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 duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

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 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 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 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 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 PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 BMart
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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 BeerOps
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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 Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to injuredreserve for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, some carbonation, fizzy little tan head, with very minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very nice, malty, with lot's of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The taste is nice, sweet, malty, with loads of coffee/chocolate notes, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, I was expecting alot more from this brew with all the hype a year or two ago.

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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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Short's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout from Short's Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 754 ratings.
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