Short's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme StoutShort's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"A brew uniquely different from most coffee stouts, we cram Higher Grounds roasted fair trade espresso beans into every facet of the brewing process. Prominent aromatics of malt, espresso, and cocoa are abundant and create a flavor robust with big malt characters fused with cream and coffee. The perfect morning night capper." 
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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Photo of Faro
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A heartfelt thanks to hoppymeal for sending me a growler in a trade.

This is a wonderful beer. It comes in a typical half-gallon jug type growler with a big circular label with the brewery’s information. The specific beer is written on the cap.

Appearance: Pours with a thick, dark, frothy head into my Stone 10th Anniversary pint glass. The thick head sticks around the edge as I drink the entire glass. There is a slight lacing present. The beer itself is a very dark, opaque brown.

Smell: Wonderful! Roasted chocolate and roasted coffee fills my nose. The coffee is somewhere between a dark and medium roast.

Taste: Roasted, toasted chocolate and coffee dominate with a fair dose of welcomed sweetness. The coffee and chocolate blend nicely. Very mild hops are barely detectable. They provide a bit more complexity of flavor and they dissipate quickly.

Mouthfeel: A wonderful silky, creamy mouthfeel, almost chewy. Reminiscent of a glass of Silk soymilk. The carbonation is a bit higher than most double stouts but perfect here. The finish is crisp and clean. Smoother than I expect for this style probably due to the carbonation level. It works quite well.

Drinkability: I could drink a growler of this beer each week. Though it is very rich, like a dense chocolate cake that you want to keep eating.

Breakfast stouts are a new style for me and I love them. This beer is up there with my favorites: Founders Breakfast, Kentucky Breakfast and Terrapin Wake-N-Bake. If you like coffee stouts this is a must have beer.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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Photo of GoldenChild
4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has been revised at the bottom.

poured into a glass

pours a dark black. Super head the biggest head i have ever seen on a beer overflowing couldnt even pour it all in the glass at once. golden brown foam overflowing all over my counter top.

smells like burnt black coffee.

alls i have to say it that i dont like black coffee so alls i wanted to do the whole time i was drinking this was put some creamer in it.

mouth feel was medium.

i would not drink this beer again im just not that big of a fan of black black black coffee it is different but i expected allot more out of it way too over the top.

Well thats how i felt about this beer about two years ago.

Now i have to say what a fantastic beer. This years is amazing and im sure that my taste have changed.

Pours Black, Nice thick brown head.

Smells like coffee and sweet creamer

Lots of coffee flavor with a nice sweet finish thats just right.

Perfect mouth feel

Please sir may I have some more.

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4.95/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of younger35
4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received a growler of this delectable treat from northernbrews. Coffee beers are by FAR my favorite so I really hope this lives up to what I have pictured in my head. Drank from my clear Surly Coffee mug.

Appearance- Pours a onyx black with a feint ring of extremely dark brown around the edges where the light somewhat penetrates. A very slow forming head appears after a few seconds but it's very small and very thin. Dissipates quickly leaving no cap and thin collar that is to small to leave any lacing.
Smell- Tons of cold pressed French roast coffee that is earthy and fresh. Some cream and sugar are present in the coffee smell along with a bit of dark chocolate (but very little compared to the shear coffee dominance here). Very roasted malts and maybe even hints of caramel come through.
Taste- Wowsa's, now that's what a coffee beer is supposed to taste like! Tons and tons of French roasted coffee that is very lightly sweet and o' so creamy. Quite a bit of roasted goodness is prevalent as well. Charcoal and bitter baker's chocolate from all those roasted malts comes out in full force. Not necessarily burnt, but they use definitely use a liberal amount of the black grain in this puppy. Very lightly sweet toward the finish but the first sip is pretty bitter from all the acidic grain. Finishes with a big dose of coffee and a very light alcoholic sting.
Mouthfeel- Medium to full body with a very creamy feel and nice light carbonation.
Drinkability- Amazing. If it wasn't for the appearance, I'd easily give this brew a perfect score. I don't think a Coffee Beer/Imperial Stout can improve on this anymore and that's saying something; until 20 min ago, I though Coffee Bender was the greatest brew on earth. Perfect balance of coffee and roasted/chocolate malt. I may be a Short's fan because of their creativity and willingness to try new things but I haven't been blown away by them. Until now. Great beer that I really enjoyed and appreciate the opportunity to try. Thanks Jeff!!

