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Smoke & Dagger - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 39
Gots: 49 | 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:
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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Photo of mdfb79
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/17/12 notes. Had this on nitro-tap at a bar right outside Boston, MA. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours an almost black brown color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like a great stout.

s - Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, light milk chocolate, smoke, cream, and some light caramel malts. Smoke is light which I enjoy.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, toasted malts, dark chocolate, cream, smoke, ham, milk chocolate, and toffee. A little more smoke here than the nose, but still not overbearing.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Body is super smooth and creamy, and insanely easy to drink. Nitro-pour does wonders for this one and the body. Very drinkable.

o - Overall a pretty good beer; kind of reminds me of Guinness Light with a hint of smoke. Tons of roasted malts and chocolate along with light smoke, and easy to drink. Would like to have again, and would jump to have it again on nitro-tap.

mdfb79, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Schmuckles
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Schmuckles, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
4/5  rDev +2%

raythealeman, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +2%

koopa, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of GoBIG
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

GoBIG, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of starrdogg
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rob1110 for this and all the Jacky's Abby stuff.

Pours a very dark brown with a fluffy off-white head. Smell is a nice mix of roasted malt, chocolate and smoke that all blend together quite nicely and none of the aromas are too overpowering. The smoke is more prominent in the flavor than in the nose, but still doesn't overpower as the roastiness and chocolate hold up against the smoke nicely. Interestingly, the more I drink the less smoke I taste and the more the roasted malts come through, not sure if that's a product of the warming or just getting accustomed to the smoke flavor. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this comes off as a nice, smokey schwarzbier. I'm impressed that the schwarzbier characteristics shine through as well as they do and balance out the smoke nicely. I like this one more than the Cascadian Schwarzbier as I feel like the smoke suits the beer better than the hops do.

starrdogg, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of rvandint
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark brown with a nice head that stays thinly on top throughout.

Smells like a camp fire on clothes.

Incredibly well balanced flavor with smoke throughout.

Silky mouthfeel. Wouldn't mind a bit more body.

Overall, this is a nice beer that I would happily drink again.

rvandint, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

WhitmansNiece, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my Heady Topper glass just about black, some light brown highlights reveal some clarity. Beige head starts at a few fingers and retains as a mostly full cap, some lace left.

Nose reveals grainy+toasty lager malts, roasted coffee, chocolate tones, and light smoke that grows nicely with warmth.

Taste is a nice mix of roasty and toasty.. Chocolate, grains, coffee with cream, tame smoke and some notes of dark fruit. A light hop presence. Good balance of sweet and roasty. Easy drinking and keeps you sipping.

Nice full body for the ABV, a bit foamy with lower carbonation.

The label describes this as somewhere between a schwarzbier and a smoked porter, which is a lengthier but more accurate description than a rauchbier; the smoke is quite tame here. That being said - pretty great beer and very easy drinking, lots of porter-like flavors while maintaining that lager feel. Another winner from Jack's Abby.

Chico1985, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle courtesy of jaasen64. It was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Smoke & Dagger pours jet black, with a surprising three and a half fingers of khaki colored foam. Head retention is very good, and lacing, while night quite sheet-like, is very good. The nose has a nice balance between roasty grains and smoke, though I'd say the roast leans more towards coffee than chocolate. The flavor profile is more of the same. The front end is a nice, smooth black coffee, with some subtle chocolate undertones. Smoky, BBQ type flavors then begin to creep in and build in intensity, eventually taking over the beer completely by the finish. The body is sturdy, while maintaining a dry enough finish to avoid becoming overly full or rich. The carbonation has a little bit of pep to it, but stays on the lower end of the spectrum. Smoke and Daggers was my first Jack's Abby brew, and I definitely dug the smoky schwarzbier vibe.

axeman9182, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a dark amber color with an off-white head. Strong smoke aroma to this, but still plenty of malt sweetness. Good caramel, toffee, and toasted bread aromas. A light woodiness to it. The flavor is sweet and malty with a nice smokiness. Light wood and salt notes, plenty of toast and caramel malts. A light chocolate flavor to it as well.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

sholland119, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev +2%

trevorpost, Aug 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Screper, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Horbar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Horbar, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of BelJen
4/5  rDev +2%

BelJen, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, dark brown in color, hazy

Smell: smoke and dark chocolate

Taste: smoky malt dominates with a nice mixture of dark chocolate and some milk chocolate

Mouthfeel:sweet and smoky with light earthy bitterness, medium-high carbonation, medium-heavy bodied

Overall: Nice and chocolaty rauch. Ranks right up there with the best I have had being produced in the states. The chocolate element distinguishes this beer from others in the category. Probably my second favorite from the brewery only behind Leisure Time lager.

tigg924, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with a huge creamy off white head that persists forever. Smells of bread and chocolate mostly with a hint of smoke and coffee. The flavor has little bit more roast and coffee than I expected. Huge notes of chocolate and caramel in each sip with a light smoky essence in the background. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Very flavorful, smooth easy drinking dark lager. Its nice that they didn't go overboard with the smoked malt like everyone seems to be doing these days.

johnnnniee, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of luvbier
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

luvbier, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Four-finger foamy head pours milk chocolate in color. Brew is thin black. nice lacing too.

Tons of heavy campfire smoke. Raisin. Milk Chocolate. Char. Leather.

Very bitter. Licorice. Good carbonation. Leathery smoke.

Not smooth or refreshing. I figured it'd be great for a hot summer day, but it didn't quite hit the spot. Good, but not memorable.

chugalug06, Jul 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

ElGallo, Jul 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Peller80, Jul 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

monitorpop, Jul 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Goldfishman, Jul 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Reagan1984, Jul 14, 2012
Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.