ThisWangsChung (826) - 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. Thereís about two fingers worth of mocha-colored head. While it doesnít have great retention, the texture is wonderfully soft. There isnít much lacing left behind, though.
S: Honestly, this brings a lot of chocolate and vanilla. Iím even impressed. What Iím not so impressed by is A) thatís the total gist of the aroma, and B) both notes seem a bit artificial. Still, this is the best smelling beer Iíve ever had from Anheuser-Busch that doesnít 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 donít mind that AB went overboard with the chocolate/vanilla - and they absolutely did, donít 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 thatís 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 itís perfectly reasonable. Still, the appeal is mainly limited to aforementioned beer haters and chocolate lovers. Iíd never refuse one of these regardless.
sonnycheeba (4481) - 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 (426) - 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 (1031) - 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 (10255) - 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 (289) - Ohio, 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, Iím bewildered trying to figure out how authentic the chocolaty sweetness is. The vanilla bean aging gives this nice balance.
blipp (7342) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Creamy chocolate, vanilla, moderate sweetness, cafe con leche, and a sweet chocolate/vanilla finish. Really not that bad.
LetsGoState (716) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance is small tan head with a dark brown color. Aroma is strongly chocolate. Taste is a light chocolate like a scratch n sniff. Overall not a big fan - tastes too much like fake chocolate.
rosenbergh (9144) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. (White Cross Liquor) Las Vegas, NV.
Dark brown colour with a small tan head.
Milk chocolate and nougat in the aroma.
The flavour is chocolate, malt and some baking soda.
Jabah (253) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This one one of the better ones out of this yearís winter mixpack. Reminded me of last yearís Midnight Wheat. Balance could be a little better, but going in youíd expect that. Sort of a mix between a dunkel and light stout. I wouldnít go out my way for this, but is a little above average and drinkable.
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís in a mixer sixer. Pours a deep brown appearance with a brown head. The aroma is full of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, mild dark fruit, coconut, and some sweetness. Fairly high carbonation. Kind of tastes like a milk chocolate with some orange. Lots of milk chocolate and vanilla. Not much at all on the aftertaste. Kind of strange but not hard to drink.