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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:
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Added by SupaCelt on 12-18-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Photo of mothman
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
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 Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev +11%
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 RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Mora2000
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -11.3%
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 +14.2%
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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Photo of corby112
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
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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Photo of sweemzander
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a dark - almost black color with some dark brown highlights. Produced a quickly dissipating tan head.

(S)- Lots of roasted malts. Some very dry oatmeal. Bits of coffee & molasses. This is very bread-like. How much oatmeal was added to this?

(T)- Tons of roasted malts that morph into a fresh brewed coffee and a bone dry oatmeal breadiness. Not bitter or overly sweet; has a neutrality to it thats interesting.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance to it. A great roasted character to it. Smooth & satisfying.

(D)- A good stout that definitely satisfies when Guinness is just not enough. Nice job Short's!

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Photo of Viggo
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a clear very dark reddish brown, ruby hues in the corners, thick light tan head forms, settles down to medium ring around the glass and thin layer, some lace spots stick, looks good.

Smell is nice, light and roasty, some chocolate, caramel sweetness, dry and toasty, some biscuit, brown sugar, marshmallow, chocolate wafer dryness, light bit of fruitiness but big and malty.

Taste is nice, very dry and roasty, chocolate and some coffee, caramel, some malty sweetness through the middle, biscuit and toast, some fruit in the finish, a bit nutty, a touch of lactic sourness in the finish, nice stuff.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, easy drinking stout. Carbonation is a bit high for the style, but real nice roasty flavours going on. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of Bung
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Near black pour with some off white head.
Aroma has roast malt, light coffee, anise, earthy peat and chalk.
Taste is a good blend of roast malt, anise and black licorice. Good dryness to it without being too chalky. Hint of dry pine.
Nice creamy small bubble carbanation, with a light/medium body. Drinkability is very good, smooth and sessionable.
It has similarities to Guiness but then takes it to a better place.
Had this after a Cup A Joe, so it was a bit tough to compete though.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my Rochefort glass...Pours a very dark brown, not black but you could be fooled that it is. Light tan head, gone right away...Super light aroma, a little light coffee but that's it...The taste is super light and sweet on the front. On the finish some very light coffee, just not a ton of flavor here. A light coffee sessional.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up in Grand Rapids 1.5 months ago, gently aged in my beer refrigerator.

It pours a dark dark brown/black color with a finger and a half of light tan foam. So it looks stouty. It smells stouty too, lots of roasted malts, a tiny bit of cocoa, and even tinier bit of coffee. Very nice rich aroma for an Irish dry stout.

This beer tastes extremely good for the style, more like an imperial dry stout. Lots of roasted malts and cocoa, a little bit sweet in the front and a long aftertaste of roast and cafe. Thicker than normal body (but not as thick as, say, your average RIS). I liked this overall, more than many of the Short's beers I've tried lately.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: coffee, roast,

taste: coffee, roast,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: This beer had great flavor just wish it had a bit more body. Definitely drink again. Has a nice coffee kick to it for being an Irish Stout.

the CPJ

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.36/5  rDev -36.6%
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 cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to gnemesis for the giant short's hookup.

a - poured the 12oz into a unibroue tulip a deep rich thick black with a dark tan creamy head. very nice looking stout. if a beer could be a tuxedo, this would be the beer.

s - roasted burnt malts. somewhat subtle and brisk. charcoal.

t - pretty watery in the flavor dept. brisk roast. kind of porter-like.

m - medium bodied but the watery flavor gives the body a watery feel too. very dry as expected. left my mouth with a roasted toasted coating.

d - i'd take a guinness, but nice to try a different offering from the style.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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 warnerry
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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 StoutHunter
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a single of Uncle Steve's Irish Stout for $1.69 at the Lager Mill. I have been drinking a good amount of Irish Dry Stouts lately and when I saw that Short's has their own version I knew I had to give this baby a try and see what Short's can do with this style. As with all Short's no visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, the leprechaun riding a black cat looks pretty cool plus it's good to know that "Leprechaun Magic is back". This beer poured a really dark brown that is bordering on black. It had a finger and a half worth of dark tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed the rest of the time and left some nice looking lacing.

S- More robust then most in it's style. The dark roasted malts impart lots of coffee aroma, some nice dark chocolate, and toffee as well. This beer smells moderately sweet and had a nice molasses like aroma to it. I pick up a some grassy hops also. This beer has a nice aroma.

T- The taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Lots of nice roasted malts in this brew that have all those nice coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee flavors that aroma hinted at. There is some slightly bitter grassy hops on the finish that gives this beer its classic finish. This beer had far more roast then the traditional Irish Dry Stouts but I never expect a traditional brew from Short's so this works.

M- Smooth and creamy with a nice dry finish. Medium light bodied with average carbonation.

Overall This was one damn good Irish Dry Stout. The more I drink this style the more I get into it. This has much more roast and has more flavor then the traditional Irish Dry Stouts. Shorts always puts their on twist on whatever style they brew and this beer was no different. Purists may not like this brew, but I think it's great, it shows that this style can be dry like it should be while still holding on to flavors from american stouts, its like the perfect hybrid of the two. I would buy this again in a heart beat, in fact I'm going to get some more tomorrow before it is all gone. If you like Guinness but think it could use more flavor, then this is the beer for you. Great job Short's, you guys can turn almost any style into a work of art.

Update- I have been drinking a lot of the 2012 release, it's one awesome beer and without a doubt my favorite Irish Dry Stout, I am going to have to stockpile some before they are all gone.

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Photo of gford217
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of a couple generous BAs.

Pours a dark, chocolate brown, bordering on black with a big rocky tan head that hangs on as a thick cap and leaves good lacing.

The aroma is heavy on burnt espresso and dark chocolate malts with an astringent bitterness coming out in the nose a bit. Definitely on the roasty side of things with hints of hops.

The taste is even more bitter than the aroma, even a slight sourness, which I've come to expect from bottled Shorts stouts. The toasted malts and espresso are still in the backbone and lend a very dry finish to things.

The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated for the style.

I'm not that impressed with this one which has the bitter astringency that limits drinkability a bit. It's also more carbonated than I was expecting and the emerging sourness has me wondering about a possible infection. Oh well...

EDIT: Just drank another bottle of this one and it was very good. No sign of the sourness in the earlier bottle and a nice highly roasted stout.

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