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 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 billab914
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Founders pint glass. It poured a murky, caramel color with a moderate, off-white head to it. It left some good lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a lot more like hard cider than a beer. The apples are really the most prominent flavor coming through. As it warmed I started getting a little cocoa out of it. A little bit of sweeter, malt flavor along with a hint of alcohol is there as well. It's interesting at least.

The taste shows a lot more of the beer qualities to it. Right off the bat I get a lot of the fruity and spicy, Belgian yeast to it. more of a malty, sweetness is present, with a bit of a dark fruit character to it as well. Of course the apple cider is there too, providing a tart, apple flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is a bit above average. Drinkability was decent, it was very different but I also found it pretty cool and interesting. I love apple cider though so that might influence my review a bit. Pretty decent beer overall, and very unique for sure. I don't really think holding this to any style guideline would be appropriate, so I'm going to ignore style in this review.

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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 womencantsail
2.47/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for this one, Steve.

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a rather large off-white head.

S: Reeks of metal. There is a little bit of apple and cider aroma, maybe some bready malt. There's a little bit of toffee and caramel, too. A few yeast esters and spicy phenolics.

T: Lots of yeast and spice notes with a fairly subtle apple and cider flavor. The intense metal flavor is also there. Very minimal malt/toffee/caramel flavor.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Just an awful combination of metal and cider.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark copper to orange colored and fairly hazy. The head is 1'4" and leaves some random lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings apples, coriander, malt, alcohol.

Decent flavor, but unbalanced. Fruit is prominent, with some yeast, malt, and lingering spice. Apples taste ripe and soaked with alcohol.

Light to medium in body. Moderate alcohol presence.

Another fun beer from Short's. Not something I need to try again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to MarcatGSB for this!

Appearance - Deep clear ruby body with a decent head. Leaves moderate lacing around the surface. A classy looking brew, at least.

Smell - Well. That is interesting. Like roasted apples. Deep dark roasted apples. Nothing bright about it. Intriguing smell.

Taste - After the intriguing smell, there isn't much flavor. No hops up front. Some maltiness to the body, but the apple cider is what gives it flavor. Behind the apple cider is an odd earthiness (stolen from multiple reviewers, but the description is spot on). It's bitter, but not hop bitter. It leaves an interesting flavor lingering on the palate. Not unwelcome, but not good.

Mouthfeel - Thin and thinner than I expected. A bit dry as it has almost no residual sugars. Pretty high in carbonation.

Overall - This definitely seems like a beer to be consumed on a fall evening in any other state but Florida. Not sweet enough to be cider and not malty or hoppy enough to be its own stand-alone style of beer. It's an interesting blend, but not something I'd seek out.

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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 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 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 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 THECPJ
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes:

appearance: orange brown with 1 finger head, little lacing

smell: farmhouse like, spiciness, malts,

taste: malts, apple undertones, sticky

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, thick texture

overall: not great but decent.


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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
No date or info available.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for hooking it up with another Shorts brew!

A - Beautiful ruby amber in color, it's pretty clear and topped by a short-lived tan head. Low retention and small, patchy lace.

S - The nose is appealing with a bouquet of apples popping fourth first. Toasted malts back that up and feature some bready Munich characteristics. Belgian yeast is noticeable but not really open. Rather, it's got a very dusty, dirty clay scent. Spices fill the nose.

T - Muddled together, the malts and Belgian yeast overtake the apple cider and fight for attention. Oddly sweet yet off with a very dirty, dry cocoa and heavy metallic finish. The more I sip it the less I enjoy it.

M - Full-bodied and highly carbonated to the point of distraction, lingering on the tongue is not an option for this beer. It' too spritzy and removes the flavor components. The finish has a hint of vinegar-like apple sourness but it's mainly marred by metal.

O - I really hate to sound like a broken record here because I dig Shorts innovation and uniqueness but this beer seems to have the same off-putting off qualities I seem to gather in a lot of their beers. Maybe it's just a "house" thing with them, but the yeast doesn't seem right at all in 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 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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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 Mitchster
2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

$2.19 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. "Amber ale brewed with Apple Cider". No info on the website.

Pours out to a clear dark brown, forming a small limp off yellow head with no retention and no lacing. Milky sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is that of a Belgian Dubble, with cloves, bananas, toast, and burnt rubber phenols of an Abbey/Trappist yeast. The yeast is not flocculent at all in the bottle. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium body...I'm guessing about 6% ABV. The tast is a recap of the aroma...burnt rubber, brown bananas, phenol, cloves...mild herbal bitterness, and a ruddy, oxidized, wet cardboard note in the finish and a metallic aftertaste. I don't taste any apples at all, but there is a slight sourness in the middle.

Not digging this one. I don't know if it's supposed to taste like a dubbel, but whatever it is, the burnt rubber and cardboard ruin it for me. it's gonna take a while for me to finish this one. I wouldn't buy it again.

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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 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 Ohiovania
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I like what this beer is trying to do. It keeps tugging back and forth though between letting it be a cider or a beer. A valiant effort though and I think it's a success, just not one for my personal palette. 7% alcohol is nowhere to be found though. The tartness tugs at your cheeks a little.

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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 SpdKilz
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My third beer of the night (with many more on the way) thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew). A damn good BA and guy. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours a copper/brown color into my SA Perfect Pint. About a finger of head is achieved with a decent pour that dissipates almost immediately leaving minimal lacing.

Smell - Not what I was expecting after reading the description of this beer. As someone mentioned below, this smells more like a Dubbel with fruity spices than an amber ale with apple cider. Obviously there is a apple cider aroma, brown sugar, and some caramel.

Taste - One of the more "off" beers from Short's to be honest. Whenever I have a beer by them I expect it to taste exactly as described, and the vast majority of the time, it is exactly that. This time there is a apple cider flavor up front (you can most certainly taste the apples) however, it does have some strange Dubbel characteristics. Cloves, other spices, esters, banana, etc. An odd tasting beer that I was not expecting.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - An interesting beer from Short's (what beer isn't) and one I probably would not want to try again. Still, as always, glad I was able to try this!

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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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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 Giggy
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not really good , Not really bad, it just exists. I drank several bottles before drying to describe what I drank. I still don't know for sure. It is not a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. More of a brown ale.

A: The color is dark goldish brown, slightly hazy and cloudy.

S: I was expecting apple cider...not. maybe a little spice. Unballanced.

T: Sweet honey like, slight spice

M: Light. Are they sure it is 7.00%

D: Wasn't super impressed but didn't stop me from trying to like this beer. It is truly missing something.

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