Shock Top’s End of the World Midnight Wheat
Well, it’s been a pretty good run for the human species thus far. Unfortunately, with the end of days scheduled for December 21st quickly approaching, it looks like it’s time to max out the credit cards and really live up the last few months we have left. In honor of our impending doom, Shock Top has created the End of the World Midnight Wheat to help us all go out on a high note.
Shock Top’s End of the World Midnight Wheat is Anheuser-Busch’s newest seasonal ale brewed with Midnight wheat, chocolate malt, chilies and other spices. Similar to other Shocktop varieties, the 6% ABV brew is bottled unfiltered leaving a fairly cloudy sediment resting near the bottom. Uniquely, the End of the World has a rich amber hue that’s considerably darker in color than the rest of Shock Top’s offerings. Its nose is characteristically wheat based with a mild hopiness layered throughout. The Midnight wheat used in the brew gives the body a nice crisp taste that quickly gives way to predominate chocolate notes that really steal the show. The chocolate is more present and natural tasting than many other “big brewer” chocolate based beers, but it’s still far milder than many readily available in the craft beer circuit. As for the chili, it’s a little tougher to pin down. The sample label I’ve been provided with calls the chili’s used in the End of the World as “Mayan chilies”, but as a grower of chilies, I’m not quite sure what those are exactly. They may have used the Chili Maya, a hot pepper that originates near Mayan ruins in countries like Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. And if that’s the case, they are a bird type pepper and are fairly warm on a scale of 1 to incinerate. However, if you’re not a fan of spice, then you’re in luck. The beer’s chili flavor is very faint with only a slight hint of warmth that nicely rounds out the surprisingly long and slightly hoppy finish. Unfortunately with the world coming to an end and all, it’s too bad this isn’t going to be a regular offering by Shock Top. The Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat is going to be a limited edition, one time brew with a scheduled release set for Oct 15th and running through Dec 31st. Overall, it’s a good beer and a nice deviation from a brand mostly known for light profiled ales. So make sure to stock up on all the batteries, duct tape, jerky and End of the World Midnight Wheat your car can carry before it’s too late!