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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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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
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 gobucks1
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very dark with a tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Strong smell of rich dark coffee and chocolate. The coffee taste smacks you in the face. Notes of carmel,chocolate and cream follow. The mouthfeel is lighter than you would expect. I am a huge fan of coffee stouts and I have found the perfect one. Better than I have ever had and I have tried everyone that I can get my greedy little hands on. The only thing that would be better is if Joe would have this on tap year around. (517 characters)

Photo of WakeandBake
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly dark black pour with a small foamy tan head medium carbonation, nice jagged lacing left behind. Aroma of ground coffee, dark chocolate , caramel , burnt marshmallow and dark roasted barley. Flavor is very nice , ground coffee , chocolats , caramel , and a touch of creme, very roasty and best at room temp, some woody notes with hints of vanilla maybe . Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel . Long slightly sweet roasty finish with hints of alcohol but in a good way, maybe some hints of burbon , very nice and very drinkable without beeing too sweet . Another awesome brew from Shorts , tahnk you Shorts ! ! ! I love you (629 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would probably have a hard time stopping drinking these if I leaved in Michigan.

Totally pitch black beer with no highlights whatsoever. Brown head that dissolves down to a fine film. Small lacing.

Nose is huge coffee and roasted malt. A touch of dried fruit that comes on stronger as the beer warms up.

Flavor is big coffee. Big roasted malt. Big fruitiness. Chocolate and caramel in there as well. Freaking amazing.

Somewhere in between creamy and medium bodied. Not as big as you might expect, body-wise, but it works.

Absolutely delicious beer, one I would pick up again in a heartbeat. (602 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark with a nice tan-colored head and a tiny amount of lacing as it goes down.

S: Lots of coffee up front here. A little bit of chocolate and alcohol, but straight-up black coffee is definitely what dominates.

T: Coffee and darker chocolate along with a little bit of roasted-malt sweetness. A bit of extra sugar and hints of vanilla.

M: Fairly full-bodied, quite creamy, and not too much carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable. Not the best coffee beer that I've had, but definitely a very worthy one. (513 characters)

Photo of webmanspidey
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. Pitch black with about an inch of head.

Smell is very sweet dark coffee with maybe a little chocolate mixed in.

Tastes of carbonated coffee with a little cream and sugar on top. Only mild alcohol presence. Thick creamy mouthfeel and excellent drinkability. This is like an alcoholic Starbucks drink. (337 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of rudylaw
4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
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! (626 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#400 12 oz. Into Bell's snifter. Brought down from Michigan with the in-laws.
Pretty sturdy black pour, some brown bubbles that spread to a ring around the glass.
Very roasty aroma, coffee, espresso, malt, dark chocolate.
Taste has all sorts of roast to it as well. Mocha latte with come cocoa sprinkled on top. The coffee lingers along with some chocolate milk or chocolate covered coffee beans.
The slightly lively carbonation makes it not quite creamy, but almost. Still a slick heavy medium body. Abv is nowhere present.
A beast of a coffee stout. Probably somewhere between an American and Double stout. Makes you want to keep sipping it, a rare quality. Outstanding none the less and worth seeking out if reasonable.
Probably even better on draft if you can get it. (771 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into DFH snifter.

A - Pours black with a tan-colored head that disipiates into a thin ring around the edge of the glass and nothing more. Looks just like a black cup of coffee, who woulda thunk?

S - You can smell the Higher Grounds Organic Coffee in the brew, which smells completely amazing, I might add. Smells like a cup of black high-end coffee, chilled. There's a hint of alcohol mixed in there as well, but the coffee is the over-powering monster.

T - High-end coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, blended awesomely with just a hint of alcohol. A perfect example of how a coffee-flavored beer should taste.

M - Full bodied, rich and creamy, low carbonation that doesn't get in the way of what this brew is trying to tell you and a creamy finish.

