Cup A Joe
Short's Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #119
Ranked #3,274
4.13 | pDev: 12.11%
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Notes: Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout uses Higher Grounds roasted fair trade espresso beans in every facet of the brewing process. Prominent aromatics of malt, espresso, and cocoa are abundant, and there are robust flavors of cream and coffee. This is the perfect morning night capper.

35 IBU
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed in collaboration with Higher Ground Coffee.

Bottled 10/31/16; drank 12/10/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice dark khaki head; strong lace.

Burnt black coffee & mild vanilla notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Burnt black coffee flavor up front; mildly sweet cream notes on the finish. Drinkable, but not a good example of the style. Pass.

Feb 27, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark cola brown body, nearly black, one finger mocha head, fair retention and a bit of lacing. Smell is espresso, a slight bit of roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate bitterness, a bit of cocoa and slight lactose. Flavour follows; a touch of lactose sweetness behind a strong espresso, dark chocolate squares, coffee bean and a bit of cocoa astringency. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, a mix of lactose and dark chocolate on the finish.

Jan 09, 2018
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ThomasTheTank88 from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was very excited to try this beer. Pours a black color, little carbonation. Smells of a medium coffee roast that's just perfect. I could taste a hint of chocolate note as well though it was very slim. Tasted real smooth and delicious. Will buy many more.

Jun 23, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 1/12/17.

Pours an opaque, dark brown, with a half inch foamy head, and some soapy lacing. Looks oily. The smell is big coffee, roasted malts, cocoa, milk chocolate, licorice, molasses, some caramel and vanilla, a light lactose aroma. The taste also leads with the coffee- but not quite as big, roasted malts, less cocoa and chocolate than the nose, molasses, light caramel and lactose, a good amount of bitterness throughout. Smooth, creamy, full bodied for the style, well carbonated.

A great, complex aroma with the incredible coffee, the flavor runs a little behind, but is still very good. Well worth grabbing a few bottles. A nice effort from Short's with this one.

Jun 09, 2017
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into stout glass. It pours a nice, deep walnut with two fingers of creamy, mocha-colored head and lacing. It smells of burnt coffee, nuts, and whiffs of vanilla and tobacco smoke. The taste is better than the smell: burnt coffee, lactose, dry nuts, earthy peat, and a touch of molasses and caramel. All of the tastes blend nicely to create a pleasant and tasty stout. It finishes with a slight sour bitterness. It is medium-bodied and drinks like a porter, moderately carbonated, with light carbonation, and a manageable ABC of 8%. If this stout were more viscous and the ABV a little higher, then it would be outstanding. As it is, it's an easy drinking, tasty stout.

May 05, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle dated 10/31/16. The beer pours a solid black with a small tan head that quickly dissipated leaving medium lacing.

The smell coffee, coffee, and coffee. There is also a little chocolate and something sweet, maybe the creme.

The taste is sweet like a milk stout and very coffee forward. There are some nice roasted malts in there also.

The mouthfeel is decent with medium carbonation and thickness.

Overall this is a very nice beer. The coffee is strong but not overpowering and it's tempted by the sweetness of the creme.

Mar 17, 2017
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Flows a deep, dark brown straight from the bottle prior to precipitating a modest cap of fine, mocha foam. Enticing aroma smells of coffee, peat, and salted caramel. Excellent presentation thus far.

Coffee emerges in full throat on the front end, succeeded by roasted malt and some lactic sweetness. Earthy hops make a nice complement. The bitter aspect of the coffee yields to a more nuanced, slightly chocolately, roasted character in the finish. Medium body and high carbonation make for a dry, zesty mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a nice coffee stout that offers vibrance and character while avoid abrasive bitterness. It's also really nice to behold.

Mar 11, 2017
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black. One finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Moderate lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and burnt toast. Tastes the same. Not overly milky but this had a little sour aftertaste. Light to mod carbonation and rather thin body. Overall ok beer.

Feb 02, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Newest WOW stout! This beauty pours a rich coal black with a fantastic
head of medium brown foam that settles to a thick ring, light layer,
and sports some FINE sudsy lacing---best on a coffee stout I have
seen to date. Nose of chocolate, rich coffee, cream, and subtle
char laden malts. Flavors hit the perfect notes with cream laced
lightly bitter coffee and cocoa mixed with a black strap molasses note
that rides through till the end with touches of medium char malt.
Excellent mouth feel; medium to full body, creamy, medium light
carbonation, and a bitter malt finish.

Overall----darn near perfect for the style and rich as the day is long!


Jan 30, 2017
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reitzbrewing from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

on draft. color is black and even the head was dark tan, which dissipated quickly. Aroma was mostly chocolate but the taste certainly was coffee forward. The creme, choc, and coffee blend really well. This is a great beer

Jan 18, 2017
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, stamp on the label says 10/31/16. I'm assuming that's the bottled on date since Short's website says this brew was a November 2016 release. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like coffee, cream, roasted malt and some chocolate. I think the taste pretty much follows the aroma, it's all coffee, cream, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. I think it's more bitter than sweet, and that's fine with me! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I liked this coffee stout, I'll see if I can find a 6-pack of this one to buy. $2.79 a single bottle.

Jan 14, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong coffee, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable roasted bitterness. Tastes of strong coffee, sweet malt, lactose, slight roasted malt, hint of hops, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Jan 13, 2017
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bnes09 from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Super dark, dense color. Minimal head. Rich, sweet and roasty malt with some pleasant lactose. Lots of coffee but will balanced. Cooked corn flavor. Dense, sticky feel. Minimal carbonation.

