1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Short's Black Cherry PorterShort's Black Cherry Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

255 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 255
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 76
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 255 | Reviews: 123 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cates1tg
5/5  rDev +29.5%

cates1tg, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Hokenfloken
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Hokenfloken, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of warbird07
5/5  rDev +29.5%

warbird07, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of McCranky
5/5  rDev +29.5%

McCranky, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
5/5  rDev +29.5%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of wadepressel
5/5  rDev +29.5%

wadepressel, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of GoldenChild
5/5  rDev +29.5%

GoldenChild, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ereye
5/5  rDev +29.5%

ereye, May 09, 2013
Photo of Magpie14
4.78/5  rDev +23.8%

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
Photo of dfillius
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Gentle pour yields 1/2 finger of brown head with good retention. Nice, nearly opaque dark brown, close to black colored liquid. Beautiful
S: Chocolate, toffee, slight alcohol, coffee. Complex and pleasant.
T: Roasty! Great, strong bitter chocolate flavor. A bit too much alcohol in the taste. Interesting tartness at the back edge of my tongue. Not fruity, which is a plus. Very tasty, a solid porter. If the booziness was less, I'd have rated it a 5.0
M: Great bitterness, full feeling, slight warmth
D: Great. I'd love another and I'm glad I bought 6. I'll look for it next year too!

dfillius, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of david131
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

A- A completely pitch black liquid with just the slightest hint of blood red coming through at the edges. The dark brown/red head is thin but creamy. Looks mean.

S- Black cherries, smoke, dark chocolate, and coffee. Pretty aromatic and appealing.

T- Black cherries, smoke, and roastiness. Slightly sweet and tart. Really complex and heavy duty.

M- Creamy smooth body with lots of lasting flavors. Dreamy.

D- Really delicious and rich, but it doesn't get out of hand. Very well made; hopefully it doesn't become infected over time.

david131, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Frosty80
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

Frosty80, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of warnerry
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%

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
Photo of lnashsig
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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
Photo of jmpizzo
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jmpizzo, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mzeld
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

mzeld, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Decided that I was going to go on a fridge cleaning for the next week before I need to take a break for a while. Went with this mixed sixer last night in an attempt to clean out some lighter fare. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 11/03/2010.

I was really excited to this one, I have been working my way through a great deal of these new offerings but this one just screamed my name. The pour was dark, very dark with only light hints of a reddish tone around the sides and bottom of the glass. A nice head of tan rose up from the bottom of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down to earth.

Aroma is deep dark malts, chocolate and rich berries all mixed together nearly perfectly. Warming brings out even more notes of rich raspberries, cherries, hints of milk chocolate and smooth roasted malts. Very full flavor and feel with a thick, viscous touch to it that really just made my day. Smooth chocolate wraps around the taste buds and leaves little doubt as it collides with the cherries to cause a full on dessert experience here. Just a tremendously well balanced and well placed flavor, just the right amount of fruit balanced just right against the big malts. Smooth and rich with a velvet like finish.

Overall easily my favorite of all the new shorts offerings. I could have this one all day long. Just really hit the spot.

mikesgroove, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of SteveEff
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

SteveEff, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of strohme2
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

strohme2, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Pelletben
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Pelletben, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

SaisonRichBiere, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

This pours a ruby black—you can see the dark intense red when held to light. It has an aroma of dark cherries and a light smoke. Smoke and roast comes through when tasted. A lighter roast that finishes dry and roasty along with a touch of smoked malts makes this beer engaging, complex and enjoyable.

elNopalero, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Lynn, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%

Lingering 1 1/2 finger foamy lt. brown head. Brew is pretty thick and deep and dark brown/black. Awesome lacing too.. Tons of proteins

Roasty, chocolate, moderately sweet, cherry, deep, complex, bready, yum!

Lighter than I though it would be. Dry-sweetness, roasty, chewy, leathery, great subtle cherry flavor, dark chocolate, perfect light carbonation, no heat, no bitterness. Amazing.

This brew could be Shorts best brew.. It's phenomenal. Dare I say, recommended? Thanks Abanton for sharing. For the record: I HATE SMOKED BREWS!!! This is NOT a smoked brew, does it have subtle smoke aroma/flavors? yes. The smoke "character" only adds to this fine brews complexity.

chugalug06, Jan 25, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Short's Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.