phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Dutch’s. Pours a deep cocoa brown with amber highlights and a moderate tan head that leaves a big swirl of film and a good-sized ring. Notes of chocolate, toast, and light smoke, with some tobacco and earth. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a gritty, earthy, faintly metallic mouthfeel. Doesn’t quite hit the mark as either a schwarzbier or smoked beer. The smoke is very light in this one, which would be fine if the other half satisfied enough.
Butters (3869) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black pour with good tan head ring. Cocoa roasty nose is quite enticing. Smokeyness is extremely faint. But this is definitely one of the best schwarzbiers i’ve had. Extremely smooth and easy drinking. Would totally drink this again!
tillmac62 (283) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black pour with a normal head, lacing and retention. Rich nose of roast and dark chocolate over a touch of smoke. As it warms, the smokiness becomes a bit more pronounced, but still subtle. Light body with a slightly smooth texture which is spot on since this is a lager. Above average carbonation with a nice effervescence throughout. The flavor profile is simply outstanding - complex, balanced and intense. It begins with a slightly sweet roast character that flows into a roast bitterness with chocolate underneath. In the middle, a light sweet bitter chocolate predominates in an effervescent rush. In the somewhat dry finish, smoked malts take command and leave you with a campfire like smokiness that lingers.
outlawskies (453) - - OCT 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Julie says not as smoky as expected very smooth maltier than a lager. Julie gives a 4
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Brigadier (3125) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle
A solid schwarzbier from northeastern Ohio, the Rail Dog provides a good alternative for people looking to drink local. Average to slightly above average, it falls into the category of beers that I drink because they exist at an affordable price point. If you happen to be in a Thirsty Dog market grab one and decide for yourself. At $1.99 a single the risk is fairly low.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid base mixes brown tints with a black core. The creamy head falls in mere seconds. Smoky coffee, dark chocolate, and black tea balance out nicely. The combination invites reflection.
Flavor / Palate - The chewy mouthfeel releases several waves of flavor. First comes dark chocolate and coffee. The next sip deposits cool ash. Other than a distracting burst of black olive that briefly masks everything this tastes spot on. A solid seasonal could turn into an autumnal fall back if it comes around again.
nealblind (943) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown. big tan head. Aroma of caramel, smoke, wood, char. tastes big coffee, smoke. slight sweet, slight mint. dry lager.
bubbleflubber (1873) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque black into the glass, with a tan head that reduces to minimal retention and light lacing. The nose is of smoked malts, not quite as dominant as a traditional rauchbier, but some campfire notes and lightly smoked peat. Sweet malt, chocolate and caramel, smoky grains and a balancing bitter back to finish. A silky mouthfeel and creamy texture makes this medium-bodied schwarz go down smooth and luscious. A very nice fall offering.
mansquito (3678) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Sampler, Brooklyn 12 ounce: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, smoke, and roasted malts. Body is really nice on this one. It is surprisingly thick for a lager. Taste is slightly sweet, with some real smoky notes in there. Light bitterness. Chewy, as someone else pointed out. Nice.
BrewBoxer (2207) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the growler on stone street NYC. Pours a deep black color with a nice hoppy malty taste and a decent drink ability. Pretty good
Drake (9258) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from And Beer, Athens. Pours a dark brown color with a large foamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of heavy smoke, chocolate, mild roast. The taste is strong smoke bordering on astringent. Dark fruits, chocolate, nuts. Medium bodied, strong lingering smoke.