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Review by seaoflament on 07/31/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 12 18 4 9 2008
Big thanks to hoppymeal for trading me a bottle of this one. I have developed a taste for anise through absinthe and had always wanted to try this one. I’ve already tried a couple of the Short’s Imperial beers but this is the first one I’ve sat down and rated. Bottle #201 out of 744 (hey Joe Short didn’t sign the back of this card!).

Pours the color of a strong porter, dark and with some ruby edges when held to the light. A thick and frothy head, soapy and creamy looking, rises from the bottom to the tip of my glass. About half of the glass filled up with foam. Great retention, there’s a good quarter inch of foam that just doesn’t disappear.

Wow, probably the best nose of all the Short’s beers I have tried. There’s a soft mint chocolate aroma that just makes my mouth water. Quite a bit of chocolate on this one with some lightly roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, wood, and a subtle anise aroma in the background. As much as I like anise I’m glad that it was not overdone, at least not in the aroma. There’s also some mineral water and/or club soda, something I have detected in other beers from their Imperial Series.

Taste is very similar to the aroma, did not believe it could live up to it. Lot’s of chocolate, a little bit of mint, vanilla, oak, cocoa, roasted malts, woodsy licorice, and anise in the finish and aftertaste. A tiny bit of alcohol can be detected in the end. Boy, this is one tasty beer!

Rich and creamy mouthfeel, at the right temperature so drink this one between cellar and room temp. Semi-dry finish with lots of roasted malts and chocolate in the finish. I have not liked the mouthfeel from most of the Short’s beers, I find them gaseous and thin, but this one is just great.

From the other Short’s beers I have tried I’m not sure if I could have finished a whole 750ml bottle by myself (maybe their Imperial Black Cherry Porter) but I will have no problem finishing and savoring this bottle.

Served In: Pint Glass