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Short's Black Cherry Porter - Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Black Cherry PorterShort's Black Cherry Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 77
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
One of our biggest beers offered, the Black Cherry Porter is a full flavored strong porter brewed with sweet black cherries. The formula consists of several different malts, lending deep opaque color with purple lace from the fresh fruit it's fermented with. Nearly 4 lbs. of fresh sweet black cherries go into each gallon of brew. A flavor of deep lustrous malt complexity and fullness, yet smooth with soft hints of toasted chocolate and pleasurable black cherry flavors. This beer has become one of our most sought after seasonal selections. People have lined up to drink nothing but Black Cherry Porter when brought to beer festivals and other off premise events. Now we bring it to you, enjoy.

35 I.B.U.'s
O.G. 19 deg. Plato
9 % A.B.V.

(Formerly called Rocky Top Black Cherry Porter, named after Rocky Top orchard.)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2004)
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Reviews by Slay40:
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Slay40, May 10, 2013
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2.09/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

I believe I had an infected bottle. I will keep this review/score here until I am able to snag another helping of this brew upon which I will re-rate if it turns out it really was infected. I'm hoping so - because this beer sounds great in theory, but the bottle I had was pretty vile.

Pours dark as hell with a deep tan, ruby red hued head with wonderful staying power. Easy to conjure back by swirling the glass a little bit, too. The initial aroma doesn't really remind me of cherries - I'm picking up more of a woody-nutty smell, some bitter coffee, and strange caramel notes. I say "strange" because I'm still not sure if it's caramel I'm tasting - some kind of malty flavor I can't exactly describe.

The taste is even more strange than the smell. The biggest thing I'm getting up front is a weird smoked meat flavor. Yes, smoked meat. The first second of the sip hints at a smoked porter, with the meaty flavor and the burnt wood chips in the back. Then, right in front of your palate, the beer turns into an almost sickeningly sweet concoction of blackberry, black cherry juice, and prunes. For just a SPLIT second, I pick up a slight hint that reminds me of A1 steak sauce. The wood chip taste is heavy in the end as well, with some earthy notes. The final notes are kind of musty, and a weird combination of sweet and bitter than isn't very desirable. Medium body, silky smooth, and a nice amount of carbonation.

I always commend Short's for their prowess and willingness to try different things. Unfortunately this porter missed the mark just a bit. I didn't really get much black cherry at all, and the combination of sweetness and smokiness was kind of upsetting. It was tough to choke down the whole bottle, I probably won't be having this one again.

tectactoe, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes made on 10/27/10.

A: The color is dark black and impenetrable to my eye with a dark mocha head that I swear has a tinge of dark red, ala a black cherry. This head is impressive in size at one and a half fingers and retains well. The lacing is gorgeous and reminds me of the cloudscape on this windy Northern Michigan day.

S: Roasted dark malts are the biggest aroma and mingle with with dark cherry smell kindly. Behind those scents are a slightly bitter dark chocolate smell, a definite coffee presence, and also some bitter hop aromas.

T: The tartness of the cherry puree and the bitterness of the hops play on the sides of my palate at first, then the roasted malt, slight chocolate, and coffee do their dance on my tongue. The sweet, tart cherry and the roasted porter backbone blend fairly well, but I think I would like the flavor balance to tilt more in favor of the straight porter taste.

M: If I had any complaint, it would be that the cherry presence makes the feel a little too bright and stinging for a porter. The beer is decently coating on my palate, though, and resides on the lighter side of medium-bodied.

D: This is a very interesting take on a porter, and well worth a try. I will certainly have more of this brew over time. The tartness of the cherry adversely affects the sessionability of the beer a little bit, though. This is one of those beers that I swear I have enjoyed better on draft than I have out of the bottle. Maybe I'll review the draft pull the next time that I am at Shorts.

TCHopCraver, Oct 30, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pors almost black with dark red hue. Thick dark reddish brown head with great retention. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Rich dark chocolate malt and black cherry. Not picking up much booze.

T_Perfect blend of dark chocolate and black cherry. The cherry is bittersweet and not over done. Hints of vanilla and espresso.

M_Full bodied though a little thinner than one might expect. Slick on the palate.

D_For the ABV this is very drinkable. Very well done.

nickadams2, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of warnerry
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 1/31/11

A - Pours black with three fingers of deep brown head. Head has great retention.

S - Aroma is chocolate, slightly tart cherries and earthy roasted malts. Smells delicious.

