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

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Short's PB & JShort's PB & J

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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 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 BierFan
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Big brown head. Body is completely black. Looks like one hell of a stout. Good lacing.

Smell: Sour fruitiness and some peanuts. Doesn't exactly smell like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the sourness throws it off.

Taste: The peanut butter stout side of the beer is rather enjoyable but the fruit flavor is way too sour. Is most like a PB&J in the aftertaste as the tart fruit subsides and the earthy peanut flavor comes forward.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.44/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this beer from a trade with erikkoppin. Thanks buddy!

A: Pouring aggressively a chocolate milk head appeared but dissipated quickly leaving little lacing. Had a dark red hue that I could just barely see through

S: Smell was ridiculously awesome! Exactly what I think of as a peanut butter and jelly. I can smell the bread crumbs left on my plate!

T: Wow! This is sour? Doesn't taste as much like a PB&J like it smells but dam near close enough. I don't get to much of the stout in this which I wish it had but the flavor of a sour deep strawberry is more than welcomed.

M&D: With the awesome amount of surprising sour in this beer my mouth is still left with a slightly slick feeling maybe from the peanut butter stout I could actually chug this. My lady actually did do that. She absolutely loved it and is begging for more already. Awesome beer! love the idea and the experience is something to remember

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Photo of icetraxx
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Jet black with suggestions of ruby red highlights as the light hits it. Pours with a 5-finger creamy caramel colored head, it lasts the entire beer but reduces to a one finger near the end. Not much lacing here.

S: Concorde grape, a suggestion of peanuts, berries (raspberry, strawberry), and a touch of hops. Not quite as aromatic as I thought it would be. The smell is unique though vaguely medicinal which sort of bothers me.

T: You are hit with tartness dominating upfront, then the grape suddenly reveals itself. Peanuts are playing backup here, yet they are definitely around. As you drink this beer, a non-berry hop floral flavor becomes noticeable. This beer is mildly sweet and sour, bitterness is extremely low. I was not expecting the sourness, this was a surprise. After the romance with the surprising flavor is over, a lack of complexity is apparent but not a big deal here. Malty flavors are masked by the sourness. I quite like the sourness, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that it shouldn't be here. This one is definitely infected.

M: Well carbonated and slightly more viscous than I thought it would be.

D: Low, it took me awhile to finish one of these. I am glad I tried this as it is unique, but it is not a session beer.

O: A unique beer that is worth trying out, but is not something I would seek out next year when/if it is re-released. Though I feel the rating I give here is accurate for each criteria, for the record, I have yet to be a fan of the fruit/vegetable beer style.

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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 GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to Randalld for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a rich, stout-y black with a slight hint of garnet at the extreme edges. A gentle pour netted a bubbly, 1-finger head that quickly settled down into a thick creamy ring that is dark khaki in color. Much lace remained.

S: The delicious fresh tangy berry aroma of Soft Parade mixed with dry roasted peanuts. As it warms, some aromas of toasted malt and (I swear) peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

T: Tastes exactly as it smells. The berry comes on right away and stays almost until the finish where the peanut flavor shines.

M: Tart and tangy. Lots of fresh berry. I was hoping for a bit more roasted nut and/or stout feel...but who's complaining?

D: We weren't quite sure what to make of this when I told Heather I had a couple bottle of this coming in a trade. When the box showed up and she read the label and said, "I bet they blended it with Soft Parade!". Soft Parade is one of her all-time favorites. What an interesting beer! We've never had anything like it. Shorts, please come to IL.

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Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured absolutely pitch black, as dark as the night. I expected to see some hints of Soft Parade, but this is all stout. Completely opaque, no edges, no light peeking through at all. The head was big and frothy at first, about two fingers. It receded a bit but stuck around for the ride.

Smell: It really does smell like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Roasted malts play in with the peanuts. Follow by the fruits, specifically strawberry and raspberry.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but the berries come in to play first. The berries are tangy and almost a bit sour. The peanuts and roasted malts come in after that. I actually expected the fruit here to be a bit more subtle. On the finish there is a trace of biting citrus bitterness. All the flavors are thoroughly enjoyable, but it just doesn't seem to be the best of marriages. Instead of flowing together it seems like they fight each other a bit.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Sharp, tingling carbonation that seems off for a stout. It can probably be chalked up to the Soft Parade blended in.

