Goodnight Bodacious
Short's Brewing Company

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American Black Ale
Ranked #24
Ranked #3,173
4.13 | pDev: 8.96%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The appearance at first glance is black, however this is much more of a deep mahogany with amber and caramel flecks at the edge of the glass and a translucent body. The mocha colored head resembles a stout. The aroma suggests barleywine as caramel malts abound, along with toffee, and a sweet smell like candies fruit. Some earthy tones and the faintest bit of pine also show up in the nose. The taste is both bitter and sweet simultaneously, sweet up front like toffee and caramel, then some bittering hops show up, but the sweet flavor doesn’t leave. Some earthy tones weave in and out and some chocolate shows up on the finish. Mouthfeel is mildly prickly with good carbonation and also creamy. Fuller than medium but nowhere close to chewy. Overall I’m really digging this one, even if I don’t really agree with the classification, but really who cares.

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Photo of jkblr
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 10/23/18 (5 weeks ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours dense black with persistant mocha brown head. The head recedes to a half inch cap and covers the glass with lace. The aroma is earthy with hops and roasty from the malt. The taste hits quick with a one-two semisweet caramel and roasted malt punch. Mid palate the taste turns to medium bitterness and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, good. Not the most balanced example as the caramel is most dominant and the bitterness and hop presence are low for a 9% Black DIPA.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh this beer is harsh with no piney hoppy flavor. Give it a year and turns into piney hoppy goodness with coffee attributes. is it a black DIPA or black barleywine? One thing for sure it's delicious when aged.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark opaque body, essentially black, with brown highlights, and light tan head, thin, but with clear and extensive lacing.

S - A mingling of roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate, and a bit of herbal hops.

T - Mostly dark bread and molasses, coffee, and a bit of citrus hops, and a mildly bitter acidic close.

M - Brisk feel, moderate body, and a melange of dry, warmth, and a thread of sweetness.

O - A beautiful example of the style, with enough hops to elicit IPA, roasted malts to give great bread and chocolate. Delicious.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a standard pint a deep dark cola color with a full one finger mocha colored head that sticks like glue to the glass as it settles slowly into a frothy mass.Dark chocolate and fruity esters in the nose,slight pine resin is detected as well.Roasty and earthy with a sharp resinous palate,mild caramel sweetness but the roast and resiny hops win the day,the alcohol is really well hidden.A dry drinkable ABA here,was expecting much sweeter,a nice surprise.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/23/17; drank 4/12/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge, noisy dark tan head; a thick curtain of lace.

Medium roast coffee bean & pineapple notes in the nose...yep, a black IPA all right!!

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Medium roast coffee bean & pineapple flavors up front; dry grass & faint booze heat notes on the finish.

Above average for a style I don't always love; I'd say this is a fine brew.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 2/23/2017. Poured into IPA glass. It pours black as night, with one finger of mocha-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, burnt coffee, and whiffs of chocolate and pine needles. The taste is nicely roasty with dark malt, burnt coffee grounds, bakers chocolate. As the glass warmed, I tasted more of the coffee. It has a burnt, bitter, piny hop finish and a decidedly bitter after taste. The various tastes blend very nicely. This is medium-bodied, with an almost creamy mouth feel, light carbonation, a the 9% ABV gives it nice substance. Overall, it is a very fine Black Ale. It's right up there with Wookey Jack, Dark Penance, Night Time, and Dubhe, and it's close to my absolute favorite Black Ale, Carton's Epitome. I'm very glad to have tried this one and thank @superspak for the opportunity.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thick, medium, Brown head and last a while with good lacing.

Smells roasted malts, coffee, hints of piney hops and hints of chocolate.

Tastes rich roasted malts and coffee followed immediately with bitter piney hops. Finish is dry with a piney linger and hints of dark chocolate. Lighter side of full body and smooth lower medium carbonation. This is a very rich black ipa

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing what age can do to an ageable beer, even for a DIPA such as Goodnight Bodacious.

I originally gave it a 2.95 but 6 months later and I've come to enjoy it:

Poured into a snifter:

L: Dark stout, cold coffee look and very fudgy.

A: hoppy, coffee, piney

F: slow sipper but very drinkable. Pine bitterness on tonge, very welcoming, dank, and heavy.

T: delicious. I get pine, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, marshamello, fruity sweetness, and earthy spiciness.

