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

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Short's The Good SamaritanShort's The Good Samaritan

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by webmanspidey on 12-28-2010

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 54
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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Gorgoroth
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
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 adamant1912
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
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 +15.9%
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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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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 waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of gordavidson
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +13.3%
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 +12.8%
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 +10.7%
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 +10.1%
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 +10.1%
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 +9.6%
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 danp14
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of WeisGuy
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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