argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Ratman197 (9036) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GABF poured a hazy orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of cream cheese icing, spie and carrot cake. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of carrot cake complete with spice and carrot notes with a smooth finish. They nailed this one!
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
GT2 (7895) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 don’t 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".
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Sunset for their Shorts event prior to EBF. Pours a just clear orange brown. Spicy ginger, spices, raisins, and overall a big ol’ carrot cake aroma. Flavor follows the nose for the most part, but way too sweet. Sweet raisins and spice. Too sweet, full of caramel. Toasty and sweet on the finish. Novel and interesting, and it certainly does smell nice, but it was utterly cloying.
drowland (5958) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Wow, awesome carrot cake aroma - spice, cake, and even the cream cheese frosting. Similar flavor but more subdued with a touch of overwhelming spice. Yum.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 it’s mark.
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.