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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

255 Ratings
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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)
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Photo of errantnight
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful, luscious deep brown to black with a thick finger and a half cap ofn off white foam. Moderate retention, solid lacing, and great, oil-y legs.

Aroma is big roast and dark chocolate cake, just a touch of jam and dark fruit. On the palate this is lustrous, silky, full and smooth. Alas, the flavor , while carrying some subtle complexities, is too subtle with the cherry and the roast gets carried away with an acrid and ashy back half. The foreground is decidedly more pleasant, chocolate cake springs again to mind with some complex, dark sugar notes and maybe a hint of currant.

A fine brew, but New Glarus's similar take blows this out of the water.

errantnight, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: wow. this thing looks like a big stout rather than a porter. deep black with a huge dark mocha three finger head. the last bit of the pour looked like chocolate syrup. after it calms down a little bit, it leaves splotches of lAcing all over the sides of the glass.
S: just a bit of dark cherry on the nose, light mocha, cocoa, sweet chocolate malts.
T: mmmm.. the cherry comes through beautifully upon tasting, much moreso than on the nose. this is more reminiscent of a porter now, albeit a heavy one. cocoa nibs, little bittersweet chocolate. the cherry and chocolate flavors blend together deliciously.
M: smoooth and creamy. this beer really nails it on mouthfeel. you couldnt ask for a much more luscious blanket of goodness gliding across your tongue.
D: would drink them all night if i had more than one. its gonna be gone before i know it, which speaks volumes to its deliciousness, but sad for me cus when its gone its gone.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of steve8robin
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade. Looks intriguing. 12oz bottle...

A: Super, super dark black with a small less than 1/2 inch dark mocha colored head that fades at a decent pace. Looks a lot like a stout. Very good.

S: I get some roasty bitter chocolate upfront with some vanilla and cocoa in the middle and hints of cherries on the backend. Ok.

T: Bitter, cigarette-like, roastiness upfront with some hints of cherry in the middle and some cocoa on the backend. Good.

M: A very nice carbonation with a dry finish. Very good.

D: This goes down very easy. Very good.

All in all, this is a great brew. I know the porter / stout category flirt with each other often, but this, to me, seems like it should be in the stout category. Very thick and super dark. It's good, but not as much cherry as I would've liked. More like a good standard stout.

steve8robin, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The porter pours a thick dark crimson color. It has an unusual tan color head with a red tinge.

This has a malt and cherries aroma. I also notice a sweet molasses smell.

Short's porter has an initial chocolate and sour cherry taste. The cherry flavor lingers on your palette. I also taste the roasted malt.

It didn't feel as thick as it looked. I have had Black Cherry Porter in bottle. This is not as creamy as other stouts.

An interesting porter, sort of disappointing drinkability for a Short's brew. More than a 22 oz. glass or a 12 oz. bottle would be tough. The Michigan cherries definitely make it worth trying.

tetonka4kzoo, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into The Bruery tulip - another fantastic find from Jeff (Alewatcher), El Jefe of the beer trading world.

Pours deep black, impenetrable, with a pinkish-tan head on top pf about a quarter inch - intriguing. Fades fairly quickly to a thin ring with only a wee bit of sparse lacing, but the pinkish hue really adds some color and excitement. I'm stoked.

Nose is, first and foremost, big on cherry. Not sour cherry, but straight, rich, cherry pie, deep and sweet with the black cherry quality coming through. Underneath that is an intense roastiness, almost woody - the black coffee to complement the cherry pie. The nose is a bit reserved; it's too good not to want to bring it out more.

Taste follows the nose. Big, bold black cherry comes through, rich, sweet and with only a bare hint of tartness, followed closely by an intense roastiness that's woody, even ashy, and really only works because of the sweet cherry counterbalance. But man, does it work - instead of trying to subtly mesh the two flavors, this one just pits them at either end of the ring from the beginning, which is a fantastic move. Finish is long, drying. Two really bold aspects that, together, make for a really good beer.

Mouthfeel is good - smooth and with a mild, pleasant carbonation to complement the medium body. Acidity from the roastiness and cherries cuts it a bit, keeping it out of full-bodied territory, a bit sticky from the cherries gets you licking your lips after every sip. Well drinkable.

