Chocolate Wheat | Short's Brewing Company

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3.89/5
Very Good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,108
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
230
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
10
Trade:
1
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 230
Photo of leantom
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good brew. Here goes:

A: Pour a nice head; leaves good lacing. Beer is pitch black; very little light makes it through the beer.

S: Chocolate and coffee. Very dark malts. Just how I like it.

T: Follows the nose. Very little fruitiness, which is a good thing, IMO. Just chocolate and coffee.

F: Little light considering the flavor. Still good, though.

O: Decent beer. Would have again.

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Photo of ribby
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. The color is deep maroon. The chocolates late in this porter makes it relatively sweet. The wheat is not too strong, it just cuts the sweetness a bit. Their is not much head. It is a good and accessible dark beer.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with small, thick, tan, short lived head.

Smells chocolate, roasted malt, light grassy wheat.

Tastes is coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, hints of wheat. Dryer finish with coffee and roasted linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark, black with a mocha head. Lots of foam dissolve to a cap that leaves spots of lacing. Beautiful, rich aromas of chocolate amd roast malt, sweet and bready rise from the glass. Flavor is roasty, but just a touch bitter. Enough sweet chocolate to balance each other out. Fuller, almost fluffy feel. An excellent Porter by any measure and one of my personal favorites.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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.
This beer is excellent for its style. Thicker than your average porter, as creamy as a heavier milk stout.. Full of flavor, what more could you want?

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Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - This beer pretty much looks black. It is capped with an inch of mocha head.

S - I get some cocoa and dark chocolate.

T - The taste is more focused on the dark chocolate. I get some milk chocolate intermittently. I slight unsweetened chocolate finish.

M - Medium

O - It's a pretty tasty brew. I would not hesitate to buy it again.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 1/29/14

A- Pours a dark chocolate with a medium brown head.

S- Dark chocolate, light dark coffee, light dark fruit, slight alcohol.

T- Similar to aroma, dark chocolate, dark coffee, pretty strait forward porter. Tastes kinda like a mini version of Publican Porter.

M- Here is where you notice the wheat. It has both a medium heavy porter mouthfeel at the beginning then ends light like a hefe-wiezen.

O- A pretty decent take on the style. The wheat kinda makes it an easier to drink porter compared to say Founders or Edmund Fitzgerald.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep black with a thin tan head.

S - Roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and a light coffe aroma.

T - Lots of dark roasted malts with a good amount of dark chocolate. There is a nice hop kick in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Very smooth and easy drinking porter. Would recommend.

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Photo of Flopjack
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of Mavigo
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a opaque black color with a ephemeral mocha colored, thin head that dissipates expediently leaving minimal lacing.

S: Smells of cocoa, wheat, barley, malts

T: Mellow flavor. Wheat, barley, chocolate predominate.

M: Full bodied beer with ample amounts of carbonation, giving a substantial yet crisp feel.

O: Overall this was pretty good darker wheat beer. Short's continues to raise the bar.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pitch black not even much brown around the edges. a finger or so of a tan head with excellent retention, leaving a entire lacing behind. completely opaque

Smell: sweet chocolate, and a lighter noticeably dry roasty malts. not super complex but very pleasant

Taste: again with a sweet chocolate that is short lived. burnt malts, but not overly acrid. a slight hint of wheat is in there but not overly discernible. also small amount of bittering hops

Mouthfeel: medium body. creamy feel but ends extremely dry. lightened up by the wheat, when i think it could be a bit heavier.

Overall: extremely good character and smooth transitions in this beer. it is well balanced and well brewed. the wheat doesn't add much to the taste but lightens up the mouthfeel a bit. a great example of a robust porter and a good start to Shorts v4.0

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Photo of tobelerone
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of lurpy1
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chocolate? Check. Somewhat bitter and not too overpowering. Wheat? Roger that. This is potentially a nice mashup of a light, earthy beer and a porter. Dinner fork? Yeah,that's in there too. Metallic notes are an unwelcome addition, and f up the potential of this beer. Really can't shake it and leaves a poor aftertaste.

This was consumed at Reno's West in Lansing, and I am beginning to wonder if they are part of the problem. They serve their beer cold, cold, cold. Maybe it's a coincidence but I have yet to enjoy a single stout/porter there. Perhaps in another venue I would reconsider this beverage, but generally I give it a neutral-to-negative rating.

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Photo of jeremyd365
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this guy poured a solid motor oil with off white head. The only bad thing about this beer is that it smelled of feet (my friend said "BO"). Luckily, the flavor was rich chocolately goodness. Medium-heavy body and tastey, overall it gets a decent score. The nose thing was odd though so I recommend keeping your honker out of it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of claspada
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Avagadro
1.96/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Chocolate Wheat is jet black in color, thin in appearance, and forms no head. There is a touch of lacing visible in a thin ring around the surface of the brew.

S: The nose is thin, with faint wisps of chocolate, and Short's signature metallic off-flavor barely reaching the nose.

T: Yet another abomination sent out by Short's. While the taste of copper doesn't dominate to the extent of many of their other beers, it does ruin the beer as a whole.

M: Thin body is exaggerated by the lifeless carbonation.

O: How can a brewery continuously send out flawed beer and still receive good ratings? Avoid.

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Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of clint1019
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black in color with a chocolate frothy head.

S - Roasty malt aroma with hints of chocolate.

T - A very mild roasty malt flavor, hint of coffee and a hint of chocolate.

M - light to medium bodied.

O - A very mild tasting porter. Almost a cross between a brown ale and a porter. But overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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