Short's Passion Brew | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by techfed87 on 03-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by techfed87:
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a collaboration beer with Right Brain, Jolly Pumpkin, and North Peak, this is Short's version of the MyNorth Passion Brew

Pours a jet black. Initially contains a large head, but quickly dissipates to a bare minimum.

Smell is of dark, bitter malt.

First sip gives an almost sour malt taste, with definite overtones of coffee-like bitterness and flavor.

Mouthfeel is very satisfying, with a mellow coffee-like aftertaste.

Seeing as all of the proceeds from this beer are going to be donated to the local food banks in Bellaire, Michigan, I would strongly recommend those in the area to come out and try this beer. You'll feel better knowing you've tried a great beer and helped the community at the same time.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I talked to Jon Woj. while at the brewpub the other day (3-27-10) and he had some interesting things to say about this beer. First off, it is a collaboration between Shorts and a few other Northern Michigan breweries. They all used the same maltbill, as he put it, but used their own water and yeast. I say this because I had the same beer at Right Brain and it is amazing the difference between the two beers. My first question to Jon was what classification they gave this beer and he said they were calling it a Strong Ale, not a Stout. I asked because when I had the Right Brain version, I swear they called it a Brown Ale and that the a.b.v. was a bit lower.

A: Pitch black with a 1.5 finger dark mocha head poured into a 14 oz. goblet. The head retention was good, especially the ring around the edge of the glass. The lacing of the beer was sporadic and not very sticky.

S: There was a pretty even blend of roasted dark malts, dark chocolate and some sweet and tart fruit flavors. I think my nose was a little congested, because the aroma was not huge, but it did smell quite good.

T: The first thing that confronted my palate was a big, roasty malt flavor. A dark chocolate flavor was also present, as well as a little bit of an acidic bite. As the beer warmed, a dried cherry and plum aspect started to jump on my tongue. There was also a molasses creaminess to the flavor.

M: Big and rich. Saddle up my horse and ride into the city. Yeeha. Extremely creamy, with a nice, puckering finish from the fruity tartness.

D: This one took me awhile to tackle, but not because it wasn't drinkable. It was quite complex in flavor and I enjoyed trying to decipher its secrets.

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Photo of kbeals
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Short's.

A- Served in a 14 oz. goblet, appears black with a finger of tan, creamy head. Head retention is quite nice and leaves decent amounts of lacing.

S- Huge, heavy malt bill. Sweet caramel rounded out with bitter chocolates and tart fruits. Cherries, plums, raisins all seem to make a presence here.

T- Similar to the smell, good notes of chocolate and dark fruits. Good mix of bitter and sweet. Very solid taste.

M- A bit thin for a Strong Ale but very smooth with little carbonation.

D- Easily drinkable, although the higher ABV may hinder some, but if you are a huge fan of malts in a beer this is a must have. The premise behind this beer is also very cool. Cheers to Short's and the other breweries that participated in thsi collaboration!

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of nrbw23
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pitch black with just a few brown bubbles for a head. Pretty much no head or retention.

S- Roasted malts, dark chocolate and some sweet fruits jump out at me. A touch on the sweet side for sure.

T- Burnt sugar smacks me in the face. Some roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and dark fruits. Feels more like a stout than a strong ale either way I liked it.

M- Gonna go with almost no carbonation and a bit thin in body.

D- Quite a bit going on in this one. At first I wasn't sure, but this one really grew on me. Different for sure but very cool.

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Short's Passion Brew from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 5 ratings