Bourbon Carrot Cake - Short's Brewing Company

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Bourbon Carrot Cake
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BA SCORE
87
very good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 14
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bourbon Carrot Cake is an experimental dessert ale made with carrots, marshmallow, vanilla, maple syrup, orange zest, walnuts, pecans and spices and then aged in bourbon barrels. The aroma is enticing, emitting fragrances that literally recreate a slice of carrot cake that has been soaked in bourbon, right down to the cream cheese frosting. Incredibly complex, yet surprisingly balanced, the flavor of each specialty ingredient seems to take its turn. Pleasant flavors of spice and cream resonate on the pallet causing an uncontrollable craving to taste more.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-24-2014)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to JerryM1984 for this one !

poured cold from the howler about a week and a half after fill at the brewery. poured to a three floyd's teku semi-opaque and mahogany brown with a full finger, short lasting tan head leaving a ring around the surface.

aroma of cinnamon and spice with a hint of bourbon in the way back.

big bodied, just this side of syrupy (in a good way), medium carbonation, sweet to the tongue.

carrot cake, precisely as advertised ! big bourbon and vanilla, oak, cinnamon, buttery cream cheese icing, and brown sugar.

nice !

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on-tap at HopCat Detroit's grand opening.

This is just an awesome, awesome beer... what else would I expect from Short's? Haven't had their standard Carrot Cake, but this one I had to try, and it was great. It reminded me like a bourbon barreled pumpkin beer until a great frosting-like sweetness crept up on the end, and then it tasted distinctively like carrot cake. The bourbon character isn't super strong, and maybe that's for the best -- it accents everything incredibly well though. This was one of the better beers I had at HopCat's opening. It was $9 for about a 10oz pour, but it was well worth it. Short's misses with a few of their experimental beers, but they nailed this one.

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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

gimmicky? maybe. they have some weird ones. strawberry shortcake, key lime pie, whatever, it tastes good. this one has a real nice nutty base with a vegetable sweetness, definitely taste shredded carrot here, no doubt about it. the thing i think is most remarkable here though is the way the cream cheese frosting taste is there too. maybe thats the marshmallow, maybe the vanilla, but its really yummy. i taste the nuts too in here, earthy and sweet, a cool cool project i think. the bourbon barrel really brings it together, and im sure this is far better than if it werent done in a barrel. it needs that mellowing oaky booze thing. its a little weirder and a little sweeter than i would want to drink a whole lot of, but i definitely appreciate it for what it is. it really tastes like a carrot cake, rich and even textured right with the flaky feeling to it. not one id care to drink everyday, but how cool to try! my favorite of the weird dessert ones from shorts so far.

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Bourbon Carrot Cake from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.