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Short’s Carrot Cake

Short’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (12640) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (12152) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2011
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11432) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (10421) - 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 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".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7749) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7378) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (6654) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6650) - 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 it’s mark.

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