Drinkability: One of, if not thee, most interesting beer I've had yet. It's quite tasty, but as I mentioned before the combination of all these flavors is a bit rough. It's just a little too busy and sweet.

Overall I've found you never know quite what to expect when you try a beer from Short's. It's best to leave any preconceptions at the door. I do wish I would have picked up more of this when it was available. It's like nothing else out there.

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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 danielharper
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Black body, hints of brown tinge towards the bottom, with a thick brown-colored head with hints of cherry.

S: Dry, roasty, very little fruit presence. Aromatics are minimal, but pleasant as far as they go.

T: A smooth coffee-like stout flavor up front, with a dry peanut-flavored finish and a sweet fruity aftertaste. Overall the beer is somewhat sweet with mild undertones of fruit, but with the roasty coffee flavors dominating.

M: Moderate body, high carbonation, minimal hops.

D: Quite drinkable. It's much less sweet than I was expecting, with only a touch of the J side of the PB&J really present here. Those looking for a fruity beer will be disappointed, though.

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Photo of mikey711
4.49/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Again another great bottle from eyebrews! From notes

A: Dark black and somewhat syrupy with a nice fluffy brown head about an qaurter in thick. The head retention is very good but there is no lacing.

S: It smells just like PB&J! It has the mild peanut butter flavor followed by some crusty wheat bread(i eat mine on wheat) and then there is the sweetness from the raspberry and grape jelly! Some may not enjoy this because it is different than lots of beers out there but this one brought out the kid in me.(even though i am still pretty young)

T: Again just like PB&J. The jelly is up front with lots of fruity sweetness and then it finishes with a nice Peanut Butter note in the finish.

M: There is a slight bit of harshness to this and it is a bit light, but there is some creaminess as well.

D: At first just a little bit went a long way but the more I start sipping it the more i was enjoying it. One bottle at a time is very tasty but i cant wait to try it again

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Photo of alexgash
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark leathery brown body with a small, somewhat-fizzy, light tan head. Nose shows the unmistakable signs of peanut butter, along with sunflower seeds, dark chocolate, light roasted coffee, cherry Jolly Ranchers, and strawberries. Like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Pretty damn close!

Toasted, bready malts up front along with roasted coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Peanut butter comes in mid-palate, slightly more restrained than in the straight-up uber goober. Slightly earthy, peaty roasted malt segues into pleasant bitterness. Underneath it all is a slightly tangy berry juice that provides a nice contrast to the rest of the flavors. Medium body with a bit too much fizziness in the feel; if this were creamier it would be better (IMO). Interesting and tasty!

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Photo of rudylaw
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, eyebrews to the rescue! Now, when I heard this beer was a blend of Uber Goober and Soft Parade, I was a little concerned because I wasn't too keen on Soft Parade. But with a name like PB&J... you gotta pull the trigger.

Black pour with fizzy head. That soon settles down into a thin rim.

Tons of berries in the nose, a la Soft Parade, but there are those ballpark peanuts prevalent in Uber Goober. Hmm. It is what it says, but that has me a little on edge since I didn't love these two beers.

Wow! Does this ever taste like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. How the hell do they do it? Roast, white bread crust, strawberry preserves... delicious!

Lots of carbonation and a dry finish. Another winner! This MI brewery is just so unique, forward-thinking and fresh... Short's is now my favorite brewery. Sorry Surly... Short's only looks out for me!

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - pour a deep brown with a two-finger light brown head, good retention and lacing

s - smells strongly of freshly ground peanut butter with lighter notes of strawberry jam, some lighter spice aromas as well

t - surprisingly balanced and tasty beer, as you might expect, a very strong peanut butter flavor mixed with strawberry and raspberry preserves, notes of spice on the finish along with a lingering peanut and strawberry flavor, slight alcohol presence

m - medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, somewhat sweet on the finish, slight alcohol warming

d - definitely more drinkable than the Uber Goober, but still a bit of a sipper, flavor is pretty interesting in that it hits the PB&J taste spot on

Really great job by Short's of translating a PB&J sandwich into a beer. It tastes a whole lot better than it sounds.