D - This is one amazing coffee stout. If you're a coffee lover, then this is the stout for you. Simply excellent...'nuff said. (906 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours pitch black with a half-inch cappuccino colored head, decent retention with nice lacing

s - deeply roasted cold-brewed coffee with a healthy dose of creme and sugar, roasty malt, dark chocolate

t - big burst of very good dark roasted coffee up front, the bitterness from the coffee is very tame, nice mix of creme and sugary sweetness balances out the coffee, lingering creaminess and mild roasty coffee bitterness mixed with dark chocolate and vanilla on the finish, not much alcohol to be found

m - medium-to-full bodied, slightly lower carbonation, mildly dry and bitter on the finish, but much more balanced on the palate than many other coffee stouts

d - quite drinkable for a coffee stout, incredibly interesting and complex flavor

Definitely rivals Speedway Stout and KBS for my favorite coffee stout overall. Here's to hoping Short's bottles this again. (877 characters)

Photo of Telix
2.6/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a DFH snifter.

A: An extremely opaque dark brown/black ale, with low carbonation. Tight beads of internal carbonation reveal themselves after being knocked out from the nucleation points in the bottom of the glass. If you like your beer to look like ink, this is for you. If you like it to look like something you really want to drink, it isn't.

S: Surprisingly mild, and basically all coffee. Unfortunately it's not super appetizing as coffee should be, but smells somewhat like wet coffee grounds. The lactose/creaminess is lurking in the background, along with a mild roastiness.

T: Incredibly disappointing. After you disassociate yourself from the liquid silk mouthfeel, all you notice is overpowering sweetness and coffee flavors, and some bitterness and burbon flavors on the finish. It starts with overpowering sugar sweetness and finishes with too much snappy bitterness. It's basically cold coffee with white sugar in it, and a bit of booze. Inelegant, unintegrated, and underwhelming. A mess.

M: The mouthfeel is the best thing going for this beer. It's totally silken, one of the smoothest beers I've ever had. It's chewy, thick, and great.

D: The overwhelming sweetness and straight-up cold coffee flavors get really old, really quickly. I was struggling to keep drinking after half the glass.

Honestly, this beer was a complete disappointment. It's a complete cloying mess of sugary coffee flavors. I had had a bottle of Founder's Breakfast Stout earlier in the day, and compared to that Cup A Joe seems like it should be named Cup A Joke. The elegantly balanced, nuanced, and complex Founder's beer shows what a coffee stout should be, while Cup A Joe tastes like a homebrewing experiment taken too far. (1,752 characters)

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

12 oz. bottle.

Pours complete black. Steady & still khaki head rests at 1/2". Some barley visible uprising carbonation on the very top edge of my stemmed tulip glass. Moderate rings of lace all the way down.

Pronounced flavors of Deeep dark chocolate rivited with amped-up fresh coffee. Chocolate waffer cookies. Underpinned scents of Vanilla spongecake soaked in triple iced espresso. Marshmallow cream. The balance between dark roasted malts, all kinds of chocolate and heavenly rich coffee is utterly masterful an full-tilt. Yummy, yummy, yummy.

Mouthfeel is quite slick and oily with a heavy body. Carbonation is moderate (perfect level for this beer) and ultra fine, albeit a TAD watery. Loooong flavorful coffee and sweet milky finish.

Drinkability is great for a specialty beer such as this. The flavors are very dominant and really conquer the palate fully though.

Overall a fantastic coffee stout that lives up to its labeling (and hype). Soft, airy and ultra smooth with loads of aforementioned flavors. Great coffee stout for sure. (1,047 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler opened by a generous Carlos (seaoflament) on 12/18/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is black with the faintest trace of dark brown when held to the sunlight. For a 14 day old growler, the soft pour by Carlos yielded a quite generous creamy light brown head of 1.5 inch stature. Retention is good, and scattered lacing is left behind.

The nose is as advertised: coffee and cream. The coffee seems to be high quality, and there's a nutty character in the background that is undeniable. Almonds...perhaps with a light toast? The coffee is black with very little astringency. There's a whisper of dark chocolate and a dash of vanilla. It's mostly coffee and cream against a backdrop of almonds.

The characteristics in the aroma translate nicely to the flavor. It tastes like espresso with cream added. The almond quality is present here, as well. I can't taste the alcohol, but I do feel a warming sensation. A light bitterness is noticeable, and there's a very light astringency in the smooth finish. The beer is rich midpalate, but it finishes dry with lingering coffee, cream, and almonds.

The mouthfeel is excellent. It's smooth, creamy, full, and surprisingly light on the tongue. Carbonation is at a moderate level. The growler held up really well.

