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Short's Chocolate Wheat - Short's Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 17
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wheat stout ale. Chocolate malt, wheat malt and carefully chosen specialty grains provide deep, black wort balanced with the Nugget and Fuggle hop varieties. Top fermenting ale yeast completes this beer resulting in full flavored, full bodied toasted/burnt chocolate wheat ale.
35 I.B.U.’s
13.8 deg. Plato
5.4% A.B.V.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-14-2004)
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%

We crack a bottle, pouring a brew of the deepest dark chocolate brown into our Great Lakes pints. This lets up soft etches of cola browns at the bottom slice of the glasses. It holds a three finger head of chocolate milk colored bubbles, showing big waterfall movement on the pour and nice ultimate retention. Lacing is wet and mountainous. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be quite light. The nose fills with notes of stark yeasty metallics, rich and sweet chocolate grain, heavy roast, wheat and rye breadiness, brushes of watered honey sweetness, cherry sugars, musty toast of general barley, synthetic coffee airs, decent boozy fumes, light grassy hops, and mild cocoa bitters. With warmth comes a manure, barnyard seriousness to the grain, and a mild strawberry fruitiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is robust and salty, yet appropriately sweet, while keeping the feel light, flowing, and soft enough to keep you happy. As we sip, the taste opens with biting malty burliness of even wheat, bitterly roasted chocolate and coffee malts, light leathers and smoke, burnt toffee and brown sugar sweetness, and sea saltiness. The middle comes to a peak and is simple and lightly watered through, with tonic bitters, dried grassy hops, salt and pepper spice, clean chocolate and roasty coffee malts, and prune juice sweetness. The end comes with burnt popcorn kernels, charcoal roast, soured wheat malts and yeast, hazelnut sweetness, tinny metallics, strawberry flesh echoes, rice krispie cereal graininess, and fleeting grassy and herbal hop bitterness. The aftertaste breathes of wet and hot wheatiness, bitter grappa bite, big musk and dust, grassy oiliness, grilled salted beefiness, zucchini vegetals, warmed walnuts, bitter grainy roast, lime rind bitters, and continued, simple smokiness. The body is on the lighter side, and carbonation is light medium. Each sip gives excellent slurp, smack, cream, froth, glug, pull, and pop. The mouth is initially coated and lightly oiled, but this gives way rather quickly to a chalky, drying puck and astringency. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability is high and easy.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this beer is its aroma, but only once it comes to warmth. The initial pour, when it is still fridge cold, produces a horribly strong bitterness of metallic yeastiness. Once this settles, however, you get a surprisingly complex nose of fruitiness atop the heavy malt body that stretches from strawberries to passion fruit. This doesn’t translate beautifully into flavoring, but this aspect of the brew is still pleasant. They pack the flavoring into such a tiny, light package, helping to keep it flowing, while keeping things generalizable and marketable. This is a nice sippin’ porter, but honestly it was hard to separate the wheatiness of it into something that would elevate it to a superior, unique, or wildly complex category amongst others in the style.

01-30-2014 02:03:27 | More by TheBrewo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-29-2014 20:28:17 | More by tectactoe
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warnerry

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Pours black with two fingers of tan head. Head is short-lived but leaves some nice lacing.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, a sweet aroma I can't identify and some faint hops.

T - Coffee and cocoa with a good but restrained hop presence. Also a faint cream taste. Lots of roasted malt from the middle through the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice creaminess. Finishes roasty and dry.

O - I nice twist on the traditional porter. Not something I would drink every day, but I would have this again.

12-06-2011 01:08:57 | More by warnerry
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VernonKell

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-16-2012 04:52:05 | More by VernonKell
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madeofsteel

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

A - Poured into a pint glass, pours a dark brown/black, with a very warm brown head about one finger high. Head dissipates quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

S - Very malty, roasted/burnt smelling with hints of chocolate. I'm not picking up any hops.

T - Very roasty malts with a bit of hoppy balance... it's a porter, alright. Sadly, the chocolate I was hoping for is there more as an afterthought than an integral part of this brew. It's only noticeable in a faint cocoa bitter near the finish.

M - Pretty standard dry finish. Mild carbonation.

O - Pretty standard fare for a porter, but a little disappointing for what I was expecting. I always look forward to these kind of Short's brews, but it could have had a bit more on the chocolate side. Not a bad porter, though.

11-25-2011 23:00:23 | More by madeofsteel
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Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.7%

07-09-2014 22:23:44 | More by JMA-DAD
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Brenden

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

The color is a very dark brown, just the very slightest light making it in. A somewhat spritzy, moderately tight medium brown head begins at just less than half a finger and fades a bit quickly but leaves behind decent patching and spotting.
The aroma has a certain steeliness to it with a tang and a bit of cocoa. Some wheat makes for a sort of dry, cracker-like element.
Chocolate comes out much more in the flavor, and more tangibly over the wheat. It's rich and sweet as well as powdery. The base is malty with just a hint of roast. Chalk and a light tanginess lie gently underneath.
The medium body holds a semi-dry feel with a hint of char that goes dryer. The end is gently ashy and, overall, the beer is crisp without biting too hard and runs smoothly on the tongue.

