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Cornholio - Short's Brewing Company

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 19.05%


Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DannyDan on 07-10-2011)
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-darl brown color with a nice light tan head with some lacing

S-dark roasted malt, plums, brown sugar,spices

T-dark roasted malt, brown sugar, chocolate, tart grapes, slight bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, but a little tart and astringent

O-certainly different, not bad, but would not seek it out

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:55:50 | More by MDDMD
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AlexFields

Tennessee

2.04/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours jet black with a thin head.

Smells like flat, warm root beer mixed with a touch of red wine. Not so appealing. The nice thing is the aroma isn't too strong.

Wow...tart expired fruit, gravel and dirt, cola, grass. This is bad.

Mouthfeel a little thin.

3.8/10

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 22:03:04 | More by AlexFields
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dfillius

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited to have a Shorts/DFH/FFF collaboration beer! Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of brown head with poor retention - better retention please. Nearly opaque DARK brown.
S: Clean roasted grain, slight fruity sweet edge. Interesting, but not terribly complex.
T: Interesting. Fruity, a bit tart and slightly wild. Improves with warmth/time and grows on me. Dark chocolate notes in aftertaste. Quite nice and unique. Slight cough syrup flavor is a negative. A bit medicinally bitter, like aspirin.
M: Opens and closes dry. A bit tart or wild, brett? A tad thin.
O: Enjoyable. I wouldn't buy 6, but I might order a second. Proof that a collaboration between three great brewers doesn't always produce beer that is equal to or 3x greater than those produced by the brewers working alone.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 15:23:12 | More by dfillius
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cornholio is a good beer....got to try thank to my bro-in-law friend....Bill....Thanks Bill!!! The beer poured a dark opaque with thin offwhite head that is not leaving much lace. A nice roast scent. The taste is what is interesting....the body is light with smooth carbonation. There is a dark fruit hoppyness at the start and then a mild malt/roast finish. Overall it is a tasty beer and the 7%abv is un-noticable....which means danger.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 21:50:50 | More by WoodBrew
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 7/2/2011. Pours an almost pitch black hazy dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big plum, chocolate, peppercorn, caramel, molasses, herbal, floral, roasted malt, toast, bread, and earthy spiciness. Very nice and unique aromas; with good balance and complexity. Taste of big chocolate, roasted malt, toast, pepper, biscuit, caramel, raisin, floral, plum, herbal, and earthy spices. Fair amount of peppery bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, pepper, toast, dark fruit, caramel, and herbal spiciness. Great balance and complexity of flavors; very pleasant and enjoyable, given the unique ingredients used. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a great Baltic porter! Nice robust and balanced flavors, with good complexity; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one, and I am glad I got a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 04:52:25 | More by superspak
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/7/12
*From notes

A: Ashy tree bark brown. A good pour yields a two finger head. Moderate retention. Minor collar and lacing.

S: Rusted metal that has somehow sprouted red fruit.

T: What a shocker: a Short's beer that tastes odd. It's like they were aiming to make a sour without the wild yeast. Der....just do it then. There's a sharp char to the brew, that's met by a wholly unwanted tang on the back end. Not coming together for me. And as it warms, a (not so) lovely mix of tobacco and Carolina BBQ sauce find their way onto my tongue.

M: The carbonation cuts my palate like a street thug yielding a shank. too many bubbles, not nearly enough finesse.

O: If this beer was a person, it'd be the kid in the corner who shat himself, then proceeded to stick his finger in his "Cornholio" and smell it.

I think you get the point.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 21:16:25 | More by Rhettroactive
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black pour with more than two fingers of brown head. The foamy head leaves behind beautiful lacing and retention.

S: Considering everything this beer was brewed with...it really only smells like a baltic porter. Roasted malts, chocolate, and some other misplaced aromas.

T: The taste is not the same story. Baltic porter is definitely the base, but some really strange other flavors are there as well. Fruits and spices mostly. I don't really understand all the random stuff that went into this beer, but I don't hate it. I don't think it's great, but certainly interesting.

