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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 TreyIsWilson
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a very thin tan head.

S - Dark roasted coffee, roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate.

T - Just like the smell. A big burst of coffee hits first followed by the bittersweet chocolate. The lactose comes through in the finish producing a nice amount of sweet creaminess.

M - Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Another homerun from Short's. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AnchorDrops
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown with a finger of brown foam, some lacing

S-Coffee, some alcohol

T-Coffee, some bitter chocolate, sweet cream

M-moderate carbonation, creamy

O-One of the best beers I have had from Shorts, the bitter roasted malts and coffee are well balanced by the lactose sugars. Really creamy, almost like a mochaccino, some lingering sweetness and coffee flavors. Just a really delicious beer.

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Photo of Stu_Grimson
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- dark brown almost black with little light getting through, a finger of brown head leaving some lacing along the side of the glass

S- I enjoyed the smell of this one with a good amount of coffee coming through and I also get roasted malts and a hint of chocolate

T- a roasted taste hits me first with the bitterness of dark chocolate and a nice coffee finish that leave me with a nice after taste of coffee

M- not as creamy as I would have liked for a coffee cream stout, it is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that takes away from the creamy aspect

O- I enjoyed this beer being a fan of coffee, but would have had it a little higher if it were a little creamier

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Photo of BreakfastStout
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finally, a Shorts beer I can cozy up to. A solid OK offering from this brewery, which is a first for me. Pours a dark caramel brown into my Founders snifter with a dark brown head that quickly fades a leaves minimal lacing. I definitely pick up the coffee flavor, maybe a bit of french roast. A slightly bitter coffee taste that only slightly detracts from the drinkability. A solid mouth feel but not chewy enough for my tastes. Overall a solid offering from Shorts. It's about time for a brewery that gets as much praise as they do.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A little more than your average coffee beer. The espresso really comes through in the nose to start but more of a floral bouquet of coffee. It starts off creamy and coffee and remains until the end. A nice acidity from the coffee is present as well. Super solid and am glad I was able to snag a few bottles.

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Photo of Ri0
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Well it is the color of coffee with a half finger mocha head that fades into oblivion. A few spots of lacing.

S - Dark Coffee, French latte, mocha, and hints of bitter bakers chocolate. Roasted malts and light caramel round it off.

T - Nice coffee forward stout. Roasted coffee beans and malts, espresso and bakers chocolate. Sweet cream with mellow caramel and mocha.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy feeling with light carbonation.

O - Pretty good milk stout with big roasted coffee flavor. Excellent morning beer.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Even though there is no bottling date it is definitely fresh as most Short's beers move quickly at the local bottle shop and I know they just got this one in last week.

A- Pours a thick smooth jet black with a nice medium medium brown head that slowly dissipated to a ring. Looks very similar to FBS, like a chilled espresso.

S- Big coffee and chocolate roasts, not getting the extra sweetness that is in FBS.

T- Similar to nose, dominated buy smooth espresso and bitter dark roasts. Lasting bitter coffee and coffee acidity on the tongue.

M- Creamy and smooth and thick, all while being very drinkable.

O- One of the best Short's brews I've had, really starting to come around on them lately. A bit of a one note beer and not as complex as FBS but still wonderful. I feel really lucky to be able to get two great coffee stouts so fresh, when the coffee flavor is at it's peak.

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Photo of TurboBrew
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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Photo of SerialTicker
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

$5.50 a pint at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

I found a new Short's favorite.

Appearance: Pitch black. Little head on it that goes away pretty quickly. Nice lacing at the top, but not much at the end. Looks... well... stouty.

Smell: Ugh. Good Lord. So much coffee... fully loaded with it. Roast. Maybe notes of chocolate. The coffee dominates and permeates all around.

Taste/feel: Like the smell, but the feel puts it to another level -- perfectly silky and creamy and way too drinkable. The coffee is at the forefront, of course, with a bit of chocolate sweetness. A touch bitter, but well balanced as a whole. If you love coffee in your stouts, you'll fall in love with this as I have.

An utterly incredible beer worthy of a pick up. The rating is among Shorts' highest for a reason... I thought their Mystery Oatmeal Stout was awesome, but this is actually a little bit better. Don't bother putting socks on before trying this beer, because it'll knock them right off anyway.

