Short's PB & J | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's PB & JShort's PB & J

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kegger22 on 12-18-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From the December seasonal 6-pak, and back-to-back to the Uber Oatmeal. I liked the soft parade, and the imperial soft parade. It tastes 50%/50%, and thankfully the peanut taste comes out, and the berry tastes. it is dark with a great brown head, and lots of lace. Funky aroma, a little lambic. The sourness from the guber portion is there, and it is masked by the berry flavours, so better than the guber alone. Above average mouthfeel, but a shock sourness to the palate.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Peanut butter stout and fruit rye ale.

Pours a date brown with a khaki light head.

Nose is a fruity cherry/berry sweet with a light acidic character and a real undertone of peanut butter/peanuts.

Mouthfeel is lightly acidic and bright. Well balanced and an elegant carbonation.

Flavor goes from an initial soda pop sweet character to a more elegant, refined and complex berry/cherry/light grape jam flavor with a short peach pit finish.

Initial tastes were almost offensive. Very approachable and almost like a "new" fresh fruit lambik as it warms. Very consumer friendly once you get over the sweet citric character. Tones of plums and cocoa as the beer warms.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GrandCruDrew for sending this one!

Pours an opaque reddish brown with a 1 inch brown head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Lace rivulets form on the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smells exactly like a sour peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I am picking up peanuts, strawberry, and raspberry. A very interesting smell for a beer. Tastes of sour unripe berries up front followed with a peanut butter aftertaste. This beer has a high level of carbonation and goes down very bubbly and crisp. Overall, this is a very good beer that is a very interesting idea. The bottle states this is a mix of a peanut butter stout and a fruit rye ale. I am not getting any stout or rye flavors. Mainly sour berries and a peanut aftertaste. I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a reddish brown color and not too much of a head. The nose brings forward a bit of tart strawberry and a bit of lactic acid. Not sure if this was early infection or if it's supposed to be that way. Not bad and certainly could have been intentional. The taste goes down the wrong road. I somewhat enjoyed the strawberry tartness in the nose, but the combination with the slight nutty flavors was really off-putting and really did not taste at all like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to me. Feel is light and strange; I just really did not enjoy this flavor combination.

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Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bruery snifter. Another one from eyebrews! Thanks Jack!

Pours a big fizzy tan colored head. Good retention with some nice lace. Color is deep black. Shows active carbonation near the edge of the glass.

Aroma: The peanuts definitely stick out, but the fruit and 'jelly' flavors follow shortly after. I get strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. It is just as the name would suggest. Malty and fruity. A little roasted/smokey flavor.

Taste: Is very interesting. It is very sour. Lots of the fruit flavors again, but it seems more sour than it should be. The peanuts are covered up by the fruits a lot, but still show. Very malty and sour.

Mouthfeel: Tart, sour (in a bad way) and creamy. Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Ends with a whole mess of flavors.

Overall, this one may have gone a bit on the sour side. It is decent, but not anything I really want to buy more of. It it was fresh this may be better and more drinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for this really interesting bit.

Light darker colored fizzy head, super dark fig colored.

Nose starts with a light roast and fresh coffee, then a nutty aroma, then some sweet light grape jelly.

Taste is semi sweet, light tart grape and sour fruits, light nutty flavor, light toasty malt and light roast and fresh coffee beans, light lactic acid flavor, finishes with a lot more peanut butter, light roast, and lingering tart and mouth watering lactic acid.

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb.

Overall pretty good, plenty of pb&j, light coffee and roast, tart fruit, nose is good.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really scared to be honest going into this one. Not really sure what to think, but hey you gotta try it right? 12oz bottle was served chilled and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 01/22/2010.

The pour was magnificent and about what would be come normal for these shorts stouts. Rich dark brown, nearly black in color with a huge head of tan that came right up and sat effortlessly on the top of the glass. Smooth, and rounding down in coated the glass with tons of lacing. Aroma is sharp, sour raspberries and strawberries with only a touch of light peanut and sweet notes mixed in. Really did not think this would be as sour as it turned out to be. As I took the first sip I was blown away. The flavors mixed soo smoothly and evenly I was in heaven. Subtle notes of peanut butter, caramel, and sweet malts lay hidden under a puckeringly sour fruit flavor. Superb. Rich, creamy feel and a light dry finish left me looking around for more the second I finished it.

