BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Dark mahogany, light ruby color nice tanish head and lacing. Nose of toast, rye and raisin, no roast though. The flavor is lightly astringent, some tar and black malt. Thin body, no umami, finish is sweet, chewy, meh, kinda dry in the mouthfeel. Very thrown together.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast, nuts, and sweet malts. The flavor is weak, roasted sweet malts, and nuts. Decent brew, a little thin, but alright.
Ernest (6222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (cocoa, roasted grain, husks), with light notes of chalk and vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, grainy. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Quite grainy in both nose and aftertaste. Crude. Not good.
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a slightly fizzy head leaving only a thin layer about 5 minutes afterwards. The scent is NOT pleasant on the first hit of the nose. On the tongue it’s like charcoal, almost too much roast.Dark, dark brown. Medium malt, a little sweetness but namely more on the bitter side. Passable, you’ll have to be in a mood to drink this... I had received the other five bottles from my dad after he passed it up.. a normal Shiner Bock drinker. (Bottle Pour 12/7/2006)
cheap (4057) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Label says this is rare and there are only 45 ratings, so I guess it kind of is. Brown 12 oz bottle with a twist off cap. 97 for 97 years is Shiner Texas. Once cracked and poured, has an odd aroma of aged brown sugar, and it’s not complimentary. Pours very dark brown but transparent in my steeler stein. More ludic than your typical schwartzbier. I have avoided Shiner products because of the inexpensive price and I was thinken I would not be getting a good quality beer. However, I have found their beers are right up there with the rest, good quality. Finish is roasty with very little if any bitter linger. This is a real good effort and it has the smoothness of a dark lager. It lacks the offensiveness of other schartzbeirs I’ve tasted. Better than Kostrikzer and Sam Adams schartzbeirs.
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 I really enjoyed this anniversary brew. It’s flavor was malty and smoky. My only complaint is a bit of a thinness in the beer. Anyways, pick this one up while it lasts.
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew is dark chocolate brown with a thick and foamy beige head that has decent retention. Patchy lacing spattered on the glass. Aroma of malt and nuts, as well as a bit of chocolate. Medium-bodied with a roasty character and dark malt and chocolate flavors. The flavor is pretty good, but the body becomes increasingly thin throughout. The finish is sweet malt and caramel, with a touch of hops on the back. Above average overall, but not by a lot.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 29, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark reddish black with a decent half-inch head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee ... a bit of lagery sourness.Flavor is mildly bitter coffee with corn syrup. Definitely better as it warms, though, developing a decently rich roasted character. Unremarkable palate. A decent enough schwarzbier.
Braudog (5748) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2006
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a very dark, dark red with an airy head of tight foam. Corn starchy aroma, dang it ... not what I’d hoped for. Very sweet toffee flavors, hint of java, sweet swirly finish. Bit light in body.
Heathen (1470) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown almost black yet still somewhat translucent. Medium off-white head with some lacing, but not much. Medium coffee aroma eith nutty malt and a little smoke. Slighly bitter coffee taste with underlying sweetness. More sweet malt comes out as it warms, but reminds me mostly of cold coffee… in a good way. Somewhat oily mouthfeel. Goes down easy. Carbonation lasts a long time. Was pleasantly surprised by this one.