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Short's Chocolate Wheat - Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Chocolate WheatShort's Chocolate Wheat

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
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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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark brown, nearly black and opaque with a smallish, maybe one inch white to off white head on top. This faded gradually leaving behind a nice amount of side glass lace. Smell was very sweet, nice hints of nuts and caramel, along with a roasted barley. The taste was very smooth, and rich and creamy. Very nice caramel flavor with a hint of coffee. Roasted nuts in the back with a very hoppy finish. This actually snuck up on me and I thought it was remnants of the IPA from dinner I thought I was tasting, but it actually had quite the dry hoppy finish.

Serving type: growler

11-11-2011 02:32:23 | More by mikesgroove
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed from a 1/2 gallon growler
I'm going to have to agree with Marburg when he says that this beer looks like melted chocolate. That almost sums it up perfectly. It looked really good with a medium sized full tan head that maintained good retention throughout. Aroma is really chocolatey. Not much else but do you really need anything else? I was reminded of ghiardelli's (sp?) hot chocolate with the aroma. By the second glass I have noticed a nice roasted peanut quality to go along with the chocolate. Quite nice. The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma but it's still very good nonetheless. Starts out with a sweet chocolate flavor mixed in with what almost seems to be a marshmellow flavor. Soon though there's a dryness to the beer that holds all the way through the finish. I guess that's the wheat but I would have guessed rye if I didn't know better. Hops are basically nonexistent to me. Body is nice and smooth. No real off flavors here, really enjoyable beer. The growler had no chance.

Thanks a lot to Tikigodxxx for obtaining this awesome beer for me!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2005 02:55:29 | More by granger10
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4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$2 single poured into a shaker pint (sue me.)

Appearance: Pitch black, like you'd figure a stout to be, not necessarily a porter. Two finger tan head looks great on top, but fizzles away quickly. Decent lacing. Pretty good looking beer.

Smell: First whiff was great when the head was bubbling away -- almost a chocolate milk aroma. After that went away, it's incredibly light. I pick up a faint metallic note, dark roasted malt, and some chocolate when it's cold, and then just a dark coffee/mocha sort of aroma when it warms up a tick... the metallic note dissipates. Nice.

Taste/feel: About spot on. I was worried that this porter would drink like a stout, but it drinks more like its name would indicate. Rather thin and light with a moderate amount of carbonation. Normally I'd dub this a bad thing, but it's what I've grown to expect in a porter. The flavor is solid and interesting, but not overwhelming, which would make this an excellent session option. Plenty of roasted malt, a very pleasant semi-dark chocolate flavor, and sort of coffee and slightly char finish. A very slight bitter finish that makes me just want more, more, more.

Well, we have another winner from Short's. Light, packing some great chocolate flavor, and I love the slight char/ash finish on it. I could see myself picking this up instead of Edmund Fitzgerald, to be honest with you. I just get a more interesting flavor out of this one with the chocolate and essence of coffee with the ash-like finish. More depth of flavor than that brew, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Very dark, semi-sweet chocolate brown to black body. Somewhat cloudy. Thick finger of tight-laced, creamy, dirty khaki brown head. Some lacing. Nice roasty nose, with plenty of peat, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and singed caramel. Some flinty smoke and dark fruit notes as well.

Roasted barley and coffee bitterness up front. Peaty, slightly smoky, flinty flavors come in, along with a nice mix of dark and milk chocolate. Faint dark fruit sweetness gets lost amidst the roasty, toasty malts. Coffee and semi-sweet chocolate in the finish. Lingering cocoa nib bitterness. Medium-full body with a nice, chewy-yet-creamy feel. A very nice porter and the cold weather is a perfect drinking companion for this beer!

Serving type: bottle

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to larrybird for the extra! Thanks Larry!

poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: black bodied beer with half a finger of medium tan head. Spotty lace. Drops to a ring around the glass with a few random bubbles in the middle.

Smell: nice smelling porter! It honestly smells like coco wheats cereal and a splash of coffee.

Taste: mild roasty note of coffee pairs with some mildly bitter cocoa. Solid porter flavors here. Not getting much from the wheat in the flavor profile and not much of a hop presence in this beer either. Bitterness builds a little bit and beer finishes with nice complexity a burnt, ashy, smokey, earthy note.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The body is a little thin, but it does not distract from the beer in any way. Easy drinking porter.

Overall: Its a malt forward porter that is sessionable! Easy to enjoy this well made porter by Shorts. It a very approachable beer for "newer" beer drinkers and its also easy to enjoy for anyone who like a good porter. Not much from the wheat influenced this beer in my opinion, but it did matter that much to me its a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Served in a snifter, black in color with brown sugar colored head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Aromas of rich chocolate malts are the most prevalent, also has a bit of a toasted character, very pleasing.

