JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Just like the Imperial version, this was dankness in a bottle. G and S had a sixer of this floating around recently so I picked it up. old, but good. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Pours a plum, almost black color. One finger of creamy medium brown head that falls pretty quickly, but leaves behind small traces of lacing.
4.5 S: Absolutely wonderful combination of porter and cherry! The porter itself is very aromatic, giving off a strengthy dry roastiness, toastiness, and graininess. Charred fruit in there too. The cherry adds a layer of tart sweetness.
4.0 T: The taste is just as I expected. Big black cherry flavor mixed with a fairly dry ashy porter. The flavors balance each other well. The porter is grainy, ashy, and toasty with a burnt fruitiness and a caramel undertone. The cherry adds lots of fruit, a touch of sourness, and the illusion of sweetness.
4.0 M: Just a touch thicker than a medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.
4.0 D: After the first few sips, I figured that this wouldn’t drink well, but as I progressed through it I like it more and more. As usual, an interesting Short’s beer that also is quite tasty.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-07-2011 03:43:26
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
Picked this bottle up in Michigan over the holidays. Served in a snifter. Not infected--woohoo!
Pours dark brown with a bit of a crimson hue. Single-finger off-white head with a bit of lacing. The nose brings a bit of roast as well as some chocolate and lightly-tart and sweet cherries. Taste brings a bit more cherry character plus some roast. Nothing terribly complicated, though I like the cherries. Mouthfeel is medium with lowish carbonation. Okay beer, but nothing too special.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-14-2011 RSRIZZO (2000) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2011
12 oz bottle (courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Stem Glass at 45°. Color is black with a thick brown head. Aroma is a deeply roasted coffee like scent with a faint cherry note in the back. Full bodied with a crisp mouth feel that gives the body a lighter feel. Flavor comes in deeply roasted with coffee and chocolate then a light sweetness and a touch of tart cherry. After taste is dry and toasted with a slight soapy taste on the end. Overall it a good Porter, but I was expecting the cherry to stand out a little more and the soapy taste on the end detracts a bit from the flavor. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 15, 2011
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 12oz Bottle. The Imperial version of this beer ranks highly as one of my favorite fruit beers ever, so I have high expectations for this bottle. Aroma is a nice crisp roasted malt and nice cherry twang. I love the ruby corners to both the head and body of this beer. Flavors deliver the expected punch, with a bit different texture. Memory or reality makes this feel a good bit sweeter and more roasted the imperial version, but the thick cherry acid brings in that unique cherry beer balance. Very good, but some how not as entertaining as the Imperial. Still, I think Joe’s work with both is some of the finer fruit beer work in the state. Thanks Sean!
FROTHINGSLOSH (7879) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Greg brought this one to a beer gathering. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a small dark brown head that faded quickly and left minimal lacing. The aroma was chocolate syrup and black cherry. The flavor was tart, bitter and a bit vinegary with notes of roasty malts, black cherry and faint chocolate. The finish was long and tart with cherry and roasty malts. Smooth with a medium body. Decent. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Tasted on 3/13/11 from a 12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours oily black with a tint of red and a thick brown head that slowly recedes to even lace and also has a bit of pink tint. The nose is dark roasted malt with coffee, dark chocolate, and cherry aromas that range from sweet to Kirsch liqueur-like. The flavor is sweet and tart cherry up front with molasses and chocolate, moving to more bitter roasted coffee and dark chocolate, and a bit more tartness from the cherries. The body is medium with light carbonation and a long tart cherry and bitter chocolate finish. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Part of the 13 Shorts in one night tasting at the Mikes on 2/18/11. Thanks Mike. Nose cherry and lavendar. Taste initial sweet to sudden odd fuzzy. Like washing mouth out with hand soap. Drainpour. FullObs (136) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
12oz bottle pours nearly black with just a thin tan head. Moderate sour cherry aroma with coffee undertones. No sweetness in this and just a mild hint of cherry. Has a nice tartness, hints o f unsweetened cocoa. Alternating finish between tart and a Mild bitterness. Nt really a porter guy but the fruit got me to try this one. This one grew on me as I worked thru it. A decent brew worth a try. Glad I have a few more of these. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle pours deep brown/ruby with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of chocolate, coffee, and dark cherry syrup. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of plum and raisin. Overall body is moderate and finishes with light bitterness.