nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Mmm-mm, was I ever so excited to have the brother of the vanilla oak. Crimson pour witha light tan head. Aroma was medicinal...with some oak chips and artifical chocolate candy. Flavors were of tootsie rolls, some oak over shitty beer. Overcarbonated body with thin flavors...fake chocolate finish.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Burnt copper color with a small lid of off-white bubbles. Aromas of chocolate extract, caramel, tannins and dry spice, that distract. Thin feel, that doesnít seem to do anything. Cocoa and thin pale malt flavors. Chocolate liqueur in a pale malt liquor might replicate this one.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2007
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
2006 vintage, 24 oz bottle. Pours dark copper color with foam white head which does not last long. Aroma lite chocolate and nothing else, same with the taste, alcohol warming with dry finish. Frederick Miller Classic Chocolate Lager is a better selection. I am glad I got two snifter in the gift set.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gift set. The aroma was chocolate. The flavor was chocolate. Nothing exciting.
shigadeyo (2976) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Serving: 24 oz bottle that looks like an artillery shell with a pop off cap that hides the screw-top. Shared by nolankowal. Thanks John!
Event: Columbus Wednesday night tasting.
Location: nolankowalís place.
Aroma: Fruity and malty, but not much chocolate at first. Very reminiscent of the Winterís Bourbon Cask Ale because of the wood and vanilla hints.
Appearance: Pours a transparent amber color with no head or crown.
Flavor: Medium caramel malts, vanilla, and some chocolate. There was some woody notes as well. The chocolate flavors reminded me of a Tootsie Roll since this beer has a considerable sweetness to it. The alchol (8.5%) was surprisingly well hidden in this beer.
Palate: Medium-light body and a bit too much carbonation.
Overall: Drinkable, but not as good as the "Michelob Oak-Aged Dark Vanilla Premium Lager". Iím glad to see the macros trying to make different and unique beers, but they just arenít work the premium price...
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks john for sharing this great beer. Poured an amber color with not really any head at all. Aroma of light malt and some chocolate tootsie rolls. Flavor was a little weak and had a light chocolate to it. The best thing about this was the brown bullet. Can double as a female sex toy.
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent strongly carbonated brown colored body. The very mild aroma was brown chocolate. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of mild hops soft candy bar chocolate. A decent one but not one that I would consider buying again.
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
31-Mar-07 Crazy bottle looks like an artillery shell or weird rocket. Just ridiculous stuff, I have no idea why Iím drinking it. Pale brown color with medium beige head of fleeting fizzy foam. Aroma is quite chocolaty, waxy, almost, and a bit reminiscent of skim milk. Body is thin, boldly bubbly, and out of place with aroma and, in fact, the bottle. Flavor is similarly disappointing. Some chocolate flavors, candylike, but like the chocolate hard candy, not nice creamy chocolate. Meh, this stuffís a mess. I give up.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by nolankowal THANKS!!!! JOHN!!!....dick: Pours an amber color with a light tan head. Aroma, caramel, very malty, with some faint chocolate. Flavor, tootsie rolls, and some wood notes, not much of a chocolate taste. We dubbed this one the Anal Bombshell II: The Brown Bullet. These bottles are just stupid looking and the beer is worse.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2007
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
From a 1 pt. 8 oz. sinister looking artillery shell shaped bottle, I can help, but wonder if A-B is trying to send some evil subliminal message, 2006 vintage, aged on cocoa beans(?), sampled at a cooler cellar temperature in the snifter that came with the gift pack.
Poured a clear reddish brown with a foamy pale, cream colored head that quickly settled into a thin bubbly lacing, no sticking.
Aromas of green apples, wax chocolate candy and fusel alcohol.
Medium carbonation and a softly crisp, dryish, thin, light bodied mouthfeel.
O.k., now I understand the "aged on cocoa beans" bit, but itís again the apple fruitiness that meshes with a bean bitterness, more of a coffee bean bitterness, not a very appealing taste, watery sweet lager malts, towards the end a fusel alcohol flavor emerges, and a dryish, but watery bean and malty finish.
Iím glad this was a Christmas gift, since I didnít lay down my own money for it, I donít feel bad for pouring the rest of bottle down the drain.