This year marks the 106th birthday of the Spoetzl Brewery and Shiner beer. Â Every year Shiner releases a limited production beer to commemorate the occasion. Â This year Shinerâ€™s 106 Birthday Beer is the Chocolate Stout. Â This beer is an American Stout that is at a 5% ABV. Â According to Shiner the beer is brewed with chocolate malt and cocoa, after drinking the beer I believe it. Â You can pick up the Shiner 106 in 12oz. bottles or cans for about $8 a 6pk.
Nose: On the nose the Shiner Chocolate Stout has the smell of a fresh baked chocolate cake. Â One whiff and you know that this beer is packed full of chocolate flavors.
Flavor: This beer at first sip makes you think you are drinking liquid chocolate. Â The flavors remind me of when you get the bowl after making a batch of brownies. Â After a few sips I started to notice a nice malt quality to the flavor. Â The malt added that little bit of depth that this beer needed. Â The finish does leave a bit of an artificial flavor feel but nothing that really takes away too much from the beer.
Final Thoughts: Â This is actually a easy drinking stout, it doesnâ€™t have the thickness of many of the usual stouts. Although it is not a very complex beer and is pretty much one flavor it is still a decent beer. The beer pours with a nice head and leaves a good lacing on the glass. This is a beer that I would recommend to anyone just getting into stouts due to its â€œlightnessâ€ and drinkability.