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Photo of waltonc
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have the good fortune of being in Michigan visiting my parents for Christmas right when all of these new Short's bottles are appearing on shelves. Picked up a sixer of PB&J in Ann Arbor this week. Pours an unassuming brown with tan head. Smells and tastes of...peanuts and fruit. Pretty amazing. I was skeptical of how this would come off, after having a pretty nasty peanut butter beer by another brewer at GABF, but this turned out delicious. The peanut butter and jelly flavors aren't over the top, and are perfectly complemented by the mouthfeel, which is neither too thick nor too watery. With an ABV that isn't too high, I find this to be a highly drinkable beverage. I may have to pick up more to take back to Denver with me.

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Photo of schro126
4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with little to no head with a hard pour. The beer is a dark black with slight ruby undertones

S: This beers smells like the first bite of a PB&J when you are young. Dry roasted peanuts and strawberry jam

T: Starts with a nice roasty stout with subtle chocolaty undertones. When this beer warms slightly the roasted peanut comes through strong. There are berry undertones running all through this beer while never being cloyingly sweet.

M: Creamy and rich

D:If you like peanuts and berries this beer is for you.

Overall this beer is another shining example of Joe Short's willingness to brew off the wall beers and completely nailing them. I strongly recommend trying this unique beer.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours thick and dark with a slight head with little retention. The color is that of a brown ale, mixed with a bit of purple, quite unique.

S: Bouquet is upfront, with plenty of PB&J. The most unique thing I have ever come across.

T: Starts out as a typical, chocolatey RIS, but, as the main flavors fade away, a distinctive PB&J flavor comes through. Subtle, which is great because I expected this to be overpowering and sweet.

M: Thick and chewy, like a good RIS should be.

D: I was ready for disappointment going in to this one, but it was truly an example of the Brewer's skill. Worth seeking out, as it is a one of a kind beer.

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Photo of enfield249
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown, slight red brown highlights.

S - Strong coffee aroma. Roasty in the extreme.

T - Big coffee flavor, fairly roasty. Nice flavor, very full and rounded.

M - Full, slightly hot, only little slickness. Hits me in the Ol' saliva glands.

D - Not the best stout I have ever had, but a interesting combo of flavors.

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Photo of kbeals
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass reveals a nearly jet black liquid with about a finger of tan, fizzy head. The head dissipates rather quickly but leaves behind a thin ring of fizz around the crown.

S- Huge whiffs of mixed berries up front with a hint of roasted peanuts in the background. This beer does smell like a PB&J, but I wish it had a bit more peanut smell. Still, very interesting.

T- The mixed berries are mostly what appears in the foreground. A roasted peanut flavor comes through towards the end. The more this beer warms up, the more it starts to taste like a coffee beer. The roasted peanut flavor dissipates into just a roasted flavor.

M- Medium-heavy body with good amounts of carbonation.

D- Easily drinkable, I think I saw someone post this beer was ~9.2% ABV. If that's true, then the flavors mask the alcohol really well.

Overall, I was impressed with this beer. It's very unique, but also an extremely simple concept (i.e. just mixing two different beers).

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

Deep brown and opaque with the slightest ruby highlights gleaming through. One finger oatmeal colored head tops the brew. Dissipates rather quickly leaving an impressive sheet of lacing surrounding the snifter.

The beer is one of the most unique I have come across to date and the smell is no exception. I would not call this a peanut butter and jelly beer but more of a peanut and jelly, though to some extent this is only semantics. A dry roasted peanut aroma is picked up but somewhat over shadowed by the Soft Parade (Jelly) elements to the brew. The fruit aroma does a good job mimicking the jelly, in combination the beer does smell closer to a PB & J than originally noted. The stout portions are more subtle, the deeper roasted malt aroma is barely detectable.

