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

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Short's Black Cherry PorterShort's Black Cherry Porter

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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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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade with jpmclaug. Thanks Jason! Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A - Pours an opaque, extremely dark brown liquid with a 1/2 finger of dense brown foam. I might be imagining this, but I think there is a bit of a reddish/pinkish tint in the foam. Head lingers briefly before falling to the surface and leaving behind a thick collar and sparse lacing.

S - Smells dark and roasty malts with a good strong dark chocolate component. The cherry also comes thru nicely giving a solid fruitiness...smells almost candy-like. Alcohol is also noticeable and probably keeps this one from being too candyish.

T - More bitter than I expected up front with a bit of a burnt, espresso bean like bitterness that stands out. Very roasty overall, but there is enough chocolate to find its way thru the roast. The sneaks in subtley and complements the bitter roast pretty well. Gives me the impression of an iced cherry mocha - works well for me - if Starbucks doesn't offer this combo of flavors, they should think about adding it. Alcohol is hidden pretty well, only marginally noticeable.

M - Medium bodied with a fairly strong foamy and fizzy carbonation. Feels a bit creamy on the tongue. Bitterness is high and lingers well past the swallow. Reminds me of the bitterness from chewing on espresso beans.

D - Not sure you can really how too far astray with a cherry porter. The fruit just really works well with the chocolate and dark roasted flavors. I think the burnt aspect of this beer is a bit overdone and the beer would be better balanced if it was toned down just a bit. However, I am finding this to be very enjoyable and would love to be able to settle back with another right now.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Sarro for this extra in our not so long ago trade. Big fan of Short's for a while now, can't wait to pop this one any longer.

A- Poured into a brandy snifter with normal technique. Generates a pitch black body resting below a chocolate brown froth. Very fluffy collar and cream soup thickness skin. Lacing is average with half of the time being mountain ranges and the other being speckled sneezes. Even though you can't peer into the depths of this beverage, there are carbonation streams running the edge of the glass giving confidence to sip worry-free.

S- When they said a porter, they were not kidding. This beer is instantly roasted grains and burnt notes. Campfire smoke with that tart, sweet cherry note. Delicious!

T- Instantly smoky. Very strong burnt and roasted flavors with a finish of chocolate. The issue is that the edging of sweet cherries does not exist here as it did in the nose. It is a solid porter offering with the sweetness being the silver lining. It perks up in the middle with a tart and sour sweetness but fades out without being a supporting actor.

M- Smooth and creamy. Mild body prevents it from being velvety. The carbonation is not overwhelming, and hidden in this beer for a good reason. I feel if it had some sweetness to pair with this pseudo-thick body we' have a home run.

D- It isn't bad, but it isn't a black cherry porter. It is drinkable, tasty, and a good offering for the style. Just mislead me on the name, I feel. It is impossible to be a 9% on terms of flavor, no ethanolic properties. Very easy to drink and I'd love another to be honest.

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Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A: Very dark brown. One finger light brown a red tint. Nice lacing.
S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate and sweetness from the cherries.
T: Tastes match the smell. The sweetness is balanced well by a nice hop bitterness.
M: Nice creamy mouthfeel.
D: The 9.0% ABV is very well hidden.

The malt and cherry sweetness is balanced nicely by the bitterness. Great Porter.

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Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Porter?! Could have fooled me when I poured this, pours thick and sludge like, super dark black, with a pretty nice dark tan head.

Aromas are of chocolate, dark roasted malts, and subtle dark cherries.

Taste is VERY dark roasted malt forward. Toast, espresso, bitter bakers chocolate all dominate up front. Finish is bitter, with hints of dark cherries.

Mouthfeel is good. Starts out really full, but fades a little on the finish.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice strong porter, if you are a fan of big roasty robust porters, then this one is right up your alley.

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

Thanks you again biernutz for the great Short's package.

A: Dark black with a cherry red glow, surprise surprise. Head is created with swirling but quickly pulls back to the rim, it coats the glass but doesn't have much legs.

S: First thing I got didn't seem right, so I kept going back to confirm. There's a weird notion of soda, and perhaps a lemon-lime twangy; definitely smells like Sprite. Roasted notes as expected of cocoa powder but also baked cherries.

T: Fortunately this doesn't taste like Sprite. Somewhat tangy, much like Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. Cherry puree is probably what gives it the tart almost sour flavor. Bitterness seems to line solely in the roasted malts. All the flavors really balance out.

