Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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105 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:
105
Reviews:
26
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 26
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour with a normal head, lacing and retention. Rich nose of roast and dark chocolate over a touch of smoke. As it warms, the smokiness becomes a bit more pronounced, but still subtle. Light body with a slightly smooth texture which is spot on since this is a lager. Above average carbonation with a nice effervescence throughout. The flavor profile is simply outstanding - complex, balanced and intense. It begins with a slightly sweet roast character that flows into a roast bitterness with chocolate underneath. In the middle, a light sweet bitter chocolate predominates in an effervescent rush. In the somewhat dry finish, smoked malts take command and leave you with a campfire like smokiness that lingers.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Jesse13713
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a dark brown color with a thick texture. There was a two inch, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of roasted malt and a smoky quality.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, and the smokiness. This is, in general, a well balanced flavor. It's not overly malty as some German style beers are and the smoky quality is kept in check.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While not exactly a groundbreaking beer, Rail Dog is easy to drink and focused.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker Pint Glass. No date.

Appearance: Black to cola brown at the edges with some ruby red highlights. Very small thin tan ring at the edge. No foam or lacing.

Smell: Smoky, ashy, hint of cocoa powder.

Taste: Chocolate with a smoky coffee accent to it. Has a bitter finish that is again smoky and like very dark roast espresso.

Mouthfeel: Thick. Approaching creamy. Light carbonation.

Overall / drinkability: This beer goes very well with beef, which was a beef and noodle casserole for dinner. Even by itself this beer is quite good and can be a bit of a dessert as well. As for drinkability though, I find one is enough per evening. I am not sure I could have another as I'm sated after this one beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.44/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of utopiajane
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a perfect pitch black. No light escapes, no edges and no hues. One finger of mocha colored foam, that falls well and leaves some wet lace to slide down the glass as you drink. The nose is a bit of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of char and smoke. There is a faint whiff of the "meaty scent" like you get in all smoked beers but it is perfectly under control and very faint. This has a creamy soft body with plenty of malt that has been blackened. Brought to it's driest to it's richest without bitterness. it's crisp malt. The chocolate is light on the palate but just keeps up it's appearance. The smoke is a bit of char and a faint bit of cherry wood. Lovely beer. My only complaint is that it drinks a bit thin and could use a couple more bubbles from carbonation. Finishes just dry and with only a slight bitter which is lovely next to that light smoke.

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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Gkimbo
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Bandi
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—when held up to a bright light traces of dark brown are perceptible near the edges of the glass. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts and smoked malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that there are also some hints of chocolate malts. Slight bits of bitterness are also perceptible. The taste becomes a little more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and the subtleness of the roasted and smoked malts would probably make this a good introductory beer for someone new to the style.

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Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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