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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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252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
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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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 04:13:03 | More by Sammy
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4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GrandCruDrew for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque reddish black with a 2 inch crimson brown head that fades to a small cap. Streaks of lace coat the glass on the drink down. Smells of tart super dark cherries, roasted malts, cocoa beans, and slight coffee beans. Taste is of sour black cherry, roasted coffee beans, and cocoa powder. Slight coffee ground/cocoa bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is very good with just the right amount of carbonation that still leaves a creaminess with each sip. Overall, this is a good porter that meshes well with the black cherry puree it's brewed with. I am actually pretty happy that I have another one of these to enjoy another time.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 03:39:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-13-2011 23:34:27 | More by djrn2
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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up in Michigan over the holidays. Served in a snifter. Not infected--woohoo!

Pours dark brown with a bit of a crimson hue. Single-finger off-white head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings a bit of roast as well as some chocolate and lightly-tart and sweet cherries. Taste brings a bit more cherry character plus some roast. Nothing terribly complicated, though I like the cherries. Mouthfeel is medium with lowish carbonation. Okay beer, but nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 20:42:16 | More by Thorpe429
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 23:42:29 | More by mikesgroove
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-14-2011 00:41:32 | More by acurtis
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-15-2013 23:08:23 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-15-2013 23:26:46 | More by Texasfan549
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3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a very thick looking black beer. The head was brown with a little bit of retention and lacing. The smell of the beer has a subtle cherry note, reminded me of a syrup I used in a home brew once. The other aromas I get from this are roasted malts and not too much else. The taste of the beer is very roasted in te beginning, as it warms up it gets a little sweeter. The cherry flavor isn't nearly as prominent as I expected it to be. The mouthfeel of this beer reminds me more of a stout than a porter. Overall this beer is heavier than I expected, it's good but I really wanted more sweet cherry from it. Still an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 19:56:14 | More by Knapp85
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-22-2011 09:14:13 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-25-2011 22:53:51 | More by JAHMUR
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-15-2011 17:59:42 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well Shorts, is this infected too? I don't think this bottle was. Beer is black / dark ruby brown with a thin head of tan bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the snifter. Low carbonation.

Aroma is a little tart which worried me at first about infection but ultimately I think its just the cherries. Mild roastiness too.

I guess ultimately this beer is just not my thing but I feel like there's nothing wrong with it and that plenty of people would enjoy a porter flavored with cherries, just not me. It's a little thin, mild carbonation on the palate, mild tartness at the back, some roasty bitterness on the finish, some fruit flavor on the front half. I don't know what to say about except that I'd be slow to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 18:42:23 | More by drabmuh
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 07:18:27 | More by Mora2000
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-07-2012 15:14:46 | More by mendvicdog
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

01-07-2013 13:22:33 | More by oriolesfan4
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4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmurren25 for sharing this brew at Als during the pumpkin murren event on Saturday. 

Poured into a snifter this brew appears nearly black in color with a darkly tan head that fades slowly. When held to the light it has some lighter browness showing through the edges and hints of redness.

The smell of this brew is roasty dark malt coming across like chocolate. There is a background note of fruity alcohol esters thy develope more towards being cherry as it warms. If it didn't say black cherry on the bottle I doubt I could hve identified it as such. Also coming through in the aroma is some citrusy hops that compliment the smell of fruit and dark grain.

The taste is dark roasted grain with a nice bitterness that is partly due to the level of roast of the malt and some citrusy bitterness imparted by the hops. The alcohol is noticeable again accenting the fruity side of this brew. It has a long lingering aftertaste of burnt grain mixed with cherry that imparts a dryness on the tongue.

A medium bodied brew with a light enjoyable level of carbonation. A pleasant take on the style and done quite well. It is a good balance of roast, hops, fruit and alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 15:32:21 | More by stakem
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-10-2013 03:38:44 | More by duceswild
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into bells snifter

Pours a mahogony tan head. Fades down a bit. Leaves some lace rings. Very unique color head. Color is black.

Aroma: Roasted malts and sweet black cherries. They are borderlining tart. Has some dark chocolate as well. With a swirl of the glass I am able to smell some marshmallow flavors.

