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Black Thunder - Austin Beerworks

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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 18 | 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 coldriver
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

coldriver, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

jheezee, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

ChaseTheAce, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

facundoCNB, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of bbadger
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

bbadger, Jan 19, 2013
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.

barleywinefiend, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
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.

LXIXME, Nov 27, 2012
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.

Pegasus, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Mordhaus
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Mordhaus, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +7.2%

PhatAtUT, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of damngoode
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

damngoode, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of TheStashRide
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

TheStashRide, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Hopmodium, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of GMB
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

GMB, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of ReyG006
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

ReyG006, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Kornoms
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Kornoms, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of ChrisKuhns
4/5  rDev +7.2%

ChrisKuhns, Aug 29, 2012
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.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

ctwinne, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of ret3
2/5  rDev -46.4%

ret3, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
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.

stakem, Aug 14, 2012
Black Thunder from Austin Beerworks
84 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.