Short's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout - Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme StoutShort's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 309
Gots: 81 | FT: 3
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2006

"A brew uniquely different from most coffee stouts, we cram Higher Grounds roasted fair trade espresso beans into every facet of the brewing process. Prominent aromatics of malt, espresso, and cocoa are abundant and create a flavor robust with big malt characters fused with cream and coffee. The perfect morning night capper." 
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Reviews by CortexBomb:
Photo of CortexBomb
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour on this is textbook stout, pitch black, dark tan head. Smell is almost pure coffee.

The flavour on this is best summed up as a solid, cold, cup of coffee with some beer-like aspects. I've seriously never had a beer that tastes closer to coffee. It has roast and bitter elements, but when compared to more abrasive options like the Bell's Java Stout, this one is much closer to actual coffee than stout.

The beer is interesting and good. It's a brew I would have to be in the specific mood for though because it's so close to coffee, and I drink a lot of the real stuff on a daily basis. Easily the closest match to a standard cup of joe that I've encountered in the beer world.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at my local Old Chicago. Pours dark, dark, dark as hell with a tan colored head made of very fine bubbles with fine definition. Creamy and bold looking at first glance. Insane coffee aroma comes from the beer, even before you bring your nose to the glass. Thick, creamy, and milky sweet coffee with a touch of bitterness, but mostly sweetness. Some cocoa notes are present in the background, along with burnt wood and toasted barley.

The taste hits first with an intense sweetness that takes on a cream & sugar filled Colombian coffee profile. Then comes the crescendo of a woody character, very "oaky" on the palate - however the coffee presence is still in full force pretty much all the way through. Bitterness and nuttiness are abound - the bitterness comes a touch from the coffee but there are some noticeable hop flavors that are certainly overshadowed but still somewhat necessary for their balancing effect. Deep espresso aftertaste leaving the mouth with a dark, slightly bitter, mostly sweet casting. Medium body, super rich and creamy feeling with a pretty low level of carbonation.

I've had this on bottle and tap. Certainly better on tap, but amazing either way. I'm a huge fan of stouts and I drink coffee like crazy, so naturally I have an affinity to coffee-stouts. This stout is better than most people give it credit for, so if you see it (and you like coffee), make sure you give it a shot.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes scrawled last eve, 12/18/10.

With a medium pour into a large wine glass, Cup A Joe appears very black with just barely a hint of brown around the edges. No head forms - just a small swirl on top and a ring of brown froth around the circumference of the of the glass. The lacing is so-so - mostly small splats.

Bitter coffee, meet dairy sweetness. Roasted, dark malts also integrate into the bouquet, along with some milk chocolate undertones. The coffee and cream scents are easily the most prominent in the smell profile.

A really smooth, bitter coffee taste blends with roasted malt at the beginning of the sip. Some dark chocolate and cocoa nib notes elbow their way into the taste in the middle of the sip. The middle to end of the taste is all about the milk sugar adding a lactic sweetness to the coffee and chocolate flavors, but the very finish is a lingering coffee bite on the edges of my palate.

The mouthfeel never quite matches up to the boldness of the flavor. I love the acidic bite from the coffee and the fleeting creaminess from the dairy addition is nice, but the body is a little too light for my taste. It never reaches the hearty, coating feel that I look for in a stout of this character.

This is a drinkable, pretty original stout that I will have again. My only real critiques are that the body is a little thin and that the lactic sweetness highjacks the coffee and malt boldness. I like my coffee black, though, so that might explain why I disagree with the cream flavor a bit. Really, though, this is another fine offering from Shorts and probably my favorite stout that they make.

Photo of weatherdog
2.96/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Richard at a tasting, poured into a Cigar City snifter

It pours a deep black with a small tan head. Some ruby highlights are around the edges of the glass.

The aroma is instantly recognizable as old coffee. It's the kind of coffee smell that hits you when you open up the coffee filter in the morning and old grounds have been there since yesterday. I've had many coffee beers and the only ones I can't stand are the ones that smell like old coffee.

The flavor improves a little bit. The old coffee smell is there but not as bad as the aroma. The coffee is complimented with some creaminess and a hint of sweetness contributed from the lactose. An interesting flavor combination that I'm sure I'd appreciate much more if the coffee flavor and aroma were fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a nice creamy finish. Drinkability is decent for a stout of the ABV and body.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a deep charcoal black with a two finger head of bubbly dark tan foam that fizzes and slowly falls after the pour. Aromas kick off with an intoxicating blend of dark roasted malt, creaminess and vibrant brewed coffee. Chocolate notes are there but the coffee really shines through.

