ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
BlackBeerPG (126) - Darien, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Robust, roasted malts smooth balanced taste, Dark Brown/Black color, mild nose, Medium body.
Beerandhockey8 (289) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From 12pz bottle to lager glass. Pour is a black color, thin beige head. Nose is roasted malt, biscuity, light hop. Taste is light bodied, mostly sour. Kind of a flat taste with a sharp finish.
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Berard (500) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 15, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours nearly black with frothy head that lingers. Mild caramel aroma over medium carbonation. A bit thin for the style with limited flavor.
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barroso2501 (39) - Brasilia, BRAZIL - SEP 16, 2015
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pouca espuma e nao persistente. Aroma com um q de sab„o. Sabor pouco marcante, com torrados e baunilha. Nada demais.
BeerRenter76 (426) - Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally rated on 1/31/08. Have to say this is my favorite shiner product so far. It pours out a black body with a tan head, slightly malty with a slightly bitter aftertaste. I prefer the sam adams black lager to this one however it costs about a third less. worth trying.
thornecb (5013) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours mahogany tinged black into a shaker. Mocha head with little retention recedes to mottle surface. Dusty cocoa aromas. Dry with sweet dark caramel and toasted nuts front to back. Medium length cocoa finish.
MarinEvelyn (722) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malt and bittersweet chocolate are the loudest points in this beer for me. Not bad, well balanced, nothing too awesome but a very enjoyable beer 🍺
beerbaaron (1816) - Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep mahogany, lasting creamy khaki head. Aroma is light cocoa, toasty base malt, some light fruitiness. Flavor has more character. More cocoa, some nice light roastiness, dark fruit, some toast and caramel. Semi dry. Bigger light to lighter medium body. Maybe the best Shiner brew Iíve had, but I am a sucker for schwarzbier these days..
OnTheTrail (175) - Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with quickly dissipating lacy head. Aroma of burnt toast. Taste of carmel and bread, maybe a little coffee. Slightly sweet, very little hops. My first schwarzbier so take that as a caveat
CardsPackHawks (137) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2015
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Got this as part of a variety pack my Mom picked up in Texas, while visiting my Uncle. I am not a fan of dark beers and this is just not my thing. However, it is not as bad as I was expecting and I would guess that those who like the style would enjoy it.