MF: Heavy body with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkability is a tad low.

O: I got this as an extra in a trade and I'm surely glad I tried it. I highly doubt I would jump to get another, but it was interesting. I wish I knew what any of the ingredients of this beer tasted like so I could tell what they lended to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:42:33 | More by russwbeck
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jaysephx69

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown in color with almost no light coming through. One finger light mocha colored head, with good retention and lacing.

S: Plums are very present. Slight chocolate notes and brown sugar. A faint hint of popcorn. And very faint vinegar aroma. Still pretty good, although different, aroma.

T: Slight chocolate upfront with a touch of toffee. Big plums with slight raisin notes in the middle. Finishing with a slight popcorn flavor.

M: Medium light body. Lower carbonation. A touch creamy. Good mouth coating.

O: definitely glad I had it. Pretty damn good

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:42:24 | More by jaysephx69
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Lord Hobo.. Poured a black color with a one finger light mocha head; Good retention and lacing.

Smell is not particularly strong- almost like guineas except more robust. Definitely smells of malt and yeast; sweet but a little sharp.

Tastes like an Irish stout- very malty with a little bit if a dry finish. A little smoky.

The mouthfeel is also like a stout- washes over the tongue pretty easily with a tingle of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 23:42:53 | More by Hopdaemon39
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a Bruery tulip.

Pitch black with blood read highlights. An off white head and mocha head.

Sweet, caramel like malt up front with hints of beets and plums. A touch of nuttiness and generic spice.

Beet and plum flavors with hints of yam sweetness. That nuttiness returns and moves into a full on bitter, vegetable like bitterness once swallowed. After flavor of squash and roots. This honestly tastes like a few slices of plum, squash, and beets thrown into a blender with a Newcastle.

Medium body with low carbonation, a little sticky but not too noticeable.

Strange vegetable flavors with a little bit of nuts and spice. Not really my thing and I drain poured the last half of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 07:54:46 | More by auroracrisis
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into my bruery tulip a dark black with a tan head that is thick around the edges, not very present in the center of the glass.

S: Mostly tart plum with some dark roast malt. Some of that signature lactic sourness that some Shorts beers have.

T: First bitter, then tart at the same time. Dark roasted malts playing with dark plums. Sweetness at the end with a tannic chalky feeling from the Horehound I believe. I do not know that the red popcorn has added a lot of flavor, but would say that it probably has added a little bit of earthiness and light red tinge to the beer where you can see the edges. As for horehound, this is my first time trying it in anything, not sure if I can taste it and it is bitter, or if I am picking up other flavors here.

After a little research, apparently livestock do not like to eat horehound. I have to imagine that it is in fact from the bitterness and cloying taste it adds. I wouldnt say this necessarily makes this beer more desirable, but I would go as far as saying that it does make this beer unique.

M: medium mouthfeel and a medium carbonation. Just about right for a baltic porter. Maybe a tad light but otherwise good.

O: This is an interesting beer. I wouldnt drink a six pack of it, but one seemed to pique my interest enough for this snowy day.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 19:04:12 | More by alpinebryant
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer pours a dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - The aroma is full of deep roasted sweet chocolate malts with some plum, medicine sweetness, and a bit of popcorn. There is a touch of earthy hop as well.

T - The flavor starts off with a mix of sweet roasted chocolate malts with some sweet plum and the medicinal sweetness. Through the middle some bitter chocolate flavor comes through with a touch of the popcorn flavor and a hint of sweetness. There is just a bit of earthy hop as well. The finish is a mix of some light spice, chocolate malt, popcorn, and plum that linger.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Lots of different flavors mixed in here and it is a touch off-balanced. That being said it is really different and interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 05:34:28 | More by ngeunit1
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cocoapuph

California

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks TheGr8BeerState and decadance for this one! My first Short's beer.

