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

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Reviews: 291
Hads: 642
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 15.46%
Wants: 311
Gots: 83 | FT: 3
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of Zaximus
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice coffee stout. Smells like a glass of chocolate milk.

Nice thick mouthfeel. Subtle coffee. Milk chocolate (as you would expect). Sweet but not overly in my opinion. Definitely a desert beer though.

I though this was very solid and would definitely drink it again. (269 characters)

Photo of alarmclock314
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of jren
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coffee flavor had a bit of a darker, sat in the pot too long taste. Mouth feel was not too thin but okay. Overall, decent but I'm not sure if I'm assuming s coffee crime stout should taste the same as founder breakfast stout? Maybe I'm insure what exactly a coffee cream stout should taste like. Over all okay. (313 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout tulip glass.


The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and inky, with a finger or so of caramel head, taut and firm that has moderate retention and yields a few spots of soapy lace. The aroma is big on the coffee, roasty, rich and chocolatey, creamy and milky from the lactose, a bit of char and burned malt lingers. The flavors echo the nose, espresso roast, dark rich grain, smooth bittersweet chocolate, lactose sugar but again, there is a long lingering burnt sensation, very roasty and charred. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, creamy, low carbonation that feels good, a bit of richness though the finish is a touch thinner.


Verdict: A nice coffee stout from Short's, perhaps a bit too charred, burnt and roasted for my palate, but certainly enjoyable. A little smoothness and a touch of body at the finish would do this beer wonders. (907 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost purple in color, with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of roasted malt and coffee
Taste-Espresso with cream, dark roasted malt, dark chocolate notes.
Great overall coffee flavor. (208 characters)

Photo of Vogie
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass. No bottling date but I believe they brewed this in November of 2014.

Pours a black coffee with a thin java head that wilts away quickly leaving a little lacing and bubbles from the carbonation. Aroma is spot on! Like a fresh brewed cup of the finest coffee with cream, cocoa, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is smooth and creamy upfront followed by a roasty dark coffee bitterness. No real hops to speak of. As the beer warms the chocolate flavors become more pronounced on the backend. Mouthfeel is medium in body, creamy, and surprisingly carbonated for a stout.

Overall this was an outstanding coffee stout. It made me question whether this was actually a beer or coffee. Great balance and full of coffee flavor. Probably one of the best Short's has to offer. (807 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An excellent coffee beer from Shorts. Beautiful tan brown with a frothy mocha head. The nose is freshly brewed coffee. Body and mouthfeel satisfying without being overly thick or syrupy. Great breakfast time beer or one for when you are flagging during a session. (263 characters)

Photo of Suds_Suds
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to @Bourbon-and-bbq for adding this in a trade.
Pours very dark and slightly thick. Small head.
Smell has a ton of black coffee and some cocoa.
Tasted like a dark roast coffee with the bitterness and slightly burnt flavour, but in a good way.
Mouthfeel was very creamy and silky, the bitterness of the cocoa and coffee lingered just slightly.
A solid beer overall. (371 characters)

Photo of MIbeer27
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, dated 12/03/14

Poured into a snifter, the bottle is a pitch black hue with a slowly dissipating, two finger mocha head.

Aroma is huge, wet coffee grounds along with some faint chocolate and roasted malt. Easily the best smelling coffee beer that I have had.

The taste is slightly more focused on the chocolate and roasted malt (compared to the aroma), but the coffee is definitely there. There is a lovely creamy aspect, as well.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a charred bitterness on the back end. Carbonation is on the low end.

Overall, the massive coffee aroma is intoxicating and when paired with a creamy chocolate and roasted malt taste, the beer really separates itself. Founders Breakfast Stout sit down, Cup a Joe is the clear Michigan made coffee stout king. (790 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, the beer was a black with mocha colored bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The beer has a huge fresh coffee nose. It does not smell like Starbucks so much as a good mom & pop coffee shop.

Taste - Smooth dark roasted coffee begins the initial taste. Malts and burnt sugar are present, rounding out the taste nicely. There is a slightly warming aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Being a crème stout, the beer is quite smooth with little bubbles tickling the tongue on the way down.

Overall - With Spruce Pilsner, this is an annual highlight in the Short catalog (607 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from the recent 2014 release, enjoyed out of a coffee mug

A: Thick-looking shade of pitch black with a burnt sienna or rusty brown head

S: Spent coffee grounds; roasted coffee beans; roasted malts; wood shavings; and sweet, creamy cocoa. Fantastic and incredibly coffee forward nose.

T: Great blend of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Coffee flavors are dominant, which I love.

