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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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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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Photo of 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
Photo of Thorpe429


3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Slight lacing and a thin collar throughout. The nose brings some light chocolate and a slight amount of roasted malt. Nothing too complex, but it's pretty good. The flavor is along the same lines. There is a bit of intermingling of chocolate flavors, with both milk and dark chocolate coming through. Along with that is some slight roast, which comes through in a slight bitterness in the finish. Medium body and low carbonation. Not bad.

06-04-2011 14:57:46 | More by Thorpe429
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

11-11-2011 02:32:23 | More by mikesgroove
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-07-2011 04:43:07 | More by spycow
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

06-03-2011 20:22:09 | More by drabmuh
Photo of oline73


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with just a little bit of off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: This beer has a mild smell overall. Sweet and roasty with some chocolate and a hint of banana.

Taste: Roasted grains up front. This beer is a bit nutty with some chocolate thrown in the mix. Even with all the dark beer flavors, it manages to be crisp. There isn't much to report as far as the hops go. The finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel: I would describe the body as light. The carbonation is aggressively tingly and the finish is dry.

Overall: It would be very easy to drink several of these. The malt is the star of the show here. Very interesting and I would have another.

09-08-2011 21:59:44 | More by oline73
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was just released. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, toast, wheat, floral, herbal, light pine, and roasted/floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, wheat, light coffee, herbal, floral, slight pine, and roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, wheat, light coffee, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with a fair amount of hop presence; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice porter. All around good balance and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors with a fair amount of hop presence; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

01-27-2014 22:47:52 | More by superspak
Photo of smakawhat


4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a tumbler.

The first thing that strikes me is the head color. It looks orange, with light brown tan sense. Body is pitch midnight brown borderline black, and no visible lacing while drinking. This looks ferocious.

Bouquet is a dominant cream smell. Hints and feelings of good roasted malt too. Good, simple, and solid.

Taste brings forth the cream, and the feel is incredibly milky. Malt in the mid palate first it seems, then there is a hint and emphasis of very faint smoke. Swallow keeps that milky texture and cream taste and suddenly it feels very coffee driven. Light coffee and cream seems to re-appear after countless sips, with a nice light body and easy drinking feel.

There is barely a hint of any chocolate sense, but I am not complaining. Overall this becomes extremely coffee dominant and I love this creamy texture and malt roast character.

06-11-2011 00:14:10 | More by smakawhat
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pint on tap at the HopCat in Grand Rapids.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, some reddish light brown in the edges, thin tan head forms, drops a few lace spots and settles down to a thin ring around the glass. Smell is nice, sweet caramel at first, sour chocolate milk, lactic sourness, roast, some coffee, wheat, vanilla, more chocolate, pretty interesting, some nice toastiness. Taste is similar, sweet and roasty at first, some chocolate and coffee, lactic sour middle, caramel, dry roast, wheaty dryness in the finish, some vanilla and spice, bit more chocolate, light but nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty interesting and solid beer, nice character, and I enjoy that lactic sourness.

01-12-2009 03:22:16 | More by Viggo
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-19-2014 20:58:53 | More by dmorgan310
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

08-06-2012 15:56:17 | More by Zaphog
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-27-2011 13:16:24 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.45/5  rDev -11.1%

My first taste of Short's and frankly this one was a little disappointing. Poured dark brown and semi opaque with no head at all despite a very aggressive pour; likewise no lacing either. Aroma is simple: bittersweet chocolate and lightly roasted malt.

The flavor follows suit; not sweet at all really; more like baker's squares of chocolate and the aforementioned roasted malt; some mild hoppiness but little bitterness in the finish. Kind of flat and lacking in depth of flavor; the lowish carbonation and watery body just reinforce this feeling.

This one had an odd kind of homebrew-just missing the mark kind of feel. Would love to try more from this brewer though.

01-12-2013 01:31:17 | More by tobelerone
Photo of DrDemento456


3.88/5  rDev 0%

A - Looks good for a porter a dense dark black with no escape-able light and a mild tan head. Only problem is that the head quickly turns to a mild lace ring which has ok retaliation.

S - Wow this is a good chocolate smell milk chocolate and lactic sweetness, I really hope the grains are not too distracting in this.

T - Not a bad beer overall the wheat makes itself known giving it a grainy finish and body with mild cocoa powders and coffee roasts. A mild sourness is also in the finish but is only slightly distracting.

M - Light to medium a very easy drinking porter.

Overall really nothing I would seek out again but interesting enough to try. Quite a good porter with wheat flavors.

02-28-2012 02:31:42 | More by DrDemento456
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

Extra courtesy of whartontallboy.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Lighter brown hues when held up to the light. Slight lacing and a thin collar throughout.

Aromas begin with some light chocolate and a slight amount of roasted malt. Light toastiness and bready maltiness as it warms. Not getting much if any wheat.

The tastes begin with an intermingling of chocolate flavors; both milk and dark chocolate coming through. Along with that is some slight roast and toasted bread, which comes through in a slight coffee bitterness in the finish. Slight sourness from the wheat, which kinda makes it taste like sour chocolate milk with a dash of flat black coffee. Not really jiving for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Kinda weird, would have liked more carbonation here for the style; maybe it would have accentuated the wheat flavors.

Overall, this is a decent beer but nothing more than that. Didn't get much wheat flavor. Kinda just tasted like an American Stout. Nice flavor profile for such a low ABV beer but I think they fell a little short of their intended target here.

01-22-2012 00:13:21 | More by claspada
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

12-06-2008 03:58:48 | More by gford217
Photo of Brenden


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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-29-2014 20:28:17 | More by tectactoe
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4.15/5  rDev +7%

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!

11-11-2011 22:18:12 | More by alexgash
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -12.9%

Reviewed on 6/29/2010. On tap at Shorts. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of rich chocolate malt and roasted malt. Flavor of lots of bitter chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of wheat. It does get a bit sweet in the mouth as you continue to drink.

12-24-2010 01:31:02 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

06-19-2009 00:53:17 | More by Deuane
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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-27-2013 20:36:09 | More by tommy5
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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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3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

I've always loved this on tap, so I have been eager to try it in bottles. On tap, it's one of my favorite brews that Joe makes. $1.69 for a 12oz single @ BevCo. Pours out to a near black, forming a nice creamy tan head with excellent retention and great solid lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is wonderful...faint yet earthy english hops, vanilla, black walnut, carob, and cocoa. Creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. The first thing I taste is gypsum....lots and lots of gypsum, then a peculiar sour taste, like burnt pumpkin....very odd. Chalky through and through. Mild bitterness, herbal and earthy in the finish.

Hrmm. Not bad, just...different. I'm not sure I'm inclined to get more in bottles though.

11-19-2011 02:51:28 | More by Mitchster
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Short's Chocolate Wheat from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.