Black Thunder
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Austin Beerworks
Texas, United States
Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #84
Ranked #23,388
3.74 | pDev: 11.76%
Dec 22, 2020
Oct 25, 2011
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Ratings by Bryan12345:
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bryan12345 from Texas

Aug 11, 2017
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by HighE80 from Pennsylvania

visually appealing after pour, but head fades quickly. Thin body with mouthfeel similar to a Bud.

Dec 22, 2020
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mushroomcloud from Texas

12oz canned 9-30-20, opened 10-31-20.
2 finger beige head, very good retention.
Dark brown hue with great clarity. Full, clinging lace.
Light roast, woodsy with faint chocolate and coffee notes.
Detecting a hoppy / grassy aroma under it all.
Coffee with cream, bitter roast malt - toast and nuts.
Again, as in the aroma, a grassy/spicy hop flavor comes on late. Lots of flavor.
Light body, somewhat creamy mouthfeel.
Lingering bitter and roasty finish. Surprising power.
Very Good.

Nov 01, 2020
3.75 by bundy462 from Texas on Oct 23, 2020
4.31 by alexstew2 from Texas on Oct 21, 2020
3.84 by imnodoctorbut from Texas on Mar 19, 2020
3.8 by BlueJay2852 from Texas on Jul 02, 2019
3.77 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Jan 18, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

I really liked this beer. Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Clear dark brown color with a good white head and decent lacing. Very nice roasted malt smell and taste. Pumpernickel bread, a little sweetness and pleasant bitterness. Goes great with food!

Jan 14, 2019
3.75 by sd123 from Georgia on Jul 01, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the can into a pokal glass. Canned Feb 21st 2017.

Mahogany brown and a tinge of red to the body color. Two finger faint holding head, pinhead sized bubbles in its makeup, with a good amount of pill like lacing. Good small crown on top as it settles, and managing a faint half tall creamy finger on top.

Nice aroma. Faint coffee and toasty malt. Very clean sensing as well, even a touch of hazelnut like sweetness going on. Quite a good inviting aroma for a schwarzbier.

Palate brings the solid goods. Crisp and creamy. Tangy finish with even a little bit of hop bite, but excellent creamy and light milk chocolate mid palate. Roast and even crackling grains in the middle, hints of brown bread toast and a lingering herbal green hop bent that really lingers. Hints of bubbly faint carbonation but not gaseous, making for a playful romp on the tongue.

A very surprising and memorable schwarzbier. Tasty!

May 25, 2017
3.81 by stebbi7833 from Texas on Apr 22, 2017
3.75 by Ryan_DelMastro from Massachusetts on Feb 20, 2017
4.35 by Jentex from Texas on Feb 05, 2017
3.63 by mamaraza from Texas on Oct 01, 2016
3.9 by videofrog from Texas on Jul 04, 2016
3.98 by kkarimi from Texas on Jun 28, 2016
3.02 by MrHolden from Texas on Mar 29, 2016
2.93 by jeschaefer from Texas on Feb 26, 2016
3.65 by closisinthehouse from Florida on Jan 23, 2016
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4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by zachthelaxer93 from South Carolina

Very good smoked flavour with the subtleties of a nice smoked pork or beef broth. Goes down incredibly smooth with a dry finish. Would love to have more of them.

Jan 02, 2016
3.44 by boogerisu from Iowa on Dec 24, 2015
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3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

An okay darker lager-like beer with mild notes of toast and nut and bread, it's round and fluid and easily drinkable I suppose but just okay. Take it in a pinch.

Dec 24, 2015
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3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

the can says this is a pilsener at heart, despite the color of the beer, but i disagree, this is actually on the slightly heavier and richer side for a schwarzbier, not to say its either heavy or rich, but just comparatively speaking. nice head on it, looks like chocolate milk on top, with great retention. smell and taste of german malts, which gives it some authenticity, and then there is all the dark malt, which presents itself somewhere between a roasted barley and a specialty dark malt, deeper than chocolate, but not way deep. its pleasantly dry, but i usually like a little yeast character in this style, and this beer has very little of that. what it does have is a little body, and a little texture from the grain, which lends itself to the darker flavor profiles, a nice early fall session beer. a style that i think deserves a little more attention from american brewers, but this is not the most excellent example i have had. thanks to the beerliner bikes and prostate cancer guys for setting me up with this beer not available here in colorado.

Oct 09, 2015
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3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Can. Poured a brown color that let light penetrate it. I am never unhappy with the potential of sipping a Schwarzbier but it in no way makes me excited. This brew to me seems to be pretty sound in terms of style. It tastes and smells like an American interpretation of this German style. Dark bread, kind of roasty, dark caramel which teeters on chocolate. Lighter bodied. If you're in the mood for this style, go for it.

Sep 26, 2015
3.5 by Matt141 from Texas on Sep 05, 2015
3.69 by bfitzge2 from Massachusetts on Aug 31, 2015
3.75 by pagesofphotographs from Colorado on Aug 25, 2015
4.59 by gilgar from Texas on Aug 21, 2015
3.75 by Longhorn08 from Texas on Aug 15, 2015
3.77 by LouAleHead from Texas on Aug 01, 2015
3.85 by Magery from Kentucky on Jul 04, 2015
4 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts on Jun 29, 2015
4 by Masters from Massachusetts on Jun 29, 2015
4.08 by pnelting from Texas on Jun 24, 2015
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3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by twiggamortis420 from Texas

12 oz can pours a dark brown color with an ample cap of fluffy tan head. Nice retention and lace.

Nose is roasty malt, dark chocolate and a touch of black licorice. Nutty yeast and some sweetness round things out.

Taste leans more roasty, with some coffee and mocha flavors up front. The mouthfeel is a little thin, and a leafy hopiness finishes dry. I want a little more body and sweetness in the middle, but overall not bad.

Jun 21, 2015
3.38 by srletend from Texas on Jun 08, 2015
3.64 by OKFine from Michigan on Jun 07, 2015
3.33 by Stevotex from Texas on May 30, 2015
3.93 by Burkbom23 from Connecticut on May 26, 2015
Black Thunder from Austin Beerworks
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 228 ratings