ryanfolty (2382) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: July 3, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Beer Tasting, Bloomington, MN Appearance: Dark with a pinkish hue Aroma: Fruity cherry Flavor: Consistent with aroma with some chocolate Other: I wanted to like this more than I did, but it was decent.
BVery (9503) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark dark pour with a pinkish head. Mild dark fruit / cherry nose. Smoky roastiness plus dark fruit on taste. Really good stuff.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a frothy tan head. Nose is earthy coffee, black cherry and hay. Medium to full body with a coating mouthfeel and a fruity tang. Taste is bittersweet chocolate and tart cherry. Grassy finish. Works for me.
johnnnniee (3740) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Received in trade from Exiled and jbck109, thanks for the opportunity guys!
My first Short’s review.
Pours a solid black color with a stingy foamy tan head that kind of hangs there for a while. Smells of dark chocolate mixed with cherries, blueberries, currants. I was expecting more from the aroma, I feel a little let down. Berries come more to the forefront as this warms, as well as some hints of wet cardboard. Taste is chocolates wrapped in berries. Slightly tart, slightly roasty. Midway I get glimpses of alcohol, leading to a finish of bitter roast with a little bit of ash. Medium high level of carbonation affects the mouthfeel a bit. Less bubbles would have been better. Creamy tart and bubbly mouthfeel, medium thick body. I so wanted to love this beer, it has cherries which I love and its a porter which I also love. I could drink this, but its really not one of my favorites. I have had more mind blowing stuff from shorts in the past.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Super dark pour, like imperial stout dark. Big fluffy brown here that screams "sexy". Aroma is pretty much dominated by the malts but the black cherries have a good presence as well. Flavor is a little on the sweet side with the cherries taking center stage on this one. Sweet with a nice bitter finish.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just like the Imperial version, this was dankness in a bottle. G and S had a sixer of this floating around recently so I picked it up. old, but good.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Pours a plum, almost black color. One finger of creamy medium brown head that falls pretty quickly, but leaves behind small traces of lacing.
4.5 S: Absolutely wonderful combination of porter and cherry! The porter itself is very aromatic, giving off a strengthy dry roastiness, toastiness, and graininess. Charred fruit in there too. The cherry adds a layer of tart sweetness.
4.0 T: The taste is just as I expected. Big black cherry flavor mixed with a fairly dry ashy porter. The flavors balance each other well. The porter is grainy, ashy, and toasty with a burnt fruitiness and a caramel undertone. The cherry adds lots of fruit, a touch of sourness, and the illusion of sweetness.
4.0 M: Just a touch thicker than a medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.
4.0 D: After the first few sips, I figured that this wouldn’t drink well, but as I progressed through it I like it more and more. As usual, an interesting Short’s beer that also is quite tasty.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-07-2011 03:43:26
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picked this bottle up in Michigan over the holidays. Served in a snifter. Not infected--woohoo!
Pours dark brown with a bit of a crimson hue. Single-finger off-white head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings a bit of roast as well as some chocolate and lightly-tart and sweet cherries. Taste brings a bit more cherry character plus some roast. Nothing terribly complicated, though I like the cherries. Mouthfeel is medium with lowish carbonation. Okay beer, but nothing too special.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-14-2011
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle (courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Stem Glass at 45°. Color is black with a thick brown head. Aroma is a deeply roasted coffee like scent with a faint cherry note in the back. Full bodied with a crisp mouth feel that gives the body a lighter feel. Flavor comes in deeply roasted with coffee and chocolate then a light sweetness and a touch of tart cherry. After taste is dry and toasted with a slight soapy taste on the end. Overall it a good Porter, but I was expecting the cherry to stand out a little more and the soapy taste on the end detracts a bit from the flavor.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 12oz Bottle. The Imperial version of this beer ranks highly as one of my favorite fruit beers ever, so I have high expectations for this bottle. Aroma is a nice crisp roasted malt and nice cherry twang. I love the ruby corners to both the head and body of this beer. Flavors deliver the expected punch, with a bit different texture. Memory or reality makes this feel a good bit sweeter and more roasted the imperial version, but the thick cherry acid brings in that unique cherry beer balance. Very good, but some how not as entertaining as the Imperial. Still, I think Joe’s work with both is some of the finer fruit beer work in the state. Thanks Sean!