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Black Thunder - Austin Beerworks

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 15
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Austin Beerworks visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mora2000 on 10-25-2011

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By far the best schwarzbier I've had.

A: Cola black. Amber at the edges held up to the light. Head sticks around a little while. Lacing is normal for a not-too-thick beer.

S: The scent is as if a porter or stout: coffee, smoky, smoked malt. Very appetizing.

T: The taste is simpler than the scent, but still satisfying. Hops come in on the aftertaste as they should.

M: Medium carbonation. the feel is not thick. Like the lager it is.

O: Best on tap, but the cans are great too, poured into a pint glass.

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16 oz. on-tap poured into pint glass at Torchy's Tacos in Cedar Park, TX
(12/13/14 ... Texas Stars night)

L: blackish brown, tan head (minimal ... very light pour); no lacing; clear brown up to the light; not much amber in it, more just brown

S: slightly chocolate, floral note; real chocolately and sweet as it warms ... REAL sweet

T: roasted malt, not burnt, much smoother and lighter than the American family of browns/porters/stouts; closer to brown ale; has a noticeable floral note (while eating spicy jerk tacos :) ... floral hops (?)

F: full carbonation but light ... fantastic

O: interesting mix of darker malt with floral hops ... a darker beer in which you can really detect the hops; good brew, tons of flavor and very drinkable. this brewery is good.

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On tap at Draught House.

Almost black, with a reddish-brown tint when held up to the light. Thin ring of light beige foam at the sides of the glass, with a hurricane swirl of fine bubbles in the middle.

Aroma is upfront caramelized grains and maybe some roasted stone fruit. Mouthwatering.

Initial taste matches the aroma, then becomes oddly neutral before a grainy, roasted wallop to the back of the throat that, well, tastes kinda like a roach. (Not the crawling kind.) I can see how burnt flavor could be overpowering to some, but to me it was delicious. Of the few schwarzbiers I've tried, this is indisputably the best. I hope they can this stat.

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Black Thunder from Austin Beerworks
84 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.