Short's The Good Samaritan | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's The Good SamaritanShort's The Good Samaritan

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Gorgoroth
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased "hot" off the shelf from Martha's Vineyard at $2.49, shared with BA mermatinger and our wives in the Allerton Hotel, Chicago on our New Years weekend trip. Thanks to them for contributions on the tasting! From notes taken on 01/01/11.

Presentation: Typical Short's label, neat but, as always, lacking important info such as ABV, bottling date, etc. The artwork on this one is typical of Short's and not particularly interesting.

Appearance: Shared pours into small (10oz?) snifters that we got from the bar. The color is a beautiful hazy dark ruby or chestnut with minimal carbonation and small eggshell-white head.

Smell: The smell is interesting with peanut butter, banana and vanilla being the prominent aromas. There is an overall nuttiness with mild notes of mulling spices and applesauce.

Taste: Similarly to the aroma, we have peanut butter, banana, applie cider, vanilla, pear, and other sweet, fruity things along those lines. These distinct flavors are probably a result of German hefe yeast (or possibly a Belgian strain?), which also adds a round, candi sugar-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This beer is fairly full-bodied, though nearly flat, a bit of alcohol glow in the throat, and a bitter dryness on the palate long after swallow. The mouthfeel and even flavor are reminiscent of drinking something like half amber ale and half hard cider or apple juice.

Drinkability & Final Thoughts: This beer is very drinkable. There is a complexity of flavors and aromas, but it is not hard on the palate or nose. Smooth, sweet, and clean. The lack of carbonation or hard cider-like mouthfeel might throw some people off, but we all loved it and I have had a couple of bottles since this review.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A amber ale brewed with apple cider. Sounds pretty experimental to me.

A - Pours a very clear dark amber brown with about a 1/2 inch of creamy sticky head.

S - From the first whiff I could smell the apples. Very tart and juicy. I could also pick up some sweeter malts with some brown sugar but I really expected more caramel or toffee smells since it's a red ale.

T - Well it didn't blow my mind but I found it very drinkable. Tart apples clash with sweet malts are in this taste experience. Like others said it kind of has a brown sugar type taste but not sweet enough to be cloying.

M - Mouth feel is unreal again drinking this I expected 5 maybe 6% tops.

Overall they seem to do fruit beers right this one giving me a sort of tart apple cider like flavor that is enjoyable and interesting.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one seriouly would have been perfect on a cool fall day, of all the shorts i had today this was far and away my favorite. poured into a pint glass and consumed on 4/25/11

a really nice dark brown pour with light notes floating around the edges of the glass. small head of tan gives way to some really nice lacing through out the glass.

aroma is of apple cider, sugary notes, plums, spices, and hints of deep earthy hops. you could really pick up the bakers apples as it starts to warm. really quite nicely done i have to admit. smooth, with the abv a non issue the warmth from the apples plays off against plum and spiced notes and seem to come together quite nicely in the finish offering a dry but smooth final note.

overall this was really well done, not too sure on the style but just as a beer it was excellent.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of kzoobrew. Into a NB Globe.

A: Pours a nice red color with an enormous off white head about three fingers of head that continues to grow out of the top of the glass. It's ALIVE! Fair amount of carbonation moving around in this. I don't think its quite dark enough for the style, but Short's considers this an amber ale, which it definitely is in color.

S: Smells interesting, very distinct apple cider note, a slight little bit of roasted malt, and a spicy estery Belgian yeast note as well. Really strong on the apple notes. Pretty interesting smelling stuff.

T: Nice malty beer with some great apple cider notes that lead slowly into a nice roasted malt profile way at the end. Not much bitterness, but there is a touch of an earthy bitterness way in the back.

M: Light in body, strong carbonation, and very dry, this a very highly attenuated beer. Just a hint of warmth.

O: This beer delivers everything that it claims on the label, and is exactly that, an amber ale brewed with apple cider. Really a nice beer, and a beer that I think a lot of non beer drinkers would also enjoy.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear copper color with a think covering of frothy off-white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet green apple cider, bready malts, yeast, banana, and some spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of apple cider and sweet bready malts with a bit of clove and spice. Through the middle some banana and yeast esters come through with a bit of toffee flavor and a touch of a metallic flavor. The finish is a mix of apple juice, sweet bready malts, and some yeast esters with a touch of a metallic flavor.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and juicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really interesting combination. The metallic flavor is a touch to strong here, but otherwise this is a pretty tasty and different brew.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep dark orange liquid with some brown and red highlights. There is no head to speak of. Looks a little limp.