O: drink fresh then she the rest. 6 months May just be it's peak but I will definitely age a couple more. It's more of a barley wine than a DIPA and in 6 months time the flavors really shine.

Original 2.95 rating when fresh;

Poured into a goblet:

L: jet black like cold coffee or a delicious stout. However something about it is missing when compared to other black IPA's.
A: malt and barley...not quite as expected as I was hoping for hoppy piney cofee citrus aroma

F: heavy, slow sipper, boozy, yet on tongue boozy flavor thins which allows for enjoyment.

T: scotch ale, malt, barley

O: good but rating is low for I expected hoppiness being it's labeled as a DIPA. It also is described as having a barely wine taste when it tastes more like a scotch ale. It's almost like the brewers @ Shorts had no idea what they brewed so it is sort've a DIPA barley wine without strong noticeable hop presence. However being it is resembled as a barley wine maybe some age will do it good. It's almost like a DIPA gone wrong creating a resemblance of a barley wine. As with all barley wines perhaps with some age I'll like it better.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Right now, and in the store tasting, the Goodnight Bodacious is of the highest of tiers - that good. We'll see what happens when I drink a TON of it this evening. A ton of some of the best. I am honored.

It pours out the growler with a thick, luxurious head that dies after a while but never ceases to have nice character. Good little fizz. The aroma is nice - pungent and fresh, not yeasty, not too strong.

The taste is overwhelmingly good. It blends sharp, piney hops bittering with strong malts and a roasty finish. This just tastes exquisite.

I will now hurriedly end this review so I can get on with drinking a whole mess of it.

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Photo of jp32
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick black color with a khaki to tan colored head. Looks real intense for a black ipa. It's flavor is more dark malt dominated than hop dominated in my opinion, and that's fine with me for this one. In my opinion, this drinks more like a stout than anything else. It's big, thick, and mean for a beer of this style.

Well done, Short's!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Received in NBS BIF #3 from @Superspak
Bottled 02/03/16, at 40 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma somewhat piney, weakens but lasts
Head small (<two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing fair – narrow complete ring of tiny bubbles with short legs
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor moderately bitter but more of roasted malt than hops; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation approaching fizzy

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a lot like motor oil, which is a good sign for me. The nose has got a nice hop smell to it. It is pitch black, with a nice, dark, foamy head that stuck around for a while. The taste you get a nice hops bite, but it is somewhat mellowed out. It is a very rich Black IPA. Very delicious.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great dark look with a smell of hops and roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste is of an ipa mixed with a stout or porter. This is by far the best black ipa I have had. Stone subliminal self rightious (rip) was my favorite but I like this even more. Being from Michigan I have had the luxury of getting this awesome beer for several years now. For those that are finally getting shorts in the market I highly recommend this if u can find it.

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Photo of justinp444
4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best black IPA I've had to date. Pours a black with a nice off white inch thick head. Smells of chocolate and coffee with a bit of citrus and earthy hops. Taste is an incredible balanced citrus, fruity ester, and roasted malt flavor. Full mouth feel and a medium body.

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

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a becker style glass

It pours thick and viscous like a good stout. No light is getting through this beer. A meager pour yielded only an inch of tan head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is amazing. I get chocolate and coffee, but I also notice plenty of hop aroma.

The flavor starts out with those roasted flavors that I smelled, chocolate and coffee, but the hops run in to slap my palate with a healthy dose of bitterness that lingers a bit.

Full, chewy mouthfeel

This beer is a hopped up stout. I love the stout characteristics of this beer. The hops come in to contrast the traditional stout flavors. This bottle is a little older. I would love to try this fresh. I would also love to try it without the generous portion of hops. I think there is a fantastic stout hidden in this beer as well.

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Photo of ElevinoFive
4.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's big, black and green- and it's back for good! Last year's seemed a bit more effervescent, but this is one of the boldest of its steez. Short's naysayers better reckonize. A hops and malt two hitter that'll make you question why you often pay so much for a 4pk that includes too much bourbon. If this were an 8pk, you could aka it- Robobeer. Naturally you'd want his permission.

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Photo of hardysf
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Guess I am a sucker for Short's black Ipas as I love bludgeon yer eye as well (truth be told i am a sucker for black ipas in general). This beer is smoother and a little less bitter than Bludgeon. Drinks much more like a bitter stout like Bells expedition. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of claminat420
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1/ 27/15 on neck of bottle

A- pours pitch black with a nice tan head. leaves a decent amount of lacing from a hardy pour.

