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Black Thunder - Austin Beerworks

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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Austin Beerworks visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 10-25-2011)
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Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep obsidian in color, all but impenetrable to light, with a small off-white head, which soon descends to an scattered archipelago in a dark sea. The lacing is thick, glass-coating, and fine-beaded.

Aroma: Mild notes of roasted malt, bitter cocoa, cold coffee, and faint dark fruit.

Taste: Opens with bitter cocoa and cold coffee. As the taste progresses, notes of charcoal appear. Late in the taste, there is a faint flush of sweetness. Finishes with a lingering roasted barley note and some earthy hop notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, with a hint of effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A nicely made example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, Nov 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Tiernan, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of jdg_0887
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%

jdg_0887, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with an off-white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes, with a little bit of dark fruit. It smells quite a bit like a nice, roasted porter.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of dark roasted malt with some bitterness from the malt and chocolate notes. There is also a little bit of nuttyness in the flavor. There is a ton of flavor packed into this lower alcohol beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Hopefully this beer is canned because I could drink this all day long.

Mora2000, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

standardcherry, May 29, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent sized light brown head settles into a nice lacing above a dark red like a wine but even darker clear colored beer.

A very light aroma consisting of dark roasted caramel to coffee like malts.

Dark caramel roasted coffee and dark chocolate malts taste that is quite pleasant and enjoyable.

A dryish almost chalk like, but to a much lesser degree, dry aftertaste on this medium to medium/full bodied beer.

This beer is advertized as a German-Style Schwarz but I think it's pretty close to a lot of porter and stouts I've tried with the dark coffees and dark chocolate aspects. A pretty tasty drink.

LXIXME, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of javlin624
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

javlin624, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fair shwartz. Big white head on black body. Aggressive carbonation. Significant acid. Drinkable beer, it grew on me.It was only an extra, thanks Steve in Austin for some fun. Some burning tummy. Good roast aroma.Some chocolate. Lots of Rough patches.

Sammy, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

jheezee, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of hooliganlife
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours cola black, chocolate head, dissipates quickly.

dark chocolate and roasted malts, light light citrus twist.

very roasty and chocolate through out. bitterness with a slight complimenting backbone. light citrus hops.

smooth with a mild carbonation, micro bubbles add body. light and easy.

pretty good, i like it.

hooliganlife, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Jacobus79
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Jacobus79, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

zonker17, Nov 02, 2013
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2.88/5  rDev -22.8%

Etch_a_sketch, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

JamLand, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of gsumers
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

gsumers, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of AlmightyIrishman
4/5  rDev +7.2%

AlmightyIrishman, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of humpty1602
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

humpty1602, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of bmurray10
3.88/5  rDev +4%

bmurray10, Today at 09:26 PM
Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for sharing this beer today!
Live review, served in a tulip glass.

Black with a thin skim, earthy roast aroma and flavor. Thin ring ofthe edges, reddish copper color in the light. Dry and roasty aroma. Dry bitter flavor, some woody smokiness, with traces lingering nicely in the aftertaste. Dry and savory, would pick this up if I saw it, it's a nice Schwarzbier.

emerge077, Jul 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

mikool_451, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

EgadBananas, Nov 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +34%

frisk, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Hopmodium, Sep 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

gtermi, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of jeisemann26
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

jeisemann26, Jul 13, 2014
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Black Thunder from Austin Beerworks
84 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.