Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
$5.50 a pint at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
I found a new Short’s favorite.
Appearance: Pitch black. Little head on it that goes away pretty quickly. Nice lacing at the top, but not much at the end. Looks... well... stouty.
Smell: Ugh. Good Lord. So much coffee... fully loaded with it. Roast. Maybe notes of chocolate. The coffee dominates and permeates all around.
Taste/feel: Like the smell, but the feel puts it to another level -- perfectly silky and creamy and way too drinkable. The coffee is at the forefront, of course, with a bit of chocolate sweetness. A touch bitter, but well balanced as a whole. If you love coffee in your stouts, you’ll fall in love with this as I have.
An utterly incredible beer worthy of a pick up. The rating is among Shorts’ highest for a reason... I thought their Mystery Oatmeal Stout was awesome, but this is actually a little bit better. Don’t bother putting socks on before trying this beer, because it’ll knock them right off anyway.
Cheesy? Don’t care. Just drink it, damn you.
HisBoyElroy (107) - Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This truly is like drinking a cup of coffee. Very good beer. Another one to love from these guys.
crajun (1208) - , Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2015 re-rate 6/15 left at 4.0...great aroma coffee roast mmmmm....................................rec’d in trade from ?? Damn good beer. great aroma of coffee with chocolate on top of that. dark pour. palate is soft and creamy. Usually not a fan of cream stouts, but this was done perfectly - cream, coffee, roast, and cocoa in taste. well done!
blklab2007 (2118) - 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 (3069) - 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 (1925) - 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 (2083) - 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 (5827) - 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 (640) - 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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