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Black Thunder - Austin Beerworks

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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of bbadger


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-19-2013 21:20:58 | More by bbadger
Photo of barleywinefiend


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
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

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
Photo of Pegasus


3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

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
Photo of Mordhaus


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

11-11-2012 03:25:11 | More by Mordhaus
Photo of PhatAtUT


4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-06-2012 20:57:11 | More by PhatAtUT
Photo of damngoode


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-17-2012 00:51:15 | More by damngoode
Photo of TheStashRide


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

10-07-2012 23:50:54 | More by TheStashRide
Photo of Hopmodium


4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

09-30-2012 21:42:00 | More by Hopmodium
Photo of GMB


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-23-2012 03:59:21 | More by GMB
Photo of ReyG006


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

09-17-2012 11:13:43 | More by ReyG006
Photo of Kornoms


3/5  rDev -19.6%

09-12-2012 20:54:16 | More by Kornoms
Photo of ChrisKuhns


4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-29-2012 01:30:10 | More by ChrisKuhns
Photo of HuskyinPDX


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
Photo of ctwinne

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-21-2012 01:26:09 | More by ctwinne
Photo of ret3


2/5  rDev -46.4%

08-20-2012 20:57:38 | More by ret3
Photo of t0rin0


3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

08-18-2012 22:42:54 | More by t0rin0
Photo of stakem


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
Photo of jaasen64


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

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
Photo of specksnreds


3.58/5  rDev -4%

"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.

07-28-2012 21:28:06 | More by specksnreds
Photo of dustyonbass

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

07-27-2012 06:23:06 | More by dustyonbass
Photo of emerge077


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
Photo of rudzud


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
Photo of RicoFalcon

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

07-01-2012 23:30:45 | More by RicoFalcon
Photo of acbe


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

06-14-2012 00:41:37 | More by acbe
Black Thunder from Austin Beerworks
84 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.