Evil Urges
Short's Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #238
Ranked #24,956
3.82 | pDev: 10.73%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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woemad from Washington

4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle received courtesy of Whyteboar. According to the stamp on the neck, this was bottled on December 6, 2019. First bottle or can I've seen in years that lists no abv percentage. Odd.

Poured into a tulip glass, this was the color of night, even when held up to direct light. There was about a finger's worth of tan foam up top, and it took a few minutes to drop, leaving lots of lace.

Roasted dark malts give off a lightly coffeeish aroma, which vie with scents reminiscent of dark fruits and toffee-like sugary sweetness.

Taste is similar to the smell, except that there's an additional clove-like spiciness that makes itself most noticeable at the finish. Really nice tasting example of the style - it's not approachable and complex. There's a little bit of a sense of alcohol heat, but only just, and it's well in the background. I was actually surprised to look this up and find out it's as high as it is.

Medium bodied, carbonation is a little low, with a less lively mouthfeel than a great Belgian-brewed example of the style. That's something I find typical of most American versions, and this is no different in that regard.

Nice beer! Maybe a tad more sweet than some others in the style, but it's not to a point where I'd dock any points. Drank this first thing upon getting home from work, and it's awesome to do so, but this would've made a nice dessert beer, as well. Thanks, Whyteboar!

Apr 17, 2020
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Raime from Greenland

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a Kroger mix a six for $9.99. Continuing the Shorts charade.

Look - Opaque brown. Dark. Some light but not a whole lot. Carbonation is barely readable. Low stick.

Smell - All the Belgian without the mustard. Candies. Fruits but not hop fruit and instead dark, ripe fruits. Sugar.

Taste - Some immediate booze levels since it's warmed up. Followed by the banana, dark fruit and sugar.

Feel - Moderate bodied with a high sweetness. Carbonation is medium. Swallows only a touch boozy with some burn.

Overall - Solid Belgian. Had the alcohol been toned down more it would've scored higher for sure since it had all the flavor. Nice flavors and an easy, slow drink. Try it.

Jan 24, 2020
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Attlebridge from Indiana

3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep dark, almost charcoal; very little light gets through. Dark brown halo around the glass. Little head and almost no lacing on glass.

Smell: Very heavy on chocolate and coffee

Taste: **In full disclosure I'm more of a light ale and IPA drinker so take this section with a grain of salt if this is your preferred style.** This is where this beer fails for me. Very smokey, almost a soy sauce flavor. Not unpleasant, but not something I would seek out intentionally. Isoamyl Acetate is noticeable but not over powering giving it a slight banana ester.

Feel: Thick, almost syrupy, given the color it suits well. Light carbonation and very slight alcohol bite.

Overall: A good beer for it's style, and something worth sipping on in the cold of winter while watching the kids shovel the driveway.

Jan 20, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 11/24/15.

Pours near black, opaque, with a one and a half finger head of darker tan foam, lots of soapy lacing. The smell is caramel, chocolate, molasses, Belgian yeast, raisins, prunes, figs, some malt, candi sugar, some bread, a little black pepper fully warmed. A sweet aroma kind of tucked underneath all that. The taste is similar- caramel, molasses, prunes, raisins, less chocolate and figs than the nose, but more malt, yeast, dark bread. A brief flash of hop bitterness, some sweetness on the finish. Very smooth, full bodied for the style, well carbonated, refreshing, creamy.

Going to be a ratings buster on this one, I think this is a terrific beer and this was my 4th of the sixer. So, I'm pretty convinced. Great flavor, a really complex aroma, great feel and body. Highly enjoyable offering from Short's. Well worth a purchase, the next time it comes around.

Sep 30, 2016
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This took me by surprise. A quad like depth of taste and complexity, the sweetness with the rye bread/malt loaf and yeast forward back end. A touch of sugar wrapped up in dried fruit - figs, apricot and clove notes. It is a fine looking beer - kicks up a large head with a rich looking caramel body. Lots to enjoy here. I have an 'urge' to drink a second.

Feb 19, 2016
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K-Dog from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

When I had fresh several years ago I didn't care for this so aged a bottle for about a year, what a difference it made. Smells of molasses chocolate and bourbon. Taste is like a sour bourbon stout. For those of you who rated this low when had fresh I suggest aging a couple for about a year and then review it again. This was delicious.

Oct 18, 2015
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breakingbland from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The beer is an opaque brown (almost black) with scant head. The aroma is of sweet malt with roasty coffee and some leather and alcohol. The taste has a very deep roasty component and is medium sweet rather than funky. The aftertaste is of slight hops, sourness and leather. The beer has medium light carbonation; the body is appropriate. Overall, I like the deepness and complexity of this beer.

Jan 19, 2015
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MIbeer27 from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, dated 10/20/2014

Bottle pours with a murky, deep amber hue and a dense, one finger cream colored head. Noticeable yeast is present at the bottom of the glass and the beer leaves behind beautiful lacing.