S- Apples, caramel, peaches, and toffee. Aromatic and appealing.

T- Apple juice, caramel, toffee, and some other fruitiness. Sweet and juicy with a malty backbone.

M- Smooth with a bit of a carbonation bite on the finish.

D- A tasty beer but not all that impressive. Still, I would get it again.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. pours an amber color body with a thin white head that fades away quickly and leaves with little retention, lacing and not much carbonation in this brew.
S. The smell is apples, bananas, cloves, a woodsy smell and spicy too.
T. The taste is sweet apples, followed by bananas mixed with some spices, cloves, a hint of hops and finally an apple cake finish.
M. This has a sticky,cling to the tip of the tongue mouthfeel.
D. It is a little watery which makes it easy to drink, but it also feels very filling and probably could do one at a time as a nice desert beer. Halloween and Thanksgiving would be a great time for this beer as an alternative to the pumpkin ales.

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Photo of king75
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This one is truly amber-red in color, about a half inch of creamy head which quickly dissipates, a little lacing. Carbonation seems slightly off.

S- Is slightly of hops, a light malt, and a nice apple cider aroma.

TM- This one has a strong amber ale taste, being smooth and slightly hoppy upfront ,and then ending with a crisp clean apple finish.

D- This one is really drinkable and is very enjoyable. Nothing extremely rememorable, but a nice beer none the less.

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Photo of techfed87
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, sturdy head. Color is a darker amber. Smell is of a nice Belgian.

First taste is exactly what a nice Belgian ale should be: well rounded, tart, and full bodied. It's an excellent beer, although it was a bit different than what I expected it to be.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an antique brown color with an off white head to match. Fast and fleeting and a slim coating of sediment along the bottom of the bottle. Smells amberish with malty overtones. The cider isn't apparent to my nose just yet. Taste is like a strong to mild amber with a rush of Michigan (empire?)apples after the taste. Much closer to actually biting in to an apple taste as opposed to a cider taste. A little bitter like a real apple which gives it that authentic flavor much unlike the sour candy apple syrup taste one might expect.


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Photo of bluHatter
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark brown amber. Pours silky with a nice rich looking head.

S: Loads of apples, some alcohol. Really pleasant smell that really travels nicely from the pour.

T: Tart and sour apples and malts throughout. Nice and pungent but with no aftertaste. Very drinkable.

M: Silky, good carbonation.

O: A very nice, drinkable apple ale.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber ale brewed with cider? Okay.

This strikes me as more full bodied and frothy than a standard amber. Almost carries tones like a Belgian ale. At least, that is what I immediately think of. Then something hits me and I realize that it very much resembles what a lot of French ales are like. In fact, it's the closest thing I have had. So much so that you could sneak it in on a blind tasting and people would believe that it was a French produced ale. An interesting beer that helped to refresh some very pleasant memories.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of sarro - thanks, Kyle!

Pours a lightly hazy, deep, ruddy, copper color with a one-finger light tan head. Head retention is moderate to light, as is lacing. Caramel malt, Belgian yeast, some coriander and red delicious apples are present in the aroma. I didn't know this had Belgian yeast until cracking it open. Dark candi sugar, coriander, plum, caramel malt and light apple juice mix with the strong Belgian yeast flavor. Moderately sweet on the finish with lingering apple and dark fruit flavors. Alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a very light alcohol warming. Drinkability isn't too bad for the style - I enjoy this quite a bit more than many other American attempts at dark Belgians. Really nice beer from Short's, overall.

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Photo of B0bD0bbselbock
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tumbler pint.

A- Aggressively poured into glass producing a head of 1/2 finger that receded pretty quickly. Nice clear, reddish-amber color with pretty mild lacing.

S- I can detect a pleasant, sweet, spicy, Belgian ale aroma up front, followed by notes of apple cider. I also smell hints of peanuts, as well.

T- Lots of Belgian ale characteristics, like banana, cloves and spices, although i dont really find pronounced apple cider notes

M- Crisp, smooth, somewhat viscous.

D- Drinks pretty well. Goes down pretty smooth.

An interesting beer that does boast some pretty nice Belgian ale qualities, however i didnt really find the apple cider to present in this batch. Its pretty smooth and drinkable, however, i likely wouldnt have more than two in a row. A good beer, to my mind, that i would probably buy again to sample another batch, however i wouldnt take preference of it over other Short's offerings.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Slow gusher upon opening. Pours hazy red orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent lacing on the glass, with a ton of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big apples, apple skin, caramel, brown sugar, honey, bread, light cinnamon, and other spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Pretty much what was expected. Taste of apple, caramel, biscuit, pepper, molasses, dark fruit, honey, cinnamon, and other light spices. Fairly dry finish; but some lingering notes of apples, caramel, biscuit, pepper, and spices on the finish for a bit. A slight metallic presence noted, but it is not too noticeable. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Nice and smooth to drink as expected of 5%. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall a nice and interesting beer! Good flavor balance and smooth drinking. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at lord hobo in boston

Pours a slightly hazed amber color with some reddish hues. Crop of beige head slowly dissolves, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass.

