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Cascadian Schwarzbier - Jack's Abby Brewing

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90
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305 Ratings
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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 34
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

kwjd, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

666_MPH, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

braican, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JKV96, Feb 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

bleeps, Jan 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

DrJay, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Bjlps, Dec 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Hotrod88, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Bumblebtna, Oct 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

goldenM13, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Mulder531, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

MattXT, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

tectactoe, Aug 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

kirkse, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Boston_Steve, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

mrebeka, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened 7.7.13
Dated March 2013

A - Pours a opaque deep brown with a huge tan head that sticks around forever.

S - Roasted malts and chocolate.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate, wheat, with some hop bitterness.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Roasted and chocolate, but no hop flavor, just the bittering.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

rowingbrewer, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

nootch23, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

DerekMorgan, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of kevanb
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

kevanb, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Saltee, Jul 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

DonFrap, Jul 10, 2013
Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.