M: Dry dry dry. Creamy full mouthfeel leaves an almost astringent dryness.

D: I was surprised to see this is 9%, drinks either like a 4% porter or 3+ year old imperial stout. I only have one, and I'm drinking it along side a Bell's Cherry Stout, but I'm not sure which one I'd pick another of. I really like the smooth balance, but it is quite dry.

Probably the most balanced Short's beer I've had so far. I see how this one could grow on you and become a real favorite if it was more accessible.

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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 StoutHunter
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of this a couple weeks ago, I like flavored dark beers and shorts always makes exciting beer so I figured I would give this one a try. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer pours a dark black with some ruby red highlights with half a fingers worth of dark tan head that turned into a very small thin ring.

S- The smell is dominated by tons of roasted malts that give off a nice bitter coffee and chocolate smell with some sweet black cherry's at the end.

T- Pretty similar to the nose only much more intense and balanced. Tastes alot likes chocolate covered cherrys. Black cherrys are perfectly balanced with the robust porter flavors.

M- Thick and creamy with medium carbonation.

D- For a strong porter this beer is pretty drinkable and the flavors are perfectly balanced. I wouldn't drink more then two of these due to how strong it is but the booze is hardly detectable and hidden very well.

Overall I thought this was one delicious brew and one of the best shorts brews I have ever had. The black cherrys work great with this beer and compliment the robust porter flavors perfectly. Shorts always seems to blow my mind with their crazy good brews. I need to pick up more of these before they are gone.

Update October 2012. This years release is pretty good, the appearance was a little better with this one, but the body felt a little thinner, still one of my most anticipated Shorts release, I adjusted the scores accordingly.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours an inky black color. Almost no head forms. I have to give the beer a very vigorous swirl just to generate the faintest inkling of foam. No foam means that there was nothing in the way of lace. I know that this beer is a whopping 9% ABV, which will majorly affect the amount of head this beer produces. I also know of the convincing argument that American Porters shouldn't be anywhere close to 9% ABV. All in all, I can't even score this as an average-looking porter.

Well, you can definitely smell the black cherry in here. If this were presented to me at a blind tasting I'd probably ask if this beer was infected. It is slightly tart, the black cherry character, and pervasive throughout. Sure, there's roast. Sure, there's milk chocolate. But the tang from the fruit is always there. Does it smell good, though? Meh, not really.

This doesn't actually taste all that dissimilar from infected Deschutes' The Abyss 2009. Less acetic sourness, but the flavor profile is very similar. An abundance of milk chocolate malt and a smidge of roasted malt meets a tangy, tart fruit flavor. This porter is not complex or nuanced, which makes me wonder why it needs to be 9% ABV. Does it taste good? Almost. This is a very decent beer.

The mouthfeel is hard to grade. It is pretty thick; much closer to a stout than a porter in terns of body size and mouthfeel. But the thickness also works well with the flavors that this beer brings to the table. I have to score the drinkability highly: it does not taste at all like it is 9% ABV. That alcohol is very well hidden.

This didn't blow my mind. I appreciated the ways in which it tasted like black cherry flavored IBC brand pop, but that's about it. There are plenty of other porters that I'd reach for before this one.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-13-10

Pours thick and black, with a bit of deep red at the very edges. Almost no head, and the thinnest single ring of possible.

Smell is very sweet, tons of malt, with aromas of molasses, anise, coffee, and tart fruit. Very deep, earthy, and complex.

Taste is fruity, malty, bitter, tart, and boozy, all in an intense way. Tons of tart cherry, a huge roasted coffee quality and lots of hop bitterness. The bitterness starts to dominate after awhile.

Mouthfeel is good, lower carbonation helps the slickness, but overall it might be a little thin.

Drinkability is good, but this is an immensely strong and heavy beer.

Overall, an epic beer that I'm hoping will hold up and mellow in the cellar.

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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 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 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 kbutler1
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Thanks to mothman for sharing. Pours a very dark brown/black color with a dark mocha colored tan head that settles to collar around my tulip glass. Interesting smell that I can't quite pinpoint or decide if I like or not. A mix of tobacco, leather, some booze, and some dark cherry or plum. Some sweet tart notes upfront followed by a roasty coffee and leather taste. Lighter body than I thought it would be with some carbonation. Lingering roasted bitterness is not that pleasant. I'm actually quite surprised their isn't more of a cherry flavor in this.

