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

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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 77
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2004

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.)
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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a light brown head and decent lacing

S-chocolate, roasted malt, cherry, hint of coffee, slightly smoky

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, cherry, hints of smoke, slightly bitter finish

F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, smooth and cream

O-a well-made porter, the cherry is well-integrated into the beer, probably my favorite beer with cherries so far

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - dated 10/04/12

A-Pours a huge black color with almost a reddish hue to it. Foamy mahogany 2 finger head that leaves a reddish brown ring.

S-As with many of Short's beers this one does not fail to deliver on uniqueness. Smells of black licorice, roasty dark chocolate with a very up front cherry peel aroma with a subtle smoke aroma in the background.

T-A little smokey and nutty on the front with a burnt cherry flavor that slowly comes in.

M-This one has an odd finish. It almost feels like I am running my tongue across wood. The cherry incorporates itself well into the aroma and taste but gives an awkward body to the beer.

O-This was definitely interesting. I do not really care for cherry in stouts and porters but this one is alright. For what it is, it is pretty tasty but not really my thing. If you are a cherry stout/porter fan this will impress but to me it is just a bit gimmicky. I would have probably liked the cherry to be very noticeable but I kind of feel if there was any more added there may have been a medicinal character to the flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of chugalug06
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - Dark brown with a slight ruby tint. Two finger mocha colored head that leaves nice lacing down the glass

S - Reminds me of cherry chip ice cream as I get chocolate, vanilla, and sweet cherry. Big sweet nose, especially for a porter

T - Up front there is sweet vanilla with a hint of tart cherry. In the middle, I get roasted malts and dark chocolate. The finish is smokey, roasted malt and dark, bitter chocolate. A little sweeter than a normal porter and the cherry adds a nice fruitiness to the normal smokey porter style

MF - Light body with low carbonation. A little watery. The finish is slightly astringent and smokey as the roasted malt lingers on the tongue.

O - A nice twist on a porter as the cherry flavors make this is a bit sweeter and tarter than normal. It helps that this is a solid porter even without the cherry so adding it in adds another layer of complexity instead of being a gimmick. The nose is definitely a highlight of the beer as that is where the cherry and vanilla really make themselves known.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Short's Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.