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Short's Black Cherry Porter | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Black Cherry PorterShort's Black Cherry Porter

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2004

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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 337
Photo of Sammy
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This works! Pours very dark brown near black, with a dusting of a white head. The fresh cherry aroma emmenates from the glass and is enticing. Above average mouthfeel contains a marriage of roasted malt, rich malt including chocolate malt, and black cherry flavour that is right there. Great drinkability.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to GrandCruDrew for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque reddish black with a 2 inch crimson brown head that fades to a small cap. Streaks of lace coat the glass on the drink down. Smells of tart super dark cherries, roasted malts, cocoa beans, and slight coffee beans. Taste is of sour black cherry, roasted coffee beans, and cocoa powder. Slight coffee ground/cocoa bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is very good with just the right amount of carbonation that still leaves a creaminess with each sip. Overall, this is a good porter that meshes well with the black cherry puree it's brewed with. I am actually pretty happy that I have another one of these to enjoy another time.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a very thick looking black beer. The head was brown with a little bit of retention and lacing. The smell of the beer has a subtle cherry note, reminded me of a syrup I used in a home brew once. The other aromas I get from this are roasted malts and not too much else. The taste of the beer is very roasted in te beginning, as it warms up it gets a little sweeter. The cherry flavor isn't nearly as prominent as I expected it to be. The mouthfeel of this beer reminds me more of a stout than a porter. Overall this beer is heavier than I expected, it's good but I really wanted more sweet cherry from it. Still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up in Michigan over the holidays. Served in a snifter. Not infected--woohoo!

Pours dark brown with a bit of a crimson hue. Single-finger off-white head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings a bit of roast as well as some chocolate and lightly-tart and sweet cherries. Taste brings a bit more cherry character plus some roast. Nothing terribly complicated, though I like the cherries. Mouthfeel is medium with lowish carbonation. Okay beer, but nothing too special.

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Photo of mothman
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into bells snifter

Pours a mahogony tan head. Fades down a bit. Leaves some lace rings. Very unique color head. Color is black.

Aroma: Roasted malts and sweet black cherries. They are borderlining tart. Has some dark chocolate as well. With a swirl of the glass I am able to smell some marshmallow flavors.

Taste: The black cherries are rather dry. It is big and roasted. Chocolate notes with some cream and vanilla. It has something in the background that I can't determine what it is. Has some coffee roast as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with a long lasting coffee bitterness.

Overall, it is an alright porter, but just not was I was expecting. It had a bit to much roasted malt and too much bittering coffee in the finish. Somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided that I was going to go on a fridge cleaning for the next week before I need to take a break for a while. Went with this mixed sixer last night in an attempt to clean out some lighter fare. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 11/03/2010.

I was really excited to this one, I have been working my way through a great deal of these new offerings but this one just screamed my name. The pour was dark, very dark with only light hints of a reddish tone around the sides and bottom of the glass. A nice head of tan rose up from the bottom of the glass and reached a height of around two fingers before settling back down to earth.

Aroma is deep dark malts, chocolate and rich berries all mixed together nearly perfectly. Warming brings out even more notes of rich raspberries, cherries, hints of milk chocolate and smooth roasted malts. Very full flavor and feel with a thick, viscous touch to it that really just made my day. Smooth chocolate wraps around the taste buds and leaves little doubt as it collides with the cherries to cause a full on dessert experience here. Just a tremendously well balanced and well placed flavor, just the right amount of fruit balanced just right against the big malts. Smooth and rich with a velvet like finish.

Overall easily my favorite of all the new shorts offerings. I could have this one all day long. Just really hit the spot.

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Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. It poured black and thick with a very nice dense mocha head filling the top inch of the glass. The head retreated to the edges of the glass where it left some decent lacing.

The aroma shows a nice roasted quality to it with a little coffee, but remains very smooth. The black cherries come through a little and mix with a chocolaty flavor very nicely. Chocolate covered cherries really come to mind in the aroma.

