jredmond (8325) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2012
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. PorterPounder (8067) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2012
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. FROTHINGSLOSH (7879) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
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. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bottled. Poured hazy medium orange with a tall white head. The aroma picked up toasted, sweeter chocolates and earthy wheat with lightly-smoked pepper accents.. very clean pale malts as it warmed up. The flavor found pale malts and sweet cocoa at the core with dry, tangy wheat and light chilis around.. clean finish with a little peppery spice to interesting-it up a little. Light-bodied and grainy on the palate.. moderate-plus carbonation.. ok feel and flow. Strykzone (7422) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2012
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.
wlajwl (6866) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2012
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, don’t know if I’ve ever rated an AB beer/ale this high. Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours an odd-looking, murky reddish brown color, and what little head appears almost instantly dissipates. Not much aroma. This drinks with a weird combination of flavors -- drinking almost like a soda, with a sweet cola-like essence up front. There’ s a musty, malty bit behind that. It’s all a bit muddied to me, and doesn’t come off that well. (#4827, 11/22/2012) kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
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. Patrickctenchi (6623) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Pours cloudy wood-brown with a small, off-white head.
Scent is light, toasted breadheel....wheat.
Taste is malt, bread, dark caramel.
It’s ok....Better than most shock top offerings. blutt59 (6565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottled, dark amber color with plenty of off white foam, aroma of chocolate and chilies, flavor of chipotles, chocolates, roasted malts, decent body