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Rio Salado Thunderhead Schwarz Dark Lager

Rio Salado Thunderhead Schwarz Dark Lager
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.81%
A German-style Schwarz Bier (Schwarz meaning ’Black’), this Lager is dark and has a smooth, malty body. Starting with a combination of several dark-roasted malts, and then lightly hopped, this lager is rich and creamy. Its color is deceiving, its flavor is pleasing; so, don’t be afraid of the dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Level-headed roasted malts point the way to a succulent crème brûlée…Frothy carbonation elegantly portrays this ode to roastiness and even manages to fish out some dark chocolate flakes…Bready connotations and toffee infusions round off this fabulous example of a schwarzbier…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Dark black color. Large creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt. A medium bodied Schwarz beer. Malts are very roasted, nutty with a touch of cheery sweetness. Hops are fairly spicy. Chocolate and coffee flavors, with a touch of fruitiness. Sort of porterish, except its lighter bodied. Well balanced. Lots of flavor. Very smooth. Nice very drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2003
A deep, deep black color, completely opaque, with a nice brown creamy head. There is a burnt slightly sweet aroma. This beer has a nice full body with a nice roasted character. The roasted malt has been well used, nicely roasted without the bitterness that can sometimes be derived from dark malts. Fairly nice clean lager taste. The clean taste is a great vehicle for the roasted malt character. A light bitterness finishes this beer off. The fullness and thickness of this beer is very nice. As the beer warms up one can get a bit of diacetyl, which is the only flaw in this beer, though a minor one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3597) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 tap at taphouse-tempe, AZ-pours almost pitch black with a beautiful tan head that was an inch thick. big chocolate and roast aroma. mocha predominates the flavors and is delivered by a velvety body that fit this beer perfect! I have a bottle of this and i hope it holds up to this fine sample. probably rio salado’s best beer! Just to add to this, i had the bottle of this the other night and I have to say that it held up just as well as the tap version. Best Swarz i have had to date!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Black w/ a roasty flavor & medium body. I agree w/ beerguy101 that it's porterish, but w/ a lighter body. Lots of flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2749) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2013
Backlog, from notes. On tap @ the brewery, 2 June 2001. Aroma’s: caramel, roasted malts. Flavor is lightly sweet, roasted. Long finish, but no new flavor. Very true to the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2002
Re-Rate 11/10/02: The pour is pitch-black in color; head immoderate in size, light chocolate in color, and the lace thick clinging sheets that last till the bottom of the glass. Nose is malt, light roasted grains, fresh and clean. Front is malt sweet, the top has a middling mouth feel, finish is potently acidic, hops are portly, the aftertaste malt dry. One of their better efforts as I see it, and well worth a sample, don’t be afraid of the “Dark Side”, you might just like it. Ranks #519 on my current 1000 beer master list.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Good pour for this one. Head brown and creamy like pouring a chocolate milk. Body was black and could see tiny particles floating arround near the bottom of the glass. The beer got better the warmer it got..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2002
Black in color of course; Head was tan and medium; Coffeebean and wet burlap in the nose. Satisfying if unassuming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Appearance: a fully black color, and a large, lush cocoa-colored head. Aroma: creamy, and nutty, and...well, that’s it, but it’s quite good on it’s own. Nice, though brief, drop of hops on the palate, but malt is cheif in this schwarzbier. Very smooth, and eminently drinkable. Quite tasty, too. Good texture, full body, taste becomes fuller as we go, rich and chocolatey and delicious. Ah, I find myself enjoying the schwarzbier more and more, and they might be my favorite lager style!

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