The taste shows more of the cherry flavor throughout the beer. It's a very nice fresh black cherry taste that I'm really enjoying. Like the nose suggested, chocolate really does play a big role as well and adds to the chocolate covered cherry similarities. The roasty flavors are a little less pronounced at first but they show back up in the finish to lend some bitter, burnt flavors. I get just a bit of alcohol to it in the finish as well, almost like a hint of a cherry soaked in vodka. I really enjoyed the flavors in this one a lot.

The mouthfeel feels heavy and a bit syrupy, while carbonation is low. It seems to fit the flavor profile pretty nicely actually. Drinkability is very good, I really enjoyed the beer and the flavors. The cherries were very well done and the chocolate complimented them very well. I love cherries and this beer was right up my alley. Probably my favorite shorts beer so far.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by afdempse. Thanks Adam!

This beer appears a very deep shade of brown, bordering on blackness. The beige head is approximately a finger thick and leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma consists primarily of roasted malt with dark fruit.

The flavor brings more of the same, with cherries really emerging in the finish. A tasty offering from Short's.

The feel is medium bodied, with alcohol content disguised pretty well.

A nice sipper. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmurren25 for sharing this brew at Als during the pumpkin murren event on Saturday. 

Poured into a snifter this brew appears nearly black in color with a darkly tan head that fades slowly. When held to the light it has some lighter browness showing through the edges and hints of redness.

The smell of this brew is roasty dark malt coming across like chocolate. There is a background note of fruity alcohol esters thy develope more towards being cherry as it warms. If it didn't say black cherry on the bottle I doubt I could hve identified it as such. Also coming through in the aroma is some citrusy hops that compliment the smell of fruit and dark grain.

The taste is dark roasted grain with a nice bitterness that is partly due to the level of roast of the malt and some citrusy bitterness imparted by the hops. The alcohol is noticeable again accenting the fruity side of this brew. It has a long lingering aftertaste of burnt grain mixed with cherry that imparts a dryness on the tongue.

A medium bodied brew with a light enjoyable level of carbonation. A pleasant take on the style and done quite well. It is a good balance of roast, hops, fruit and alcohol.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from Exiled and jbck109, thanks for the opportunity guys!
My first Short's review.
Pours a solid black color with a stingy foamy tan head that kind of hangs there for a while. Smells of dark chocolate mixed with cherries, blueberries, currants. I was expecting more from the aroma, I feel a little let down. Berries come more to the forefront as this warms, as well as some hints of wet cardboard. Taste is chocolates wrapped in berries. Slightly tart, slightly roasty. Midway I get glimpses of alcohol, leading to a finish of bitter roast with a little bit of ash. Medium high level of carbonation affects the mouthfeel a bit. Less bubbles would have been better. Creamy tart and bubbly mouthfeel, medium thick body. I so wanted to love this beer, it has cherries which I love and its a porter which I also love. I could drink this, but its really not one of my favorites. I have had more mind blowing stuff from shorts in the past.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well Shorts, is this infected too? I don't think this bottle was. Beer is black / dark ruby brown with a thin head of tan bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the snifter. Low carbonation.

Aroma is a little tart which worried me at first about infection but ultimately I think its just the cherries. Mild roastiness too.

I guess ultimately this beer is just not my thing but I feel like there's nothing wrong with it and that plenty of people would enjoy a porter flavored with cherries, just not me. It's a little thin, mild carbonation on the palate, mild tartness at the back, some roasty bitterness on the finish, some fruit flavor on the front half. I don't know what to say about except that I'd be slow to have it again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date was not apparent..
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured jet black - looked almost inky. A small amount of light brown head formed in a ring around the glass.

S - Tart cherries, roasted malts, cocoa, light coffee notes. A very robust and inviting nose.

