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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." 
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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to OHLRangers for this one.

4.5 A: Black color. Many fingers of "fuzzy" medium brown head that retains well, but doesn't lace much.

4.5 S: Dark roast coffee up front. Malty sweetness next with lots of lactose. Roasted barley burtness and dark chocolate.

4.5 T: Surprisingly, there isn't much bitterness from the hops or the coffee. Rather, this is closer to the "coffee creme stout" they were going for. Medium roast coffee, mocha, sourish lactose sweetness makes this one quite tasty.

5.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good carbonation even though it originally appeared to be overcarbed. Very creamy, which I love.

5.0 D: Deee-licious. Really a great brew. Tastes just like it should given what they were going for. Drinks like a 5% brew and, in fact, I was shocked when I saw it was 8%.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huuuge thanks to calsbeek for sending me a sixer of these. I cracked one open yesterday to share with some friends and we were all quite impressed.

A: The pour is black with a nice fluffy mocha colored head. Not much lacing, but what can ya do?

S: This beer makes it's presence known. I could smell the coffee as soon as I opened up the bottle. There is a very slight hint of chocolate and roasted malt, but the coffee really steals the show.

T: Once again, the coffee takes center stage. However, the taste has a bit more going on than the nose. There is a very pleasant sweet, cream taste (probably lactose) which adds just an amazing compliment to the coffee. Dark chocolate and roasted malt also make appearances, but again, the coffee is the star.

M: The body is a bit on the thin side, perhaps, but it doesn't ruin the beer at all. Still a medium bodied beer with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

D: I've had several coffee beers and this is easily the best. Great aroma and flavor and a pretty easy drinker too, even at 8% ABV.

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Photo of jammalamma
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to rpstevens for pullin this one out of nowhere!

Pitch black, creamy frothy head, tiny sexy bubbles...

Smell is STRONG strong coffee! Black coffee, probably the most pungent coffee scent I ever got from a beer.

Taste and mouthfeel are smooth. Slightly roasted- very balanced for its style. Delicious!!

Amazing beer all around- get one, highly recommended!

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Photo of cavedave
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks again to kzoobrew, a fantastic trader, the Short's love is strong here right now, brother.

This motor oil slithers into the Chimay goblet and sports a momentary cap of brownish beige that decides to be a lasting ring. Espresso roast black, opaque; the poster boy for a big stout.

Smell is full of the expected coffee, not quite as dark a roast smell as expected from its look, also full of luscious dark malt, sweet grain, lighter dark chocolate, and, I swear, a bit of cream aroma to the bouquet, almost like a beer lover's dream cup of coffee. Nice.

Holy Juan Valdez' this is a good coffee stout. Take it from a man who has enjoyed extremely copious amounts of Tommy Keegan's best. It is big, full of dark malt, nice roasty flavor, not burnt, and full of medium-dark roast coffee flavor. Very creamy flavors, very clean. Not a lot of chocolate in the flavor, just a bit, and the bitter which sneaks in to balance a sweet coffee finish is rounded and delicious. To put it in terms I really think express it better, this stout fucking rocks!

Mouthfeel is perfect. I'll save words here. Next.

Drinkability? Given the opportunity I could consume Short's entire supply of Cup a Joe, and crave more.

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Photo of mikey711
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Major thanks to the great eyebrews for this one as well as the other limited release shorts beers

A: Dark black and syrupy. it pours a half inch head that fades down rather quickly leaving only one foamy layer on top.

S: Rich roasted coffee smell, a bit like sumatra along with a nice mellow sweet creaminess. Like all of the others shorts beers this one is very simple yet nicely aromatic

T: Again lots of roastiness of coffee, bitter chocolate and some toasted nuttiness that is balanced out by creamy sweet chocolate and mocha. There is also a bit of that frosty glass of milk taste that is very enjoyable

M:A on the lighter side but otherwise it is very smooth and creamy.

D: An excellent stout that is pretty easy drinking and goes down faster. The bitterness can get pretty overwhelming so i would only want to enjoy one in a sitting but otherwise this is one hell of a beer!

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Photo of Deuane
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep, dark brown with a thin tan head that never reduced and left spotty lace.

