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Black Thunder - Austin Beerworks

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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | 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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2/5  rDev -46.5%

BGsWo22, Mar 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

ret3, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of ElCommodoro
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pour is a barely opaque mahogany brown colour with a small, quickly dissipating tan head.
Smell is really quite good. Sweet, malty, and chocolatey with some hops thrown in. The hops are a bit nauseating mixed in with those other flavours. But oh well, it's a schwarzbier.
The first thing that hits me is the astringent bitterness. Terrible! Terrible hops and way too much for a dark beer. I know that hops are supposed to supply the bitterness in a schwarz, but the idea is that they aren't as bitter as stronger-flavoured dark beers, right? This bitterness hides all the lovely flavours that could be lurking underneath. This is not refreshing at all.

ElCommodoro, May 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

CheChe, Aug 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

hpthebull, Mar 15, 2012
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2.88/5  rDev -23%

Etch_a_sketch, Sep 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

novangelus, Jun 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Kornoms, Sep 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

carrollmel7, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

sharpski, Jun 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

acurtis, Oct 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

javlin624, Dec 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

gsumers, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

cam12, Aug 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

montydesi, Jun 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

jborgschulte, Feb 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

jlower, May 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

LoveStout, Oct 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

dwagner003, Feb 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Mordhaus, Nov 11, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%

jdg_0887, Aug 16, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wagenvolks for sending this can my way. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a single-finger tan head that goes away fairly quickly without leaving much of any lacing behind. The nose has faint roasted malt with a touch of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is quite similar, with roasted malt dominating (though not being over the top), with some chocolate in the background. Light-medium body with slight chewiness and a semi-dry finish. A pretty decent example of the style, though I could use a bit more depth.

Thorpe429, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston Tx

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger dark beige head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt with some lagerish yeast. Light bread that is slightly burnt. Kind of like burnt toast.
T: Again that burnt toast flavor is up front and center. Dry crackers and baked bread that is almost charred.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp, clean, and dry. Easy enough to drink.

I really love Austin Beerworks, and was very excited to try this. Though Black Thunder is just a bit to burnt and charred for my tastes. Worth a try, but not one of ABW's better offering IMO.

champ103, Nov 26, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice one finger super light mocha head that fades to a thin creamy blanket.

S - Light roasted malts, slightly nutty, with an off putting metallic aroma.

T - Similar to the nose with lots of light roasted malts, slightly creamy, the metallic flavour is there too but thankfully just in the aftertaste. Hmmm...

M - Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but that metallic aftertaste is really messing with me.

O - Overall this had potential to be a decent beer, however, that off metallic taste and aroma really ruins this beer for me.

rudzud, Jul 19, 2012
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Black Thunder from Austin Beerworks
84 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.