Mixed berry jelly is identified first. Raspberry, blackberry and strawberry portions are noticed though not able to pull up any blueberry. The spiciness of the rye adds a pleasant layer of complexity. The dry roasted peanut from the nose reappears though it slightly muddled by the fruit. Interesting combination to say the least while still being enjoyable.

Medium body, seems to have sound the middle ground between the two beers which make it up. Texture is somewhat creamy with the carbonation seemingly spot on for the particular concoction.

Overall and interesting concept and it seems to have worked out well. Flavors work together and there are no real offensive qualities to this beer. Enjoyable to drink, I would probably be willing to have a couple before moving on.

Rating this beer has been slightly difficult largely due to the nature of bringing together two styles. Fruit beer is a style largely open to interpretation and in my opinion rated more on personal taste than any other. The beer was good all the way around but not great in any one area. The greatness of this beer comes from the creativity and the craftsmanship. Hats off to Joe Short and gang for keeping us on our toes. Cheers!

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice. This is a dark brown/black color, but some light manages to make its way through.

Smell is fairly sweet, with some sour/tart hints of cherries, grapes, and maybe raspberries. It is difficult to take much else out of it.

Taste is sweet/tart up front with hints of cherries, strawberries, and grapes. Finish is heavier and bitter with peanut noticeable. Not much in terms of alcohol presence, and fairly drinkable. Mouthfeel is light to medium.

This is a very unique beer that does indeed have the mixed flavors of PB&J. Pretty interesting.

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

Ultra fresh innuagural bottling (12 oz.) from the lovely north of lower Michigan.

Pours pitch black with no visible edges or hi-lites. The dark khaki head finely bubbled & popped as it diminished to a mere halo with a blotchy, light khaki center. There is a noticable amount of carbonation rushing upward, building up the edges of the halo while the center remains spotty. No lacing to speak of.

Interesting nose. If I didn't know this was a peanut buttery & fruit beer, I might not be skilled enough to pull those scents out. But since I do know, I really can detect the peanut & dark fruit elelments. As the brew warms a bit, the peanut really jumps out. I also smell a coffee component that weaves in-and-out of the roasted malts with a dark chocolate foundation. Very unique and layered, complex nose for sure!

Wow. The highly pronouced peanut and the background dark fruit scents in the nose do a total role reversal in the taste. Peanut is still there, but takes a backseat to the fresh, tart and sweet blackberry, raspberry notes. The rye malt in this brew really shows off its inherent spiciness. The flavors are all very fresh, but light and non-cloying. It looked like I was going to be enjoying a full bodied stout, but ended up savoring a fruity, delightful roasted peanut ale.

Mouthfeel is almost medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. The sweet/tart fruit notes leave behind a nice sourness paired with the chalky, charred malty aftertaste.

Drinkability is great. Due to its quirky and delightful characteristics, this is more of a special 'boutique' where one is plenty satisfying.

Overall a very UN-boring beer for sure! Love the dark roasted malts mixed with the peanut & dark berries. I'd like a couple more in the fridge, but for $13 a sixer, I think a couple/few singles are enough. Hats off!

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque with the colour of dark coffee and a deep caramel head. A malty sent of rye hoovers around the rim of the glass while the definite smell of roasted nuts runs up and through the nose as wisps of berries swirl after. The fruity upfront taste is subdued in a matter of seconds by the much more powerful roasted stout after taste. While I am by no means a stout lover, this rates up there with one of the best I have yet tried mostly due to it's berry presence, which takes the edge off the ground coffee taste I find displeasing in many stouts.

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Photo of kegger22
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Short's PB & J is a dark brown with red tints and a modest beige head that quickly fades to a collar. The aroma actually smells like grape jelly. The taste is supposed to be peanut butter stout and and fruit rye (the jelly), but all I can get out of it is the fruit. Sweet at first, with a sour after taste, a bit like an alcoholic grape juice. The feel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinkability is fair.

A great idea that wasn't quite pulled off. As fruit beers go, this was a respectable one, but I had been fascinated with the PB & J angle and was a little disappointed.

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