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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very fresh bottle from Michigan, latest seasonal release. Pours black with tons of foam. Coffee in aroma, in the taste, with lots of creme. The bottle surprised me by saying there was milk lactose. Tastes more bitter than 30 ibu would have you believe.Above average mouthfeel.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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 oline73
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer pours a very dark brown/black color with very little light passing through. There is almost no head with a bit of lacing.

Smell: Sweet and roasty coffee.

Taste: Initially there is some sweetness and then the roasty coffee comes through. There is a mildly creamy flavor and some bitterness and nuttiness from the coffee.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side and is smooth and creamy on the tongue.

Drinkability: This one is quite good. I found that the sweetness was a bit much as I made my way through the beer. I like this but I don't know that I would seek it out again.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ipa247 shared this one at last weekend's epic tasting. Thanks, Jeff.

Pours pitch black with a frothy coffee-colored head that slowly recedes to a ring. The color on this one is surprisingly dark and opaque, even for the style.

The first whiff is overwhelming coffee - sharp, dark roast, acidic coffee. As the beer warms and the aroma opens up, a sweet lactose presence becomes much more prominent, balancing the pungent coffee.

On the palate there's a surprising amount of creamy sweetness, touches of chocolate and even a bit of toffee. The sweetness is quickly swept away by the biting French roast coffee flavor. The coffee character is intense, bitter, almost acrid, while still remaining thoroughly delicious. Medium-bodied and very effervescent, this is surprisingly quaffable for such a punchy beer. The finish is nothing but lingering coffee grounds. While there isn't much to this beer beyond the coffee and cream, it's beautifully crafted and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of superspak
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | 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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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours a finger of mocha tan head. Very good retention leaving slight splattered lace. Color is black. I am being a little generous here.

Aroma: Lots of espresso, coffee, and chocolate. I get a lot of nut (peanuts mainly, but in that sour way. this may have something to do with the infection issues but I can't tell) flavors with caramel. A lot of milk chocolate. Very nice smelling beer, with that exception of the note above.

Taste: There is a ton of coffee flavors, but again, tons of roasted nuts (peanuts that are sour again.). Reminds me of the uber goober (which I thought seemed sour), just bigger. Also, there is a ton of milk chocolate. A big roasted malt beer, but the coffee keeps this beer fresh.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but very bubbly. Tons of carbonation with a medium to full bodied. Ends very roasted and dry.

Overall, I am pretty impressed with this coffee stout. The only part that I didn't enjoy very much was the mouthfeel and the apparent sourness. A nice aroma with a solid taste, but so many peanuts. I dig it though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark with a nice tan-colored head and a tiny amount of lacing as it goes down.

S: Lots of coffee up front here. A little bit of chocolate and alcohol, but straight-up black coffee is definitely what dominates.

T: Coffee and darker chocolate along with a little bit of roasted-malt sweetness. A bit of extra sugar and hints of vanilla.

M: Fairly full-bodied, quite creamy, and not too much carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable. Not the best coffee beer that I've had, but definitely a very worthy one.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a lot to grub for one of the great interesting Short's.

Pours a super dark oily rich pitch black beer, with very light fizzy head that disappears quickly, but normal for the style.

Nose brings tons of fresh roasted coffee beans, fresh brewed coffee, roasted barley, chocolate malt, creamy milk chocolate and baker's chocolate, some bitterness from the roasted malts.

Taste starts with coffee again, but this time brings a bit of a acrid coffee grind flavor, some fresh coffee as well, roasted malts, plenty of bitterness from the roast, a slight sweetness hiding the booze well, some light creamy chocolate, the coffee keeps going and gets a bit of a rotten coffee grind flavor, but still adding a nice coffee taste as well, espresso and a creamy lactose. Finishes drier with a slight rye like taste (huh?), yeah some rye, weird, lingering sweeter malts, dark malts, roast, and plenty of coffee, but the bad acrid coffee taste is gone luckily.

Mouth is fairly heavy bodied, very creamy, not really a booze hit which is nice, and decent carbonation for the style at least.

Overall, not bad, the nose was great, but the acrid rotting coffee grind taste took away a bit. It's a pretty good beer, a slow sipper, but pretty good.

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Editing my original review of A: 3, S:3.5, T:3, M:2.5, D:2.5.
Opened my third bottle of this and it was a noticeably different experience then the first two times I've had this beer. This one was lacking the underlying sourness or extreme carbonation the others had so I'm updating my review.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter. Pours nearly black with a thin, fizzy mocha colored head that clung to the edges of the glass. The head was thin but stuck around for a while.

Aroma shows a good amount of both bitter, roatsed coffee and a sweeter, smoother creamy flavor. The taste is similar to the nose in that the bitter coffee mixes pretty evenly with the sweeter cream flavor. I get just a bit of chocolate to it along with some burnt, bitter flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability was pretty decent, the creamy flavors definitely smoothed out the roasty, bitter coffee flavors nicely. It was flavorful, but yet easy drinking and smooth. The coffee was nicely done as well. Much better this time than my other experiences with this beer, it's unfortunate it took 3 tries though.

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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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