penguinfinity (107) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Smells like chocolate. Pours dark brown with a finger thick tan head. Tastes like chocolate, with a faint hint of coffee. Goes down smooth. Might be a little too sweet. Would gladly drink again.
rondphoto (2538) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY ---Opaque very dark brown, full beige head, lace that slides back into the drink. Taste is malt that has strong overtones of dark chocolate and vanilla. Because the sweet doesnít overwhelm, this actually works as a novelty (and only one-at-a-time) brew. Very light bittering is all that is needed at the end.
crossovert (8467) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2015
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
355ml twist off. Brown pour, artificial flavor of cocoa puffs, tastes like chocolate soda.
Chad9976 (1313) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I picked up a can of Shock Top Shockolate Wheat on a whim since it was only a buck. I didnít expect it to be that good, not just because of the brand but because itís six months old and low in alcohol. How well could it have held up? Well, Iím pleasantly delighted by the quality of this beer considering everything it had going against it. Dare say Iíd actually recommend it.
I poured a 16oz can into a weizen glass. It was canned on 10/10/14 and cost $1 ($0.06 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black in color, some carbonation is visible as itís poured. A light brown, talk, foamy head at first but it mostly dissipates and leaves no real lacing.
Smell: Surprisingly potent aroma of chocolate and vanilla.
Taste: The description of this beer is quite interesting as it claims to be ďBelgian style wheatĒ aged on cocoa and vanilla beans. It really doesnít have any Belgian character to it at all, though. Perhaps ďBelgian styleĒ refers to the recipe but not the yeast strain Ė there are no esters here at all. This is much closer to a traditional porter with the addition of chocolate and vanilla. The wheat doesnít do much for the palette or mouthfeel except to add some dryness on the finish. Iíd assume the use of wheat in the grain bill is fairly low since it doesnít do much for head retention, either. Still, the chocolate taste is pretty authentic and itís sweet but not cloying. I get a bit of a cola flavor on the back end as well. Not a very complex brew, but a surprisingly tasty one.
Drinkability: Say what you want about the Shock Top line, but damn if they arenít quaffable brews. This no exception as the mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, but without the viciousness of a stout or porter. Smooth going down with a nearly clean aftertaste. Itís amazing that at only 4.3% ABV Shockolate Wheat was able to stay fresh for so long. This is a great introductory chocolate beer for its target audience.
LuckyDog (541) - - MAR 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delicate chocolate flavor. Iíve never seen this combination before. Better than I expected.
joeneugs (3738) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with some orange highlights in the light. Fizzy, disappearing tan head. The aroma is very sweet and full with vanilla. Minor notes of chocolate and toast. The flavor has more massive vanilla sweetness, cola, cocoa and hints of roasted malt in the finish. The flavors are pretty nice, but itís pretty cloyingly sweet. Canít really give it a pass on that especially since it has such a thin body. Not really bad though.
JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, roast and slight banana. Chocolate and malt flavor with creamy wheat and caramel accents before a sweet finish.
SteveOrz85 (36) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Very thin frothy head. Aroma is sweet, resembles hot cocoa powder. Color is dark, almost black. Taste is sweet and smooth. Notes of cocoa and vanilla. Palate is light bodied with a thin texture and soft carbonation. Smooth finish.
Overall drinkable beer but plenty of far better option are available.
robinvboyer (3357) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Incredibly fake tasting, and unbelievably cloying. Thick syrupy mouth feel and super soft carb. No bitterness, nasty fake cocoa finish. Gross.
heemer77 (5145) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2015
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Can. Black body with a light brow colored head. A light nose of cheap milk chocolate and almonds. This tasted very sweet with brown pancake syrup and milk chocolate candy. There was also some nutty note, but the sweetness is dominant. Just absolutely cloying. Yuck.
AgentAle (916) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is cocoa, vanilla, caramel, chocolate and light roastiness. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, caramel and sweet grains. Finishes slightly watered down. Appearance is black with a thin beige head that retains poorly.