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4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to eyebrews for the hook up! Enjoyed Xmas morning before presents!

Dark black pour with a nice tan head that dissipates into a thin rim over the course of a few minutes.

Oh, man is this a coffee bomb! So rich! Lots of chocolate and malty goodness in the nose. Delicious, delicious roast... espresso!

Plenty of roasty coffee upfront with a nice creamy finish. This is an amazing coffee stout! Nice and thick. There's a great balance of sweet and bitter and an overwhelming feeling of wanting to pound this down rather than enjoying the master craft that went into this. Short's continues to kill every beer they make!

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4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler share thanks to WeeHeavySD!

A: Pours a very dark flat black hue with a nice tall mocha colored head. Pretty good retention with some nice lace going on.

S: Wow what an aroma, I love me some coffee stout and this one smell like... well.... coffee. Fresh roasted coffee, with hints of chocolate fudge.

T: Wondeful coffee flavors right from the start. This one is more fresh bold roasted coffee than espresso, but the balance is so nice. Nice creamy chocolate seems to blend in only to be overtaken by more toasty roasty fresh coffee. This is a very well crafted brew and EXTRA tasty as hell.

M: Medium in body, smooth, very velvet like. You would almost think this one has some oatmeal in it. Does it?

D: Wish I had the growler all to myself. It is one that once I started I could continue until it is all gone. Top two or three coffee stout made. Period!

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4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply stated this is what all coffee beers aspire to be. This is the end all be all to coffee beers. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 1/22/2010.

The pour is beautiful and elegant, perfect. Dark as night with a huge black body and a color that is inpervious to light. A huge two inch head of tan then rises up from the bottom of the glass to reach a height of nearly three inches before settling down to a one inch head that stays on top throughout the rest of the session. Aroma is sweet, rich coffee and milk, tons of sweet sugary notes, it really is as the bottle states, exactly what I make for myself in the morning. Sweet light roasted coffee and creme, mixed with subtle sugar flavors. There is not other beer that nails the coffee flavor better then this. It is simply sublime. Rich body, smooth and subtle carbonation and a slightly dry and bitter finish. There is hardly a beer out there I would rather have at any point then this.

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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well I was quiet scared to open this growler. I got it filled back at the beginning of July when I visited Short's with my wife, yes July. Long story short, it was forgotten about and once I realized it was still around I was afraid to be disappointed that I ruined a whole growler of this awesome brew.

So when I finally decided to crack my German flip-top growler open today (December 6th), I could hardly believe my ears when it happily hissed.

A - Dark as night with a fairly frothy one-finger worth of tan head.

S - Roasted coffee with some malts coming through as well. There is a small amount of sweetness that comes through as well.

T - A bitter coffee taste up front which is quickly followed by some sweetness. At the end the bitterness comes back with a hint of smoke too. It is definitely a great taste but there is a lot more going on in there besides just the coffee.

M - Mouthfeel fits the style - medium bordering on full. It is smooth and creamy at times but also drying at times.

D - Again another beer that makes me want to relocate to Bellaire. Since I love coffee beers I could really drink this one all day or night.

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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I could taste both the coffee and the cream as two distinct components. This stout has a great creamy complexion without the use of nitro. You can smell the coffee; they must have used some really good beans. Overall, this is a really great beer and my favorite coffee stout ever.

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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap December 21st @ Crunchy's in East Lansing
25oz mug, opaque jet black/brown with a creamy mocha head, before smelling or tasting I could already tell I was in for a treat based on looks alone.

smells of wonderful finely ground fresh french pressed coffee; most coffee beers seem to be lackluster in comparison, makes me wonder if the guys at short's are coffee aficionados :D raisins, plums, sweet roasty malt, creamy.. lactose?

taste is of coffee right off the bat following up with chocolate malt, smooth sweet creaminess, light complimenting hops pair well with the bitter coffee, raisins, mmm

mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and highly drinkable - very balanced and the flavors really shine, excellent carbonation, i could keep swooning.