This one poured a very dark brown copper color with about a one inch thick tan head.

Smelled of root beer, bananas and brown sugar. Has a very Belgian yeasty smell to it. Looking forwards to the taste...

First sip was totally different than expected. Burnt pepper corns and coffee. Then after the bitter ashy flavors die down, you get some caramel and dark fruit skins.

Mouthfeel is medium and the tastes linger on the tongue for a while.

Not a bad beer, looking forward to more Short's brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 05:50:30 | More by cocoapuph
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BeRanger

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Short's pint glass.

A: About a half to full finger of tan head - pours a brownish purple color.

S: You can definitely smell the Peppercorn, otherwise the small is typical roasted malts with hints of other fruits and even chocolate?

T: Kind of a sweet taste up front that mellows out as it finishes - smooth, not bitter. Everything seems to mesh pretty well, I cant quite put my finger on a distinct flavor.

M: Smooth, little carbonation. You can barely taste the alcohol, definitely on the ligher side of porters.

D - Certainly an interesting beer given the knowledge of what they brewed it with. While it's not intolerable in mass quantities as some of their delicious but sweet dessert beers, I don't see myself wanting multiples of this in a night. However it's pretty solid overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 03:41:22 | More by BeRanger
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billshmeinke

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark dark brown. Finger of off white head. Retention and lacing are alright.

Smells of some bakers chocolate and ash. Maybe some corn.

Tastes similar kinda of just a chalky and roasty. A bit estery.

Mouthfeel is alright. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Ok, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 20:54:36 | More by billshmeinke
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vande

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - jet black with an extremely thin and quickly dissipating sandy lace left behind....

s - somewhat smoky, roasted malts, maybe hints of fruit?

t - strange and peppery...definite grainy w/ roasty dark malt taste..somewhat spicy...

m - smooth and creamy with a quick spicy bite at the end... interesting...

o - a different kind of beer....worth a shot..

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 05:48:59 | More by vande
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dayan

District of Columbia

2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, received as an extra in a trade. Thanks Tom!

A - Very dark brown with a loose tan head. Nice lacing and retention.

S - Floral and roasty, with some stone fruits and bready notes toward the end.

T - Holy adjuncts. The dry corn taste is very prominent and aggressive, giving way to somewhat bitter, tannic plum flavors and a slight acetic aftertaste. An intriguing roasty/herbal finish sometimes pokes through, but I can't really get past the corn.

M - Light-bodied, a little mealy, medium carbonation.

O - I've had a few of Short's weirder one-offs and generally enjoy them, but I can't say I ever need to seek this one out again. It's definitely a unique take on the style, but it might just not be my thing.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 08:39:25 | More by dayan
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david131

California

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark brown bordering on black. The light brown head is thin and splotchy but what is there is creamy.

S- Smells both rosary and tart. Hints of smoke and sour fruit. Intriguing.

T- A very complex and unique combination of flavors. Smoke, tart plums, and a touch of something I can't put my finger on... Maybe it is the corn.

M- A creamy carbonation keeps it smooth and light.

O- A very unique beer (expected from Short's). The plums add a really nice aspect to this beer. Doesn't really up to the hype, but it is definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 03:37:36 | More by david131
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Another big thanks to MarcatGSB for this one!

Appearance - Near-black body with a little bit of a head before fading to naught but little islands of bubbles. Short's seems to have issues with head retention.

Smell - Strange smells in this one. Interesting smells, though. Definitely corn and definitely some roasted malts. The corn is the strongest. There's a faint fruit smell at the start, but I could hardly claim I smell beach plums (wtf are beach plums?).

Taste - Initially, it's almost spicy. It quickly becomes very strong in corn flavor. Not like a malt liquor, like a grainy corn flavor. Almost like corn meal. It finishes with a smooth roasted malt character and a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Easy-drinking, as any lager tends to be. I wouldn't characterize this as a Baltic Porter, really, as it lacks any real body. It's more of an adjunct schwarzbier.