T - Slight tart cherry taste up front, followed by cocoa and roasted malt flavours. The tart cherry flavour returns in the finish and becomes very prominent but still without overpowering the rest of the flavours. The tartness lingers in the finish.

M - Medium to full body with some good chew. Lightly carbonated.

O - An interesting and unique beer. I really liked how they managed to showcase the black cherry flavour without it overpowering the whole beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malts and chocolate-covered cherries. The flavor is more of the same with cherries, roasted malt, chocolate and a little bit of smoke. The beer tastes and smells exactly like you would expect a beer named Black Cherry Porter to taste. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

A very good beer and proof that Short's can really make some good beers when they don't have infection problems.

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Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Devin for sharing this the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color, with a slight reddish hue. The beer also has pretty good head retention and decent lacing. The nose intense and attractive in this beer, showcasing considerable coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast and a hint of licorise. This beer really has a very roasty aroma profile, something that is carried through onto the palate. The flavor profile genereally replicates the nose, with no more than a hint of the promised black cherry. The beer is actually quite dry, despite some initial sweetness. There is also a hint of leather and tobacco in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long roasty, dry, somewhat bitter finish. Drinkability isn't too bad, but the beer is so roasty and dry, and has so much a burnt toast flavor, I just can't imagine drinking a whole lot of this 9% beer.

A nice enough beer, but just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of rudzud
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from czar_chasm. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep deep dark brownish black with a good once finger dark dark milk chocolate head that faded to leave a thin blanket and dense halo. Very nice.

S - Aromas..hmm..nice malts and chocolate, but I really cant find any cherries

T - Taste is full of nice roasted malts and dark chocolate. That in itself is very nice with some super faint sour dark fruits. Unfortunately I cant just locate dark cherries.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, silky, creamy. Very good. Slight sour/bitter lingering finish/aftertaste. Nice on the tongue.

O - Overall, its enjoyable. Wish there was more cherry here though. Other than that its quite nice.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: dark brown to a light black bodied beer with a reddish hue to it. 3 finger of dark brown head that slowely drops down to a moderate cap. Spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: I get lots of cherry notes and some roasty notes as well. This beer smells like it might be infected. Hope its not very infected...

Taste: Yup. Its infected. On the bright side...the taste is not that bad even with its infection. Its starts of smokey and roasty like a porter. Just a little chocolate and coffee are noticed. Then the cherries come to the party. The aftertaste is what off in the taste of this beer. Its got a little bit of that sour aftertaste that lets you know that this beer is off. A soured cherry porter is an interesting beer.

Mouthfeel: Its a fairely thin porter, which I think is also due to infection issues of this beer. Low end of a medium bodied beer. Carbonation is moderate. Its easy drinking.

Overall: another case of shorts beer being infected. I would like to try this one when its not infected. There is lots of potential here!

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Photo of IdrinkGas
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Snifter glass.
A: Pitch black and syrupy. Coats the glass when you swirl it.

S: Sour cherry scent mixed with some roasted and bitter chocolate.

T:Its says they use real cherries but I get a medicinal artificial cherry flavor. Tastes like chemicals.

M:Small amount of carbonation and thick mouth feel.

D: 6oz was plenty for me. Drinkable but not enjoyable.
This one reminded me of a 2009 Abyss. I was happy to split this 12oz bottle with someone else. Seems like I have felt that way about every Short's brew I've had.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this, Devin!

Jet black with a dense, dark brown head with great retention and no lacing, just some patchy foam. The nose is great! Sour cherries with a great roastiness, light coffee and cocoa. The cherries are hidden a bit by the malt. Despite the heavy roast character, this isn't ashy or too much.

The palate is intense. Plenty of sour cherry with a LOT of roast, this really is close to being too intense. The ashy/charred malt and cherries combine to wreak havoc on the palate, drying as hell. Fruity and roasty, this is INTENSE. Medium in body with low carbonation, the finish is long with plenty of roast, coffee and a nice sour cherry character. Excellent, the intensity makes more than 4oz a bit difficult, which is a negative for a beer sold in six-packs.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Quite dark, pretty much black pour with a half finger of tan head.

