PhatB420 (719) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz into a jelly jar pint glass from Hops in the Hills 2011. Pours a rubbery black with fades of brown. Head is minimal, creamy brown, lacing is loose and sporadic. Aroma is black roasted malts, hay, burnt choco and dried cocoa nibs. Taste is malt dominated, a black supressant of muted cough syrup and black licorice. the roasted malts are below average and this brew just sits around congeling in itself making black lagers taste the same throughout time. Another joy of this mix pack I picked up. One more to go.
Darkmagus82 (1954) - - AUG 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-16-12-
Poured from bottle in pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown colored brew with a two finger cream colored head. The head had a moderate retention, eventually fading to give a light amount of lacing.
Smell – The aroma was light overall and consisted mostly of roasted malt and some light notes of coffee. There is some light caramel sweetness as well as some more earthy hoppy aromas the blend with the rest.
Taste – The taste starts out of with roasted malt and a lighter caramel sweetness. These flavors remain relatively constant throughout the taste with some other more subtle flavors coming and going. In the middle some coffee notes enter the taste. The coffee then leaves while some herbal and grassy hop flavor combined with the roasted and malty flavors as well as some lighter chocolate notes to round out the taste.
Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is average in creaminess and carbonation. More body and a little bit less carbonation would have been nice for the roastier and darker nature of the beer. With this said, the lighter body and medium carbonation did make it more sessionable.
Overall – Like most Shiners it is rather easy to drink and makes a decent session, but it is really nothing to pine for.
scoth (587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown, a little red tint if you hold it up to light, with a thin diminishing tan head, very good lacing. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, grass, and toast. Light body, velvety, crisp. Medium sweet, a slight hint of citrus, light bitter finish with a lingering coffee bitterness. Very drinkable.
MaBeer1972 (1418) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Second bottle tried from the mixed-sixer. Pours out a very dark opaque brownish black color. Nice frothy dark tan head. Good roasty and caramel malts. Well balanced - not too sweet. Decent overall.
generallee08 (739) - New York, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its body has a dark almost black color with deep crimson highlights. On top sits a tall creamy light tan head which is long lasting and keeps a small covering to the last sip. Along the way down the glass it makes nice lacing. It has a dark roasted and toasted maltiness as well as some sweet candy like notes as well. The flavor is right on with a nice mix of dark roasted maltiness and hop bitterness. There are notes of dark or burnt toast, dark roasted coffee with an underlined sweetness like dark caramel and a slight hint of cherry chough drop. Hops are light but do offer some mellow bitterness. The finish is a little roasty with pleasant bitterness. Its palate feels smooth and mildly carbonated.
alexsdad06 (6730) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from backlog notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, some earthy bitterness, watery mouthfeel, thin, very light nose, bland flavor.
chucklemation (697) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark-colored beer. Has a smokey and caramel aroma. Flavor is also smoke and caramel, a little burnt. Has plenty of flavor, but not flavor I really care for. Sits heavy on the stomach for a beer with low abv.
johnnnniee (2731) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the mixed 12 pack
Pours a solid dark brown with faint ruby highlights at the edges and a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Aromas of caramel and burnt sugars with just a hint of chocolate and a faint earthy hop to counter. The flavor is malty sweet with lots of darker sugars and melanoids and just a hint of earth, chocolate, and light fruit. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent dark lager, probably my favorite from the mix.
snoworsummer (3040) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like sweet malt, coffee, burnt grains. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet burnt malt, burnt coffee and burnt toast.
mintzmeet (319) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice! very wet. All the way through the finish. Not too dark, thin. Got mild malt flavor, but not too much toastiness.