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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2011
GABF 2011. Slight hazy murky copper, light off-beige head. Smells of deliciously sweet carrot cake with a cream cheese tone. Flavor is the same--dumb good. Rich cinnamon, carrot, cream cheese, pecan-like nuttiness, sweet cake-like goodness. Big bodied too with a nice linger. Just WOW.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (4854) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (7971) - 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".

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2496) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2012
On draft at Churchkey in D.C. This was the beer I was most excited to try at the Short’s takeover event, and I was not disappointed. The beer is reddish orange, with a thin off white head. The aroma is stunning. Seriously. I am baffled. The beer smells like a delicious piece of carrot cake. I would have believed someone put fresh baked carrot cake under my nose if this was a blind test. The flavor, while not living up to the aroma, per se, is really tasty. The beer is sweet, with vanilla, spices, brown sugar, and malt. Just beautifully done. Overall, this is one of the best beers I’ve had from Short’s. This was the star of their lineup. Superb. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 06-06-2011

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Draft at Great Taste. Another one of those things that Shorts does so well. Pours a sort of orangey and hazy copper with some sticky lace. Nose is excellent. I get vanilla frosting, carrot juice, nutmeg, walnuts. On tasting, more of the same. The spicing is spot on with the nutmeg and cinnamon notes and then this cream cheese and vanilla frosting comes across as well. Tastes just like carrot cake. I love it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 12, 2011
TICK #3100 HELL YES! Figured this was a good beer for the milestone, as it stood out from the rest at GABF. Draft pours somewhat cloudy carrot cake brown with a small off-white head. The aroma is, well, a lot like carrot cake. Sweet carrot, spices, nuts, and dark fruit, with even a whiff of frosting. The flavor is also just right on target. Carrot cake – both the cake and the icing – are there big-time, with a good blend of spices, especially cinnamon and nutmeg. On the sweet side, but that’s what it should be. Very smooth mouthfeel with medium-light carbonation. Well I’ll be damned if they didn’t hit this one spot-on. What an interesting beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , 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. Can’t get any more straight forward then that. Would love to try on draft one day though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2289) - Quad Cities, Iowa, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Tap at GTMW 2011. I will simply say this. OMG! This tastes and smells exactly like carrot cake with raisins, nuts, carrots, and frosting. The beer was a dark orange colored body. The palate was surprisingly smooth and drinkable. I will say that this beer DOES NOT go well with food. Drink it alone.


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