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

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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

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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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Photo of brentk56
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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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 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 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 mothman
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 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 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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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 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 mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply stated this is what all coffee beers aspire to be. This is the end all be all to coffee beers. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 1/22/2010.

The pour is beautiful and elegant, perfect. Dark as night with a huge black body and a color that is inpervious to light. A huge two inch head of tan then rises up from the bottom of the glass to reach a height of nearly three inches before settling down to a one inch head that stays on top throughout the rest of the session. Aroma is sweet, rich coffee and milk, tons of sweet sugary notes, it really is as the bottle states, exactly what I make for myself in the morning. Sweet light roasted coffee and creme, mixed with subtle sugar flavors. There is not other beer that nails the coffee flavor better then this. It is simply sublime. Rich body, smooth and subtle carbonation and a slightly dry and bitter finish. There is hardly a beer out there I would rather have at any point then this.

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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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Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks so much to stakem for sharing this - I really wanted to try this!

Poured from the 12oz bottle into my tulip.
Thankfully this was not one of the bottles affected by infection issue I heard of.

The color of deep brown shiny coffee beans with a cap of med brown, clarity is translucent and beading is micro-sized. The smell is nutty and fruity with a certain tangy citrus-like element. The light dark fruit(raisin) is unique and roasted scents are moderate. The feel is off the beaten path as most Short's beers are. The tangy dry bean texture without lots of oiliness -just tangy slighty acidic and beany w/ bitter and dry finish.

The flavor is good and wierd all wrapped together like a flavored tootsie roll. The dark cherry notes and mild woody flavors from the stout come forward at first and later a tannic tinge of raw astringent coffee beans w/a slight golden raisin and subtle cocoa note. The light toasted tinge of caramel malt softens the fruitiness slightly. I was perplexed but happy with the beer -not like any coffee brew or stout I have had, and no, it did not have a ring in the neck or smell off at all, so I am going to assume it was untainted. This is a quality coffee brew from Shorts- very drinkable.

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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 mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with lots of head that last for several minutes and moderate carbonation evident. Took me a few minutes to pour.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, cream, vanilla, and chocolate. Hint of dark fruits. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of light coffee, cream, roasted malts, vanilla, toasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Much more bitter than I was expecting.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

d - I thought this was a very good stout. I loved the smell and was very happy to find it wasn't just dominated by coffee; it was very balanced. I wish the taste had been a little sweeter as opposed to bitter, but it was still very enjoyable. Would love to have again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to KJGAGNE for this bottle!

I'm not a fan of people who misuse an "a" for an "o'", but hopefully the beer still tastes good. It pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger or so of light tan foam. The nose comprises coffee (and lots of it, son!), light cocoa, roasted malts, and brown sugar. The taste does not feel brave enough to deviate from this plan of attack. Some buttercream finds its way in there as well. In the finish, though, there is a definite feeling of acrid coffee, which VDubb helps me to understand as the aftertaste one would encounter in a bad cup o' coffee. The body is a competent medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty nice stout, but that acrid aftertaste leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to afdempse for sharing this great beer.

A: Deep black, beige head, big lacing

S: Coffee! Seriously...If you can get past the intense aromas of fresh roasting coffee, you may find some roasted malt scents.

T: Again, roasted coffee. Fresh and delicious. What this beer lacks in complexity it makes up for by being simply delicious. You must love coffee to thoroughly enjoy this beer.

M: Somewhat thin feel, great crisp carbonation.

D: Highly recommended. I could have a few of these.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into two goblets. Thanks to MarcatGSB for the bottle!

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown with almost no head and no lacing. Not quite fully opaque. Light comes through on the edges, but not through the body of the liquid. Looks thin, really.

Smell - Strong coffee flavor. Almost smells like an over-brewed, burnt roast. Another review mentioned Starbucks coffee, probably for this reason. Roasted malts come through, but it's faint by comparison to the coffee.

Taste - Similar flavor. The coffee isn't as pronounced as it is in the nose. It's still strong, but it tastes more like a stout than just a cup of coffee. A lot of lactose sweetness comes through in the back and diminishes any bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very thin. Fairly low carbonation, but it's not too low. It's an appropriate level. The body is what lets it down. I want something a bit chewier to stand up to the coffee. It doesn't taste like an 8% beer though. I would expect something with such little body to be a lot boozier at 8%, but it isn't.

