Cascadian Schwarzbier - Jack's Abby Brewing

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328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 35
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of SalMineo
2.18/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Had this beer a week ago and wasn't that impressed it. It was different to say the least about it.

Pour-Definitely a very dark brown/blackish color to it. Couldn't really see much else on it.

Aroma-Here's the part I don't like at all. The aroma was extremely overpowering to me. It believe it was do to the hops they were using but to me the beer smelled exactly like Marijuana. No word of lie it reminded me of college days in NC when people used to get mountain marijuana and smoke it. It has that overwhelming pine tree/christmas tree headies marijuana smell to it. For me it was just so overwhelming.

Taste-The taste was ok just a bit hoppy but I couldn't really taste much do to everytime I drank from my snifter I got the smell of marijuana in my nose and mouth. I would just recommend for the brewery they just tone down the hops a little bit.

Photo of drajm
2.84/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of jbertsch
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a tulip.

Fairly opaque black in appearance. Off-white head caps it and sticks around for most of the time.

Aroma is a bit strange. I smell malts that are a bit sweeter and thicker than a traditional schwarzbier, but on top of that, are cascade hops that smell dank and wet. A little like wet socks.

Flavor is sweet up front with malts that hint at brownie batter. A bit sweet. Then the cascade hops take over and give off a sense of dank stinky leaves. Bitterness on the finish. I think this beer is trying to be too much.

It was hard to tell if i liked the flavor. I want to like it, as i absolutely love schwarzbiers. But the dank, green, tea-like hops dont mesh well with the malt flavor. Its strange because i typically love black IPAs, so I'm not aversed to dark malts and hops getting along. Ultimately, i think the strong cascade hop presence here ruins the schwarzbier rather than compliments it. As i drank it I wished i was just drinking a traditional black lager.

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerIsland
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tehmogue
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of LeRose
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half liter bottle dated March 2013.

Appearance on pouring into lager glass was light black coffee color with an enormous beige head that clung tenaciously to the glass.

Aroma was hoppy with citrus and pine notes with the toasty malt underneath. Sort of chocolate like Bakers or cocoa powder.

Flavor was very malty and toasty forward, then hops in the middle mostly grapefruit characteristics. Finishes with a cocoa powder taste and feel. Maybe a hint of smokiness hidden in there.

Mouthfeel was lively with good carbonation. Light bodied. Some lingering chocolate flavor that created a smooth feeling at the back. Some bitter hit, but not too much.

Overall a decent enough brew. For me, the hops clashed just a tiny but with the roasted characteristics. Glad I had it, seems fairly representative of the style, but probably not a regular for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.