All told, this if this was heated up and served to me in a coffee mug in the morning I would think it was a delicious coffee with cream. The alcohol is so faint it's almost unnoticeable. It's not a beer that I could drink in quantity (one snifter was more than enough), but it was delicious. (1,563 characters)

Photo of kegger22
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short's Cup a Joe is a rich, deep brown color and a modest, beige head that displays little retention. The aroma hits you right away with malty chocolate. Sweet chocolate shows the way in taste too. Rick and creamy, though a bit thin for an imperial stout. Medium bodied and carbonation is adequate. Drinkability is very good for an 8.00 ABV.

Cup a Joe is an excellent imperial stout. Only off note is the relative thinness. (426 characters)

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

A: Pours a dark black, completely opaque, with a pretty much nonexistent head. A slight ring of tan around the inside of the glass, maybe?

S: Amazingly rich sweet coffee aroma, notes of toffee and a sweet caramel. Very roasty, with a slight dryness. Amazing aroma.

T: A sweet rich coffee flavor up front with a crisp dry malty backbone and a somewhat dry finish. No serious hoppiness, but enough of a bitterness to keep the beer from becoming too sweet.

M: Moderate thickness, coats the palate. Carbonation stings the tongue a bit, not unpleasantly.

D: A really great beer from Short's. A nearly perfect balance of sweet and bitter, with a lot of coffee but that doesn't overwhelm with maltiness. (704 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Impenetrable black body. Not even the faintest flicker of light gleams through. Two finger java stained head is full and creamy. Retention is very decent leaving a nice sheet of lacing.

Rich dark roasted coffee cements itself as the dominate characteristic of this brew. Coffee aroma is almost completely over powering everything less. Very slight char and lactic sweetness are picked up. Maybe it is just my love of the bean but this smells good.

Milky sweetness and big coffee flavors converge as the nectar flows from the glass. Rich deep roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors cover the low end. Creamy vanilla flavor balances out the more dark and rich attributes. Though the coffee flavor is strong it does not cross the line of being overly bitter, the light bitterness noted is rather pleasant. Mesh together your favorite cream stout with your favorite coffee stout and you very well may end up with Cup a Joe.

Medium to just south of full bodied brew. Wonderfully creamy texture. Very smooth luxurious mouthfeel.

The problem with this one is not drinking but more stopping. Drankability in phenomenal. Near perfect balance across the board, superb beer. (1,171 characters)

4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very vigorous pour gets an inch of beautiful milk chocolate brown head that actually has nice retention for a growler pour. Body is like starring into the center of a black opal and getting lost in the darkness. Nose is big on the coffee but it is soft and sweet almost like a piece of coffee cake. Oh so creamy with first sip of this lush beer. Lots of coffee feel but in such a smooth and sweet desert kind of way. This is a lovely coffee stout without being to heavy in the normal stout kind of way, to stereo type the style. Very appealing coffee feel stays on the tongue. This is really a coffee lovers stout. Mouthfeel is a creamy coffee hum. Super nicely drinkable brew, would be great in the morning or late at night. (727 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby coffee
red brown black
nice foam lacing
is where its at

I smell espresso
a cup of joe
I love coffee beers
for those in the know

The taste is bitter
coffee wonder
one for the ages
a winter wonder

Mouthfeel is full
drinkability is good
I'd drink this every morning before work if I could (294 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one served from a growler at about 10 degrees cooler than room temp.

A= This ale poured a very dark black-brown with a modest 1/2" tan head. The head lasted a while and clung to the glass nicely.

S= Aroma was about 80% strong black coffee and 20% roasted grains, malt sweetness, and faint toffee.

T= Bursting with delicious coffee flavor all the way through each sip. Flavors of very roasty malts, milky sweetness, espresso, carob, and faint earthy hops blend perfectly.

MF= Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and moderately tongue-coating ability.

D= An excellent coffee beer and all that I love about creme stouts rolled into one delicious flavor vehicle. Highly recommended. (696 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler share thanks to WeeHeavySD!

A: Pours a very dark flat black hue with a nice tall mocha colored head. Pretty good retention with some nice lace going on.

S: Wow what an aroma, I love me some coffee stout and this one smell like... well.... coffee. Fresh roasted coffee, with hints of chocolate fudge.