Nice splash of apple and cidery notes with a hint of spice. Light interesting notes of a somewhat peculiar yeast, along with a touch of raisin.

Punch of apples up front with some juicy notes. A little spicy, similar to a fresh cider, followed by a touch of darker fruit with raisin. Touch of yeast with a very soft funk towards the middle. Bread crust and molasses. A bit sweet with more apple towards the finish.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and crisp on the tongue. Drinks pretty nicely, not especially bold or crazy in flavor, but very quaffable and refreshing.

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Photo of StormKing47
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of cmurren 25, shared on New Years Eve with him and therealnomayo. Went a little something like this...

A- This one shows up a nice amber color with an orangish/light brown hue. Has a very faint stream of bubbles showing almost no carb and leading to a razor thin off-white head. A little reminiscent of a fresh apple cider (go figure it's blended with it).

S- A very pleasant and welcoming aroma of crisp apples, English toffee and some caramel sweetness. As it warms it continues to put forth the same aromas of almost a caramel candied apple, granny smith apples and a faint warm apple cider aroma with cinnamon. Very pleasant smelling.

T- The smell was better, but still a very intriguing taste. Nice crisp apples and caramel sweetness up front. The finish is a nice toffee and some fresh squeezed apple cider. Very enjoyable, but somewhat off-putting with the faint tanginess.

M- It's heavy and tangy for an amber, with almost no carbonation. I wanted some more sharpness from the cider, but it just wasn't there. Not really coating or syrupy just crisp and smooth.

D- A great twist on an amber and very enjoyable just not exactly what I wanted. Would have liked a little more tartness or slight sourness like a refined apple cider, but the malt overpowered any chance of that.

Another crazy concoction from the mad scientists at Shorts. Keep them coming!

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Photo of robwestcott
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to erikkoppin for this one !

poured cold to a sun king shaped pint a semi translucent ruby brown with a thin, short lasting tan head

aroma of caramel and sour apples

rich, sweet up front, apples, brown sugar, toffee

medium bodied, creamy, sweet then sour, dry finish

overall, very interesting. shorts always gets it done.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to gnemesis for the trade.

A - poured the 12oz into my maudite tulipy snifter. Nice rich plum but not much head to speak of, but the little that was there had the right characteristics for a BSDA and it hung around a while. swirling the glass helped to rebuild the head, but never got close to a finger.

S - when i cracked the bottle open that familiar smell of grapey dark fruit hit my nose. the beer's smell didn't explode from the bottle or the glass, but the subtle flavor was definitely noticeable once this beer was let loose. upon closer inspection all the usual suspects were there. the alc blends really nicely and rounds it out with an earthy sweetness. very nice.

T - again, really nice. robust malty flavor. heavy on plum, fig, raisin and ofcourse apple.

M/D - smooth and silky and cooling. solidly made, but a tad watered down with a biscuity grassy aftertaste. an easy drinker for sure and another solid offering from shorts. BSDA is a tough style to take on because there are so many classic examples that just blow my mind and sadly this isn't one of them. however, compared to the vibe from most other non-belgian brewed BSDAs, this is a really worthwhile offering in my opinion, but not likely one i'd reach for when presented side by side with the classics.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Short's The Good Samaritan last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on this beer last year so instead off making the same mistake twice I decided to pick up a bottle this year, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like the label on this beer, it's a little more detailed then most labels from Short's. It poured a nice looking dark amber red color that turned into a nice ruby red color when held to the light. It had two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This is a pretty good looking beer both the color and head look nice.

S- The first thing that I pick up in the aroma of this beer is loads of malts that are pretty biscuity and a little bready and they smell like they have a low amount of sweetness. After that I pick up some spices and yeast. Towards the end I pick up a nice caramel aroma with some green apple cider at the end. I thought that it would have a stronger apple aroma but the caramel is a nice added touch to the aroma.