S- dark malts with some alcohol.

T- not to far from the smell. alil bitter. very slight floral/ citrusy hop action trying to make a appearance but dominated by the roasted/ chocolate malt. also detect the slightest bit of coffee flavor from the malt.

M- medium/ heavy bodied. good carbonation.

DRINKABILITY- as i'm on number four of the sixer it's not terrible. won't buy again tho. too many hoppy brews out there.

Overall- I was honestly expecting more hop action coming from this brew. it's bitter and has a slightly floral/citrusy hop presence but it's pounded by the malt. this beer reminds me of I think it's anger by greenbush brewery and nighttime by lagunitas. it's playyyyyed! maybe it's the style TO ME but all these black ipa's seem the same. drinkable but nothing special. if you're looking for more of a dark malt driven showcase with some slight hop action this is a beer for you. I just prefer hop explosion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of the better shorts beers i have had, these guys are so hit or miss, so its nice to find a hit this strong, thanks to thebrewo for this one. everything you want in a black ipa here, piney bitter hops, literally like a forest in the night, its malt base is bitter too, tons of roast, bitter coffee grinds with the hops, but lots of body too, rich but dry, insanely flavorful, and honestly one of the best examples of the style i have had this year. it seems like the good ones they do never make it to colorado, but the hype around them is real. this has a cocoa layer in it, and some oily properties despite its seeming duality between hops and gain, these elements make it less bitter double jeopardy, and more approachable. it is different in its dry finish though, and in its well hidden abv. these black ipas often come across hot, and this one doesnt at all. palate coating but not super heavy, which is nice. i would imagine big C strain hops, although i cant be sure. not overly complex, but it doesnt need to be. a very easy drinking big beer, and frankly one of the more memorable ones from these guys. excellent late winter early spring seasonality as well.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into well-used tulip glass. Color is pitch black, Slightly aggressive pour produces three fingers of fizzy mocha head that quickly dissipates. Seriously, I turned form the glass, to browse a thread here head was just gone. Thin film left behind, spotty lacing. Smell is citrus hops, roasted malt. Taste is absolutely wow. I expected something different, more bitter, even though it's billed as a DIPA and I've not found those to be so. There is a tiny bite on the end, but a bit sweet citrus and a bit roasted flavor dominates. Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy, which was also unexpected. Bitter roast aftertaste, floral burps.
Oh, and the title is a Primus reference. Excellence all around. So far, Short's limited releases this year have been killing it over last year's.
Edit: Having this one again a year later and even more impressed. Creamier and more full of roasty goodness than I remember. Rating is raised from 4.12 to 4.43

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Photo of Chris_the_Tartar
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks black as it claims to with a tiny ,mocha head. Smell is of hops, malt, caught a whiff of lemon. Each sip starts out like an IPA, mouth full of hops, but with a creamy aftertaste. Truly succeeds in being a creamy IPA unlike a hoppy porter, like some other black IPAs I've had. Damn good.

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Photo of Bignutz
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark Ale with distinct hop aroma, getting the Apollo scent but I'm not quite sure. Hops and coffee on the nose. Mouth feel is wet, malty and delicious. Great lacing, let it sit as it just gets better. i get black patent malts heavy with no smoke but a coffee grind palette and a slight sweet maltiness. IBU's are there but not a dominant hop finish but very crisp, fast finish. FINAL WORD: Shorts did it again, this beer is very good for the style, very nice for its style. I'd buy it again. cheers

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared with stillmatic2232, thanks man. First beer tried from Short's.

Pours black, with a one inch head, and not much lacing, really.

Aromas of pine, grapefruit, chocolate and coffee. Great aroma.

The aroma is better than the taste. Slightly watery at times, slightly muted hop flavor. The flavor is good, I just want more of it. Low amounts of roasted malt, some chocolate, pine, and grapefruit.

Medium to thin bodied, slightly disappointing. Crisp mouthfeel, finishes creamy, however. Fairly dry.

Pretty good, but not one of my favorite black ales.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dee black with a two-finger foamy tan head. Heavy amount of sticky lacing.

S - Light amoun of roasted malts with some earthy hops.

T - Starts off with light citrus, mostly grapefruit. Finish has a nice mix of roasted malts and piney hops. Lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - Good beer and one of the better black IPAs I've had. Nice combination of roated malts and piney hop. Recommended.

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Goodnight Bodacious from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 336 ratings