Overall - Certainly tasty and pretty easy to drink, since it's so thin. The lactose and intensity of the coffee are a turn-off, though.

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Photo of stakem
2.59/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle care of mothman, thanks Ben I have been wanting to try this one for quite awhile.

Poured into a SA sensory glass this brew appears pitch black with a ruby coloring around the border. The head swells up fast despite a careful pour presenting more than 2 and a half fingers of darkly tanned head. As the foam settles to less than a finger of fluff, it sticks around the glass in patchy legs and retains well.

The nose of this brew includes a bunch of sweet chocolate and coffee that is very very pleasing straight out the gate. At times the nose comes across with a bit of a musty and earthy scent very similar to other brews with a coffee addition. In the background there is some sweetness of lactose and a bit of a sour twinge. I heard of infections with this brew...perhaps this one is tainted as well?

Taking a sip there is the dark grain character reminescent of coffee, chocolate and a very sharp level of acidity that is quite tangy but also sweet. This is either a crazy overboard mixture of proportions of lactose, citrus hops and sourmashing techniques/blending or something has gone a-rye with this brew. The dark grain flavors linger in the mouth with a very earthy and musty character as indicated by the nose. This brew would be seriously delicious without that sharp acidic tanginess. Through the back of the throat, the 8% alcohol is evident.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a higher than anticipated level of carbonation. The level of tartness is very out of place for the style and I cannot finish the glass. I really want to get my hands on another one of these incase this particular sample was infected. From the initial aroma and the flavor (looking past the tartness) this could be a fantastic brew. I will seek out another sample and edit this review accordingly.

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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 MasterSki
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rclnmeyer for picking up a growler of this (and many other Short's goodies). Served in my trusty Surly pint glass.

A - A hard pour made a a thin dark tan head that dissipates to a nice cap with a millimeter of foam around the edge. Midnight black - not even lighter at the edges.

S - Sweet malts, roast coffee & cream, dark chocolate, hazelnut. This is probably the most convincing coffee smell I've smelled from a beer. Really strong and intense.

T - Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, and some light floral hoppiness at the back end. The taste is a tiny bit more bitter and smokey than the smell, but it's a light hint that adds richness instead of getting fatiguing. This is definitely on par with the best of the coffee beers I've tried. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild. Not discernible alcohol

M - Wonderfully creamy and full-bodied, with a mild amount of carbonation that tingles my upper lip.There's some residual stickiness that kind of coats my teeth.This is exactly the right texture for a brew like this one.

D - This is probably the most drinkable coffee stout I've ever encountered. The glass disappeared before I even finished the review. Well I'm sure the ABV and coffee flavor would catch up to me I don't mind all that much. This growler will go fast.

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Photo of Tone
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong coffee, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of hops, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable roasted bitterness. Tastes of strong coffee, sweet malt, lactose, slight roasted malt, hint of hops, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thrown my way by the Thorpe!

Beer is black with almost no head, no lacing, low carbonation, looks like flat beer.

Aroma is coffee...and lots of it.

Beer is medium to light in body and tastes like iced coffee. It's a little rough on the finish...but the lead off is nice and sweet, heavily bitter on the finish, very heavy. It's all roast and coffee. I enjoyed it but it's quite in your face with the coffee. It's a pretty good beer, grading on a curve with Short's one of their betters.

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Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a midnight black with a light khaki head. It smells of bitter chocolate. It has the superb chocolate you would hope for. It wreaks of coffee and chocolate. It is the perfect mix. it tastes wonderful, smells wonderful, feels perfect. This is a quality offering from Shorts.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark as night black with ruby highlights that had a half finger of brown head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. The aromas was quite pleasent consisting of roasted chocolate malts, toasty grains, slight sweet cream, and for sure some coffee notes. There was also some noticeable booze but was not potent. Upfront on the palate the roasted chocolate malts and coffee really come together quite well with toasty grain accents and slight booze. The only bad thing was that I did detect some slight tart flavor that I believe is a result of the infection this beer been tainted with; what a shame. The brew was medium in body with a relative high amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, slight astringent, and tart finish. It drank good but was dissapointed on the infectious qualities this beer had. This the second shorts beer that has been infected but trully believe it had lots of potential without the sourness; too bad

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