First sip brings big dark roasted malts cavorting with a bevy of chocolate and fresh brewed coffee flavors that intertwine to create a wonderful flavor profile. Mellow creamy sweetness as it goes down along with a somewhat dry finish. Bitterness is well placed. A treat for any coffee beer lover for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation. Not overly heavy at all, making this one almost too easy to drink. Rich, roasty, coffee and cream goodness in a glass. Overall, a great coffee stout that I'm glad they bottled and would love to have easier access to. Very glad I had a friend grab a sixer for me.

Photo of nickadams2
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_ Pours black with a thick dark brown mocha colored head. A good two finger head at the end of pour with slow retention. Head subsides into a thick layer of foam with thick lacing that clings to the glass.

S_ Sells of strong coffee and vanilla. The coffee comes through stronger through the smell than the taste.

T_ Tastes of black coffee , roasted malt, burnt chocolate and vanilla. It tastes strongly of coffee but its balanced nice with the other flavors. In some other coffee stouts I find that the coffee over dominates the flavor but not in this one. It works well.

M_ Thick and creamy. Bold but I could definitely drink a couple of these.

D_ Very drinkable for a coffee stout. To drink just one is hard.

Photo of ROBORB
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of a very generous trader, thanks man!

The beer pours a very dark, motor oil black color with a 1/2 inch brown head. The aroma is of strong coffee and roasted malts. There is a lot of cream in the first sip with coffee following quickly. My only complaint with this beer is that it is a little thin. Regardless, this beer is one of my new favorite coffee stouts!

Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Dec. 2010. Fresh bottle.

Pours pitch black with one finger of quickly dissipating head. Looks nice.

Has a massive coffee nose, similar to Founder's Breakfast Stout. Also, some deep roasted malts, but mostly coffee.

Coffee dominates the taste as well, but the creaminess of the milk sugar adds nice depth and the earthy roasted malts are very nice. Lingering coffee bitterness and some lingering sweetness as well. Nice.

Mouthfeel is actually a bit thin for such a big, flavorful brew.

I could easily start drinking this at breakfast and continue throughout the day. One of Short's best when fresh.

Note: I noticed this one was turning for the worse back in February, so not surprising to see the recent bad reviews. Guess anything with lactose should be consumed fresh.

Photo of alarmclock314
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 12/3/14. Pours jet black with a smaller-sized pillowy brown head. Recedes quickly and leaves some good lacing on the glass. Smells mostly of freshly roasted coffee with a hint of dark cocoa. The taste is of dark cocoa, coffee, cream, and some char. Not very bitter or carbonated. No notable hops. Great coating mouthfeel. Overall, while it lacks some complexity, what it does offer is done right; a straightforward coffee stout.

Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tastetester for sending this bottle.

Pours black with a light brown head. The aroma is strong coffee with some light smoke. The flavor is strong coffee with some cream, about what you expect after reading the label. Good bitterness and some roasted malt and chocolate. Medium-thick, semi-creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of madeofsteel
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, pours a pitch black consistency and builds a pretty small dark head that fizzles out quickly. Some lacing.

S - God, that smells divine. Rich coffee aroma, like fresh ground beans. Very subtle malts in the back.

T - Initially, I was kind of surprised by how sweet it is. The malts have a much bigger part than the nose lets on. Coffee comes swiftly behind, bitter and roasty. Finishes dry.

M - Very rich and creamy. Mild carbonation.

O - This one certainly doesn't disappoint. Bold coffee stout that is both tasty and very drinkable. I know it's brand spanking new, but the guys at Short's should seriously start thinking about putting dates on the bottles. Just saying.

Photo of rudylaw
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to eyebrews for the hook up! Enjoyed Xmas morning before presents!

Dark black pour with a nice tan head that dissipates into a thin rim over the course of a few minutes.

Oh, man is this a coffee bomb! So rich! Lots of chocolate and malty goodness in the nose. Delicious, delicious roast... espresso!

Plenty of roasty coffee upfront with a nice creamy finish. This is an amazing coffee stout! Nice and thick. There's a great balance of sweet and bitter and an overwhelming feeling of wanting to pound this down rather than enjoying the master craft that went into this. Short's continues to kill every beer they make!

Photo of dc55110
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in trade with surlytheduff
Pours as expected a jet black. Little head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is amazing. Coffee... No, is it possible to cold press espresso? Well if you could this is what it would smell like. Easily the most intense coffee smell of any beer I've had.

The taste is just a the smell would lead you to believe, coffee, coffee and more coffee. This could almost pass for cold pressed coffee. Malt is very present in the body, with hints of chocolate in the finish.

I don't know if I could have more than one in a sitting, but I don't think I could have any coffee infused beer in a greater quantity than one. Would also make a good desert beer if paired with something like bread pudding or a custard.