M: Smooth, creamy, and rich

O: This is one of the best coffee stouts around, better than Founder's Breakfast Stout and a respectable second to Terrapin Wake-N-Bake. Incredibly rich coffee aromas and flavor. (603 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to come back and re-review Cup A Joe, simply because after a year it's even better than I remember. The appearance is of a typical stout, except for a gorgeous mocha head that leaves little lacing behind. The mouth feel is a little dry, and thinner than most stouts. But, my God, the aroma and taste are second to none. Fresh coffee, homemade or from your favorite greasy diner; a hint of chocolate, some malt. But the coffee aroma! The taste follows through on the promise and more, there's a bit of coffee - cream, and a bite of burnt grounds.
If every day started with a carafe of Cup A Joe... (604 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Sandman3479 for giving me this to try!

A: Deep, opaquely black body under two fingers of creamy light-brown head. Good retention, great lace. Lovely.

S: Pure, deeply roasted espresso coffee. Woody, charred, and almost a little smoky. Lots of spice. Definitely one of the most coffee-forward aromas I've encountered, even for a coffee stout, and it's impressively complex despite the single focus. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose up front, with wave after wave of woody, herbal, charred roasted coffee. Some chocolate and cream flavors try to mellow things out a bit midway through (I'm especially impressed by the way the lactose delivers a distinct cream flavor), but the dry, charred bitterness of the coffee overwhelms the finish and aftertaste. After a moment it's honestly difficult to tell if I've just had a sip of beer or espresso. Fun, but a bit unbalanced.

M: Soft, creamy, and highly carbonated. I'm a fan.

O: Really digging this beer, even if I wish the finish were a little more restrained. This is definitely the Shorts brew I've had yet. You were right, Dino! Thanks again!

Cheers! (1,143 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/2/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, char, toast, cream, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big coffee presence and great complexity of roasted malt/cream notes; with great strength. Taste of roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light char, cream, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, cream, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of coffee, roasted malt, and cream flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome coffee stout! All around great balance and complexity of coffee, roasted malt, and cream flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,286 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is for folks who like a little beer in their coffee. Seriously, warm it up and cut out the carbonation and you’d have… flat, warm, coffee-flavored beer. It wasn’t horrible—but it’s not, to me, as enjoyable as a coffee stout or similar beer should be.

It’s a flat coffee black in appearance. Smell’s like today’s dark roast, after sitting out and warming all day. It has a strong, overpowering and harsh coffee flavor. Again, the burnt coffee notes come out. I had a taster and could barley finish this. Don’t think I’m up for a full pint. Short’s beers tend to be a love-it or hate-it kind of thing, but usually I’m in the former camp. Not this time, though. (688 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a very thin tan head.

S - Dark roasted coffee, roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate.

T - Just like the smell. A big burst of coffee hits first followed by the bittersweet chocolate. The lactose comes through in the finish producing a nice amount of sweet creaminess.

M - Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Another homerun from Short's. Highly recommended. (439 characters)

Photo of AnchorDrops
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown with a finger of brown foam, some lacing

S-Coffee, some alcohol

T-Coffee, some bitter chocolate, sweet cream

M-moderate carbonation, creamy

O-One of the best beers I have had from Shorts, the bitter roasted malts and coffee are well balanced by the lactose sugars. Really creamy, almost like a mochaccino, some lingering sweetness and coffee flavors. Just a really delicious beer. (397 characters)

Photo of Stu_Grimson
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- dark brown almost black with little light getting through, a finger of brown head leaving some lacing along the side of the glass

S- I enjoyed the smell of this one with a good amount of coffee coming through and I also get roasted malts and a hint of chocolate

T- a roasted taste hits me first with the bitterness of dark chocolate and a nice coffee finish that leave me with a nice after taste of coffee

M- not as creamy as I would have liked for a coffee cream stout, it is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that takes away from the creamy aspect

O- I enjoyed this beer being a fan of coffee, but would have had it a little higher if it were a little creamier (683 characters)

Photo of BreakfastStout
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally, a Shorts beer I can cozy up to. A solid OK offering from this brewery, which is a first for me. Pours a dark caramel brown into my Founders snifter with a dark brown head that quickly fades a leaves minimal lacing. I definitely pick up the coffee flavor, maybe a bit of french roast. A slightly bitter coffee taste that only slightly detracts from the drinkability. A solid mouth feel but not chewy enough for my tastes. Overall a solid offering from Shorts. It's about time for a brewery that gets as much praise as they do. (534 characters)

Photo of Ohiovania
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little more than your average coffee beer. The espresso really comes through in the nose to start but more of a floral bouquet of coffee. It starts off creamy and coffee and remains until the end. A nice acidity from the coffee is present as well. Super solid and am glad I was able to snag a few bottles. (307 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Well it is the color of coffee with a half finger mocha head that fades into oblivion. A few spots of lacing.