JohnQVegas, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well the pour is pretty inky black with tinges of redness along the edges. Didn't produce much head but the very fine lacing is nice.

Smells exceptional, one of the best smelling porters I've had in a while. Definitely a cherry smell, but pleasant roasted malts and chocolate do shine through as well.

Taste wise this one is a big hit for me. It's so perfectly fruity with an exquisite cherry taste, great roasty maltiness, and tinges of coffee and chocolate.

Body is very nice, excellent for a porter. Medium bodied and creamy, this smooth beer satisfies your thirst as well as your taste buds.

One might expect this to be a fruit beer from all the great cherry flavors, but it's clearly a porter, the porter style being done a great service here by the addition of so many delicious black cherries.

It's scarily easy to drink. Would make a great beer for various occasions, including food, after-dinner, as a dessert beer or even just to sip in front of a warm fire on a cold winter night.

This is my idea of how a great porter should balance flavors, aromas, and body. I got a mixed sixer with my win on the football BIF and they keep getting better and better each one of Short's beers that I try. Bravo Shorts!

AlCaponeJunior, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Bung, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of david131
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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 Retsinis
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fellow BA got his in a trade (thanks Skuter) Fruit beers ( Strawberry, cherry, Raspberry) are not a style I generally seek out, since the ones I have had tend to be too tart/sweet for my palate, however, I am always up to broaden my horizons, and maybe find a new treat.

Split this, so got 6 oz. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass. It pours a dark brunette color with red highlights. Very little head on top, but the carbonation was just right.

Aroma's are, as expected of black cherries. Some burnt brown sugars, molasses, chocolate. The cherries are the most dominate. No real alcohol detected.

Flavors in the taste are well balanced. Not overly tart, or sweet. Brown sugar, chocolate, with hints of cherries throughout. The ABV is well masked. The dark cherries linger on the palate, and the dark chocolate comes through on the finish as well.

The body is much like a porter, medium viscosity, creamy.

Overall, one of the better cherry beers I've had. 6 oz was perfect for me, but a whole 12 oz would not be a problem either. I think the way made this, with both the type of cherries, and the amount per gallon, along with the solid porter backbone, added to my enjoyment of it. Recommended.

Retsinis, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Served at room temperature. Thanks to glazeman for the extra.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color with a two finger reddish dark brown head. The head recedes pretty quickly into nothing.

Aroma: Big smoke and dark chocolate notes upfront. A very assertive porter aroma. There are hints of sweet cherries in there too but they are far more subdued than I expected and are mostly sweet, not tart.

Taste: Light, almost tart cherry sweetness upfront, but just for a second before the traditional porter notes overpower. Smoke (burnt malt?) and a touch of chocolate. The bitter malt overwhelms all of the cherry in my opinion. I could definitely use more cherry in this.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Typical for a porter.

Drinkability: I think, especially at this ABV, one bottle is enough for me. The porter notes here can be a little overwhelming.

Overall, an interesting beer but I think it falls short on the cherry part of its title. Not bad, but not anything I would go out of my way to pick up again.

Gosox8787, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of techfed87
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lively head. Color is dark opaque black.

Smell is of dark roasted malt and something much notably more tart.

First sip is interesting. Much of the cherry tartness is used to blend in with the bitterness of the porter. This in mind, the beer doesn't come off as too outwardly sweet or tart, which can be the case of some beers of the same genre. Also, the mouthfeel is very fulfilling.

One of the better choices from Short's. A very enjoyable choice for those that are looking for something slightly out there.

techfed87, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of jobcrackerbah
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a nice frothy head. Lacing recedes slowly.

S: Rich Dark chocolate covered cherries with a dash of sweet malt and lactose. There is alcohol in the scent but it does mix nicely with the rest of the aroma.

T: Cherries take a back seat in the flavor and the expresso infused roasy porter flavors come out. Alcohol is more dominant in the flavor than the aroma. The beer is quite dry and roasty, ending with a nice dark cherry bite.

