Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Rail Dog Smoked Black LagerRail Dog Smoked Black Lager
BA SCORE
83.5%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 109 ratings
Rail Dog Smoked Black LagerRail Dog Smoked Black Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hustlesworth on 06-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,183
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
109
Liked:
91
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
9.3%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of wattoclone
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a six pack from Capone's in Norristown.

Aroma of rich dark chocolate with some fruit, vanilla and smoke.

Appearance is black as in the name with a medium tan head that behaves like a standard schwarzbier or porter.

Taste is essentially a top notch milk stout, sweet dark chocolate with a slightly smoked finish. If I had to guess what the style was I would have gone with a milk stout, not a schwarzbier.
There are notes of apple wood smoked chicken with a tangy BBQ sauce inthe finish. The mild smoke aftertaste lingers for a long time. A very tasty dark lager that gets my highest respect.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lembeh
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a one finger thick hazelnut brown head, solid lacing, and a black opaque body.

Smells like well-done roasted malts and mildly smoked food elements. Nothing offensive or overpowering

I taste basically the same components as the aroma. Very smooth on the tongue.

This brew's mouthfeel is smooth and clean.

Overall a 4.5 is given to Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager - Thirsty Dog Brewing . This company keeps getting better and better with their array of brews. I will buy this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.44/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- totally black with a shred of mahogany at the bottom of the glass. Nice khaki colored head drops thick rings of lace.

S- chocolatey and roasted with coffee and burnt caramel. Praline and toffee in there too with light applewood smoke and hazelnut, whiskey barrel, pipe tobacco.

T- cocoa and vanilla with a deep roasted flavor and some dark fruits. Coffee comes out near the end with barely perceptible smoke along with brown sugar, roasted nuts, and cucumber (very oddly, but it works). Earthy herbal hops can be sensed in the long roasted finish with soil, stone and damp wood.

MF- full and thickly juicy with well behaved carbonation. Coating roasted feeling on the cheeks with some residual burnt type sweetness and the tiniest pleasant flicker of alcohol warmth.

D- pretty good version of a kinda higher octane schwarzbier. Not smoky enough to go all Rauchbier on em, but enough to impart some character.

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Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Monchshof Schwarzbier glass a deep dark chocolate brown with a billowing deep beige head that spits and spews as it settles into a frothy mass,just a great pour.Dark roast and chocolate dominate the nose with light smoke unerneath,very appetizing.Wow chocolate flavors abound with big roast to keep the sweetness in check,the smoke is in the finish and lingers,I get a little brown sugar but it stays dry enough to make it very appetizing.The creamy feel is great for a lager,damn this is a top notch black lager,kudos Thirsty Dog on this one.

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Photo of lilmissbeer
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A solid offering from a great local brewery, this is probably my favorite from Thirsty Dog and has also been the hardest to find in stores. Very drinkable, pairs with food without overwhelming it, and hides the alcohol well. Recommended!

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was expecting the smoky flavor but I was also ppicking up a surprising amount of chocolate

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow ! Let's assume that every established brewery has a sleeper beer. Rail Dog is Thirsty Dogs sleeper for sure. Great beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83.5% out of 100 with 109 ratings
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