Shiner Morello Dark Cherry
Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Morello Dark CherryShiner Morello Dark Cherry
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Lager - European Strong
Ranked #4
Ranked #43,012
3.56 | pDev: 12.08%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
Shiner Morello Dark CherryShiner Morello Dark Cherry
Notes: A Bohemian Black Lager juiced up with a hint of Morello Cherry. Hints of vanilla come from the deep dark cherries.
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Pens1967 from Louisiana

3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Jan 28, 2019
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mamaraza from Texas

3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nov 16, 2018
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Demi from Minnesota

3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jan 20, 2019
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rsuarez1982 from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 15, 2019
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PJCarnell from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 20, 2018
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Dface from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 15, 2019
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singletary from Mississippi

3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Bryan12345 from Texas

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 23, 2018
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Lesiergreshman from Texas

3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 25, 2019
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LoamRock from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +40.4%
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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TxAg92 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 07, 2019
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CT316 from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 14, 2019
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aatazebeats from Texas

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 03, 2019
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Pegasus from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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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1.72/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I tried this beer in a combo pack, it tasted AWFUL. It had a chemical/ medicine taste, like a strong cough syrup.

Feb 08, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/13/2020. Pours crystal clear dark ruby red/brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas and flavors of big juicy/tart/tangy red/black cherries, fruit skin/pits, almonds, cocoa, coffee, brown bread/crust, light caramel, herbal, wood, grass, and pepper. Getting a very slight metallic note. Light herbal, woody, grassy, peppery, roasted bitterness; and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy red/black cherries, fruit skin/pits, almonds, cocoa, coffee, brown bread/crust, light caramel, herbal, wood, grass, and pepper on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, dark/roasted malts, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance, and no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/tartness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky/tangy/tannic mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is a delicious fruited dark lager. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, dark/roasted malts, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/tart/tangy/drying finish. Great balance of juicy cherries, dark/roasted/Munich malts, and earthy hops. Mild residual sweetness with lingering bitter/tart/tangy dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. I definitely enjoyed this a lot more than I expected.

Oct 17, 2020
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themayorkoch from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 25, 2020
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GidAg09 from Texas

3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Jun 30, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Navin-Johnson from Texas

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty damn good but not surprising as Shiner consistently makes beer I simply enjoy.

May 15, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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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