Short's The Gambler | Short's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thorpe429 on 05-31-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
9
Avg:
2.87
pDev:
31.71%
 
 
Wants:
2
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1
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4.6/5  rDev +60.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +56.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +56.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the interest of admitting bias, this is a collective review in the presence of some border-line alcoholic smokers who gamble any time they get the chance. Along the same lines, it is necessary to state that this is a challenging beer to review in the respect that it can't be immediately compared to any other; there is not a standardized style that this beer could be justifiably labeled as. Unless, as many of our kind do, you tend to drink beer with a tumbler of one-cubed corn belt whiskey beside it and a half burnt cigarette dangling from your trembling lips.

This beer appears as any serious IPA; mellow golden-hued-orange-tan with light but apparent cloudiness.

The allure of this beer, as expected, comes from the tobacco flavor-inspired ingredients. And the smell is the first criteria by which this beer's exciting place in the world is realized. Chai, foreign travel, MICHIGAN BREWED, and crimes committed in poorly lit and very smoky rooms come to mind.

Taste. Have you seen those billboards on the highway that say something about 'kissing a smoker is like liking an ashtray'. Kissing a smoker is for sissies. Drinking the gambler is like bedding a smoker. And tell me you don't enjoy it. Also, tell me you don't taste bacon.
(A seriously crazy flavor profile. Tea is very forward, with alcohol in the swallow, albeit less tinged with bourbon or, for that matter, wood, than many beers aged in bourbon barrels.)

Mouthfeel, per the style and ingredients, is pretty aggressive. We were split in this regard. I felt it was too heavy in the mouth and that the less refined aspects of the flavor were those that hung around.

Overall, a fantastic and excitingly unique beer. If you're wandering around trying to taste new beers, consider yourself lucky if you get a chance to try it while short's has it.

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4.07/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Hopcat for Short’s Birthday Party 12/13/12

Tried it Twice, as a sample and as a full-pour.

Appearance: Cloudy amber with a short white head.

Smell: Quite muted citrus.

Taste: Like a buttery Chardonnay mixed with an IPA. Prominent notes of coconut, vanilla, butter, light citrus with a long moderately mild earthy finish.

Mouth Feel: Mild+ carbonation, smooth, with a medium-full body.

Overall: I really enjoyed this. The bourbon barrel notes made it a fun experience. I didn’t notice any tobacco or tea flavors, just a really nice bourbon barrel aged IPA. Very pleasant.

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4/5  rDev +39.4%

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4/5  rDev +39.4%

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4/5  rDev +39.4%

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4/5  rDev +39.4%

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4/5  rDev +39.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

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3.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color. It poured with a thin film of bubbles covering the surface that faded away and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of butterscotch in the nose along with some notes of smoke from the lapsang souchong tea.
T: The taste is dominated by balanced flavors of smoke from the lapsang souchong tea and bourbon from the barrel aging, yet the bourbon really stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit syrupy (considering its strength) on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: The unique aromas and taste definitely make this an interesting beer to drink; however this is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped very slowly and is an acquired taste.

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3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Short's The Gambler from Short's Brewing Company
2.87 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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