Cup A Joe | Short's Brewing Company

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Cup A JoeCup A Joe

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 772 |  Reviews: 314
Reviews by JordanEllwanger:
Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great opaque black stout with a quicly fading tan head of caramel foam. Very good aroma. Such creamy coffee grounds and milk flavored sents rise to my nose. Very strong tastes of coffee grounds flood the taste buds fallowed by a creamy milk finish. A delightful feel makes this beer a great stout.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of MIbeer27
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, dated 12/03/14

Poured into a snifter, the bottle is a pitch black hue with a slowly dissipating, two finger mocha head.

Aroma is huge, wet coffee grounds along with some faint chocolate and roasted malt. Easily the best smelling coffee beer that I have had.

The taste is slightly more focused on the chocolate and roasted malt (compared to the aroma), but the coffee is definitely there. There is a lovely creamy aspect, as well.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a charred bitterness on the back end. Carbonation is on the low end.

Overall, the massive coffee aroma is intoxicating and when paired with a creamy chocolate and roasted malt taste, the beer really separates itself. Founders Breakfast Stout sit down, Cup a Joe is the clear Michigan made coffee stout king.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tectactoe
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at my local Old Chicago. Pours dark, dark, dark as hell with a tan colored head made of very fine bubbles with fine definition. Creamy and bold looking at first glance. Insane coffee aroma comes from the beer, even before you bring your nose to the glass. Thick, creamy, and milky sweet coffee with a touch of bitterness, but mostly sweetness. Some cocoa notes are present in the background, along with burnt wood and toasted barley.

The taste hits first with an intense sweetness that takes on a cream & sugar filled Colombian coffee profile. Then comes the crescendo of a woody character, very "oaky" on the palate - however the coffee presence is still in full force pretty much all the way through. Bitterness and nuttiness are abound - the bitterness comes a touch from the coffee but there are some noticeable hop flavors that are certainly overshadowed but still somewhat necessary for their balancing effect. Deep espresso aftertaste leaving the mouth with a dark, slightly bitter, mostly sweet casting. Medium body, super rich and creamy feeling with a pretty low level of carbonation.

I've had this on bottle and tap. Certainly better on tap, but amazing either way. I'm a huge fan of stouts and I drink coffee like crazy, so naturally I have an affinity to coffee-stouts. This stout is better than most people give it credit for, so if you see it (and you like coffee), make sure you give it a shot.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes scrawled last eve, 12/18/10.

With a medium pour into a large wine glass, Cup A Joe appears very black with just barely a hint of brown around the edges. No head forms - just a small swirl on top and a ring of brown froth around the circumference of the of the glass. The lacing is so-so - mostly small splats.

Bitter coffee, meet dairy sweetness. Roasted, dark malts also integrate into the bouquet, along with some milk chocolate undertones. The coffee and cream scents are easily the most prominent in the smell profile.

A really smooth, bitter coffee taste blends with roasted malt at the beginning of the sip. Some dark chocolate and cocoa nib notes elbow their way into the taste in the middle of the sip. The middle to end of the taste is all about the milk sugar adding a lactic sweetness to the coffee and chocolate flavors, but the very finish is a lingering coffee bite on the edges of my palate.

The mouthfeel never quite matches up to the boldness of the flavor. I love the acidic bite from the coffee and the fleeting creaminess from the dairy addition is nice, but the body is a little too light for my taste. It never reaches the hearty, coating feel that I look for in a stout of this character.

This is a drinkable, pretty original stout that I will have again. My only real critiques are that the body is a little thin and that the lactic sweetness highjacks the coffee and malt boldness. I like my coffee black, though, so that might explain why I disagree with the cream flavor a bit. Really, though, this is another fine offering from Shorts and probably my favorite stout that they make.

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Photo of weatherdog
2.96/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Richard at a tasting, poured into a Cigar City snifter

It pours a deep black with a small tan head. Some ruby highlights are around the edges of the glass.

