Short's Aphasia | Short's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
27
For Trade:
2
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3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A cascading bubble show builds to a two finger ecru head capping the hazy burnt orange liquid; decent retention and strands of lacing linger

Smell: Toffee tones with hints of date, molasses, vanilla and toasted coconut

Taste: Boozy, at the outset, with toffee tones emerging; fig and date and a dried dark fruit flavor to the middle; after the swallow, the boozy aspect builds to another level and is joined by vanilla and toasted coconut; sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: A lot of interesting flavors can be found in this beer and while it is fun to ferret them out, the finish is on the verge of being cloying; perhaps when younger the hops would have done a better job balancing out the malts

Thanks, daniels79, for the opportunity

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/8/2014. Pours hazy/cloudy dark reddish brown color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, fig, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, apple, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, apple, light chocolate, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice old ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of StoutHunter
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Short's Aphasia a couple weeks ago at The lager Mill. I've never had this beer before, but I've had the bourbon barrel aged version before and I'm happy that Short's decided to bottle it, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, once you know the story behind this beer the label art make sense, but I don't think the name makes much sense and I understand why Short's is changing it. It poured a hazy brown color that took more of mahogany color when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly creamy and bubbly dark tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of sticky lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness which is right on the border of being highly sweet and it starts off with a somewhat lighter amount of smoked malt aromas and it's followed by the rest of the malts which impart some caramel malt, light toffee, sweet malt and bread crust like aromas. Up next comes a nice fruity aroma with some dark fruits showing up and there's no single dark fruit that sticks out the most and it had more of fruit juice aspect to it which seems to be the aspect that sticks out the most in this beer. This beer had a good aroma and I liked that it had some complexity to it.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that is a little less sweet than it was in the aroma and with the malts being the first to show up and they impart the same nice aspects that they did in aroma with some caramel and toffee candy flavors seeming to stick out the most with no light smoked malt aspect showing up this time. Up next comes a light sweet alcohol flavor that isn't warming and it's followed by the fruits which impart the same dark fruit aspects that they did in the aroma and it still has that fruit juice like aspect and it's a good amount lighter than it was in the aroma, but it still shows up nicely. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with a some sweetness taking it's place and it had a very caramel and toffee candy like aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, it's got some nice balance to it and I think the flavors work well together.

M- Smooth, alcohol is well hidden, not too crisp, a little creamy, slightly sticky, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style without being overly sweet or overly boozy. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, the alcohol was well hidden, not too crisp, a little creamy, slightly sticky, a little filling and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I think two would be my limit and I think this would be a nice beer to sip on during a cold night. What I like the most about this beer was the taste, appearance and drinkability, they were all very nice and to me they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't bad at all, but I wish it was much more balanced. I would buy this beer again, it sold out pretty quickly around here, but if Short's makes it again this year I would try to get a couple six pack and I have a couple to age so I can see how it changes over time. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Old Ales, if your a fan of the style I think it's worth a try. All in all I enjoyed this beer, it lived up to my expectations and I think it makes for a nice Wintertime beer especially during this cold weather. I think it's one of the better Short's Beers and I think it's a good and true to style example of the style. Great job guys, this is one tasty Old Ale, keep up the hard work.

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

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4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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Short's Aphasia from Short's Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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