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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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255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

goast8127, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jefe73, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of jegross2
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.

jegross2, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
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.

cosmicevan, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of bishopdc0
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jmpizzo, Jan 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

mrebeka, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of TheStove
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.

TheStove, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Marti403, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of ahq514
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.

ahq514, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
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.

elNopalero, Dec 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

GRG1313, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

twkirkby, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of zachary80
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

zachary80, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

superjose, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of BeRanger
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a plum, dark color with about one finger of head.

S: A good combination of cherry smell mixed with the typical porter aroma - meshes nicely.

T: A fantastic mix of the grainy/toasty porter with a sweet cherry overtone. The cherry however isn't over-powering.

M: Medium mody with good carbonation.

O: Compared with a few other "Cherry Porters" this past weekend - this one was the clear winner. The amount of cherry was just right to make this a wonderful beer.

BeRanger, Dec 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

acurtis, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

djrn2, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

NSaad23, Dec 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Supergenious, Dec 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

bezakjon, Dec 11, 2011
Short's Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.