Burntwood Black Ale | Thirsty Pagan Brewing

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Brewed by:
Thirsty Pagan Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 23
Reviews by MBrausen:
Photo of MBrausen
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap into a snifter

A. Pours a dark black, 2mm off-white head that fell off quickly to a medium thick ring

S. Semlls of very nice roasted coffee, mild chocolate and some hints of fruit. T. Tastes of dark choccolate, smoked well roasted coffee beans, thick smoke.

M. Medium thin body, light carbonation, very chewy. The thick bold feeling stick around in your mouth for minutes afterwards. It’s as if you were chewing on bread.

O. A decent brew. I think it’s a little confused on what it is. Is it a mildly thick coffee porter? Is it a thich and chewy smoked beer? Or is it a thin black ale? It seems to be mixed up between the three. It tastes pretty good and is interesting. It is on the thin side which is really it’s only big downfall. But it is a big one. Not something I would ever search out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Originally reviewed September 11, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. Ruby-fringed deep black pour, no head. Strong aroma of vomit and pears; a little malt. Rich oaty and sea salty aroma. Rich malt and oat flavor. Palate is a little tangy, salty and lingering. Interesting, sans aroma.

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Photo of dfried
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite black in color with just a little brown and reddish tints at the edges, tan head that mainly formed a ring, but then again it was out of a growler. The aroma was full of a lot of charred grains coffee, with smooth milky notes of chocolate and a little smokiness. The taste was really chocolaty up front with plenty of charred flavor that was the primary taste that lingered in the aftertaste. Some smokiness shows up too. Medium bodied with milky and somewhat sticky and syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall: a pretty solid porter, though nothing all that impressive about it. Brewed pretty much to style for an American style porter.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another growler from Lori Karau. Thanks again.

Appearance - Black as night with a medium tan colored head that stands about an inch tall and fades quick to leave clouds at the surface. Nice lacing as well.

Smell - Dark roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste - The coffee flavor is most of where this beer sits. It starts out with the chocolate and coffee state and moves on to a hop flavor and then the coffee kicks in the finishing touches. Complex and very interesting. Well done.

Mouthfeel - It enters the mouth smooth and finishes a little rough. The feel of the beer matches the flavor well.

~ I plan on sitting with this growler and watching the Green Bay Packers lay waste to the New York Giants. We'll see how it goes. As far as recommending this beer to my BA buddies, you can count on it.

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich chocolate. Smooth. Roasted. Molasses. A little nuttiness. Dark cherries. Burnt coffee.

On the hand pump.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has become my favorite beer at the Thirsty Pagan. It's a great mild with some real flavor to it, and it goes great with the pizza.

The appearance is pitch black with a little bit of brown head on it, though like all TPB brews, it's lower carbonation so it doesn't get much head. It has always seems free of sediment, but also often free of active carbonation.

The taste and smell match pretty much, roasted malt, very little if any hops. It's not smokey at all, just roasty.

Burntwood is low carbonation, but not flat. It's very smooth and on the lighter side, but not as light as BMC beers.

This is a very drinkable beer. A great session beer and it just works so perfectly with the pizza.

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Photo of Trigcove
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a growler graciously shared.

Poured a deep black with ruby highlights when held up to light. A dark tan head that dissapated slowly for a growler pour.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt and slight smoke.

Tastes of dark, smokey malt and chocolate, with a nice hoppy bitterness to the finish.

Mouth feel is slightly thick and oily, just as you would expect from a good porter.

This is a good, solid schwarz, which means it's not a session beer but rather a beer that you will want to savor and enjoy slowly.

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Photo of Gotti311
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tewaris
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Burntwood Black Ale
Thirsty Pagan Brewing
4.2-4.8% ABV
Sampled at the brewpub in pint glass on September 26, 2010.

Appearance 1/5
Murky dirty brown with no head and no lacing, in spite of swirling it from time to time. Just awful!

Aroma 3/5
Some sweet malts, some roast.

Taste 3/5
Nice roast and some maltiness. Pretty unoffensive, and good for an ale (?) of this size. No hop flavor. Some sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Medium body, medium carbonation, medium finish.

Drinkability 4/5
Good, but I didn't find any reason to order more, even though it's pretty low ABV. Also, it looks very uninviting, which is a deterrent.

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Photo of therobot
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap. It pours clear brown without much head. The aromas and flavors are roast malt and a little caramel. This is full flavored and very drinkable with nothing harsh or burnt.

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Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of juicebox
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mervin
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Hopsiam14
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of maDUECEgunner
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BeardedAllen
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of Dovers
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Z_Anderson_0406
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Burntwood Black Ale from Thirsty Pagan Brewing
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 23 ratings