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Smoke & Dagger - Jack's Abby Brewing

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88
very good

567 Ratings
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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 38
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: mduncan on 07-29-2011)
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dar482

New York

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer looks like a porter in an opaque dark brown/black color in a light brown head.

The aroma has brown sugar, caramel, toasted malt, a bit of lightly roasted malt, some Jack’s Abby lager yeast, some hints of fruit apple peel, cherry skin. The smoked malt adds a hint of depth, but is surely not in your face.

The flavor follows with tons of complexity. A toasted nutty malt, caramel sweetness, and robust malt character. Lots of lager carbonation tickling the tongue with some lager yeast quality. The beer moves onto some lightly roasted coffee, a bit of roasted bitterness.

I would equate this almost to a brown ale/light porter. Just beautiful stuff. A love how much complexity they could squeeze into this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:22:31 | More by dar482
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pokal

A: Pours a deep, barely transparent, brown that turns to pure black. Creamy, tan, 2 finger head that leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Musty attic smell, cacao, and a hint of woodsmoke

T: Black coffee and dark chocolate mix with smoky bacon flavors. Toasted marshmallow and some earthy flavor notes as well. Espresso-like bitterness lasts in the finish.

M: Medium to light body with moderate carbonation.

O: This beer to me is ¾ schwarzbier and ¼ rauchbier. This combination works so well here in Smoke & Dagger. Drinkable and with tons of flavor, this could be a great session beer. The unique profile of this beer makes it ripe for some great food parings. If you see this give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

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Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.