Johnsense (877) - - MAR 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black pour with 1 finger tan head. Roasted malty aroma, some yeast, bit of black chocolate. Smoky taste, chocolate, yeast, a bit herbal. Medium to heavy body.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle shared by emacgee - thanks, Ethan! Always good to try something from Shorts, even if that something isn’t so good. Dark pour with a medium head, and a nose of grain and ash. Something ripe and yeasty emerges in the taste, but overall a weirdly disjointed beer, like that disturbed kid in your junior high math class. Maybe he’s got it together now?
burg326 (3980) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle pours a murky black color, aromas of chocolate, earth, touch of wheat, and coco. Flavors are the same as aroma, mostly coco and chocolate, not much wheat comes through, overall nice beer.
wmubronco1992 (644) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black. Medium tan head. Chocolate aroma. Flavor is chocolate with some bitter roast. I saw that some of the other raters noted that the palate is a bit thin. That is true, but I think it is actually thicker then most of the darker Shorts beers. Good mouthfeel. Overall a better then average beer and one I’d drink again.
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Chocolate is a fitting title for this beer, in a good way. The aroma has that fermented then roasted brown aroma that’s really enjoyable. Characteristic house yeast and minerals but in. Hmmm. I was really expecting a sweet, dense, rich wheaty beer after that aroma and then notion of "chocolate." The body is incredibly dry, but structured. A slightly metallic twinge and the hint of ash from the roasted malt. I think this could have gone a number of directions and this one speaks of austerity, straightforwardness, and honesty.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into glass. Dark black pour with fluffy beige head. Aroma has hints of chocolate malt with a touch of light wheat. Flavor is definitely sweeter then I imagined. Nice chocolate lactose flavor happening. Great after dinner drink.
markwise (4544) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to the kind soul in the Tampa Crew that shared this one. Pours a medium stout brown with a white head. Nose is chocolate, cocoa, grain, earth, and some cookie. Flavor is similar with a nice mouthfeel- cocoa, chocolate, grain, and some earth make this a nice little stout. Very good.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with one finger tan head. Aromas of chocolate and some light malts. Favor is mostly chocolate, some grains, and some roasted malts. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy almost like nitro. I was really surprised by this one. Could of drank several.
oldthomas (1) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2011 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, opaque black pour. Tan head disappears quickly. Smooth and toasty maltiness. Very good hop balance, approaching slight bitterness while erring on the sweet side. Very subtle chocolate taste. Good porter-like qualities with a light mouthfeel.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yet another bottle shared by emacgee. Black with a tan head. Nose is very much like a schwarzbier to me, grainy, roasty and some chocolate. Burnt caramel. Tastes surprisingly thin.