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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 kbeals
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an inky jet black. Vigorous pour yields a ring of mocha brown head. Dashes of lacing left around the sides of the glass, good head retention on what was there.

S- Mmmm, notes of dark black cherries, chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Very sweet and very inviting. Not much booze shows up in the aroma which is surprising given the 9%. I think the sweetness really helps to mask it.

T- Very similar to the aroma. Chocolate and coffee seem to be the most well pronounced flavors, with cherry coming in a close runner up. Booziness does show up a little bit in the taste however.

M- Medium-heavy body, very smooth with little carbonation.

D- So delicious and so drinkable, I remember having this on tap a while ago and immediately liking it. A definite winner from Short's and it might just be my new favorite beer form them. Cheers!

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 batch enjoyed on-tap during Short's night at Ashley's in Ann Arbor

Pours very nearly black with a deep burgundy tint. The half-inch tan head has a slight purple hue and sticks around on the edges only. The smell is of dark-chocolate covered cherries with perhaps a little cherry cola in there as well without much hint of alcohol. More of a milk chocolate and black cherry skin flavor with a strange, waxy, crayon-like taste up front. I have a hard time believing this is 9% abv - if it is, it is incredibly well-hidden. Medium-bodied with moderate to light carbonation and very little alcohol warming for the purported abv. Pretty drinkable stuff, especially compared to other Short's specialty beers. The alcohol is very well-hidden and the flavor is enjoyable despite the mild waxy taste and lack of complexity. I also like that the black cherry tastes authentic and not medicinal or overly sweet.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a nearly flat .5 finger coarse, dark mocha head with a reddish tint and little retention. Beer is an opaque black. More like an imperial porter than its little brother. Lacing is pretty. Stringy and with a nice spotty pattern underneath. Decent cling too.

S: Nose is liquorice, coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt bitterness. No cherry aroma is really detectable but regardless, spot on considering the style. Nothing outrageous but solid.

T: Opens liquorice, dark chocolate, and roasted malt bitterness. Cherry sweet and tartness lingers quietly in the background but its detectable towards the middle. Coffee beans and more liquorice at the finish adds more of a touch of tartness. Ends accented coffee. Cherry juice mixed with bitter chocolate and cocoa powder in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Oily in the mouth with a slight abrasiveness at the edges from the bubbles. Finish is accented and messy and aftertaste lingers.

D: A solid beer from Shorts but a general failure in terms of what I believe they're trying to do. Cherry is barely present and is completely overpowered by the dominant porter flavors. A solid beer but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First things first, a massive thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for sending out a couple of these badass Short's special brews for me to try. Cheers friend!

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's Tulip with an absolute opaque black. I held it up to the light and nothing dares to get through. About a finger of dark mocha colored head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates at a modest pace, leaving thin, wispy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Heavy roasted dark malts, sweet chocolate, sweet dark cherries. Everything I would expect a Short's beer labeled as such to smell like!

Taste - It is interesting; reading through people's reviews they state often times they can't taste the cherry. I'm not sure what beer they are drinking. The first flavor I get is utterly overly ripe cherry with that amazing sweetness. Now I will admit the cherry flavor is not dominate, nor does it last long. The essence of the cherry is gone relatively fast, when the wonderfully roasted malts and toasted chocolate kick in to dominate the overall flavors. But rest assured, there is for sure, lots of cherry flavor. This beer is an absolute treat after having a JP La Parcela. From overall tart to a nice sweet, cherry porter - am I in heaven? Accordingly, this is a LEGITIMATE natural cherry flavor (sorry for the caps, but I feel it important to stress). Nothing like SA Cherry Wheat (don't get me wrong, I love SA; they got me into craft beer. But the SA Cherry Wheat is processed disgusting cherry flavor). This has such a natural cherry flavor and overtone, I again wish I could share this with my father and brother-in-law who enjoy Michigan cherries/beer just as much as I do. Stupendous taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation. Perfect for this beer.

Drinkability - Is this really nine percent? I know it was before the release of the actual bottled six pack beer...but if it is, the alcohol is hidden amazingly well. No alcohol noticeable in the taste, nor is there any alcohol warming. Very easy to drink, though I am savoring it right now on my porch in Southern California on this 60 degree night (soon to be low 50's if not 40's). This is a complete knock out by Short's and is probably one of, if not the, best beer I've had by them. I am purposefully making myself wait between sips because I used one as a bottle share and only had just a hint (wanted to spread the wealth) so this is my last one and believe me, I am savoring it. Very good and highly recommended. Last notes - I love porters. Sam Adams Holiday Porter was one of my first craft beers which got me hooked on them. If I could have one porter for the rest of my life I can easily say this would be my pick.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes made on 10/27/10.

