walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark brown to black with a nice sized tan head that left some good lacing. aroma dark bitter sweet chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malts, yeast,. flavor same as aroma with a hint of smoke. Good beer
WillRunForBeer (557) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 23, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade. Thanks, Jason! Pours nearly black with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, cacao nibs. Flavor is very chocolaty wheat toast. Good balance this is nice.
ESBob (355) - Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour form a 12oz bottle. Deep dark rich brew with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, burnt grains, and, as advertised, more chocolate. Taste is generally sweet , but offset but the roasted bitter grains. Smooth sweet finish.
lb4lb (2487) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown to black. Smell is chocolate and wheat and cold coffee like with a roasty malt character.taste is smooth roasty malt chocolate and rich. Like a rich cocoa laden stout or porter. Full mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Awesome and tasty.
Onslow (1132) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour form a 12oz bottle. Deep dark rich brew with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, burnt grains, sweet malt. Taste is a great blend of wheaty / chocolate tastes, generally sweet offset but the roasted / burnt grains. Smooth sweet finish. Very good.
SpongeRuiner (659) - Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark dark brown with a nice dark chocolate colored head. The aroma brings a sugary chocolate note like a chocolatey cereal. The taste brings flavors of smooth chocolate with a roasty malt finish. A fizzed carbonation in the back feel. Spot on with the name. A unique brew. A prominent wheat taste mixed with chocolate. Overall a very creative final product. Shorts knows how to mix it up.
lukedarock (142) - Howell, Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow great brew balenced well with a perfect amount of flavor, so smooth on delivery, tasty !
chucklemation (421) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Has a nice chocolate and malt aroma. Flavor is sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, and wheat. Has a medium body feel. Everything is balanced brilliantly. Delicious beer.
Mark_Eck (472) - - MAY 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black. Aroma is dark chocolate and some roasted malts. Taste is sweet but finishes roasty.
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Zingerman’s Roadhouse. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Light milk chocolate aroma. Great chocolate flavor with a full mouthfeel from the wheat. Very tasty.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
$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.