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Cascadian Schwarzbier - Jack's Abby Brewing

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265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 29
Gots: 12 | 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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SalMineo

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 15:07:15 | More by SalMineo
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

2.94/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 12:33:49 | More by jbertsch
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.6%

04-05-2013 22:37:53 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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essencesea

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.6%

04-06-2013 22:53:03 | More by essencesea
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CADMixes

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.6%

03-15-2012 23:59:10 | More by CADMixes
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

04-02-2014 03:09:22 | More by brandonld23
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RKing44

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

06-26-2013 22:44:27 | More by RKing44
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 02:07:05 | More by Alieniloquium
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BeerIsland

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 16:09:13 | More by BeerIsland
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Phished880

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

06-30-2014 01:16:40 | More by Phished880
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tehmogue

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

06-10-2013 14:05:23 | More by tehmogue
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LeRose

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 00:28:09 | More by LeRose
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

06-27-2013 23:10:55 | More by DrinkingDrake
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huysmans

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

05-28-2014 11:22:10 | More by huysmans
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rallyr32

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

05-29-2014 03:55:17 | More by rallyr32
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

04-30-2013 07:23:32 | More by rusty3335
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TobiasG

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

06-16-2013 23:49:21 | More by TobiasG
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BigZ2214

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

05-04-2014 04:18:28 | More by BigZ2214
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Hotrod88

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

11-22-2013 18:50:39 | More by Hotrod88
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jbuddle

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

04-16-2013 14:25:25 | More by jbuddle
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

05-01-2014 04:59:07 | More by BrownAleMale
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carndog

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

04-14-2013 12:48:38 | More by carndog
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Crafty99

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

07-07-2013 17:37:44 | More by Crafty99
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kevanb

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, dated March 2013, poured into a Tired Hands Only Void snifter.

The beer pours a dark cola brown, near black color, hues of caramel when swished around. A billowing 3 fingers of bone colored head, very fluffy, that has decent retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is a mix of resinous, sappy pine and earthy hop spice as well as a heavy dose of coffee roast and toasted dark malt. The roast jumps out at me, true to style, and the hops are a nice layer on the backend, but at the same time, the aroma seems a touch muddled. Toasted dark malt and a roasted coffee flavor jump out, almost smokey, that quickly turns bitter and hoppy, lots of pine, earthy grassiness and crisp hop spice. Again, the balance seems off and both the roasted malts and bitter hops are fighting for attention, rather than melding nicely. The body is lively, crisp carbonation, coats the mouth fairly well and has a creamy touch at the finish that is also lightly dry.

Verdict: Did age hurt this, was it this muddled from the get-go? I like Schwarzbiers and the prospect of a hoppy one was exciting, but this just seems like one that got overhopped, yet, not hoppy enough. I'd like to revisit this beer when it's fresher.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:51:44 | More by kevanb
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black beer, up to the light its burgundy. Cream colored head with awesome retention. Head laces the glass. Compact yeast at the bottom of the bottle; I assume this was bottle conditioned. Smells like chocolate malt and American hops. Nice Aroma. I noticed the bottle smells more malty, the pour smells more hoppy.

Super hopped up flavor, initially quite grapefruity. End of sip into aftertaste is darker malty flavors - charcoal and chocolate malt. Decent bitterness, lingers a little bit. Thin body. Attenuative clean yeast character.

Chocolate tastes a little funky with punchy citrus hops. No noticeable technical flaws in the beer though, very well crafted. My palate desires something else.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 00:35:27 | More by mlazzaro
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Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.