Appearance: Small, cream-colored head with a bit of lacing. Black in color.
Aroma: Lots of chocolate with some coffee and nut.
Taste: Heavy roasted malt flavor, with some chocolate, nut, vanilla, coffee and a hint of mint. Reminds me of malted milk balls.
Mouthfeel: Extremely creamy — almost like a milkshake. Very easy to drink.
Shorts is well known for playing around with a beer’s flavors, and its Uncle Steve’s Irish Stout is no exception. Pouring a deep black with a small, cream-colored head, a smell of chocolate and coffee is immediately present. While I was expecting a heavy stout, this is actually quite light on the tongue, and reminds me more of ice cream than a typical beer.
You’ll find lots of roasted malt flavors, and otherwise some chocolate, nut, vanilla and coffee. I picked up just a slight mint taste — enough to give it a bit of freshness. It’s certainly a dessert beer, and one I’d recommend for those cold winter or spring nights. Overall this creamy beer is pretty unique — even though it holds some typical characteristics of stouts — and is one of my favorite Shorts brews.