Black Thunder | Austin Beerworks

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Black ThunderBlack Thunder

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Austin Beerworks
Texas, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mora2000 on 10-25-2011

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of imbibehour
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

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Photo of elcatan
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Draught House.

Almost black, with a reddish-brown tint when held up to the light. Thin ring of light beige foam at the sides of the glass, with a hurricane swirl of fine bubbles in the middle.

Aroma is upfront caramelized grains and maybe some roasted stone fruit. Mouthwatering.

Initial taste matches the aroma, then becomes oddly neutral before a grainy, roasted wallop to the back of the throat that, well, tastes kinda like a roach. (Not the crawling kind.) I can see how burnt flavor could be overpowering to some, but to me it was delicious. Of the few schwarzbiers I've tried, this is indisputably the best. I hope they can this stat.

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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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4.16/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very underappreciated style and this was excellent. I could drink this all day! Doesn't sit heavy and the mix of roasty, nutty, sweet and dry with a dash of chocolate was great! Keep it up, fellas!

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4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Emrgnc
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with some reddish/brown highlights. Think and creamy head. Chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness in the medium body. Finishes with a nice espresso flavor.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Petegrieco
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Black Thunder from Austin Beerworks
3.71 out of 5 based on 220 ratings.
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