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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (3028) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2013
Backlog, from notes. On tap @ the brewery, 2 June 2001. Aromas: 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 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - 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 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 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 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 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.

   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Not much in the way of aroma, malty, head gaveway pretty quickly. Flavor: roasted malt quickly gave way to sherry-like, slight sour finish.Much better black beers out there.

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