T- The taste starts off similar to the aroma with loads of malts that taste much sweeter then they smelled with a high amount of medium sweetness and it imparted some heavy biscuit and bread flavors along with some caramel. After that comes the apple cider that lends a light cider flavor which is a little tart and sweet, there is also a little bit of spices and yeast. The finish is full of biscuit malts with hardly any bitterness and a biscuity and slightly cider like aftertaste. The flavor was good but I was hoping for more apple cider flavor to balance out all those malts, the malts seem to stick out the most.

M- Smooth, medium bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. I got no complaints when it comes to the mouthfeel, it fits this beer well.

Overall I thought this was a slightly above average beer that was good, but it didn't have enough apple cider flavors to balance out all those malts. This beer had OK drinkability, it went down fairly smooth but I don't think I would want to follow it up with another. What I liked most about this beer was the look and mouthfeel, the color was really nice and the head is much better then most of the Short's beers I have had in the past, and the mouthfeel worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the lightness of the apple cider aspect in the flavor and aroma, if it was a little more intense and appley I think it would balance out the malts better and give this beer the extra apple kick it needs. I may get this beer again if they make it next year but it isn't one of those must have short's brews for me. This beer is worth giving a try, the lighter cider flavors may work for some people. I am glad I tried this beer but as far as Short's brews go this is in the middle of the pack, it kind of lacks some of the intense flavors that some of their better experimental beers have, but I did think the combination of an Amber Ale and apple cider has some promise. I would just like to have seen more of the apple cider flavors to go up against the heavy biscuit malt flavor this beer had. You can't win them all but Short's sure does try to.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Split bottle poured into my Captain Lawrence stemmed glass.

Appearance: Reddish brown color with a one finger light tan head that recedes to a cap.

Smell: Kind of clove-y, almost reminds me of a weizenbock. Fruity.

Taste: I can certainly taste the influence of the apple cider. Actually a little bit funky in the flavors. The cider seemingly plays a larger role than the underlying beer.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated in my opinion. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Interesting idea for a beer and gave me a cool idea for a homebrew, but I feel the apple cider was too strong. There was a big bite to this beer, not the booze but something really hit my tongue hard with this one. Not bad and certainly an interesting experience.

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Photo of alexgash
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Bright, medium copper body. Finger of loose, bubbly, light khaki head. Lots of yeasty fruit on the nose. Notes of banana, kiwi, bubble gum, clove, and marshmallow. Some toasted caramel notes as well.

Grainy, lightly toasted biscuit malt up front. Estery banana and Juicy Fruit gum sweetness follow. Singed caramel underneath it all. Light clove and bubblegum. Apples in the finish, along with some mild minty bitterness. Medium-bodied with a slightly watery, undercarbonated feel. Not bad, but could be better.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last beer I had at teh Short's tap takeover. Made with apples. OK.

Beer is amber to yellow with a mild haze but a nice head of white bubbles that leaves lacing on the glass. Beer smells sweet and a little like cider but not in a bad way.

The beer is thin and fruity with a lot of apples and sweetness that goes throughout the beer to end on a dry dry finish. It is a quencher even though it is dry. Overall it probably is a little too sweet and cider like for my tastes but it isn't a bad beer overall.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for this bottle.

A- Pours a coppery amber color into my glass. Half finger eggshell white head shows poor retention. Light spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Taking the first whiff there were nice caramel malt tones with hints of belgian yeast and some bubblegum undertones. Almost from the ending on the front though it has a apple cider backing that takes over the nose and finally fades into more of an applesauce like aroma with hints of alcohol. I personally found this to be very inviting.

T- Caramel malts show up in the front with a light darker sweeter fruit undertone. There is something else that I keep tasting but I can't place my finger on it quite all the way. It really doesn't matter because the apple that I was smelling comes out in a apple cider like flavor in the rest of the beer dominating everything it touches. Light alcohol presence on the back of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little lacking for the style I would say. Apples and more apples with hints of cider are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, apple cider, and hints of caramel malts. Flavors were balanced to the label I would say with the apple profile being highlighted. No real off flavors at all when drinking this beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate from this beer.

D- This was an interesting beer. Not really sure what to think of it. The flavors at times going on were a little muted and this went with the aroma as well. Short's didn't knock this one out of the park but I still liked it.

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Photo of warnerry
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from February 2011

A - Pours a deep amber/red with one finger of quickly dissipating head.

S - Quite fruity. Dark fruits and banna as well. Does smell a bit like a Belgian dubbel. Not bad.

T - Similar to smell with the addition of apple juice. Taste is a notch below the smell.

M - Medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation initially, though carbonation seems low overall.

O - A bit "meh" overall for me. Not bad, but not particularly desirable either.

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Short's The Good Samaritan from Short's Brewing Company
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