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.
AKThunder (164) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Now this tastes how I was hoping Kosmos Reserve was going to taste. Has the strong dark malt/coffee taste. Not too overbearing, will sit on your tongue and increase the flavor as you let your senses open up to it. Just the right a!out of hop bitterness, this one is a winner in my book.
MarkBarnes (362) - Waterville, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2013
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nov. 26, 2013; 12 oz. bottle from Shiner sampler pack. Appetizing pour - dark color, sturdy head & lacing. Chocolate, vaguely-veggie flavor. Session-worthy, if not outstanding (or offensive) in any respect.
closey22 (568) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with ruby hilites and a foamy tan head; Aroma is malty with some notes of coffee; Flava is richly semi sweet malt and roasy bitter; feels medium with nice fizz; finishes dry malty grassy hints of licorice
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a tan head. Light chocolate and light. mineral aroma with faint roast. Light caramel and light roast flavor. Medium bodied. Light caramel and light roast lingers.
DruncanVeasey (6597) - NUNEATON, Conference Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pour 24, Las Vegas, 01/11/13. Headless cola looks. Decent coal, Twiglet-stirred, yeast extract nose. Souring and very buttery with rusty iron, grilled veg, heavy, eye-watering fizz. Dark choc digestive afters. Off? Undrinkable, certainly- some got jettisoned on the casino floor.
MadIndian (2215) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A bit thin for my tastes, but nice notes of dark roasted malts, and a very, very, mild hint of hop. Not bad.
Frahmo (104) - Idaho, USA - NOV 3, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz bottle, poured a dark mahogany with a tan head that quickly faded. Roasted malts up front.... High carbonation covered up everything else. I would not drink this again.
IndianaRed (2035) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear black/dark brown thin tan head. Light roasted aroma with some dark roast flavors a a little stale wet cardboard . Meh
Chudwick (1530) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle - pours dark brown with small tan head. Nose is roasted malts and caramel. Grassy finish. Light to medium body. Easy to drink. Decent.
jebert (439) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown/mahogany, almost opaque, with a fair sized head of tan foam that mostly dissipates. Nose is of dark roasted malt with a hint of coffee. Very creamy on the palate, the taste is malty with a slightly burnt coffee taste and a nice dry finish. Well done, Shiner. Pairs well with sardines on matzos.