Black Thunder - Austin Beerworks
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3.48/5 rDev -7%
12oz can into a Foothills pint glass.
Black Thunder, the 4th can to hit the shelves from Austin Beerworks, pours not quite black, but a deep chestnut brown with bright, ruby-rich cola hues at its edges. The head is slim and dissipates quickly to a fine veil of light tan bubbles. The aroma is the best part about this beer--subtle, yet intricate with a healthy dose of nutty, roasted dark malts that suggest chocolate and coffee.
The flavor is a bit thin and too sharp in its acridity. Still, the nutty malt backbone isn't without merit, as it finishes clean and dry with a bit of bread crust and a raw, leafy hop bitterness to round out the profile. Mouthfeel is light with big carbonation bubbles that add to the sharpness. Overall, not my favorite ABW beer, but I'll still happily imbibe the remaining 5 Black Thunders in my fridge.
03-18-2012 00:36:21 | More by wagenvolks
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
11-26-2012 01:28:35 | More by Pegasus
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
Thanks to kevin123 for this can...
A: Pours a wonderful dark brown with noticable ruby hues as light shines through. There is a full finger of light khaki colored head that takes awhile to settle. Good amount of lacing as it drinks.
S: The nose is pretty solid. Roasted malt, caramel, and a good amount of nuttiness. I'm picking up cashews mixed with coffee. It smells delightful.
T: It starts off with a bit of creamy sweetness and light roast. A touch of cashew comes in towards the middle, but it's not as much as I would have anticipated from the nose. The finish is a bit like toast (light burnt notes and bitters).
M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and creamy to start, but finishes bitter. Still creamy in the back end, but the carbonation dries it up a bit too fast.
O: I like this beer. It's not amazing, but it's solid. The look and smell of this beer are it's high points. I though it was a bit lacking in flavor.
05-16-2012 20:17:01 | More by trxxpaxxs
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
12oz can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to SSW117.
A- Pours an opaque dark brown with about a finger of brownish off-white head that is slightly creamy and a little bit bubbly and has decent retention- slowly fades to a thin layer leaving nice lacing. Decent carbonation.
S- Coffee beans, a little bit of dark chocolate, some light citrus hops, caramel malts, etc.. Slightly above average aroma strength.
T- Coffee beans, light dark chocolate, pretty malty, a little bit bitter on the finish with a little bit of a watery coffee aftertaste that lingers.
M- Fairly thin, decent carbonation, easy to drink.
O- I haven't had too many schwarzbier to compare this to, but I thought this was a pretty decent beer. It had a nice appearance and aroma and a pretty nice taste (not the best aftertaste in the world, but not bad). It was easy to drink and I definitely enjoyed it, nothing that stands out about it though. Glad I got to try it, thanks Sam!
08-04-2012 02:30:01 | More by jaasen64
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
deep brown pour with a finger of tan head which dissipated slowly. smells of chocolate, roasted grains, nutty. the taste is much better than the smell. lots of dark roasted grains are present, dark chocolate, sweet malty profile with a roasty essence throughout.. really nice. medium body with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel.
a nice sweet yet dark schwarzbier. very good in the flavor department with a really nice mouthfeel.
01-21-2013 01:50:17 | More by facundoCNB
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
06-16-2013 00:06:01 | More by hooliganlife
Black Thunder from Austin Beerworks
84 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.