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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." 
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Photo of Benish
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Big_Neezy
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of sendsilk
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of 98green
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 tempest
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Zaximus
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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 jren
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Coffee flavor had a bit of a darker, sat in the pot too long taste. Mouth feel was not too thin but okay. Overall, decent but I'm not sure if I'm assuming s coffee crime stout should taste the same as founder breakfast stout? Maybe I'm insure what exactly a coffee cream stout should taste like. Over all okay.

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Photo of kevanb
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Le Coq Imperial Extra Double Stout tulip glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and inky, with a finger or so of caramel head, taut and firm that has moderate retention and yields a few spots of soapy lace. The aroma is big on the coffee, roasty, rich and chocolatey, creamy and milky from the lactose, a bit of char and burned malt lingers. The flavors echo the nose, espresso roast, dark rich grain, smooth bittersweet chocolate, lactose sugar but again, there is a long lingering burnt sensation, very roasty and charred. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, creamy, low carbonation that feels good, a bit of richness though the finish is a touch thinner.

Verdict: A nice coffee stout from Short's, perhaps a bit too charred, burnt and roasted for my palate, but certainly enjoyable. A little smoothness and a touch of body at the finish would do this beer wonders.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, almost purple in color, with a moderate head of tan foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of roasted malt and coffee
Taste-Espresso with cream, dark roasted malt, dark chocolate notes.
Great overall coffee flavor.

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Photo of Vogie
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass. No bottling date but I believe they brewed this in November of 2014.

Pours a black coffee with a thin java head that wilts away quickly leaving a little lacing and bubbles from the carbonation. Aroma is spot on! Like a fresh brewed cup of the finest coffee with cream, cocoa, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is smooth and creamy upfront followed by a roasty dark coffee bitterness. No real hops to speak of. As the beer warms the chocolate flavors become more pronounced on the backend. Mouthfeel is medium in body, creamy, and surprisingly carbonated for a stout.

Overall this was an outstanding coffee stout. It made me question whether this was actually a beer or coffee. Great balance and full of coffee flavor. Probably one of the best Short's has to offer.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An excellent coffee beer from Shorts. Beautiful tan brown with a frothy mocha head. The nose is freshly brewed coffee. Body and mouthfeel satisfying without being overly thick or syrupy. Great breakfast time beer or one for when you are flagging during a session.

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Photo of Suds_Suds
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to @Bourbon-and-bbq for adding this in a trade.
Pours very dark and slightly thick. Small head.
Smell has a ton of black coffee and some cocoa.
Tasted like a dark roast coffee with the bitterness and slightly burnt flavour, but in a good way.
Mouthfeel was very creamy and silky, the bitterness of the cocoa and coffee lingered just slightly.
A solid beer overall.

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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 JohnnyHopps
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, the beer was a black with mocha colored bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The beer has a huge fresh coffee nose. It does not smell like Starbucks so much as a good mom & pop coffee shop.

Taste - Smooth dark roasted coffee begins the initial taste. Malts and burnt sugar are present, rounding out the taste nicely. There is a slightly warming aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Being a crème stout, the beer is quite smooth with little bubbles tickling the tongue on the way down.

Overall - With Spruce Pilsner, this is an annual highlight in the Short catalog

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from the recent 2014 release, enjoyed out of a coffee mug

A: Thick-looking shade of pitch black with a burnt sienna or rusty brown head

S: Spent coffee grounds; roasted coffee beans; roasted malts; wood shavings; and sweet, creamy cocoa. Fantastic and incredibly coffee forward nose.

T: Great blend of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Coffee flavors are dominant, which I love.

M: Smooth, creamy, and rich

O: This is one of the best coffee stouts around, better than Founder's Breakfast Stout and a respectable second to Terrapin Wake-N-Bake. Incredibly rich coffee aromas and flavor.

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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 Dactrius
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Small but proud head. Nose is pretty much pure coffee. Coffee isn't quite as strong on the palate but still very nice with a ton of flavor for a beer at 7% (which isn't very noticeable). Feel is solid as well for a lighter beer (when the hell did 7% becomes light? I suppose drinking this immediately following a glass of No Rules might be to blame, at least tonight). I don't love this beer quite as much as that last time I had it but it's still one of the best non-BB coffee stouts I've had.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to Sandman3479 for giving me this to try!

A: Deep, opaquely black body under two fingers of creamy light-brown head. Good retention, great lace. Lovely.

S: Pure, deeply roasted espresso coffee. Woody, charred, and almost a little smoky. Lots of spice. Definitely one of the most coffee-forward aromas I've encountered, even for a coffee stout, and it's impressively complex despite the single focus. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose up front, with wave after wave of woody, herbal, charred roasted coffee. Some chocolate and cream flavors try to mellow things out a bit midway through (I'm especially impressed by the way the lactose delivers a distinct cream flavor), but the dry, charred bitterness of the coffee overwhelms the finish and aftertaste. After a moment it's honestly difficult to tell if I've just had a sip of beer or espresso. Fun, but a bit unbalanced.

M: Soft, creamy, and highly carbonated. I'm a fan.

O: Really digging this beer, even if I wish the finish were a little more restrained. This is definitely the Shorts brew I've had yet. You were right, Dino! Thanks again!


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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/2/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, char, toast, cream, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big coffee presence and great complexity of roasted malt/cream notes; with great strength. Taste of roasted coffee bean, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, light char, cream, light vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, cream, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of coffee, roasted malt, and cream flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome coffee stout! All around great balance and complexity of coffee, roasted malt, and cream flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is for folks who like a little beer in their coffee. Seriously, warm it up and cut out the carbonation and you’d have… flat, warm, coffee-flavored beer. It wasn’t horrible—but it’s not, to me, as enjoyable as a coffee stout or similar beer should be.

It’s a flat coffee black in appearance. Smell’s like today’s dark roast, after sitting out and warming all day. It has a strong, overpowering and harsh coffee flavor. Again, the burnt coffee notes come out. I had a taster and could barley finish this. Don’t think I’m up for a full pint. Short’s beers tend to be a love-it or hate-it kind of thing, but usually I’m in the former camp. Not this time, though.

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