yngwie (11755) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Botte, 12oz. Itís a dark brown beer, clear it seems, with a minimal sized light beige head. Coffee and roasted malts in the aroma, some dried fruits, and a touch of dark chocolate. A bit too carbonated I think, medium bodied and soft on the palate, quite dry as well, but with some sweetness. Not very bitter, some roasted malts kind of bitterness though. The flavor has roasted malts, dark chocolate, some dried fruits and coffee, both initially and in the end. A quite pleasant one, far from super exiting, but drinkable and quite tasteful. 130829
scotchzombie (182) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours close to black with a very slight touch of garnet in the light. One finger tan head. Aroma is very mild - alcohol, some malt and spice. Taste is lightly malted, even more lightly hopped. Some flavors of roasted coffee and mocha. Quite flat. Very drinkable, but not much to it. Rises above the mass beers for sure but nothing special.
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MaltOne (168) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque, dark coffee., nice cappuccino head. Even through my summer allergies, nicely aromatic - slightly sweet, roasty, malt and a hint of yeast. Taste is follows aroma, though thinner. Palate - very light on the tongue, though there is a slight creaminess to the texture. Overall, nice intro dark beer, very drinkable.
BOSSbrewer (1031) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted at the Fayetteville Foam Festival. This was a drinkable beer. But not much more.
dlbeer (588) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark pour with light brown head. Smells of roasted malt and very slight coffee. Taste pretty much of the same. A little thin and not a to of flavor.
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sudzn8r (6) - Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is a premium Shiner Bock, almost like drinking a sweet, cold coffee. I love Shiner Bock, but Shiner Black even more. This is also a great beer for cooking...try it in a pumpkin beer bread.
zmanzorro (125) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Been drinking this for a long time and never actually got around to putting in a review. Probably would have rated this higher had I not more of the premium black lagers. Poured form bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with an initial thin light brown head that fades to almost nothing. Aroma isnít strong but smells a little sweet with some roastiness. Taste is a little sweet upfront (much like Shiner Bock) and has a slight roasted flavor. Light on flavor compared to other black lagers. Slight lingering roasted flavors. Average carbonation that leaves the palate cleanly. Very drinkable, especially for a black lager. Not much to talk about but would be a very good beer to transition people in to more different craft beers, especially if they are familiar with Shiner Bock.
COMRADEJOSH (222) - Ft Hood, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Wow finally a shiner that approaches something with flavor. Deeply roasted malt comes through with a hint of hops. Carbonation still is high enough to leave this with a dry finish.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark ruby color with touches of transparency when held up to a light. Thereís about a fingerís worth of light mocha-shaded head. Thereís only a modicum of lacing left on the glass, as well.
S: Itís more interesting than the other Shiner brews Iíve sampled, thatís for sure. There are touches of caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, and cream. I also notice the slightest hint of adjuncts, but they honestly kind of work here.
T: I like the pleasant roastiness on the opening. This gives way to light dark fruit esters and some cocoa powder. While itís straightforward (a trait ever-so-common with Shiner, seemingly), it also has a richer flavor and an enjoyable subtlety to it others lack - even in the style.
M: Good schwarzbiers can pass for an Irish-style dry stout in terms of mouthfeel; I feel like this one passes that test, to an extent. Itís dry at first, but touches of sweetness lingers after a few sips. Carbonation is moderately low, so itís not particularly drinkable.
O: Not bad at all. Itís quite good, actually, especially for the style. Itís rich, subtle character almost belies its 4.9% ABV. Out of the mixed 6-pack from Shiner (other brewers, take note), this is probably the only one Iíd buy a 6-pack of in the future.
bytemesis (2168) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black, small beige head, decent lacing. Aroma is corn, hay, lightly roasty. Flavor is medium sweet, very carbonated, a bit astringent, not a lot going on, actually. Medium body.