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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 trxxpaxxs
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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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 Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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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Photo of wagenvolks
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 champ103
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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