04-14-2014 19:02:33 | More by Brenden
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cynical1027

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-21-2012 03:40:48 | More by cynical1027
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lnashsig

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Many thanks to Kzoobrew for the chance to taste this one. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn Tulip glass. Pours a rich black/brown color- fizzy head fills the top of the glass but then recedes quickly, no lacing. Appears rich in carbonation. Nearly pitch black in color after getting into the glass. Smell- sweet malt, candy-ish. a little whiff of roastiness, but other than that, but much there on the aroma. Taste- whoa. roasted bitterness, almost ashy in quality hits the back of the throat. This is indeed very carbonated, thin mouthfeel. It is missing that sweetness that I got on the nose- the carbonation is a little stingy and all I can really think about is the ashy qualities here. This is an ok beer, but I don't think I would seek out again.

11-19-2011 19:18:02 | More by lnashsig
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-21-2014 00:52:10 | More by DruC4
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king75

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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dmorley21

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-15-2012 01:24:34 | More by dmorley21
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub, surprisingly great porter. Nugget and fuggles hops. Chocolate malt apparent. Black with crowning brown head. Nicely balanced , without too much chocolate or even substantial bitterness.Average mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation.

08-07-2009 12:39:04 | More by Sammy
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danp14

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-11-2012 17:39:53 | More by danp14
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33nickadams

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

Black, opaque and some tan froth where brew meets the glass. The nose is of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe a touch of vanilla? I can taste the chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted flavors. It takes me back to my first homebrewed porter. Not really getting any wheat at all. Mouthfeel is medium and nicely carbonated. A solid take on a porter, but not sure if I get the wheat.

11-20-2011 01:53:44 | More by 33nickadams
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-01-2013 22:05:15 | More by beergorrilla
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mzeld

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

11-09-2012 02:16:43 | More by mzeld
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nortmand

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a murky brown with a nice dollop of tan head.

Wonderful roast aromas, coffee and dark chocolate dominate.

Roast flavors are mellowed by the addition of wheat, lending a nice, soft roast quality.

Full bodied and very drinkable. One of Short's better beers.

05-29-2007 15:13:26 | More by nortmand
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stouty1

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

A: Dark almost black and I cannot see through it. Darl chocolatey 1 inch head that dissapates into a nice lacing around the rim with sticky runners on the glass.

S: CHOCOLATE Malt! Coffee undertones but mostly cocolate. Dark roasted (burnt) malt that most Porter's can only dream of.

T:Deep Chocolate drives your mouth over the top. Bittery finish with coffee notes that drive your tastebuds loopy! There are definitely some hops in here to give a sweet bittery finish. Almost has an after taste that includes some apple or pears.

M: Thick and refreshing. Smooth on the tongue but molasses like also.
D: I can very easly drink two of these to satisfy that chocolatey craving that most women and myself even gets.

08-02-2007 17:08:22 | More by stouty1
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DrIPA

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-18-2013 12:46:03 | More by DrIPA
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Flopjack

Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%

Bottle into snifter

Appearance - Black with about 1/2 finger mocha colored head, not much lacing.

Smell - Plums, Sweet milk chocolate, fudge and slight grain that produces a blanketed roastiness.

Taste - Roasty. Dark bitter chocolate, spent coffee, subtle smokiness towards the middle and end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall - Good beer. Bought this as a single to try out and it's not bad. Good morning/breakfast beer if that is what you like.

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cates1tg

Michigan

5/5  rDev +28.9%

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alleykatking

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured on tap...review from older notebook. Had on tap at Hopcat.

A- Poured a darker brown almost black color. One finger tan head has lighter retention and dies down rather quickly. Nice ringy and web style lacing on the glass when I drink it down.

S- Caramel and chocoalte malts shine through in the nose. Some light wheat notes linger throughout the entire beer in the background. Some light roasted malts but those are also in the background.

T- Chocoalte and wheat are the two things that makes this beer. Almost like Yoo-Hoo in the front half of the beer. No real alcohol taste comes though. There is a light roasting in the back of this beer with chocoalte notes coming through again.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Chocoalte and wheat left on the palate with chocoalte and light alcohol left in the aftertaste. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were balanced for what the beer was suppose to be. Clean and crisp tasting with no sourness that others talked about (older reviews from the time I had it).

D- I had a couple pints of this stuff. Good all around and the ABV is low enough to drink this all night. I personally liked the Yoo-Hoo like flavor in the front of this beer. Nice one Short's!!!

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redleg64

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-06-2012 00:22:09 | More by redleg64
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Bung

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

On tap at the Hopcat in GR Michigan. Solid brown pour, hints of black and a small foamy white head. Head retention was descent, not much lacing though. Some grains and chocolate in the aroma, something a little metallic or lactose like also. Mouthfeel reminded me of the dark rye beers I've had.(Left Hand Terra-Ryzed comes to mind) Taste had some chocolates and a little roasted malt. I think maybe malto-meal could be a good descriptor. Light medium body, finish pretty light, chocolate wheat beer like. There's some milk stout, porter and rye beer traits in this. This beer was kind of all over the place, but different and worth trying. Did not get any sourness, which makes me think this is a different batch from the reviews at the beginning of the year. I think I could drink several of these every once in a while. Nice different low alcohol brew. Shorts does some nice experimentation, you just need to be prepared for it.

05-25-2009 23:36:33 | More by Bung
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Short's Chocolate Wheat from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.