S-Like a cup of strong, black coffee...period! Simply awesome. A bit of burnt/roasted malt quality does slip in late.

T-Dark roasted malt and STRONG, bitter, espresso. Super nice and DEE-LISH!

M-Medium body with the long lasting bitterness one expects from dark roasted coffee.

D-Superb! A mighty fine coffee beer that does not skimp! Rich and flavourful with enough body to support it all.

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Photo of justinp444
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at Butch's Dry Dock

A: a near onyx black with a rich dense dirty mocha cap. Not a beam of light stands a chance of getting through this glass. Head retention is kind of poor and a few speckles of lace grab the glass. Looks like darkness

S: bursting with bitter coffee aromas...espresso galore. A sweetness permeates within the nostrils of a sugary lactose creamer. Otherwise java reigns

T: the coffee starts with a mild bitter oily snap and then works down to a sweet milk chocolate roasted character that is pretty much to die for. Hints of fruit shine through the saccharine creamed vanilla caramel flavors. After a few swigs a few charred notes poke around the palate
This brew is for the coffee lover and might even entice the cream stout lovers. I am in heaven as my two favorite drinks are combined into one tasty experience

M: down the hatch it is both heavy and silky. Light carbonation makes things just right For the flavors within...everything seems right in the feel

D: easy to drink and very quaffable. It kind of leans towards the sweeter side and might deter some with its stronger profile. I could only see myself drinking a few during the course of a night and maybe one the morning after. This beer is banging and is in my top tier

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Photo of Kegatron
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler into a over sized Duvel tulip glass. BIG thanks to Deuane for picking this up for my coffee beer lov'n ass from a recent trip out to Short's.

This pours an absolute dense black with a finger or so of creamy burnt mocha colored head. The retention on this is just fabulous, with a fantastic flareup when swirled, leaving a massive cascade of lace and brown oily residues all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is Wow! To say that this smells dark roasted is an overstatement! Burnt and blackened roasted coffee and espresso just dominates the aroma. I think that I'm getting a caffeine buzz just smelling this stuff! Underneath lies another layer of burnt smelling coffee ground acrid character that starts to get a little sour but never quite makes it, as well as another layer of sweetness that helps keep the aroma in check.

The taste is an intense, roasted, coffee experience up front, with a bitterness that lingers long and loud on the palette. Much like the aroma, I'm also finding a chewy mix of chocolate and caramel underneath that's perfectly balances out the back, along with some additional light acrid notes that flesh out the finish. Man, the coffee notes in this just stick in the mouth with a dry lingering bitterness that definitely tides you over until the next sip. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a sharp and prickly carbonation up front that then spreads out into a smooth and creamier feel. And this stuff is 8%? You have to be kidding me?!!! The only sense of alcohol I'm getting is the subtle fogginess that's slowly creeping it's way over my brain as I work through the growler, which gets this a rare 5 in the drinkibility department. Awesome!

I've been fortunate to engage my lips with a lot of great coffee beers this year and this one is right up there at the top. This is just INTENSE with coffee character and the magnificently hidden ABV guarantees that you'll get buzzed in more ways than one from this stuff! A fantastic brew from Short's!

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4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very vigorous pour gets an inch of beautiful milk chocolate brown head that actually has nice retention for a growler pour. Body is like starring into the center of a black opal and getting lost in the darkness. Nose is big on the coffee but it is soft and sweet almost like a piece of coffee cake. Oh so creamy with first sip of this lush beer. Lots of coffee feel but in such a smooth and sweet desert kind of way. This is a lovely coffee stout without being to heavy in the normal stout kind of way, to stereo type the style. Very appealing coffee feel stays on the tongue. This is really a coffee lovers stout. Mouthfeel is a creamy coffee hum. Super nicely drinkable brew, would be great in the morning or late at night.

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Photo of John_M
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was able to sample this thanks to the ever generous Dyan.

The beer pours a dark black color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a huge blast of coffee grounds, chocolate vanilla, and maybe a hint of licorice and tar. On the palate this beer is just delicious. The beer offers up a huge, creamy, rich flavor profile of coffee and chocolate, with maybe some cherry vanilla in the finish. The creamy mouthfeel aside, this beer is amazingly drinkable and light on its feet. It's incredible how well disguised the alcohol is, and how outrageously easy to drink it is. Wow. Yummy. This beer is so smooth and easy to drink it's nothing short of amazing. Impressive.

