Spoetzl Brewery, located in Shiner, Texas was founded in 1909 and is the oldest independent brewery in the state. The brewery produces the popular line of Shiner Beers, including a chocolate stout called “Birthday Beer,” brewed to celebrate their 106th year in business.
The beer pours an almost black color in the glass and shows a touch of mahogany when viewed directly against the light. The one finger cappuccino colored head dissipates very quickly and leaves no trace of its existence.
The nose is dominated by sweet chocolate aromas of cocoa powder, Hershey bar and chocolate icing. Hiding underneath all the glorious chocolate notes is a hint of cherry fruit and a touch of vanilla cream. There is slight roasted malt presence that combats some of the sweetness.
On the palate you get bombed by – you guessed it – chocolate! The taste is reminiscent of chocolate frosted chocolate cake filled with brownie batter and served with a big glass of super chocolaty chocolate milk. There is a dusting of cherry and vanilla notes that help to lift the chocolate to a whole new level. A lighter style stout, this beer is for those who like to drink their desserts!
Shiner set out to make a chocolate stout to commemorate their birthday, and without question created a beer that could pass as a liquefied birthday cake! Pair this one with a triple crème or smoked BBQ ribs. Also great alongside a chocolate cake or all by itself as a dessert.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out of 5 Pints