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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: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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 pmoore311
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was great, deep with a beautiful cappucino head about 1 fingers worth.

Smell was all coffee, smelled like a cold expresso, with a hint of creme.

Taste was spot on for the style, which was dominated by huge coffee and expresso flavors and finishes with a nice creme flavor. I didnt notice much else, slight mocha notes as it warmed, but certainly dominated by the coffee.

Mouthfeel was good, thick and creamy, perfect for a nice robust stout.

Drinkability was good, the alchohol was non-existent. But given the coffee was so dominant, I could not drink more that 1.

If you are a coffee stout person this is one of the best. I just wish there was just a bit more in the complexity department. I think this would be a great morning brew to enjoy with a full breakfast.

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Photo of david131
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- A deep, dark, thick black liquid with a thin but creamy brown head that settles to a splotchy covering.

S- Sweet coffee, maybe some chocolate. That is about it... and it is awesome.

T- Sweet coffee with some chocolate and cream to bring up a nice finish.

M- Creamy and a bit oily- just like good coffee.

D- The alcohol is not apparent at all in this beer. Very smooth and drinkable. This should be a must try for any coffee or stout lover out there.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_ Pours black with a thick dark brown mocha colored head. A good two finger head at the end of pour with slow retention. Head subsides into a thick layer of foam with thick lacing that clings to the glass.

S_ Sells of strong coffee and vanilla. The coffee comes through stronger through the smell than the taste.

T_ Tastes of black coffee , roasted malt, burnt chocolate and vanilla. It tastes strongly of coffee but its balanced nice with the other flavors. In some other coffee stouts I find that the coffee over dominates the flavor but not in this one. It works well.

M_ Thick and creamy. Bold but I could definitely drink a couple of these.

D_ Very drinkable for a coffee stout. To drink just one is hard.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of brewdan, poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a thick, dark, coffee-esque body, no surprises here, with a rather gentle pour evoking quite the head, surprisingly. A good two-fingers of dense, foamy, dare I say creamy head rises easily and has impressive staying power, with a solid finger remaining as I type this a good minute or two later. In fact, it never really fades beyond a thick, milky sheen, moderately tanned, a factor likely the result of a great deal of embedded carbonation. The lacing is clumpy, a little runny.

Aroma: Not too much going on here, unfortunately, and probably this beer's weakest component. Slight roast astingencies are probably the strongest of the elements here, very authentically coffee-esque, but sort of a weak cup, you know? The kind you'd send back, unless you ordered it at Waffle House or something and knew what you were expecting. Semisweet milk chocolate and a few pale, light fruity notes seem to round this one out. I'll return to it after its warmed.

Taste: Much better. A strikingly authentic coffee taste, coupled with all the elements of a solid, slightly strong milk stout, along with a few surprises. The coffee is definitely a full city/espresso roast but isn't overly burnt or charred at all, lending an earthy presence and a handful of fruity esters that range from blueberries to raspberries to cherries. The base beer is strong, showcasing a mild lactic sweetness, tons of anise, bitter but also milky chocolate (can't be both, really, but the combination of flavors here is jusssst confusing enough to make it seem that way), and toast.

Mouthfeel: A slightly-on-the-thick-side-of-things-base beer is cut slightly by the slick, coffee oils, thickened again by the cream addition, but then complimented well by a higher-than-usual amount of carbonation, resulting in a light and frothy but nonetheless creamy and even brew. Very nice, and it keeps elements of this beer that might otherwise be a little disruptive in balance. On second thought, maybe it's the slick coffee oils rather than the carbonation that keeps this one so smooth.

Drinkability: Solid. The abv% on this one is in that nice in-between place where I actually like my stronger stouts to be - it's flavorful enough that it's a sipper to begin with, and with an abv% this comparably low, a second wouldn't be out of the question (if it weren't such a rare treat to get some in Virginia). The one other thing I'd say about this beer's drinkability is that it's a really authentic beer - complex, sure, flavorful, sure, but it's not in a Jahva or Choklat complex or flavorful way. This one's just well-made, and a good introduction to a brewery that I know excels at these kind of oftentimes intuitive (like here) and oftentimes weird (Bloody Mary beer!?) mashups.

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Photo of afausser
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an extremely syrupy, dark, opaque brown with about 1.5 fingers of fizzy chocolate colored head, which gets slightly smaller but does not entirely disappear for some time. Leaves a sheet of lacing that quickly recedes down the side of the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee, cream, slight spice, milk chocolate, and oatmeal. A slight sour hint in the nose, as well.