0verall wow. I was scared of the name but the concept is priceless. I love fruit stouts, and this is superb.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hoppymeal for sending this one to me recently. This one was opened and shared last night.

A: The pour is a dark, slightly murky brown color with a voluminous tan head.

S: The nose is, unfortunately, quite tart. Underneath the tartness, however, are some nice peanut butter, roast, and sweet strawberry aromas.

T: The first sip reveals that the beer is sour. If you let the sip linger on your tongue for a moment, the sourness dies away and you are able to taste some roast and sweet, jammy strawberries.

M: The body is medium with a very high level of carbonation (probably due to infection).

D: I'm not sure if this one is necessarily supposed to be sour (I'm guessing not). I can tell that there is a good beer underneath the infection, but unfortunately, the beer is at least partially "ruined".

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to KJGAGNE for this experiment!

What a regal-looking goober. This thing pours a dark, murky ruby-sienna topped by a finger or so of sandy tan foam. The nose literally comes off as advertised: It's as though I'm sniffing a peanut butter and jelly sammich on rye bread. Straight up. Perhaps a bit more jelly than peanut butter, but that happens sometimes. The taste brings the rye back, a touch on the dark side, along with some peanut butter, but the jelly has been made from some o' the tartest grapes yet employed by jelly-teers. I'm not sure if infection is the cause, or just poor jelly-making, but something ain't quite kosher here. At the same time, though, everything ain't horrid, either. Just kinda bleh. The body is a straight medium, with a moderate carbonation and a prickly feel. Overall, not the best thing I've put in my mouth with these initials, but I'm glad I got to try it out. VDubb, on the other had, is just no returning from the sink. I should really think twice about what I share with him...

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Adam for sharing a few of these with me over the years.

Dark brown appearance with hints of crimson and approx. 1/4" of tan head. Aroma = peanut butter sandwich. perhaps a slight vegetal note, but I haven't had any truly negative experiences with this beer. Flavor is nutty, earthy. Roasted peanuts with a sweet, sugary, jam character. PB&J in a glass, as advertised. Really fun to try and best in small doses.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.48/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried this out of novelty. Gross.

Poured from a bottle into a becher. Beer is dark brown and has a thin broken white head. Lacing is low and so is carbonation. Smell is slightly sweet, slightly lactic, lots of dirty carbon smell.

At first I taste almost nothing, then some roast hits me, then in the aftertaste...what's that....peanuts? Odd but not bad, second taste is a palate destroyer. GROSS! The peanut is everywhere now, not pleasant, odd that the jelly. Stop, I'm done no more please.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanx to imperialking for shooting me this 12oz bottle, good lookin out playa.

A: had a little gush upon opening the bottle but poured a dark brown with slight maroon highlights that had a 2 finger head and left great lacing sticking to the glass.

S: at first whiff the roasted malts hit me right off the bat but I could tell there was some coffee which also had bready, jam,and slight peanut butter notes; very intresting.

T: I'm sure this beer is infected cause its pretty sour but I do get a little jam and peanut butter but the roastiness seems to only be dominate on the nose.

M: its was light in body with lots of carbonation that had a slight sweet but sour and. Tingly finish.

D: drank alright due to the sourness but I'm a little bummed out that I couldn't get this brew in time to actually taste the true elixir; damn it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to TasteTester for sending this bottle to me.

On opening, there is a loud pop but no gushing. The beer pours dark brown with a ridiculous tan head. It appears infected because there is about half and inch of beer and the rest of the glass is slow-falling head.

The aroma is peanuts with a little tartness. The flavor starts off with peanuts and then you get some fruit before getting a lot of tartness. Not what the brewer intended, but not terrible. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a six-finger thick, cocoa-tinged, light brown colored head. The beer is a deep, concentrated brown color. The aroma of this beer reminds me of Concord grape jelly as I am pouring it. A more focused inspection of nose yields a soft lactic acidity, a nutty note in the finish, some chalky toasted / roasted grain notes (as well as some rustic grain spiciness) and more of the concord grape jelly aromas. Besides the light acidity, the aroma definitely reminds me of a PB&J sandwich.

