Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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109 Ratings
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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:
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Added by hustlesworth on 06-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
109
Reviews:
27
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Maillard
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Trboley
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of smoke, sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, and slight piney hops. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of smoke, sweet malt, strong roasted malt, alcohol, and slight piney hops. Overall, poor appearance, but good aroma, body, blend, and feel.

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Photo of AJmon13
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petrusek23
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jp32
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black, darker than a lot of stouts I have seen. There is a minimal khaki colored head around the edges of my glass.

The small is slightly roasted, but very faint and very smooth. Sometimes it seems as if it has no smell at all. Other times it has a small, faint, roasted smell.

It's difficult to pick up on the smoked characteristic here. There is a little bit of it in the finish/aftertaste, but it's hard for me to pull it out anywhere else in the beer. The flavor is subtle. It has a roasted malt backbone, but I don't get a smoke flavor, and the search for one distracts me from what is otherwise a pretty darn good tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style and the carbonation is perfect.

For a schwarzbier, this is probably a 5/5. Amazing for it's style. Very nice. However, because I was expecting something more "smoked", it loses a few.

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gregcordle
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lembeh
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lilmissbeer
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twonder23
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jonaspb
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yancey82
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Wrigfen
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rypkr
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Original rating 6-19-13
L - 3.75
S - 3.5
T - 3.75
F - 3.5
O - 3.75

Wtf was I thinking.

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Photo of DDiFran
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much head. Nice burnt chocolate flavor. Good body. Was hoping for more smoke. Good. Not great.

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Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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