Overall - Fascinating combination of flavors. I wouldn't expect them to play well, but they do. Again, I think it's out of style, but then again it is a Short's beer. A tasty beer I wouldn't mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 02:10:06 | More by Alieniloquium
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing this little bit of weirdness.

A: Brown body, ropey with sediment, under a thin head of fine tan foam. Ok retention and lacing. Average, if a bit light-colored for a Baltic Porter.

S: Huh. Dull, herbal, and bready. Smells dry, slightly spicy, and surprisingly boring.

T: Slightly chocolatey roastedness up front (finally a sign that it might actually be a porter!), followed by almost tart herbalness and a clean finish. Weird, but somehow not all that interesting. Not unpleasant in the least, just shockingly unremarkable.

M: Fairly light body with low carbonation. Pleasantly soft and understated.

O: When I saw who the collaborators were and read the list of insane adjuncts, I was expecting something memorable and crazy; instead I got a thoroughly pedestrian beer that resembled a mediocre brown ale more than anything else. At least it hid its alcohol well!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 01:22:40 | More by woosterbill
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rye726

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass. Good label I guess. Not sure I would call this a baltic porter. It lacks the depth and malt profile that should be consistent with the said style. But it is a nice dunkel lager. Well rounded and easy to drink. Not sure it is worth all the hype, but a decent beer to wash down some grub I guess.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 19:42:10 | More by rye726
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doughanson78

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color with almost no light coming through. One finger light mocha colored head, with good retention and lacing.

S: Plums are very present. Slight chocolate notes and brown sugar. A faint hint of popcorn. And very faint vinegar aroma. Still pretty good, although different, aroma.

T: Slight chocolate upfront with a touch of toffee. Big plums with slight raisin notes in the middle. Finishing with a slight popcorn flavor.

M: Medium light body. Lower carbonation. A touch creamy. Good mouth coating.

O: Was almost afraid of this beer, but definitely glad I had it. Pretty damn good considering how off style it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:19:19 | More by doughanson78
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark brwon, pretty much black, very opaque and thick looking. Huge creamy tan head lifted up to about two inches,

rich caramel and coffee tones dominated this from the beginning. Very sweet smelling, with a hint of chocolate on the back. Very full aroma, and a hint of alcohol. loaded with caramel and chocolate tones. A touch of alcohol warmed it up as well. Lots of roasted coffee tones in the back, and a nice bitter, dry hoppy finish. This was a really well rounded and full taste. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:31:21 | More by mikesgroove
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HopHead84

California

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/30/2011

Thanks, Carlos!

A: Dark brown with a small head.

S: Baked bread with notes of sugar and sweet plum. I get some grape and biscuit with a touch of roast.

T: Chocolate and roasted grain meld with plum and grape. The finish is clean and exhibits dark fruit and lingering chocolate.

M: Medium body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: Good stuff. Much better than the label description.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 17:16:51 | More by HopHead84
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jmunsters

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewing this "streaming" in order.

A - Light pour yields a deep brown, red, and purple non-transparent brew with a finger and a half head that dissipates slow leaving a fairly nice lacing.

S - Uh oh. Smells like silage just getting near it... It may be a combination of the corn and a chocolate with malts and plums, but it's definitely coming off as a slight garbage smell.

T - Much better than the smell. A lot of chocolate and roasted malt taste. A nice roasted corn taste finishes it off. I'm missing the plums here. Was hoping to top it off sour. Actually reminds me a lot of their Black Licorice Lager in a different way of course.

M - Very smooth and incredibly drinkable. Mild carbonation and a really great balance. Drinks like a lager, feels like a porter.

D - I picked this up as a mix 6 on a visit to the brew pub. I was pretty excited for this and while it didn't live up to all I had hoped and dreamed, I'm still finding it quite enjoyable. Glad I picked up a couple.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 00:14:42 | More by jmunsters
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Cornholio from Short's Brewing Company
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