Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top End Of The World Midnight WheatShock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat

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Missouri, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of harrymel
1.51/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Best by 24JAN 13

Had to do it. Pours cloudy tea colored with a etched surface of tan. Smells of wheat, coriander, cinnamon, some milky smells. Tastes like powdered cocoa, wheat, a bit of charcoal, some more coriander and a bit of fucking terrible. No, it's just terrible. Thin with hi carb and a dry finish. This is just really disappointing from such a reputable brewer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
1.86/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Very little carbonation, artificial chocolate flavoring, very thin, just boring all around. There's been some actually kind of OK Shock Top variants- this is really not one of them.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
1.87/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

This looks interesting:

Into a pint glass:

A: cloudy muddy brown colored body that leaves a nice two finger white foamy head that lasts for a good two minutes before slowly dieing. Lacing shows after the head concaves into the body, nice and spider-webs. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: chocolate and wheat combined decently up front, but something didn't smell right

T: basically the same and comes out extremely bland (anyone remember the old Wendy's commercial "where's the beef?", ok right here I'd like to say "where's the flavor?"). In other words, whatever happened in the smell didn't happen in the taste ... ???

M: light and super watery, with nothing harsh on the tongue, but nothing exciting

O: ok, it says on the side of the bottle, there's chili and spice, and once again, I'll use that old Wendy's line, "where's the [chili and spice]?" So if this is supposed to be so complex with other flavors, where are they? In retrospect, I will say fitting name as this will be the "end of the world" for this beer. Cue Dierks Bentley - "what was I thinking?"

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.08/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat

Appearance : Cloudy muddy brown color, white head and a bit of lace. Poor clarity.

Smell: Dusty wheat, and ultra clean malts, smells very little of the chocolate malts endorsed on the bottle.

Taste: Wheat malt, a small portion of watery chocolate malts, and a small residual burn from the peppers, as advertised. The chili aspect to the beer makes it interesting, but this brew is really lacking in body.

Feel: Very watery, with low carbonation. Soft feel, like seltzer water that's left sitting open all night.

Overall: A confused, mildly interesting tasting beer from the megabrewer Anheuser Busch, but far too watery to be considered a fine beer. Without some fullness or broader flavor it will be the End of the World for this brew.

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Photo of imthaschmidt
2.15/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Darker Beer, Poured DArk with almost no lace sticking around on the top, AT first when reading the label you think this will be an interesting beer to try... well personally its not. I thought this beer was horrible and was disappointed by it. I thought there would be a heavy flavor due to the fact it has chocolate and chillis in it. but that was not the case. it seemed like the beer was confused.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.21/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Into a pint glass. Finger and half of head, hazy copper colored body. Head retreated quickly.
The smell is off-putting; metallic, and a bundle of mixed up spices. Weird.
Watery taste, chocolate and wheat. The chili comes at the end, but it is very faint. The chocolate mixes really strangely with the wheat.
Soft and smooth texture. The feeling was the best part of the odd beer.
Just a strange drink with a mixed smell and taste. Did anyone at AB try this before it went to mass production?

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.26/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

- Ale brewed with midnight wheat, chocolate malt, chili and spice. Bot. code 12 321 (Mar 21,2012)?

A: Dark cranberry, dense with little light emittence, a strong show of carbonation fills the vessel. The head is tan with a frump, cottage cheese like texture showing an average rate of retention. A thick spongy band encompasses the glass for lacing.

S: Aroma of sour fruit, cranberry, and tart black berries. The chocolate malt and chili spicing seems to be absent or very well restrained not adding much. Pretty much a staple and dictionary term for unimpressive.

T: The flavor is stale, flat chocolate, with some sour fruitiness, cherries and berries. The chili is there but again as with the nose, very insignificant not adding much to the overall effect. Dry wheat, powdery taste of chili is faint on the tongue, the spices mute and mostly indistinguishable. A dash of sour orange is detected.

M: Small tingle of carbonation, slightly creamy, light-medium body with a small chili powdery coating on the tongue.

O: Overall the beer is not so much bad taste wise as it is underwhelming and monotone coming off rather bland and lifeless, safe and conservative, with a mute and underutilized spicing that seemed like they were hesitant to pull off in the first place. Drinking factor is flat-line for me, could care less.

