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

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 79
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2004

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.)
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Reviews by wschmit:
Photo of wschmit
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint. No apparent date, but there's some sediment in the bottom.

A: One of the more interesting pours I've seen: an inky, black body, somewhat viscous, pours out with an odd, cherry/brown head--exactly like black cherry soda pop foam. Intriguing. Otherwise, the body is quite dark, even at the edges, when held up to light. The head has some staying power, too--the fine bubbles take their time in popping.

S: A pretty bewitching nose, too: spicy, with a dark, almost savory but slight tartness, and some mild roasty notes.

T: The black cherry comes on right up front and sticks around, dominating at first, then fading out as the coffee and burnt toast come through. The cherry's pretty strong, but not too sweet, and in my opinion makes for a good mix with this otherwise solid porter.

M: It's a bit too thick, and a touch alcoholic, and there's definitely some sediment in here. Good mouthfeel, beyond the sediment: full and creamy.

O: A bit too premature, as I think its ideal season is later on in the fall, but this is a pretty solid beer. If you're into fruit beers, you'll like this. If you're not, I can see this as being a bit too fruit-forward. It appeals to me as a good porter with a well-chosen fruit addition, and not expensive. Pretty good stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
2.13/5  rDev -44.8%
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.

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.

Photo of nickadams2
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.

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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
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

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.

Photo of madeofsteel
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Stigs
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 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.

Photo of Magpie14
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
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

Photo of nkersten
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.

Photo of Sammy
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of beerhan
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of alleykatking
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks for the hookup Andrew (betsona)!

A- Pours as close to black as you can brown color..wasn't expecting that. Half finger brown head shows poor retention (a Short's quality). Some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass (once again a Short's quality).

S- There is a big roasted malt and bitter chocolate upfront to the aroma. Upon letting this warm up a little more there is a underlying toffee character toward the middle. Light black cherries do make a small appearance in the tail end of the aroma. The alcohol seems to have more quality than the black cherry does in the end.

T- Typical porter upfront with the roasted malts and light bitter chocolate. The middle of the beer though reminds me a little of Uber Goober. There really is no cherry flavor at all on this until the backend which in turn it dominates all of the other flavors going on. While being a little sweet it is not overly so making it a nice crisp finish. Alcohol has a light sweet tone to it that balanced out the roasted front of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was the typical low Short's style. Roasted malts and chocolate were left on the palate. Aftertaste was black cherry, sweet alcohol, and roasted malts. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors were a little seperated but the beer overall was balanced. No off flavors at all with this beer.

D- More than one? Yes please! This beer turned out to be a sleeping hit for me. I was looking forward to try it but didn't think I would like it this much. A medium range on the ABV means it will leave you feeling nice but not trashy. Flavors were well balanced for the overall beer. Good job Short's!

Photo of SpdKilz
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First things first, a massive thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for sending out a couple of these badass Short's special brews for me to try. Cheers friend!

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's Tulip with an absolute opaque black. I held it up to the light and nothing dares to get through. About a finger of dark mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates at a modest pace, leaving thin, wispy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Heavy roasted dark malts, sweet chocolate, sweet dark cherries. Everything I would expect a Short's beer labeled as such to smell like!

Taste - It is interesting; reading through people's reviews they state often times they can't taste the cherry. I'm not sure what beer they are drinking. The first flavor I get is utterly overly ripe cherry with that amazing sweetness. Now I will admit the cherry flavor is not dominate, nor does it last long. The essence of the cherry is gone relatively fast, when the wonderfully roasted malts and toasted chocolate kick in to dominate the overall flavors. But rest assured, there is for sure, lots of cherry flavor. This beer is an absolute treat after having a JP La Parcela. From overall tart to a nice sweet, cherry porter - am I in heaven? Accordingly, this is a LEGITIMATE natural cherry flavor (sorry for the caps, but I feel it important to stress). Nothing like SA Cherry Wheat (don't get me wrong, I love SA; they got me into craft beer. But the SA Cherry Wheat is processed disgusting cherry flavor). This has such a natural cherry flavor and overtone, I again wish I could share this with my father and brother-in-law who enjoy Michigan cherries/beer just as much as I do. Stupendous taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation. Perfect for this beer.

Drinkability - Is this really nine percent? I know it was before the release of the actual bottled six pack beer...but if it is, the alcohol is hidden amazingly well. No alcohol noticeable in the taste, nor is there any alcohol warming. Very easy to drink, though I am savoring it right now on my porch in Southern California on this 60 degree night (soon to be low 50's if not 40's). This is a complete knock out by Short's and is probably one of, if not the, best beer I've had by them. I am purposefully making myself wait between sips because I used one as a bottle share and only had just a hint (wanted to spread the wealth) so this is my last one and believe me, I am savoring it. Very good and highly recommended. Last notes - I love porters. Sam Adams Holiday Porter was one of my first craft beers which got me hooked on them. If I could have one porter for the rest of my life I can easily say this would be my pick.

Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Quite dark, pretty much black pour with a half finger of tan head.

