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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: 136 | Ratings: 333
Photo of Roke87
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

Appearance- Pours ultra-dark black like used motor oil, an average pour yields a pinkie finger of dark brown head that almost has a reddish tinge to it that quickly resides to a thin ring around the glass leaving minimal to no lacing throughout till finish.

Smell- Roasted malt aromas really dominate the smell category; you can definitely smell the cherries that almost remind me of smelling a bag of ketchup chips. Not much else is really going on in the nose although the cherries in the smell give off a nice sweet aroma to them, a mild hint of cocoa in there as well.

Taste- Not too sure about this one on the palate, I get an intense flavour of sour cherries right off the bat married with a nice and well balanced roasted malt smokiness to it. Mild hints of coffee and dark chocolate in there as well. The tastes are actually well balanced I just get hit right off the bat with a strong sour, bitter cherry flavour. Finishes with that nice roasted malt smokiness flavour to it, with the cherries coming through as well but not overpowering at the end as the start.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, It looks like a heavy RIS but the mouth feel is on the lighter side of the porters, I think the appearance is changing some people’s opinions on what the body actually is.

Overall- To be honest I expected a little more from one of Short’s “biggest beers offered”, The look was absolutely sexy and inviting for sure, the aromas are also promising coming through almost sweet with that nice hint of sweet cherries buried in the roasted malt smells. The taste on the other hand kind of changes things, the sweet cherry aromas quickly turn into sour bitter cherries that almost dominate the palate throughout till finish, but it does redeem itself in the end coming through with a nice roasted malt flavour and a hint of cocoa and coffee.

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Photo of Nuggethops
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black, almost the color of an imperial stout. Aggressive pour yields a 1/2 inch mocha colored head that dissipates quickly to a think cap leaving spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is dominated by a roasted cocoa and smokiness with a faint aroma of cherries

The taste follows the aroma with big roasty malt flavor coming through with a nice tart cherry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is fairly high depending on the circumstances, wouldn't want to have one on a hot day but it's perfect for a cool rainy day, definitely an interesting and unique offer from Short's

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

12oz bottle. Super dark pour, like imperial stout dark. Big fluffy brown here that screams "sexy". Aroma is pretty much dominated by the malts but the black cherries have a good presence as well. Flavor is a little on the sweet side with the cherries taking center stage on this one. Sweet with a nice bitter finish.

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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 Phoptos
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Won in a "beer bracket" contest for March Madness. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Aggressive pour, got a 1.5 finger khaki head on it that lingers a bit and eventually gives way to a nice lace. Body is almost black. Dense.

S: Oak, dark fruits and hint of vanilla. Maybe even some raisin in there as well. A little cocoa in there too.

T: Sweet cherry and vanilla are really bold on the tongue with trails of milk chocolate leading to a slight mocha tinge.

M: Creamy with decent carbonation that doesn't linger that long. Bit of a coating on the back of the tongue the more you sit with each sip.

O: Not bad. A decent porter that has a little too much fruit forward (to be fair I'm not a big fan of black cherry anyway) and drinks very smooth for as dense as it looks. As it moves on it's complexity really shines but it takes a little time to get there. Sipping does wonders. Brings out the tartness more.

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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 sisuspeed
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to glazeman for the bottle!

Poured into a Rock Art tulip. Forms a beautiful, dark-tan head that rests on an essentially black body. Almost two fingers worth of creamy, foamy head off the first pour. Great lacing. Looks exceptional for a porter.

Lots of roasty cocoa and dark malts on the nose. A faint hint of cherry, but this smells mostly like a straight up porter. Light smoke. Good, but not really getting any cherry. Kind of one-dimensional.

The flavor is a mixture of dark chocolate, roasty/smokey malts, light caramel and faint cherry. Hmmm, the base beer is quite nice, but there is barely any cherry. I mean it's there on the finish, but I was expecting it to come out a bit more.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy with good carbonation. Faint bitter astringency on the finish, otherwise it's perfect for the style.

Overall, I really like the base beer, but I wish the cherries came through more. The ABV is essentially unnoticeable, so this goes down pretty easy. I'd love to see Short's throw this beer on some vanilla beans or bourbon soaked chips. Lots of potential here, and definitely worth trying if you're in the mood for a solid porter.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, revealing rich black body with a huge four fingers of thick chocolate milk-colored head. Hints of purple and deep red in the color. Some lacing. Very, very pretty beer. Smells like a sweet porter. Hints of cherry, toasty malt and both sweet milk and fruity dark chocolates.

