Shiner Morello Dark Cherry
Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Morello Dark CherryShiner Morello Dark Cherry
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Style:
Lager - European Strong
Ranked #4
ABV:
7%
Score:
78
Ranked #43,087
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 12.11%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
61
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Spoetzl Brewery
 
Texas, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  16
SCORE
78
Okay
Shiner Morello Dark CherryShiner Morello Dark Cherry
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Pegasus from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Claret colored, with a large, finely-beaded, cream-colored head with very good persistence. Unbroken sheets of fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass wall. Minute pearls of carbonation drift lazily to the surface in almost unbroken chains.

Aroma: Ripe cherry skins, vanilla, and bittersweet chocolate contrast with sweet alcohol, offering an almost wine-like aroma.

Taste: The taste opens with bittersweet chocolate and ripe cherry skins. Soon after there is a wave of mildly warming, vinous alcohol. A bit of cold coffee appears later in the taste. Finishes with a slight, but lingering wood and herbal note and bittersweet cocoa.

Mouth feel: Very soft and full, with just a bit of zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Shiner is to be commended for not creating an alco-pop, with excessive fruit flavors, and a high ABV. Shiner Morello Dark Cherry is as reminiscent of a wine as it is of an ale. A fine effort.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass bottle, with a twist-off crown, served in a Save the World Brewing teku.

Sep 23, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer. I can't say that I will search out a place just to drink it again, but it is a nice change from the usual stuff. The taste does have cherry and chocolate in it and the ABV is not overpowering at all. This is one of those beers that I don't mind having one of, but I would not drink additional ones at one sitting. Well worth trying though.

Jul 19, 2020
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From my Shiner mix pack, 12 oz long neck poured into a pint glass, the beer is dark brown with mahogany highlights. There is a skim of light tan foam.

Nose of chocolate covered cherries and some dark fruit.

First taste is both cherries and a slight bit of coco. There is some raisin and crackers in the background. Cherry taste stays consistent through out and nudges the rest of the flavors to the side. I give the brewer credit for not making an overly sweet or cloying beer. I have always liked the base beer (black lager), so I think a good foundation was in place.

The mouth is medium and would like to see it a tad thicker as I think of this a desert beer. It is a once in while beer for me.

Mar 23, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a bit underrated. Mine was poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Clear dark brown color with nice white head and great lacing. Fairly sweet cherry smell and taste. Pleasant chocolate flavor, good with cheese and crackers. Not a great beer but not bad either.

Feb 18, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a pinky of tan head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Cheery juice & brown bread

T: Follows the nose, faint figgyness, dryness & a little woody hop up front. More cherry, dryness & brown bread as this warms. Finishes dry with figs & cherry

MF: Medium body & subtle carbonation

This worked better than I thought it, on the verge of being too sweet, but restrained enough

Jan 29, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 4/14/20, so guessing about 3 months old.

Looks very nice. Deep dark clear Ruby red colored body. Small off white head dissipates to a ring, very little lacing.

Aroma of cherry and chocolate......

......and then it starts to go very wrong. The initial mouthful is a nice cherry/dark chocolate, but very quickly the chocolate disappears, and I'm left with a medicinal bitter cherry cough syrup filling the mouth.

Mouth between medium and full, finish bitter chemical chocolate cough syrup. Slightly coats as well.

Overall, what looks and smells pretty good, becomes an unpleasant syrupy bitter taste in the mouth. And it's hard to find the lager in this one. Heading for a drain pour here.

Jan 26, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’m re-doing my eval. I didn’t like this at first and gave it a bad review based on my uneducated bias.
Looks dark brown, nearly black but still translucent.
Smells of vanilla and chocolate with a slight hint of cherry.
Taste is semisweet, chocolate, maraschino cherry, burnt coffee. It is more flavorful as it warms. I would think 50 might be a good serving temp.
The finish is not really all that heavy. I’d say a medium finish.
Not something to slug down, sip it very slowly.
For what it is, it’s well made and is enjoyable if you treat as such.
Cheers

Jan 25, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Dark and brownish red with a tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma of malt and dark cherry and the taste follows suit. Very smooth and easy drinker for a 7 avb. Cherry is spot on I think.