Aroma jumps out of the glass with sweet dark fruits, namely raisin. I also get subtle chocolate, dark malts and alcohol. Banana and clove esters from the yeast are also there.

Taste follows the nose almost identically. The alcohol is slightly more present, especially mid-palate.

Mouthfeel is not quite syrupy thick, but close and bitterness cuts the sweetness somewhat, but not completely. Carbonation is on the low side of medium.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Evil Urges. I'm not a huge fan of any particular element (raisin, banana, clove, etc.) in this beer individually, but the way they are blended make it delicious.

Jan 10, 2015
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to tectactoe for this bottle, so tiny that it was lost in the massive dump that is my beer fridge. 12 oz. bottle with a Chucky-style kitty on the label. I dig.

The pour is dark with about thirty-one tiny bubbles floating around the beery soup. Smells sweet, sweet, with a bit of dried sugar drizzled on the bananas. I can smell the belly-warming going on already.

Evil Urges should be renamed Raisin Fantasy. Bulbous raisin treacle infests the mouth & won’t let go, necessitating a through cracker-munching before trying anything else. Underneath the shriveled black grapes comes a few touches: chocolate, warm raw sugar, roast as it warms, alcohol that’s hotter than the ABV promises. Plum comes jigging into the finish, & sweetness washes over everything. Pretty happy I split this with my wife, because six ounces is enough to pass judgment on this monster.

Interesting & appropriately warped, which hasn’t been the case with the latest crop of Short’s beers, but the myriad tastes fought more than they made love. Pretty good brew.

Jan 03, 2015
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Billlow from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wrote a review for this beer on my blog, Bill's Beer Report.


It makes me sad that it is no longer brewed. Short's is a great brewery.

Jan 02, 2015
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A Michigan winter isn't complete without grilling in sub zero temps with an Evil Urges to keep you warm. And keep you warm it will. I was pleased to see it available this year, since I didn't notice it on Short's release schedule.
Look, straight up, I'm biased. This is one of my favorites Short's. A great Belgian Dark, with lots of character on the tongue and nose. Almost quad-like, with a bit of bite from the ABV. And you will feel the ABV. St. Bernards should carry barrels of this stuff on their collars.

Jan 01, 2015
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brismit from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Evil Urges

Evil Urges is a Belgian dark strong ale with a deep dark brown color. A sharp aroma of chocolate and molasses hits the senses, reminiscent of a rich liqueur. Aided by additions of Belgian amber candi sugar, the initial flavors are sweet and malty, with some unique, dark fruit qualities. This full bodied beer is defined by its roast malt character and slight black coffee bitterness that lead into an intense warming finish.

8.4% ABV

50 IBU

Dec 24, 2014
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jduprey007 from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with nice quarter inch creamy head. Very dark; barely any light passing through. Aroma is similar to a quad with hints of raisins and currants; some banana. Heavy alcohol tends to overwhelm the taste. Let this one breathe and the taste starts to follow the aroma nicely.

Dec 24, 2014
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Beerdanza from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost black, with little head to speak of.

Smells of bread and currants.

It's pretty bitter, but sweet at the same time. A nice warm overwash of alcohol. Great for the winter season. It's sort of like drinking a sip of bourbon. Not for the faint of heart, but very pleasurable.

Mouthfeel us syrupy, as expected from such a sweet brew.

Overall, I'm am enjoying this quite a bit. If you like dark and strong, give it a try. You'll at least get drunk!

Dec 23, 2014
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DMarlinJ from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a great head when served at about 52'. The smell is powerful, don't serve it too cold, has some over ripe banana and plum notes. The smell is maybe the most complex thing about this, more in it than the taste, but it is changing as it warms a bit in the glass. Not sure I really go for the taste. Too much over ripe banana. More alcohol smell and taste as it warms. This was a fun surprise for me. I'm glad it caught my eye in the store. Some dark ales try to do too much and this one doesn't and I think that makes it work.

Dec 17, 2014
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krustster from Maine

4/5  rDev +4.7%

Wow, this is quite a bit better than I expected. Lots of plum and candi sugar taste, fairly strong alcohol, maybe closer to a quad. There's a nice hint of banana and other "fruity yeast esters" to support the sweetness and booze. There's a stout-like roasted flavor that helps balance things out in a unique way. It's not super true to style or whatever, but waaaayyy better than some other attempts like Brewery Vivant's (a supposedly Belgian-style brewery) strong dark, for example. As an $11 six pack I think this is a fair representation of the style and a very tasty beer in its own right. It reminds me quite a bit of Sierra Nevada's Ovila Quad.

Nov 29, 2014
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matt_duthie from Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wonderful bottle art, and my Belgian preferences tend toward the darker and stronger...so I couldn't resist. Nice lacing but minimal head, very nearly opaque. Alcohol is noticeable in both the smell and taste, but raisins, dark fruits, clove and banana come through just as well and take your mind off the 9%. As is warms there's a bit more going on and the sweetness comes through in a way that really works in its benefit. I'd generally recommend it, and how could you say no to that tortured little little cat on the label...

