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Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 2
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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Photo of wattoclone
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a six pack from Capone's in Norristown.

Aroma of rich dark chocolate with some fruit, vanilla and smoke.

Appearance is black as in the name with a medium tan head that behaves like a standard schwarzbier or porter.

Taste is essentially a top notch milk stout, sweet dark chocolate with a slightly smoked finish. If I had to guess what the style was I would have gone with a milk stout, not a schwarzbier.
There are notes of apple wood smoked chicken with a tangy BBQ sauce inthe finish. The mild smoke aftertaste lingers for a long time. A very tasty dark lager that gets my highest respect.

wattoclone, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of j0hnc2468
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

j0hnc2468, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

pathman, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Mohican88
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Mohican88, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of ODYSEYY
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

ODYSEYY, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of nrweigand43
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

nrweigand43, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

mikepcarney, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Blueribbon666
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Blueribbon666, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Lukass, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of hustlesworth
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- totally black with a shred of mahogany at the bottom of the glass. Nice khaki colored head drops thick rings of lace.

S- chocolatey and roasted with coffee and burnt caramel. Praline and toffee in there too with light applewood smoke and hazelnut, whiskey barrel, pipe tobacco.

T- cocoa and vanilla with a deep roasted flavor and some dark fruits. Coffee comes out near the end with barely perceptible smoke along with brown sugar, roasted nuts, and cucumber (very oddly, but it works). Earthy herbal hops can be sensed in the long roasted finish with soil, stone and damp wood.

MF- full and thickly juicy with well behaved carbonation. Coating roasted feeling on the cheeks with some residual burnt type sweetness and the tiniest pleasant flicker of alcohol warmth.

D- pretty good version of a kinda higher octane schwarzbier. Not smoky enough to go all Rauchbier on em, but enough to impart some character.

hustlesworth, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of bgage1955
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%

bgage1955, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

oberon, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Mtooman
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Mtooman, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Lanstrum, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Gkimbo
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Gkimbo, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

hollywood_15063, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of wilfmaster
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

wilfmaster, May 05, 2014
Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

BigTrubble, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a beer flute

A - It is a dark beer with ruby highlights. It is a little darker than a bock. It had very little beige head that was gone in a second.

S - I definitely get some smoke. I also smell some dark chocolate. I wasn't expecting that out of this beer. The smoke smell is like a campfire with maybe some pork and s'mores cooking on it. It is more smoke than food smelling.

T - The taste starts out with a smokey taste. Then I get that dark chocolate taste. I thought I was imagining it in the smell. The two flavors seem to share equal time on my palate.

M - Moderate with medium to low carbonation.

O - I tried one of there the other day, but didn't remember it being so good. I love the interplay of the smoke and dark chocolate. Thirsty Dog is stepping up their game. I am glad to see it. I enjoy their beer.

buschbeer, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, no bottle date, poured into a nonic pint.

A- Pours black with an inch of tan head, nice retention and lacing.

S- Milk chocolate, coffee beans, a bit of fruitiness and smoke.

T- The flavor reminds me a bit of porters like Edmund Fitzgerald but with a bit more smoke. Lots of milk chocolate, iced coffee flavor, also a bit of toffee and fruit, roasty bitterness is minimal.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, soft, feel.

O- A very nice beer, highly drinkable stuff, everything here is smooth and nicely rounded, a good six-pack option.

WillCarrera, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Brenden, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Deep black in color, with a nice two-inch collar of tamn foam.
Aroma-Dark, smoked malts
Taste-Dark toasted malt, smoked malt, bakers chocolate, roasty. Very well-balanced and smooth. An excellent match for BBQ, smoked meats, or a hunk of aged Gouda.

hosehead83, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +2%

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
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of marmstrong1212
4/5  rDev +1.3%

marmstrong1212, Apr 15, 2014
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Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.