Black Thunder | Austin Beerworks

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Austin Beerworks
Texas, United States
austinbeerworks.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mora2000 on 10-25-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
219
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.13%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
55
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by wagenvolks:
Photo of wagenvolks
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Foothills pint glass.

Black Thunder, the 4th can to hit the shelves from Austin Beerworks, pours not quite black, but a deep chestnut brown with bright, ruby-rich cola hues at its edges. The head is slim and dissipates quickly to a fine veil of light tan bubbles. The aroma is the best part about this beer--subtle, yet intricate with a healthy dose of nutty, roasted dark malts that suggest chocolate and coffee.

The flavor is a bit thin and too sharp in its acridity. Still, the nutty malt backbone isn't without merit, as it finishes clean and dry with a bit of bread crust and a raw, leafy hop bitterness to round out the profile. Mouthfeel is light with big carbonation bubbles that add to the sharpness. Overall, not my favorite ABW beer, but I'll still happily imbibe the remaining 5 Black Thunders in my fridge.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Premo88
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. on-tap poured into pint glass at Torchy's Tacos in Cedar Park, TX
(12/13/14 ... Texas Stars night)

L: blackish brown, tan head (minimal ... very light pour); no lacing; clear brown up to the light; not much amber in it, more just brown

S: slightly chocolate, floral note; real chocolately and sweet as it warms ... REAL sweet

T: roasted malt, not burnt, much smoother and lighter than the American family of browns/porters/stouts; closer to brown ale; has a noticeable floral note (while eating spicy jerk tacos :) ... floral hops (?)

F: full carbonation but light ... fantastic

O: interesting mix of darker malt with floral hops ... a darker beer in which you can really detect the hops; good brew, tons of flavor and very drinkable. this brewery is good.

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Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jdg_0887
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Ldgrem
2.17/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I feel it got the worst of the stout lager relationship.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with an off-white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes, with a little bit of dark fruit. It smells quite a bit like a nice, roasted porter.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of dark roasted malt with some bitterness from the malt and chocolate notes. There is also a little bit of nuttyness in the flavor. There is a ton of flavor packed into this lower alcohol beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Hopefully this beer is canned because I could drink this all day long.

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Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of boogerisu
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeschaefer
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent sized light brown head settles into a nice lacing above a dark red like a wine but even darker clear colored beer.

A very light aroma consisting of dark roasted caramel to coffee like malts.

Dark caramel roasted coffee and dark chocolate malts taste that is quite pleasant and enjoyable.

A dryish almost chalk like, but to a much lesser degree, dry aftertaste on this medium to medium/full bodied beer.

This beer is advertized as a German-Style Schwarz but I think it's pretty close to a lot of porter and stouts I've tried with the dark coffees and dark chocolate aspects. A pretty tasty drink.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of BaroomHero
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of javlin624
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fair shwartz. Big white head on black body. Aggressive carbonation. Significant acid. Drinkable beer, it grew on me.It was only an extra, thanks Steve in Austin for some fun. Some burning tummy. Good roast aroma.Some chocolate. Lots of Rough patches.

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Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours cola black, chocolate head, dissipates quickly.

dark chocolate and roasted malts, light light citrus twist.

very roasty and chocolate through out. bitterness with a slight complimenting backbone. light citrus hops.

smooth with a mild carbonation, micro bubbles add body. light and easy.

pretty good, i like it.

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Photo of Jacobus79
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Reed55
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of erushing
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GenericWarrior
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Etch_a_sketch
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Black Thunder from Austin Beerworks
3.71 out of 5 based on 219 ratings.
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