RSRIZZO (2020) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2016 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color. There’s about two fingers worth of mocha-colored head. While it doesn’t have great retention, the texture is wonderfully soft. There isn’t much lacing left behind, though.
S: Honestly, this brings a lot of chocolate and vanilla. I’m even impressed. What I’m not so impressed by is A) that’s the total gist of the aroma, and B) both notes seem a bit artificial. Still, this is the best smelling beer I’ve ever had from Anheuser-Busch that doesn’t have the words "Goose Island" on the bottle.
T: There are no two ways about it: this drinks like a chocolate-and-vanilla shake, disguised as a beer. The sweetness is high throughout, while the finish has a slight wheat flavor to it. Too sweet for beer standards, but it makes a nice malternative. I actually don’t mind that AB went overboard with the chocolate/vanilla - and they absolutely did, don’t get me wrong - because if nothing else, it makes it seem slightly bigger than it is. Two things keep it from a 3: after a while, the finish becomes both chemical and faintly metallic.
M: The carbonation remains fairly soft, along with the texture. There is a bit of richness for 4.3%, and that’s always welcome. Again, my complaint about the sweetness rings true here - it chokes its drinkability, along with its enjoyment factor.
O: This could definitely appeal to those who hate beer. Hell, even I think it’s perfectly reasonable. Still, the appeal is mainly limited to aforementioned beer haters and chocolate lovers. I’d never refuse one of these regardless.
12oz bottle (courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Shaker at 43°. Color is black with good carbonation and a small tight tan head. Aroma is light giving just a hint of roasted malt and vanilla. It has a lighter medium body with an almost creamy mouth feel. Flavor just jumps right out at you with nice chocolate and light roasted notes. After taste is slightly sweet with the chocolate holding on. Overall it’s one of the best chocolate flavored brews I’ve had. Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - SEP 17, 2016
17 Sept 2016, bottle. brown and looks flat. nose is sweet, ready, chocolate syrup. med body and mildly fizzy. some chocolate, chocolate milk, sweet but dry malt balance. decent for a chocolate beer. JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 29, 2016
Dark brown color with a moderate sized tan head. Chocolate malt-o-meal scent (I like chocolate malt-o-meal, personal bias). Crème d Cocoa flavor with a touch of vanilla. Bit syrupy. Sticky. Dessert style brew. 6/14
Viper666 (3289) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2016
Où, Quand, Comment :
Bouteille, sous le nom « Shock Top Shockolate ».
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2016
Couleur : noire-brune.
Apparence : quasi-opaque.
Chocolat sucré genre Quick, léger de vanille, notes de pain grillé et de fruits (agrumes).
En entrée de bouche : Léger-moyen goût de vanille avec des notes fruitées (agrumes).
Une dominante de dessert au chocolat sucré est présente avec des notes de pain grillé, de céréales et de houblon herbeux.
En bouche :
Corps : plutôt mince.
Effervescence : moyenne.
Texture : légèrement huileuse aux notes minérales.
Finale : moyenne-courte, composée d’un léger goût résiduel de poudre de chocolat avec des petites notes herbeuses.
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- has a very strong chocolate aroma, very unique for a brew
Appearance- pours a coffee black with a small dark head
Taste- a huge chocolate flavor that caught me off-guard. Not a bad taste but little hint of a beer in there.
Palate- a medium bodied beer with a creamy sensation.
Overall- I thought it was good, a beer to drink for an occasion and not for a multiple beer event. a Pleasant surprise
czar (9338) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2016
pours unclear dark brown, dark mahogany tint, with a small beige cap offering minimal retention and lacing. sweet chocolate treats, powdery milk chocolate, vanilla, hazelnuts - nutella *TM, lightly astringent leather and herbs, raspberry fruitiness (!), shy yeast if not absent/hided esters. moderate carbonation, light body - oily; sweet and awkwardly astringent herbal and mineral-chalky finish. artificial proportion stands out versus natural cocoa and vanilla beans. then again, this is not terrible. Campsalot2 (2) - New York, USA - DEC 12, 2015 does not count
Absolutely love this beer. Very bummed it’s not being brewed this year!!! sonnycheeba (6279) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours murky dark brown with head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is milk chocolate, orange peel, and bready malts. Flavor is bland with mostly chocolate flavors, light vanilla sweetness, and a dry finish that leaves a somewhat bad aftertaste. Light/medium body. BeerRenter76 (1029) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Pours a deep brown with hints of red where the light gets through on the edges. Fairly large head forms and is tan in color. Aromas of sweet chocolate and vanilla hit right up front. Fairly one dimensional, with sweet notes beginning to end.Starts with a vanilla sweetness that moves quickly to chocolate. Some grainy wheat notes on the back end of the drink.Low to medium in carbonation. Overall its smooth across the palate and extremely easy drinking. gopherfan99 (2000) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2015
Bottle (Aviano PX); pours dark brown with a beige head; aroma is sweet with cocoa and wheat; taste is sweet with chocolate and a little wheat and vanilla; light bitter finish; nothing really spectacular with this one.