T - Wow! Great blend of chocolate and coffee with cherry flavor filling in the periphery instead of playing a dominant role. Cherry element is slightly tart and not sweet. The tartness is more noticeable on the finish, but is still pretty subtle and desirable.

M - Perfect medium mouthfeel coats the palate nicely.

O - Definitely my favorite Short's offering and one of the better beers I've ever had.

Note: the review is for a pretty fresh bottle. I ending up buying a case of this altogether, and when I got to the last few bottles in March, infection was definitely setting in. Hopefully that will get resolved by the next release, as this is a fantastic beer.

warnerry, Oct 25, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade shared with my wife.

This beer is black with fluffy tan head. The head is thick and creamy and laces well.

The nose is sweet definitely a porter almost like a porter that got a little infected not in a bad way. Has a almost vanilla nose in the end.

The taste is a thick creamy porter to start sweet . The cherry tart flavor comes in and lingers. The flavor is isn't artificial . The carbonation is big but never harsh well rounded a good beer to try but I couldn't have it every day no could I finish it.

My wife liked it better then I

bishopdc0, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Namarsha82, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malts and chocolate-covered cherries. The flavor is more of the same with cherries, roasted malt, chocolate and a little bit of smoke. The beer tastes and smells exactly like you would expect a beer named Black Cherry Porter to taste. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very good beer and proof that Short's can really make some good beers when they don't have infection problems.

Mora2000, Nov 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jaminjohnson, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of madeofsteel
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark, almost black purple. Kind of a plum color. Thin brown fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ringlet and little to moderate lacing.

S - Smells more like an oatmeal stout or something, nutty malts, and sour-sweet hints of cherry.

T - I usually expect wacky, overbearing flavors from Short's because it's kind of their thing. But this is a surprisingly balanced porter, with only some hints of cherry on the tip of the toungue and in the finish. Nice and sweet without throwing the balance off.

M - Dry, kind of buttery finish, and moderate carbonation.

O - It could have had a bit more going on with the cherry flavor and I wouldn't have minded, but it was still a pretty good offering from Short's, and it didn't disappoint.

madeofsteel, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jeonseh
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - Dark brown with a slight ruby tint. Two finger mocha colored head that leaves nice lacing down the glass

S - Reminds me of cherry chip ice cream as I get chocolate, vanilla, and sweet cherry. Big sweet nose, especially for a porter

T - Up front there is sweet vanilla with a hint of tart cherry. In the middle, I get roasted malts and dark chocolate. The finish is smokey, roasted malt and dark, bitter chocolate. A little sweeter than a normal porter and the cherry adds a nice fruitiness to the normal smokey porter style

MF - Light body with low carbonation. A little watery. The finish is slightly astringent and smokey as the roasted malt lingers on the tongue.

O - A nice twist on a porter as the cherry flavors make this is a bit sweeter and tarter than normal. It helps that this is a solid porter even without the cherry so adding it in adds another layer of complexity instead of being a gimmick. The nose is definitely a highlight of the beer as that is where the cherry and vanilla really make themselves known.

jeonseh, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

goast8127, Feb 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

acurtis, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to kzoobrew for the chance to taste this one. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a deep dark, syrupy looking color. Dark tan head, tight bubbles, decent lacing on the glass. leaves a solid tan top after receding. Looks amazing- an appearance of a serious porter here. Smell- definitely getting the dark cherries, and a whiff of cocoa- noting that the cherry smells "real" vs some sort of cherry syrup. Taste- nice silky smooth chocolate and cherry flavors on the end. A little bit of roasted bitterness up front as well. Wow. This is one hell of an amazing beer. For 7%, I get no booze at all, this is just a really balanced beer. I'm super impressed with the use of the cherry flavors here. I'm contrasting this against the stone cherry chocolate stout...this is a superior beer- perfect use of the flavors.

lnashsig, Nov 23, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased from the brewery a couple months ago. served in a small tulip glass.

A - pours with about a third inch of creamy, khaki colored foam. settles to a thin film and ring, leaving a thin layer of consistent lacing around the glass. the beer is dark, even for a porter...letting in just a tad bit of dark ruby around the sides of the glass.

S - slightly roasted malts, toasted nuts, just a touch of licorice and milk chocolate...black cherries are present but take some effort to pull out.

T - begins as it should as a solid porter, roasted but not charred malts alongside of chocolate, and toasted nuts. sweetness creeps in during the second half, as a delicate layer of fresh cherry juice comes alive and adds a subtle bit of tartness to the end.