Jan 07, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Going against many of the other reviews, my opinion is the cherry is right on with this one. This is a strong lager so I'm going to assume high alcohol, malty and on the sweet side. I think this beer had the right marks for what it is trying to be....a dark cherry strong lager

May 27, 2019
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HardTarget from Texas

2.67/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Brown glass with a deep ruby hue when backlit showing good clarity. Holds an amber foamy head that laces the glass.

Aroma: Chocolate syrup, SweetTart cherry candy, an alcopop profile.

Taste: Cherry juice, chocolate milk, then it dries out into a harsh chemical after taste that assures me everything I just tasted was an artificial additive.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, medium high carbonation, finishes bone dry.

Overall: I like cherries, a lot. This may have some cherries in it, but I get the strong impression if cherries were involved, a lot of things happened to them before the brew kettle. It's too sweet for my palate, it's more of a malterantive "beer for people that don't like most beer". If you are one of these people, give it a try, you might really like it. I don't.

Mar 10, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 9.73(Including tax)/six-pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.135/oz) from Total Wine-Forum, Selma, TX. Reviewed 3/9/19.
Undated bottle. In reefer at store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Dark brown/black, effervescent, opaque. When held to the light, becomes red-amber and translucent.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.3 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, medium density, short duration, rapidly diminishing to a four mm ring fed by effervescence, and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Amber, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 – Sweet maraschino cherry.
Flavor – 3 - Less sweet than the nose suggests. Odd combination of cherry and malt. Ends with an alcohol (7 % ABV) burn and gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Medium, almost creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – Cherry cough syrup-based malt liquor. One and done.

Mar 09, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks like a nice stout with a 1/2 inch of frothy head. Smells of a vanilla cherry cola. Taste is obscure very sweet lager with some chocolate and a touch of herbal cherry. ABV is there every sip and herbal bite is kind of creeping.

Overall I can see why the low score as it was expected a very boozy cherry taste that I didn't like. Borderline terrible.

Feb 05, 2019
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singletary from Mississippi

3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a dark color with a tiny head that reduces to a small ring around the glass, with carbonation visible along glass. The smell is sweet cherry and vanilla. The taste is more vanilla than cherry but it is present. It is almost like drinking a chocolate covered cherry. The feel is somewhat heavy and a bit syrup. Overall a nice if not different beer to try.

Jan 13, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of sweet cherries, toffee and maltiness. Very sweet tasting with cherry, hints of chocolate and toffee.

Jan 10, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist off bottle poured into smokestack snifter.

Brown pour yields a chocolate body with slight red tinge and a creamy cappuccino-beige head.

Aroma is like a cabernet-soaked dark chocolate covered cherry. It's really decadent. It's dark chocolate covered fruit delicacy.

Flavor is...offensive? Extremely dirty, earthy, bitter, and metallic. Slight black cherry somewhere in there and bitter dark chocolate but it's all underneath tons of earthy off-flavors. I will say this is the hottest tasting Shiner beer I've had yet. Didn't spot the ABV, but it has quite a bit of heat.

Feel is crisp and slightly creamy, with lots of busy carbonation. Roasty finish.

Overall it's really nothing great. I was hoping for way better. Looks like most of this mix-a-six stuff is going to be wasted money.

Dec 30, 2018
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LoamRock from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cellar temp.
Dark red color. Abundant tan head turns into and remains a thin layer. Smells like cherry life saver. Black lager flavor emerges first then a semi sweet cherry hit registers followed by a somewhat bubbly finish. Not too sweet or thick. Moderate carbonation level matches the brew and provides refreshment from the strong lager.
Immensely enjoyed.

Dec 24, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Porurs out deep brown, almost black. The head is two fingers and tan. Retention is moderate and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Semi sweet malts in the nose. The cherry character is exremley light. Also picking up faint chocolate and vanilla. not too aromatic.

The cherry come out more in the taste. Still getting sweet caramel malts with some roast on them. The chocolate has vanished but still getting the vanilla.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. its soft, smooth, and with light carbonation. Feels ok.

Nov 10, 2018
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