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Cornholio - Short's Brewing Company

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81
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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 19
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DannyDan on 07-10-2011)
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Reviews by SammyDavisJrJrJr:
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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle held at refrigerated temperatures since July, into the old Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Listening to Cave songs on YouTube...

A - Rich dark brown body with amber tints, topped by two solid fingers of tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Hops, sweeter coffee and slightly astringent roasted malts are quite dominating in the nose, making me have to work to pick up the various additives. The plums and horehound really do add a nice minty-sweetness, complimenting the slowly emerging almond notes.

T - Overall, this beer manages a pretty good balance on the palate, considering how aggressive the roasted malt and resin/spicey hops are. Almond nuttiness, dark chocolate, and dark fruit notes account for the sweetening flavors. The finish is quite clean for a beer of this size, minerally with a slight tang.

D - Definitely one that needs to be served at around 50F. When it was all said and done, I found myself enjoying this beer, but at the same time surprised by how straightforward it ended up tasting.

More User Reviews:
Photo of marmora
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown/red color. Smells of popcorn, roasted malt and a sweet note. Tastes of mint, dark fruit, slightly medicinal and bitter. A cool collaboration that detours from a traditional Baltic Porter. Worth trying if you can find it easily, but it won't replace my go-to Baltic Porters.

Photo of TCJosh
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of danp14
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of prototypic
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cornholio pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s nearly opaque. Backlighting reveals a few burgundy highlights at the outermost edges. A tan head barely covers the surface. It falls back quickly, leaving light, spotty lacing behind.

The nose is pretty good. Honestly, it’s a little weak in the aromatics department. Roasted malts hit first and have a nice smell. Bittersweet dark chocolate follows, but isn’t as strong as the roasted malts. Coffee is there, but is definitely a secondary component. Light dark fruit, faint hops, and a little alcohol round it out.

The flavor is much more impressive. Frankly, it’s somewhat explosive. Roasted malts and bittersweet dark chocolate flavors are quite strong. The roasted variety is the stronger of the two, but there’s a healthy amount of chocolate. Coffee is also much more pronounced. I love that about it. It does have that classic acidic taste that’s common in Baltic Porters. Definitely works well into the mix here. A tangy dark fruit flavor is noted. Tastes like raisin to me. Alcohol is blended nicely and isn’t all that noticeable. Finishes roasty and chocolaty with a shot of java.

Cornholio has a medium body. Carbonation is dialed down nicely, and the bubbles feel thin. This stuff goes down super smooth and easy. I wouldn’t mind just a little bit more body, but it’s good as it is. I’m splitting the growler, but I’d be happy to take one down myself.

I understand that Cornholio is a collaboration between Short’s, Dogfish Head, and Three Floyds. I had high expectations given that list of heavy hitters. For the most part, it meets them. It’s a nice take on the Baltic Porter style and features all the usual bells and whistles. What probably distinguishes it a little is just how strong and full the flavor profile is. The combo of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and that slight acidic flavor is damn impressive. Eh, the nose could use a little work and maybe a bit more body would help. Small gripes though. This is very good stuff. Find some.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of rolandboy
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of beerhan
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of zachraymer
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of resistdefy
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Bottle: Poured a black color porter with a small foamy had. Aroma of light roasted malt with some spices and beets notes. Taste is not as eclectic as expected with some roasted malt notes with beet notes being clearly identifiable (even though I am aware that there are no actual beets in this beer as far as I know). Body is light with medium carbonation. Not bad but somewhat bland and not particularly enjoyable.

Photo of jmunsters
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of enelson
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mtomlins
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Shared at a 10K review beer tasting; drank from a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter.

This one didn't come togther for me; it felt odd, for odd's sake with lots of competing flavors and aromas. The nose and taste were dominated by roasted malt, plums, herbal notes, spice and molassas. I liked that for this colab, they swung for the fences, but even Babe Ruth struck out.

Photo of Another6Pack
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of danwho
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. I think the beer name is misspelled on BA and the bottle says it is a dark lager.

Appearance: Pours black with a finger and a half of tan head that fades to a thin layer on top of the pour and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Roasty and sweet. Notes of dark chocolate and dark fruit from the plums. I'm picking up some herbal notes as well.

Taste: Roasty up front. Some coffee and dark chocolate notes. There is some flavor from the plums, but it kind of gets covered up by the roast. The finish is mildly herbal and quite roasty. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium with very smooth carbonation. Very slight dryness in the finish.

Overall: I'm not sure that I loved this beer, but I'm really glad to try it. I thought some of the other flavors were hidden by the roast. I don't know that I'd have another.

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Cornholio from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.