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

Brewed by:
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." 
20 I.B.U.’s

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-26-2006

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Ratings: 754 |  Reviews: 312
Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gnemesis for filling my mailbox with shorts beers this evening. This was my first taste from the box.

a-Poured a deep thick mud black with a thin cream colored head. Thick and stunning.

s-Yowza!!! Subtly spiced cream coffee stout. Best, most balanced, creamy delicious smelling coffee stout I've ever whaffed.

t-Taste matches the nose in that it is AMAZING! Wonderfully balanced creamy coffee malty mix. Almost a bready feel to it and it paired phenomenally well with lasagna dinner (especially the garlic bread).

m/d-Great beer. Medium to light bodied and kind of watery without being bad. A touch bitter and bready but a really easy drinker. Light and fluffy for a normally dark and thick style. Would love to have this one again anytime.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of mrob
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the head was thicker than a usual stout, but quickly dissipated to a thin ring. nice aroma, with a clear roasted coffee smell and some burnt caramel undertones. great explosion of coffee taste, with a little dark chocolate there, too. very smooth, with a hint of chewiness in the background. simply outstanding!

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from erikkoppin. Thanks again buddy!

A: Pours a meringuey mocha head cappuccino-like. makes me think of a good cup of joe for some reason

S: "The best part of wakin' up.... Is shorts in my cup!" I picture myself in a coffee commercial just getting up and smelling this

T: It crazy how my mouth fills with flavor. There is a roasted hotness... not like the alcohol hot... its a good thing. tastes like a cup of joe with 1 creamer in it. perfect balance between bitter coffee and creamy sweet

M & D: I drank this just like a cup of coffee. it left my mouth a little dry urging me to drink more of it to quench my thirst. Im not even a coffee fan in "real" life but im thinking of heating this up in the morning and drinking it instead

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of ncvbc
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a very special treat for #300.

Pours dark, about as close to black as you can get. A medium tan head caps it off, tight, thick bubbles, falling to a ring around the glass. Now the nose on this bad boy is killer...I think it knocks Valdez off the top of the list even though they're both superb. Not so up front on the roast coffee but it's for damn sure there. A good dose of cream and sugar come in to balance the chance of pure roast coffee right away. I can smell a little green hop bitterness under there too but just as this comes up I also notice excellent rich chocolate. Taste is surprising. The roast coffee comes through full-force upon first sip. A good bittersweet combination of flavors follows soon after. The hops are present and show up after the initial roast flavor but quickly give in to the creamy, sweet goodness that this beer brings to the table. In the end, it's a perfect marriage of roast and sweet with a touch of hops helping the two make precious love in my know how that usually ends. Mouthfeel is big, creamy, and like velvet. A hint of bitterness is present but it's pleasing. I can't drink this like Valdez but I enjoy it about as much. Coffee Stouts, they're a weakness of mine. This and Valdez are standing at the top...

Thank you, Derek. This stuff is great!

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of wingsman19
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Only real complaint is that it is not produced year round.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of ROBORB
4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
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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4.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #150. YAY - go team beer!!

Pours midnight black - Darth Vader black - Frank Black - this is a dark beer. Small ring of foam shows me where to aim when I take a sip. Thanks for that - it can't hurt after a long day.

Smell is out of this world. Free Trade coffee. I can smell the freedom. Easily, hands down, the best coffee scent ever from a beer. Peruvian AM and Papago Elise's come close, but this is just in a league of its own. Stellar. Like Elane Benes kind of Stella...

Taste is off the Goldie Lookin Chain. Coffee masks the hops, but they're there, you just can't see the green through all that Black Country Alphabet Song. Coffee, really good coffee, did I leave the burner on? Splash of creme. Nice depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel is a tad bit light, but that's OK - still pleasant, if anything, more like when I try to make coffee at work and everyone stops by my cube to say "thanks for making coffee" but I know they really mean "I was up all night with the new baby and if it was legal I'd throw you out the fucking window".

Drinkability is wonderful. Can't you tell from my ramblings? This is waay too easy to indulge in.

According to my wonderful fiancee, after reading this, Beer Advocate should sell a tube that you connect to your computer that you need to blow into before you can post a review. With a bit of hesitation, I agree. But you should need to blow a .1 at the very least.

Thanks to all who have traded, bought, and shared wonderful beer with me so far. Here's to the next one fidy.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours pitch black with a half-inch cappuccino colored head, decent retention with nice lacing

s - deeply roasted cold-brewed coffee with a healthy dose of creme and sugar, roasty malt, dark chocolate

t - big burst of very good dark roasted coffee up front, the bitterness from the coffee is very tame, nice mix of creme and sugary sweetness balances out the coffee, lingering creaminess and mild roasty coffee bitterness mixed with dark chocolate and vanilla on the finish, not much alcohol to be found

m - medium-to-full bodied, slightly lower carbonation, mildly dry and bitter on the finish, but much more balanced on the palate than many other coffee stouts

d - quite drinkable for a coffee stout, incredibly interesting and complex flavor

Definitely rivals Speedway Stout and KBS for my favorite coffee stout overall. Here's to hoping Short's bottles this again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours out an odyssey of darkness from the growler, almost pitch black; a big dark tan head forms atop and retains fairly well, particularly given the transit to NC from MI

Smell: Strong, roasty double espresso aroma with a hint of sugar and cream

Taste: Opens with a rich, roasty black coffee character that is followed by the mellowing sugar and cream tones; by mid-palate, the fruity bitter elements arrive; after the swallow some smoke factors into the flavor profile as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; moderate carbonation, but somewhat creamy

Drinkability: Clearly one of the top coffee beers out there; a shame it doesn't make it into the bottle

Thanks, hoppymeal, for the unexpected treat and to daniels79, for the chance to re-visit, now that this brew makes it into the bottle

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Photo of shivtim
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic beer from Shorts. Had on-tap at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. It's deep opaque black, with no light making it through this sucker. Small mocha brown head fades away. On the first smell it's intense roasted coffee grounds and malts, with french vanilla cream. The taste is strong roasty malts, intense coffee, and sweet rich vanilla beans and cream. Lingering coffee with chocolate notes. Very complex and wonderful. Mouthfeel is full and rich, almost creamy yet still carbonated. Drinkability is good. Excellent job on this one!

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Short's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout from Short's Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 754 ratings.
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