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

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86
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344 Ratings
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Short's Black Cherry PorterShort's Black Cherry Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
344
Reviews:
140
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
41
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 344 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of schreurb
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Srbelow
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of red94tt
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JNForsyth
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stadmo1
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Z-man
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PHBoiler
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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 elliott1184
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wtkphoto
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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 jkrug5
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cherry to start. The cherry is mildly artificial. Then it follows with roasted malt and a tad bit of chocolate.

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Photo of jrborchert74
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigTuna1066
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SadMachine
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 98green
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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 shirtless_mike
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of amishbooze
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Short's Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 344 ratings.
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