LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark brown color with a small head.Huge chocolate aromas whafting off this brew!Upon first sip...wow! Huge velvety smooth chocolate flavor,followed by a slight bitter end.This stuff tastes even better as it warms!Props to miller for a wonderful brew!!
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This wasn’t terrible. There was a lot of chocolate and some swill flavors in it. Interesting but nothing you could drink more than a few times. Like someone poured some Nesquick in a Miller Lite. Don’t get me wrong though, props to miller for attempting something different
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Small tan fizzy head that mostly diminished, virtually no lacing, visible carbonation, transparent, and a reddish brown hue. Nose was chocolate malt, sweet and some hints of cocoa. Flavor was sweet, watery, thin, chocolate malt, and cocoa. Mouthfeel was smooth, watery and thin. Light body. Definitely can smell and taste the chocolate in this brew. Just did not do a whole lot for me. More of a novelty IMO.
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate is very detectable in this one. Pours a muddy brown. Aroma of chocolate and some coffee. Tastes like a darker german style beer with cocoa added. Not syrupy at all, but the chocolate tastes comes on very strong.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of chocolate malts. Very light on the palate, but I guess that isnt surprising since the bottle says that it is a lager. Flavors of mild malts and cocoa. Tastes like something Leinies would cook up.
If the blurb is true about how it was entered into GABF as a bock, that is funny because now they call it a lager. Maybe they figured that the average swill drinker would swoon over a "chocolate lager" and scoff at the term "bock".
Seriously, I came into this expecting something syrupy and horrible, but this isnt that bad. Its like a dunkel with a hint of cocoa. Not that I would care to drink more than one of these, but it tastes better than that Michelob Celebrate shamockery.
Uh oh, I sense some funky Miller undertones coming out underneath. Even so, still not bad.
islay (2221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2006
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
2006 bottle. Overwhelming chocolate aroma. This beer smells like a malted milk shake or a chocolate flavored hard candy. There are virtually no traditional lager aromas. Pours a medium to dark brown color with a large amount of tan head, making it look like an English brown ale. Undeniably, the most prominent flavor is malt chocolate. There is also a slight sourness, much as one often finds in oatmeal stouts. No noticeable hops flavor at all. Too sweet for my tastes. Medium-bodied and smooth in the palate.
<P>I decided to try this beer because I am a big fan of Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, and I was interested in tasting a lager version of a chocolate beer. In Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, the chocolate taste is subdued, and it naturally complements the classic sweet stout flavors. This beer, in contrast, tastes like someone mixed a dunkel lager with a melted chocolate milkshake. In other words, it doesn’t taste like a natural mixture at all. I applaud Miller for putting something interesting out on the market for once in addition to their normal, bland pale lager swill, but this one misses the mark. I thought that Miller was targeting craft brew lovers with this beer, but instead they seem to be going after the same unsophisticated beer drinkers who buy Lite (or perhaps their Godiva Liqueur drinking girlfriends). This is a novelty brew, not a beer-lovers’ beer. If you want a good chocolate beer, I highly suggest that you go out and purchase Young’s while it is still available.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours dark bronw with a small lt brown head. Aroma actually smells like milk chocolate and not a bitter dark chocolate. Almost like nestles quick with a lot of sweetness coming through. This tasted a little artificial
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a pleasant suprise! I actually bought the beer for chili because it was cheap, and the chocolate flavors would add some interesting highlights. It comes in a 4 pack and I only needed a bottle so I decided to give it a try. I had very low expectations, because it is a miller product, but would rate this in the top 25% of the dark beers I have tried. It is a ways off from some of the top of the line porters, but the cost and availability offset that. Drinking it is an interesting experience; When raising the glass one is hit by the aroma of coffee. At first sip you will taste mild hints of cocoa. Right before you swallow, it turns into a roasted vanilla flavor. I would get it again, and it is a palateable option. But I am not going to go out of my way to find it.
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 Edition... Frederick Miller Classic Chocolate Lager pours a clean, dark brown/chocolate color (nearly opaque, but not quite) with a decently sized tan head. The aroma is mostly chocolate and reminds me of powdered cocoa mix but better. Maybe it’s more of a chocolate and cream/vanilla smell. It seems to change subtly each time I smell it. Either way, it’s pretty appetizing. The flavor is again weak chocolate, but somehow turns to a roasted vanilla flavor. The beer is a bit on the thin side, but it does have a pretty good finish. The further I get through the bottle, the more and more that good old macro lager flavor starts to become more and more apparent though. Over all this isn’t too bad, especially for the price! It would be better if it was just a bit thicker on the palate and richer in flavor...
So far this is one of the best "specialty" offerings I have tried from the American macro brewers (e.g. Miller, A-B, Coors, etc.). A good attempt and hopefully over time they will make these better and better and get the masses more interested in different kinds of beer...
12 oz bottle (5.5% ABV) from The Bottle Shop. Rating #50 for this beer...
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chocolate/Brown Coloring with Good Head. Aroma of Cheap Chocolate, mildly Bitter/Syrapy. Surprisingly Not Offensive to Drink. Bit Syrapy and Plenty of Chocolate on the Tongue..Thin Mouthfeel. If You Like the ’Domestic’ Brews, This would be a Flavorful Christmas Treat for You. Honestly Not Bad, But I wouldn’t Drink More then One.