Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a perfect pitch black. No light escapes, no edges and no hues. One finger of mocha colored foam, that falls well and leaves some wet lace to slide down the glass as you drink. The nose is a bit of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of char and smoke. There is a faint whiff of the "meaty scent" like you get in all smoked beers but it is perfectly under control and very faint. This has a creamy soft body with plenty of malt that has been blackened. Brought to it's driest to it's richest without bitterness. it's crisp malt. The chocolate is light on the palate but just keeps up it's appearance. The smoke is a bit of char and a faint bit of cherry wood. Lovely beer. My only complaint is that it drinks a bit thin and could use a couple more bubbles from carbonation. Finishes just dry and with only a slight bitter which is lovely next to that light smoke.
08-15-2014 17:50:45 | More by utopiajane
3.79/5 rDev -3.8%
A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—when held up to a bright light traces of dark brown are perceptible near the edges of the glass. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts and smoked malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that there are also some hints of chocolate malts. Slight bits of bitterness are also perceptible. The taste becomes a little more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and the subtleness of the roasted and smoked malts would probably make this a good introductory beer for someone new to the style.
06-11-2014 01:24:12 | More by metter98
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
Brown-black beer with a lovely looking beige head. Laces nicely.
Nose is interesting. Roasty malt, some Germanic Schwarzbier mustiness, but mostly, a hearty dry smoke. Not an overwhelming smoke, in intensity, but it is the primary aroma.
Earthy bitterness, mild smokiness, bitter oats, bittersweet chocolate, and all with some late lagery crispness. Impressive layers of flavor. Very easy to enjoy, although I wish there was more carbonation.
05-25-2014 14:41:42 | More by thecheapies
3.98/5 rDev +1%
Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy tan head that lingers.
Smoke and deeply toasted, nutty malt form the initial aroma, with notes of chocolate and tar adding complexity.
The flavor follows suit, with chocolate and nutty, toasted malt serving as a base that's accented by smoke, tar, and a tangy, metallic, slightly sour character.
Body is fairly thin, with carbonation on the high side and slight alcohol warmth.
The sour character, lightness of body, and high carbonation lead me to believe that this beer may be infected. I like the subtlety of the smoke character, and the malt is wonderful, so I'm ignoring the flaw in my score.
05-05-2014 16:07:57 | More by barczar
4.36/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured into my Monchshof Schwarzbier glass a deep dark chocolate brown with a billowing deep beige head that spits and spews as it settles into a frothy mass,just a great pour.Dark roast and chocolate dominate the nose with light smoke unerneath,very appetizing.Wow chocolate flavors abound with big roast to keep the sweetness in check,the smoke is in the finish and lingers,I get a little brown sugar but it stays dry enough to make it very appetizing.The creamy feel is great for a lager,damn this is a top notch black lager,kudos Thirsty Dog on this one.
03-31-2014 21:31:42 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a nearly cola colored dark roasted malt color with light beige tan head, fine speckled lacing. Aroma has smoked malt complexity a touch of campfire, nice dark roasted malts (hints of iced coffee/caramelized sugars) and just barely a hint of anise crosses the senses. Flavors meld nicely balancing the caramelized sugars/dessert qualities that I smell are more of the black patent dark roast, iced dark coffee nuttiness, and cherry wood smoked qualities (no clue which wood they actually smoked the malt with). I like the bitter/dry finish it provides here. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied smokey dark lager, slightly burnt acrid finish. All of the flavor components come together I'm a fan.
03-31-2014 05:45:12 | More by WVbeergeek
Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.