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Photo of madeofsteel
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
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 BeRanger
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a brown rim.

Smell: Smells like a coffee house. Rich coffee smell tops with hints of cream/sugar.

Taste: Like an Iced Coffee, no harsh alcohol taste - very smooth but bold coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Rich and thick, finishes smooth.

Overall: If you're a coffee drinker, this is a must have! Flavors come out perfect without a harsh after taste.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to come back and re-review Cup A Joe, simply because after a year it's even better than I remember. The appearance is of a typical stout, except for a gorgeous mocha head that leaves little lacing behind. The mouth feel is a little dry, and thinner than most stouts. But, my God, the aroma and taste are second to none. Fresh coffee, homemade or from your favorite greasy diner; a hint of chocolate, some malt. But the coffee aroma! The taste follows through on the promise and more, there's a bit of coffee - cream, and a bite of burnt grounds.
If every day started with a carafe of Cup A Joe...

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Photo of jacob4999
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark black. A slightly aggressive pour produces a thin tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very light on the lacing.

Smell: Ever walk into "the coffee beanery" at the mall? That's what this beer smells like. Super rich coffee aroma, hint of creamer and some dark cocoa smells. Screw Folgers, the best part of waking up is THIS beer in your cup!

Taste: Like a delicious iced cappuccino. Dark roasted coffee, cream, dark chocolates and a light sweet tinge at the end. As it warms the flavors get better and better. Delicious beer from beginning to end.

Mouthfeel: Thick, Rich and Creamy! Very mild carbonation but perfect for this style.

Overall: If you like strong coffee you must seek this beer. I'm a huge milk stout fan so this beer is right up my ally. I've had many coffee beers before but this one is unlike all others I've had. This is a coffee bomb. Fantastic beer and can't wait for my next one! Thanks Shorts!

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Photo of danielharper
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black, completely opaque, with a pretty much nonexistent head. A slight ring of tan around the inside of the glass, maybe?

S: Amazingly rich sweet coffee aroma, notes of toffee and a sweet caramel. Very roasty, with a slight dryness. Amazing aroma.

T: A sweet rich coffee flavor up front with a crisp dry malty backbone and a somewhat dry finish. No serious hoppiness, but enough of a bitterness to keep the beer from becoming too sweet.

M: Moderate thickness, coats the palate. Carbonation stings the tongue a bit, not unpleasantly.

D: A really great beer from Short's. A nearly perfect balance of sweet and bitter, with a lot of coffee but that doesn't overwhelm with maltiness.

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Photo of dfillius
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Moderate to aggressive pour yields 2 fingers of brown head with great retention! Ideal pitch black liquid.

S: Rich chocolate, slight coffee, peat/earthy sweetness, french vanilla, metal shavings?

T: Rich and creamy chocolate, mocha, cream, sweetness washes in as the flavor rides out. Excellent first impression. Delicious. One of the best coffee stouts I've had. Bitterness subsides into creamy lacto-sweetness perfectly.

M: Full, rich, chewy, thick. Filling! Tingly on the taste buds.

D: Too filling to have many, but I will buy again. I don't know if I would order a second at a bar (minus points for that). Delicious overall.

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Photo of erosier
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one excellent beer. It pours a nice dark brown color with a nice brown head that is tall but light. It smells of dark malts and coffee aroma. It tastes even better than it smells! It has a sweet malty taste followed by a strong coffee flavor that is really nice. The bitterness of the coffee is perfect for this beer and it really is refreshing and even a bit rejuvenating. Very nice mouthfeel - very smooth and fresh feeling with the right amount of carbonation. It is a very drinkable beer and I would definately pick this up if I can find it again.

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Photo of techfed87
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a solid brown head.

Smell is very strongly coffee, with an almost earthly grounds quality to it. Being a fan of coffee beers, this is one of the things that I look for.