The aroma is instantly recognizable as old coffee. It's the kind of coffee smell that hits you when you open up the coffee filter in the morning and old grounds have been there since yesterday. I've had many coffee beers and the only ones I can't stand are the ones that smell like old coffee.

The flavor improves a little bit. The old coffee smell is there but not as bad as the aroma. The coffee is complimented with some creaminess and a hint of sweetness contributed from the lactose. An interesting flavor combination that I'm sure I'd appreciate much more if the coffee flavor and aroma were fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a nice creamy finish. Drinkability is decent for a stout of the ABV and body.

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a deep charcoal black with a two finger head of bubbly dark tan foam that fizzes and slowly falls after the pour. Aromas kick off with an intoxicating blend of dark roasted malt, creaminess and vibrant brewed coffee. Chocolate notes are there but the coffee really shines through.

First sip brings big dark roasted malts cavorting with a bevy of chocolate and fresh brewed coffee flavors that intertwine to create a wonderful flavor profile. Mellow creamy sweetness as it goes down along with a somewhat dry finish. Bitterness is well placed. A treat for any coffee beer lover for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation. Not overly heavy at all, making this one almost too easy to drink. Rich, roasty, coffee and cream goodness in a glass. Overall, a great coffee stout that I'm glad they bottled and would love to have easier access to. Very glad I had a friend grab a sixer for me.

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Photo of AshlandNacho
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nickadams2
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_ Pours black with a thick dark brown mocha colored head. A good two finger head at the end of pour with slow retention. Head subsides into a thick layer of foam with thick lacing that clings to the glass.

S_ Sells of strong coffee and vanilla. The coffee comes through stronger through the smell than the taste.

T_ Tastes of black coffee , roasted malt, burnt chocolate and vanilla. It tastes strongly of coffee but its balanced nice with the other flavors. In some other coffee stouts I find that the coffee over dominates the flavor but not in this one. It works well.

M_ Thick and creamy. Bold but I could definitely drink a couple of these.

D_ Very drinkable for a coffee stout. To drink just one is hard.

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Photo of ROBORB
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of a very generous trader, thanks man!

The beer pours a very dark, motor oil black color with a 1/2 inch brown head. The aroma is of strong coffee and roasted malts. There is a lot of cream in the first sip with coffee following quickly. My only complaint with this beer is that it is a little thin. Regardless, this beer is one of my new favorite coffee stouts!

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Photo of warnerry
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from Dec. 2010. Fresh bottle.

Pours pitch black with one finger of quickly dissipating head. Looks nice.

Has a massive coffee nose, similar to Founder's Breakfast Stout. Also, some deep roasted malts, but mostly coffee.

Coffee dominates the taste as well, but the creaminess of the milk sugar adds nice depth and the earthy roasted malts are very nice. Lingering coffee bitterness and some lingering sweetness as well. Nice.

Mouthfeel is actually a bit thin for such a big, flavorful brew.

I could easily start drinking this at breakfast and continue throughout the day. One of Short's best when fresh.

Note: I noticed this one was turning for the worse back in February, so not surprising to see the recent bad reviews. Guess anything with lactose should be consumed fresh.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tastetester for sending this bottle.

Pours black with a light brown head. The aroma is strong coffee with some light smoke. The flavor is strong coffee with some cream, about what you expect after reading the label. Good bitterness and some roasted malt and chocolate. Medium-thick, semi-creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of mikejonze
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of arthurry
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of rsquared59
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madeofsteel
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, pours a pitch black consistency and builds a pretty small dark head that fizzles out quickly. Some lacing.

S - God, that smells divine. Rich coffee aroma, like fresh ground beans. Very subtle malts in the back.

T - Initially, I was kind of surprised by how sweet it is. The malts have a much bigger part than the nose lets on. Coffee comes swiftly behind, bitter and roasty. Finishes dry.

M - Very rich and creamy. Mild carbonation.

O - This one certainly doesn't disappoint. Bold coffee stout that is both tasty and very drinkable. I know it's brand spanking new, but the guys at Short's should seriously start thinking about putting dates on the bottles. Just saying.

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Photo of TCJosh
4/5  rDev -2%

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