SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Dark pour with small head but decent lacing. Light aroma of malts and a bit of fruit and chocolate. Same with the flavor. First couple seemed way overcarbonated, later ones seem very light carbonated. Still very thin. Good beer, but not excelent.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This schwarzbier pours a deep reddish black color from a 120z bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, fruit and caramel. A medium to light bodied schwarzbier. Malts are chocolate, caramel and sweet. Hops are herbal and earth. Lively carbonation. Not very roasty malts. Perhaps a touch thin. Crisp and clean. Not bad, but kind of falls into that generic dark beer category. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle bought in Wichita, KS... Irony!. Smells of acrid burning copper. Average dark tint appearance. Flavor is blunt roasted malt with a hickory smoke finish. Watery mouthfeel. I was expecting more, as I heard some good reviews; however, like most Texas brews, I was disappointed.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown with a short tan head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the glass. Aromas of chocolate, and roasted malts, some caramel, and a little raisins. Flavor is choclate, caramel, some roasted malts, and some smoke. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Actually not bad.. Better than expected for something that says Shiner on the label..
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very pleasantly surprised. I’ve had a lot of Shiner (the Texan wife’s favorite beer). The Shiner taste is very evident here. But the smoky malts, raisins, brown sugars really give this a nice taste.
jordanb (19) - Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2007
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I found this beer on sale for $2.99 and decided to give it a shot. In fact, it turned out to be pretty decent. Around 50 degrees, with a weak, off-white head, it had an extremely dark amber color and a decent mouthfeel. Disappointing, compared to Sam Adams’ Black Lager, of course, but not bad. Smokey, woody flavor with a little of what might be blackberry or raspberry, it’s only worth picking up if you’ve got a low opinion of black lagers or if you find it on sale.
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 5, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of fine to medium sized light brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a semi-opaque typically carbonated dark ruby red brown colored body and a fair lacing. The thin aroma was malty and sweet. . The flavor contained notes of malt and sweet. A decent one but not one that I would consider buying again.
RedEft (154) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In a chilled mug: poured deep black with a smallish, tan head. Aroma dominated by malts and a slight sweet-sour undertone. Roast malts dominate, with a slightly dark chocolate bitter and a subtle sweet undertone lurking under the surface. It manages to stay very crisp and refreshing. I’m a bit puzzled by the pedestrian ratings I see here, because this beer was more than pleasant. Quite surprising. Kudos to Shiner. I guess there are some good things about Texas afterall.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Small tan head that mostly diminished, virtually no lacing, semi-transparent, visible carbonation, and a dark brown hue with some orange peeking through on the sides of the glass. Nose was malty, roasty, lightly hoppy, sweet and a hint of smokiness. Flavor was sweet, lightly smoky, malty, thin, roasty, and lightly hoppy. Mouthfeel was smooth and thin. Light body. Decent brew.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 17, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
In the bottle from Beertopia. Pours Christmas-lump-of-coal black with a light tan head. Fairly good head production for a Shiner product. Smells burnt like a petroleum product, not like roasted malt. Somewhat like burning rubber. Thin body as expected from this brewer. Quick finish. Light in flavor. At least it does not taste like it smells. Roasted taste does not linger. Lots of black patent malt in this. Charcoal burnt with little extractable sugar. The New Belgium 1554 is way ahead of this.