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Thirsty Dog Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager



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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (673) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2015
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Nearly perfect and delicious with each and every swallow. If you like smoked beers be sure to include this one on your tasting journeys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (7108) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3920) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2014
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tillmac62 (338) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
outlawskies (454) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie says not as smoky as expected very smooth maltier than a lager. Julie gives a 4 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nealblind (972) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Reddish brown. big tan head. Aroma of caramel, smoke, wood, char. tastes big coffee, smoke. slight sweet, slight mint. dry lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (1900) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3873) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2333) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2014
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

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