1906 Reserva Especial - Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
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United Kingdom (England)
2.94/5 rDev -9%
A 330ml bottle with no BB date (missing label). Acquired recently from a friend's party, so hopefully it's still in good shape.
Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear honey-amber colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling as a surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with mild hints of toasted grain, corn, stewed leaves and faint solvent in the background. Uninspired.
Tastes of light caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of mild caramel, hints of toasted grain, faint corn/DMS, stewed leaves and cardboard. A touch of harsh solvent in the background, followed by a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with decent carbonation but a rather insubstantial body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of stewed leaves/corn and cardboard.
Meh - no great shakes. Looks pretty good, but the aroma/flavour are dull and characterless. Body is OK but not amazing. Drinkable enough but too many off-notes spoil it. No need to seek it out.
07-23-2013 23:10:26 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.73/5 rDev -15.5%
33cl bottle dated BB March 2012, so a bit past recommended date. Served in a lager glass.
A: Pours a dark golden amber. Very clear with rising carbonation bubbles varying in size. Eggshell head has decent retention and leaves soapy looking lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: Mainly smells like corn/adjunct lager, but with a more pronounced aroma. A little bit floral as well, with hints of white bread and bread dough.
T: Sweet up front; mildly bitter finish and aftertaste. Only a hint of darker malt in here, and not too much flavor from the lighter malts either. Higher ABV evident after a little warming. A little bit of a floral and herbal taste.
M: medium carbonation and near medium body.
O: tastes and feels more like a slightly strong lager. Drinkable and modestly refreshing.
10-16-2012 23:15:07 | More by chinchill
3.13/5 rDev -3.1%
A:Amber color, with a great white head similar to belgian strong beers head
S:Alcohol and some fruit and hops
T:Alcohol all the way with some hops and fruitiness
M:good carbonation with an average dry aftertaste
D:As its alcoholic average is a little high for a lager, ill say you cant drink it like a regular lager, i cant drink more than two but still you stay with a good sensation of this beer
great surprise for an spanish lager because the others that ive tasted (ambar and mahou) are just horrible
04-14-2009 07:12:25 | More by yael6666
3.28/5 rDev +1.5%
Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some sweetness. Taste is bready, malts, alcohol, some light apple, a bit unusual aftertaste. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a mediocre beer.
08-23-2014 02:44:55 | More by tone77
2.48/5 rDev -23.2%
Pours dark amber with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows caramel, grapes, sweet port notes. Pretty faint though.
Flavours initially include sweet caramel and bready malt but then industrial notes show through which ruin it.
Carbonation could be higher.
12-15-2011 10:15:22 | More by CrazyDavros
4.34/5 rDev +34.4%
1906 Reserva Especial has a thin, white, soapy head, a hazy, orange-golden appearance, lots of little orange chunks floating about, some streaming bubbles, and a decent amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is bold and rich. One picks up medium-roasted barley malt, some alcohol sweetness, and brown bread. Taste is of all those, plus some bread crust, a slight hop bitterness, and even a fruitiness (figs?). Mouthfeel is medium, and 1906 Reserva Especial finishes mostly dry, fairly refreshing, bold, and strong. This is more of a sipper, really. Overall, I think it’s a really delicious beer. You should try it!
01-31-2013 15:14:58 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.18/5 rDev -1.5%
A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some hints of amber hues. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pale malts and spicy hops are present in the nose along with hints of fruity esters.
T: Compared to the smell, the taste is a little more pronounced with flavors of caramel, pale and toasted malts as well as hints of adjuncts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and is clean with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Depending upon how you perceive the beer, it seems to taste either like a watered down version of an Oktoberfest or a maltier version of an American Adjunct Lager. The beer is rather easy to drink and does not have any "off" flavors.
09-24-2013 00:49:19 | More by metter98
United Kingdom (England)
3.46/5 rDev +7.1%
330ml Bottle: poured into a 'Chimay' chalice at home on 4th March 2014.