A: The color is dark black and impenetrable to my eye with a dark mocha head that I swear has a tinge of dark red, ala a black cherry. This head is impressive in size at one and a half fingers and retains well. The lacing is gorgeous and reminds me of the cloudscape on this windy Northern Michigan day.

S: Roasted dark malts are the biggest aroma and mingle with with dark cherry smell kindly. Behind those scents are a slightly bitter dark chocolate smell, a definite coffee presence, and also some bitter hop aromas.

T: The tartness of the cherry puree and the bitterness of the hops play on the sides of my palate at first, then the roasted malt, slight chocolate, and coffee do their dance on my tongue. The sweet, tart cherry and the roasted porter backbone blend fairly well, but I think I would like the flavor balance to tilt more in favor of the straight porter taste.

M: If I had any complaint, it would be that the cherry presence makes the feel a little too bright and stinging for a porter. The beer is decently coating on my palate, though, and resides on the lighter side of medium-bodied.

D: This is a very interesting take on a porter, and well worth a try. I will certainly have more of this brew over time. The tartness of the cherry adversely affects the sessionability of the beer a little bit, though. This is one of those beers that I swear I have enjoyed better on draft than I have out of the bottle. Maybe I'll review the draft pull the next time that I am at Shorts.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin head is the color of chocolate milk with some slight purple hue. The body is very black.

Smell: Roasted malts and some slight cherry.

Taste: Dark malts giving some roasted coffee and dark chocolate right upfront. Cherries lending their sweetness into the aftertaste.

Another great fruit flavored stout/porter from a MI brewer. This is right up there with Bell's Cherry Stout and Dark Horse Blueberry Stout.

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Photo of decadance
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly black with about an inch of head on a normal pour. Head dissipates quickly.

S - Cherries pretty much dominate here, but without that sweet smell. Some burnt malts around, but it mostly cherries.

T - Bitter cherries (not sour bitter, just not sweet) and burnt malts. Almost smokey in the rear. Highly enjoyable.

M - Nice medium mouthfeel, but a little clingy at the end, so I marked it down.

D -Well, its not a one and done, but two and out for sure. The one I am having will be enough for me this evening, but I would enjoy another if possible.

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Photo of cetherid
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured into a tulip


pours a deep dark color. maybe some slight brown/ruby colors but this is pitch black. Head is about a fingers worth and brownish/red.


smells of roasted malts, chocolate and a little cherry. There is some other funky smell in there that I can't put my mind to..perhaps wood??? Not sure if I got a bad bottle?? Smells are kinda weak. I was hoping for something stronger.


toasted/burnt malts with some tart cherries. I was hoping for a sweetness like Bell's cherry stout. More like cherry skins. Personally not a fan of this.


medium bodied. decent carbonation. tartness in it leaves the mouth feeling dry.


doubt i'd try this again unless it was on tap. Being in Indiana and this being a Short's brew, very difficult to find. Alcohol is kinda high which would lower this, even if I like it a lot.

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Photo of otto251068
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet. No freshness date.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark chocolate brown. Absolutely no light getting through this one. Took a hard pour to get some head, but it was worth it. Extremely dark brown foam, color reminds me of frothy chocolate milk. Rises to about a fingers worth, then fades to a thin layer.

Smell: Dark chocolate, tons of roasted (or burnt) malts, small notes of fruit in there, not cherry as I would expect, but strawberry. Alcohol as it warms, as well as dark, roasted coffee.

Taste: Bitterness up front (lots), along with dark chocolate. Plenty of burnt and roasted malts in this one. Coffee, smoke as well. A touch of fresh, very tart cherry at the end which is delicious. The cherry seems to have a tough time fighting through all the other flavors, but its there at the end. The cherry is almost an afterthought, which I like. A bit of bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium carbonation. The beer has a creamy texture, very smooth and easy to drink. The bubbles are very lively.

Overall: There are lots of burnt/smoky/roasted flavors, and the tart cherry is a great finish to all of them. A nice change of pace. It's a definite sipper, and I can't say enough about that smooth, cherry finish.

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Short's Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 342 ratings.
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