Cimbasso (1003) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - 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. There’s about a finger’s worth of light mocha-shaded head. There’s only a modicum of lacing left on the glass, as well.
S: It’s more interesting than the other Shiner brews I’ve sampled, that’s 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 it’s 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. It’s dry at first, but touches of sweetness lingers after a few sips. Carbonation is moderately low, so it’s not particularly drinkable.
O: Not bad at all. It’s quite good, actually, especially for the style. It’s 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 I’d buy a 6-pack of in the future.
Sampled from a 12 oz bottle at The County Line barbecue restaurant in San Antonio. Pours a dark brown with a beige head. Not much aroma. Taste is thin, dominated by caramel, with a slight hint of roasted malts. Not much hop flavour, and only a little bitterness at the end. A watery and forgettable beer, and really nothing like as good as the Bohemian originals. Larry_Duffman (598) - - NOV 19, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2016 I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass. It pours dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. The aroma is faint caramel. The taste is caramel, hay, and maybe a very small hint of roastiness. It’s pretty watery. It’s drinkable but borders on bland. beer_rookie (660) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Pours a dark red color. Light shines through, but barely. Has about one finger beige head, that is very short lived. When it goes away looks like cola. No retention, no lacing.Cajun (541) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Aroma is maybe a touch of coffee. Light caramel. Really, that’s about it. Very bland, very much nothing.
Taste is light roasted malts. Light coffee. Light caramel. Pretty sweet overall. Very watery.
Mouthfeel is light bodied. Smooth. Watery. Not bitter. Easy drinking, sessionable.
Overall, it’s okay, but only okay. It’s not scary or anything. Ordinarily I’d be disappointed, but it’s Shiner, so I don’t expect much. I started the review much lower, but it has improved as it warms. A great introductory beer to a new style. A mediocre beer overall. I would recommend this only if one were afraid of darker beers. But for myself, I see no reason to buy it again.
Bottle - Pours black, beige head. Refrigeration taste... along with scorched pancakes. Very mild. Meh. rdixon77 (3010) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2016
From mix six. Dark, toasty malts. Some caramel. Tad thin. Wasn't as horrible as some shiner, but nothing special.
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Pours a dark brown. Sweet toasted malt aroma. Flavors of caramel and burnt malts. donandres (656) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - APR 28, 2016
12 ounce bottle to wine glass
A: black, tan head that disappears quickly
A: Nose: slight malty nutty aroma,
Taste: light bitterness
MF: medium body, fizzy
OA: good beer, ok to repeat, not to look for
Drank: April 28, 2016 Xevious (78) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2016
Bought at a market place.
Pours dark with a tan head.
Smells of licorice and a tad earth and maybe a hint of smoke.
tastes of licorice and some dark chocolate.
Palate was a tad watery.
Overall? This is pretty much a staple at the local Shiner Texas brewery, simply better than a Budweiser. CrimsonFox (8) - Harrison township, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2016 does not count
It’s just not a decent Black Lager. The taste is far too light. It’s got a decent head but, it has no complexity. The taste quickly fades from the tounge and the beer is very watery tasting. euniceradio (562) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2016
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours black/ruby red, cream ring head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, oatmeal. Taste of same with roasted malt backbone. Light body, way too much carb.