blklab2007 (2081) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a very dark brown bordering on black with a thin coat of tan head that fell right off. Aroma has rich coffee, dark malt, some roast, and cream. Mouth feel is medium heavy with a lower side carbonation. Flavor brews up a nice strong coffee, sugar sweetness not bitterness, creamy lactose, chocolate, and a hanging smooth finish. Very rich and on point for a sweet coffee beer delivering loads of flavor!
koleminer20 (933) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at HopCat in East Lansing. It pours a nice incredibly dark brown/black with a thin mocha head that laces very nicely. Smells very heavy of ground coffee with the refreshing aroma of espresso. Taste is very solid. Roasted malt and coffee come through on the front, with the espresso carrying it through to the finish. The mouth feel, although good, is a little thin for the aroma and taste. This aspect is the only miss on the beer.
zgaier (1568) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a brown head and strong sweet coffee java aroma. Taste is sweet, lots of coffee, espresso, vanilla, and roasted malt with a creamy, sweet coffee chocolate finish. Excellent, tasty stout, nice coffee cream flavors that comes together nicely
jjgmd (1642) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the bottle, pours a dark black color with no head. Nose is sweet, with deep roasted coffee and malted chocolate. Taste is a deep sweet chocolate roasted flavor, with vanilla notes. Absolutely tasteful and full of flavor. Lightly carbonated, and ends on a deep sweet coffee, chocolate cream notes. A great well balanced coffee stout. Quaff store 9 / 10
JStax (3548) - 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 (551) - 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.
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cpetrone84 (1660) - 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 (2491) - 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 (1330) - 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!!