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Smoke & Dagger - Jack's Abby Brewing

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505 Ratings
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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%

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 BigCheese


3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased right at the brewery.

A: Pours a dark ruby brown, near black. Medium sized tan head. Some decent lacing.

S: Toasted and roasted malts, got an english nutty bready smell.

T: Caramel, Molasses, brown bread. Roasted malts. Slightly smoky/peaty and a tad salty ham flavor. Some chocolate notes too. Its got a malt bitterness to it in a robust porter kinda way. Espresso notes/dark coco mixed with smoke.

M: High carbonation, lighter mouthfeel, still got a decent creamyness to it. Definitely sessionable and has that refreshing lager character.

O: Havent had many black lagers or rauchbiers, but I like this one. Theres a smoky aspect but its not overpowering. A solid session brew that I think would be easy to like.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 02:32:04 | More by BigCheese
Photo of Maxwell


4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is named after Jack’s Abby’s two brewery cats, Smoke and Dagger. It pours a very dark brown color, bordering on black, but sits in the glass as just plain clean black with a light white fluffy head that has the barest hints of tan in it. On the nose, the beer smells nicely smoked with rich beechwood notes and slight chocolate and black coffee. The beer smells very much of woodsy smoke, but the smell still carries the clean lager aromatics that are expect from the style. I was hoping for a little more pungency, but now that the beer is before me I think too much smell would off-put its lager qualities and ruin the beer. On the taste, the beer is richly layered with woodsy smoke. In the initial gulp there is big Beachwood notes that are slowly enveloped with rich smoke and then roasted chocolate malts, and then rich dark coffee, all the while shinning with the rich complexities of the beechwood. In the middle of the taste the chocolate malts do provide a slight burp of sweet that borders on strange, but is quickly enveloped by the other complexities of the beer, and dutifully managed. Citrus is also present in the taste as a faint ghost that haunts the latter half of the swallow. The aftertaste of this beer is light with Beechwood smoke and hints of coffee, but nothing more. This beer is meaty with flavor, and deliciously easy to sip. On the mouth, the beer feels thin, crisp, and refreshing, as all lagers should. Carbonation is effervescent but not prickly, working to nicely cleanse the palate and ready it for another sip. After each sip the mouth is left only slightly dry with woodsy smoke and with the faintest hints of sticky saliva griming the tongue and roof of the mouth with the sweet smoke taste. Overall this beer is another success from Jack’s Abby, I think I like it more than the version brewed with coffee, as this beer stands perfectly on its own, and I feel that the coffee cuts through some of the complex flavors of this beer. This beer is very drinkable and completely worthy of a try, with great locally sourced ingredients and an even better taste. It even pairs well with Gorgonzola cheese! Try this beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 20:20:08 | More by Maxwell
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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10/17/12 poured into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a reddish brown, with ruby hues. Khaki, two finger head. Nice, clinging lace is left on the glass.

S: Good mix of roasted barley malt, light smoke, chocalte malt, and some caramel sweetness.

T: Starts off with a good dose of smokey roasted malt and follows with a chocolate and vanilla cream sweetness. Finishes with a light espresoo like dryness, mildly bitter bite from the roasted malt, with a lingering roasted, smokey char aftertaste. The smoke is a bit subdued, but as the beer warms it becomes more pronounced.

M: Lighter bodied, could use a bit more heft, soft mouthfeel, carbonation is right down the middle. Very easy going down, good drinkability.

O: Solid brew, finds the right balance of smoke, roast, and sweetness. Drinks more like a smokey porter to me but nonetheless, another solid offering from JA.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 16:37:02 | More by Dools9
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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smoke & Dagger opens to a rich, smoky, malty nose that bears instant resemblance to freshly-ground coffee, smoky peat, and campfire made of pitchy pine branches. Touches of ash and tobacco add more earthiness. A good layer of caramel, brown sugar, and coffee cream helps temper the dark, smoky notes, joined by light touches of chocolate, and lighter touches of cherry, fig, and berry fruit esters, these latter notes fading deep into the background the way good spices complement a meal without being immediately noticeable. Good layers of brown bread, floury baguette, yeasty wheat dough, and toast crust add further dimension and complexity. As a whole, the nose is very nice, featuring a well-balanced mix of sugars, breads, and piney resins, with a superb smoky peat overtone that plays well off of the darker notes.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a nice, immediate shot of campfire smoke, ash, tobacco, smoky peat, and coffee, quickly joined by strong caramel, cream, and brown sugar threads, and instantly recalls creamed coffee sipped in a smoke-filled bar. The piney notes from the hops blend nicely with the smoke and ash to further amplify the campfire/smoky peat notes, balanced nicely enough that they play well with the cream and sugar, and don’t overwhelm the palate. Brown breads and yeasty dough add further texture. In subsequent sips the finer nuanced of this initial flavor fade slightly, but a good coffee, cream, caramel, and tobacco flavor still remains. The latter part of the mouthful in all cases becomes more heavily ashy as the sugars die off, and the aftertaste is largely ash and tobacco, with some lingering sugars and creams. Mouthfeel is a slick medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very nice fare, boasting a well-rounded, nicely balanced, and flavorful body that is everything a schwarzbier should be, with a tantalizing touch of smoky peat added that pushes the flavors to wonderful heights. It’s not necessarily a beer that brings anything new to the style, but instead prefers to set itself aside by being simply a finely-crafted example, and a model of understated perfection in craft.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 20:45:40 | More by jondeelee
Photo of ppoitras


4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into my 2008 Pioneer stein, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey brown brew. Pillowy head lasts nicely, with chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet and smoky.

