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.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought this was a pretty cool effort. The nose and palate were quite heavy chocolate but not sweet. you would epxsect this in a stout but not in a ale style beer. It did have a nice complexity!
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2007
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
The aroma was fruity with a strong presence of alcohol and an almost bourbon like vanilla presence. Some chocolate was notable, but you had to reach for it. Lightly hazy pale brown with hardly any head at all and what was present was tan. The flavor was chocolate, watery chocolate and cocoa. Alcohol was a dominate flavor and a strong fruity character. The body was medium and with little to no carbonation the beer was not creamy on the palate. The finish was dry with lasting flavors of alcohol, fruit and cocoa. Pour this one out, heck, donít even purchase it in the first place unless you want a malt liquor with a bit of cocoa. 24 ounce bottle - What the heck, a screw top and $10.99!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 26, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. Pours dark amber in color with no head. This was a thin beer. The watery vehicle musters up some synthetic chocolate. it reminds me of the incredibly poor quality chocolate syrups that are always available at the Chinese Buffet ice milk bar. A-B hits another one outta da park!
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
19-Nov-06 (24 oz bullet-shaped bottle, part of Celebrate gift pack: $17.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Not that I had high expectations for this beer, but I did expect something better than what this product is delivering. The beer has nice color, pouring a crystal clear, amber-brown shade, but the light-tan, soda-like head is small and very quick to dissipate. Thatís the high point. The adjunct-laden nose has a modest, unprocessed cocoa bean aroma in the background, but what really comes out is the dry, spicy, roasty, peppery, and flowery set of fragrances that collectively arenít especially pleasant. The roasty chocolate flavor definitely delivers dry bakers chocolate (mostly toward the finish), but it is bordering on harsh and astringent rather than sweet and chocolaty. More prominent is the "hot" spiciness that reminds me of beers with jalapeŮo peppers thrown in. Not that these "specialty" flavors are that enjoyable anyway, thereís no masking the underlying flavor of a mass-produced, adjunct-laden lager -- it still tastes pretty bad. Body is light-medium and while the carbonation is moderate, the spiciness adds a bit of zest and tanginess. All in all, this just isnít a good beer and Iím greatly disappointed. I thought this would at least be palatable and interesting, but Iíve had to struggle to get through a glass of this stuff. Not recommended.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
poured a nice amber hue with a bone color head. Coccoa and corn aroma, a malty/grain base flavor with hints of chocolate. Reallly watery and light. Hops were most certainly missing. overall it was alright, but not as good as the vanilla.
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 23, 2007
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This lager pours a medium brown color from a screw top 24oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is slightly chocolate, malts and sweet. A light to medium bodied spiced lager. Malts are caramel with a touch of chocolate. Hops seem missing. Kind of sweet, with only a very small touch of chocolate, some corn and some more malt. Kind of chocolate sodaish. Not much malt, not much anything really. Pretty spectacularly NEHÖ Make me long for the vanilla. At least it had some flavor. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Funknmilla (730) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Color is very unusual amber with strong red hues..."brandywine apples"...very pretty...very minimal foam smells of high malty alcohol tastes like a watered down candy bar ...toffee in the taste and finish...almost tootsie roll like a little baking cocoa ...thin on the palate, quite an easy texture for 8.5%
DocLock (8978) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ruby brown pour with aroma of slight ovaltine, slight cabernet, hopcit. Tastes watery, with some slight caramel malt and subdued chocolate, but it ends up tasting like rice dipped in a diluted chocolate syrup. Not horrible, but donít pay the 10 bucks for this bottle, please! Buy a Dreadnaught instead!!!!!!!
Folsom530 (3) - USA - FEB 7, 2007 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as good as the Vanilla Celebrate offered by Anheuser-Busch, but worth a try. Can smell some chocolate notes, but less evident to the palate when tasting. The vanilla does more for the Celebrate Vanilla than this chocolate does for the Celebrate Chocolate version of Michelob Celebrate.