D/M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. This is the best short's beer to date and would consume again.

jobcrackerbah, Dec 21, 2010
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.

nickadams2, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of billab914
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.

billab914, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer on 12/11/10 at the wedding reception for my long time friends and fellow beer lovers Zach and Ashley. My wife thought I was ridiculous for reviewing a beer at the reception, but I knew they would be down with it.

Served up a very dark brown with a tan head that may have the slightest hint of pink in it. It is sort of dark in here, so I may just be imagining the pink tinge in the head.

The aroma is quite interesting. I get less roastyness than many other porters, with more of a bitter dark chocolate character that mingles well with the fruity cherry notes. Any beer made with black cherries always triggers memories of having to help out at the sorting table on my parents' farm. Long story short, fermented black sweet cherries smell a lot like the sorting table smelled by the end of the season.

The flavor has even more chocolate in it and I am picking up a bit more tartness that I am assuming must be from the cherry additions. There are also some roasty coffee notes, but much like the nose I find that this is more of a cocoa-centric brew.

The mouthfeel is medium, but a bit fuller than your average porter. It seems to have an interesting dichotomy between smooth and stinging that I am not a huge fan of. It finishes well though with some tartness and a bit of roasted malt.

I thought this was quite drinkable, though maybe not the best beer to have with food. I was blown away when I logged on to BA to post this review and realized it was 9% ABV. I could not tell at all. This is another quality beer from Short's.

zoso1967, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with jpmclaug. Thanks Jason! Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A - Pours an opaque, extremely dark brown liquid with a 1/2 finger of dense brown foam. I might be imagining this, but I think there is a bit of a reddish/pinkish tint in the foam. Head lingers briefly before falling to the surface and leaving behind a thick collar and sparse lacing.

S - Smells dark and roasty malts with a good strong dark chocolate component. The cherry also comes thru nicely giving a solid fruitiness...smells almost candy-like. Alcohol is also noticeable and probably keeps this one from being too candyish.

T - More bitter than I expected up front with a bit of a burnt, espresso bean like bitterness that stands out. Very roasty overall, but there is enough chocolate to find its way thru the roast. The sneaks in subtley and complements the bitter roast pretty well. Gives me the impression of an iced cherry mocha - works well for me - if Starbucks doesn't offer this combo of flavors, they should think about adding it. Alcohol is hidden pretty well, only marginally noticeable.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly strong foamy and fizzy carbonation. Feels a bit creamy on the tongue. Bitterness is high and lingers well past the swallow. Reminds me of the bitterness from chewing on espresso beans.

D - Not sure you can really how too far astray with a cherry porter. The fruit just really works well with the chocolate and dark roasted flavors. I think the burnt aspect of this beer is a bit overdone and the beer would be better balanced if it was toned down just a bit. However, I am finding this to be very enjoyable and would love to be able to settle back with another right now.

portia99, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Khazadum
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Sarro for this extra in our not so long ago trade. Big fan of Short's for a while now, can't wait to pop this one any longer.

A- Poured into a brandy snifter with normal technique. Generates a pitch black body resting below a chocolate brown froth. Very fluffy collar and cream soup thickness skin. Lacing is average with half of the time being mountain ranges and the other being speckled sneezes. Even though you can't peer into the depths of this beverage, there are carbonation streams running the edge of the glass giving confidence to sip worry-free.

S- When they said a porter, they were not kidding. This beer is instantly roasted grains and burnt notes. Campfire smoke with that tart, sweet cherry note. Delicious!

T- Instantly smoky. Very strong burnt and roasted flavors with a finish of chocolate. The issue is that the edging of sweet cherries does not exist here as it did in the nose. It is a solid porter offering with the sweetness being the silver lining. It perks up in the middle with a tart and sour sweetness but fades out without being a supporting actor.

M- Smooth and creamy. Mild body prevents it from being velvety. The carbonation is not overwhelming, and hidden in this beer for a good reason. I feel if it had some sweetness to pair with this pseudo-thick body we' have a home run.

D- It isn't bad, but it isn't a black cherry porter. It is drinkable, tasty, and a good offering for the style. Just mislead me on the name, I feel. It is impossible to be a 9% on terms of flavor, no ethanolic properties. Very easy to drink and I'd love another to be honest.

