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Short's Chocolate Wheat - Short's Brewing Company

Short's Chocolate WheatShort's Chocolate Wheat

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%

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 gford217


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
Photo of GRPunk


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- It poured a nice dark brown-black with a solid 1-1/2 finger tan head. The head stuck around nicely and left rings down the side of the glass.

S- The aroma was initially quite chocolaty. The wheat and hop tones were there, but secondary to the chocolate and cofee scents.

T- Initially there was a lot of chocolate and coffee in the flavor. Toward the end, you pick up the wheat and hop tastes. It made for an odd combination of flavors.

M- Nice full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. It was quite smooth all the way down.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker.

Overall- I applaud Short's continued quest to make all sorts of different beer. The chocolate-wheat combination isn't too common. It was a very solid beer. I'm not quite sold on the wheat and hop finish after the full chocolate and coffee beginning, but I think I'll give it another shot if presented with the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2008 23:24:09 | More by GRPunk
Photo of stouty1


4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2007 17:08:22 | More by stouty1
Photo of xav33


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
Photo of nortmand


4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2007 15:13:26 | More by nortmand
Photo of granger10


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
Photo of redmosquito


3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow. I tried this at the Michigan Brewer's Festival. Dense brown color with a good head. Sweet chocolate malt aroma. This bursts with flavors, a wheaty sweetness, chocolate, its well balanced. Good mouthfeel the chocolate just hangs out. This will definitely merit a trip up north. Check it out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2004 17:09:31 | More by redmosquito
Photo of marburg


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sludge-like, melted chocolate appearance. This didn't look like a porter with chocolate flavor; it simply looked like melted chocolate.

Waves of milk chocolate overwhelm the nose in a very pleasant way. Further inspection reveals layers of roasted nuts, vanilla, and pure cocoa powder.

Unfortunately, the flavors don't meld well. A mildly acidic hop presence, roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee don't "dance" with each other -- they're in a street fight. For all the milk chocolate in the aroma, there's no lactose/milky sweetness here. Perhaps that could be considered a "complexity." I consider it a "mistake." There's a lot going on, and it's not bad; but it simply isn't cohesive. Finishes with a mild astringency that makes it seem like the beer's pretending that it's trying to be a java stout.

Well crafted; I just don't know that where they were going was a good spot to be headed.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2004 02:13:43 | More by marburg
Photo of CRJMellor


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazed black with a hint of maroon and brown highlights. One-finger tan head formed but dissipated quickly and left little lace on the glass.
Aroma of vanilla, some lightly roaste coffee and chocolate with a hint fo wheat were present.
Flavor was chocolate and coffee. Kind of hard to believe that this was a weat beer, very "Porteresque."
Mouthfeel was sweet chocolate and malt, followed by a rosted nuttiness and finished with a citrus but pretty heavy bittered hop note.
Drinkability was high but time was short. Have to return to this one another day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2004 01:48:31 | More by CRJMellor
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Short's Chocolate Wheat from Short's Brewing Company
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