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

Short's Black Cherry PorterShort's Black Cherry Porter
BA SCORE
72.4%
Liked This Beer
3.87 w/ 344 ratings
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
Ranking:
#9,031
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
344
Liked:
249
Avg:
3.87/5
pDev:
12.66%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
41
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 344 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of jemarent
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip. Color is inky black with tinges of brown, which is noticeable when drops are spilled. Resembles motor oil in appearance, yet not as thick. Three fingers of fluffy, thick, mocha honeycomb head is present. Pleasant rings of lacing are left behind. Aroma is roasted, toasty malts. Dark cocoa powder, tangy cherry. Taste follows, with more of the cherry flavor coming to the forefront the longer it sits. Roasted, bitter coffee beans, dark chocolate, tangy cherry and a pleasant and unexpected smokey flavor lingers on the palate.

Roasted, smokey, and sweet. My favorite cherry dark beer. Now to find a cherry wheat ale to complement it.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/12/15

L- Dark black, one finger brown head that had a slight reddish tint to it.

S- Roasty with some dark chocolate and a light cherry aroma.

T- Nice medium roasts, good amount of dark chocolate, medium amount to tart cherry but not too tart, finishes with a nice medium roasty note.

F- Nice velvety mouthfeel.

O-Really nice cherry dark beer, it's important to let it warm some to let the cherry come out. I much prefer this over Bell's Cherry Stout which I find too tart.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MDM
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Robdiesel21
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MorganStout
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jduprey007
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djfrenchy
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vogie
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/12/15. Poured into a Spiegelau Stout glass.

Pour is pitch black with a solid one finger khaki colored head that stays around awhile. Aromas of black licorice, dark roasted malts, and hints of dark chocolate. Taste upfront is sweet, though not detecting any cherries. Finishes almost smokey with lingering dark roasted malts and a touch of hops. Medium body, slight carbonation, creamy feel.

As this beer warms the cherries start to become more apparent. However, if I had to guess this beer I'd say a smoked stout/porter. A respectable brew from Shorts that deserves some attention.

Cheers!

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

Photo of MaxPowers
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SerialTicker
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.99 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Dated 10/12 and poured 11/2 ... not too shabby. Been wanting to try this beer for quite a long while, so I'm thankful it got voted into this year's brewing schedule.

Appearance: Black. That's that. There was a finger or so of a creamy, brown head on top, but it slipped to a quarter finger and stayed there. Decent amount of lacing on the glass, but not a lot. Pretty nice looking beer.

Smell: Hm. How do I say this ... it smells like a black cherry infused stout -- I know this is a porter, but this leans more on the "stout" side of things for me. Long story as to how I've discerned the differences. Moving on... dark cherry -- tartness, sweetness and all -- with a pleasant roasted malt. I'd like to say this smells like a chocolate covered cherry, but it doesn't all that much. I guess if I really think about it and pretend that's what I'm smelling I get that out of it, but for me, it's primarily a very solid roasted malt layered just under a significant tart black cherry nose.

Taste/feel: Main reason I'm the guy to say I consider this a stout over a porter ... it feels like a stout. Generally I think of porters as thinner with a higher carbonation, but this has a silky moderately full body with a very modest carbonation -- very, very smooth and outstanding. The taste is also very good, with a great roasty malt at the start on one sip, and the end on the next -- the same goes for the black cherry. I'd say I'm tasting roughly 60% delicious stout (er, porter...), and 40% black cherry juice, and I'll say it's a great blend. The sweet and tart cherries play well with the bitter roasted malt.

I'm surprised and relieved. In my experience, tart/somewhat sour fruits don't seem to work well in stouts because the tart (how many times will I use that word in this review) fruit and bitter malt clash and make for a slightly metallic aftertaste. This beer unfortunately -- really, inevitably -- has that, but it's really slight. The great roasted malt quality, plentiful black cherry flavor, and silky smooth mouth feel make this one of my favorite lower ABV stouts... it's just too bad it's something that's uncommonly bottled.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 TurboBrew
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a little baby cup of this at MI FALL BEER FESTIVAL in detroit. Went out and bought a 6 pack today. Hands down one of the best porters ive ever had. Pours black with a sturdy 2 inches of head that dissapates to the usual ring of goodness and holds that retention and lacing for the entire performance. The Cherry flavor takes over on the finish but is not overpowering and blends in well with the malty chocolate toffee and smoky flavors. A well rounded Porter that balances almost to the side of a sweet Stout. This beer leaves really nothing extra to be desired. It's all you could ever want in a flavored porter but somehow more than you could ever want in any dark beer. I believe that the black cherry purée really sets his beer apart from other Porters and stouts because usually they would be to artificially sweet and sticky. This Brew is just perfect perfect perfect perfect. The aftertaste is smoky and a slight black cherry and alcohol bite resonates on the pallet. Another homerun for shorts brewing company

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Photo of Filabee
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bhwk
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of km02600
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jiggidy
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lochef81
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eric1Mess
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DanGeo
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Acuity
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MadLatvian
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Short's Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72.4% out of 100 with 344 ratings
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