Drake (7839) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from a Kroger. Pours a hazy amber-brown color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of wheat, mild cocoa and a fruity finish. The taste is wheat, chocolate, caramel, mild hops. Medium bodied. Solid beer.
cmonster (948) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours slightly hazy orange-brown with a large head. Typicla artificial soap sweet shock top aroma. Has spice and light chocolate malt. Medium sweet flavor. Light-med body, medium-thin texture, average carbonation and a light syrupy sweet finish. Best shock top I’ve had.
DMLINAZ (261) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Inoffensive, though not especially flavorful, especially given the somewhat dramatic description on the bottle. Hints of chocolate, some malts, slight spices; slightly fizzy, like a lot of Shock Tops. Not much aroma; slight chocolate. The only Shock Top I’ve liked so far is the raspberry wheat, and I think I’ve had almost all of them. This "end of the world" isn’t bad, but at best is middle-of-the-road.
cstuartj (900) - Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark burnt tan color. Tan head. Malty weak nose. Clean but non-interesting taste, okay finish.
GT2 (7708) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
355mL shared in spirit with womencantsail. Poured into Tired Hands stemware. Appearance is darker than I expected, deep mahogany to near black. Thicker than expected tan head. Good retention with soapy lacing. Aroma is more macro lager with sugar cube, corn, detergent, stale lemon candy drops. As it warms there is some toffee, german dark malts, cinnamon. Still a bit ’poopy’ like Leinenkugels Classic Amber. Taste is bland, chalky, mild cocoa powder, a lot of paper, some grenadine and butter. Hints of toffee and caramel. It’s not bad at all, but the spice is muted coming into swing in the aftertaste if you are looking for it. Restrained chocolate character. Finish is like Sweet N Low sweetened iced tea. Actually much better than I expected.
Dixonian (1544) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dull amber pour with a bit of head. Aroma is very wheat forward with some weak spices. Thin on the palate with little flavor.
brokensail (9831) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber pour with an off-white head. Actually a half-decent aroma. Banana, toasted bread, chocolate, and yeast. Mild spicing and a light cardboard quality. Kind of a watery flavor and a touch of cardboard, but not bad otherwise. Faint spice notes, hints of chocolate, banana, toast, and bread. Light in body and rather highly carbonated.
Haslinger (848) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. smells decent and the aftertaste is one of light chocolate and slight malt. Very good and surprisingly tasty compared to the regular shock top. Would drink again
bhensonb (10194) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark amber with a fizzy/creamy beige head. Aroma is a dilute chocolate? Med body. Flavor is sort of the old style chocolate malt candy. Horlicks? Kind of dry, or at least not too sweet. Another AB beer which demands "why?"
thirdeye11 (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle thanks to Dixonian) clear medium amber, wispy bubbles. Nose of wheat, chocolate malt, banana, doesn’t smell half bad. Taste is just ok, banana, wheat, chocolate malt, dry grain, palate finish is just ok, and leaves a less than pleasant taste behind.