thedm (6148) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2004
This fantastic draft brew from the brewery poured a medium sized head of brown colored finely sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind an excellent lacing. The body was opaque dark chocolate brown in color with no visible carbonation and extremely nice. The aroma was to die for! It was full of aromatic chocolate malts molasses burnt roasted and nutty notes. The mouth feel was full smooth with a mild tingle and a lingering flavorful complex finish. Just excellent. Wonderful flavors of malts chocolates nuts molasses and many other complex notes. A MUST try brew! hotstuff (5145) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Oh my what an outstanding Stout that I rated at Shorts Brewing Co.!! Small light brown head and fine-small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. Uncarbonated, opaque and a dark brown hue. Malty, chocolate, coffee and burnt notes. The flavor. Oh the flavor! Wonderful mixture of malts, coffee and chocolate from start to finish. Very smooth mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied Stout with good lacing. This beer received my highest overall rating of the beers that I rated at Shorts. If you enjoy Stouts, don’t miss this one! lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2014
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. heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Another miss classified Shorts brew. This was like a nice big hefe with some of the chocolate malt, but was far from a stout. The body was black with a khaki colored head. The aroma was chocolate bananas with some walnuts. The taste was milk chocolate with some bananas. Another beer form Shorts that made me wonder why more commercial brewers aren’t trying things like this one. This obviously has some homebrew roots. mgatesy (23) - Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Love this beer. Name can be confusing, as it’s a porter, but made with chocolate and wheat malts. Doesn’t have the earthy taste associated with many porters. Dark and very, very smooth. No overpowering flavors. Excellent beer.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Shorts The Chocolate Wheat
Filled 07/07, tried 07/07.
Moderate pour in a mug.
Poured black with brown highlights and a huge frothy mostly lasting brown head.
Smelt of strong dark chocolate, burnt grain.
Taste was upfront strong burnt grain and moderate sweet and sour fruity esters followed by more of the same, but with more subdued sweetness, on a long finish.
Palate was medium bodied, lively carbonated, oily on a slightly dry finish, and moderately astringent.
Overall, this is a great beer. It is a very odd animal but I would definitely drink it again. Great to sip on. I only wish the chocolate was a little bit more present on the palate. AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2007
On tap at Ashley’s, Ann Arbor, MI. Rich brown, bordering on black, color with a thin chocolatey tan head. Lots of dark, bittter sweet choclate malt on the nose with hints of caramel, roasted nuts and grains. A medium body and thinly carbonated. Slightly oily texture in the mouth with a dry finish. A unique brew. walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2012
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 Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
$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. paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Wow was I suprised when a friend brought back a growler of this from the brewpub. I thought "you went all the way to Short’s and a chocolate wheat beer is what you bring back?" Oh man, was I wrong...this was well worth the trip! Ground breaking wheat beer perfectly married to chocolate. I was blown away.