The aroma is pretty thick with cherry. Also a nice dose of malt and earthiness, peat, grass.

The tart cherry is right there up front. The malty porter dominates after that. Heavy roasted malt, dark chocolate and some ashiness. The cherry accentes throughout. Finishes with continued roast and cocoa.

This is much fuller than I would have expected. The porter behind the cherries is big, but the alcohol is not. Not quite a creamy mouthfeel. A nice dessert, different than the norm.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from jale (thanks Jim). This one pours dark and opaque with a few fingers of substantial-looking (solid) tan foam. It smells VERY decent, some cocoa and roast along with what must be black cherries. Actually it's easier to pick out the cherry aromas knowing that they're in there, this comes across mainly as a sweet and roasty porter based on nose.

It taste sweet too, with more malt than cherry in the flavor, although the lasting sweetness hints at fruit. A little acrid too, deduct points based on my own personal tastes. Doeasn't matter even with the penalty, this is quality porter.

The beer is thicker than expected for a porter, but it's also 9% ABV so I guess it has a somewhat serious malt bill. Potent stuff, very tasty, glad I have another.

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Photo of maximum12
1.12/5  rDev -71%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks to a well-meaning BA for sending me a bottle of this brew, always happy - & a bit nervous - to crack open a new Short's brew.

Pour is black. Smell is...rather foul. A medicinal sourness flows out of the goblet.

If this isn't infected, it's just bad. I'm a fan of cherries, & these cherries have soured, badly. I'm surprised the reviews are so good. I'm making a face every time I take a sip, & I'm afraid it's going to stick like that. Sour, cherry, more sour, bitter, cough syrup.

Terrible. I keep reading that Short's has solved the issues with their beers, but I keep stumbling across brews that don't taste like beer. Talented brewers, clean up your act!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
No date or info available on the bottle.

Thanks again, and again, and again, to Beerwolf for his generosity. I'd be drinking all the terrible crap in the mix-tick-pack selections around here if it weren't for him.

A - The tall pour had a brilliant ruby brown clarity that became perfectly black in the glass. The tall three-finger head of dense tan foam settled to a rocky surface after slow cascading. Great retention and fantastic fingers of lace cling to the glass.

S - Heavily roasted black patent malt immediately reminds of a stout bit it certainly has enough dryness to it for a porter. The black cherries add a faint level of tart cherry aroma to the dry cocoa.

T - Smooth black coffee and complex roasted malt character envelopes the flavor with chocolate and molasses notes. Black cherries add some pizazz to this porter but not much tartness, sweetness, or otherwise fruit profile. They're just hinted at.

M - Smooth as black velvet, this porter has a deliciously round, full, thick body and a faintly roasted bitter, dry finish. Great feel!

O - Fairly high ABV but not showing it, this porter is border-line stout-like. Thick, rich, and full-bodied, it's a nice brew but definitely not one to have a lot of.

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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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 xnicknj
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter glass - big thanks to arvjunk for knocking this off my want list

Pours a full blacked out color with a frothy browned head. Retains nicely with plenty of filmy retention and thick curtains of patchy lacing all over the glass.

A big whiff of roasted malts in the nose with some underlying cherry tones. It's not tart but the cherry is pretty prevalent, followed by some lighter smoke and some sweetness.

Rich roasted malt tones up front with some slightly smoky edges. Decent hop profile with some bitterness and citrus tones. Dark cherry swirls into the flavor with chocolately sweetness and a light tart edge. Finishes with some more juicy hops, a bit dry, and another splash of cherry.

Medium body, higher carbonation, dry and slightly rough on the tongue. I've wanted to try this for a long time and certainly wasn't disappointed by the nice integration of cherry and chocolate flavors.

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