black with creamy head. It looks creamy, I guess. I love the way a good Irish stout looks in a pint glass. A thing of beauty.

S: The aromas consist of chocolate, roasted malt, and perhaps cocoa.

T: A nice brew. Not challenging or complex in any way. No alcohol flavor at all. Great in its simplicity. Slight chocolate flavors are pleasing. There's not a whole lot else to report, really. The beer is similar in many regards to a Guiness. I'd like to have the two side by side and compare / contrast.

M: The mouthfeel has a nice balance of smooth cream with appropriate crisp carbonation.

D: This beer would be great to drink several of while watching Rugby, darts, soccer, or some other western European sport.

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Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a semi-thick black color with a finger's worth of eggshell white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Sly trickling lace, somewhat messy.
The aroma had a heavy coffee grind-like roastiness rolling into some ash/smoke, light black licorice, and a smooth clean caramel maltiness.
The flavor was moderately roasty with a sly sweetness of milk chocolate cutting in underneath. Black licorice leaned further back barely showing much taste in this department. Semi-smooth roasty sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability as the roasty grip is fairly lean upon my tongue. Carbonation did feel fine. ABV felt as projected by the brewer.
Overall, pretty nice Irish dry stout worthy of having again.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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 tommy5
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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 Gueuzedude
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, nicely browned head. The beer is quite black in color, though it does show some brilliantly clear, ruby highlights when held up directly to the light. Up front the aroma smells of toasted grain husks, smoothly roasted malt and even a touch of coffee like roast character. If you really dig around the nose yields notes of dark chocolate and the sense of blackened malt sugars.

Quite foamy as it first hits my tongue, aggressively so even as there was so much carbonation it was hard to get a sense of the flavor. As the beer rolls across the tongue though a lactic tartness becomes noticeable, and in fact is the most noticeable part of the middle. As the finish comes round a toasted, smoothly roasted malt character becomes the dominant note. The lactic note is definitely a sure sign of infection here, in fact I thought I had smelled a hint of it in the nose, but when I went looking for it I couldn't capture it again. Strangely the lactic character sort of works in this beer, the roast character doesn't get overly burnt, bitter or astringent and because of this the dark malt is able to blend pretty harmoniously with the lactic acidity. The acidity brings out a green apple fruitiness in the flavor. The body has the lightness of Guinness, though I suspect this is quite a bit lighter than the brewer intended.

Given that I have come to expect beers from Short's to be so, I was unsurprised by the infection in this bottle; it actually sort of works here as well. Not bad and if you want to taste a dark sour beer that sort of works then give this one a go. If you want a nice Irish Stout then I can only recommend that you avoid this beer at all costs. At least it is interesting.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Edit: I try to review per style guidelines, and this one hit it out of the park.

12oz received as a great extra in my most recent trade with kbeals.. Truly appreciated Kevin!! Awesome trade!!

Poured into my shaped SA glass.

Khaki head shows great lacing and retention atop a pretty much black brew... clear ruby around the outskirts.

lite coffee aromas.. certainly a nice smack of dark malts.. not alot else going on.. as it should be.. smells simple and black.

Flavor and body are just about perfect.. a mild acidic note combines with the dark malts for a nice very drinkable brew.. lite coffee and dark malts.. surprisingly drinkable for me.

The body is about perfect for the style.. the carbonation is nice too...

Nothing really to complain about this brew... a nice brew and is pretty much spot-on. I am surprised how much I am liking this one... maybe I need to check back in on the style.

Thanks again Kevin for the great trade!!


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