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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

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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Reviews by Brenden:
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Brenden

Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This black lager is very much what I anticipate in a good Schwarzbier, a very dark brown with red-brown highlights. On top rests a tan head nearly a finger high, a little sparse but fairly solid considering. Retention is pretty good, as is the mostly spotty lacing this beer leaves behind it.
This is a well-balanced, fully structured beer with all the elements one would hope for, working together as they should, and with the strength they ought to show. The smoke is a primary characteristic in the malts, which provide a firm basis for this beer, while a light note of earth and flora from hops is enough to add balance and depth. Char is light and avoids astringency.
Excellent workmanship is further displayed in the flavor, in similar fashion to the aroma. Smoke is primary, the malts make a strong foundation, and I'm not surprised to find that "apple smoked grain" is added to the grains roasted in the oven, as there's a soft, even, sweet apple flesh note all the way through, and in good proportion. Roast, of course, is extremely evident, and it gives light supporting notes of dark cocoa, nuts, and coffee.
It's a medium-bodied dark beer, as it should be. It's got a nice mingling on the palate of both crispness and smoothness. Smoke lingers gently into an evenly semi-dry finish that's clean and, like aroma and flavor, avoids astringency.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 00:50:18 | More by Brenden
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civicm87

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

06-15-2014 20:16:14 | More by civicm87
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tdm168

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New Jersey

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06-11-2014 01:25:38 | More by Bandi
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2014 01:24:12 | More by metter98
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 14:41:42 | More by thecheapies
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barczar

Kentucky

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.

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05-05-2014 16:07:57 | More by barczar
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Ohio

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4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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03-31-2014 05:45:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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