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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 9   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (5210) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4oz pour at Churchkey. Pours a bright, ruby red with zero head. Aroma is exactly like carrot cake. Seriously, like smelling a moist slice of carrot cake, spices, cloves, cinnamon, cream cheese icing, sweet root vegetables. Flavor is very sugary, cream cheese icing, a little clove, nutmeg. Medium bodied, cloying, overly sweet finish. Flavor is exactly like carrot cake too. It’s incredible how well they hit this flavor profile. That said, this is a very, very sweet beer and more than a few sips would definitely be too much.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Tap at Churchkey for Shorts Tap Takeover. Pours a clear, deep ruby red with a small tan head that leaves sticky lacing. Nose is straight up carrot cake with all the elements: cinnamon and nutmeg, cream cheese frosting, walnuts. Incredible. Taste is heavy and dessert like with all carrot cake components: oily cream cheese icing, walnuts, and holiday spices. Very delicious and right on target for what it was aiming for, but overall is just too wildly heavy and rich on the palate and so sweet that 4oz is about all you will need. I can’t imagine drinking a pint of this for fear of type 2 diabetes.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Growler shared by Rogueone. Clear red pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of carrot cake. Period. Okay well to elaborate, it’s spice cake (bready and confectionary with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg). Here’s the kicker: you can even smell the cream cheese frosting! A very mild sourness accompanies subtle vanilla that plays perfectly with the spice cake notes. Flavor is identical, starting with cinnamon and nutmeg, then moving to cake sweetness and breadiness before a vanilla enriched and semi-tart cream cheese finish. Cold, it tasted like the liquid form of carrot cake that had just been pulled out of the fridge. As it warmed, it tasted like carrot cake at room temp. Truly amazing how they were able to emulate such a complex dessert in a beer. Pretty tasty too!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5071) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2011
At Short’s Brewing Monster Tap Takeover at Churchkey. Poured a Aroma of this one is mild carrots, with almost cream cheese frosting like characteristics. Woah. Flavor is kind of like a carrot cake, though it is a bit heavy on some spices - I noticed nutmeg in mine. My mind almost went straight to what I normally expect from a pumpkin beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours an orange-brown color with a thin off-white head and a few spots of lacing plus a nice collar throughout. The nose carries the aroma of freshly-baked carrot cake with some sweetness, light nuttiness, and raisins. Following through on this is a bit of light spices and a bit of vanilla. The flavor falls along the same lines with same cake-like bready malt as well as raisin, nuts, spice, and a pinch of vanilla. Moderate feel with a good enough body to create that cake-like feeling, though a bit too much sweetness. Overall, one of the best experimental beers I’ve had from Short’s.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Draft at sunset. Pours a dark amber body with an off white head. Aromatically yup is carrot cake, cinnamon, cake, marshmallows and vanilla like sweetness. A hint of ginger bread, and some honey vanilla sweetness. Very rich and spicy. Nice offering, novelty beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Carrot cake. Orangosh brown with small head. Big carrot and frosting cinnamon and breads. Excellent flavor. Exactly as ud expect. massive frosting and big clove to accompany the cinnamon and cake. So good, even if a bit sweet!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2011
Short’s makes all kinds of beers and this is why they are my favorite brewery. Some of there beers are awful but many are masterpieces and this is one of them. If I were to hear carrot cake beer I would expect carrot cake. They delivered, smells and tastes of carrot cake, whip cream, spices, raisons. Mouth feel is full and sweet. Definitely a must try, because you will never drink a beer like this again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 11, 2011
At first sniff this was like the Carrot Cake equivalent to Pumking. Loads of fresh carrot cake with whip cream and all. That sweet brown sugar too, like pie. Flavor at first sip is just like sweet carrot cake. After a few more sips its just a but too sweet, more like candy than cake. Great effort and the flavors and aroma was there just too sweet in the end.

3.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (1630) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2011
Smelled absolutely divine, drank like it smelled...for about two sips. After that, it was a spiral into boozetown. Loads of carrots, raisins, caramel, spices, and nuts. Also somewhat tart, thanks to cream cheese. A funny beer.


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