Nice old gold colour to the clear body with a white head that fell away to a wisp and collar fairly swiftly.
Malty feel throughout the brew, in all aspects, the nose being full of molasses type smells with very little else to find.
The taste is also leaning heavily towards a semi-sweet maltiness with next to no bitterness until the finish which has a weak hop dryness which helps to balance out the malts sweetness a little.
I like the sweeter brews so this suited my taste buds, others will find it too sweet for the style and unbalanced because of that.
03-04-2014 20:12:29 | More by BlackHaddock
2.73/5 rDev -15.5%
Had it from a bottle into a glass. Not a bad beer, poured darker than I would have thought, but style felt that I tastes fruity overtone, amongst all the except toasted malts.
Only very slight bitter aftertaste than ran away quickly.
Probably wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again, but if someone served it up, I wouldn't refuse it either.
02-21-2011 05:24:55 | More by LeonSammartino
4/5 rDev +23.8%
From my point of view really nice beer; strong enough but not so alcoholic you cannot have 2 in a row.
A: Amber with a creamy head
S: Faint, but somehow persistant, alcoholic smell with hop notes
T: Smooth and malty, The light thickness and flavors work in the mouth creating a tasteful and low bitter beer. The complexity can be better tasted when comparing several intakes. Again in my opinion the mix makes an almost perfect beer for repetitive drinking. ( Please, see my tastes have been raised in Europe. )
M: Refreshing and quite drinkable.
O: Astonishing price/quality ratio ( $1.5 / 1 Eur ) Refreshing in Summer when served almost chilled and able to join a stew in Winter.
06-08-2014 14:58:12 | More by Irilian
3.73/5 rDev +15.5%
The appearance is regular, with an amber deep color, the foam have little consistency; the smell is good, some malta and corn, dominating the last one; very tasty flavor, essence of corn, combined with a medium bitterness; the mouthfeel is to cereals, high carbonation and medium body; in the drinkability, is well, of any way hides the 6,5° of alcohol, I took it with popcorn.
03-15-2009 02:57:27 | More by roddwolff
1.9/5 rDev -41.2%
330 ML poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass
A-- Poured a dark golden straw yellow. Medium to high carbonation by appearance, lots of bubbles. Bright cloud white head that was one finger. Decent head retention and some soapy like lacing on the sides of the glass. Do not think this is a bock at all.
S-- Heavy corn presence right off the bat. Very big chemical smell. A little bit floral and sweet as well. Very much not a bock.
T-- Sweet and almost syrupy. A little bit of a floral taste but otherwise it tastes like a run of the mill offering that is a bit more pimped out.
M-- Very little bitterness and ABV is noticeable in the mouth. A little bit creamy and more on the medium side of carbonation. Very sweet and perfume like. Does have a bit of a heavy finish. Sounds like a lager to me
D-- Basically a suped up lager that is not that great or worthy of having with good tapas. Skip and find something more interesting to have than this.
Not going to fail it even though as a bock it would get an F. As a lager or a pilsner it is barely passable
05-20-2010 14:44:32 | More by mulder1010
3.03/5 rDev -6.2%
Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.
A: Pours a clear dark golden-copper hue with a thick, 4-finger, white head that slowly dissipates into a solid persistent lace that leaves a great trail down the glass.
S: Malty aroma with some caramel notes.
T: Smooth and malty flavor and similar to the smell there is a caramel presence.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: Interesting beer. Decent flavor and aroma but nothing really special or anything I would grab again.
05-15-2012 00:46:47 | More by ckollias
2/5 rDev -38.1%
[Eyes] Clear orange color; clean and transparent... minimal carbonation, head is poor and dissipates quickly.
[Aroma] yeast and malt, a little touch of hops in deep
[Mouth] Freshhhh Malt bitterness, leaves a metallic aftertaste, creamy, light body gentle carbonation.
09-26-2008 01:49:34 | More by gerardoluna
1906 Reserva Especial from Hijos De Rivera, S.A.
75 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.