First sip is absolutely yum. The acidic mix of coffee and darker stout blend together to make something not quite coffee not quite stout all around awesome. Mouthfeel is rich and chewy and quite delicious. This is a great beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to Randalld for this from our recent trade!

A: Slides out of the bottle dark roast black. A luxuriously thick and creamy two finger layer of espresso crema colored head retains for ages but left no lace behind.

S: Incredible aroma of a freshly pulled shot of espresso. Lurking beneath all of the coffee goodness were aromas of heavily roasted malt, dark chocolate, creme, and a shot of maple syrup.

T: See above. Fresh espresso or dark roast french press coffee mixed with the aforementioned creme, blackened malt, and maple syrup. Slightly woody and/or nutty. The chocolate really comes alive here starting off bittersweet and veering off towards baker's and dark.

M: Like great coffee, this is loaded with dry, roasty, bitter qualities. I was surprised at how prickly and bitter the mouthfeel is.

D: Another reviewer commented about how he liked that this was a relatively "low" abv beer. I too, enjoyed that this could almost be considered sessionable (to me). We're barely into winter and I've grown a little weary with all the big (10% and up abv) stouts on the market right now. I took this as a breath of fresh air!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many many thanks go to Erikkoppin for sending this beer my way.

Poured into my glass the beer is deep dark chocolate brown bordering on black. The milk chocolate hued head explodes to a full four fingers and actually escapes my glass. Moderate retention leaving a touch of soapy lace.

The aroma is absolutely insane. Spot on fresh brewed coffee that's just slight burnt. Moderate whiffs of chocolate and smoked malt are present but nothing compared to the coffee.

The flavor is almost as mind blowing as the nose but just a touch shy. Still pure burnt black coffee. There really isn't anything else I can pick out of the taste except coffee. I want to throw some heavy cream or milk in this beer to smooth it out. If you were to warm it up and blind fold me I would tell you ten times out of ten this is black coffee.

The body is a my only complaint. It feels a bit thin for a coffee stout. Not bas just not as chewy as I would have expected. A bit more carbonation then I was ready for as well.

Overall a near perfect representation of a coffee stout. I'm so happy I was able to secure a bottle of this stuff. I might have to check the other side of the lake for a few more.

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Photo of MIbeer27
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
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 DGibb
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I would like to start off by saying that I have been cellaring this stout since Christmas of 2009, and I cracked one open in honor of All Stouts Day.

A - poured into a Guinness style pint glass, this stout was black as night with a nut-brown head that held for much longer than expected. When it fell, lacing remained as I drank.

S - Roasted espresso, toasted cocoa, with a subtle nuttiness.

T - When I had this last, the roasted chocolate malt dominated. Now, after it had time to age, the coffee flavor is much more present. I have seen others comment about the sour flavor that this beer has, and it is still here, but it isn't a detriment. It reminds me of a strong espresso with a lemon twist. Very, very nice.

M - The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and full. This is where the cream in the cream stout shines.

Overall, this beer is pretty fantastic. I have two more bottles; one of which I will have around the holidays, and the other I think I will save for the end of the world (12.21.12, that is).

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4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours black as night with a skim of brown head on top.

S - I popped the cap and crossed the kitchen to toss the cap and could smell it. It has a bold coffee aroma. If I close my eyes I swear I'm smelling a fresh cup of coffee.

T - It is dominated by coffee flavors, rich and roasty. I get a little burnt flavor on the finish.

M - Velvety smooth with low carbonation.

O - This is my favorite beer from Shorts so far. This beer is a little past its prime, but fresh, it is awesome.

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Photo of Axic10
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into a tulip glass. Thank G311 for sharing this one.

Appearance: Poured dark black with a thin mocha colored head

Smell: Smells exactly like an iced coffee. Coffee, cream, vanilla, sugar. I had a hard time actually drinking this as I just wanted to smell it as long as I could.

Taste: This tastes just as the nose would indicate. Coffee, cream, vanilla and sugar. Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and really creamy.

Drinkability: This was my first (hopefully not my last) Short's beer. I really want to get some more of this, as it was one of the best smelling beers I've ever had, and tasted really good as well. Never would have guessed 8%.

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Short's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout from Short's Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 712 ratings.
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