Cheesy? Don't care. Just drink it, damn you.

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Photo of kylelenk
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled and enjoyed in both a snifter and a pint glass...Not at the same time.

A- Black with a little bit of settlement at the bottom of the bottle. Head is a white/tan bubbly beauty that dissipates quickly and leaves little cascading laces.

S- Rather smokey for the category.

T- Expected it to be more like a mocha shake and yet the pallet is filled with wooded char and burnt almonds. There is a very subtle taste of morning coffee that is just begging to be unleashed. Absent is the lactose that is supposed to make this sweeter (?).

M- Little disappointed with how viscous and rich it is compared to the rather subtle pallet.

O- Never really found Cup A Joe to be a balanced beer. For a milk stout, it isn't that sweet. For a coffee stout, it's rather bland. Every year I keep hoping they'll tweak it and nail it.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade as an extra, forgot from who though!

A- Pours a jet black, inky body with a decent sized mocha colored head that reduces slowly and leaves a little lacing.

S- Heavily roasted coffee, char, dark chocolate, cigarettes, somewhat earthy.

T- Sweet, bold mocha and vanilla upfront, dark chocolate, develops into a roasty, charred, black coffee flavor. Leaves a nice roasty flavor on the tongue. I even get some grass or earthyness mixed in.

M- Thick, rich, but very drinkable. Low carbonation.

I was blown away by how good this beer was. Hits all the high points of a coffee stout. The coffee isn't overpowering while maintaining a bold, charred character. Well done.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap, served in a pint glass at Slow's.

My pour of Cup A Joe arrives without much visual fanfare. The beer itself is very thick dark brown color, and there is just a little wisp of a light brown head.

The coffee in the aroma hits my nose hard. The Higher Grounds espresso provides a pleasant, earthy espresso tone with underlying notes of cocoa and tobacco. Medium roasted malt, some dark chocolate, and sweet cream are also noticeable.

By no means is this a complex beer, but each sip is packed full of coffee, cream, and malt, as advertised. The coffee used to make this beer is of good quality and provides a smoothness I would like in my coffee in the morning. The cream adds a sweetness that cuts the bitterness from the coffee and accentuates the chocolate flavors more. The roasted malt provides a nice backbone for the whole experience without really getting in the way.

The creamy nature of the mouthfeel really puts this mouthfeel over the top. It is clear that the creme and the way this beer is made allow for such a luxurious and rich feel. The carbonation is smooth, and a residual sweetness stays on the lips after each sip.

Living in Michigan definitely has its perks. Being able to drink Short's on tap is definitely one of them. I would go so far as to say that this is one of the best 7% coffee stouts I have had. However, the bottle I had was absolutely putrid. It was not old but had clearly refermented into an undrinkable mess. Drinking Short's on tap is the only way to go.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour is jet black with virtually no head. Nose is a bit artificial, artificial vanilla, overly sweet malt an sugar, and used coffee grounds. Taste is just as bad, overly sweet, under attenuated malt and coffee mess. Virtually no carb and extremely oily and slick feel.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this from Stormking47, cheers Joel!

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. No lacing or head retention

S: Big time coffee & coffee grounds, fades as this warms

T: Dryness, much coffee & a bit of lactose up front. Nice mocha & cocoa flavors blend with straight up coffee & exrpesso as this warms. plus some more lactose sourness. Finishes dry with mocha & coffee grounds

MF: Smooth, some what creamy, medium bodied

A nice coffee stout, not upper rung, but right on the heels of them

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours motor oil black with a razor thin tan head that dissipates. There is very little lacing or head retention. The nose emanates a potent, bitter coffee with a touch of sweetness. The beer drinks like a cup of coffee with a touch of milk, leaving a roasty, slightly bitter aftertaste. There is almost no distinctly hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, oily, sweet and roasty. It definitely a coffee cream stout with a great body and a sweet, effervescent finish. Worth trying and it definitely lives up to my expectations.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours pitch black with a 2 finger brown head. Trails and blotches of lacing all over the glass.

S- huge coffee, espresso aromas! Lang with roast and some pine.

T- bitter coffee, espresso, bitter roasted malts.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very smooth with some creaminess.

O- very good coffee beer. Pretty straight forward coffee beer but damn good.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome bottle from Adam (thanks man!) poured into my Snake River pint glass.

