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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

252 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle.Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on apr´12. Pours black in color,deep dark brown to the light. Brown,small bubbled,froth creates a thick,creamy lasting crown.Toasted malts,cherry & hints of cocoa to the nose.Fruity & bitter upfront followed by a dry malt flavor & quite sour mouthfeel. Roasted malts in the middle. Earthy palate.Sharp bitter finish with fresh tobacco hues.Full body,medium carbonation.Fruity aftertaste, roasted coffee notes.Refreshing & drinkable -ABV well hidden-.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 16:59:09 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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zrab11

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-11-2012 13:13:42 | More by zrab11
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-01-2012 22:41:57 | More by MacStinson
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

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

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: dark brown to a light black bodied beer with a reddish hue to it. 3 finger of dark brown head that slowely drops down to a moderate cap. Spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: I get lots of cherry notes and some roasty notes as well. This beer smells like it might be infected. Hope its not very infected...

Taste: Yup. Its infected. On the bright side...the taste is not that bad even with its infection. Its starts of smokey and roasty like a porter. Just a little chocolate and coffee are noticed. Then the cherries come to the party. The aftertaste is what off in the taste of this beer. Its got a little bit of that sour aftertaste that lets you know that this beer is off. A soured cherry porter is an interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: Its a fairely thin porter, which I think is also due to infection issues of this beer. Low end of a medium bodied beer. Carbonation is moderate. Its easy drinking.

Overall: another case of shorts beer being infected. I would like to try this one when its not infected. There is lots of potential here!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:31:53 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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waltonc

Colorado

2/5  rDev -48.2%

03-21-2012 01:54:45 | More by waltonc
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Aethien

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, it's black with a nice slightly reddish brown ~1 finger head, very pretty.
I smell roasted malts, dark chocolate, cherries and hints of other red fruit. As it warms the cherries are more pronounced.
In the taste the cherries are much more present than in the smell which makes for a fruity and sweet porter, something I appreciate but which probably isn't to everyone's liking. It even reminds me a little of Kasteel Rouge.
I love the combination of the sweetness of the cherry with the slight coffee and chocolate flavours. My main gripe is that the cherry feels added to the beer more than part of the beer (Not sure how to word that so I hope people get it).
It has a lot more carbonation than I had expected which makes it quite easy to drink.

Overall I found this to be an interesting and good beer and something I may very well pick up more often.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 19:57:40 | More by Aethien
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Lynn

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-25-2012 23:48:49 | More by Lynn
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goast8127

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-08-2012 01:39:28 | More by goast8127
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Jefe73

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-29-2012 13:31:28 | More by Jefe73
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jegross2

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Short's Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company.
Score: 70

Bottled on 10/31/11 bottle, served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/26/12.

Appearance: One finger of creamy dark tan colored head that settles into splotchy head in the center of the beer and a ring around the glass. Solid lacing followed by an oily film on the side of the glass. Black colored body with thin brown highlights at the top of the glass. 4/5

Smell: Roasted chocolate, creamy chocolate, black cherry and a little coffee. There is a light smokiness and a very very faint aromas of subtle blackberry. Aroma turns to sour fruit as it warms. 3/5

Taste: Taste is a lot "cherrier" and "blackberrier" than the aroma would have you believe -- both upfront and on the midpalate. Whereas the cherry aromas were complementary in the nose, they take the lead on the palate. A little tart and sweet, almost grape soda like, at first, but the cherry/berry flavors disappate towards the finish. Finish is straight charred chocolate and a hint of coffee. The front is very sweet and a little tart, but the finish is dry and a little bitter. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Finish is quite dry and a little bitter. 3/5

Overall: The aroma of this beer was initially inviting, but the flavor is too unbalanced and the beer turns oddly sour as it reaches room temperature. The berry/cherry/charred chocolate flavors meld well in the aroma, but they seem awkwardly juxtaposed and unbalanced on the palate.