Faintly sweet tasting up front, the beer quickly takes on a lactic sourness that lingers on the palate. Spicy grain notes and some toasted whole-grain flavors provide a rich complex maltiness that really seems to be the dominant flavor profile here. A dry, fermented berry (and even concord grape) flavor couples seamlessly with the lactic tartness and provides an almost vinous quality to this beer. A touch of chalky toasted / roasted grain provides a touch fo dark maltiness in the finish. This is actually fairly light bodied and quaffable, the lactic infection has likely reduced the body on this a fair amount.

This is an interesting beer that likely has some sort of lactic infection. Despite this it is still an enjoyable brew, but I am sure it has departed quite a bit from the intended flavor profile. Actually this beer is quite enjoyable; clearly not intended as a sour beer, but the clean acidity really works with the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Deep brownish ruby with a quickly dissipating two finger light brown head. No lacing.

The aroma is of peanuts and tart dark raspberries. The aroma is somewhat pleasant and is not unlike peanut butter & jelly. Interesting.

Tart raspberry jelly greets my palate and it's accompanied by a light peanut presence. It's somewhat astringent, and though it's not what the brewer intended (so I heard), it's not horrendous. The tartness is just a bit off and it's very sour. I like the idea and I'd be interested in trying this again in the future if it's not infected.

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Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter color when held to a light source and a massive frothy three finger light beige head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves large chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Slightly roasty aroma with a lot of toasty dark malt accompanied by some roasted nut and dark fruit. There's a strong dark chocolate malt presence along with some oatmeal and licorice. It's surprising how well the peanut and dark berry "jelly" elemts come through in the nose. The jelly characteristic is much stronger than the roasted nut. Lots of strawberry, raspberry, bluberry, etc.

Softly carbonated medium body with lots of dark/burnt roasted malt and sweet dark berry. Lots of deep roasted dark chocolate and coffee bean along with some prominent oatmeal and roasted nut. As in the aroma, the jelly elements are most prominent. Lots of sweet light fruit, especially strawberry, blueberry, blackberry and raspberry. Slightly tart with some earthy lactic funk. These later flavors overpower the roasted chocolate malt, oatmeal and peanut making this beer more jelly than anything. This beer is pretty tasty and one of the better offerings that Short's has bottled recently. I recently learned that this beer is a blend of the Uber Goober and Soft Parade. I actually disliked both of those beers, especially the Soft Parade(which is very prominent in this blend) but I'm enjoying this quite a bit.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color, but does have some faint red highlights. Produced a rather fizzy tan colored head that has some good retention behind it.

(S)- This smells EXACTLY like a peanut butter & jelly sandwich! Roasted peanuts and Jelly! It even has a wheat bread-like nuance. Definitely one of the weirdest, funkiest, but good smells ever! Reminds me of every lunch period as a child at school growing up & eating my pb&j sandwich; a very fond & nostalgic smell for me.

(T)- Ok, not as good as the aroma, but still interesting. Has a dry roasted peanut presence that flows into a dry, yet yeast-like wheat bread middle. Finishes in a slightly jammy jelly-like sweetness. Still very similar to the smell, only a bit more separated & pronounced. Has just a twinge of bitterness within the yeast & peanuts.

(M)- Has a rather fizzy carbonation level that distracts you from the actual tastes & creates a disjointed feel as well. If it were not so carbonated, you would be able to pick up more of the Jelly-like fruits on the finish better; therefore making it better balanced.

(D)- What a bizarre yet fascinating beer! Definitely one of the oddest but coolest concoctions ever. What makes this so interesting is that it is actually rather good; I was expecting to hate this beer going into it. It delivers exactly what the name describes. A beer like this makes you feel like a kid again! (almost). Everybody needs to try this beer, its definitely not for everyone, but at least give it a try; very unique.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got a bunch of Short's beers in a recent trade with schro126. Thanks, Nathan! Consumed during Snowmageddon.

Very dark brown/almost black with a dense brown head, frothy and big. Brown highlights are noted.

This is definitely infected, there's a lactic sourness with the flavors of dry roasted peanuts, a touch of salt and fruity berry character. Unsweetened cocoa and coffee bitterness are present as well.

The palate opens tart with a lactic sourness. Roasty and tart, this is actually quite good. The infection overtakes the peanut character, though some cocoa is able to stand through. Drying on the finish with some fruit and roasted malt, I'm a little disappointed by the lack of peanut character. Medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation, the finish is decent too. Despite the infection, I did enjoy about half my pour.

