cheap (4015) - 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 (7959) - 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 (5647) - 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 (1458) - 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.
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 Bottle. Pours black with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is roasty with some coffee, and a hint of dark fruit. Taste is sweet roasted malt, with a hint of dark fruit, and finishing with lingering coffee and light bitterness. One of the better schwarzbiers I’ve had.
pojo41 (315) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I really liked this beer. Nice creamy head and very malty and smooth taste. My brother brought me some of this on his last visit. I wish it was sold around here.
brigg (508) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 (Bottle 12oz) Dark brown (almost black) with medium to thick but quickly dissipating light brown head. Nose is roasted malts, some coffee and faint dark chocolate. Aroma is sort of half lager, half ale (some fruity notes). Taste is sweet roasted malt and coffee especially in the after taste (along with dust), but it ends a little watery. Some fruit-tartness up front. Thin body.
garrison (767) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a twelve ounce bottle purchased at "Liquor Direct" across the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky -Pours a black brew with a rapidly disapating w
tan head of foam and a coffee-cocao arome. Tastewise, this simply is the best beer of the Shiner brands, but it still suffers from tasting a bit thin... but not too much so.