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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 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 kawilliams81
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Half Acre tulip.

A- pours near black with a 1 finger brown head. Large bubbles of lacing ring atop the beer.

S- dark chocolate, smoke/peat, and some dark fruits.

T- dark chocolate, peated malts, some light smoke and dark cherries come in near the end.

M- medium body and low carbonation. Slightly acidic from the cherry purée.

O- the peat and smoke was off-putting at first but the cherry flavors come out more as the beer warms. Still nothing spectacular.

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

A: Looks awesome. Really dark brown opaque body with 2 finger mocha foam with lots of lacing.

S: hmmmm... I smell roasted malt, bitter coffee, and some sour fruit (cherries probably).

T: Ok, so this beer tastes like porter at the beginning and changes to a fruit flavored ale. Very unique actually and I kind of liked it. Black cherry puree really does kick it towards the end, providing sourness and tartness.

M: Farily creamy.

O: Once again, unique and surprisingly refreshing. I was expecting a porter with a hint of black cherries, but instead I got two different beers in one.

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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle.Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on apr´12. Pours black in color,deep dark brown to the light. Brown,small bubbled,froth creates a thick,creamy lasting crown.Toasted malts,cherry & hints of cocoa to the nose.Fruity & bitter upfront followed by a dry malt flavor & quite sour mouthfeel. Roasted malts in the middle. Earthy palate.Sharp bitter finish with fresh tobacco hues.Full body,medium carbonation.Fruity aftertaste, roasted coffee notes.Refreshing & drinkable -ABV well hidden-.

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

Poured into a tulip, it's black with a nice slightly reddish brown ~1 finger head, very pretty.
I smell roasted malts, dark chocolate, cherries and hints of other red fruit. As it warms the cherries are more pronounced.
In the taste the cherries are much more present than in the smell which makes for a fruity and sweet porter, something I appreciate but which probably isn't to everyone's liking. It even reminds me a little of Kasteel Rouge.
I love the combination of the sweetness of the cherry with the slight coffee and chocolate flavours. My main gripe is that the cherry feels added to the beer more than part of the beer (Not sure how to word that so I hope people get it).
It has a lot more carbonation than I had expected which makes it quite easy to drink.

Overall I found this to be an interesting and good beer and something I may very well pick up more often.

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Photo of jegross2
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing the Short's Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company.
Score: 70

Bottled on 10/31/11 bottle, served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 01/26/12.

Appearance: One finger of creamy dark tan colored head that settles into splotchy head in the center of the beer and a ring around the glass. Solid lacing followed by an oily film on the side of the glass. Black colored body with thin brown highlights at the top of the glass. 4/5

Smell: Roasted chocolate, creamy chocolate, black cherry and a little coffee. There is a light smokiness and a very very faint aromas of subtle blackberry. Aroma turns to sour fruit as it warms. 3/5

Taste: Taste is a lot "cherrier" and "blackberrier" than the aroma would have you believe -- both upfront and on the midpalate. Whereas the cherry aromas were complementary in the nose, they take the lead on the palate. A little tart and sweet, almost grape soda like, at first, but the cherry/berry flavors disappate towards the finish. Finish is straight charred chocolate and a hint of coffee. The front is very sweet and a little tart, but the finish is dry and a little bitter. 2.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, medium-plus carbonation. Finish is quite dry and a little bitter. 3/5

Overall: The aroma of this beer was initially inviting, but the flavor is too unbalanced and the beer turns oddly sour as it reaches room temperature. The berry/cherry/charred chocolate flavors meld well in the aroma, but they seem awkwardly juxtaposed and unbalanced on the palate.

Recommendation: An interested beer, perhaps worth having once, but this is not worth seeking out or buying a six pack of.

Pairings: The chocolate and cherry/berry flavors would make an interesting complement to a chocolate cake.

