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Review by k3n on 01/09/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 7 16 4 8 2009
12 oz bottle.

Pours a rich, molasses brownish-black. 0.5" of head which disappates rather quickly. =( Subsequent swirls stir up minimal bubbles which don't deign to hang around. Minimal lacing.

Aromas of toasted malt. hm. that's it.

Taste is led by the roasted malt, followed by burnt sugars, and the dryness of black coffee. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a pleasant, lingering coffee bitterness.

Solid.

Served In: Tulip

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 18 5 8 0
750ml


Bottle #207/500
Bottled 4/20/06

I've been searching out this beer for quite awhile and was finaly able to get my hands on a bottle courtesy of faro, thanks a million Jeff!

Mystery Stout pours black as night and has the appearance of an oil slick in the snifter. The head rises ominously from the black body with faint swirlings at first that steadily grow to a one finger dark chocolate head. The head slowly falls to a skim coat with a healthy ring of foam around the glass that leaves patchy lacing here and there. The body of this beer is so black it sucks in the surrounding light like a black hole.

The aroma of this beer is absolutely huge and delicious. There's such a depth to the aroma I'm not entirely sure where to begin. Roasted malt gets things started and are quickly met with freshly brewed black coffee. This combination gives way to a huge dark berry aroma, it's so big and dense that I've never come across so much dark berry aroma in a stout before. There are handfuls of bursting ripe blackberry and black raspberry jumping out of the glass. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder brings up the rear. This barely scratches the surface of this incredibly unique, big, inviting aroma. If the nose tells me anything it's that this will be one special beer.

Wow! The nose wasn't lying. This stout is deep. The roasted maltiness abounds and lays a solid foundation for this beer to be built. The berries aren't quite as big as the nose suggested but they do play a big role in the flavor. Dark chocolate, molasses, coffee, dusty cocoa and vanilla among others flash here and there. This beer shows some port like qualities. Surprisingly the finish brings about a solid hop bitterness that combines with spicy alcohol to warm me up on the swallow. A coffee and roasted malt bitterness show up on the finish too adding even greater depth to an already never ending beer. Mystery Stout really is a work of brewing art.

The mouthfeel isn't as chewy as I expected but actually fits this beer perfectly. The body is on the thicker side with mellow carbonation but it's incredibly silky smooth. This beer works through at its own slow pace but leaving behind a bit of stickiness. The bitter characters mentioned in the flavor leave bitterness on the tongue and the alcohol warms me up on the swallow.

This is a big beer that demands your time and attention. It needs to be sipped and savored. That being said I would happily drink this beer all night long and often if I had the chance. Although it's a sipper I have no problem drinking as much of this as possible.

This is my favorite Short's beer to date. Mystery Stout is really a fantastic brew that's packed with flavor. I honestly can't get enough of this beer and wished I had a couple more bottles lying around. This is a gem of a beer and I'm glad I had the chance to give it a try. Thanks again Jeff!


Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 03/31/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 9 13 3 7 2006
A big thanks to the generous hoppymeal for trading me this beer that I really wanted to try, you rock Derek. I took this one to the SeaofFloydster Tasting that took place on March 28th. Bottled in 2006, #161/500.

The color was like any other imperial stout, dark with a thin head.

Pretty good aroma, lots of roasted malts and chocolate malts upfront. Almost oaky with hints of almonds. Bits of chocolate covered raisins and figs. Some dusty cocoa powder.

The flavor was a bit odd. There were parts of it that I liked and parts that seemed out of place or just overdone. Dry roasted barley, dry bitter chocolate, cocoa, and with a really long and dry finish that was a bit too astringent. Some blackberry jam. A little sweeter later on but the finish is not that good, there was an astringent grain taste that combined with the dryness and roasted barley that didn't make it so pleasant. The first part of the beer was good with the chocolate, roasted malts, and dark fruits but the finish dragged this one down.

Somewhat fizzy yet low carbonation, medium dry. Couldn't drink too much of this one, especially when there were other beers to be had.

Served In: Snifter

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