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Photo of rjhaupt
2.28/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look – The beer by and large looks good, however, there is one glaring issue and that is sediment. You can probably see some floating in suspension in the photo. I know there are ways to pour a beer to keep the sediment in the bottle and out of the glass, but I don’t mind a bit of sediment in my beer. The instructions on the bottle itself advocate the “pour most, swirl, then pour rest” method which would introduce sediment so I feel justified to comment on it. Again, I don’t mind a bit of sediment, but this is too much, it’s especially too much when I know it’s being produced at an Anheuser-Busch facility, which has brewing down a science and thus I can only assume this much sediment is intentional rather than accidental. Other than that it’s a nice copper hue with a snowy white head that never gets past maybe ½ a finger and dissipates quickly thereafter. No real tracing on the glass to speak of.

Smell – The smell is very mild, far milder than I expect from this style. If I really breathe deep I can get a bit of banana and some spicy notes, but not much else.

Taste – I’m looking at the last few sips of this and still don’t have much to say. It tastes like a standard, if a bit lacking, wheat beer with maybe a bit of cinnamon (which might be the spice the bottle is promoting). I will readily admit that I don’t think I have the palate to notice any of the tastes specific to midnight wheat nor chocolate malt, but unless those are milder version that a typical hefeweizen I don’t feel like they’re contributing a whole lot. None of the flavors are off or bad, they’re just not really there in the first place.

Feel – Crisper and drier than I’d have thought. I guess the I keep trying to compare this beer to a dunkelweizen, but it just isn’t. It’s more like a spiced wheat beer, but even still I tend to expect something a bit creamier and smoother than crisp like this. Not a knock against it, but not really a positive either, it just is.

Drinkability – Unexpectedly drinkable for how dark a beer is it. Goes down very easy, and at a respectable, but not ridiculous, ABV of 6.0% you could kick back a few of these on a chilly day and feel alright about it.

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Photo of mckenziac
2.35/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark brown color. Has a medium-sized, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells yeasty and wheaty with some strong chocolate notes as well.

Taste: Starts mildly wheaty with a bit of yeastiness. Finishes spicy with a light chocolate malt flavor. The whole taste is so light and mild it's sometimes hard to even tell it's there. It's a common problem with Shock Top it seems.

Mouthfeel: Lightly-carbonated and watery.

Overall: A major disappointment given the interesting description of this beer. In different hands, I think a dark wheat beer with chocolate and chilis could be very promising. Unfortunately, Shock Top's version is just too light and half-assed to go anywhere.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.36/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger thick head, white in color with relatively long retention. Sticky lacing. Light brown color, medium clarity. Decent looking beer.

S- Medium bodied malts, warm smells. Not very complex. I can't pick out the chili and other spices as well as I should.

T- Spicy, warm, slightly metallic. Not good.

M- Marshmallowy, medium bodied. Meh.

O- Not great.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.51/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Poured a lighter brown color with some orange highlights. Upon pouring there is a two finger off white head that has a good level of retention, eventually fading to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet chocolate and a caramel smell. Mixed with this is a lighter roasted malt and wheat aroma.

Taste –The taste starts out with a wheaty and roasted flavor. As the taste advances, a chocolate flavor enters the taste. The chocolate starts out sweeter with notes of a caramel nature mixed within. It then dries out some as the caramel fades. While it dries out, it again then sweetens as a citrus flavor comes to the tongue near the end of the taste. At the end a somewhat off chocolately citrus wheat flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the just below medium side with a carbonation level that is slightly higher than average. The lighter body did not go well with the chocolate flavors of the brew, but the carbonation at least made it quicker drinking by not accentuating the more off mix of chocolate, wheat and citrus.

Overall – Not a beer I would likely take on again. The flavors just did not transition or even go well with each other. Not my thing.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.56/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$1.69 for a 12oz bottle @ Oades Big Ten. Brewed with midnight wheat, chocolaste malt, chile and spice. 6.0% ABV. Thick layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottom. Pours out to a cloudy ugly murky brown, forming a nice light yellow head with very good retention and lacing. Moderate carbonation. The nose is not very appealing...mild diacetyl, corn and tons of acetaldehyde with that domestic pale lager adjuncty sweetness. No real hop nose, no real spice nose. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. Thankfully, it doesn't taste as bad as it smells. There is a little bit of complexity here with subtle notes of roasted malts and a touch of chili spice which adds a very distant heat and a little flavor. Very mild bitterness keeps some of the weird sweetness in check. Probably the most bitter AB beer I've ever had (guessing maybe 15 IBU's) which isn't saying much.