S - Dark Coffee, French latte, mocha, and hints of bitter bakers chocolate. Roasted malts and light caramel round it off.

T - Nice coffee forward stout. Roasted coffee beans and malts, espresso and bakers chocolate. Sweet cream with mellow caramel and mocha.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy feeling with light carbonation.

O - Pretty good milk stout with big roasted coffee flavor. Excellent morning beer. (564 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Even though there is no bottling date it is definitely fresh as most Short's beers move quickly at the local bottle shop and I know they just got this one in last week.

A- Pours a thick smooth jet black with a nice medium medium brown head that slowly dissipated to a ring. Looks very similar to FBS, like a chilled espresso.

S- Big coffee and chocolate roasts, not getting the extra sweetness that is in FBS.

T- Similar to nose, dominated buy smooth espresso and bitter dark roasts. Lasting bitter coffee and coffee acidity on the tongue.

M- Creamy and smooth and thick, all while being very drinkable.

O- One of the best Short's brews I've had, really starting to come around on them lately. A bit of a one note beer and not as complex as FBS but still wonderful. I feel really lucky to be able to get two great coffee stouts so fresh, when the coffee flavor is at it's peak. (932 characters)

Photo of Drk93TT
4.79/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Finally obtained a six pack from the local store here in SE MI After many phone calls and pestering. Actually came in and bought it about 30mins after it was unloaded off the truck... ( bottles were STILL COLD !! )

I can only dream of how epic this tastes on draft... guess we need to start planning a winter vacation to Bellaire in addition to the summer one !

A: Pours pitch black with a creamy- brown head. Leaves wet lacing throughout, and a tan sugar like brown ring around the glass as it drops down to the oh so sad zone of when its all gone and empty

S: Coffee forward smell (yes). Smells like my kitchen after we use the Delonghi Semi-automatic espresso maker (w/ lavazza espresso beans from italy) to whip up some vanilla-latte's.

T: 25% of the brew tastes like coffee/espresso roast. This is a great thing. There are many other similar "coffee-stouts" That ive tried that just blow your head off with java. Awesomely, this **Cup A Joe** does not do such a thing. 50% Milk sugar and cream balance nicely with the espresso flavor in a way no other Coffee stout can. and the other 25% id say goes to a a decadent/velvety roasted chocolate explosion that dances on the palate. OH YEAH! Not Kool-aid oh yeah.. but good brew OH YEAH!

M: Rich and creamy. Medium bodied with hints of coffee and sweet milk throughout. Taste doesnt stick around long and give you any sort of lasting coffee-breath. Very happy that the coffee doesnt dominate the mouthfeel. This is the holy grail of coffee stout mouthfeel to me..

O: A must try. If I find this on draft I just might sleep on the floor of the establishment thats serving it..? Maybe not. But it is excellent. And I feel like this beer could be sessioned.. maybe paired with a good book or something of that nature. (1,771 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

$5.50 a pint at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

I found a new Short's favorite.

Appearance: Pitch black. Little head on it that goes away pretty quickly. Nice lacing at the top, but not much at the end. Looks... well... stouty.

Smell: Ugh. Good Lord. So much coffee... fully loaded with it. Roast. Maybe notes of chocolate. The coffee dominates and permeates all around.

Taste/feel: Like the smell, but the feel puts it to another level -- perfectly silky and creamy and way too drinkable. The coffee is at the forefront, of course, with a bit of chocolate sweetness. A touch bitter, but well balanced as a whole. If you love coffee in your stouts, you'll fall in love with this as I have.

An utterly incredible beer worthy of a pick up. The rating is among Shorts' highest for a reason... I thought their Mystery Oatmeal Stout was awesome, but this is actually a little bit better. Don't bother putting socks on before trying this beer, because it'll knock them right off anyway.

Cheesy? Don't care. Just drink it, damn you. (1,041 characters)

Photo of kylelenk
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and enjoyed in both a snifter and a pint glass...Not at the same time.

A- Black with a little bit of settlement at the bottom of the bottle. Head is a white/tan bubbly beauty that dissipates quickly and leaves little cascading laces.

S- Rather smokey for the category.

T- Expected it to be more like a mocha shake and yet the pallet is filled with wooded char and burnt almonds. There is a very subtle taste of morning coffee that is just begging to be unleashed. Absent is the lactose that is supposed to make this sweeter (?).

M- Little disappointed with how viscous and rich it is compared to the rather subtle pallet.

O- Never really found Cup A Joe to be a balanced beer. For a milk stout, it isn't that sweet. For a coffee stout, it's rather bland. Every year I keep hoping they'll tweak it and nail it. (826 characters)

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Short's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout from Short's Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.