If you don't like coffee in your stout, then you would be best to shy away from this. If you do like that combination, then you should lie, cheat, steal or trade for some of this.

Photo of pwoods
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Main Party Store in Ann Arbor, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours pitch black, no light. Nice dark mocha head, somewhat fizzy, but with good retention and holds a fat skim. No lacing.

S: Lots of coffee with a healthy amount of roast. There's a pleasant milk sweetness in the back, pretty sweet but balanced with everything.

T/M: Strong roasty notes really back up the coffee nicely and really comes through after the swallow. The coffee character is more of spent grounds but still tasty and adds quite a bit of bitterness. The creme is a bit stronger in the flavor but not quite a sweet, which is a little disappointing since if smelled great. As it warms a bit further, the bitterness is a little less harsh, surprisingly, and the coffee turns into a smooth breakfast blend roast. Body is medium full with higher carbonation that gives it a full, yet airy and smooth feel.

D: Pretty damn tasty beer. ABV is pretty damn manageable and it's a very interesting beer.

Photo of dashirey
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well I was quiet scared to open this growler. I got it filled back at the beginning of July when I visited Short's with my wife, yes July. Long story short, it was forgotten about and once I realized it was still around I was afraid to be disappointed that I ruined a whole growler of this awesome brew.

So when I finally decided to crack my German flip-top growler open today (December 6th), I could hardly believe my ears when it happily hissed.

A - Dark as night with a fairly frothy one-finger worth of tan head.

S - Roasted coffee with some malts coming through as well. There is a small amount of sweetness that comes through as well.

T - A bitter coffee taste up front which is quickly followed by some sweetness. At the end the bitterness comes back with a hint of smoke too. It is definitely a great taste but there is a lot more going on in there besides just the coffee.

M - Mouthfeel fits the style - medium bordering on full. It is smooth and creamy at times but also drying at times.

D - Again another beer that makes me want to relocate to Bellaire. Since I love coffee beers I could really drink this one all day or night.

Photo of king75
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Is very dark brown, walnut in color, with an inch of of foamy cream colored head that quickly dissipates. Good carbonation.

S-Wow and I do mean wow! So many complex smells come through in this brew. I can definitely smell coffee, a lot of malt, chocolate, a creamy milk smell, hints of vanilla, and surprisingly strong bourbon smell.

T- To say that this taste like coffee is an understatement, and not just coffee, good coffee. Can taste a little chocolate, not much, but a little. A lot of creme flavor and a great bourbon taste as well. This one is tasty.

M-Has a smooth, smooth feel to it. Surprisingly light, leaves a tingling in the cheeks, but absolutely no pucker. Very well balanced.

D- I downed this beer because it was so delicious and then realized that it had an 8% ABV. This one is scary, scary drinkable for how high the ABV % is.

Notes: This is one of the best imperial stouts that I have ever had in my life. As far as beers containing coffee is concerned this is the best beer I have ever had. A great, great beer. Highly recommend trying this one if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of willygreen
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I could taste both the coffee and the cream as two distinct components. This stout has a great creamy complexion without the use of nitro. You can smell the coffee; they must have used some really good beans. Overall, this is a really great beer and my favorite coffee stout ever.

Photo of Magpie14
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at Butch's Dry Dock

A: a near onyx black with a rich dense dirty mocha cap. Not a beam of light stands a chance of getting through this glass. Head retention is kind of poor and a few speckles of lace grab the glass. Looks like darkness

S: bursting with bitter coffee aromas...espresso galore. A sweetness permeates within the nostrils of a sugary lactose creamer. Otherwise java reigns

T: the coffee starts with a mild bitter oily snap and then works down to a sweet milk chocolate roasted character that is pretty much to die for. Hints of fruit shine through the saccharine creamed vanilla caramel flavors. After a few swigs a few charred notes poke around the palate
This brew is for the coffee lover and might even entice the cream stout lovers. I am in heaven as my two favorite drinks are combined into one tasty experience

M: down the hatch it is both heavy and silky. Light carbonation makes things just right For the flavors within...everything seems right in the feel

D: easy to drink and very quaffable. It kind of leans towards the sweeter side and might deter some with its stronger profile. I could only see myself drinking a few during the course of a night and maybe one the morning after. This beer is banging and is in my top tier

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fresh bottle from Michigan, latest seasonal release. Pours black with tons of foam. Coffee in aroma, in the taste, with lots of creme. The bottle surprised me by saying there was milk lactose. Tastes more bitter than 30 ibu would have you believe.Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of augustgarage
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Midnight brown liquid with a dense fallow head which recedes slowly to a thin tan collar. Average lacing, slight legs.

