Ale brewed with Honey and Spices, aged on bourbon cask staves, with natural flavor.
Got this at a party and I wanted to give it a shot as I have tried the other shock tops before. The name was intriguing so I really wanted to see what this one was about. Some ‘Crafty’ beers are not that bad and I am always willing to try something new. If something sounds like it might be good I will give it a try. While Shock Top mainly falls between, well, mostly average, there are some that are really good like last winters Vanilla bean and Cocoa nib one. Either way, I pretty much like to take one for the team and basically show you if the crafty beer is worth your money and time or even just worth your time which in my case, I get freebies from friends. Cheers!
Lots of honey, definitely not artificial at least, maybe too overwhelming, caramel, wheat, grains, burnt sugar, very tiny hints of bourbon and cough syrup.
Honey comb, honey syrup, card board grains, coriander spice, cough syrup, wheat, caramel hints, hardly any to zero bourbon.
Honey, cardboard graininess but mostly dry. No alcohol in the taste, syrupy mouthfeel, easy to medium drinkability.
Well, I should have expected this, but even all the other shocktops weren’t like this. This one I honestly think is the worst in the shocktop line so far. I really tried to give this one a shot and I really had hopes this would taste as good as the bourbon vanilla Project 12 they had which I had at a Super Bowl party earlier this year. Unfortunately this was not to be. The beer is no balanced. The honey is overwhelming and then quickly bait and switches for graininess. What surprises me most is that their Chocolate one from last winter was the best one of their series but this one truly is the worst. Although one good thing is that at least it is not Miller Fortune. Think about it before you actually try this, the sweetness might be too overwhelming. I won’t drain pour, at least I got to try it, but I will definitely not be getting this again.
Original bee girl was used in this pairing to basically represent the aspect of honey and the colors of the label. I wish the beer was better to do it more justice but the concept of bourbon honey beer is what really drives it.