Cost: $10.99 for a six pack.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

many thanks to Marti403, enjoyed in my ccb snifter.

a - really dark and sludgy with a generous creamy tan head. i know the lines are often blurred, but this looks like a stout. looks really nice. much more vibrant than what i expect from a porter.

s - roasted char and a hint of black cherry in there (if not from the power of suggestion alone). much more porter in the nose than the looks. nice.

t - very weird. the black cherry is there, but clashes somewhat with the porter flavors. very charred. grape soda. not bad, but not great either.

m - prickly carbonation...leaves a grape soda kind of feeling. pretty full bodied for a porter.

o - whoa...weird, but i guess that's what i've come to expect from short's unique and different. not always great, but always interesting. this one isn't bad, but the black cherry adds a dimension to the porter that isn't necessarily a compliment in my opinion. but then again, would you expect this to be a classic porter? definitely good for what it is.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade shared with my wife.

This beer is black with fluffy tan head. The head is thick and creamy and laces well.

The nose is sweet definitely a porter almost like a porter that got a little infected not in a bad way. Has a almost vanilla nose in the end.

The taste is a thick creamy porter to start sweet . The cherry tart flavor comes in and lingers. The flavor is isn't artificial . The carbonation is big but never harsh well rounded a good beer to try but I couldn't have it every day no could I finish it.

My wife liked it better then I

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a "mini" imperial pint glass (~14oz). Pours a nice inky black with a good lingering mocha colored finger of foam.

Initially smells are of a light cherry sweetness thinly veiling a creamy malt profile. Drinks similar to the smell with a delightful delicious sweet malt rich malt flavor underpinned by the tate of cherries. Almost tastes like cherry juice was added to the bottle. Some slight chocolate and bitter malt flavors linger on the tongue between sips. The cherry becomes a bit more apparent as the brew goes down, at times the first flavor on your tongue and at others noticeable mixing with the malt flavors at the finish of the sip.

Overall, not an average beer but I think it stands out less than some of Shorts' other offerings. I think if I'm drinking a cherry beer from Michigan, it's likely going to be Bell's Cherry Stout.

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Photo of ahq514
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Pours black with a finger sized mocha head. Head fades to a film on top of the beer. Appears to have some moderate carbonation. Not really any lacing.

Aroma seems fairly subdued, but the dominant aroma is black cherries. There is some lightly roasted malt hiding behind there, but other than that I can't pick much up.

Starts out with a little bit of dry roast and bitterness and then transitions into juicy cherries, with an light off metallic taste. The beer finishes a little malty, but the pieces don't come together that well.

Moderate carbonation and slightly over medium body. Drinkable, but not overly so.

I seem to keep buying Shorts' beers, but I have yet to be impressed with a seasonal. This is no exception. While I appreciate them trying to bring cherry flavors into a porter, the flavors just don't come together well enough to warrant a higher rating than about average.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a ruby black—you can see the dark intense red when held to light. It has an aroma of dark cherries and a light smoke. Smoke and roast comes through when tasted. A lighter roast that finishes dry and roasty along with a touch of smoked malts makes this beer engaging, complex and enjoyable.

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Photo of zachary80
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint. Bought a week ago from a store with good turnover, but there is no date.

Pours black, looks thick for a porter. No real head, just a few tan bubbles. Nice lacing almost makes up for the lack of head.

Smell is strongly of the roasted malts with some of the fruitness of the cherries. Tart.

Great balance of the fruitiness and the porter. Actually seems more stoutish, but works very well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and enjoyable.

Overall this reminds me of a superior version of Bell's Cherry Stout. Very tasty and balanced

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

A: Pours a plum, dark color with about one finger of head.

S: A good combination of cherry smell mixed with the typical porter aroma - meshes nicely.

T: A fantastic mix of the grainy/toasty porter with a sweet cherry overtone. The cherry however isn't over-powering.

M: Medium mody with good carbonation.

O: Compared with a few other "Cherry Porters" this past weekend - this one was the clear winner. The amount of cherry was just right to make this a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Avagadro
1.46/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Pours deep mahogany with a lackluster head and little else in the way of appearance.

