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Shortís Carrot Cake
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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 9   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Carrot Cake is an experimental dessert ale made with carrots, marshmallow, vanilla, maple syrup, orange zest, walnuts, pecans and spices. The aroma is enticing, emitting fragrances that literally recreate a slice of carrot cake, right down to the cream cheese frosting. Incredibly complex, yet surprisingly balanced, the flavor of each specialty ingredient seems to take its turn. Pleasant flavors of spice and cream resonate on the pallet causing an uncontrollable craving to taste more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4026) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
On tap at the GTMW. Another one of those Shorts beers that I absolutely have to try because I assume itís going to be a mess but turns out to be an accurate representation of what it claims to be. Pours an orangish amber with a white head. Aroma of (surprise) carrot cake. I get a lot of meaty sweetness with tons of cinnamon and other spices. Vanilla, marshmallow, and yogurt is also very apparent. Some syrupy sweetness as well. Flavor pulls it self together into tasting legitimately like carrot cake. Spice, sweetness, cinnamon, cream cheese frosting. Itís all here. Iím not surprised at all by these Shorts beers but they still are interesting. How they come up with the recipes I would love to know . . .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2880) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
On tap at GTMW 2011, pours a murky orange with a thin head, the aroma was exactly what you would expect carrot cake to taste like and the flavor was just as impressive. This tastes exactly like a liquid carrot cake, simply an awesome and impressive brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pete4999 (1415) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2011
On tap at the Great Taste. Didnít get a huge pour, but this is one of the beers I had there that I truly felt the need to rate. This was a sensational beer. It literally smelled like cream cheese frosting, and tasted like a carrot cake. It almost didnít even taste like beer. Not sure what else to say other than that it was phenomenal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6900) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Draft on tap at Great Taste of the Midwest 2011 (Madison, WI). Pours a murky orange amber hue, darker and well hazed with a small loose touch of tan head, small lacing. Aromas are carrot cakey, cakey malts, vanilla, cream, and spice. Touches of cinnamon, nutmeg. Nice. Initial is medium bodied, with carrot cake, cinnamon, brown sugar, and cream. That cheesecake like creaminess, nuts, toffee. Backend is lingering pie spice, sweet malts, touch of dry spice. Simple yet tasty, drinkable, and inviting. Like drinking carrot cake. Nice, not too sweet, nice experience. Touches of cocoa, nuts, spice, and brown sugar really grab me. Top notch and definitely hits itís mark.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (2198) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2011
GTMW. Rusty orange in color. Aroma is carrot cake...seriously. Pretty phenomenal. Flavor is spiced fruit cake, cinnamon, vanilla sweetness. A little much after awhile, but an amazing take on a concept beer. Quite a surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Pours a clear copper color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of carrots, nutmeg and other spices and a tart, earthy note. The taste is carrots, bread and earthy tartness, gingerbread and spices. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8773) - Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Sample from growler. Pours a medium brown with reddish hints and a smaller beige head. The aroma and flavor were exactly as advertised. Carrot cake, sweet, nicely spiced with every detail covered down to the cream cheese. This was unique and very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Finally scored a growler of this delicious brew. Growler arrived in a soaked boxed, about 20% had leaked out. My first impression was "this beer is just destroyed" but turns out that it still have flavor and aroma, just very little carbonation. Smelled and tasted exactly like Carrot Cake. Canít get any more straight forward then that. Would love to try on draft one day though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Draft. Large beige head, brown-red body, nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, allspice, confectioners sugar, carrot cake, some nut, bread. Taste is moderately sweet, allspice, sugar, some walnut, carrot cake, light sourness. Medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a growler. The beer is a clear brownish-red color with a medium light beige head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lace. Aroma of...well, carrot cake. Actual spiced carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. No way they could replicate that in the flavor though right? Wrong, a-hole. The beer tastes exactly like a freaking carrot cake, again with a cream cheese finish. I donít know what dark arts are involved in concocting something like this but I am blown away. This beer was tried multiple times throughout the evening and at different temperatures and at no point did it not taste like carrot cake at the corresponding temp. Really amazing achievement in the field of "beers that taste like desserts".

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