T: Wondeful coffee flavors right from the start. This one is more fresh bold roasted coffee than espresso, but the balance is so nice. Nice creamy chocolate seems to blend in only to be overtaken by more toasty roasty fresh coffee. This is a very well crafted brew and EXTRA tasty as hell.

M: Medium in body, smooth, very velvet like. You would almost think this one has some oatmeal in it. Does it?

D: Wish I had the growler all to myself. It is one that once I started I could continue until it is all gone. Top two or three coffee stout made. Period! (866 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was able to sample this thanks to the ever generous Dyan.

The beer pours a dark black color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a huge blast of coffee grounds, chocolate vanilla, and maybe a hint of licorice and tar. On the palate this beer is just delicious. The beer offers up a huge, creamy, rich flavor profile of coffee and chocolate, with maybe some cherry vanilla in the finish. The creamy mouthfeel aside, this beer is amazingly drinkable and light on its feet. It's incredible how well disguised the alcohol is, and how outrageously easy to drink it is. Wow. Yummy. This beer is so smooth and easy to drink it's nothing short of amazing. Impressive. (684 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep, dark brown with a thin tan head that never reduced and left spotty lace.

S-Like a cup of strong, black coffee...period! Simply awesome. A bit of burnt/roasted malt quality does slip in late.

T-Dark roasted malt and STRONG, bitter, espresso. Super nice and DEE-LISH!

M-Medium body with the long lasting bitterness one expects from dark roasted coffee.

D-Superb! A mighty fine coffee beer that does not skimp! Rich and flavourful with enough body to support it all. (475 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rclnmeyer for picking up a growler of this (and many other Short's goodies). Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - A hard pour made a a thin dark tan head that dissipates to a nice cap with a millimeter of foam around the edge. Midnight black - not even lighter at the edges.

S - Sweet malts, roast coffee & cream, dark chocolate, hazelnut. This is probably the most convincing coffee smell I've smelled from a beer. Really strong and intense.

T - Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and some light floral hoppiness at the back end. The taste is a tiny bit more bitter and smokey than the smell, but it's a light hint that adds richness instead of getting fatiguing. This is definitely on par with the best of the coffee beers I've tried. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild. Not discernible alcohol

M - Wonderfully creamy and full-bodied, with a mild amount of carbonation that tingles my upper lip.There's some residual stickiness that kind of coats my teeth.This is exactly the right texture for a brew like this one.

D - This is probably the most drinkable coffee stout I've ever encountered. The glass disappeared before I even finished the review. Well I'm sure the ABV and coffee flavor would catch up to me I don't mind all that much. This growler will go fast. (1,301 characters)

Photo of ROBORB
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
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! (380 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz Growler

I got this growler earlier today in a trade with jw347, thanks again Johnathan! Cuppa Joe fills this breakfast stout pint glass wit ha liquid as black as a moonless night. Even when directly backlit there's not a hint of light flowing through this black beauty. The mocha head rose to a finger in height on the pour and became incredibly creamy while leaving chunky spire lacing down the glass. This is a damn fine looking brew.

The nose is rich with coffee delight. French roast coffee with cream and sugar is what dominates this brew. There's a slight charred maltiness and a drizzle of caramel but this beer is all about dark roasted beans. I actually wouldn't be able to tell the difference between this being a beer or coffee if blindfolded which is fine with me, I thoroughly enjoy my coffee dominated stouts.

The coffee stands out even more on the tongue than in the aroma, if you can believe that. French roast dominates the palate while the cream and sugar fall back and become accompaniments instead of standouts. The coffee borders on charred bitterness but doesn't quite make it there. The mild bitterness on the finish is perfectly done and the swallow leaves behind some rich caramel.

The body is on the heavy side of medium with an active enough carbonation to add some frothiness on the back of the tongue. This stout leaves behind a moderate coffee bitterness on the back of the throat. The body has a velvety quality that slithers along the tongue, I know that doesn't sound very good but it is.

The drinkability is super high when taking the intense coffee into consideration. I made my way through two pints very quickly.

I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've had the opportunity to drink with the name Short's written on it. Cuppa Joe is no different and one of the better coffee stouts I have ever had. Thanks for the treat Johnathan! (1,877 characters)

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