hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2006
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured a medium brownish color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas chocolate (as expected) and some roast. Tastes of chocolate, roast, light caramel, and light vanilla. Thin and watery body. Only thing cool about this one was the bullet shaped bottle.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Picked up a duel gift pack of Vanilla Oak and Chocolate w/ two snifters at Publix #469. Not as dark as one would expect. Clear amber colored. You here choclote and you think roasted malts or a porter like texture. Oh yeah, its an A-B offering. Tastes like a little Nestle Quik was sprinkled in my glass before pouring the beer and not rinsed out properly. NO DEEP CHOCO COLOR AND AROMA. L I A R S ! ! ! Not worth trying. Vanilla Oak is, not this one anyway.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2006
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hope this is good it was spendy enough for one bottle of htis brewers stuff.Decent dark amber/brown color,small off white head that had a short hang time then faded to leave little behind.The aroma was malty and chocolatey with some hints of caramel in there also,i think.The flavor was just slightly better then i was expecting,malty chocolate taste that gets thin in the middle and is nearly gone in the end with only a mild bitter sweet after taste.Itís pretty thin all around and no where near worth the bucks layed out for the 2 bottle sample pack.I guess if you need a rating then go for it but if taste is your main bag then pass this one up itís not worth the bucks or the effort.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
At this point itís (sadly) beyond hilarious. Ok, the beer market (read macro-brew market) is taking a beating. AB says, "Letís get on the winning side (read as microbrews) and make some money." Ok, we all know theyíve got the bucks..so why in the hell donít they hire someone to brew decent beer? Iím beyond being at a total loss. Not only does it not make good business sense, it makes NO sense. Fortunately, I didnít have to pay for this imitation cocoa tinged malt beverage. As with all AB products, this one was too thin to win, and lacked even a modicum of credibility. Artificial choco-malty fizzy crap. Stay away.
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma has at least some chocolate along with alcohol and toasted malt. The appearance is like a cola, itís clear medium brown with a fizzy head. The flavor is not bad but not great as it lacks any real complexity. Like the aroma there is chocolate, alcohol, and toasted malt. The palate is thin. I think it seems to get better as it warms. In the end this is still a macro product and tastes like it. I would also like to note that I was impressed with the bullet shaped bottle until I realized that it was a twist top underneath.
Ratman197 (11790) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of chocolate, carmel and a hint of vanilla. Palate was light bodied. Flavors of tootsie roll, light carmel and a hint of vanilla with a smooth bittersweet finish.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2006
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Bottled. Imagine that you took an otherwise mild-mannered beer and poured it over a bowl of Count Chocula, let it sit for a couple of minutes, stirred vigorously, then poured the resulting liquid back into your beer glass. OK, maybe you donít want to imagine that, but you should know that it gets worse as you get closer to the bottom of the glass and the overwhelming sweetness really starts to catch up with your palate.
Braudog (6070) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2006
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
24 oz bottle: Poured with a macro-brewers fizzy headiness over a reddish brown, still body. Strong malty aroma, almost like Old English 800 or something. And when you drink it, thatís exactly what it tastes like ... some nasty 40 of malt liquor with a piece of chocolate dropped in it. Failure!