dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a whole lot in the aroma. Immediately can taste the chocolate. The wheat isn’t overpowering, like so many of these shock tops. Still, it’s not that good.
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep tan .. . killer head, lacing is really good too .. . not very pleasing aroma .. . light wheat, light unsweetened chocolate muffin, and dead yeast .. . light mouth .. . oki guess
.. . . i can make a booger talk!!
kramer (4856) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded pretty quickly. The nose is actually pretty beer like, which is a big step up for this series of beers. Some light chocolate and husky grain notes with malted wheat and a bit of earthy yeastiness. Smells almost Dunkleweizen like. Can’t say that I get a whole lot of chili aromas, but there might be a touch. The flavor is fairly Dunkleweizen like as well, some nice earthy wheat and chocolate notes up front, fading to a yeasty and chocolate laced finish. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation and a decently lingering finish. This is by far the best of the Shock top series to date. It could pass for a decent craft brew. Just goes to show that these guys can make a decent beer, they just have to stay away from the syrupy sweet fruit tainted garbage like the raspberry and lemon variations.
Chudwick (1964) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft - pours murky brown with thin tan head. Nose is spicy. Flavor adds nutmeg and caramel. Somewhat sweet and mildly bitter. Decent for the style. Sticky mouthfeel. Quickly gets boring. It was worth a shot.
alexanderj (3296) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle; poured a dark orange with a tinge of brown. Small to medium off white head. Aroma was weak; veggies and maybe some caramel and cocoa. Flavor was strange and not expected. Mineral and veggies. No real chocolate or spicy notes for me. Not overtly bad, but somewhat of a mess.
crossovert (6927) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Not even pitch black in color in fact pretty light. Flavor is extremely weak and the mouthfeel is watery.
jandd1983 (2414) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of wheat and some chocolate. The taste was the same.
Braudog (5574) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours an odd-looking, murky reddish brown color, and what little head appears almost instantly dissipates. Not much aroma. This drinks with a weird combination of flavors -- drinking almost like a soda, with a sweet cola-like essence up front. There’ s a musty, malty bit behind that. It’s all a bit muddied to me, and doesn’t come off that well. (#4827, 11/22/2012)
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a hazed, medium-dark brown with a few fingers of airy, off-white foam.
Smell: Not particularly effusive, this one. A little touch of unsalted saltines, a bit of stale chocolate powder, and some slight spicy notions.
Taste: Modest wheat malt tasted coated in a thin veneer of sweetish chocolate. Slight fruitiness. Then, there’s a spiciness that makes one smile. Mainly, as to play it safe, they muted that spice character down as far as they could. Thanks, focus groups. The spice passes quickly, going back to the middling tastes of wheat, chocolate, and vague fruitiness until the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Focus groups.
Beerathon (1066) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Doesn’t smell good. Doesn’t taste very good. Not really a fan. I was hoping for more...not sure why though. I really taste and smell the chili, which makes me think of chili...weird, not very beer-esque.
*Came back and added to the overall score because it tastes a bit better as it warms.