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Cornholio - Short's Brewing Company

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 105
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DannyDan on 07-10-2011

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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 105
Photo of jaysephx69
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
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

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Photo of GoldenChild
4.46/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not going to make this a drawn out review just wanted to say that this beer had wonderful flavor alittle bit of hop dryness with slight plumb and peppercorn

Loved it drank 4 of them out of the 6 that i bought and im planning on picking up some more this weekend

If you can find it get some.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the pub. The colab with FFF and DFH.

A: Kinda a deep brown but I swear it has purple edges. An off white head receeds to a thin rim, leaves little lace.

A: Sweet malty aroma. Notes of ripe fruit, caramel, slight roast, and bitter hops.

T: Interesting for sure. I get the plums, and some different grain, which I guess is the red popcorn, but the horehound is very difficult to pick up. Sweet finish, no alcohol.

M: Pretty much spot on for the style. Creamy and smooth, full body.

O: Very interesting and unique, which is why I like Short's so much. Wouldn't want to have too many, but one is pretty darn good. Skal.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brown to almost black in appearance with a nice tan head that has really good retention and lacing sticks nicely to the glass. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and plums. The taste starts out with some chocolate followed by some coffee and has taste of plums throughout. The Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy and has a nice balanced taste throughout. This was my favorite beer of the five I tried on Tap at Short's Brewery. This is one I highly recommend getting when visiting Short's.
This Baltic Porter is made in collaboration with Dogfish Head and Three Floyds. It is brewed with Delaware Plums, Red Popcorn and Horehound. I could not taste the red popcorn or horehound, but I'm sure that others trying this great beer will taste those two ingredients. I don't know which of the three breweries collaborating on this beer thought of it, but I for one am very glad they did.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer’s correct name is actually “Cornholio” and not “Cornoholio,” but I am assuming that will be corrected eventually. I was lucky enough to enjoy this at the Short’s/DFH meet and great in Traverse City on July 6th 2011. It was an event to remember.

Cornholio is served up in an interesting sort of tall pilsner like glass. It is a deep dark brown with a nice medium tan head. Retention is excellent, lacing is also quite good.

The aroma is sweet and Smokey with some nice roasted and burnt notes. There is a good amount of caramel and chocolate as well as a bit of fruity sweetness.

The flavor is a nice blend of sweet and roasty with a touch of charred burnt popcorn hulls and some strange, almost minty herbal notes. The roasty and smoky nature are what grab my attention most, but I can start to pick up on a dark fruity character as my mouth becomes accustomed to the more in your face flavors. This beer does not taste as crazy as I expected, and I would say that is a good thing. Oh yeah, this beer also has “Short’s” written all over it as their high gravity beer house test is quite prevalent.

The body is actually on the lighter end of medium with an interesting slickness to it. The carbonation was spot on and the finish was roasty with some burnt notes, but was not offending to the palate.

This was a pretty impressive brew that fell into the category of crazy ingredients, but not too crazy of a taste. I appreciated this I think it will be a successful collaboration brew. I am really looking forward to when the bigger batch is done so I can compare notes and see if I notice anything different.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: Thanks goes out to Klipper for hooking me up.

Appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger tan head

smell: roast, spice, sweet, malts, dark fruits,

taste: roast, malts, spices,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: interesting porter to say the least. glad I got to try it.


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Photo of claminat420
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured the typical stout/ porter dark. has a dark tannish colored head. left a bit of lacing.

S- some spicy dark fruit. can notice a tad bit of booze but nothing to potent.

T- has the dark fruit kickin for sure. notice a slight amount of chocolate in there. prolly alil amount of 120 caramel too. different and nice. has that clean lager yeast characteristic. the alcohol is not as detectable as in the smell. notice a slight bubblegum prolly kickin off from the yeast.

M- light/medium bodied. good carbonation.

Drinkability- i wish i bought a whole 6 of this when i was at the brewpub!!

Overall- why the hell is this listed as a baltic porter when it say's dark lager? last i checked a porter is an ale not a lager. but anywho this beer is truely unique. something different and in a good way. cheers to the peep's at short's, dogfish, and three floyd's.

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Photo of marmora
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of csmiley
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to prototypic for breaking out this growler.

A - Cornholio pours a rich dark brown. Some lighter brown shows around the glass edges. The tan head tops out at a thin cap and recedes quickly to a barely there ring around the edges. Lacing is average..

S - Smokey with hints of charcoal up front. There is a nice punch of cocoa in the middle. There is a touch of alcohol heat that finishes things up. That's about it for the aroma. Not bad but could use a little more girth in this department.

T - Taste kind of follows aroma and has the oomph that was previously missing. Starts out dry and rough with a dose of roastiness. Bittersweet chocolate gives way to cocoa powder. Alcohol is relatively prominent midway to end but never gets in the way. Dark fruit starts to come through as it warms a little. Getting hints of cherry.

M - Body is good for the style. Pretty substantial but not crossing over into stout land. It's a little creamy with a warm and dry finish.

O - Overall this is a pretty good beverage. It almost hits all the notes I'd expect in a Baltic. Based on flavor it does come across as a touch stronger than 7%. The smokey dryness really overtakes any other typical flavors you'd expect. I wasn't really sure what to expect with this kind of collaboration but must admit they did a good job.

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Photo of david131
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of cocoapuph
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of BeRanger
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of dfillius
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of rye726
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Cornholio from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.