BeerCommonSewr (67) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Aroma: Bitter chocolate, some sweet and malts.
Appearance: Mahogany with an off white head that did not sustain well long after the pour.
Flavor: Dark chocolate flavor. Like dark chocolate it is bitter with some sweetness. It was somewhat thin but interesting. There were also some coffee and roasted malts flavors as well.
Palate: Was bittersweet and dry which was to be expected with an 8.5% alcohol content.
Overall: I see that I am giving this one of the highest ratings on the board so far. I honestly think if you did not tell people this was from Michelob and just made them rate it based on its merits it would receive a higher rating in general. Yes, we are all beer snobs. Nonetheless this offering was quite potent. Maybe hitting too many over the head with the dark chocolate. It is certainly not subtle and it could be better balanced with a stonger hops offering. Nonetheless I did enjoy this beer for what it was advertsied to be which was a chocolate beer. It was certainly that.
P.S.- The bottle that this and the Vanilla Oak came in are unique in that they have a bullet shape. After opening however you find it is just a plastic top covering a metal screw off cap like you would find on a 40 oz. malt liquor. A cork here would have been much more appropriate. Therefore the appearance score was deducted a point when it was more than possible it could have been a postive feature instead of a drawback.
TheBeerGod (6306) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Bottle. Pours mahogany with a small tan head. Nose is light cocoa, sweet malts, and faint choco notes. Taste is watery chocolate, dusty hot chocolate mix, and soft cocoa atop and standard lager. It’s not that bad, taste-wise. Body is light and strongly carbonated. Slick in spots. Finishes with more cocoa, thinned out chocolate and sweet malts. Pretty much and lacking lager with chocolate and cocoa in it. Not horrible but I thought the Vanilla Celebrate was the better of the two. SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 24, 2006
clear burgundy with a small off-white head. flavor of lager with some bitter coffee beans thrown in. very thin and light. thats it. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Haha- this was pretty rediculous. Pours a dark brown moslty clear form a 12 oz bottle at capt lawrence. Aroma is completely aritificial chocolate- hot chocolate- hersheys syrup etc. Flavo ris a bit light with more harsh artificial, nutty chocolate with some caramel sweetness and toffee- some buttery diacetyl as well. Blech- so artificial it was gross. COuld barely finish the sample. Hangover (1164) - oxford, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2006
A chocolate beer labeled as a herb/vegetable? I expected a dark brown or black pour but instead saw a light amber pour with no head. Oh well. Aroma is very boozy and there is a definite vegetable funk as well. Taste is AWFUL. Like someone put some cocoa powder in a regular Michelob and added some ethanol. Truly bad... I am actually going to pour this one. I paid 8.50 for the gift pack, which included two snifters so I’m not up in arms over this... but the beer really sucks. Screw on cap is tacky as hell. This thing looks like an artillery shell, I would shoot thing thing if I had a cannon.
IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Shared at the RateBeer gathering at the Captain Lawrence Brewery. Poured a clear brown with a fizzy off-white head. Smells like aritifical milk chocolate, like Swiss Miss cocoa. Tastes of dry toffee and corn with a bit of alcohol sweetness and a strong grainy milk chocolate character, like they put Hershey’s syrup into the beer. Has the strong chocolate flavor of Rogue Chocolate stout without the refined taste or complexity. Aritificial and sloppy. Tmoney99 (15316) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle. Poured brown color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate chocote and nuts aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Heavy sweet flavor with a sweet short finish. Not my style. kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Deep brown color. Some aroma of chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is more malt and alcohol than chocolate, although there is a hint of chocolate in there. Alcohol aftertaste. yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Sampled at Broudy’s Holiday Beerfest 12/2/2006, Jacksonville FL. This brew was not up to the level of the Vanilla Oak. Aroma and flavor of chocolate, but the flavor was artificial tasting. Barely passable. xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Michelob Celebrate Chocolate
Bullet bottle (750 ml)
Recent bottling, celebrated 12/06
Moderate pour into accompanying tulip glasses.
Poured a clear brown with a tiny fizzy off white head.
Smelt of light chocolate and toasted grain.
Taste was upfront light bitter dirt and chocolate scraps followed by dirty grain on a short to average length finish. Palate was light to medium bodied, slightly oily, lively carbonated and lightly alcoholic and astringent.
Overall, I can’t believe I got suckered into buying this. Again... Huge minus points for being overly poor quality compared to value (20$ for the gift set). I can think of at least 100 great beers for $10 or less for a 750ml bottle. This is not one of them. Money making scheme, milking their brand name. Great for grumpy uncle Jeb who drinks a case of Mich Ultra a day, he will think this is the most flavorful thing ever.