ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
Beergeek23322 (1955) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
3/10/2014. From bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Malty aromas with dark fruit, caramel. Medium carbonation. Light on flavor.
jredmond (4886) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Piriniís Ranch. Pours a deep brownish black with thin off white lacing. Aroma is thin sweet malt, light bread and vague hop. Mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated with notes of sweet malt, light grain and a vague hop character. Not smokey or roasty at all.
rumproasts (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. dark brown with small head. roasted malt and light sweetness. fairly eh.
Bierkrug (2088) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen (In USA), Bavaria, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml Botte Pours a dark brown beer, clear it seems, with a minimal sized light beige head. Coffee and roasted malts in the aroma, some dried fruits, and a touch of dark chocolate. A bit too carbonated I think, medium bodied and soft on the palate, quite dry as well, but with some sweetness. Not very bitter, some roasted malts kind of bitterness though. The flavor has roasted malts, dark chocolate, some dried fruits and coffee, both initially and in the end
kerenmk (1887) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks zvikar. Clear and very dark brown, off white film. A little roast and dark fruit aroma, slightly roasty, mildly sweet taste. Light body, well-carbonated, a little roasty finish.
johnnymusky (66) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
very interesting beer....pour is black ...great head....reminds me if guinness for some reason.. enjoyable ...i would drink again.
HuskerTan (297) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Coffee, cocoa, sugar, roasty, smokey.
A- Black color, black liquid, tan head.
T- Cocoa, smokey, coffee, slightly malty.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, smokey finish.
O- I was surprised with this one. I honestly wasnít expecting much but the flavor was more complex and deeper than imagined. A solid beer from a brewery that predates Prohibition. Certainly something to be said for that. Odd they celebrate their 97th anniversary instead of waiting for 100th, but a great celebration beer, nonetheless.
DSG (4932) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmkís place. Thanks zvikar. Clear deep reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, a bit sugary, with some dark bread and light roasty notes. Sweetish flavor, mildly roasty, with caramel, nutty notes and a drier finish. Light to medium-bodied.
BEERSOLDIER (42) - Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer is black. Pours a small dark head that leaves only a little lacing. itís does look pretty active with carbonation. Definitely smells of coffee, chocolate, a little smoky, a real malty smell. Tastes pretty good, you get the coffee right away with a toasted feel behind it. very robust and flavorful. It finishes nicely leaving behind a light carbonated fell on the tongue with a nice after taste. I was surprised by this beer. This is the best Shiner that I have had and I would definitely recommend this beer to any real beer drinker.
icehawk (831) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Dark pour with short lasting head. Minimal aroma, some bready notes. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Flavor has some chocolate notes, and a bitter finish.