Short's The Gambler | Short's Brewing Company

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

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Thorpe429 on 05-31-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -47.7%

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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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3.5/5  rDev +22%

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1.81/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orange-ish color with a white head and a few spots of lacing. The nose brings forward some bright hops with some pine and citrus, but these are quickly overtaken by a strong presence of tobacco and spices. Really overpowering. This carries through to the flavor, which is just full of tobacco. Really not much else. Some light spice. Like what chewing on a cigarette would be, I’d imagine. Overpowering bitter astringency in finish. Really quite bad and simply far, far, far too much tobacco character throughout.

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3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.09/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is orange to amber in color. The nose is all kinds of interesting. Spices, tobacco, hops, barrels, oddness. The flavor is different than any other beer I have yet had. Extremely ashy, like ground up cigarettes. Other flavors include cream soda, spices, alcohol, smoke. The feel is creamy, but not smooth, as there is so much happening, but nothing is in sync. Overall, I would say that this beer was a fun and interesting idea, but ultimately not drinkable.

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3/5  rDev +4.5%

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1.71/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I'm going to ask a very simple question. Was I suppose to want to throw up after taking a sip of this beer? Is it your objective, Short's, to make the world's worst beer? "Tobacco themed IPA made w/ lapsong souchong and rubious tea leaves, then aged in Bourbon barrels" What the hell? Seriously horrible.

Beer is amberish and hazy with a lazy head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is like butterscotch, artificial butter and cigarette butts.

Oh my god this beer is disgusting, it tastes like cigarette ash, tobacco, and butterscotch, it is also way way way too dry and harshly bitter on the end. I hate this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

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3/5  rDev +4.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -47.7%

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4/5  rDev +39.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

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3/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +22%

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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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4/5  rDev +39.4%

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4/5  rDev +39.4%

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2/5  rDev -30.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +22%

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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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