Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Rail Dog Smoked Black LagerRail Dog Smoked Black Lager
BA SCORE
3.98/5
110 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:
#6,235
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
110
pDev:
9.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Yancey82
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of speedvagen
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of jp32
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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 rypkr
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Belittle
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Lanstrum
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

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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Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of csustar001
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of gwiedman1
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of tillmac62
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Bandi
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of little_star
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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 nitter
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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 nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager Brewed by Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. This brew has an ABV of 6.70% The brew pours out a dark brown color with a nice light brown head. Rail Dog has the look of root beer. The smell is smoky with grain and malts. There is a mild sweetness at the end of the smell. The taste is bold and smokey. You pick up on grains and a hit of hops at the end. There is a lot going on in this brew. Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel is rich and fulling. You pickup on the smokiness in this brew, but it has a clean smooth finish. Overall I'm giving Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager a solid 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

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

Photo of riemster
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of OB1
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Wrigfen
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AJmon13
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 110 ratings
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