Taste: Smoky, with roasted coffee, bitter cocoa, milk, cream, and a heavy amount of anise. I'm also tasting sour fruits--particularly granny smith apples, and a slight citrus taste. A little syrupy, cut also quite spicy--cinnamon, cloves, and pepper.

Mouthfeel: Quite a bit of heat from this one. Slight coffee, cream, and smoke in the aftertaste, but doesn't last long. Medium-to-thick bodied, yet fizzy.

Drinkability: Definitely one to sip.

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Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Very dark, oily brown to black body. Looks thick and viscous. Dense finger of creamy, sandy brown head. Good lacing. Nose is full of roasted coffee goodness, but tempered by a creamy, caramel sweetness. Also getting notes of vanilla, peat, and dark chocolate. Yum.

Immediate roasted coffee bitterness up front. Caramel and milk sugar sweetness quickly follows, providing a nice balance. Dark chocolate bitterness and milk chocolate sweetness also show themselves. Some vanilla, and smoky malts too. Coffee bitter finish with lingering caramel-sugar sweetness. Full-bodied with a thick, viscous feel. A little oily as well. The sweetest coffee stout I've ever had, and very well done!

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Photo of mikey711
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Major thanks to the great eyebrews for this one as well as the other limited release shorts beers

A: Dark black and syrupy. it pours a half inch head that fades down rather quickly leaving only one foamy layer on top.

S: Rich roasted coffee smell, a bit like sumatra along with a nice mellow sweet creaminess. Like all of the others shorts beers this one is very simple yet nicely aromatic

T: Again lots of roastiness of coffee, bitter chocolate and some toasted nuttiness that is balanced out by creamy sweet chocolate and mocha. There is also a bit of that frosty glass of milk taste that is very enjoyable

M:A on the lighter side but otherwise it is very smooth and creamy.

D: An excellent stout that is pretty easy drinking and goes down faster. The bitterness can get pretty overwhelming so i would only want to enjoy one in a sitting but otherwise this is one hell of a beer!

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Photo of gobucks1
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very dark with a tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Strong smell of rich dark coffee and chocolate. The coffee taste smacks you in the face. Notes of carmel,chocolate and cream follow. The mouthfeel is lighter than you would expect. I am a huge fan of coffee stouts and I have found the perfect one. Better than I have ever had and I have tried everyone that I can get my greedy little hands on. The only thing that would be better is if Joe would have this on tap year around.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly dark black pour with a small foamy tan head medium carbonation, nice jagged lacing left behind. Aroma of ground coffee, dark chocolate , caramel , burnt marshmallow and dark roasted barley. Flavor is very nice , ground coffee , chocolats , caramel , and a touch of creme, very roasty and best at room temp, some woody notes with hints of vanilla maybe . Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel . Long slightly sweet roasty finish with hints of alcohol but in a good way, maybe some hints of burbon , very nice and very drinkable without beeing too sweet . Another awesome brew from Shorts , tahnk you Shorts ! ! ! I love you

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Photo of soupyman10
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I would probably have a hard time stopping drinking these if I leaved in Michigan.

Totally pitch black beer with no highlights whatsoever. Brown head that dissolves down to a fine film. Small lacing.

Nose is huge coffee and roasted malt. A touch of dried fruit that comes on stronger as the beer warms up.

Flavor is big coffee. Big roasted malt. Big fruitiness. Chocolate and caramel in there as well. Freaking amazing.

Somewhere in between creamy and medium bodied. Not as big as you might expect, body-wise, but it works.

Absolutely delicious beer, one I would pick up again in a heartbeat.

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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 webmanspidey
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. Pitch black with about an inch of head.

Smell is very sweet dark coffee with maybe a little chocolate mixed in.

Tastes of carbonated coffee with a little cream and sugar on top. Only mild alcohol presence. Thick creamy mouthfeel and excellent drinkability. This is like an alcoholic Starbucks drink.

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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 rudylaw
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to eyebrews for the hook up! Enjoyed Xmas morning before presents!

Dark black pour with a nice tan head that dissipates into a thin rim over the course of a few minutes.

Oh, man is this a coffee bomb! So rich! Lots of chocolate and malty goodness in the nose. Delicious, delicious roast... espresso!

Plenty of roasty coffee upfront with a nice creamy finish. This is an amazing coffee stout! Nice and thick. There's a great balance of sweet and bitter and an overwhelming feeling of wanting to pound this down rather than enjoying the master craft that went into this. Short's continues to kill every beer they make!