Dec 13, 2016
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark black with a large dark caramel colored head on top. Can smell roasted malts and lots of coffee. Tastes exactly how is smells, coffee.

Dec 03, 2016
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a nice pitch black in color after pouring. Very bright neon-like foamy brown head that dissipated quickly to nothing.

Aroma: bitter black coffee. Very roasty and strong like espresso. But there is a sweet cream-like quality that comes to you quickly to give it a mocha flair. Chocolate eventually comes to your senses.

Taste: again with the delicious coffee. After the strong aroma, the coffee hits you hard. The coffee is bitter at first, but the cream follows up midway through. Sweet, creamy and well layered with the bitterness. Bitter chocolate comes around eventually. Then you're left with a strong mocha aftertaste, that just continue to linger around.

Mouthfeel: very appropriate for this beer. Medium bodied with a nice slick mouthfeel.

Overall: coffee is aggressive, maybe almost abrasive and that is a good thing. Far better than many coffee stouts out there. It's bitter like it should be, but then the coffee creamer comes in midway through. Really enjoyed this.

Dec 03, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10/31/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small mocha head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing. The aromas have lots of roasted black coffee with some subtle hints of vanilla. Chocolate is there with some mild hints of anise. Some smoke in the mix. Cocoa and roasted malts do their thing. The flavors have nice coffee flavors. Lots of milk chocolate and lots of dark chocolate. The milk sugar is definitely there. More smoke notes, especially in the finish. It's slightly sweet, but nothing cloying or over the top at all. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium-bodied with lower carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and pretty easy to drink.

This is a nice stout. The coffee and milk sugar come through. Enjoyable stuff.

Nov 17, 2016
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Big_Neezy from Michigan

4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Easy drinking but with bold espresso roast flavor with a spot of cream. It pours almost jet black, like you expect from a cup of coffee, with an average head. Medium body, as several have noted, and nowhere near a mouth bomb of bitter like some stouts can be. Cocoa comes on late as it acclimates to room temperature.

Oooh, I liked it. I easily see myself drinking this early in the morning. Don't judge, I work many third shifts and like to come home to a good coffee based stout.

Jun 14, 2016
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sendsilk from Florida

4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer was surprisingly good! Didn't know what to expect as Shorts is often hit or miss for me. This beer was one of the best offerings I've had from them. Thanks for the bottle Mike!

Feb 06, 2016
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a 1/2 inch of dark brown head. Some lacing. Nice aroma of espresso, cocoa, and roasted malts with a hint of sweet caramel. The taste is coffee with cream, cocoa nibs and some roasted notes. Some espresso and bitter dark chocolate at the end. Roasted coffee finish. Mouthfeel is slightly heavy and thick. A Founders Breakfast Stout-esk beer. Overall, well made coffee Sout.

Jan 07, 2016
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98green from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Circling back for a review nov 2016. Bottle to snifter. Deep black, tan head. Roasted coffee and nutty deep malts on thi one. Very smooth with milk sugars. ABV very well hidden but it peeks in at the very end. Overall an excellent brew. One to snag when it rotates into season

Dec 09, 2015
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, no date:
Pours an inky dark brown to black. A deep tan to brown head does appear, but fades quickly to the edges.

Nose is chocolate coffee, with a hint of cigarette ash; chocolate nibs, cocoa. Warmth does provide a more robust set of smells that are reminiscent of an old coffeehouse, cigarette smoke and coffee (albeit sweetened).

Taste is similar to the dominant scents, chocolate nibs and coffee. There's a very light creamy sweetness, and a little bit of a tangy note near the end. Nice flavors up front, but they seems to fade quickly in the end.

With still a bit of chill, the opening feel is creamy and medium in body. The somewhat quick ending of flavor gives a watery feel for a second, counter to the rest of the taste. There's a light chalkiness that lingers long term.

The opening notes have much promise, but seem a bit of a tease in the long term.

Nov 29, 2015
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justinp444 from Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 release, poured into a snifter it has a orange-ish khaki head of an inch and a half with a black body. Smell of fresh ground coffee beans, slight lactose sweet sugar, chocolate, roasted malt, and some earth. Taste is a nice creamy smooth coffee, small amount of lactose sweetness, some earth, and a good amount of semi sweet chocolate bitter. It has less roasted malt in the background than I remember from last year, also a little less sweet, but overall less rough and alcohol flavors. Mouth feel and body are full with a creamy drinkable flavor and just enough carbonation. Guess I didn't review last years, but this release is definitely a bit better to me.

Nov 20, 2015
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tempest from New York

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Certainly on the sweeter side, though it's by no means too much or cloying. The deep-roasted espresso sit over the black malts with an overriding character of burnt barley and beans. If you like your coffee sweetened and your coffee beans extra black, this is your stout.

Nov 06, 2015
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Zaximus from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice coffee stout. Smells like a glass of chocolate milk.

Nice thick mouthfeel. Subtle coffee. Milk chocolate (as you would expect). Sweet but not overly in my opinion. Definitely a desert beer though.

I though this was very solid and would definitely drink it again.

Aug 29, 2015
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle dated 12/3/14. Pours jet black with a smaller-sized pillowy brown head. Recedes quickly and leaves some good lacing on the glass. Smells mostly of freshly roasted coffee with a hint of dark cocoa. The taste is of dark cocoa, coffee, cream, and some char. Not very bitter or carbonated. No notable hops. Great coating mouthfeel. Overall, while it lacks some complexity, what it does offer is done right; a straightforward coffee stout.

Jun 25, 2015
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