ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had to dig down deep for this thing. Very strange mix of wheat and chocolate that was tolerable until you added spice....
Barreras (968) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a brown color with a light coco aroma. Taste is simple, a bit watery. Good coco flavor comes through with the initial mouthful but it quickly disappears. The spice (coriander?) doesnít seem to fit within this beer. Overall a refreshing wheat ale beer.
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at a friends house. Poured into a clear plastic tumbler. It was a pool party so at least it wasnít a red solo cup. I love the dark color and head. Flavor or was much more chocolate than I expexted albeit more like mockolate than chocolate flavor.
lightbias (76) - USA - JUN 10, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2014 This poured very dark brown, with a fizzly white head that disappeared very quickly, leaving almost nothing on the beer or on the glass.
The immediate aroma was hints of chocolate and coffee, but the first mouthful was like a cold and watered down chocolate drink. This is so little like beer that I almost hesitate to review it!
The aftertaste is chocolate, the aroma is chocolate, the mouthfeel is thin and lifeless (unlike chocolate - I feel cheated). My impression is disappointed.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a large foamy brown head that faded and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was tangy with a little bit of cocoa, cola and licorice. The flavor was malty chocolate, vanilla, vague dark fruits and caramel. Long finish. Moderately full bodied and creamy. Surprisingly pleasant.
steve1966 (106) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was afraid of this one finally found a single to try. Aroma is bakers chocolate. Took me a few sips to decide if I liked this or not. Similar a bit to amber bock and the Michelob vanilla cask beer from a few years back. Smooth easy drinker subtle chocolate taste drinkable dark beer a bit thin in the palate. Enjoyable and forgettable at the same time for what it was it was enjoyable.
SODAK14 (279) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - MAY 16, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I was expecting something not so chocolate tasting but it was too much. Not a hint of coffee or chocolate you pick up but quite a bit more. overall not bad but one or two is all could handle but and that would be my limit for this brew.
bluejacket74 (1297) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle, one of my friends gave me a bottle to try. Served in a mug, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there isnít much lacing. Aroma is nice and sweet, it smells mostly like milk chocolate and malted milk balls, along with some wheat/bready malt and vanilla. I think the taste is just like the aroma, however I think the malted milk ball flavor is the strongest of them. Mouthfeel/body is thin, but itís also a bit slick with moderate carbonation. This isnít a bad brew at all, I liked it. Definitely worth a try, especially if you like sweet chocolate beers.
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with minimal head. Nose is cacao, spice, vanilla. Tastes cacoey, with vanilla, dark choc, and a sweet finish with some spicy notes. Meh.
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a dark brown with a ruby hue and a half finger of quickly disappearing off-white head. Aroma of Hersheyís chocolate. Taste is medium sweet. Hersheyís chocolate and sugar water, kinda gross actually.