The aroma is pretty thick with cherry. Also a nice dose of malt and earthiness, peat, grass.

The tart cherry is right there up front. The malty porter dominates after that. Heavy roasted malt, dark chocolate and some ashiness. The cherry accentes throughout. Finishes with continued roast and cocoa.

This is much fuller than I would have expected. The porter behind the cherries is big, but the alcohol is not. Not quite a creamy mouthfeel. A nice dessert, different than the norm.

Photo of BierFan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin head is the color of chocolate milk with some slight purple hue. The body is very black.

Smell: Roasted malts and some slight cherry.

Taste: Dark malts giving some roasted coffee and dark chocolate right upfront. Cherries lending their sweetness into the aftertaste.

Another great fruit flavored stout/porter from a MI brewer. This is right up there with Bell's Cherry Stout and Dark Horse Blueberry Stout.

Photo of theghost3
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black. There's a half finger, pecan-colored brown head that quickly dissipates. Moderate layered lacing.

The smell is fresh cherries with cocoa and some alcohol. The flavor is burnt toasty malts, sour cherries and alcohol. Slighly medicinal. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, thicker body than I would expect from a porter. Closer to an RIS. Dry finish.

This is fairly drinkable, but I was expecting sweeter and juicier cherry flavors. I would recommend drinking it with something sweet to offset the sour fruit flavors.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
No date or info available on the bottle.

Thanks again, and again, and again, to Beerwolf for his generosity. I'd be drinking all the terrible crap in the mix-tick-pack selections around here if it weren't for him.

A - The tall pour had a brilliant ruby brown clarity that became perfectly black in the glass. The tall three-finger head of dense tan foam settled to a rocky surface after slow cascading. Great retention and fantastic fingers of lace cling to the glass.

S - Heavily roasted black patent malt immediately reminds of a stout bit it certainly has enough dryness to it for a porter. The black cherries add a faint level of tart cherry aroma to the dry cocoa.

T - Smooth black coffee and complex roasted malt character envelopes the flavor with chocolate and molasses notes. Black cherries add some pizazz to this porter but not much tartness, sweetness, or otherwise fruit profile. They're just hinted at.

M - Smooth as black velvet, this porter has a deliciously round, full, thick body and a faintly roasted bitter, dry finish. Great feel!

O - Fairly high ABV but not showing it, this porter is border-line stout-like. Thick, rich, and full-bodied, it's a nice brew but definitely not one to have a lot of.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date was not apparent..
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured jet black - looked almost inky. A small amount of light brown head formed in a ring around the glass.

S - Tart cherries, roasted malts, cocoa, light coffee notes. A very robust and inviting nose.

T - Slight tart cherry taste up front, followed by cocoa and roasted malt flavours. The tart cherry flavour returns in the finish and becomes very prominent but still without overpowering the rest of the flavours. The tartness lingers in the finish.

M - Medium to full body with some good chew. Lightly carbonated.

O - An interesting and unique beer. I really liked how they managed to showcase the black cherry flavour without it overpowering the whole beer.

Photo of SeaUrchin
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

just picked up 2 bottles today, going to pick up a few more tomorrow

served from bottle to a pint glass

appearance - dark, didnt manage to be able to hold it up to a light at my girlfriends today other than the tv but it appeared to be a dark dark brown to a black, with a nice brownish red head that was a good finger high and left decent lacing on the glass

smell - smelled sweet with a nice fruity front, smelled of cherry no doubt in my mind, followed by a nice sweet malty scent, very pleasant, made me excited to taste it

taste - started off with a slight bitterness that quickly passed into a sweet malty flavor, then moved into a nice sweet cherry flavor and finished with a slight tartness that enticed one to take another sip, very pleasant and smooth flavor, as it warmed up the cherry was much more pronounced and so was a sweet bitterness, tartness remained about the same

mouthfeel - a full mouthfeel but not too heavy, slight wateriness at the end but felt as thick as i expected from the scent, but thicker than anticipated from the smell

drinkability - drank the 2 that i bought and wished that i had had a third, delicious will buy again very soon

this beer based off the name made me fear that it was going to taste like the tussin(black cherry i always associate with cough syrup) i was pleasantly surprised by the actual flavor, something i can drink in the cooler fall michigan nights but i dont see it being something that i would want to drink all winter long, great brew in my opinion

Photo of Frosty80
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: so far so good. pours like 6 month-old motor oil. dont see that too often. sits completely black with a thick, moussy head reminiscent of 3 Musketeers inner nuget.

Smell: falls a little short. it has a real clean aroma but you have to really concentrate on picking it apart. very delicate roasted malt aroma. black cherry is very faint

Taste: full malty flavor with a delicate roast. black cherry must naturally compliment the dark malt because it seems to hide in the shadow. hint of dark chocolate. finish is lightly bitter with hint of roast and black cherry skins

Mouthfeel: full-bodied with medium carbonation. very smooth and silky

Notes: very disappointed that it wasnt a little more fruity. absolutely fantastic porter though. pushes towards a stout. not as let down as many of their releases.

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