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Photo of Bung
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#400 12 oz. Into Bell's snifter. Brought down from Michigan with the in-laws.
Pretty sturdy black pour, some brown bubbles that spread to a ring around the glass.
Very roasty aroma, coffee, espresso, malt, dark chocolate.
Taste has all sorts of roast to it as well. Mocha latte with come cocoa sprinkled on top. The coffee lingers along with some chocolate milk or chocolate covered coffee beans.
The slightly lively carbonation makes it not quite creamy, but almost. Still a slick heavy medium body. Abv is nowhere present.
A beast of a coffee stout. Probably somewhere between an American and Double stout. Makes you want to keep sipping it, a rare quality. Outstanding none the less and worth seeking out if reasonable.
Probably even better on draft if you can get it.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into DFH snifter.

A - Pours black with a tan-colored head that disipiates into a thin ring around the edge of the glass and nothing more. Looks just like a black cup of coffee, who woulda thunk?

S - You can smell the Higher Grounds Organic Coffee in the brew, which smells completely amazing, I might add. Smells like a cup of black high-end coffee, chilled. There's a hint of alcohol mixed in there as well, but the coffee is the over-powering monster.

T - High-end coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, blended awesomely with just a hint of alcohol. A perfect example of how a coffee-flavored beer should taste.

M - Full bodied, rich and creamy, low carbonation that doesn't get in the way of what this brew is trying to tell you and a creamy finish.

D - This is one amazing coffee stout. If you're a coffee lover, then this is the stout for you. Simply excellent...'nuff said.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours pitch black with a half-inch cappuccino colored head, decent retention with nice lacing

s - deeply roasted cold-brewed coffee with a healthy dose of creme and sugar, roasty malt, dark chocolate

t - big burst of very good dark roasted coffee up front, the bitterness from the coffee is very tame, nice mix of creme and sugary sweetness balances out the coffee, lingering creaminess and mild roasty coffee bitterness mixed with dark chocolate and vanilla on the finish, not much alcohol to be found

m - medium-to-full bodied, slightly lower carbonation, mildly dry and bitter on the finish, but much more balanced on the palate than many other coffee stouts

d - quite drinkable for a coffee stout, incredibly interesting and complex flavor

Definitely rivals Speedway Stout and KBS for my favorite coffee stout overall. Here's to hoping Short's bottles this again.

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Photo of Telix
2.6/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a DFH snifter.

A: An extremely opaque dark brown/black ale, with low carbonation. Tight beads of internal carbonation reveal themselves after being knocked out from the nucleation points in the bottom of the glass. If you like your beer to look like ink, this is for you. If you like it to look like something you really want to drink, it isn't.

S: Surprisingly mild, and basically all coffee. Unfortunately it's not super appetizing as coffee should be, but smells somewhat like wet coffee grounds. The lactose/creaminess is lurking in the background, along with a mild roastiness.

T: Incredibly disappointing. After you disassociate yourself from the liquid silk mouthfeel, all you notice is overpowering sweetness and coffee flavors, and some bitterness and burbon flavors on the finish. It starts with overpowering sugar sweetness and finishes with too much snappy bitterness. It's basically cold coffee with white sugar in it, and a bit of booze. Inelegant, unintegrated, and underwhelming. A mess.

M: The mouthfeel is the best thing going for this beer. It's totally silken, one of the smoothest beers I've ever had. It's chewy, thick, and great.

D: The overwhelming sweetness and straight-up cold coffee flavors get really old, really quickly. I was struggling to keep drinking after half the glass.

Honestly, this beer was a complete disappointment. It's a complete cloying mess of sugary coffee flavors. I had had a bottle of Founder's Breakfast Stout earlier in the day, and compared to that Cup A Joe seems like it should be named Cup A Joke. The elegantly balanced, nuanced, and complex Founder's beer shows what a coffee stout should be, while Cup A Joe tastes like a homebrewing experiment taken too far.

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Photo of malty
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours complete black. Steady & still khaki head rests at 1/2". Some barley visible uprising carbonation on the very top edge of my stemmed tulip glass. Moderate rings of lace all the way down.

Pronounced flavors of Deeep dark chocolate rivited with amped-up fresh coffee. Chocolate waffer cookies. Underpinned scents of Vanilla spongecake soaked in triple iced espresso. Marshmallow cream. The balance between dark roasted malts, all kinds of chocolate and heavenly rich coffee is utterly masterful an full-tilt. Yummy, yummy, yummy.

Mouthfeel is quite slick and oily with a heavy body. Carbonation is moderate (perfect level for this beer) and ultra fine, albeit a TAD watery. Loooong flavorful coffee and sweet milky finish.

Drinkability is great for a specialty beer such as this. The flavors are very dominant and really conquer the palate fully though.

