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Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Rail Dog Smoked Black LagerRail Dog Smoked Black Lager

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BA SCORE
88
very good

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hustlesworth on 06-19-2013)
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Belittle, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker Pint Glass. No date.

Appearance: Black to cola brown at the edges with some ruby red highlights. Very small thin tan ring at the edge. No foam or lacing.

Smell: Smoky, ashy, hint of cocoa powder.

Taste: Chocolate with a smoky coffee accent to it. Has a bitter finish that is again smoky and like very dark roast espresso.

Mouthfeel: Thick. Approaching creamy. Light carbonation.

Overall / drinkability: This beer goes very well with beef, which was a beef and noodle casserole for dinner. Even by itself this beer is quite good and can be a bit of a dessert as well. As for drinkability though, I find one is enough per evening. I am not sure I could have another as I'm sated after this one beer.

damndirtyape, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

northstar23, Aug 29, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +12.7%

bgage1955, Aug 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Rdbacteriumsosour, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
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.

utopiajane, Aug 15, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

goods003, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Gkimbo, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

paulish, Jul 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

JackRB, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

little_star, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

hilgart1, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

civicm87, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

tdm168, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

schaffer9252, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

wisegreensoul, Jun 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Bandi, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

metter98, Jun 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

TBRich, Jun 06, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

thecheapies, May 25, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

barczar, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

wilfmaster, May 05, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

thedifferencemaker, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

marmstrong1212, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

spiatt, Apr 14, 2014
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Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.