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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kdc (1) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 3, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 this week i visited wisconsin and sampled the sprecher black bavarian and the calumet eclipse. as subjective as the beer world is, i must say that rio salado’s schwarz is my favorite. the sprecher product has a hop component that is attractive and r.s.’s opts to minimize the hop. r.s.’s schwarz is focused on a rich malt. the last half barrel keg ot tim’s schwarz is on tap at my house in casa grande. update, 24 september, 2006 the last of the schwarz is gone. the final keg passed away in the company of three old friends, requiescat in pace.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2003
My first Schwarzbier. This opaque black brew crashes into my pint glass with a generous brown head. The aroma is sweet and smokey. The flavor is well balanced malt and hops but the first thing that roars out is the rich smokiness. Can you say chi-poht-lay? Reminds me of a fine smoked porter that I recently sampled-still trying to find those tasting notes. I feel cool and refreshed as the carbonation of this brew rolls over my tongue and drenches my taste buds. I never thought a dark beer could feel so cool. I think I am starting to hear the riff at the begining of that AC/DC tune.... Thunder!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2004
WOW this was good,,a nice stronger tasting beer than ive had in the past,,,but then im sill a neewby,,anyway this had a taste i really liked with a bit of a bite,,,,the dark black color looks cool to!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
htomren (12) - Long Beach, California, USA - JUN 12, 2002
Wow, I was very surprised by this beer. It was dark, rich, and bursting with flavor, roasty and chocolatey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Solid black color; as it should be, with a sliver of ruby brown at the very bottom, thick tan froth about one finger high, fades slowly to a fine skim always present and ink blot lacing. Smell is a great dark roasted ambiance of black malts with a touch of chocolate, very roasty and darkly so. Has some musty dirt and earthy sweetness in a hop sense a slight note of espresso also noted. Taste is a whole nother gear of exhubantly roasted black malts that tingle the tongue with very tangy sweetness and bewitches at hints of some kind of fruit I cannot distinquish. Mild mango, vanilla, soy sauce, chocolate, with molasses is my take on it and throw in a slight espresso taste just after the midway point. Very porter like with the hops, very rounded in tangyness and roastyness, lightly earthy and mellow bitterness. Fits in well with this perplexing yummy dark lager. Feel is close to medium, a bit lighter with a nice midway grab and partially thinning and dryish finish of sweetness. A very good showcase to the style, I liked it, although its a bit sweeter then most but very good and quite interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigbeersrule (113) - USA - JAN 30, 2004
A very full bodied Schwarz beer, not at all like Kostrizer. More like a porter without the bitterness. I like dark beers and big beers and this one is very drinkable but like other Rio Salado German beer style beers it is missing the crisp distinctive German character.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3566) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Deep head and dark like the night. Intoxicating malty, coffee aroma. Sweet delicate flavor. Not heavy on the palate but rich and lightly bitter. Chalk one up for another local beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - APR 20, 2004
Pours an inviting dark brown color with a nice sized brown head. Lacing is excellent. Aroma is roasted malt and nutty. Very pleasant. Flavor is roasted malt, but not overly bitter for the style. Body is medium, dry, clean and refreshing. A good beer here.

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