Tastes a lot lighter than it looks. Refreshing sweet hints of cherry followed by a light and toasted dark malt base. Some fruitiness. Flavors are subdued overall but very well-integrated. Mouthfeel is creamy with a smooth and volume-adding carbonation to the medium body. Very drying in the throat. Nice to taste, but not quaff-able.

Overall it's a pleasant beer. I am excited to try more of Short's fruited offerings.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black with a fairly large brown head. Head is really foamy, has good retention and leaves some nice layer lacing.

S- Smell is dark cherries, roasted malts and chocolate.

T- Taste is fruity with cherrie, great roasty malts, coffee and chocolate.

M- Medium in body and carbonation was really nice.

O- I was a little worried about his one especially after reading the bottle that it was brewed with cherry puree. Very solid brew and I'd welcome this one back anytime.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Pours a plum, almost black color. One finger of creamy medium brown head that falls pretty quickly, but leaves behind small traces of lacing.

4.5 S: Absolutely wonderful combination of porter and cherry! The porter itself is very aromatic, giving off a strengthy dry roastiness, toastiness, and graininess. Charred fruit in there too. The cherry adds a layer of tart sweetness.

4.0 T: The taste is just as I expected. Big black cherry flavor mixed with a fairly dry ashy porter. The flavors balance each other well. The porter is grainy, ashy, and toasty with a burnt fruitiness and a caramel undertone. The cherry adds lots of fruit, a touch of sourness, and the illusion of sweetness.

4.0 M: Just a touch thicker than a medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: After the first few sips, I figured that this wouldn't drink well, but as I progressed through it I like it more and more. As usual, an interesting Short's beer that also is quite tasty.

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

Pours a healthy purple brown head that is soon just around the edges.

Smell of not surprisingly, black cherries, followed by dark roasted malts, some sweetness and some ash mixed with dark fruit.

Taste is just like the aroma. Healthy dosing of black cherries, lots of black patent malt, a lot of dark roast coffee, some chocolate but mostly ashy coal flavors. This is not my cup of tea. I typically rate pretty harshly on overly ashy dark roast beers and i dont feel like making an exception on this one. The entire afterbite is just dominated by ashiness. : (

Mouthfeel is Medium, very smooth if only it were not so jam packed with ashy tinder flavors that soon dominate the entire palate. Light carbonation typical for the style.

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

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. Thanks to semibaked for the trade.

A: Pours a purple-black body with a short-lived puce head, rising to about 1 finger in height. It leaves a very small collar on the beer, with no lace.

S: Black cherries, cocoa powder, and a small presence of roast. There's a mild tartness to it even in the nose.

T: Mildly tart black cherries. Their dark sweetness and tannic skins blends well with dark cocoa powder and roasted malt. The tartness teases the palate without ever giving the impression of sourness. This really integrates the cherry well. There's some bitterness in the aftertaste that I don't care for (I think it's the cherry skins), but it's not a deal-breaker.

M: Medium-bodied, with carbonation on the low end. The flavors complement each other quite well. There seems to be some hop bitterness -- or, again, perhaps it's just the cherry skins at work -- that counteracts the dark, sweet flavors.

D: Really good stuff. I didn't expect a whole lot, as I'm not a fan of black cherries, but I came away quite impressed.

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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 theghost3
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black. There's a half finger, pecan-colored brown head that quickly dissipates. Moderate layered lacing.

The smell is fresh cherries with cocoa and some alcohol. The flavor is burnt toasty malts, sour cherries and alcohol. Slighly medicinal. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, thicker body than I would expect from a porter. Closer to an RIS. Dry finish.

This is fairly drinkable, but I was expecting sweeter and juicier cherry flavors. I would recommend drinking it with something sweet to offset the sour fruit flavors.

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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 alleykatking
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks for the hookup Andrew (betsona)!

A- Pours as close to black as you can brown color..wasn't expecting that. Half finger brown head shows poor retention (a Short's quality). Some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass (once again a Short's quality).

