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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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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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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

thedifferencemaker, Apr 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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JackRB, Jul 23, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -14.2%

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

This black lager can be characterized as a balanced cross between a rauchbier andf a Schwarzbier
Pours a very dark brown, looking black and opaque int the glass. Red-brown highlights at the edges under light. The tan head has fair retention. Limited spotty lacing is left behind.

Aroma & Flavor: The smoke is light in the nose but significantly more pronounced in tasting, lingering on in the aftertaste with some expresso. Char is light and this avoids overly burnt flavors. A touch of sourness. Dark roasted grains are, of course, dominant.

Feel: medium-bodied; semi-dry finish; medium carbonation.

chinchill, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

nrbw23, Jan 08, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -5.1%

Summer release? Damn no wonder I couldn't find it anywhere. I picked up a bottle of this for 1.99 from Vintage Estate.

A - Ok as expected for almost a year old I get little head just a ring that settles to nothing, No sediment which is nice and the beer itself Is a thick dark brown. Syrup like.
S - Mild notes of liquid smoke. Touch of char roast and some chocolate malts. Some sweeter malts but they are faint.
T - I do taste the peat and smoked malts both are faint with a touch of coffee and chocolate malts.
M - Still drinks rather well medium to heavy in body. Slick.

Overall it held up quite well for 9+ months but I would love to try it fresh. Fresh it may have more smoke and carbonation.

DrDemento456, Jan 23, 2014
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Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.