“A lustrous dark red London ale. Rich malt complexities lending notes of toasted caramel, raisins, toffee, and slight roast chocolate. Very light hop additions let the true malt characters promenade throughout the tasting enjoyment this beer offers.”
Short’s The Magician
Irish Red Ale, 6% ABV
Sayeth the Guys
Ryan: I have passed over this offering from Short’s a few times before actually picking it up. Nothing against the beer, or the style, but there was always something else on the shelves from Short’s that I was more eager to try. A night while on the road for work and with nothing to do in Lansing but review some beers changed that.
The Magician pours plum in color. A good whiff fills the nose with plums and cherries.
The taste is on par with the smell; cherries, raisins and dates burst onto the palate. In fact, it kind of has a cough medicine-like flavor and coating to it. Sadly, my cough medicine never tasted this good.
The Magician goes down incredibly smooth, finishing with just a touch of bitterness.
After trying it I was a disappointed in myself for passing this beer up so many times. The Magician is very easy drinking and is packed with sweet, malty goodness.