Hopefully this finds it's way to bottles, the sooner the better :D

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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Impenetrable black body. Not even the faintest flicker of light gleams through. Two finger java stained head is full and creamy. Retention is very decent leaving a nice sheet of lacing.

Rich dark roasted coffee cements itself as the dominate characteristic of this brew. Coffee aroma is almost completely over powering everything less. Very slight char and lactic sweetness are picked up. Maybe it is just my love of the bean but this smells good.

Milky sweetness and big coffee flavors converge as the nectar flows from the glass. Rich deep roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors cover the low end. Creamy vanilla flavor balances out the more dark and rich attributes. Though the coffee flavor is strong it does not cross the line of being overly bitter, the light bitterness noted is rather pleasant. Mesh together your favorite cream stout with your favorite coffee stout and you very well may end up with Cup a Joe.

Medium to just south of full bodied brew. Wonderfully creamy texture. Very smooth luxurious mouthfeel.

The problem with this one is not drinking but more stopping. Drankability in phenomenal. Near perfect balance across the board, superb beer.

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4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Finally obtained a six pack from the local store here in SE MI After many phone calls and pestering. Actually came in and bought it about 30mins after it was unloaded off the truck... ( bottles were STILL COLD !! )

I can only dream of how epic this tastes on draft... guess we need to start planning a winter vacation to Bellaire in addition to the summer one !

A: Pours pitch black with a creamy- brown head. Leaves wet lacing throughout, and a tan sugar like brown ring around the glass as it drops down to the oh so sad zone of when its all gone and empty

S: Coffee forward smell (yes). Smells like my kitchen after we use the Delonghi Semi-automatic espresso maker (w/ lavazza espresso beans from italy) to whip up some vanilla-latte's.

T: 25% of the brew tastes like coffee/espresso roast. This is a great thing. There are many other similar "coffee-stouts" That ive tried that just blow your head off with java. Awesomely, this **Cup A Joe** does not do such a thing. 50% Milk sugar and cream balance nicely with the espresso flavor in a way no other Coffee stout can. and the other 25% id say goes to a a decadent/velvety roasted chocolate explosion that dances on the palate. OH YEAH! Not Kool-aid oh yeah.. but good brew OH YEAH!

M: Rich and creamy. Medium bodied with hints of coffee and sweet milk throughout. Taste doesnt stick around long and give you any sort of lasting coffee-breath. Very happy that the coffee doesnt dominate the mouthfeel. This is the holy grail of coffee stout mouthfeel to me..

O: A must try. If I find this on draft I just might sleep on the floor of the establishment thats serving it..? Maybe not. But it is excellent. And I feel like this beer could be sessioned.. maybe paired with a good book or something of that nature.

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4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review, bomb-ass extra from kzoobrew. Thanks! Can't get enough shorts beers.

A- Pours almost with faint signs of carbonation. mild lacing.

S- Deep french roast coffee. Fantastic nose. Smells like fresh-brewed coffee.

T- Again, coffee. Dark roast, dash of cream, no sugar. Fantastic. Simple description, but it's a simple, focused beer. No overpowering or out of place flavors.

M- Great body- the intense coffee is balanced by the 'cream'- which neutralizes any acrid or acidic coffee notes. Possibly the best coffee stout I've tasted.

D- Insanely high. Give me more. If you get an infected one, double down and roll the dice again. This beer is great. A million thanks to kzoobrew for the chance to taste this beer as intended.


Original Review: 1.7 F- infected

12oz into tulip.

A- Big 'pssssh' when I took the cap off (not a good sign), pour is over-the-top 5 fingers of a sandy tan on a deep brown base. Super carbonated.

S- Bitter coffee, dark fruit.

T- Infected. Sour, tart, and tangy. Astringent. Starts off nice for a 1/4 of a second with some bitter roast but just goes tart immediately after. This is undrinkable. Unlike some other reviews that mention a sour component in with the coffee flavors, I found my tongue washed out with a tsunami of infection. I literally can't taste anything but.

M- Gross. Nasty infection. Super carbed, thin, acrid.

D- Did not finish, which is rare. I had maybe 4 sips and had to put it down. Would love to try a non-infected bottle, I hear these things happen w/ Shorts. I'll re-review if needed.

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Short's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout from Short's Brewing Company
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