SpongeRuiner (1102) - Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Shorts Anniversary. Pours a nice dark red color. A lot of different flavors blend together nicely and interesting. A tart sweet sugary taste base it off. A slight alcohol back feel. Big creamy feel all around. A big sweet finish. Good stuff. Definitely feel that the original would be better. I really need to try it.
peteinSD (1456) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Sean - thanks! Clear rusty color in the glass with a scattering of white foam. Bourbon and light spice in the aroma (not necessarily carrot). Taste is lightly bitter bourbon with cream and well, carrot (yeah, it’s in there), with doughy cake. Bourbon goes a bit medicinal toward the finish. Interesting.
johnnnniee (3604) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the EBF Saturday
Spicy bourbon soaked cake, they nailed it, nice beer.
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at shorts. Orangey brown with a beige head. Bourbon, vanilla and light spice. Tastes like a Manhattan with a little white rum.
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn I wanted this to be a home run but was still real good. Pours a brown with minimal head. Aroma of sweet cream spices and some Bourbon. Taste is lots of barrel with some cream cheese and spices coming through. Medium body light to.medium carbonation. Tasty but I’m guessing the bourbon takes away from the original which I haven’t tried yet.
umich03jm (3376) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a growler, Thanks Jeff! Hazy golden orange color with a small ring of foam. Aromas are vanilla, musty oak, carrot cake and a bit of alcohol. Tastes like a boozy carrot cake. Lots of oak and vanilla to mix with cinnamon and nutmeg. A tad hot on the finish. Pretty nice but I think I would love the non-barrel version a lot more.
rumproasts (4800) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Michigan Winter Beer Festival - 22-Feb-2014. Amber with small head. Carrot cake spicing. I think I’d prefer this more without the bourbon aging, but it’s pretty good as-is.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2014 Growler: Thanks to Jeff for hooking this one up. Rusty, muddled brown color with not much head at all, sitting very still in the glass. Aroma is pretty amazing. Lots of sweet cream & vanilla frosting up front. Complex, picking up notes of nutmeg, light toffee, brown baking sugar, moist cinnamon cake, light mallow, toasty bread, slight nuttiness... Wow, seriously, it smells like damn carrot cake. Not much bourbon on the nose, but I’m okay with that. The taste actually has much more of a bourbon barrel presence. Boozy toffee, oak, cinnamon, fruity potpourri-like spiciness, nutmeg, toasted bread, light creamy sweetness, slightly woody/tannic finish. Body could stand to be a bit thicker, but it holds its own. Though the taste wasn’t as captivating as the aroma, this is truly a unique, delicious, & awesome beer. Hopefully soon I will get to try the non-barrel aged version to compare.
Pailhead (6349) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler: The aroma consists of cinnamon, ginger, carrot cake, and bourbon. It pours a mostly transparent orangish-brown with a minimal off-white head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with a quick dose of carrot cake with a touch of cinnamon. The finish has moderate bourbon and oak. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, the carrot cake is there, but the bourbon, while not hot, is pretty dominant.
bpar73 (905) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Another one of Short’s weird and wonderful beers. If you made a carrot cake with bourbon it would taste just like this. Not something you would drink everyday, but very nuanced and well executed.