S: I can already tell this is going to fall prey to Short's fatal flaw; the biting metallic twang that affects so many of their beers. Caramel, rubber, and blood are all noticeable in the nose.

T: And there it is. How is this brewery so respected when all of their beers have the same metallic taste? This is terrible.

M: Thin and lifeless. No texture, no carbonation, no body.

O: Dear Short's.... fix your shit.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to kzoobrew for the chance to taste this one. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a deep dark, syrupy looking color. Dark tan head, tight bubbles, decent lacing on the glass. leaves a solid tan top after receding. Looks amazing- an appearance of a serious porter here. Smell- definitely getting the dark cherries, and a whiff of cocoa- noting that the cherry smells "real" vs some sort of cherry syrup. Taste- nice silky smooth chocolate and cherry flavors on the end. A little bit of roasted bitterness up front as well. Wow. This is one hell of an amazing beer. For 7%, I get no booze at all, this is just a really balanced beer. I'm super impressed with the use of the cherry flavors here. I'm contrasting this against the stone cherry chocolate stout...this is a superior beer- perfect use of the flavors.

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Photo of madeofsteel
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark, almost black purple. Kind of a plum color. Thin brown fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ringlet and little to moderate lacing.

S - Smells more like an oatmeal stout or something, nutty malts, and sour-sweet hints of cherry.

T - I usually expect wacky, overbearing flavors from Short's because it's kind of their thing. But this is a surprisingly balanced porter, with only some hints of cherry on the tip of the toungue and in the finish. Nice and sweet without throwing the balance off.

M - Dry, kind of buttery finish, and moderate carbonation.

O - It could have had a bit more going on with the cherry flavor and I wouldn't have minded, but it was still a pretty good offering from Short's, and it didn't disappoint.

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

I usually expect something over-the-top from Shorts, but this is really well balanced. Made with black cherry puree from local (north western MI) cherries so not your typical porter. Still, not too sweet, not too tart. A deep richness from the cherries with a dry bitter finish.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a dark brown hue with a thin tan head that quickly disappears leaving some good lacing and little retention.
S. The aroma of this porter from what I get is roasted chocolate and roasted coffee. I can't smell the cherries, but I know they are there.
T. The taste starts out with some black cherry juice along with some coffee followed by some roasted chocolate with more black cherry. The aftertaste is a mix of chocolate and cherry.
M. Sticky and smooth.
O. A nice easy drinking porter full of flavor that is a must try for anyone that likes chocolate and cherries.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Siciliano's mug.

A- Dark body nears black. A normal pour created a 1-finger, dense brown head with reddish tint. The head sustains at a nice film. Great sticky spots were left on the glass.

S- A little roasty initially. Chocolate and coffee mix. Cherry is very light. I almost didn't pick it up at first. Smoky aroma comes in with a little warmth.

T- Very roasty, even smoky. Some dark roast coffee. Light cherry qualities. Further drinking, I get more cherry. Smoke gets in the way of other flavors at times, though that flavor almost comes and goes. Cherries provide somewhere between a sweet and tart finish. It is a little long in the finish.

M- Full bodied with medium-light carbonation.

O- It's almost too robust. Smoke flavor is overwhelming at first. It's more of a sipper and potentially a "one and done" in any one sitting. I'm glad I tried it, and would drink again, though I probably wouldn't seek it out. It's a pretty good cold weather/nightcap.

I did it as a side-by-side with North Peak's Cherry Porter. For some reason, the lower ABV and drinkability of North Peak came across better tonight.

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Photo of jt354
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an entirely unworthy glass from a 12-oz bottle, just purchased.

A: Nice medium brown colored head, creamy with decent retention. Some lacing, not so much as Huma or Pandemonium, which was to be expected.

S: Strong notes of coffee and chocolate with a distinct yet subtle cherry accent. My blue-collar palate is not refined enough to discern anything more. I was surprised at how restrained the cherry aroma seemed, more of an undertone than a distinct element.

