Black Thunder - Austin Beerworks
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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
01-29-2013 03:26:05 | More by Sammy
3.28/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
04-10-2012 00:16:40 | More by Thorpe429
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
Appearance: Another impressive Austin Beerworks pour, with the clear chestnut colored liquid presenting several fingers of ecru foam; both the retention and the lacing were noticable
Smell: Brown bread and nutskins, with hints of powdered chocolate and coffee
Taste: Brown bread with a bit of acidity and nutskin bitterness developing; in the mid-palate, the powdered chocolate and coffee arrive; chalky and dry, in the finish
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: I am a bit disappointed in this beer, as the finish fails to hold the promise of the front end; not bad, but not something I would be inclined to re-visit
Thanks, Phoenix2443, for the opportunity
02-09-2013 17:51:57 | More by brentk56
3.65/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
07-23-2012 02:12:51 | More by emerge077
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
10-25-2011 05:23:04 | More by Mora2000
3.43/5 rDev -8%
A: Poured a deep brown with good carbonation leaving behind a moderate sized tannish cap which fades leaving spotty lacing
S : A light roast, grains and some faint cocoa
T: Black malt base provides hints of cocoa, some roast upfront. A small amount of bitterness is detected toward the en but minute.
M: Light to medium bodied, some creaminess to it.
O: Not a bad beer.
01-06-2013 13:37:36 | More by barleywinefiend
3.93/5 rDev +5.4%
12oz can into a standard pint. The brew appears a cola colored brown that is hazy. A finger of tan froth sits atop and slowly fades leaving patches of lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface.
The smell is pleasantly roasty with hints of chocolate and mild coffee. A sweetness is present mildly like vanilla mixed with a touch of nutty grain. Faint herbal inclusion and earthy hops.
The taste is mildly musty with roasty grain. Hints of chocolate snd coffee with a bitterness that is a mixture of the roast and herbal hops. There is a light touch of fruit that feels like a combination of hops and alcohol ester with a minor note of mineral quality.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is pretty easy drinking and nice and crisp finishing. A depth of character here between the hops and roast of grain. Overall a solid interpretation of the style.
08-14-2012 21:56:42 | More by stakem
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
11-27-2012 22:42:06 | More by LXIXME
3.48/5 rDev -6.7%
Can opened on 8.21.12.
A - Pours a dark brown with a touch of red. A one inch light brown head forms, and fades slowly.
S - Not much here, light roasted malts.
T - Roasted malts, some wheat as well.
D - Good carbonation with a light body.
O - Light and roasty, pretty simple.
08-27-2012 06:41:42 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.35/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
11-26-2011 02:16:50 | More by champ103
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours dark brown, looks nearly black without direct light but it's quite brown when lit. The head is medium-sized and tan in color. Good retention. Lots of bubbles sticking around, coating the top of the beer. Cleanly malty aroma. Nutty with caramel depth. Very light coffee roast. It's a nice, round malt sweetness. Taste is mild and nutty, again. There's some malt sweetness. Caramel in the finish. Solid grain flavors. Mouthfeel is pretty normal. Relatively light, medium carbonation. Good beer.
03-29-2014 05:38:44 | More by popery
3.43/5 rDev -8%
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.
07-19-2012 18:02:34 | More by rudzud
3.88/5 rDev +4%
Another can thanks to my cousin sonnysideup.
A- Poured from the can to a glass for the review with a black body with just a tiny bit of dark brown around the edges where light pierces through. Foamy light tan head forms to about a finger and falls fairly quickly to a bubbly ring. Lacing is spotty.
S- Aroma mostly comprised of a good variety of malty notes. This ranges from sweet caramel to toasted nuts and some roasty coffee but not dark roast like a stout. No yeast and just a hint of hops.
T- As I may have expected the malts carry over from the nose and make up most of the flavor. The yeast is incredibly clean and responsible only for slight breadiness and a tiny hint of fruits. Rich grainy flavors of cracked cereal grains, toasted bread, caramel and smooth roasted coffee. Tiny bit of nobles hops round it all out.
MF- Light bodied with a high end carbonation like a Hefeweizen almost. A decent creamy texture leads to the beer finishing with some roast and hop bitterness lingering on the palate.
Covers a nice range of malty flavors starting at cracked pale grains and ending at a freshly roasted pot of coffee. A dark beer by color but drinks as refreshingly as any brew.
12-05-2013 02:58:08 | More by cbutova
Black Thunder from Austin Beerworks
84 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.