Cornholio - Short's Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +12%
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.
11-11-2011 02:31:21 | More by mikesgroove
3.1/5 rDev -13.2%
Thanks to Derek for this beer.
A: The beer is a dark brown color with a tall off-white head.
S: A pretty strange/interesting aroma. It's fairly peppery with a mild tartness that seems to be from the plums. Speaking of which, there's a decent amount of fruit as well as some toasted and mildly roasted malts. Just a hint of smoke and a little bit of metal.
T: The flavor is definitely a bit metallic with quite a bit of water. There's a mild roast as well as a light plum flavor; not as much as I expected, anyway. The beer is fairly bitter and has some bread and pepper flavors with a bit of toast.
M: The body is sort of light for a porter with medium carbonation.
O: I guess I shouldn't be shocked by this, but I wasn't a big fan. It sounded interesting, but the flavors didn't work out for me.
08-22-2011 06:40:28 | More by womencantsail
3.35/5 rDev -6.2%
Thanks to klipper for this one. Served in a Darkness glass which watching baseball with Mike. Bottle is dated 8/2/2011.
A - A half-finger of quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thin collar, some wisps on top, and tiny spots of lace. Dark purple-brown body.
S - Wow - there's actually a hint of popcorn present here, sans butter of course. Otherwise it's mostly chocolate, plums, other dark fruits, and roasted malts. I didn't realize this was a Baltic Porter - the bottle calls this a Strong Dark Lager.
T - Taste is mostly dark roasted malts, chocolate, and there's a slightly medicinal finish - is that from the horehound? A bit too smokey and bitter for my tastes, but otherwise it's decent.
M - Smooth, medium-full body, well-hidden alcohol, slightly tannic from all the bonus ingredients, and a clean lager finish.
D - Well, it's the best popcorn beer I've had, but I've only had two and the Eccentric Ale was horrendous. I wouldn't get this one again unless I didn't have any better options - 6oz was plenty.
10-06-2011 01:59:14 | More by MasterSki
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
09-06-2011 04:42:17 | More by oline73
4.1/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
06-10-2012 04:52:25 | More by superspak
4/5 rDev +12%
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.
10-31-2011 17:16:51 | More by HopHead84
4/5 rDev +12%
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.
09-10-2011 00:45:09 | More by THECPJ
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
11-29-2011 02:10:06 | More by Alieniloquium
District of Columbia
2.05/5 rDev -42.6%
From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/7/12
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.
04-12-2012 21:16:25 | More by Rhettroactive
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
08-04-2012 21:50:50 | More by WoodBrew
3.25/5 rDev -9%
Thanks to MasterSki for sharing this.
A - Purplish brown beer with a beige head that faded to a tight ring, just some tiny spots left on the sides.
S - Plums, lager yeast, little bit of roast, some strange popcorn smell. Smells a bit medicinal and odd, but it's okay.
T - Pretty heavy on the plums, with something of a medicinal quality. It's fruity, with a wacked out aftertaste that I'm not impressed with, is that the weird popcorn effect? Meh, didn't care for it.
M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, no complaints.
O - Beer is just kind of strange. It doesn't taste bad, just weird. On the plus side, it's not infected (yet).
10-05-2011 01:33:21 | More by AgentZero
3.33/5 rDev -6.7%
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!
11-29-2011 01:22:40 | More by woosterbill
2.04/5 rDev -42.9%
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.
03-09-2013 22:03:04 | More by AlexFields
4.13/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
08-07-2011 03:52:15 | More by prototypic
Cornholio from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.