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Cascadian Schwarzbier - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 33
Gots: 13 | 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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Ratings: 311 | Reviews: 69 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

rowingbrewer, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

nootch23, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

DerekMorgan, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of kevanb
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.

kevanb, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Saltee, Jul 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

DonFrap, Jul 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Crafty99, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

AJ01923, Jul 03, 2013
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.

LeRose, Jun 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

BRYeleJR, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

brentk56, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

DrinkingDrake, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

mklisz, Jun 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

RKing44, Jun 26, 2013
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.

Alieniloquium, Jun 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

comfortablynirm, Jun 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

TobiasG, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

fearfactory, Jun 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

tehmogue, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

SHCC, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

PatGreer, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

trevorpost, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

RummyRedbeard, May 30, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

nmann08, May 29, 2013
Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.