T- Plenty of chocolate and toasted malts, reminds me of some of the espresso/coffee infused beers that I've had.

M- Smooth and heavy bodied, very rich feeling to it as I take a sip.

D- Dangerously drinkable, glad to see this is a staple beer at Short's.

Serving type: on-tap

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges when held to a light. the light brown head settles to a thin, creamy, and splotchy covering.

S- Cocoa, fruity hops, sweet coffee, some grain, and a distinct Short's-ness. Pretty aromatic and appealing.

T- Sweet coffee, grains, cocoa, and some hops. Roasty and flavorful without being too much.

M- A nice amount of carbonation keeps the roasted flavors from becoming overbearing. Finishes with a bit of a bite which is nice.

O- A very unique beer that fits nicely into the diverse Short's line-up. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

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4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown/black in color, finger of tan head, creamy bits of lacing left behind. Smells awesome.. Lots of sweet chocolate, bready notes, and dark roastyness. Almost smells like Danish rye bread.
The flavor is again, on par with aroma. Lots of sweet milk chocolate, a good amount of roasted bitterness and bready notes. Medium in body and medium carbonation.
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Serving type: bottle

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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep, dark brown with a thin tan head that recedes to a thin ring and leaves some spotty lacing.

S-Muted chocolate malt, biscuit wheat malt and a bit of sweetness.

T-Toasted chocolate with hints of coffee and a bit of ending sweetness.

M-Medium-light with a nice lingering toasty/roasty aftertaste.

D-An extremely drinkable brew with a ton of flavour for such a "light" porter. A very interesting a quaffable beer for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2009 00:53:17 | More by Deuane
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub while on vacation.

A: Just as the name suggests, it's black. A small tan head appears and retains well. Some nice spotty lace also hangs around.

A: Roasted dark malts, chocolate, small coffee, and other grains. An earthy hop bitterness balances the nose well.

T: Very roasty. I get the wheat malt along with notes of strong chocolate, small coffee, and bitter hops. The beer finishes somewhat dry with no hint of the abv.

M: medium body, good amount of carbonation. Really nice here.

O: yet another interesting take on a style. Short's always seem to push the envelope with their originality, and this is why I love their beer so much. Would definitely have again. Skal.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 11:20:45 | More by Gtreid
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is black with a silky off white head that completely coats the glass in lacing, moderate to low carbonation, good retention, looks like beer.

Aroma is sweet with a mild roast.

Overall the beer is sweet with some chocolate and not an overly bitter finish from either grains or the chocolate. I like it, it is easy drinking with a moderately creamy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 20:22:09 | More by drabmuh
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shorts The Chocolate Wheat
Filled 07/07, tried 07/07.
Moderate pour in a mug.

Poured black with brown highlights and a huge frothy mostly lasting brown head.

Smelt of strong dark chocolate, burnt grain.

Taste was upfront strong burnt grain and moderate sweet and sour fruity esters followed by more of the same, but with more subdued sweetness, on a long finish.

Palate was medium bodied, lively carbonated, oily on a slightly dry finish, and moderately astringent.

Overall, this is a great beer. It is a very odd animal but I would definitely drink it again. Great to sip on. I only wish the chocolate was a little bit more present on the palate.

Serving type: growler

07-04-2007 06:18:14 | More by xav33
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HopCat. Nonic pint arrives dark black with little head that says sayonara shortly thereafter. Not that impressed.

Smell is light chocolate nibs, roasting malts, hints of a sour quality.

Taste is delightful. Smooth chocolate notes integrate with a bitter roasting which is subdued, a hint of sourness and a nice dry finish. Not a porter as I would imagine it but an incredibly drinkable beer. Smooth carbonation, medium body - you could drink a couple of these.

Nice solid flavor, love the complexities of the bittering hops, slightly sour back notes and smooth milk chocolate.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 18:33:55 | More by ritzkiss
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of johnd513 poured into a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a big tan head that recedes to a cap and leaves some impressive lacing.

The nose is fairly subdued but is dominated by the chocolate malts. There are hints of the wheat sweetness and hops but the chocolate malts are dominant in the aroma.

The taste is sweet as well with chocolate but has a more toasted character than the aroma suggests. There are hints of coffee bitterness is the taste along with a little hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style with lots of carbonation.

This is an extremely drinkable stout and one with a lot of interesting flavors coming together. All in all, another unique brew from Shorts and, in this case, very sessionable.

Serving type: growler

12-06-2008 03:58:48 | More by gford217
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Short's Chocolate Wheat from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.