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Cascadian Schwarzbier - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 29
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This black lager combines a big roasted malt character with plentiful additions of aromatic hops. Magnum, Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Cluster in the kettle, hopback and dry hop additions add a piney, resinous, light citrusy flavor and aroma. A bitter finish contrasts the full malty body.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: OtherShoe2 on 03-03-2012)
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Reviews by CloudStrife:
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New York

4.23/5  rDev +5%

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear dark brownish red appearing black in the glass. A dense slightly tanned head sits on top of this brew. Good head retention as it takes a couple minutes for the head to dissipate. Leaves great lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Initial aroma of roasted malts and hops. The roasted malts come across as carmely and chocolaty. The hops add some pine and spiciness to the mix. A nice earthiness to this one that reminds me of the inside of a brewery.

T: A lot more hop bitterness comes through in the flavor than anticipated. There is still a solid roasty malt backbone that adds chocolaty notes, but an ample hop addition as well. Mild citrus from the hops. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Real smooth and creamy mouthfeel makes this one a pleasure to sip on. Moderate carbonation and a mostly clean finish. Just a touch of stickiness from the resinous hops.

Overall I've always been a Schwarzbier fan and this one it top of its class. Mouthfeel of a stout with the hop bitterness of an IPA.

04-30-2014 19:59:13 | More by CloudStrife
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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%

Thanks to Jeff for splitting the bottle. Jack's Abby - leading the lager revolution. I'm trying to remember the last schwarzbier I've had... Can't think of it, so it has definitely been a while. This one pours with a black-hole black body with only the darkest of rubies shining at the edges. A foamy, beige head settles and fizzles to a collar pretty quickly, leaving some chunky lacing behind.

Full of pungent, piney hops up front, almost like something you'd expect from one of these new-fangled "black IPAs", because there's a big, roasty backbone hidden underneath the hops. So, yeah, lots of hoppy and malty aromas clashing; spicy, ashy, herbal, roasty, with a touch of finishing black pepper.

Not exactly sure what a schwarzbier is supposed to be, but looking at the dry-hop bill (Magnum, Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, and Cluster), this is appearing more and more like a "black IPL", if I may be so bold. Dark malts, plenty o' hops, only with lagering yeast. Would like to see a little more malt balance, but the spicy hops are pretty nice.

The taste is almost exactly as I expected it to be, which I guess is a good quality for a beer to exhibit. Brash, piney hops with a commanding bitterness couples with a heavily roasted malt bill, with also brings a bit of bitterness to the table. There's a very mild citric character from the hops, too, just a touch of grapefruit peels and citrus pith.

Light cocoa powder in the finish, along with a dry, sharpness. I swear I can finally taste some lager yeast in the finish; bready and full - it looks like the lagering wasn't for naught! Hops are definitely the most assaulting thing here, followed by the black malts, but the lager yeast somehow does surface among the ruckus. Thin-medium bodied, heavily carbonated with a sharp mouth feel.

Pretty good beer in a relatively unexplored style for me. From the taste alone, it reminds me of the lager version of a "black IPA" when you take a porter malt bill and mate it with an IPA hop bill, only in this case, using bottom-fermenting yeast and a cold fermentation. I wish I had more of the style to compare to, but it's pretty good nonetheless, if roasty and piney are your thing.

08-19-2013 11:38:39 | More by tectactoe
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-08-2014 21:11:05 | More by warnerry
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

The CS poured frothily from the .5 liter bottle, piling the tan head way over the top of my pilsner glass. Color is a deep rich brown and the aroma is primarily dark malts. with a hint of hops. This is an extrememly tasty beer, just fine for a cool spring day. Although the significant hopping does not intrude on the overall balance, this beer could use a little more "middle". This is obviously amped up from the traditional style but still in the family. I wonder what the draft version is like?? This one was kindly laid on me by Jamie Magee during a visit to Iron Hill Lancaster.

04-25-2013 16:09:13 | More by BeerIsland
Photo of tigg924


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, opaque, high carbonation

Smell: cocoa, piney hops, and milk chocolate

Taste: cocoa, piney hops, roasted malt, and milk chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium light bodied, high carbonation, sweetish start that becomes bitter but never overly so

Overall: Super drinkable nice and dry. I think this drinks a bit more like a black IPA than a schwarzbier. One of the better newer beers from Massachusetts. Also the price cannot be beat. I will get this again.

04-02-2012 14:15:37 | More by tigg924
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

04-05-2013 22:37:53 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-22-2012 02:16:13 | More by standardcherry
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

08-11-2014 02:39:29 | More by sgn4779
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

06-13-2013 20:34:54 | More by doremite
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-15-2014 22:36:07 | More by acurtis
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-05-2013 19:53:16 | More by LiquorsInc
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-28-2014 16:15:25 | More by Griffith
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-22-2014 03:18:35 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

05-03-2012 12:43:22 | More by mj0126
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

10-02-2012 23:26:54 | More by Gonzoillini
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Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-06-2013 23:27:41 | More by tenacioustomato
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3.36/5  rDev -16.6%

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Lots of wisps.

Smell - Really hoppy. Chocolatey. Some roast.

Taste - And it's hoppy again. Grapefruit. Roasted malt. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Overly carbonated. Clean and kinda thin.

Overall - Underwhelming. It's good for a lager, but that can be said of most of Jack's Abby beers.

06-25-2013 02:07:05 | More by Alieniloquium
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-06-2014 21:15:38 | More by Kegatron
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

05-02-2014 21:16:33 | More by beergorrilla
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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

Second pour from a new growler into a tulip.

A - dark dark body. Very little light comes through but a little if you tilt it tot the side. Good head, retention, and lacing.

N - Mostly roasts and malts on the nose. Obvious hops as well. Pine, grapefruit. But again mostly roasted malts.

T - opposite of the smell. Mostly fresh hops. Really tasty. Piney, fruity. Then the roast. Mommy.

M - smooth but on the heavier side. Hearty. Good carbonation

O - love it. Love choppy dark beers and one this fresh doesn't come along too often.


04-30-2013 00:00:08 | More by tkelley
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-28-2014 01:52:01 | More by ThisMoonlife
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-17-2014 03:00:36 | More by Denzo
Photo of OldIronLungs


4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours into a pint glass a dark mahogany with several lively fingers of mocha head that rise to the rim.

Nose is light pine and dry chocolate and spent coffee grounds.

A sip is lighter and clean, nice carbonation pulling hits of piney hops on top of deeper roasted malt, finishing more bitter with resinous pine. The balance is very impressive - at 6.8% it's a very easy drinking beer and, as far as I'm concerned, a well-balanced example of the style.


03-09-2012 23:30:07 | More by OldIronLungs
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-03-2013 15:29:29 | More by Bjlps
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

08-14-2013 21:14:17 | More by kirkse
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Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
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