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Carrot Cake | Short's Brewing Company

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4.39/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by glazeman on 05-31-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,543
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
42
pDev:
7.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 9
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and does not have any signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The aromas are moderately strong and smell exactly like a carrot cake—so close to the original that it’s like you are smelling a Yankee candle.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sweetness and is very similar to the smell, except that the spices are a bit stronger.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit syrupy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a beer that needs to be sipped, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because you can take the time to savor the aromas and flavors.

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4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap two nights ago, but this review is strictly from the grolwer I brought home at airohead2001's request.

A: reddish amber with a 1/2 finger whispy white head that has medium retention and decent lacing.

S: The smell is pretty good. I get some pumpkin spice and a little sweet cream with vanilla.

T: Wow, the short's people really nailed this one. Some of there offerings that aim to recreate a particular food I have been less than impressed with, but this one was spot on. There's a nice balance between the carrot (which does not come through as earthy, but rather like a candied carrot) and the cream, and the base ale. There's a little bit of a port-like finish as it warms.

M: A bit on the syrupy side. I feel this could use a bit more carbonation and maybe lose a bit on the viscosity.

O: It's like a carrot cake. Would you want to eat the whole cake or just a slice? One or two small glasses it's fantastic, but to split a growler was a bit overwhelming. With that being said, it's well worth a try.

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4.04/5  rDev -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.

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The best part about this beer is the aroma, NAILED IT. Even the owner of Short's told me that the flavor couldn't possibly live up to the aroma. Overall if you like carrot cake, drink this beer.

Beer is orangish red with a mild haze, lazy head with bad retention some lacing low carboantion.

Smells like carrot cake, biscuit, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, molasses, sweet sweet sweet. In a blind smell test you would think you are smelling a piece of cake.

Beer is thin and sweet with some carrot character and some sweetness but overall it doesn't live up the hype built up by the amazing aroma. The finish is a little bitter, overall a good beer. Seriously that aroma, forget about it.

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3.77/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5/26/2012

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.

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Carrot Cake from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 42 ratings
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