S- There is a big roasted malt and bitter chocolate upfront to the aroma. Upon letting this warm up a little more there is a underlying toffee character toward the middle. Light black cherries do make a small appearance in the tail end of the aroma. The alcohol seems to have more quality than the black cherry does in the end.

T- Typical porter upfront with the roasted malts and light bitter chocolate. The middle of the beer though reminds me a little of Uber Goober. There really is no cherry flavor at all on this until the backend which in turn it dominates all of the other flavors going on. While being a little sweet it is not overly so making it a nice crisp finish. Alcohol has a light sweet tone to it that balanced out the roasted front of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was the typical low Short's style. Roasted malts and chocolate were left on the palate. Aftertaste was black cherry, sweet alcohol, and roasted malts. Medium alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors were a little seperated but the beer overall was balanced. No off flavors at all with this beer.

D- More than one? Yes please! This beer turned out to be a sleeping hit for me. I was looking forward to try it but didn't think I would like it this much. A medium range on the ABV means it will leave you feeling nice but not trashy. Flavors were well balanced for the overall beer. Good job Short's!

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

Pours black with a fairly thick mocha head. Nose is toasted malts, some baker's chocolate, light vanilla, and a slightly fruity, berry quality. Nice rich mouth, roasted malts, lightly bitter chocolate, some vanilla and that just lightly fruity character. Very easy to drink this. Texture is awesome. I was worried the cherries would impart more of a tart character, but this manages to stay quite dry and stout like while having a subtle berry type edge. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of dfillius
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Gentle pour yields 1/2 finger of brown head with good retention. Nice, nearly opaque dark brown, close to black colored liquid. Beautiful
S: Chocolate, toffee, slight alcohol, coffee. Complex and pleasant.
T: Roasty! Great, strong bitter chocolate flavor. A bit too much alcohol in the taste. Interesting tartness at the back edge of my tongue. Not fruity, which is a plus. Very tasty, a solid porter. If the booziness was less, I'd have rated it a 5.0
M: Great bitterness, full feeling, slight warmth
D: Great. I'd love another and I'm glad I bought 6. I'll look for it next year too!

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mattolesh for the trade and the chance to try this beer! First beer ever from Shorts, so I'm excited to try it.

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: dark brown, pretty much black, with a thin coffee colored head. Decent retention but not much in the way of lacing.

Smell: lots of roasted malt and chocolate. I can't detect any of the cherries in the smell. Smells like a very big porter if not a stout with the dominance of the roastiness. Smells good.

Taste: roasted malt, chocolate and coffee really stand out in the foreground and then once the beer is down I get a smack of serious cherry taste in the finish. I'm surprised that this actually works for me, since I don't really like cherries. The flavors work very well together.

Feel: medium bodied, moderately carbonated, alcohol hidden well, and good mouthfeel for the style.

Drink: drinking my glass was easy and I could see drinking a few if I had to, but I don't know if I would because there's so much roastiness in there that it would probably fatigue your palate pretty quickly.

Overall, this is a pretty solid beer. Its an interesting take on a porter and I'm surprised that the cherry worked so well with the heavy roasted flavor. I'm also glad that they didn't make the cherries the front and center taste but I like how they show up distinctly at the finish for me. I would give it a try and I'm looking forward to trying Short's other brews. Cheers!

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Photo of Stigs
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased from the brewery a couple months ago. served in a small tulip glass.

A - pours with about a third inch of creamy, khaki colored foam. settles to a thin film and ring, leaving a thin layer of consistent lacing around the glass. the beer is dark, even for a porter...letting in just a tad bit of dark ruby around the sides of the glass.

S - slightly roasted malts, toasted nuts, just a touch of licorice and milk chocolate...black cherries are present but take some effort to pull out.

T - begins as it should as a solid porter, roasted but not charred malts alongside of chocolate, and toasted nuts. sweetness creeps in during the second half, as a delicate layer of fresh cherry juice comes alive and adds a subtle bit of tartness to the end.

M - medium bodied with solid yet controlled, tight fizzy carbonation. creamy where it should be, and coats the mouth through the swallow. fruity tartness somewhat wipes things clean at the end.

D - what we have here is a solid American porter, taken to the next level by the addition of a well amount of cherries to compliment and not overwhelm. one of my favorite Short's beers.

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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 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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Short's Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 333 ratings.
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