Short’s Uncle Steve’s Irish Stout

Short’s Brewing Company, Bellaire, MI
Uncle Steve’s Irish Stout
5.5% ABV
12 oz. btl. split into 2 mini-mason jars

One deep inhale of this “Leprechaun Magic” and I thought that Short’s had created the perfect stout.  I was stunned. The tar-black brew smelled just like Costa Rican coffee. I began to salivate.

Then I took a sip.  A wave of mild concern washed over me, followed by a lingering wave of disgust. The stout is watery and thin with a quick, disagreeable chemical finish. Outstanding nose, weak beer.

This is basically the beer equivalent of a sweater-vest. Insubstantial fashion over function.

Here is a downloadable Mario Bros. sweater vest pattern.


~ by Perry S. on April 21, 2010.

3 Responses to “Short’s Uncle Steve’s Irish Stout”

  1. I was just curious if you actually have beer judging credentials or if this is just a hobby and personal opinion on the beers. The fact of the matter is…..the beer you described sounds like the beer we’ve intended to make. From the description of your review, I’d guess you were expecting something in the likes of an American or Imperial Stout (which we do make) and not an attempt at a classic beer style. This sample in particular was intended to be representative of the classic Irish. If there is something technically wrong with this beer, I would really appreciate your insight (like and infection, or oxidation) please let me know! Here is the link and description to the Great American Beer Festival style guideline for the Irish Stout:

    70. Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

    Dry stouts have an initial malt and light caramel flavor profile with a distinctive dry-roasted bitterness in the finish. Dry stouts achieve a dry-roasted character through the use of roasted barley. The emphasis of coffee-like roasted barley and a moderate degree of roasted malt aromas define much of the character. Some slight acidity may be perceived but is not necessary. Hop aroma and flavor should not be perceived. Dry stouts have medium-light to medium body. Fruity esters are minimal and overshadowed by malt, high hop bitterness, and roasted barley character. Diacetyl (butterscotch) should be very low or not perceived. Head retention is excellent in nitro versions; for purposes of this competition, bottled versions may or may not display a typical biscuit head indicative of nitrogenation.
    Original Gravity (ºPlato) 1.038-1.048 (9.5-12 ºPlato)
    Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (ºPlato) 1.008-1.012 (2-3 ºPlato)
    Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.2-4.2% (3.8-5%)
    Bitterness (IBU) 30-40
    Color SRM (EBC) 40+ (80+ EBC)

    Granted, our beer doesn’t fit this description to a “T”, but we like it! (it’s not typical of our “in your face” beer style, but we’re diversifying) Oh, and I think the sweater vest would be sweet for our ugly sweater party in December!

    • Joe,
      We’re honored to have your feedback and hope that we haven’t offended you with our review. Writing beer reviews for this site is purely a hobby, albeit one that we take seriously. As we mentioned in a previous review, we greatly respect the creativity of Short’s Brewing Company. Our readership is quite small and undeterred in their avid beer consumption, regardless of how we describe the particular features of a brew.

      I have no doubt that this brew is true to style, and there is certainly nothing technically wrong with it. My disappointment came not from expectations of a more grandiose “in your face” stout, but rather from the simple observation that the thin body and peculiar finish are the weak points of an otherwise solid Irish Stout. As I mentioned in my review, the excellent aroma sets the bar high!

      Thanks again for stopping by.

      Best regards~

  2. […] we are totally unqualified amateur beer reviewers with absolutely no credentials, we humbly submit that we enjoyed drinking this beer, and would drink another. Maybe we don’t […]

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