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Black Thunder - Austin Beerworks

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 206
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 16
Gots: 42 | 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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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 206
Photo of obrike
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A locally brewed "schwarz"...why the hell not?

This one pours a dark brown with a bit of ruby red if you hold it up to the light. A half inch light brown head rises, then slowly dissipates, leaving some streaky lace.

Getting some decent nutty roasted malts on the scent. I like. Smells fresh and clean.

The roasted malts certainly are evident in the taste. Maybe even a bit of bitter coffee...but very little. Just a super easy drinking, low abv beer that would be a great choice to offer folks in Texas a "light" dark beer. Hell, I'd call this one a good hot Texas summer beer.

Nice job with this one Austin Beerworks! Offering up a good, drinkable, unique style brew is always a welcome choice.

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Photo of Premo88
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of Sark
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- pleasant finger and a half of aromatic pebbled beige head, medium toast brown with a bit of transparency

Smell- toasted caramel malts and a touch of earthy hop, toffee and light coffee

Taste- malt sweetness comes in the form of a toasted breadiness and there's a presence of caramel and coffee, the balance of hop crisp comes on the later half and rear of the palate

Mouthfeel- super smooth, full bodied, carbonation on the back of the tongue

Overall- the malt prominence deserves worthy praise and is well balanced, not too big, not too light, good for a few

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.37/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

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Photo of specksnreds
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"SCHWARZBIER!"I like yelling that and sounding all in-charge and what not. And speaking of in-charge (that's called a segue), this beer is all in-charge up in here. Though not much to look at with its not-so-black appearance and lack of bubbly head, it smells heavenly sweet and inviting. Pretty sure I smelled some hops, but who knows. A little too bitter to be refreshing, but I do sense that said bitterness is a function of hops. And that's OK.

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Photo of Uanof
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark opaque brown with a slighter brown around the edges, bubbly, creamy tan head that goes down to a thin layer over the beer.

S: big on roasted malts, hops, nuts, some coffee on the lighter side.

T: it's an extremely clean taste mostly compromised of equal parts roaste coffee and the bitterness of the hops. Bread like characteristics as well.

M: crisp, clean, light bodied, easy going, it's almost like drinking bitter coffee.

O: clean, easy drinking "dark" beer that would play well on a long day of drinking at the park on mid-october. Maybe too watered down for the style.

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Photo of elcatan
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Daxio
4.65/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Black Thunder from Austin Beerworks
84 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.