Taste begins with a shot of smoke, goes quite sweet in the middle, coupled with a shot of citrus, and then closes with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is great. Seemed maybe too sweet, but it came together nicely for me in the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 18:30:31 | More by ppoitras
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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is dark black with a tan head and some larger bubbles. Nose is light malt and chocolate notes with a light grain and herbal hop. Taste is a good, full flavored dark chocolate and light roast to it. Stout like favors with a lighter body and grainy hoppy finish. Dry clean finish and well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 18:35:48 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of boilermakerbrew


4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly off-black with subtle red hues when held up to the light. Medium 2 finger head that is tan. Retention and lacing are very good.

S- More stouty than smoked. Heavy smoke flavor mixed with semi-sweet malt flavors. Chocolate malt is prominent.

T- Not far from the typical porter here. Little hints of smoke flavors nibble in on the edge. Good dark malt flavors with chocolate being very prominent. Solid mix of flavors with a slight bite on the end form the dark malt flavor profile.

M- About the average lager feel. Light and carbonated, easy to drink, and not terribly filling. Great session lager here.

Overall, way above my expectations for another smoked beer. I usually hate smoked beer, but this was enjoyable with its many stout-like qualities.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 00:39:00 | More by boilermakerbrew
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wtfdic for this one!

A: Pours a deep brown color with a two finger tan head on top. Great head retention with thin lacing forming all around the glass.

S: Definitely some chocolate malt with hints of coffee, faint smoke.

T: Light smoky flavor mixed with some dark chocolate backed up by a bit of earthy hops.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O: Another solid beer from JA. Though it would be smokier, but it wasn't over the top and blended nicely with the rest of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:18:40 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml undated bottle.

Pours nearly opaque dark brown with a tan head of an inch-plus. A partial skim coat and streaky lacing for the duration.

Light smoke, caramel, chocolate, and mild char in the nose. A hint of nougat follows.

Medium bodied with an almost creamy mouthfeel.

Roasted malts, light chocolate, and smokey char start the palate. Hints of coffee and vanilla step forward.

Finishes with quickly fading smoke and roast.

A balanced beer with very light smoke and a bit thin for my tastes. I would just like more of all aspects of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 01:53:39 | More by brewandbbq
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 22:25:16 | More by starrdogg
Photo of rvandint


3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 01:33:34 | More by rvandint
Photo of Chico1985


4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 18:35:05 | More by Chico1985
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 02:57:45 | More by axeman9182
Photo of womencantsail


3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 22:44:13 | More by womencantsail
Photo of tigg924


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 18:35:33 | More by tigg924
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New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:29:02 | More by johnnnniee
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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:18:53 | More by chugalug06
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a very dark brown with reddish hues. Good clarity. Khaki-colored head is large and creamy looking. Retention is decent. Rings and spots of lacing.

S: Layered chocolate scents of cocoa, dark chocolate, and bakers chocolate. Faint cola and vanilla bean. Distinct beechwood smoked malts: smoked meat/campfire scents with a slight metallic edge. Slightly woody. Spicy hop character is hard to place.

T: Cola is the first apparent taste. Bitter dark chocolate is followed closely by a creeping tide of smoked malt flavors. Smoke, beef jerky, slight metallic twang. Slightly acrid roasted malt tastes almost get lost in the smoke. Smoke subsides eventually. Cocoa powder, slight caramel in the background. Cola, light caramel, and woody smoke in the finish.

M: Moderately heavy in body with a milky, velvety texture. Very smooth. Moderate carbonation. Rich and filling in the mouth. A great mouthfeel, and a lot like a good schwarzbier.

O: Not as complex as I was expecting, but still good and highly drinkable. Really love the mouthfeel. Definitely something to experience, I can't think of any other American breweries doing a beer like this. Easily worth a buy, especially at the very fair price of $2.99 a bottle (the four pack is even more economical).

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 04:57:11 | More by ryan1788a5
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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a Reissdorf stange. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a loose, 2.5 inch, khaki-colored head that sizzles and pops as it slowly fizzes down to an 1/8th inch cap. Thick, textured swaths of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses hints of chocolate and roast with the merest suggestion of smoke towards the back end. Taste follows nose; however, it all comes off a bit watery and closer to a Schwartzbier than a Rauchbier in my opinion. Mouthfeel is light in body and starts off with an almost silky feel at the tip of the tongue, but quickly yields to a more watery consistency. Carbonation is assertive without being prickly or gassy. Overall, this beer is lacking in the smokiness I've come to associate with the style, and I'm actually okay with that - I didn't realize this was a Rauchbier when I purchased it. That said, a decent brew, but definitely closer to a Schwartzbier than a Rauchbier and there are better examples of Schwartzbiers out there if that is what you are looking for.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 22:47:13 | More by Jwale73
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3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a standard pint glass from the bottle.

