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:
#16,097
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
230
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
10
Trade:
1
 
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 230
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of lnashsig
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Chocolate Wheat from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 230 ratings