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:
220
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.13%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
55
For Trade:
1
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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 acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for sharing this beer today!
Live review, served in a tulip glass.

Black with a thin skim, earthy roast aroma and flavor. Thin ring ofthe edges, reddish copper color in the light. Dry and roasty aroma. Dry bitter flavor, some woody smokiness, with traces lingering nicely in the aftertaste. Dry and savory, would pick this up if I saw it, it's a nice Schwarzbier.

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Another impressive Austin Beerworks pour, with the clear chestnut colored liquid presenting several fingers of ecru foam; both the retention and the lacing were noticable

Smell: Brown bread and nutskins, with hints of powdered chocolate and coffee

Taste: Brown bread with a bit of acidity and nutskin bitterness developing; in the mid-palate, the powdered chocolate and coffee arrive; chalky and dry, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I am a bit disappointed in this beer, as the finish fails to hold the promise of the front end; not bad, but not something I would be inclined to re-visit

Thanks, Phoenix2443, for the opportunity

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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 Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wagenvolks for sending this can my way. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a single-finger tan head that goes away fairly quickly without leaving much of any lacing behind. The nose has faint roasted malt with a touch of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is quite similar, with roasted malt dominating (though not being over the top), with some chocolate in the background. Light-medium body with slight chewiness and a semi-dry finish. A pretty decent example of the style, though I could use a bit more depth.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a standard pint. The brew appears a cola colored brown that is hazy. A finger of tan froth sits atop and slowly fades leaving patches of lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface.

The smell is pleasantly roasty with hints of chocolate and mild coffee. A sweetness is present mildly like vanilla mixed with a touch of nutty grain. Faint herbal inclusion and earthy hops.

The taste is mildly musty with roasty grain. Hints of chocolate snd coffee with a bitterness that is a mixture of the roast and herbal hops. There is a light touch of fruit that feels like a combination of hops and alcohol ester with a minor note of mineral quality.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is pretty easy drinking and nice and crisp finishing. A depth of character here between the hops and roast of grain. Overall a solid interpretation of the style.

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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 Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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 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 dwagner003
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of sd123
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudzud
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice one finger super light mocha head that fades to a thin creamy blanket.

S - Light roasted malts, slightly nutty, with an off putting metallic aroma.

T - Similar to the nose with lots of light roasted malts, slightly creamy, the metallic flavour is there too but thankfully just in the aftertaste. Hmmm...

M - Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, but that metallic aftertaste is really messing with me.

O - Overall this had potential to be a decent beer, however, that off metallic taste and aroma really ruins this beer for me.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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