Cascadian Schwarzbier - Jack's Abby Brewing
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3.93/5 rDev -2.5%
Big thanks to myspoonistoobig for getting me out a bottle of this one. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.
Pours near black with a thick tan head. Great retention and plenty of sticking lacing as it eventually falls to a thin cap.
The nose carries a bit of light Cascade and orange with some nice roasted malt in the background. The flavor follows suit, but the hops come more to the front, melding quite well with the roast. Roast with a touch of coffee plus orange peel and citrus. There's a bit of light earth and pine in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and a nice combo between the roast and bitterness through the finish.
Nice concept and well-executed. I think this could use a touch more in the nose, but other than that this is a really nice brew.
04-20-2012 23:18:30 | More by Thorpe429
District of Columbia
4.15/5 rDev +3%
Poured from 50cl bottle (March 2013).
Pours with a very active head. The head is foamy, but airy with a light brown color, that sticks around. The color is very dark brown, hues of amber and reddish brown.
Very aromatic. Obviously roasted malts, burnt chocolate, with piney hops.
Taste does not follow the smell, but not in a bad way. Still roasty, but the bitterness of the hops is much more apparent. It finishes with a cocoa/dark chocolate flavor that sits in your mouth for a while.
The mouthfeel is silky, not too creamy, feels very smooth going down.
Overall, this is great. Not sure if it would have been better back in March vs. May, but another solid Lager from Jack's Abby.
05-29-2013 01:32:59 | More by nmann08
4.21/5 rDev +4.5%
Appearance: The ice tea colored liquid is capped by an impressive head that sheets the glass with lacing
Smell: Caramel, piney hops and a hint of chocolate
Taste: Caramel forward with piney hops building into the mid-palate; nicely balanced after the swallow with a hint of chocolate underneath
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: Another nice Americanized interpretation of a lager by the folks at Jack's Abby
06-28-2013 13:36:06 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
Dark brown body that borders on black. Pours with a rich, frothy head that retains well.
Sharp roasted malt aroma; slightly ashy and acidic. Coffee-like with a touch of pine and smoke. Very clean lager yeast character.
The palate is crisp, dry, heavy on ashy roasted malt at this point, with a resinous hop note lingering in the background. Though there's a lot of sharp roasted malt flavor here, it doesn't come off as burnt. Dry from beginning to end, and light in body. Flavorful as it is, this is very easy to drink and shows a great balance of flavors. The finish is sticky, bitter, ashy and smoky; far from a traditional schwarz.
Very impressive stuff. This bottling is fairly old from what I hear, but it has held up well. Hops have been reduced to more of a background note, but the excellent dark malt foundation is enough to carry the beer.
08-24-2012 04:31:21 | More by largadeer
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
On-tap 4/25/2012 at British Beer Company, in Walpole, MA served in an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short very dense beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.
S: The aroma contains a lot of coffee, roasted malts and some hops.
T: The taste starts out with a creamy coffee flavor up front followed by a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast. The hops presence is strong for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sweet.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a while.
05-03-2012 01:55:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.23/5 rDev +5%
Bottle courtesy of Greg (Reagan1984). Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.
A - A dark tan foam settles to a cap, leaving behind splotchy lacework. The body is an opaque and very dark brown.
S - Smells like a black IPA. Floral and piney notes, some grapefruit, cocoa, caramel, light roast. Quite nice.
T - Taste is a little heavier on the roast characteristics, with some dark chocolate, and medium-low piney bitterness. Not as complex as the aroma. Thankfully avoids the usual Cascadian Dark pitfall of excessive astringency.
M - Medium body, slightly gritty texture, moderate carbonation, no alcohol, and a lightly sticky finish.
D - I don't think I could tell this is a lager in a blind tasting. However, I would still think it is a very enjoyable Cascadian Dark Ale. Kudos to Jack's Abby for bringing bold flavors to the lager side of things. Chris and I easily finished the 500ml bottle, and I'd have happily done so on my own.
04-15-2012 02:54:46 | More by MasterSki
4.18/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours a big fluffy darker colored 1.5 finger head that fades super slowly with some pillowy lacing, a murky cola and molasses brown colored beer.
Nose is a nice blend of dark lager and semi light american hops, malts bring a light chocolatey slight caramel and toasted malts, then light lager notes, hints of sweet soft malty crispness and touch of fruity notes, then light spicy earthy hops, hint grassy, and even some pine.
The huge billowy head is still just as big, 5 minutes later and its still not leaving, I think it wants the beer as much as I do. Diving in I'm treated with a nice brown malty taste, soft but lightly toasted brown malts, bit of a chocolate fluff, caramel, and faint molasses. that is accentuated by the faint crisp lager and fruity flavors, soft crisp finish. The hops are there throughout but don't really dominate, bringing some pine, light earthy spicy tones, a decent but not heavy bitterness, a just a touch of resins. Finish comes dry and crisp, a bit more bitterness that dampens a bit after rising and lingers for quite some time, and a bit more chocolate and caramel malt flavors.
Mouth is soft but med bodied, good carb which is what I think was reinforcing the head for so long.
Overall very nice, the malts take the lead with nice caramel and chocolate, and a not of the lager comes through but it ads a nice crispness and soft feel. Hops are done well, it would be very easy to over do them, and all the flavors blend well to a really nice drinkable well done beer.
03-10-2012 22:11:18 | More by jlindros
4.15/5 rDev +3%
16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from WineNation, Millbury, MA.
Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a 2" tan head over the slightly cloudy dark reddish brown brew. Frothy head dwindles bubble by bubble, with average lacing. Aroma is dark malt with some pine.
Taste is chocolatey dark sweetness to start, malts continue through rich body of the center, and hoppiness comes on strong to the close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is great as well. Nice one here.
06-12-2012 23:34:19 | More by ppoitras
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges and a creamy fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of floral spicy resinous hops with bits of bitter chocolate flakes and a hint of coffee. The flavor is rich chocolate and hints of coffee with a solid shot of earthy resinous hop flavor. Moderate hop bitterness lasting long into the finish of each sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very nice black ipa, but it really does straddle the line of being a porter.
06-23-2014 23:35:36 | More by johnnnniee
Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.