Chocolate Wheat | Short's Brewing Company

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 230
Photo of madeofsteel
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, pours a dark brown/black, with a very warm brown head about one finger high. Head dissipates quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

S - Very malty, roasted/burnt smelling with hints of chocolate. I'm not picking up any hops.

T - Very roasty malts with a bit of hoppy balance... it's a porter, alright. Sadly, the chocolate I was hoping for is there more as an afterthought than an integral part of this brew. It's only noticeable in a faint cocoa bitter near the finish.

M - Pretty standard dry finish. Mild carbonation.

O - Pretty standard fare for a porter, but a little disappointing for what I was expecting. I always look forward to these kind of Short's brews, but it could have had a bit more on the chocolate side. Not a bad porter, though.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Chocolate Wheat a couple days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while so I was happy to see that Short's decided to bottle it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, this beer just got released so I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, the snowy barn scene is done really well. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through. It had three fingers worth of dark tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end. This beer looks pretty good.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty robust, I like it. It starts out with loads of heavily roasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart a nice 50/50 mixture of black coffee and dark chocolate along with a slight cream aroma. I picked up just a little bit of earthy hops at the end and a very small amount of wheat. It has a nice and pretty robust aroma for a porter.

T- The taste start out with those heavily roasted malts that have a low amount of sweetness to them and impart that same 50/50 mixture of black coffee and dark chocolate that I picked up in the aroma. After that comes a slight creamy taste, then comes the wheat in the middle that really switches up the flavor from what you would normally expect from a porter, it adds some nice complexity to this beer. There is just a slight amount of grassy hops towards the end with the finish having a light amount of roast to it but it is mainly wheaty, leading to a wheat beer like aftertaste, it would be nice if some of that roast from the start showed up more on the finish.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, on the light side of medium bodied, and it have a nice amount of medium carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer was good, it starts off like a pretty robust porter with a nice chocolate flavor, then in the middle comes the wheat that really makes this beer much different then most porters and it add some nice complexity to this brew, you normally don't get wheat flavors in a roasty porter, so this is a nice change. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it went down smooth and if I had another one I would drink it. What I liked most about this beer was the look and mouthfeel, they suited this beer nicely. What I liked least about this beer was the finish, I would have liked a little more roast at the end instead of a very wheaty and thinner finish. I would buy this beer again when looking for something a little different, the roast and wheat go to together pretty well. I recommend giving this beer a try, it is a nice and different take on a porter that will make you wonder why more brewery's don't experiment with this combo. Like usual Short's takes the path least traveled with this brew and it ends up working out nicely, with a slightly more roasty finish this could be an excellent beer and a really nice twist on the traditional porter. Short's really has a knack for taking a pretty popular style, putting their twist on it, and showing how much potential that style can have when you think out of the box, good job Short's
EDIT 2012 This years release is pretty good, the taste was nicely balanced with a little better finish, I changed the score accordingly.

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, opaque and some tan froth where brew meets the glass. The nose is of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe a touch of vanilla? I can taste the chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted flavors. It takes me back to my first homebrewed porter. Not really getting any wheat at all. Mouthfeel is medium and nicely carbonated. A solid take on a porter, but not sure if I get the wheat.

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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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Photo of Mitchster
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of oline73
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler from the pub, pours a dark black color into a pint glass. Smells are rich roasted malts and some chocolate. Flavor is a light, mellow dark chocolate with more roasted malt notes. This is light-to-medium bodied and very drinkable. Very solid and enjoyable porter.

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Photo of DannyDan
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to Short's Brewery for the first time and this beer loooked good from the description of it. I saw it is a black beer with an off white head that had really good retention, lacing and decent carbonation. The nose was a pleasant roasted bitter chocolate and had slight hints of malts and wheat. I could not smell much hops in it. The taste started off with some chocolate, followed by a little bit of malts and wheat. There was maybe a slight hint of hops in it, but the roasted dark chocolate dominated this beer and it was like drinking a good tasting dark chocolate candy bar. The mouthfeel was really smooth and creamy. This is one of the best chocolate beers i have had and this is something that I would highly recommend to anyone that loves a good quality porter.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of r3o
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: very dark brown in color, you could say black, the head is thin, brown-sugar color and leaves a nice lacing
S: some caramel and malt, not very strong but pleasant
T: dark-unsweeten chocolate hits you up front, with a nice smokiness at the end. You can feel malt through out. I could not perceive the alcohol.
M: creamy, satin like sensation, medium body.
O: love it, I could not help but compare it to other brands on this style and I chose this one. It does not have all the water that others might.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on from older notebook. Had on tap at Hopcat.