T: Basically, it tastes like a good porter with a touch of cherry. I couldn't be happier considering how much I dislike "fruity" beer and wine. It's not outstanding next to Founders or Great Lakes, but it is certainly a solid porter.

M: Not too thick, not too thin. Pretty much perfect for the style in my opinion.

Overall, another excellent "experiment" by the fine folks at Shorts. I'm glad I picked this up!

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Photo of warnerry
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 1/31/11

A - Pours black with three fingers of deep brown head. Head has great retention.

S - Aroma is chocolate, slightly tart cherries and earthy roasted malts. Smells delicious.

T - Wow! Great blend of chocolate and coffee with cherry flavor filling in the periphery instead of playing a dominant role. Cherry element is slightly tart and not sweet. The tartness is more noticeable on the finish, but is still pretty subtle and desirable.

M - Perfect medium mouthfeel coats the palate nicely.

O - Definitely my favorite Short's offering and one of the better beers I've ever had.

Note: the review is for a pretty fresh bottle. I ending up buying a case of this altogether, and when I got to the last few bottles in March, infection was definitely setting in. Hopefully that will get resolved by the next release, as this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of afdempse
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. I wish Short's would start putting dates on their bottles...

Appearance is black, slight reddish/dark purplish hue that shines through the edge of the glass. Dark tan and creamy head with purple hues. Moderate lacing.

Nose of roasted barley, kirschwasser, chocolate malt

Very sour up front, with roasted grains and black cherry juice. An unpleasant, astringent tannic bitterness rises up through the finish and doesn't let go. Misplaced hoppiness perhaps, or cherry skins leaching their tannins?

Mouthfeel seems rather thin for a porter, but seems like this bottle might be slightly overattenuated.

I can't help but wonder what this one tastes like on draft. I'm sure it's great fresh, but there's no way to tell how old this bottle is. Short's fruit beers need to be filtered with a freshness date on the bottle, or only sold on draft. I've had more soured, funky (not in a good way) Short's fruit beers than I care to admit.

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

12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint. No apparent date, but there's some sediment in the bottom.

A: One of the more interesting pours I've seen: an inky, black body, somewhat viscous, pours out with an odd, cherry/brown head--exactly like black cherry soda pop foam. Intriguing. Otherwise, the body is quite dark, even at the edges, when held up to light. The head has some staying power, too--the fine bubbles take their time in popping.

S: A pretty bewitching nose, too: spicy, with a dark, almost savory but slight tartness, and some mild roasty notes.

T: The black cherry comes on right up front and sticks around, dominating at first, then fading out as the coffee and burnt toast come through. The cherry's pretty strong, but not too sweet, and in my opinion makes for a good mix with this otherwise solid porter.

M: It's a bit too thick, and a touch alcoholic, and there's definitely some sediment in here. Good mouthfeel, beyond the sediment: full and creamy.

O: A bit too premature, as I think its ideal season is later on in the fall, but this is a pretty solid beer. If you're into fruit beers, you'll like this. If you're not, I can see this as being a bit too fruit-forward. It appeals to me as a good porter with a well-chosen fruit addition, and not expensive. Pretty good stuff.

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

Recoeved a 12 oz bottle in a recent trade. I have had several Short's beers lately thanks to Scoot1969. They have been VERY hit or miss.

A- This is BY FAR the best looking beer that I have had from Short's. Beautiful dark brown (almost black) pour. Gorgeous, large dark mocha colored head with excellent lacing on the glass.

S- Incredible as well. Mocha, coffee and serious porter (what the hell does that mean? I don't know but I know what a good porter smells like and this fits the bill) notes.

T- Very odd flavor. Not bad, just odd. A great base porter (maybe the Uber Goober base beer?), rich and nice and with a somewhat tart dark cherry flavor. Like the PB&J, I kind of dig it! Definitely something to try once and well worth it.

M- Good to average.

O- You know you should try this. Something called Black Cherry Porter? Tart cherry flavors with a solid porter base? C'mon, at least once!

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