Nov 19, 2014
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PaulyB83 from Michigan

3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/22/14
Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pretty opaque dark brown some light coming through on the edges, two finger brown head.

S- Some dark dried fruits, some char, some Belgian clove and banana yeast esters, quite a bit of alcohol.

T- Alcohol, Belgian esters, char, finishes nicely like a Belgian stout but the alcohol is a bit too noticeable.

M- Nice on the heavier side of medium.

O- A beer with a lot of different flavors going on. I found the alcohol and char aspects a bit overwhelming though. I hear the bourbon version is pretty great so I'll keep my tastes buds on the lookout for it. Some people were saying this one is too sweet but I didn't find that.

Nov 18, 2014
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MacStinson from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought a 6er of this in 2014. It's now October, 2017 and I still had a bottle kicking around in the cellar.
Upon review of my notes when fresh, this was a completely different beer. Sitting for a couple/few years in the bottle improved this beverage immensely. It went from a weirdly sweet, imbalanced, bright mess to a pretty complex BDA. All of the edges wore off allowing other flavors to shine and develop. Well worth putting it down for an extended period as I thought it nearly undrinkable when fresh. The same goes for their old ale "aphasia".

If you have a cellar-like place you can put this one for an extended period of time, it will be well worth the wait.

Nov 16, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

Thanks to Travis for the extra!

Poured into a Shorts tulip, deep dark brown in color, translucent really only around the edges; a small tan head dwindled to a thin collar, leaving some wispy streaks of lacing on the glass. Lots of dark sugars and dark fruits in the nose, with hints of woody booze. I'm almost surprised this isn't the BA version (it's not, I double checked). In the taste, burnt caramel, brown sugar, plums, rum raisin, a dusting of cocoa, wet wood, bready yeast; dry, woody finish with a coffee-like bitterness that lasted into the aftertaste. This beer was very potent, with a lot of flavor, and I was tasting and feeling every bit of the 9%ABV, though I felt it was well-integrated. Body was medium, about average for the style, mouthfeel was snappy, carbonation was a little less than medium, but by no means low. This was a decent beer overall.

Aug 22, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice darkish brown black with a one finger mocha head that faded to leave light, thin side lacing and a thin creamy blanket/halo.

S - Aromas of almost burning alcohol, dark raisins, plum, burnt sugars, candi malts. Maybe some faint chocolate.

T - Taste is dark fruits, chocolate, raisins, sugary sweetness, burnt caramel, belgian yeast notes. Actually not that bad at all.

M - Mouthfeel though is pretty meh. Lowly carbonated, thin, syrupy, booze, sticky, heavy. Ugh.

O - Overall, a solid offering from Short's though not my favorite Belgian Dark Ale by any means.

Jun 20, 2014
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a black color with just the lightest hint of brown around the edges. almost no foam but a small tan film that fades quickly to nothing. opaque

Smell: immediately a strong yeast smell. strong raisin as well. dark candi sweetness. maybe a bit of plums and a hint of roast or burnt sugar

Taste: opens up with a strong belgian yeast. dark fruits, light plum and strong raisin. dark candi sugar sweetness, dark slightly burnt caramel.

Mouthfeel: a bit too heavy and sticky, could be lighter and more carbonated.

Overall: a few flaws in look and mouthfeel but a solid beer over all. still not on the high end of belgian darks but worth a shot for Shorts and Belgian dark fans

Apr 21, 2014
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RaulMondesi from California

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

So it's called Evil Urges, yet it has a picture of a cute little kitty on the label... Anyway, this dang sucker definitely reminds Raul of a vindictive ex - but lets not go there.

So I smelled it, and I sipped it, and I drank it...and I basically "aited" it. This beer definitely isn't going to make you wanna call your grandmama and tell her all about your Evil Urges. It's just kind of there; like all those rock candies stuck together in that glass victorian bowl at said grandmama's house.

Smells ok, tastes ok, but it lacks depth.

Why I spent three years with ya girl, I will never know. But Evil Urges, I'm sorry to say, I won't be spending an elongated time with you.

Jan 14, 2014
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CMUbrew from Michigan

3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 1/4/14

A: Dark color with not much head off the pour.

S: Smells sweet, a little caramely, and has some dark fruitiness in there also.

T: Dark fruit, wet paper/cardboard taste, light brown sugar, and a little bit of cocoa.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation, and a little bit of an oily feel.

O: A decent Belgian-style beer. Flavor is fairly complex, but the wet paper kills it.

Jan 06, 2014
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle - Shorts website states: 7.8 ABV with 58 IBU

Evil Urges Belgian Ale filled my tulip glass with a deep very dark brown [almost black] color and produced a 1 1/2 finger bubbly tan head that reduced to a collar of foam. The nose picks up an aroma of chocolate and dark fruits. This medium-full body ale is malty and sweet. with dark fruits and has a roasted character with enough bitterness to balance.

Evil Urges is an easy drinker - if you like the style it is sure with a go!

Jan 03, 2014
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