dwyerpg (4507) - 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 isnít overpowering, like so many of these shock tops. Still, itís not that good.
ChainGangGuy (4351) - 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, thereís 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.
nick76 (4179) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is a little watery but has burnt malt, coffee, adjuncts, and a touch of chocolate. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is average. Overall itís borderline interesting but canít get the chillies.
unclemattie (4129) - Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz twist-off bottle. Pours cloudy brown, off-white head. Aroma of banana and chili. Hints of chocolate malt. Taste of an odd spice, very little chili, a nice presence of chocolate, mostly wheat flavor. Finishes with a little tingle way way back in the back of my throat. On of the better Shock Tops.
Hereís to the end of the Republic...
Aurelius (4053) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Musty wheat malt aroma with roast. Overly complex label dude. Foggy, medium brown with a foamy head thatís nearly white but not quite. Interesting flavor - the chili notes make me want to have a good kosher dog with mustard. Dry, starchy, the bittering is spread out and not concentrated on the approach or the finish. Mild roasty porter notes at the end. Medium-light body, tight carbonation. Light burn at the end. Not a world-beater, but definitely worth a rating. Really, the more I think about the hot dog thing, the more this presents itself as a decent tailgate/BBQ selection. Procured at the former Petro, corner of Bull Headley and Bannerman, probably soon to be at major gas stations everywhere.
cheap (3967) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
From a twist off bottle. A little perfumy on the nose. Wew, strongish initial taste bud impact, but never goes over the top. Fades quickly to a rapidly apparent dullness of wheat. Yes, different but still al little on the BMC processed side.
onceblind (3938) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours out a gorgeous hazy amber with a nice sized foamy white head. Faint but delightful nose of dark caramel, earthy wheat and some sort of near-chocolate malty sweetness like a dunklewiess. Flavor is a little too light, but tastes of dark sweet wheaty malts, light blonde cereal grains, a little pale cocoa, and a dry finish. Not terrible, but I just canít reccomend this to anybody except those who already drink Shock Top.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Accidentally blew my notes away for this one on my phone but I remember being more impressed than the general masses with this one. Aroma had wheat, chocolate and spice and some caramel. Taste was sweet and spicy with wheat, dark malts, chocolate, spices and a mild spicy finish.
travita (3856) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. The look is a light off white head, light orange in color. The smell is light, fruit, spice, and wheat. The taste is about the same. Just eh.
wlajwl (3763) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is spice, a hint of chocolate and wheat. The flavor is wheat, mildly tart fruit, malts and low but lingering spicy heat in the finish. Although slightly thin, it was pretty good, donít know if Iíve ever rated an AB beer/ale this high.