Recommendation: An interested beer, perhaps worth having once, but this is not worth seeking out or buying a six pack of.

Pairings: The chocolate and cherry/berry flavors would make an interesting complement to a chocolate cake.

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 05:28:50 | More by jegross2
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cosmicevan

New York

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

many thanks to Marti403, enjoyed in my ccb snifter.

a - really dark and sludgy with a generous creamy tan head. i know the lines are often blurred, but this looks like a stout. looks really nice. much more vibrant than what i expect from a porter.

s - roasted char and a hint of black cherry in there (if not from the power of suggestion alone). much more porter in the nose than the looks. nice.

t - very weird. the black cherry is there, but clashes somewhat with the porter flavors. very charred. grape soda. not bad, but not great either.

m - prickly carbonation...leaves a grape soda kind of feeling. pretty full bodied for a porter.

o - whoa...weird, but i guess that's what i've come to expect from short's unique and different. not always great, but always interesting. this one isn't bad, but the black cherry adds a dimension to the porter that isn't necessarily a compliment in my opinion. but then again, would you expect this to be a classic porter? definitely good for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:58:31 | More by cosmicevan
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bishopdc0

Maine

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

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 00:32:03 | More by bishopdc0
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jmpizzo

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-22-2012 19:03:36 | More by jmpizzo
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

01-21-2012 03:09:01 | More by mrebeka
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TheStove

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a "mini" imperial pint glass (~14oz). Pours a nice inky black with a good lingering mocha colored finger of foam.

Initially smells are of a light cherry sweetness thinly veiling a creamy malt profile. Drinks similar to the smell with a delightful delicious sweet malt rich malt flavor underpinned by the tate of cherries. Almost tastes like cherry juice was added to the bottle. Some slight chocolate and bitter malt flavors linger on the tongue between sips. The cherry becomes a bit more apparent as the brew goes down, at times the first flavor on your tongue and at others noticeable mixing with the malt flavors at the finish of the sip.

Overall, not an average beer but I think it stands out less than some of Shorts' other offerings. I think if I'm drinking a cherry beer from Michigan, it's likely going to be Bell's Cherry Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:26:26 | More by TheStove
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Marti403

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-01-2012 23:23:13 | More by Marti403
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ahq514

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours black with a finger sized mocha head. Head fades to a film on top of the beer. Appears to have some moderate carbonation. Not really any lacing.

Aroma seems fairly subdued, but the dominant aroma is black cherries. There is some lightly roasted malt hiding behind there, but other than that I can't pick much up.

Starts out with a little bit of dry roast and bitterness and then transitions into juicy cherries, with an light off metallic taste. The beer finishes a little malty, but the pieces don't come together that well.

Moderate carbonation and slightly over medium body. Drinkable, but not overly so.

I seem to keep buying Shorts' beers, but I have yet to be impressed with a seasonal. This is no exception. While I appreciate them trying to bring cherry flavors into a porter, the flavors just don't come together well enough to warrant a higher rating than about average.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 04:53:15 | More by ahq514
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TCgoalie

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-29-2011 19:57:34 | More by TCgoalie
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-27-2011 16:00:01 | More by SPRichard
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elNopalero

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 19:12:24 | More by elNopalero
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-22-2011 09:14:13 | More by GRG1313
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twkirkby

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-18-2011 20:18:27 | More by twkirkby
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duff247

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-18-2011 07:41:15 | More by duff247
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zachary80

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint. Bought a week ago from a store with good turnover, but there is no date.

Pours black, looks thick for a porter. No real head, just a few tan bubbles. Nice lacing almost makes up for the lack of head.

Smell is strongly of the roasted malts with some of the fruitness of the cherries. Tart.

Great balance of the fruitiness and the porter. Actually seems more stoutish, but works very well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and enjoyable.

Overall this reminds me of a superior version of Bell's Cherry Stout. Very tasty and balanced

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:41:50 | More by zachary80
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-17-2011 00:36:04 | More by TasteTester
Short's Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.