Overall a fantastic coffee stout that lives up to its labeling (and hype). Soft, airy and ultra smooth with loads of aforementioned flavors. Great coffee stout for sure.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler opened by a generous Carlos (seaoflament) on 12/18/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is black with the faintest trace of dark brown when held to the sunlight. For a 14 day old growler, the soft pour by Carlos yielded a quite generous creamy light brown head of 1.5 inch stature. Retention is good, and scattered lacing is left behind.

The nose is as advertised: coffee and cream. The coffee seems to be high quality, and there's a nutty character in the background that is undeniable. Almonds...perhaps with a light toast? The coffee is black with very little astringency. There's a whisper of dark chocolate and a dash of vanilla. It's mostly coffee and cream against a backdrop of almonds.

The characteristics in the aroma translate nicely to the flavor. It tastes like espresso with cream added. The almond quality is present here, as well. I can't taste the alcohol, but I do feel a warming sensation. A light bitterness is noticeable, and there's a very light astringency in the smooth finish. The beer is rich midpalate, but it finishes dry with lingering coffee, cream, and almonds.

The mouthfeel is excellent. It's smooth, creamy, full, and surprisingly light on the tongue. Carbonation is at a moderate level. The growler held up really well.

All told, this if this was heated up and served to me in a coffee mug in the morning I would think it was a delicious coffee with cream. The alcohol is so faint it's almost unnoticeable. It's not a beer that I could drink in quantity (one snifter was more than enough), but it was delicious.

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Photo of kegger22
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short's Cup a Joe is a rich, deep brown color and a modest, beige head that displays little retention. The aroma hits you right away with malty chocolate. Sweet chocolate shows the way in taste too. Rick and creamy, though a bit thin for an imperial stout. Medium bodied and carbonation is adequate. Drinkability is very good for an 8.00 ABV.

Cup a Joe is an excellent imperial stout. Only off note is the relative thinness.

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Photo of danielharper
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark black, completely opaque, with a pretty much nonexistent head. A slight ring of tan around the inside of the glass, maybe?

S: Amazingly rich sweet coffee aroma, notes of toffee and a sweet caramel. Very roasty, with a slight dryness. Amazing aroma.

T: A sweet rich coffee flavor up front with a crisp dry malty backbone and a somewhat dry finish. No serious hoppiness, but enough of a bitterness to keep the beer from becoming too sweet.

M: Moderate thickness, coats the palate. Carbonation stings the tongue a bit, not unpleasantly.

D: A really great beer from Short's. A nearly perfect balance of sweet and bitter, with a lot of coffee but that doesn't overwhelm with maltiness.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Impenetrable black body. Not even the faintest flicker of light gleams through. Two finger java stained head is full and creamy. Retention is very decent leaving a nice sheet of lacing.

Rich dark roasted coffee cements itself as the dominate characteristic of this brew. Coffee aroma is almost completely over powering everything less. Very slight char and lactic sweetness are picked up. Maybe it is just my love of the bean but this smells good.

Milky sweetness and big coffee flavors converge as the nectar flows from the glass. Rich deep roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors cover the low end. Creamy vanilla flavor balances out the more dark and rich attributes. Though the coffee flavor is strong it does not cross the line of being overly bitter, the light bitterness noted is rather pleasant. Mesh together your favorite cream stout with your favorite coffee stout and you very well may end up with Cup a Joe.

Medium to just south of full bodied brew. Wonderfully creamy texture. Very smooth luxurious mouthfeel.

The problem with this one is not drinking but more stopping. Drankability in phenomenal. Near perfect balance across the board, superb beer.

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4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very vigorous pour gets an inch of beautiful milk chocolate brown head that actually has nice retention for a growler pour. Body is like starring into the center of a black opal and getting lost in the darkness. Nose is big on the coffee but it is soft and sweet almost like a piece of coffee cake. Oh so creamy with first sip of this lush beer. Lots of coffee feel but in such a smooth and sweet desert kind of way. This is a lovely coffee stout without being to heavy in the normal stout kind of way, to stereo type the style. Very appealing coffee feel stays on the tongue. This is really a coffee lovers stout. Mouthfeel is a creamy coffee hum. Super nicely drinkable brew, would be great in the morning or late at night.

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

Ruby coffee
red brown black
nice foam lacing
is where its at

I smell espresso
a cup of joe
I love coffee beers
for those in the know

The taste is bitter
coffee wonder
one for the ages
a winter wonder

Mouthfeel is full
drinkability is good
I'd drink this every morning before work if I could

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Short's Cup A Joe Coffee Creme Stout from Short's Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 698 ratings.
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