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Carrot Cake - Short's Brewing Company

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Carrot Cake
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 75
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: glazeman on 05-31-2011)
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Photo of HopHead84
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%

5/26/2012

Bomber into a snifter.

A: Orangish red with a big beige head.

S: Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar. Carrot cake! Frosting and vanilla. Love the aroma.

T: Flavor tastes of carrot cake but it's really intense. Very spicy, lots of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Reminds me a bit of a pumpkin beer with all the spices.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. 

Overall. Great nose but one ounce is enough to taste. A novelty that's worth trying.

HopHead84, May 27, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%

The best part about this beer is the aroma, NAILED IT. Even the owner of Short's told me that the flavor couldn't possibly live up to the aroma. Overall if you like carrot cake, drink this beer.

Beer is orangish red with a mild haze, lazy head with bad retention some lacing low carboantion.

Smells like carrot cake, biscuit, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, molasses, sweet sweet sweet. In a blind smell test you would think you are smelling a piece of cake.

Beer is thin and sweet with some carrot character and some sweetness but overall it doesn't live up the hype built up by the amazing aroma. The finish is a little bitter, overall a good beer. Seriously that aroma, forget about it.

drabmuh, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of 2LCrew
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%

Received a bottle from volunteering at WBC this year. When I opened it up there was an amazing cinnamon smell coming up. I am not fan of carrot cake, but I enjoyed the beer. Taste was a little sweet for me but I just had a 2 oz pour or so as it was shared among 6 people. Would be hard to drink a full 22 oz bottle. Overall a unique beer and one that might have new beer drinkers around winter time convert to drinking better beer.

2LCrew, May 20, 2012
Photo of beerhan
4/5  rDev -9.1%

beerhan, May 05, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -9.1%

GRG1313, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -9.1%

klipper, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

brez8791, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

mmcnaughton, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and does not have any signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The aromas are moderately strong and smell exactly like a carrot cake—so close to the original that it’s like you are smelling a Yankee candle.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sweetness and is very similar to the smell, except that the spices are a bit stronger.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit syrupy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a beer that needs to be sipped, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because you can take the time to savor the aromas and flavors.

metter98, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of glazeman
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%

I had this on tap two nights ago, but this review is strictly from the grolwer I brought home at airohead2001's request.

A: reddish amber with a 1/2 finger whispy white head that has medium retention and decent lacing.

S: The smell is pretty good. I get some pumpkin spice and a little sweet cream with vanilla.

T: Wow, the short's people really nailed this one. Some of there offerings that aim to recreate a particular food I have been less than impressed with, but this one was spot on. There's a nice balance between the carrot (which does not come through as earthy, but rather like a candied carrot) and the cream, and the base ale. There's a little bit of a port-like finish as it warms.

M: A bit on the syrupy side. I feel this could use a bit more carbonation and maybe lose a bit on the viscosity.

O: It's like a carrot cake. Would you want to eat the whole cake or just a slice? One or two small glasses it's fantastic, but to split a growler was a bit overwhelming. With that being said, it's well worth a try.

glazeman, May 31, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%

Served on tap in a cervoise at the Great Taste of the Midwest.

Appearance: This pours a reddish brown color with a small creamy light tan head. The retention is not very good, and it leaves just a few spots of lace on the glass.

Aroma: This smells like a delicious piece of most carrot cake. The aroma is absolutely dead on. There is not much else to really say. Vanilla, cinnamon, a toffee sweet malt aroma, ginger, and nutmeg. I think that covers it. Wow.

Flavor: The flavor is nice, but does not quite live up to the aroma. Some toffee sweetness goes with the malt flavor, and some vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice are there as well. The carrot is actually the one thing that sticks out in a negative way; it is kind of over-exaggerated in a sense. The finish remains fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: This has a fairly smooth feel with a light graininess to it. The carbonation is well-integrated and on the softer, creamy side. Slightly sticky sweet.

Overall: This was enjoyable, and Short's really pushes the limit with some of their beers. The flavor of this beer could not possibly live up to the aroma, but it was still quite good.

KickInTheChalice, Aug 31, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

bismarksays, Jan 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

WeisGuy, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

KBWiz, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

thewimperoo, Jan 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

afsdan, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orange-brown color with a thin off-white head and a few spots of lacing plus a nice collar throughout. The nose carries the aroma of freshly-baked carrot cake with some sweetness, light nuttiness, and raisins. Following through on this is a bit of light spices and a bit of vanilla. The flavor falls along the same lines with same cake-like bready malt as well as raisin, nuts, spice, and a pinch of vanilla. Moderate feel with a good enough body to create that cake-like feeling, though a bit too much sweetness. Overall, one of the best experimental beers I’ve had from Short’s.

Thorpe429, May 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

sjstraub, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

enelson, Feb 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

FLBeerGuy, Apr 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

budsandsuds8, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Dactrius, Jul 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

adamant1912, Aug 23, 2014
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Carrot Cake from Short's Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.