ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color. There’s about two fingers worth of mocha-colored head. While it doesn’t have great retention, the texture is wonderfully soft. There isn’t much lacing left behind, though.
S: Honestly, this brings a lot of chocolate and vanilla. I’m even impressed. What I’m not so impressed by is A) that’s the total gist of the aroma, and B) both notes seem a bit artificial. Still, this is the best smelling beer I’ve ever had from Anheuser-Busch that doesn’t have the words "Goose Island" on the bottle.
T: There are no two ways about it: this drinks like a chocolate-and-vanilla shake, disguised as a beer. The sweetness is high throughout, while the finish has a slight wheat flavor to it. Too sweet for beer standards, but it makes a nice malternative. I actually don’t mind that AB went overboard with the chocolate/vanilla - and they absolutely did, don’t get me wrong - because if nothing else, it makes it seem slightly bigger than it is. Two things keep it from a 3: after a while, the finish becomes both chemical and faintly metallic.
M: The carbonation remains fairly soft, along with the texture. There is a bit of richness for 4.3%, and that’s always welcome. Again, my complaint about the sweetness rings true here - it chokes its drinkability, along with its enjoyment factor.
O: This could definitely appeal to those who hate beer. Hell, even I think it’s perfectly reasonable. Still, the appeal is mainly limited to aforementioned beer haters and chocolate lovers. I’d never refuse one of these regardless.
JPDIPSO (5587) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color with a moderate sized tan head. Chocolate malt-o-meal scent (I like chocolate malt-o-meal, personal bias). Crème d Cocoa flavor with a touch of vanilla. Bit syrupy. Sticky. Dessert style brew. 6/14
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Où, Quand, Comment :
Bouteille, sous le nom « Shock Top Shockolate ».
Couleur : noire-brune.
Apparence : quasi-opaque.
Chocolat sucré genre Quick, léger de vanille, notes de pain grillé et de fruits (agrumes).
En entrée de bouche : Léger-moyen goût de vanille avec des notes fruitées (agrumes).
Une dominante de dessert au chocolat sucré est présente avec des notes de pain grillé, de céréales et de houblon herbeux.
En bouche :
Corps : plutôt mince.
Effervescence : moyenne.
Texture : légèrement huileuse aux notes minérales.
Finale : moyenne-courte, composée d’un léger goût résiduel de poudre de chocolat avec des petites notes herbeuses.
ordybill (1302) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- has a very strong chocolate aroma, very unique for a brew
Appearance- pours a coffee black with a small dark head
Taste- a huge chocolate flavor that caught me off-guard. Not a bad taste but little hint of a beer in there.
Palate- a medium bodied beer with a creamy sensation.
Overall- I thought it was good, a beer to drink for an occasion and not for a multiple beer event. a Pleasant surprise
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours unclear dark brown, dark mahogany tint, with a small beige cap offering minimal retention and lacing. sweet chocolate treats, powdery milk chocolate, vanilla, hazelnuts - nutella *TM, lightly astringent leather and herbs, raspberry fruitiness (!), shy yeast if not absent/hided esters. moderate carbonation, light body - oily; sweet and awkwardly astringent herbal and mineral-chalky finish. artificial proportion stands out versus natural cocoa and vanilla beans. then again, this is not terrible.
Campsalot2 (2) - New York, USA - DEC 12, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely love this beer. Very bummed it’s not being brewed this year!!!
sonnycheeba (4955) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours murky dark brown with head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is milk chocolate, orange peel, and bready malts. Flavor is bland with mostly chocolate flavors, light vanilla sweetness, and a dry finish that leaves a somewhat bad aftertaste. Light/medium body.
BeerRenter76 (725) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown with hints of red where the light gets through on the edges. Fairly large head forms and is tan in color. Aromas of sweet chocolate and vanilla hit right up front. Fairly one dimensional, with sweet notes beginning to end.Starts with a vanilla sweetness that moves quickly to chocolate. Some grainy wheat notes on the back end of the drink.Low to medium in carbonation. Overall its smooth across the palate and extremely easy drinking.
gopherfan99 (1248) - CROATIA - JUL 6, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (Aviano PX); pours dark brown with a beige head; aroma is sweet with cocoa and wheat; taste is sweet with chocolate and a little wheat and vanilla; light bitter finish; nothing really spectacular with this one.
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Poured a brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Chocolate and vanilla. Sweet - if I had to say a positive, a decent Shocktop beer ...
bnokk (453) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
APPEARANCE - dark brown, light brown head which all but disappears immediately after pouring.
NOSE - slight bit of roastiness in there. Surprisingly little wheat beer character.
FLAVOR - direct hit of chocolate - not too much though. However, I’m bewildered trying to figure out how authentic the chocolaty sweetness is. The vanilla bean aging gives this nice balance.