Like driving past a car wreck, I just had to try this. Not something I'd like to repeat.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 bottle poured into sniffer glass.
A: pours a medium amber brown, 1 finger medium khaki foam head that fades, some carbonation, no lacing
S: wheat, chocolate, hints of chilli, and also some citrus
M: thin and light
T: malt, bread, light chocolate, some citrus, and hints of chilli. Light overall on flavor and kinda watery, as it warms some flavors come forward a little stronger.
O: okay selection for people interested in light flavors. Would not but again.

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Photo of Treyliff
2.6/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- this one pours a hazy brown-copper color, looks almost like watery cola, small white head with no lace

S- there's some wheat, a bit of sweet malt, chipotle peppers. The whole package actually smells like chili cheese flavored Fritos, hmmm.

T- tastes line Wendy's chili, in beer form. You can taste the wheat, and a bit of the chocolate malt, the chipotle chili taste leaves just a bit of heat on the finish.

M- medium carbonation, light-medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel

O- this one just didn't do it for me. It's an interesting take and I'm glad to see them trying new things, but I won't be purchasing this one any time soon.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.64/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark copper, nearly brown, highly opaque and hazy with a slightly off-white head that didn't last for too long and didn't leave much lacing to speak of on the glass. The smell was... off. Heavy metallic-steel smell - kind of off-putting and unwanted. Also picking up some fruity medicinal smells. Not terrible, but kind of strange for this style. Initial taste has some very, very slight toffee and caramel, I'm really not picking up the chocolate like they said. Toasted malts, maybe. Midway through, the chili powder comes through and I'm getting a nice meaty/chili flavor the rest of the way through. Almost no bitterness and no hops. Thin mouth, crispy, lots of carbonation.

The meat and chili taste was unique, and not bad, but this beer is just too... weird. It's not awful, but it's not good enough to want again and again. I commend the uniqueness, but that's about it.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.64/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, End of the World is very lightly colored for a beer that advertises "midnight wheat and chocolate malt", it's amber-brown at best. The head is thin and non-active. Rather than a nice semi-liquid yeast at the bottom of a wheat beer that you can gently swirl in, this beer has large chunky particulate that takes forever but eventually settles to the bottom of the glass - not very appealing. The nose is unremarkable for a chili and spiced beer, wheat and weak chocolate malt notes is all I'm getting. The taste is a little more interesting with some spicy notes and chili flavors coming through; seems overly bitter as a side effect from the spices. Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is minimal, chunky bits lose points. Overall a miss by AB on this one in my opinion.

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Photo of hosehead83
2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, iced-tea color,with an airy head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Some hard sniffing detects a whiff of wheat malt and little else
Taste-Thin-bodied, very faint dark malt, with just a hint of chili and spice in the finish.
A low-end, entry-level brew for adventurous Bud drinkers. Still, its a try at something different, and could be someone's stepping stone towards better craft beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and slight amounts of cocoa and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty flavor on the finish. There is also a very mild chili heat in the back of the throat that quickly dies out. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer taste wise but the smell is decent enough.

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Photo of Tone
2.74/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, copper color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of hop, hint of spices (coriander?), hint of wheat, and slight adjunct. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable metallic flavor. Fits the style of an herbed / spiced beer better than it fits into the American Pale Wheat style. Tastes of a pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of wheat, hint of spices, slight metallic of adjunct, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, weak body that is dominated by metallic flavors.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy purple/amber brew with a small beige head. Pretty good lace. Looks wheaty/yeasty.

S - Slightly malty with a whiff of odd spice and some wheat notes as it warms.

T - Tastes like bean chili with some beer mixed in. Not bad at all... works better than you would think. On the other hand, it kinda just tastes like chili powder and beans. Pretty one dimensional really. Gets worse with warmth.

M - Light in body, greasy, and thinly carbonated. Finishes with that weird chili note... this is subdued....not a big spice bomb like that Cave Creek stuff that gave me diarrhea.

If you like chili on a chilly fall day, this is worth trying for the novelty factor, but I wouldn't say that it's much more than that. It's also a fun beer to try with non-BA friends since it's not super-weird or over the top... just a nice beany chili flavor on top of an easy going wheat beer base. Burping tastes like chili 15 min after finishing.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Acquired as part of a cheap sixer at my local Von's grocery store (aka Safeway/Pavilions). Expections are very low given the brewery. Reviewed live. 6.00% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap and cool label served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with extra vigor as carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head (maybe I gave it too much vigor) of beige-khaki colour, nice cream, decent froth, decent thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention for the average ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent translucent hazy copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Meh. Nothing unique or special here.

