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, dont be afraid of the dark.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 23, 2002
A little too light but respectable version. Smooth and chocolaty, just soured a little in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Courtesy of Bockyhorsey. <P> Burnt and roasty aroma that approaches a stout more than a schwarz. BEAUTIFUL looking beer. Deep black with a two finger thick head that is so dark mocha it is almost black. Slightly sour in the fore then roasty with coffee and chocolate notes fromt he middle to finish. Not really to style the malt profile is lost in there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Black. Interesting aroma of smoke, marshmellow, a variety of malt (roasted, burnt, chocolate and coffee), mild fruit and subtle hopping. Very flavorful. Big for its size. Notes of burnt fruits, smoke, coffee and roasted malts. Rich, medium body with a nice texture and mouthfeel. I enjoyed this Schwarz.

   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Not bad at all. Unfortunately for this beer, I tasted it on the same day with some stouts that totally have it outclassed, but Ill try and be objective. Pours a dark brown color, nice brown head. Lacing present. Aroma is pleasant, smoky malt and coffee. Thin and less robust than I had hoped, but a good beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2002
Extremely dark, with an excellent roasted, bitter chocolate flavor. Kind of a porter flavor until you swallow and realize that its a lager. Usual but pretty good.

   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.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2004
Very dark for a lager, good start. Aroma was smoke, coffee, and dark malt. Taste was very malt and light, but ended a little sour. When I let the beer sit in my glass for a while it seemed to mellow and I enjoyed the last half.

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