Monday, January 19, 2015

Shiner Birthday Beer Chocolate Stout 106

How's that for a reflection?
For their 106th birthday, Spoetzl Brewery brewed Shiner Birthday Beer Chocolate Stout, a style that I don't think I've seen from them before. The label has a little sketch of a birthday cake with the back label setting your expectations. "Happy Beer-Day to Shiner!" 5.0% alcohol.

Enormous chocolate aroma, like massive rich brownies with that caramel streak in them. I smell hints of licorice as well. But upon drinking, this beer is A LOT thinner than the aroma let on! Chocolate flavors are present but in a way that seems like some cocoa was sprinkled on the regular Shiner beer. Cocoa powder flavor, that's about it. On the sweet side but fine. One note, very boring. And certainly not as "rich as Shiner's heritage."

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