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Evil Urges | Short's Brewing Company

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

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by elNopalero on 03-30-2012

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Ratings: 182 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/21/2013. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, dark bread, toast, dark chocolate, dark candi sugar, roasted malt, coffee, banana, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, dark bread, toast, dark candi sugar, roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, banana, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors with fruity/spicy yeast; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very slick, moderately syrupy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale! All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Eziel
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Had at Lord Hobo.

Appearance: dark red-brown in color, clear, 3/4 inch head that goes quick, medium carbonation

Smell: plum, date, and dark fruit

Taste: cinnamon, date, dark fruit--berries, lots of brown sugar, and light flavors of dark bread

Mouthfeel: very sweet with a touch of bitterness, low carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: This is my new favorite in this style. It tastes like a great quad with very pronounced flavors. Nice and complex. Up there with the best Shorts beers I have had. Marked to style, but this one would still be in the 4 range for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of jbaker67
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of maximum12
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Evil Urges about a week ago for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I tried this beer when I visited Short's last winter and i thought that it was a pretty good beer and I'm interested to see how the bottled version turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date but it just showed up so it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- I like the label. i'm not a big cat person but I think the pouting cat on the label looks good and it's fairly eye catching. It poured a very deep dark brown color that was on the border of being black and it didn't really let any light come through with two and a half fingers worth of darker tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice sticky rings of lacing. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a low amount of high sweetness that imparts a candied sugar like aroma followed by a nice dark fruit aroma along with a sweet malt and a light roasted malt aroma. Up next comes a light but noticeable alcohol aroma followed by some Belgian yeast that imparts some banana, cloves and other spicy aromas. This beer had a pretty good aroma, all the different aspects seemed to work well together.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts with a high amount of medium sweetness that has a light candied sugar like taste to it followed by some dark fruit and roasted malt flavors with the roasted malts seeming to stick out a little more imparting a light chocolate and roasty taste. Up next comes a noticeable alcohol flavor that's a little warming and there's also some Belgian yeast coming through and imparting some nice banana and spicy flavors. On the finish comes a little more dark fruit with a slightly lower medium amount of bitterness with a roasty, Belgian yeast and dark fruit like aftertaste. I thought this was a pretty good tasting beer, it had a little bit of complexity to it along with some nice balance.

M- Fairly smooth, a little creamy, a little sticky, rich, on the lighter side of being full boded with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked nicely with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a nice and unique example of the style, I don't think it's the truest to style, but enough aspects fit within the guidelines of the style so it doesn't hurt it. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little filling, and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention but I think one is enough for me and it isn't really the type of beer that I would drink multiples of, I think it makes for a good late fall early winter time beer. What I liked the most about this beer was how well rounded it was, none of the aspects were too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was that it didn't have that light tartness to it like it did when I tried it last winter. I would buy this again if Shorts releases it again, it's all gone in my area, but i'm happy I got a few to cellar so I can see how it changes over time. I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style or sweeter malty beers in general. All in all I enjoyed this beer, but I did think it was a little different then the first time I tried it when it had a light amount of tartness and I kind of wish this beer had that too since I liked it and I thought it worked well with this beer and it made it really unique. Good job Shorts thanks for another quality and unique beer, keep up the good work.

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Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of warnerry
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of stortore
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of tommyguz
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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