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Smoke & Dagger - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

760 Ratings
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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 41
Gots: 69 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mduncan on 07-29-2011

Cloaked in mystery, this dark black beer skirts the line between a schwarzbier and smoked porter. The use of a small percentage of traditional Beechwood smoked malt adds complexity and balances the liberal use of chocolate malt. Notes of roasted grains, beechwood smoke,and coffee accompany a full bodied-and sweet chocolately malt character. Smoke & Dagger uses locally grown unmalted barley from MA.

25 IBU
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3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It shouldn't be surprising that Smoke & Dagger look blackened - not entirely black, mind you, because colour can readily be made out against the light and along the trim - but its charred complexion certainly mirrors the barbecue notes. Its head, anyway, looks like a ring of smoke itself.

Let us not forget the other malts - along with the wisp of smoke, this aroma also features the more conventional notes of roasted grain and all the chocolatey, coffee-ish nuances that often accompany it. This level of balance ensures the beer is not too intimidating for initiates; notions of campfire smoke or burnt meat would be gross exaggerations.

I'm not sure how proud of this I should be, but I've tried chocolate covered bacon on a couple occasions. It is a curiously irresistible (and kind of gross and shameful) combination because it stimulates all parts of the palate: bittersweet, salty, roasty. Smoke & Dagger does the just the same; it tastes something like cocoa- or coffee cured-pork.

Neither sweet nor smoke conquers the other; they go back and forth like evenly matched tennis pros, neither becoming too dominant in the mix. I'm not sure whether the smattering of caramel was intended or not, but it's a nice way to end that roller coaster of chocolate, coffee, and cured meat. There's no knot in this rope - just smooth all the way along.

Smoke & Dagger should prove once and for all that smoked beers can be perfectly palatable and easily enjoyed by all. It is a soft, well-rounded offering that aught to have barbecue lovers, especially, trampling over one another to buy by the case full. This self-proclaimed Schwarzbier/Rauchbier hybrid may not be German-born, but it's Bundesliga caliber talent for sure.

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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby color with one finger of tan head that fades quickly.

Aroma: Roasted malt, cocoa and smoky

Taste: Crisp, roasted malt up front, then prickly carbonation and a mild, spicy hop bitterness and finishing with some lingering nutty and smoky flavors.

The Rest: A solid lager with a nice twist of some smokiness, while still being quite balanced.

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3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 30 October 2014

Appearance: Pours a deep dark color with hints of deep crimson red around the edges. Dirty brown head that quickly dissipates. Looks decent for a Schwarzbier.

Smell: Deep and roasty. Little to no smoke.

Taste: I honestly don't know why BA labels this a Rauchbier- there is next to no smoke flavor present in the beer. The beer is primarily dominated by very roasty stout-like flavors: coffee, chocolate, etc. that, while maybe a little edgier than other black beers, doesn't seem to have much smokey quality to it at all.

Feel: Somewhat thin in the mouth, but carried by its carbonation.

Overall: A good beer, but one that I think BA mislabels. In the Rauchbier category, this beer fails on many accounts, but as a Schwarzbier, this one is pretty tasty. I'd buy this again, but it isn't my favorite from Jack's Abby.

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4.52/5  rDev +15.6%

Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.