A- Poured a darker brown almost black color. One finger tan head has lighter retention and dies down rather quickly. Nice ringy and web style lacing on the glass when I drink it down.

S- Caramel and chocoalte malts shine through in the nose. Some light wheat notes linger throughout the entire beer in the background. Some light roasted malts but those are also in the background.

T- Chocoalte and wheat are the two things that makes this beer. Almost like Yoo-Hoo in the front half of the beer. No real alcohol taste comes though. There is a light roasting in the back of this beer with chocoalte notes coming through again.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Chocoalte and wheat left on the palate with chocoalte and light alcohol left in the aftertaste. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were balanced for what the beer was suppose to be. Clean and crisp tasting with no sourness that others talked about (older reviews from the time I had it).

D- I had a couple pints of this stuff. Good all around and the ABV is low enough to drink this all night. I personally liked the Yoo-Hoo like flavor in the front of this beer. Nice one Short's!!!

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Photo of JizackFH
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown with a very thin head that seemed to dissipate rather quickly.

S - The aroma was that of chocolate and wheat of course. There were also notes of caramel, toffee, and even some citrus.

T - It tastes of sweet and roasty malts. There is also some wheat, caramel, chocolate, and some toffee. It had a dry finish. I didn't think of this much as a porter when drinking it. It's a different interpretation of the style as to what I'm used to.

M - Medium body with smooth carbonation. I thought that it went down pretty smooth and had a creamy quality to it.

D - I think this is a pretty drinkable beer. It was creamy and went down smooth. Its pretty good and pretty different than other beers that I've had. I would try this one again

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap from brewpub 07/31/10. Review input from notes.

Body nearly black though honestly a dark shade of brown. Creamy ecru head sits atop. Retention is quite decent, slowly retreats to a neat ring. Some scattered lacing left clinging to the glass.

Aroma is what you would expect from a porter, For some reason the name really throws me off on this. Choclolate and roasted malt share a bit of the spotlight while a slight wheat and vanilla aroma are set just behind.

Flavor delivers a sort of balanced complexity. Roasted malt, chocolate and a touch of sweetness intertwine. Slight coffee and minimal wheat characteristics are noted underneath. Subtle hop presence is picked up on the back of the palate.

Medium bodied with enough carbonation to give the brew a almost creamy texture. Flavor sticks to the tongue for a moderately long finish.

This is the one Short's beer I would like bottled. I can not complain about their current releases but I would love to have this one on shelves at my local store. The only thing stopping me from ordering more was the extensive selection of other beers available on tap. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Kevin for hooking me up with some Short's beer. Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark, coffee brown with garnet hues around the edges. Produced two fingers width of cream colored head, dissipated into a thin ring.

S- The smell is quite nice for this style of beer. Lots of chocolate in the aroma with a hint of roast in the background. Really mild, but still aromatic.

T- As this beer warmed to room temperature, the flavors really started to come out. Chocolate brownies with a distinct roasted flavor underneath. What I liked was the infusion of european hops. It gave the beer an interesting finish that was just perfect for this beer.

M- For a style of beer such as this, the body was spot on. Light to medium bodied yet retained some feeling of viscosity. Good carbonation.

D- I could honestly drink this by the gallon. Great taste, sessionable, and goes down smooth.

Overall, glad I got to try this one. Seek this one out if you have the chance and are in the mood for a sessionable porter.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

June 5, 2009-growler

A - pours a dark brown color with just a bit of tan foam

S - mostly chocolate malts dominate but hints of wheat come through

T - chocolate flavor mostly, with hints of roasted malts and coffee bitterness, some wheaty presence

M/D - light to medium bodied, alot lighter than i expected, good carbonation. very drinkable and very enjoyable. lots of chocolate!

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kbeals
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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