Black Cherry Porter
Short's Brewing Company

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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #326
Ranked #14,145
3.9 | pDev: 12.56%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Black Cherry PorterBlack Cherry Porter
Notes: Black Cherry Porter is made using local Northern Michigan sweet black cherries and eight different malts. Combined, the ingredients provide the deep radiant flavor profile and create the dark opaque color. A slight purple lace from the fruit puree enticingly leads into smooth soft hints of roasted chocolate and pleasurable black cherry flavors.

55 IBU
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Photo of darktronica
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I don't get much in the way of black cherries, but it certainly is a nice porter. Tasty chocolate notes, excellent roasted malts, and some amorphous fruitiness that's quite subdued, mostly just imbuing a bit more sweetness.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to like this one more but the cherry was just a little too subtle for me. Bottled date 9/3/19. Pours a nice dark black opaque color with just a little film of tan head and very scant lingering lacing. Smells of nice dark rich chocolate fudge, mocha coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and a very faint hint of stone fruit. Taste follows the nose, with lighter cherry notes that were a little too faint and distant for me - otherwise I would have given it a 4.25 or 4.5 for flavor. Very rich, chewy, luscious mouthfeel though, excellent coating of the palate, just the right amount of carbonation. High ABV is well-hidden. A tasty beverage with both savory and sweet food pairings.

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Photo of BB1313
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 9/3/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a big fluffy dark khaki mocha head that falls slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Some vanilla. Mild and subtle hints of funk or vinegar, which might just be the black cherries. The flavors are bold. Lots of chocolate, especially dark chocolate. More mild hints of vanilla. The black cherries come through, especially in the finish. This one is ultimately bittersweet. Nice malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's creamy, velvety, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a really nice brew. The craftsmanship is on point. The black cherries shine without dominating or diminishing everything else. This one is bold, but balanced. Well done. I really like this one.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No date on bottle. Poured into stout glass. It pours nearly ink black with an impressive, khaki-colored head and lacing. The smell features roasted malt, coffee, and subtle but discernible black cherry. The cherry really comes through in the taste; it's tart and blends well with the burnt coffee and bakers chocolate. It has a typical porter body: not very thick but pleasant to drink. The 6% ABV adds to the lightness in the mouth feel. Overall, it's nicely conceived and crafted. I was concerned the black cherry would be cloying which wasn't the case. If a good cherry porter could be brewed in any state, it would be Michigan.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark with a burgundy tinge. Large mocha-colored head. Sweet/tart cherry nose with chocolate. Tart cherry flavor mixing with coffee bitterness. Finish is a little more harsh than I'd like.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours near black with a thick, medium, light brown head that lasts a while. Good lacing

Smells of tart cherry, roasted malt and chocolate

Tart cherry and roast. Followed by chocolate and finishes dry with a lingering coffee. Medium body light carbonation gives good creamy feel.

Good tasting but looks amazing

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Photo of Richcraft
2.66/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Oh man this tastes nasty to me. So burnt. I think it's probably awesome for those into that. Never again for me though. Looked nice. Big dirty head like I like.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with a half inch of mocha head that leaves a lace ring from the initial pour.

I smell dark cherries and roasted malt.

The taste is dark fruit, roasted malt, and unsweetened chocolate.

Medium to full mouthfeel. Smooth

It kind of reminds me of a Baltic porter as I typically get dark fruit flavor and aroma from them. It works pretty well. A nice beer for a frigid, late November evening.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a very dark brown with a two finger tan head. The head recedes to a thin ring leaving lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of tart cherries, roasted malts, and dark chocolate.

T - The flavor is tart cherries and dark chocolate upfront with smokey roasted malts in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel.

O - A nice beer, but the smokiness tends to overpower the flavor.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a solid black color. a finger to two of a tan head with strong retention and leaving behind a big frothy lacing. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: roasty and chocolate malts. some smokiness, mix of tart and sweet cherry.

Taste: opens with a smokey flavor mixing with some sweet malt flavor. the malts are roasted and strongly chocolate. some cherry juice comes in giving off a mixture of sweet and tart cherries. the cherry flavor is drawn out and a little bit of smokiness returns.

Mouthfeel: heavy and a bit on the chewy side. there is a lot fighting for control here but in the end the bitterness and subtle smoke win out and linger on.

Overall: I have been wanting to try this beer since i started drinking a lot of shorts and I was pumped to see it return. I was not let down. a tough flavor to put into the beer without coming off medicinal and overly sweet but I think they found a nice balance with the smoky and roastiness.