A: Black pour with a tiny dark brown head; some lacing.

S: Straight-up coffee. Coffee grounds, fresh coffee; potent, and kinda in-your-face. Dark, espresso coffee. Light notes of acrid char.

T: This is a different animal; much more diversity here. Bigger body than I expected as well, but we'll get to that...sweeter notes, sugary even; dark caramel, brown sugar, milky lactose, and even some mocha. Still plenty of coffee, but now blended beautifully with a gorgeous milk stout that has some heft.

MF: Not quite full but a creamy medium body...soft, velvety mouthfeel.

O: Impressed with the taste and feel on this one; coffee cream stout for sure! Lactose sugars come through brilliantly, cutting the acrid bitter coffee down to size and blending into a wonderful cold coffee concoction.

Fun one to try, would love to have it again. Thanks Adam!

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Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black pour with a huge fluffy dark brown head. Fades super slowly, great head retention with a big island of foam remaining. Solid wall of thick fluffy lacing left behind.

S: Fresh coffee grounds. Quite creamy and sweet. Touch of chocolate in there too.

T: A wonderful creamy chocolate and coffee mixture up front. Like a great mocha. Sweetness fades a bit and it becomes more of a bitter roasted coffee in the middle and back end. Touch more cream in the finish with a long lingering coffee ground between sips.

M: Creamy and full. Smooth. Nice.

O: Really nice brew. Coffee is QUITE heavy but is tasty and melds well with the cream stout characteristics. If it weren't so coffee dominant I'd give it even better ratings. Definitely a must-have for the coffee lover, especially if you take yours with cream.

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Photo of davey101
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a DFH signature glass. I enjoyed 2011 vintage last year but never reviewed it. Thanks steimie!

A - Black body with a two finger mocha head. Foam sticks around for a long time. Excellent lacing and retention.

S - Plenty of coffee. Roasty, bitter and slightly sweet . That is about it actually.

T - Rich and roasty coffee beans and sweet milk sugar. Again, just coffee...but its so delicious. This might be my favorite "coffee beer" but its certainly not the best "coffee stout". Aftertaste is of bitter coffee beans.

M - Medium bodied and creamy. Carbonation is on the low side.

O - Shorts certainly has a skill for making beers which meet their descriptions. While this beer lacks the flavors and aromas that I would normally associate with a stout, this is spot on like a good cup of coffee with some cream. Phenomenal execution!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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 RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This isn't really doing it for me. Comes off a bit too bitter and somewhat tangy with a flavor ride that doesn't last that long. Or not long enough, imo. Body is nice. Still an okay beer, especially after it warms up a bit. Maybe I've had too many coffee beers until now and I have certain expectations.

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Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 355ml into a tulip.

Pretty black, with some mild clarity at the edges. Tan head, and a ring retins. Nose has creamy, roasty coffee, cocoa powder, and a touch of pickle (good nose Steve!).
Taste has more roasty coffee, dark chocolate and a light sourness. Medium light body, but perhaps a tad on the watery side. A good creamy coffee beer, but there are some imperfections evident.

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Photo of alexanf
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an oil black with minimum head.

S: Traces of smoke, chocolate, coffee, and earth. There is an additional presence of what I'm identifying as tobacco.

T: Hints of smoke, tobacco, coffee, vanilla, syrup, and cream.

M: Thick, heavy, and fully bodied all the way through.

O: Short's is spot on with this offering. What a beer!

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Photo of peensteen
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve

Deep brown and near black in colour, ring of tan head, little to no lace left behind. Smell is roasted with lots of coffee, a bit of chocolate, lightly lactic as well and a little metallic, light alcohol. Taste is creamy with lots of bitter chocolate and black coffee and coffee grinds, roasty and a bit lactic with some smoke in the finish as well. Medium-light carbonation, medium body, decent feel. Taste and feels much better than the way it smells at first, lots of coffee in here, not the best coffee beer I have had but still quite good.

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Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours black with a thin, light brown head.

Smell. Acidic coffee and roasty, toasty dark malts. A little woody. Smells good.

Taste. Lots of dark, roasty coffee, some roasty malts, slightly acidic, just a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of medium bodied, low+ carbonation, really smooth.

Overall. Nice coffee stout. Drinks really easy and lots of nice coffee.

Thanks Namarsha82!

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