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.

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Huhzubendah (3763) - 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

KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 8/31/2011. Served on tap in a cervoise at the Great Taste of the Midwest.

Carrot Cake pours a reddish brown color with a small creamy light tan head. The retention is not very good, and it leaves just a few spots of lace on the glass.

This smells like a delicious piece of most carrot cake. The aroma is absolutely dead on. There is not much else to really say. Vanilla, cinnamon, a toffee sweet malt aroma, ginger, and nutmeg. I think that covers it. Wow.

The flavor is nice, but does not quite live up to the aroma. Some toffee sweetness goes with the malt flavor, and some vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice are there as well. The carrot is actually the one thing that sticks out in a negative way; it is kind of over-exaggerated in a sense. The finish remains fairly sweet.

This has a fairly smooth feel with a light graininess to it. The carbonation is well-integrated and on the softer, creamy side. Slightly sticky sweet.

This was enjoyable, and Short’s really pushes the limit with some of their beers. The flavor of this beer could not possibly live up to the aroma, but it was still quite good.

DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
At GABF 2011. Pours cloudy golden. Aroma is straight carrot cake, icing & all. Palate is amazing-spicy carrot cake & cream cheese icing. A little on the sweet side, but who cares- want this on my next birthday, F cake.

drowland (9161) - 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.

onceblind (10698) - 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.

nickd717 (4901) - 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.

Ratman197 (15456) - 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!

madvike (3303) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
On tap at GTMW - Man, I guess I’m the outlier here--while everyone at the GTMW seemed to love this beer, I just thought it was one of Short’s better tries. Pours hazy ruby with a reddish head. The smell gets pretty close to the carrot cake spice blend, but is overly spiced--clove, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon--that’s all I get. Everything else is overpowered. The taste is better, with a cream cheese frosting component coming through, the spicing still really pungent, and a bit of moist cake in the background. Way too carbonated, with a fairly light body. If they dialed down the spice in this one, I think I’d love it.

1FastSTi (3360) - 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.

NobleSquirrel (3439) - 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.

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