M - medium bodied with solid yet controlled, tight fizzy carbonation. creamy where it should be, and coats the mouth through the swallow. fruity tartness somewhat wipes things clean at the end.

D - what we have here is a solid American porter, taken to the next level by the addition of a well amount of cherries to compliment and not overwhelm. one of my favorite Short's beers.

Stigs, Feb 15, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: crimson, brown and deep purple hues flow from the bottle into my tumbler. The body is deep and heavy looking, nearly convinced I was pouring a stout. The head is weighty and caramel coffee in color. Speckled lacing is most appealing and running rampant. This is looking promising

S: shortly after opening the bottle the smell of tart cherries was in the air, wowzers. Continued smelling brought about heavily roasted malts, some cocoa, and even more cherries. This is a nice assembly of smells for a porter. It maintains a large and deep malt base with a mild mannered sweetness in the mix

T: this is amazing. Delicious and ginormous roasted malts (close to being charred) lock in the bottom end. Then, going back and forth, is a harmonious interplay of tart and sweet cherries. This amalgamation of flavors, in of itself, is near perfect. Continued sips unlock mingling soft cocoa, heavy cream, and some coffee notes. I find that the tail end of each sip is laden with a few crushed dark roasted coffee beans. This is without a doubt one of the best porters to date. I am not huge into sour or tart porters and stouts. But when done right, they can be to die for and this one is

M: silky and velvet-like on the tongue. Considering the 9.0% ABV it is nearly impossible to detect, even as thing warm up. Speaking of warming, the flavors are out of this world

D: as of right now, this is one of my personal favorites from Short's. No doubts. Dark beer drinkers need to get a hold of this one

Magpie14, Oct 26, 2010
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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick pitch black with a small off white tannish head that settles to a thin cap. Rather dark for a porter. Smell is more stout like then porter- lots of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, olive brine, some cherries. Taste is similar and a bit off. Starts with roasted malts, very bitter slightly burnt malt flavor, smokey chocolate, slightly metallic, some dark cherries in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium light carbonation. Not a bad beer, but falls out of line with American Porters. More like a cherry American Stout then anything else.

nkersten, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This works! Pours very dark brown near black, with a dusting of a white head. The fresh cherry aroma emmenates from the glass and is enticing. Above average mouthfeel contains a marriage of roasted malt, rich malt including chocolate malt, and black cherry flavour that is right there. Great drinkability.

Sammy, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a nearly flat .5 finger coarse, dark mocha head with a reddish tint and little retention. Beer is an opaque black. More like an imperial porter than its little brother. Lacing is pretty. Stringy and with a nice spotty pattern underneath. Decent cling too.

S: Nose is liquorice, coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt bitterness. No cherry aroma is really detectable but regardless, spot on considering the style. Nothing outrageous but solid.

T: Opens liquorice, dark chocolate, and roasted malt bitterness. Cherry sweet and tartness lingers quietly in the background but its detectable towards the middle. Coffee beans and more liquorice at the finish adds more of a touch of tartness. Ends accented coffee. Cherry juice mixed with bitter chocolate and cocoa powder in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Oily in the mouth with a slight abrasiveness at the edges from the bubbles. Finish is accented and messy and aftertaste lingers.

D: A solid beer from Shorts but a general failure in terms of what I believe they're trying to do. Cherry is barely present and is completely overpowered by the dominant porter flavors. A solid beer but nothing out of the ordinary.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 01, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

aztraz, May 19, 2013
Photo of jmpizzo
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jmpizzo, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of rolandboy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

rolandboy, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of beerhan
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - dated 10/04/12

A-Pours a huge black color with almost a reddish hue to it. Foamy mahogany 2 finger head that leaves a reddish brown ring.

S-As with many of Short's beers this one does not fail to deliver on uniqueness. Smells of black licorice, roasty dark chocolate with a very up front cherry peel aroma with a subtle smoke aroma in the background.

T-A little smokey and nutty on the front with a burnt cherry flavor that slowly comes in.

M-This one has an odd finish. It almost feels like I am running my tongue across wood. The cherry incorporates itself well into the aroma and taste but gives an awkward body to the beer.

O-This was definitely interesting. I do not really care for cherry in stouts and porters but this one is alright. For what it is, it is pretty tasty but not really my thing. If you are a cherry stout/porter fan this will impress but to me it is just a bit gimmicky. I would have probably liked the cherry to be very noticeable but I kind of feel if there was any more added there may have been a medicinal character to the flavor.

beerhan, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

beergorrilla, Dec 21, 2012
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Short's Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.