Short's Aphasia | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's AphasiaShort's Aphasia

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A medium bodied dark brown Old Ale with a sizable nose of molasses and alcohol. Predominantly sweet, with unique flavors of plum, figs, and brown sugar. Further compliments of toasted malt and an increased ABV, aid in a pleasant warming finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2011

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Photo of zoso1967
5/5  rDev +21.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of BrainDad
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopcat for Joe Shorts birthday!

First. I will say that this compares to Kuhnhenn's 4th Dementia as an awesome bourbon aged old ale.

It is a beautiful rich deep golden color as you might expect. Served with a bit of foamy head which soon dissipated. No lacing at all.

I enjoyed the rich strong smooth flavor, smoother I think than the Kunnhenn. The nose has that bourbony raisiny aroma expected.

Taste is equally smooth. The best aspect of this beer. Dangerous to be around too much of it!!

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Photo of justinp444
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter it has a cloudy dark brown body with a thing beige ring of a head. Smell of caramel, toffee, leather, stone fruit, plum, fig, molasses, and some vanilla. Taste is bread-y malt, caramel, wine (malbec), fig, stone fruit, vanilla, and leather. Mouth feel is smooth and fine with a thick body and nice fizzy moderate carbonation. Overall way better aged, has a better mouth feel and the flavor is more complex, but it's a great old ale all around.

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Photo of gjl75
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jisom123
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the brewpub in Bellaire
A: Slightly cloudy caramel-brown murk that you expect from the best unfiltered Old Ales. slight white foamy head that fades with the quickness.

S: Rich, warm caramel malts with a slight woodiness and peat. Smells great.

T: PERFECT 5.0. Impressive balance of low booziness, smothered hop profile that was once a big hitter in the flavor, but aged down to the right level. Tastes like it was a nice long boil.

M: nice and smooth. Similar to a well aged Abyss in mouthfeel.

O: Probably the best beer I had on my 12-brewery loop trip through upper Michigan.

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Photo of red94tt
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12/8/14 bottle date consumed in April of 2016, this ages really well. From mental notes, it was a good beer when consumed fresh. With a year and a few months of age, it's turned into something phenomenal.

In the nose I'm getting a sugary sweetness with hints of dark fruits and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium to thick but goes down incredibly smooth. The malt profile really makes this enjoyable. The taste is amazing; it packs a huge dark fruit, caramel and fig punch. There is a slight alcohol burn on the backend but it's almost not there. I found myself taking huge gulps of this at the end instead of sipping it.

Must. Find. More.

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Photo of kylelenk
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids, MI.

A-Overall a nice copper/brown color. No real head retention here but what's left is a nice white color.

S-No notice of chlorine or iodine as mentioned before. Maybe this is older but I pick up a nice toffee or caramel taste with the slightest hint of bourbon.

T-Here is the money shot. What a fantastic beer. Very, VERY, subtle bourbon notes that compliment a slight after bite hop character. The front takes on a nice vanilla/fruit flavor that brings malt forward and leaves hops on the finish.

M-Lighter carbonation and lighter overall feel. Has a creamy feel with the lighter carbonation and remains quite heavy with roughly an 8% ABV.

O-Short's isn't known yet for their barrel program but what a treat. I've had several BBL Short's beers and look for them to really build on their output in the coming years.

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Photo of parris
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled late 2014 and enjoyed early 2016, about 1.25 to 1.5 years old. I have been enjoying this beer as it has evolved since being released.

Appearance: pours a dull leathery brown with reddish hues. a finger or so of a tannish head with moderate retention and leaving behind a very small lacing. pretty much opaque and has some floating sediment.

Smell: molasses, dark fruits, toasted malts, some vanilla, more dark malts.

Taste: opens with molasses that mixes into a small amount of chocolate. malts begin to come through with notes of raisins, toasted grains that edge on a light woodiness. some vanilla along with caramel and toffee. lots more dark fruits ranging from stewed plums to a port like grape. some alcohol has held on but its very light.

Mouthfeel: full feel, just bordering on chewy. has a nice silky feel though. just a touch of bitterness comes in to balance out everything perfectly. light warming quality.

Overall: top notch beer here. Fresh this tasted great and it has continued to do so while developing some nice new flavors. really a perfect balance and an incredible complexity, you can really pull a lot of flavors out of there. fits the style perfectly, and avoids going to the extreme as some brewers take it. We need more Short's!!!

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Photo of JakeForest
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of abraxel
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of FunkyFibes
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of hopnado
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xnicknj
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of adamant1912
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of king75
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fargrow
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cotton_27
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elliott1184
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acostuhhh
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atone315
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hrodebert
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of K-Dog
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice appearance with a great aroma. Smells of molasses and vanilla and bourbon. I really like this. A great old ale aged just under a year. My last bottle from last year. Wish I had more to age longer. Will definitely pick up my this winter.

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