Khazadum, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A: Very dark brown. One finger light brown a red tint. Nice lacing.
S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and sweetness from the cherries.
T: Tastes match the smell. The sweetness is balanced well by a nice hop bitterness.
M: Nice creamy mouthfeel.
D: The 9.0% ABV is very well hidden.

The malt and cherry sweetness is balanced nicely by the bitterness. Great Porter.

jmich24, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Porter?! Could have fooled me when I poured this, pours thick and sludge like, super dark black, with a pretty nice dark tan head.

Aromas are of chocolate, dark roasted malts, and subtle dark cherries.

Taste is VERY dark roasted malt forward. Toast, espresso, bitter bakers chocolate all dominate up front. Finish is bitter, with hints of dark cherries.

Mouthfeel is good. Starts out really full, but fades a little on the finish.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice strong porter, if you are a fan of big roasty robust porters, then this one is right up your alley.

flexabull, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from Exiled and jbck109, thanks for the opportunity guys!
My first Short's review.
Pours a solid black color with a stingy foamy tan head that kind of hangs there for a while. Smells of dark chocolate mixed with cherries, blueberries, currants. I was expecting more from the aroma, I feel a little let down. Berries come more to the forefront as this warms, as well as some hints of wet cardboard. Taste is chocolates wrapped in berries. Slightly tart, slightly roasty. Midway I get glimpses of alcohol, leading to a finish of bitter roast with a little bit of ash. Medium high level of carbonation affects the mouthfeel a bit. Less bubbles would have been better. Creamy tart and bubbly mouthfeel, medium thick body. I so wanted to love this beer, it has cherries which I love and its a porter which I also love. I could drink this, but its really not one of my favorites. I have had more mind blowing stuff from shorts in the past.

johnnnniee, Dec 02, 2010
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.

Mora2000, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks you again biernutz for the great Short's package.

A: Dark black with a cherry red glow, surprise surprise. Head is created with swirling but quickly pulls back to the rim, it coats the glass but doesn't have much legs.

S: First thing I got didn't seem right, so I kept going back to confirm. There's a weird notion of soda, and perhaps a lemon-lime twangy; definitely smells like Sprite. Roasted notes as expected of cocoa powder but also baked cherries.

T: Fortunately this doesn't taste like Sprite. Somewhat tangy, much like Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. Cherry puree is probably what gives it the tart almost sour flavor. Bitterness seems to line solely in the roasted malts. All the flavors really balance out.

M: Dry dry dry. Creamy full mouthfeel leaves an almost astringent dryness.

D: I was surprised to see this is 9%, drinks either like a 4% porter or 3+ year old imperial stout. I only have one, and I'm drinking it along side a Bell's Cherry Stout, but I'm not sure which one I'd pick another of. I really like the smooth balance, but it is quite dry.

Probably the most balanced Short's beer I've had so far. I see how this one could grow on you and become a real favorite if it was more accessible.

Drazzamatazz, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

TurdFurgison, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of StoutHunter
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of this a couple weeks ago, I like flavored dark beers and shorts always makes exciting beer so I figured I would give this one a try. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer pours a dark black with some ruby red highlights with half a fingers worth of dark tan head that turned into a very small thin ring.

S- The smell is dominated by tons of roasted malts that give off a nice bitter coffee and chocolate smell with some sweet black cherry's at the end.

T- Pretty similar to the nose only much more intense and balanced. Tastes alot likes chocolate covered cherrys. Black cherrys are perfectly balanced with the robust porter flavors.

M- Thick and creamy with medium carbonation.

D- For a strong porter this beer is pretty drinkable and the flavors are perfectly balanced. I wouldn't drink more then two of these due to how strong it is but the booze is hardly detectable and hidden very well.

Overall I thought this was one delicious brew and one of the best shorts brews I have ever had. The black cherrys work great with this beer and compliment the robust porter flavors perfectly. Shorts always seems to blow my mind with their crazy good brews. I need to pick up more of these before they are gone.

Update October 2012. This years release is pretty good, the appearance was a little better with this one, but the body felt a little thinner, still one of my most anticipated Shorts release, I adjusted the scores accordingly.

StoutHunter, Nov 17, 2010
Short's Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.