Carrot Cake
Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #15
Ranked #1,363
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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Ratings by Huhzubendah:
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4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

This was the beer I was most excited to try at the Short's takeover event, and I was not disappointed.

The beer is reddish orange, with a thin off white head.

The aroma is stunning. Seriously. I am baffled. The beer smells like a delicious piece of carrot cake. I would have believed someone put fresh baked carrot cake under my nose if this was a blind test.

The flavor, while not living up to the aroma, per se, is really tasty. The beer is sweet, with vanilla, spices, brown sugar, and malt. Just beautifully done.

Overall, this is one of the best beers I've had from Short's. This was the star of their lineup. Superb.

Jun 06, 2011
More User Ratings:
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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
3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Jan 22, 2020
4.35 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Aug 07, 2019
4.35 by Cotton_27 from Michigan on Jun 27, 2018
Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

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
4.34 by pagesofphotographs from Colorado on Oct 08, 2017
4.33 by rsquared59 from Indiana on Oct 07, 2017
4.55 by Sexton from Michigan on Jul 25, 2016
4.33 by wethorseblanket from California on May 30, 2015
4.14 by jamesod from Michigan on Mar 12, 2015
4.75 by zachraymer from Michigan on Dec 11, 2014
4 by PeakedInHighSchool from Missouri on Oct 08, 2014
4.25 by afsdan from Colorado on Sep 02, 2014
4.5 by adamant1912 from Michigan on Aug 23, 2014
4.25 by zestar from California on Jul 19, 2014
4.25 by KBWiz from Michigan on Jun 25, 2014
4.5 by budsandsuds8 from Colorado on Dec 29, 2013
4 by beerhan from Ohio on May 05, 2013
4.5 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Apr 28, 2013
4.25 by bismarksays from Iowa on Jan 15, 2013
4.5 by sjstraub from Wisconsin on Jan 13, 2013
4.25 by thewimperoo from Illinois on Jan 11, 2013
4.5 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Jul 26, 2012
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3.77/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by HopHead84 from California


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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4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 2LCrew from California

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
4 by klipper from Michigan on May 13, 2012
5 by mugsy62388 from Georgia on May 03, 2012
4.75 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Mar 12, 2012
4.5 by enelson from Illinois on Feb 02, 2012
5 by Marti403 from Michigan on Jan 01, 2012
4.25 by WeisGuy from New York on Dec 04, 2011
5 by jz989 from Michigan on Dec 02, 2011
5 by RudiNicole from Michigan on Nov 29, 2011
4 by GRG1313 from California on Nov 27, 2011
4.25 by JAHMUR from Connecticut on Nov 25, 2011
5 by zoso1967 from Michigan on Nov 25, 2011
5 by waiting4lunch from Massachusetts on Nov 23, 2011
4 by mmcnaughton from Michigan on Nov 19, 2011
5 by Adamostella from Washington on Nov 14, 2011
Carrot Cake from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 45 ratings