PorterPounder (5092) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Publix Supermarkets - Killearn - 12 of bottle. Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a thin off-white head that clings to the edge of the glass. Aroma is somewhat neutral with some brief chocolate and chili-like spice. Flavor is somewhat muddled, but interesting. Pick up some chocolate notes, some chipotle-like pepper spice and just a hint of bubble gum. Mouthfeel is thick enough, Better than expected.
heemer77 (5075) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Ummmm, Midnight Wheat? I was expecting something, I dunno, very dark, silly me. A light old leather brown brew with amber at the edges. There is a thin khaki head that lingers. The nose is like sweet gingerbread doused in chocolate. There appears to be a hint of chili, but I am probably making that up because of the label. The taste is like musty old gingerbread with a bit of cola thrown in. There is also some hint of citrus, which is just out of whack with the rest of the brew. I think I get just the slightest faint hint of chili in the finish, along with a little bit of ashy wood. Not bad, but boring as usual from a fake micro.
TheBeerGod (4994) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Murky brown pour with a short, fizzy tan head. Aroma is soft chocolate notes, wheat, toasted grains and light spice. Taste is soft chocolate, dark bread, toasted wheat and light spice. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more chocolate, toasted wheat, cocoa, soft spice and dark bready notes.
thedm (4866) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy fine to large sized dark auburn colored bubbles that were and left behind a semi-transparent light brown colored body. The mild aroma was wheat. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild pleasant flavor contained notes of wheat and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
jredmond (4846) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of Blipp at James’s November 2012 tasting. Aroma is sweet spice, light fruit and malt. Mouthfeel is carbonated and thin with notes of spice, light fruit, wheat, malt, eh - not terrible but pretty bland.
DrSilverworm (4715) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle to a pint glass, thanks to Callipalegic. Code on the neck reads 12279-DH45. Pours a hazy brown / red color. Lots of white flakes floating about in the glass. Good, thin off-white head. Leaves a little loose lace. Medium body. Smooth carbonation of moderate strength. Slight creaminess to the body. Some chocolate in the flavor, and light spiciness, over a wheat-bready malt base. Sweet taste overall, light spice. Interesting, but odd beer overall. I don’t really think the chocolate and spice notes work with the sweet wheat flavor of Shock Top. I appreciate that they’re trying something a little different, but it still tastes like an AB-InBev product.. There is a slight basic watery metallic bite in the finish. I was able to get through it without much trouble, but the lingering aftertaste doesn’t make me sad that it’s gone
kramer (4550) - 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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4442) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled form a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy caramel-brown color with a medium sized foamy beige head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was tangy honey, bread, pepper and cardboard. The flavor was bitter and tart cardboard, bread and wheat. Medium length tart and bitter finish with lingering wheat and cardboard. Medium body. Blah.
Strykzone (4376) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Brown and opaque. It smells a little like chili. Not much chili flavor. It is kind of muddled. Not great.
dwyerpg (4306) - 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.