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Photo of 98green
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Look is dark black more like a stout. Smell is roasty malts. Maybe some cherry but probably because I know it is there. Taste is also malts followed by some sour/bitter from the cherry. The fruit itself is very light if at all. Feel is a bit thin, but the 7% abv is well hidden. Overall an ok effort but I won't run back for it

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer poured a blackish brown with reddish hues in the body and head.

Smell - The nose emits some cherry notes, but is generally more malt forward.

Taste - I detect tart cherry notes, but it is not what I was looking for. The cherry is there, but it is not enough. The malts are too forward with an odd acidic smokiness that just does not work with the cherries. Smoke and cherries borders dangerously close to being a mess. The cherries try to be important in the aftertaste, but the smoke cancels it.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is appropriate for the style, though the feel is thin.

Overall - I really want to like this one, but smokey cherries just does not work for me. If this is just an odd batch, the batch consistency at Short's is perplexing.

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Photo of justinp444
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter it has a brown head of 3 inches and a black body (nice lacing). Smell of slight sweet cherry, roasted malt, chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is sweet cherry, chocolate, slight smokey roasted malt, licorice, and a larger amount of coffee. Mouth feel is moderate to full so is the body with good amount of carbonation (medium, slight crisp). A very nice chocolate coffee cherry flavor that doesn't favor any of the three too much and a nice balanced sweet and bitter. More of a stout than a porter though.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip. Color is inky black with tinges of brown, which is noticeable when drops are spilled. Resembles motor oil in appearance, yet not as thick. Three fingers of fluffy, thick, mocha honeycomb head is present. Pleasant rings of lacing are left behind. Aroma is roasted, toasty malts. Dark cocoa powder, tangy cherry. Taste follows, with more of the cherry flavor coming to the forefront the longer it sits. Roasted, bitter coffee beans, dark chocolate, tangy cherry and a pleasant and unexpected smokey flavor lingers on the palate.

Roasted, smokey, and sweet. My favorite cherry dark beer. Now to find a cherry wheat ale to complement it.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/12/15

L- Dark black, one finger brown head that had a slight reddish tint to it.

S- Roasty with some dark chocolate and a light cherry aroma.

T- Nice medium roasts, good amount of dark chocolate, medium amount to tart cherry but not too tart, finishes with a nice medium roasty note.

F- Nice velvety mouthfeel.

O-Really nice cherry dark beer, it's important to let it warm some to let the cherry come out. I much prefer this over Bell's Cherry Stout which I find too tart.

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Photo of Vogie
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/12/15. Poured into a Spiegelau Stout glass.

Pour is pitch black with a solid one finger khaki colored head that stays around awhile. Aromas of black licorice, dark roasted malts, and hints of dark chocolate. Taste upfront is sweet, though not detecting any cherries. Finishes almost smokey with lingering dark roasted malts and a touch of hops. Medium body, slight carbonation, creamy feel.

As this beer warms the cherries start to become more apparent. However, if I had to guess this beer I'd say a smoked stout/porter. A respectable brew from Shorts that deserves some attention.


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Photo of SerialTicker
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.99 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Dated 10/12 and poured 11/2 ... not too shabby. Been wanting to try this beer for quite a long while, so I'm thankful it got voted into this year's brewing schedule.

Appearance: Black. That's that. There was a finger or so of a creamy, brown head on top, but it slipped to a quarter finger and stayed there. Decent amount of lacing on the glass, but not a lot. Pretty nice looking beer.

Smell: Hm. How do I say this ... it smells like a black cherry infused stout -- I know this is a porter, but this leans more on the "stout" side of things for me. Long story as to how I've discerned the differences. Moving on... dark cherry -- tartness, sweetness and all -- with a pleasant roasted malt. I'd like to say this smells like a chocolate covered cherry, but it doesn't all that much. I guess if I really think about it and pretend that's what I'm smelling I get that out of it, but for me, it's primarily a very solid roasted malt layered just under a significant tart black cherry nose.

Taste/feel: Main reason I'm the guy to say I consider this a stout over a porter ... it feels like a stout. Generally I think of porters as thinner with a higher carbonation, but this has a silky moderately full body with a very modest carbonation -- very, very smooth and outstanding. The taste is also very good, with a great roasty malt at the start on one sip, and the end on the next -- the same goes for the black cherry. I'd say I'm tasting roughly 60% delicious stout (er, porter...), and 40% black cherry juice, and I'll say it's a great blend. The sweet and tart cherries play well with the bitter roasted malt.

