Bourbon Black Cherry Porter | Short's Brewing Company

Bourbon Black Cherry PorterBourbon Black Cherry Porter
26 Ratings
Bourbon Black Cherry PorterBourbon Black Cherry Porter

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Cherry Porter is Short’s Black Cherry Porter aged in bourbon barrels for 9 months. This Short’s brew is fermented with Northern Michigan sweet black cherries and eight different malts. Combined, the ingredients provide the deep radiant flavor profile and create the dark opaque color. A slight purple lace from the fruit puree enticingly leads into smooth soft hints of roasted chocolate and pleasurable black cherry and bourbon flavors.

Added by kbeals on 11-06-2010

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of Pat316
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ranokmai
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Stigs
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured at the brewery last weekend, last beer of a fun visit - served in a 14oz or so snifter. reviewed from notes.

A - poured with about half an inch of loose, fluffy light khaki colored foam. the beer is dark brown in color, letting some amber through the edges held up to light.

S - cherries, freshly picked and crushed meld wonderfully with lively oak and bourbon...takes on a cocktail kind of scent while roasted malts and dark chocolate round out the bottom half.

T - fresh Michigan cherries mixed with vanilla, oak, and bourbon...nothing overpowers each other, instead taking turns politely. cherries come through as slightly tart before kicked swiftly back into place by dark chooclate and boozy bourbon.

M - medium bodied, with light-ish carbonation. slick, with some lingering booze and fruity cherry sweetness which lingers.

D - this is 6% ABV? pulled off quite well, refreshing and dangerously drinkable, yet complex and enticing at the same time. could easily put down a few of these in one sitting, but had other things to move on to.

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Photo of superspak
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 9/2017. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, black cherries, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, almond, and dark bread; with light notes of smoke, char, raisins/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt, cherries, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, black cherries, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, almond, and dark bread; with light notes of smoke, char, raisins/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light roast/char bitterness, bourbon/oak spiciness, and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, black cherries, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, almond, dark bread, light smoke/dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, cherries, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet and tart/tangy fruit balance; with no acrid, astringent, or cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Lightly sticky, chalky, tannic, tangy, acidic, and drying. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged fruited imperial porter! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt, cherries, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV. Perfectly balanced between porter, cherries, and bourbon barrel flavors. I found the base beer to be too bitter and drying when fresh, but smooths out over time. This is perfectly ready to go right at release. Plenty of barrel presence without the booze, with a much silkier/velvety mouthfeel from the barrel aging. A highly amazing offering.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review input from notes.

Serves in goblet. Body appeared to be black though lighting was not optimal. One and a half finger brown sugar colored head. Head recedes quickly leaving decent lacing.

Cherries and bourbon aroma sits front and center. Butterscotch and caramel flavors lay just behind. The roasted characteristics are more subtle than the base beer but compliment the bourbon very well.

Huge dark cherry meld with vanilla laced bourbon. Chocolatey and caramel malt develop just behind. Again the roast is much more subdued that in the base beer, which was one of my favorite characteristics, but it is not missed in this beer. Very even and well integrated flavor.

Full bodied beer with low but appropriate carbonation. Very smooth and nearly creamy texture. The beer does lay heavy on the tongue making the finish rather long.

A damn good beer. The beer hit its mark in every category, it is hard to find fault. The alcohol is well hidden and flavors well integrated. If there is a problem it would be it drinks too easily. Drinking a few in a sitting would not be a problem, in fact I would welcome the opportunity.

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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to tulip glasses. Slightly aggressive pour yields two fingers of quickly dissipating purple-tinged mocha head. Purplish-black colored liquid. Initial aroma is sweet bourbon and oak char, with roasted malt and sweet dark fruits - cherries, plums, fig- in the aroma. Flavor upfront ia a big kick of roasted coffee grounds, bittersweet cocoa, and dark bread followed by rolling tart cherries and sweet, sweet booze and vanilla. Leaves the tongue dry on the finish. Medium feel. One of the better barrel-aged brews out there.

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4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gordavidson
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Menu says 11.2% ABV.

A- Pours an absolutely pitch black liquid with a thin brown head. Scary looking.

S- The combination of vanilla and black cherries blow my mind. Stunning.

T- Loads of vanilla, black cherry, coffee, dark chocolate, and a touch of alcohol.

M- A nice body and a nice amount of carbonation. A bit clean and thin on on the finish.

D- Drinks nicely for the alcohol content. Smells astounding, but is missing a little something... kind of like a shaddow of Bell's Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout.

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Photo of Giggy
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled September 2017; drank 10/8/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

An even pour yielded a small dark tan head; nice tree-rung lace.

Dark cherry, fresh oak & black coffee notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Fresh earth & black coffee flavors up front; mildly tart dark cherry & dark chocolate notes on the finish. As this warmed, mild booze heat emerged.

Almost a Russian Imperial Porter (?!) with dark cherries added; singular & worthy. I'd have another...

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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbeals
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Tried on tap at the brewpub. Served in a snifter, it comes black in color with half a finger of tan head. Good lacing and head retention throughout the session.

S- Big notes of black cherries and chocolate, hints of oak, toffee and vanilla. Very complex and very tasty.

T- Very similar to the smell, it's like drinking a chocolate covered cherry. The notes of vanilla and oak really add something to this beer. Relatively sweet, but nice overall.

M- Medium body, not much carbonation. Velvety smooth.

D- Very drinkable, very tasty. It's like a dessert in a glass, something Short's is becoming very good at mimicking. I could probably drink a couple of glasses of this, it's especially good since there's no real notes of booziness.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of homebrew311
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Preismj for leaving this for the tasting. Appearance is thick, black, and opaque with minimal head. The nose is quite nice. Cherry and vanilla come in huge up front with notes of chocolate and oak underneath. The smell suggests a well balanced brew. The taste starts a tad sweet with cherries and cream followed by a healthy dose of vanilla. The mouthfeel is smooth with mellow carbonation. Overall, this is the best Short's beer I have had. There is a great balance and tons of flavors in this brew.

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Photo of decadance
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Shakespeare's Pub - Called Festivus Ale 11.2 ABV

A - Dark black, inch head. Pretty happy Porter.

A- Mostly bourbon and cherries. Not much else.

T- Pretty much bourbon and cherries. Mixed with some roasted malts. It is dang good.

M - Not quite as smooth as a nitro tap, but wonderful and goes down easy.

D- Despite the abv (11.2 by the menu) you can't tell it. I decided to have one so it wasn't a gong show, but easily could have enjoyed more.

Awesome brew shorts.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Either very dark brown or black in color. Forms a smallish dark brown colored head that quickly reduces to just some bubbles around the edge. Little lacing.

S: Cherries, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and some roasted malts.

T: Taste starts off with sweet milk chocolate. There is some heavily roasted malts, sweet cherries, and dark fruit. Sweet.

M: On the heavier side, a bit thick. Sweetness approaching cloyingness. Too sweet for my tastes.

O: A decent brew, but just too sweet for me.

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3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

Thanks to Preismj for sharing this growler!

Hopefully, without the entry to bottles, there was less chance of the hitherto characteristic Short's infection issue... This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a tiny bit of brown foam. The nose comprises whiskey, roasted malts, black cherry liqueur, and charred oak. The taste holds notes of black cherry, light whiskey, and light cocoa. The body is a light medium, with a decidedly light carbonation (I'm assuming this was due to the growler being open for a while) and a slick-ish feel. Overall, a pretty nice little brew, though nothing entirely all that special. I'd definitely drink it again, though...

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Bourbon Black Cherry Porter from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 26 ratings
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