Sm: Pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, and maybe cinnamon. I can only report what I detect. I honestly don't get wheat, chocolate malt, or chili pepper. A mild strength aroma. Not a bad one either. I don't detect yeast or alcohol. If you gave this to me blind, I'd have no idea it was a Budweiser product. It's not a bad aroma by any means. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Wheat, clove, spice (nutmeg), light pumpkin (I'm as shocked as you may be), generic malts, and light chocolate malt - which comes through in the third act. Surprisingly well balanced. I don't get any yeast, chili pepper, or "midnight wheat" (whatever the hell that is), but it's fairly tasty. Little complexity and/or subtlety. But a pleasant brew all around.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Pretty good carbonation. Good palate presence. Suits the flavour profile fairly well. I think the mouthfeel is well executed. Maybe a touch too thin, but chewy and enjoyable.

Dr: A drinkable beer all around that I think gets savaged because of the brewery. In a blind taste test, I could see this beating many microbrew craft offerings. Honestly, it's not at all a bad brew and I'd choose it over many Widmer, Pyramid, or Red Hook offerings if I was out at a pub. Worth trying and well priced. Hides its modest ABV as well as you'd expect.

Low C

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Photo of Raime
2.84/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky amber with a two finger slowly dissipating white head. Left a small amount of lacing.

S - Upon five large whiffs, I was not able to detect anything other than a very small amount of chocolate.

T - Chocolate and wheat all around, Met in the middle by a small amount of spice and flat malts.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, A very average beer. Could work as a cross over.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.84/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Getting close to the apocalypse and saw this at the store and decided to give it a try. Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: The beer is a cloudy amber to brown color with a 2 finger thick light tan head. The head is pretty good and sticks around for a while with a lasting layer after a while.

Smell: Light smell with caramel and some spice in there. Chocolate is very subtle, and no chili is apparent. Some citrus in the middle. Very faint aroma.

Taste: Pretty light, but there is a slight wheaty or citrus note up front. Some darker maltier notes follow that, but it doesn't seem to go together that well. Not much spice or chili to speak contrary to what was written on the bottle. Some bread in there, but overall light and like a maltier Shock Top.

Mouthfeel: Has some bite to it with just a bit of lingering spiciness for a brief second. I guess that's where the chili comes in rather than the taste.

Overall: Like I said just a maltier Shock Top. Not bad, not good.

I'm hoping this isn't my last beer if the world ends soon. Nothing exciting.

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Photo of BryanCarey
2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat pours to a cloudy, mahogany color with a nose that emphasizes a little bit of chocolate, some vanilla, and some toffee. There is a good level of foam on this beer if the pour is aggressive enough and it maintains its shape for a good amount of time.

This beer has a taste that combines flavors of chocolate malt, bread, and a little bit of citrus up front, with a small amount of spice. The beer is medium bodied and it finishes with a certain degree of spice that lingers for only a short amount of time.

Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat seems similar to other Shock Top products in many ways. Like the others, it does have a few good qualities, but also like the others, it seems a tad lacking overall- almost a teaser product in many ways. I like the chocolate malt flavors, but I still wish there was more and I could barely detect any chili. Only when I really searched for the chili component did I find it, in the finish, and it was rather tame.

Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat seems slightly better than other Shock Top products thanks to the slightly fuller body, but it is still lacking in a few areas. It may not be the end of the world, but those who sample this beer may very well hope for more end of the world predictions and, along with them, better beer products that use this theme.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.87/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I survived the End of the World on Friday and instead of a lousy t-shirt, I got a bottle of beer!

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with Midnight Wheat, Chocolate Malt, Chili and spice."; "To serve, pour down the side of the glass until 1/2 inch is left in the bottle. Swirl the remaining beer and pour to produce a rich, thick collar of foam. Enjoy!"

Sheesh! Now they are giving us directions on how to pour their beer ... I am a) astounded and b) disinterested. My pour created a nice two-finger cap of dense, rocky light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a murky brownish-amber, kind of like turbid river water. Nose held some promise with notes of chocolate and some kind of spice. I do not know that I would have guessed "Chili", but there was a spiciness to the nose. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the flavors were very muted. Yes, I perceived both chocolate and spice, but nowhere near the level of yesterday's Theobroma or even Organic Chocolate. Finish was semi-dry and mildly spicy, but the whole thing lacked Oomph! It just did not seem an appropriate way to see the world end.

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Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
3.05 out of 5 based on 436 ratings.
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