I'm surprised and relieved. In my experience, tart/somewhat sour fruits don't seem to work well in stouts because the tart (how many times will I use that word in this review) fruit and bitter malt clash and make for a slightly metallic aftertaste. This beer unfortunately -- really, inevitably -- has that, but it's really slight. The great roasted malt quality, plentiful black cherry flavor, and silky smooth mouth feel make this one of my favorite lower ABV stouts... it's just too bad it's something that's uncommonly bottled.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/12/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, black cherry, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, cherries, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, black cherry, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, floral and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/roasted bitterness and light fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cherry, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, cherries, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness after the finish from roasted bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, cherries, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TurboBrew
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a little baby cup of this at MI FALL BEER FESTIVAL in detroit. Went out and bought a 6 pack today. Hands down one of the best porters ive ever had. Pours black with a sturdy 2 inches of head that dissapates to the usual ring of goodness and holds that retention and lacing for the entire performance. The Cherry flavor takes over on the finish but is not overpowering and blends in well with the malty chocolate toffee and smoky flavors. A well rounded Porter that balances almost to the side of a sweet Stout. This beer leaves really nothing extra to be desired. It's all you could ever want in a flavored porter but somehow more than you could ever want in any dark beer. I believe that the black cherry purée really sets his beer apart from other Porters and stouts because usually they would be to artificially sweet and sticky. This Brew is just perfect perfect perfect perfect. The aftertaste is smoky and a slight black cherry and alcohol bite resonates on the pallet. Another homerun for shorts brewing company

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Photo of Fargrow
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cellar temp. Pours black with a light brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, black cherry, and all things dark and decadent. The first few sips I couldn't detect any cherry. But now that I've been sipping for a while, the cherry hits almost immediately and hangs around. This beer is surprisingly dry. The feel is medium-heavy, perfect. Overall, this is a very good beer that brings what it advertises.

Edit: Forget what I said about it being dry. By the last few sips, it was pretty sweet. This beer evolves.

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Photo of BlushingMonk
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 Release. Pours dark red bordering on black. Excellent dark tan cascading head that slowly fades. Light on the nose but a little sweet maltiness is present.

This beer came highly recommended, but I had a hard time finding why. It lives up to its name and tastes like I'd expect a porter and cherry juice to mix. I generally don't like fruit in my porters and stouts, so I'm not surprised this does nothing for me. It has a medium heavy mouth feel with mild carbonation. The long bitter finish surprised me for 40 IBU offering. I expected the sweetness of cherry would cause a sweet fruit finish, but that's not the case.

This beer isn't for me, but seems to live up to its name.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @atone315 for this one. Pours a completely opaque black color with a small, amber tan colored head of about one finger in size. Some sporadic lacing coats the sides of the glass.

Aroma is sweet and certainly leans toward imperial stout/ baltic porter territory. Cherries and figs and raisins. Alcohol. Slight tobacco and tar.

I do get a short little hit of tart cherry flavor at the very front, but that quickly fades to more of an alcohol and dark bitter chocolate flavor. Finishes with more figs and raisins and alcohol. On the sweet side.

Thick and chewy and robust. A definite winter time beer. Temps are cool here, in the mid 70's and rainy, so this one fit the day well. The cherry undertone was noticeable without being too understated or aggressive. A nice beer if a little sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a small brown head that recedes quickly. Big chocolate aroma with a background of fruit, anise, and surprising spice. Flavor is bitter chocolate with only hints of the cherry. Big and bold, with tobacco and fruit mixed together. Hop bitter holds the sweetness in check. Pretty flavorful porter here, bordering on a stout. Not bad.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a light brown head and decent lacing

S-chocolate, roasted malt, cherry, hint of coffee, slightly smoky

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, cherry, hints of smoke, slightly bitter finish

F-medium to full body with moderate carbonation, smooth and cream

O-a well-made porter, the cherry is well-integrated into the beer, probably my favorite beer with cherries so far

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Photo of beerhan
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - dated 10/04/12

A-Pours a huge black color with almost a reddish hue to it. Foamy mahogany 2 finger head that leaves a reddish brown ring.

S-As with many of Short's beers this one does not fail to deliver on uniqueness. Smells of black licorice, roasty dark chocolate with a very up front cherry peel aroma with a subtle smoke aroma in the background.

T-A little smokey and nutty on the front with a burnt cherry flavor that slowly comes in.

M-This one has an odd finish. It almost feels like I am running my tongue across wood. The cherry incorporates itself well into the aroma and taste but gives an awkward body to the beer.

O-This was definitely interesting. I do not really care for cherry in stouts and porters but this one is alright. For what it is, it is pretty tasty but not really my thing. If you are a cherry stout/porter fan this will impress but to me it is just a bit gimmicky. I would have probably liked the cherry to be very noticeable but I kind of feel if there was any more added there may have been a medicinal character to the flavor.

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Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 356 ratings