Taste: The black cherries are rather dry. It is big and roasted. Chocolate notes with some cream and vanilla. It has something in the background that I can't determine what it is. Has some coffee roast as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a long lasting coffee bitterness.

Overall, it is an alright porter, but just not was I was expecting. It had a bit to much roasted malt and too much bittering coffee in the finish. Somewhat drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 00:30:39 | More by mothman
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District of Columbia

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

Bottle shared by afdempse. Thanks Adam!

This beer appears a very deep shade of brown, bordering on blackness. The beige head is approximately a finger thick and leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma consists primarily of roasted malt with dark fruit.

The flavor brings more of the same, with cherries really emerging in the finish. A tasty offering from Short's.

The feel is medium bodied, with alcohol content disguised pretty well.

A nice sipper. I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 02:11:03 | More by Huhzubendah
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Devin for sharing this the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color, with a slight reddish hue. The beer also has pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose intense and attractive in this beer, showcasing considerable coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast and a hint of licorise. This beer really has a very roasty aroma profile, something that is carried through onto the palate. The flavor profile genereally replicates the nose, with no more than a hint of the promised black cherry. The beer is actually quite dry, despite some initial sweetness. There is also a hint of leather and tobacco in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long roasty, dry, somewhat bitter finish. Drinkability isn't too bad, but the beer is so roasty and dry, and has so much a burnt toast flavor, I just can't imagine drinking a whole lot of this 9% beer.

A nice enough beer, but just not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 20:55:19 | More by John_M
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

01-28-2013 15:39:53 | More by brandoman63
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4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 10/31/2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1 finger dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of creamy chocolate, cherry, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, light coffee, biscuit, and light herbal hops. Nice and fairly well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, cherry, biscuit, light coffee, and slight herbal spiciness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of semisweet chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, light cherry, and biscuit for a good bit. Nice balance of the tart cherries here. Only a light amount is present letting you know it is there, with big chocolate flavor on top. No cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is almost completely hidden with hardly any warming on the finish noticed. Overall this is a great porter! Nice and robust flavors with great balance; and very smooth to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:50:03 | More by superspak
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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. It poured black and thick with a very nice dense mocha head filling the top inch of the glass. The head retreated to the edges of the glass where it left some decent lacing.

The aroma shows a nice roasted quality to it with a little coffee, but remains very smooth. The black cherries come through a little and mix with a chocolaty flavor very nicely. Chocolate covered cherries really come to mind in the aroma.

The taste shows more of the cherry flavor throughout the beer. It's a very nice fresh black cherry taste that I'm really enjoying. Like the nose suggested, chocolate really does play a big role as well and adds to the chocolate covered cherry similarities. The roasty flavors are a little less pronounced at first but they show back up in the finish to lend some bitter, burnt flavors. I get just a bit of alcohol to it in the finish as well, almost like a hint of a cherry soaked in vodka. I really enjoyed the flavors in this one a lot.

The mouthfeel feels heavy and a bit syrupy, while carbonation is low. It seems to fit the flavor profile pretty nicely actually. Drinkability is very good, I really enjoyed the beer and the flavors. The cherries were very well done and the chocolate complimented them very well. I love cherries and this beer was right up my alley. Probably my favorite shorts beer so far.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 02:44:42 | More by billab914
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4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from jale (thanks Jim). This one pours dark and opaque with a few fingers of substantial-looking (solid) tan foam. It smells VERY decent, some cocoa and roast along with what must be black cherries. Actually it's easier to pick out the cherry aromas knowing that they're in there, this comes across mainly as a sweet and roasty porter based on nose.

It taste sweet too, with more malt than cherry in the flavor, although the lasting sweetness hints at fruit. A little acrid too, deduct points based on my own personal tastes. Doeasn't matter even with the penalty, this is quality porter.

The beer is thicker than expected for a porter, but it's also 9% ABV so I guess it has a somewhat serious malt bill. Potent stuff, very tasty, glad I have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 00:31:53 | More by TurdFurgison
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Short's Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.