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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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BA SCORE
90
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529 Ratings
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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 292
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"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." 
20 I.B.U.’s

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Reviews by Frosty80:
Photo of Frosty80
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours very dark brown, almost completely black. sits black with small dark brown rim

Smell: strong roasted malt/coffee bean aromas with plenty of sweet milk sugar to hold its own

Taste: opposite of aroma! more milky sweetness than roast/coffee flavor. finish is slightly dry with a balanced roast and milk sugar presence

Mouthfeel: smooth, low full body with medium carbonation

Notes: VERY disappointed. not like last years. the color and smell got me hard and then i tasted it. still giving it high points but it defintely deserves a low score merely for the fact of the inconsistancy

Frosty80, Dec 05, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

DanGeo, May 17, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

tectactoe, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

TCHopCraver, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
3/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

weatherdog, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

orbitalr0x, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

nickadams2, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of ROBORB
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
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!

ROBORB, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

warnerry, May 26, 2011
Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev -1.2%

iemailjack, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Mora2000, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of mikejonze
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

mikejonze, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -1.2%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of madeofsteel
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

madeofsteel, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of TCJosh
4/5  rDev -1.2%

TCJosh, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of rudylaw
4.9/5  rDev +21%
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!

rudylaw, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -1.2%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of goast8127
5/5  rDev +23.5%

goast8127, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of dc55110
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in trade with surlytheduff
Wow!
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.

dc55110, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of pwoods
4.13/5  rDev +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.

pwoods, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

acurtis, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of cynical1027
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of dashirey
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

dashirey, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of king75
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

king75, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of willygreen
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

willygreen, Sep 16, 2007
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Short's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.