Oaxacan coffee, cocoa, fruit, light roast malt, and maple sugar aromatics.

The coffee on its own has a subtle interplay of earth and cherry which remains detectable on the palate. It also has a sort of "green" fresh quality to it. A malt backbone and a touch of pluot support these coffee flavors. Mid-palate, there is more sweetness, dark chocolate, and as an almost lactic sourness that lends this brew its distinctive coffee and cream profile. The finish has more fruit along with leather and loam. Simple, but well put together with high quality ingredients.

Not quite medium bodied, though the carbonation helps give the impression of a thicker velvety texture. Slight astringency and a touch of warmth from the ABV.

Would love to try this on tap the bottle it is right up there with Founders Breakfast among domestic coffee stouts.

Photo of mikey711
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Major thanks to the great eyebrews for this one as well as the other limited release shorts beers

A: Dark black and syrupy. it pours a half inch head that fades down rather quickly leaving only one foamy layer on top.

S: Rich roasted coffee smell, a bit like sumatra along with a nice mellow sweet creaminess. Like all of the others shorts beers this one is very simple yet nicely aromatic

T: Again lots of roastiness of coffee, bitter chocolate and some toasted nuttiness that is balanced out by creamy sweet chocolate and mocha. There is also a bit of that frosty glass of milk taste that is very enjoyable

M:A on the lighter side but otherwise it is very smooth and creamy.

D: An excellent stout that is pretty easy drinking and goes down faster. The bitterness can get pretty overwhelming so i would only want to enjoy one in a sitting but otherwise this is one hell of a beer!

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What could be better than a cup of coffee before work? How about coffee beer!

Pours black with the tiniest little creamy brown head. Pretty for the style.

This smells fantastic! I could not ask for more depth and freshness from a coffee stout. I could crawl in here and take a nap.

The taste is good, but definitely has a hard time living up to the expectations of the nose on this thing. Lots of coffee, cream, andd a hint of chocolate. Good, but there is room for improvement.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for my liking. It lacks the rich creamy quality I love in coffee brews.

All in all this is a good brew. If it was around me I would probably pick it up from time to time.

Photo of 33nickadams
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a brew day today, and I love to have coffee stouts when I brew. I reviewed Java Stout earlier today and reviewed FBS about a month ago now.
Appearance is black, opaque, and a slight tan head that lines the glass. Smells of strong coffee and chocolate. It's very roasty, and robust. It has a stronger coffee flavor and smell than the Java Stout, which I was surprised by. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth. Nicely carbonated. After trying FBS, Java and now Cup a Joe, I like FBS first, Cup A Joe second and Java Stout third. They're all great beers!

Photo of PretzelCity
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade courtesy of Telix. Pours out dark like a cup of black coffee with a big two finger brown head that slowly reduces to a thin brown layer on top of the beer. Haven't even put my nose up to the glass and I can smell it from here. Coffee, and a healthy amount of it. Some milky creamy sweetness to it hidden under the smell of roasted malt and coffee beans. Taste is more of the same, coffee up front with a milky middle and roasted finish. Mouthfeel is okay. It's a little too carbonated for my liking, lots and lots of tiny bubbles across the tongue as I sip. I would prefer a little smoother mouthfeel but it not bad. Alcohol barely present in the taste but drinkability is hurt for me by the carbonation. Overall this is a nice beer though. The blend of coffee and milk stout works well and it tastes like the coffee used is really good on its own. Glad I had a chance to try this one.

Photo of nickd717
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shared by bring on BA - thanks, Barry! While some of the Short's beers did not impress, this one was awesome and then some. This is the 88th "Best of BA" beer I've tried, which means a lot to me, the ticker that I am, ticking my way through the 100 beers on that list. Almost there! Of course when I make it, some random draft-only beer available only in Bum F**k Egypt will shoot up the charts, foiling me once again.

Cup A Joe pours black like coffee with a large tan head and very nice lacing.

A crapload of fresh coffee jumps out at you in the aroma. More potent and good-smelling than most coffee beers. Some roasted malt and chocolate are also present.

Flavor is amazing - freshly brewed, rich mocha with cream. The coffee flavor blends seamlessly with the rest of the beer, and the cream really starts to make its presence known as the beer sits for awhile.

Amazingly smooth and creamy on the palate with medium-full body and almost none of the harsh bitterness that other coffee beers can have.

Drinkability is excellent. I wouldn't mind drinking one of these every morning. Unfortunately my job has an annoying "no alcohol at work" policy. Lame.

Just barely falls short of being my 4th consecutive A+ rating. Yeah, I'm easy.

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Short's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout from Short's Brewing Company
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