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

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many many thanks go to Erikkoppin for sending this beer my way.

Poured into my glass the beer is deep dark chocolate brown bordering on black. The milk chocolate hued head explodes to a full four fingers and actually escapes my glass. Moderate retention leaving a touch of soapy lace.

The aroma is absolutely insane. Spot on fresh brewed coffee that's just slight burnt. Moderate whiffs of chocolate and smoked malt are present but nothing compared to the coffee.

The flavor is almost as mind blowing as the nose but just a touch shy. Still pure burnt black coffee. There really isn't anything else I can pick out of the taste except coffee. I want to throw some heavy cream or milk in this beer to smooth it out. If you were to warm it up and blind fold me I would tell you ten times out of ten this is black coffee.

The body is a my only complaint. It feels a bit thin for a coffee stout. Not bas just not as chewy as I would have expected. A bit more carbonation then I was ready for as well.

Overall a near perfect representation of a coffee stout. I'm so happy I was able to secure a bottle of this stuff. I might have to check the other side of the lake for a few more.

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

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by ipa247 at his recent sour tasting. Thanks Jeff!

A: Pours brown, nearly opaque in the center but translucent after all. One finger of short-lived mocha-colored head. Some spots of lacing down the tasting glass.

S: Coffee... Like smelling a well-brewed pot, actually. Chocolate and cream.

T: Coffee right up front. I don't enjoy black coffee, so I rarely seek out coffee beers, but the interplay of chocolate, cream, and coffee here is quite delicious. I wouldn't call it sweet exactly, but it definitely has some residual sugars. It especially gets creamier as it warms.

M: Velvety. Carbonation may even be a little high for the beer, which has enough body heft for its flavor.

D: This is excellent. Probably the "simplest" beer we tried during the tasting, but no less outstanding for it. Stuff like this makes me want to seek out coffee beers, which is especially strange for someone who doesn't enjoy plain java.

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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 mrob
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

the head was thicker than a usual stout, but quickly dissipated to a thin ring. nice aroma, with a clear roasted coffee smell and some burnt caramel undertones. great explosion of coffee taste, with a little dark chocolate there, too. very smooth, with a hint of chewiness in the background. simply outstanding!

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Jeff for busting this out at our tasting.

Pours a deep dark pitch black color with a frothy 1.5 finger light beige creamy head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of of soapy lacing left behind.

Deep roasted silky chocolate malty aroma with hints of toffee roasted coffee bean, caramel, toffee, and subtle hops. The roasted notes are not overpowering allowing the chocolate mocha note to shone through.

Very roarty up front with a slightly viscous medium body. Lots of bittersweet dark chocolate and bitter earth hops. Strong bitter roster espresso bean flavor with chewy chocolate malts, earthy hops, toffee and burnt toast/coffee notes. The roasted flavor is a bit overpowering, taking away from the silky chocolate notes but overall this beer is decently balanced. The strong roaster character makes it slightly less quaffable and a touch harsh but I'm still putting this one down pretty quickly.

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Photo of k3n
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours like a stout. Inky black topped with a healthy head of tan bubbles. Head reappears with vigorous swirling. Minimal lacing.

The nose is all coffee. Beautiful, roasty, toasty coffee. Hints of bitter cocoa underneath more coffee. Ground coffee, coffee beans, fresh brewed coffee. Did I mention it smells of coffee?

For an IS, the mouthfeel is amazingly light. The coffee flavor comes through, easily dominating the palate. Subtle malty flavors underscore the coffee. Mildly astringent, with a pleasantly bitter (coffee) finish.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, with a massive brown head... quite deep and creamy.

S + T: There's a wake-up call! A nice, deep roast. but it's certainly a "creamy" coffee. Full coffee roast flavour, as well... it does well with the full on coffee flavours - not artificial in the least.

M + D: Nice creaminess to it and it complements the flavours beautifully. It performs very well with the other coffee stouts I've come across. Very well done.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Midnight brown liquid with a dense fallow head which recedes slowly to a thin tan collar. Average lacing, slight legs.

Oaxacan coffee, cocoa, fruit, light roast malt, and maple sugar aromatics.

The coffee on its own has a subtle interplay of earth and cherry which remains detectable on the palate. It also has a sort of "green" fresh quality to it. A malt backbone and a touch of pluot support these coffee flavors. Mid-palate, there is more sweetness, dark chocolate, and as an almost lactic sourness that lends this brew its distinctive coffee and cream profile. The finish has more fruit along with leather and loam. Simple, but well put together with high quality ingredients.

Not quite medium bodied, though the carbonation helps give the impression of a thicker velvety texture. Slight astringency and a touch of warmth from the ABV.

Would love to try this on tap the bottle it is right up there with Founders Breakfast among domestic coffee stouts.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to Randalld for this from our recent trade!

A: Slides out of the bottle dark roast black. A luxuriously thick and creamy two finger layer of espresso crema colored head retains for ages but left no lace behind.

S: Incredible aroma of a freshly pulled shot of espresso. Lurking beneath all of the coffee goodness were aromas of heavily roasted malt, dark chocolate, creme, and a shot of maple syrup.

T: See above. Fresh espresso or dark roast french press coffee mixed with the aforementioned creme, blackened malt, and maple syrup. Slightly woody and/or nutty. The chocolate really comes alive here starting off bittersweet and veering off towards baker's and dark.

M: Like great coffee, this is loaded with dry, roasty, bitter qualities. I was surprised at how prickly and bitter the mouthfeel is.

D: Another reviewer commented about how he liked that this was a relatively "low" abv beer. I too, enjoyed that this could almost be considered sessionable (to me). We're barely into winter and I've grown a little weary with all the big (10% and up abv) stouts on the market right now. I took this as a breath of fresh air!

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

Poured from the bottle on a cold, snowy day. An opaque purple-black with two fingers of mocha head. No lacing with this one.

Aroma of freshly ground premium coffee beans with a light smokiness. Not much else can fight it's way through.

The taste if course is predominately fresh ground coffee along with a touch of smoke, vanilla, some dark ripe fruit and dark chocolate. The 8% alcohol is well-hidden.

Medium bodied and not as rich as hoped, but smooth and moderately carbonated.

This was perfect for a cold snowy day. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a nice guy on another site.

A: Pours a dark black color with a nice thick two finger mocha/khaki head that settled down to a rim of froth without lacing the glass.

S: Smell is rockin! Lots of dark and milk chocolate notes, along with a blast of fresh ground coffee that wavers between dark bitter black coffee scent and sweet coffee liqueur that comes from a little vanilla in there.

T: Definitely a taste bud explosion here. More intense flavor that most other coffee stouts I've had. Flavors consist of ground coffee/dark black bitter coffee, dark baker's chocolate, roasted malt, smokiness, some anise/black licorice...leaves a bitter coffee finish (the more I drink the less "intrusive" the intense flavor becomes, which I'm happy about) - I am starting to pick up some fruit flavors as it warms.

M: Very full bodied with a good amount of carbonation that makes this beer feel creamy and thick.

D: While the flavor is super intense at first and can seem intrusive, after drinking for a bit that settles down and make it a comfortable sipper. I was hoping for a sweeter beer, but this one is dark black and bitter for the most part. It's a good beer, just not what I was holding out hope for.

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