Carrot Cake
Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Strong Ale
4.38 | pDev: 7.76%
Dec 13, 2020
May 31, 2011
Notes: Carrot Cake is an Experimental Strong American Brown Ale developed to taste like a traditional carrot cake. The malty rich base provides the “cakebatter” to support the ginger, allspice, cinnamon, maple syrup and carrot puree for additional depth, complexity and flavor. Simcoe hops and orange zest add a slight citrus element coupled with the vanilla and marshmallow fluff to deliver the cream cheese frosting component
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Look - orange and thick, going right down the lines as carrot
Smell - really has the cinnamon sweet carrot cake smell with cream cheese
Taste - dialed was down compared to the smell. Cinnamon slight carrot cake, kids not as bold. Still has the cream cheese frosting
Feel - lighter body with a medium carb. Would be better thicker
Overall - creative and enjoyable
Dec 13, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Jan 22, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Aug 07, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by Cotton_27 from Michigan

Jun 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very excellent experimental brown ale. Served on tap, 10 oz pour in a snifter. Opaque brown in color. Aromas of spices dominate: warm cinnamon, allspice, and hints of ginger swirl around brown bread. Flavors are pretty close to the real thing: nice balance of spices mixed with earthy carrot, sweet notes of maple and cream, with biscuit and rich brown bread. Can only hope this one sees a bottle release sometime.
Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by pagesofphotographs from Colorado

Oct 08, 2017
Rated: 4.33 by rsquared59 from Indiana

Oct 07, 2017
Rated: 4.55 by Sexton from Michigan

Jul 25, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by wethorseblanket from California

May 30, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by jamesod from Michigan

Mar 12, 2015
Rated: 4.75 by zachraymer from Michigan

Dec 11, 2014
Rated: 4 by PeakedInHighSchool from Missouri

Oct 08, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by afsdan from Colorado

Sep 02, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by adamant1912 from Michigan

Aug 23, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by zestar from California

Jul 19, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by KBWiz from Michigan

Jun 25, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by budsandsuds8 from Colorado

Dec 29, 2013
Rated: 4 by beerhan from Ohio

May 05, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Apr 28, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by bismarksays from Iowa

Jan 15, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by sjstraub from Wisconsin

Jan 13, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Jan 11, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Jul 26, 2012
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Reviewed by HopHead84 from California

3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a snifter.

A: Orangish red with a big beige head.

S: Allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar. Carrot cake! Frosting and vanilla. Love the aroma.

T: Flavor tastes of carrot cake but it's really intense. Very spicy, lots of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Reminds me a bit of a pumpkin beer with all the spices.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. 

Overall. Great nose but one ounce is enough to taste. A novelty that's worth trying.
May 27, 2012
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Reviewed by 2LCrew from California

4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Received a bottle from volunteering at WBC this year. When I opened it up there was an amazing cinnamon smell coming up. I am not fan of carrot cake, but I enjoyed the beer. Taste was a little sweet for me but I just had a 2 oz pour or so as it was shared among 6 people. Would be hard to drink a full 22 oz bottle. Overall a unique beer and one that might have new beer drinkers around winter time convert to drinking better beer.
May 20, 2012
Rated: 4 by klipper from Michigan

May 13, 2012
Rated: 5 by mugsy62388 from Georgia

May 03, 2012
Rated: 4.75 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Mar 12, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by enelson from Illinois

Feb 02, 2012
Rated: 5 by Marti403 from Michigan

Jan 01, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by WeisGuy from New York

Dec 04, 2011
Rated: 5 by jz989 from Michigan

Dec 02, 2011
Rated: 5 by RudiNicole from Michigan

Nov 29, 2011
Rated: 4 by GRG1313 from California

Nov 27, 2011
Rated: 4.25 by JAHMUR from Connecticut

Nov 25, 2011
Rated: 5 by zoso1967 from Michigan

Nov 25, 2011
Rated: 5 by waiting4lunch from Massachusetts

Nov 23, 2011
Rated: 4 by mmcnaughton from Michigan

Nov 19, 2011
Rated: 5 by Adamostella from Washington

Nov 14, 2011
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Reviewed by KickInTheChalice from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served on tap in a cervoise at the Great Taste of the Midwest.

Appearance: This pours a reddish brown color with a small creamy light tan head. The retention is not very good, and it leaves just a few spots of lace on the glass.

Aroma: This smells like a delicious piece of most carrot cake. The aroma is absolutely dead on. There is not much else to really say. Vanilla, cinnamon, a toffee sweet malt aroma, ginger, and nutmeg. I think that covers it. Wow.

Flavor: The flavor is nice, but does not quite live up to the aroma. Some toffee sweetness goes with the malt flavor, and some vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice are there as well. The carrot is actually the one thing that sticks out in a negative way; it is kind of over-exaggerated in a sense. The finish remains fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: This has a fairly smooth feel with a light graininess to it. The carbonation is well-integrated and on the softer, creamy side. Slightly sticky sweet.

Overall: This was enjoyable, and Short's really pushes the limit with some of their beers. The flavor of this beer could not possibly live up to the aroma, but it was still quite good.
Aug 31, 2011
Carrot Cake from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 45 ratings