Pours a nice dark chocolate color, with a puffy yet fast-receding head.

Aroma is mild, and doesn't reveal much in the way of smokiness. It's a farely benign porter-coffee aroma, clean with little booze or other interference.

The flavor is quite clean and neat, and showcases a couple of very specific flavors. The smokiness is mild, in flavor and in potency, but it's there and is complementary to the other primary flavor, a sort of mocha coffee. It all works together in mellow fashion but quite nicely.

Again, these guys have a good thing going with their lagers here, as they plow in some serious flavors to their beers, but everything finishes clean and washes away quite nicely. Nice, smooth mouthfeel here.

Another excellent offering from Jack's Abbey. A fine introduction to the more potent Rauchbiers out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 23:43:29 | More by stonermouse
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle part of a 4-pack. Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

A- Pours an opaque slightly brown dark black with lots of carbonation, a big two-three finger foamy/pillowy light brown mocha head with good retention. Spotty lacing.

S- Mostly smoked malts, smoked bacon, cured ham, a little bit of earthy/grassy notes in the background. Fairly aromatic.

T- Smoked malts (not as intense as the smell), a little bit of caramel, brown sugar, nice balance between the sweetness and the smokieness. Lightly sweet aftertaste. Taste is pleasant, but a little lacking in intensity compared to the aroma.

M- Light, slightly creamy, big head adds a nice fluffy feel when drinking, carbonation not as apparent as in appearance, drinks smoothly, abv well hidden.

O- This was a good smoked beer from Jack's Abby. I didn't like it nearly as much as Hoponius Union. It is one of the better rauchbiers I've had but definitely not the best. The beer is very easy to drink has a nice aroma, a well-balanced taste, and a pleasant feel. The only thing it could have used a tiny bit more of is a little bit more flavor. Other then that this beer was definitely a good quality rauchbier. At $11.50 for a 4-pack of 500ml bottles (or $3.25 for a single) you can't go wrong. I definitely recommend giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 23:19:00 | More by jaasen64
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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About $2.50 for a 500ml bottle. Can't beat that.

A: Deep brown with a very light brown, fluffy head. Big & bubbly but it fades into little lace and retention.

S: Smoky, peaty, earthy, roasted malt. Burnt sugar.

T: Delicious, slightly sweet, roasted, smoked malt.

M: Super smooth, tons of flavor, and an enjoyable drinking experience.

O: All that adds up to one really good beer. Jack's Abby does it again!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 01:12:32 | More by Gatch
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4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jack's Abby is just about the most exciting new brewery in the 2011-2012 crop in Massachusetts. "Drink Local, Drink Lager!" Lager is a great niche, and they pull it off awesomely, yet keep the prices down to earth. A four-pack of 500 ml bottles runs $9.99, in a sad age where certain bombers are regularly going for that much and more.

Smoke and Dagger may be my favorite thus far. Pouring a deep dark chocolate brown, a lacy tan two-fingerhead tops my pint glass. Deep aroma of malt and light smoke hits the nostrils. A sip reveals a mouthfeel much like a dry Irish stout or a porter, with a roasted and slightly hopped bitterness up front, which gives way to nicely roasted malt, and ends with the mild sweet smokiness kicking in, subtle and delicious. Certain rauchbiers and smoked porters have an unfortunate aspect to them - BACON! Some of you may find that a good thing, but I'm a little dubious, especially on those unfortunate occasions when a smoked beer comes out that way by accident, and is not the result of a party trick like the Rogue Bacon Maple Ale.

Smoke and Dagger is fantastic, and at $2.50 a pint at the local packie? I'll have another!!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 01:02:44 | More by thatbentleyguy
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4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On top is an light beige head two fingers thick beneath that is a wonderful black cauldron of goodness.

Aroma: Lots of smokiness, bits of char, dark roasted hops and malts. Oakiness that gives a slight dryness. As for anything citrusy well that's all swimming and hiding in all the wonderful smokiness.

Taste: Crisp mouthfeel at the start. Oh then comes the smokiness of oak with a nice char. Incredible bready malts roasted so very wonderfully dark. Subtle notes of chocolate malts. Hops are roasted rather well too top every thing off.

Notes: This big boy is all malt and very drinkable and very tasty. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 02:38:39 | More by horshack7
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. Big thanks to Dope for this.

4.0 A: Deep brown/black color. Three fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and moderate amounts of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Wonderful wonderful smokiness. Two parts campfire and one part porcine. Supple, mild roastiness to accompany. Grainy, sweet maltiness underneath.

4.0 T: Less smoke than the nose suggests, but still enough to please and overwhelmingly campfirery. Grainy, roasty, and clean. Soft, supple roast. Well crafted with no signs of any off flavors.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good carbonation, but toward the upper end of the spectrum. Very lightly creamy. Infinitely smooth.

4.0 D: Solid beer with a great nose and taste. Super drinkable and well rounded.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 00:54:03 | More by DavoleBomb
Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.