JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to umich03jm. Pours a real dark brown with a thick khaki head. Tons of coffee in the aroma. Lots of coffee and cream in the taste. I was pretty blown away by this.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap, served in a pint glass at Slow’s.
My pour of Cup A Joe arrives without much visual fanfare. The beer itself is very thick dark brown color, and there is just a little wisp of a light brown head.
The coffee in the aroma hits my nose hard. The Higher Grounds espresso provides a pleasant, earthy espresso tone with underlying notes of cocoa and tobacco. Medium roasted malt, some dark chocolate, and sweet cream are also noticeable.
By no means is this a complex beer, but each sip is packed full of coffee, cream, and malt, as advertised. The coffee used to make this beer is of good quality and provides a smoothness I would like in my coffee in the morning. The cream adds a sweetness that cuts the bitterness from the coffee and accentuates the chocolate flavors more. The roasted malt provides a nice backbone for the whole experience without really getting in the way.
The creamy nature of the mouthfeel really puts this mouthfeel over the top. It is clear that the creme and the way this beer is made allow for such a luxurious and rich feel. The carbonation is smooth, and a residual sweetness stays on the lips after each sip.
Living in Michigan definitely has its perks. Being able to drink Short’s on tap is definitely one of them. I would go so far as to say that this is one of the best 7% coffee stouts I have had. However, the bottle I had was absolutely putrid. It was not old but had clearly refermented into an undrinkable mess. Drinking Short’s on tap is the only way to go.
jbrana (350) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very roasty with burnt coffee flavors and a slight creaminess. Lacks a bit in complexity, but still a tasty straightforward beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
cpetrone84 (1201) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pour is jet black with virtually no head. Nose is a bit artificial, artificial vanilla, overly sweet malt an sugar, and used coffee grounds. Taste is just as bad, overly sweet, under attenuated malt and coffee mess. Virtually no carb and extremely oily and slick feel.
Ed5388 (1718) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with a thin dark mocha colored head. Aroma is espresso, dark chocolate, and toffee. Taste is rich espresso, dark chocolate, cream, toffee, and charred wood.
OmegaX (1156) - Florida, USA - APR 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great stuff. Aroma is big roast and coffee, chocolate, and some lactose. Pour is jet black and oily with a tan head. Flavor is iced coffee, chocolate, semi-sweet and fully delicious. Great!!
Chipalsa (1306) - Florida, USA - APR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow this beer was good - thanks OmegaX! It had black-as-oil pour and a thin tan head. The smell was of ash, cold-pressed coffee and dark chocolate. The taste was so smooth and creamy, just lots of coffee and chocolate with a pleasant bitterness to balance it all out. Stout + coffee + lactose = greatness.
Sledutah (4109) - Utah, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle thanks to Timbo
Appearance: Pours black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly, no head
Aroma: Dark roast coffee and chocolate
Taste: Roasted malts, roast coffee, chocolate and ashy
Very nice, if you like coffee.
GT2 (7864) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Churchkey for CBC thanks to biggirlpanties. Pours a clear, deeper brown. Weak head. Nose is diacetyl, big dairy, milk chocolate, creamer. Taste is doughnut, Hershey chocolate syrup, heavy soil and dirt. Mealy, slick body from the dairy character.
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
murky sepia, thin oily cap. Blueberry, diacetyl, and chocolate nose. Charry front, blueberry and diacetyl forming cheesecake, light chocolate and char mid, liquor like creme brûlée candy finish. Thin and sticky sugar finish, light throat burn