Bourbon Barrel Aged Carrot Cake
Short's Brewing Company

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Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #8
Ranked #11,360
3.98 | pDev: 9.8%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: Experimental dessert ale made with carrots, marshmallow, vanilla, maple syrup, orange zest, and spices and then aged in bourbon barrels.
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with thin, short, off white head fades quickly.

Smells spicey, nutty, bourbon, vanilla, cream

Tastes sweet spicey cake, nutty, bourbon, cream like taste and hints of vanilla. Finish is sweet with light spice linger. Higher medium body and smooth medium carbonation

Feb 17, 2017
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on-tap at HopCat Detroit's grand opening.

This is just an awesome, awesome beer... what else would I expect from Short's? Haven't had their standard Carrot Cake, but this one I had to try, and it was great. It reminded me like a bourbon barreled pumpkin beer until a great frosting-like sweetness crept up on the end, and then it tasted distinctively like carrot cake. The bourbon character isn't super strong, and maybe that's for the best -- it accents everything incredibly well though. This was one of the better beers I had at HopCat's opening. It was $9 for about a 10oz pour, but it was well worth it. Short's misses with a few of their experimental beers, but they nailed this one.

Dec 14, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

gimmicky? maybe. they have some weird ones. strawberry shortcake, key lime pie, whatever, it tastes good. this one has a real nice nutty base with a vegetable sweetness, definitely taste shredded carrot here, no doubt about it. the thing i think is most remarkable here though is the way the cream cheese frosting taste is there too. maybe thats the marshmallow, maybe the vanilla, but its really yummy. i taste the nuts too in here, earthy and sweet, a cool cool project i think. the bourbon barrel really brings it together, and im sure this is far better than if it werent done in a barrel. it needs that mellowing oaky booze thing. its a little weirder and a little sweeter than i would want to drink a whole lot of, but i definitely appreciate it for what it is. it really tastes like a carrot cake, rich and even textured right with the flaky feeling to it. not one id care to drink everyday, but how cool to try! my favorite of the weird dessert ones from shorts so far.

Oct 17, 2014
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32oz screw-top growler poured into a Short's goblet. Thanks brownbrian for the hook-up.

A- Pours a translucent golden brownish with a reddish orange hue. About a quarter finger of white head forms that recedes to a flat top, nice consistent carbonation after having been in the growler for about a month.

S- Fairly spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.. A little bit of vanilla cream, nuts, raisins, orange peel, slight carrots, rounded out with a sweet but not over the top bourbon presence. Pleasant smelling, complex, and pretty close to what you would expect from a carrot cake beer. Edit- becomes a little bit boozier as it warms.

T- Fairly spiced with a balanced sweetness. Flavors of nutmeg and other spices, orange zest, raisins, carrots, slight bourbon sweetness up-front. Finishes with raisins, more spices, a tangy orange zest presence, slight cream, and a bit of booziness. Not nearly as good as the aroma, slightly watery and the tangy orange zest ruins the carrot cake presence a bit.

M- Medium bodied, slight syrupy aspect, fairly drinkable, minimal carbonation but decent coming from a growler.

O- This was an interesting beer but wasn't quite as good as I was hoping for. The aroma was pretty spot on but slightly bozy and it was pretty tasty but the orange zest took over a tiny bit too much adding a slight tanginess to it detracting from the carrot cake. Overall this was a decent beer and really interesting to try but definitely not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

Apr 12, 2014
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robwestcott from Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to JerryM1984 for this one !

poured cold from the howler about a week and a half after fill at the brewery. poured to a three floyd's teku semi-opaque and mahogany brown with a full finger, short lasting tan head leaving a ring around the surface.

aroma of cinnamon and spice with a hint of bourbon in the way back.

big bodied, just this side of syrupy (in a good way), medium carbonation, sweet to the tongue.

carrot cake, precisely as advertised ! big bourbon and vanilla, oak, cinnamon, buttery cream cheese icing, and brown sugar.

nice !

Mar 14, 2014
Bourbon Barrel Aged Carrot Cake from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 91 ratings