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Photo of DrJay
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark with faint chestnut edges topped with a short cap of very fine tan bubbles. Good head retention with a little bit of stickage. Nifty aroma, smells almost exactly like dry roasted peanuts and fruity jam. Light roast, berries, sweetness, bready, lots of peanut. Very cool, just like a PB&J sandwich. Unfortunately the aroma didn't translate directly into the flavour, as is often the case with beers that seek to mimic another food. The fruit flavour was very tart, sour berries, without the sweetness that was so nice in the aroma. The peanut flavour was muted and somewhat overrun by the sourness. It still tasted alright, but not as enticing as the aroma. Medium bodied with high, slightly coarse carbonation. A worthy experiment and very interesting beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours an opaque dark brownish red, some brown highlights, very thick tan head forms and settles down to a thick ring and layer around the glass, some lace sticks, looks pretty good.

Smell is neat, very fruity like jam, some raspberry and strawberry, lightly nutty with a touch of roast, some caramel sweetness, raisin, brown sugar, biscuit and chocolate wafer roastiness, smells nice.

Taste is neat, very dry and roasty, some nuttiness, chocolate, raspberry and strawberry jam, some cherry, quite fruity, biscuit, really neat, has some PB&J character but might be better with less roastiness, but pretty good.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, a little rough, but pretty neat. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of Bung
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz, picked up during Christmas trip to Grand Rapids.
Really dark brown pour, just some light around the edges. About a finger of light tan head. Quite a bit of carbonation appears throughout the beer.

This does smell like pb&j. There is some caramel like maltiness as well. I guess this is good, if it's what they were shooting for.

Taste is intensely fruity, grapes and lambic like sour. There is some malt a nuttiness that peaks through, but finishes fruity dry.

Lighter mid body and higher than average carbonation. This with the sourness really makes this a one and done unfortunately.

Pushing the limits, this one is just barely worth trying in reality.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this from a 12oz bottle into my tasting glas. It pours dark brown with a hint of dark red, light and retention. The aroma is light, you get a hint of peanut butter and some fruit, not grape jelly, but nothing that is very strong or really reminds you of a pbj. The taste is really just pretty bad. It tastes and feels like a stout which is very weird. Light nuts and fruit on the taste, but in general just a total failure.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, an extra from Wadsey. I'd heard of this beer but wasn't sure even what style to expect, now I can see that it's like a black and tan, but in this case a stout and fruit ale. More specifically, a peanut butter stout and a fruit rye ale.

The beer is dark murky brown color, opaque but hinting at turgid, with a dirty brown large celled foam on top. Looks like Mississippi river water, including the soapy foam you sometimes see on the surface. The aroma is peanut butter, I've never smelled anything quite like this in a beer before. Underneath that is some roasted malt, but I don't notice any fruit until I taste it. Strangely, this tastes a lot like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, very well named. Sort of tart from the fruit, not really sour but a little puckering, only a touch of rye spiciness, and a long roasted peanut aftertaste. There's a lot of carbonation giving a peppery mouthfeel, otherwise a medium mouthfeel. Overall a very good novelty beer, not something to go after too often but cool to try. Thanks Clint for the opportunity!

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both gnemeis and Pellinore1 for both hitting this want at the same time!

a - poured a deep ruby brownish with a creamy foamy head. The head is really lush and nice when I swirl my oversized snifter to open the beer. For this kind of beer, really stunning.

s - Wow...explosive array of flavor. Very grape, a touch tart, and a bit portery. I can pull the PBJ smell as well.

t - Interesting. Interesting in a way that I'm not quite sure if it is a good interesting or a bad interesting...but definitely interesting. Mostly tart with some undertones of a stout or a porter. Sour cherries.

m/d - Much like the smell and taste, there is a really tart or sour thing to the mouth. Makes you pucker a bit. More than just a novelty, actually quite enjoyable. The Peanut Butter & Jelly theme comes through and I'm glad I have another to share, but not something I'd drink a 6'er of in an evening.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: peanut butter, grape jelly,

taste: upfront with peanut butter, malts, grape jelly finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, smooth,

overall: This has been by far the best exotic beer from short's that I have had. Lives up to its name.


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