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Cascadian Schwarzbier - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
90
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270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 29
Gots: 11 | 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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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-31-2013 16:08:24 | More by CypherEnigma
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-31-2013 03:13:52 | More by DelicateDelirium
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

March 2013. Picked it up at the brewery and was told it was bottled two weeks ago.

A: Dark brown but ruby, blood red when held up to light with a light brown, frothy, pillowy, foamy head. Fluffy, sticky foam and great retention.

S: Huge roasted malt, some smoke and wood, & a nice piney hop presence. The sweet, earthy, almost charred and chocolaty malt aroma is intriguing. Very unique.

T: Roasted malt and hops come together to form a delicious Black Ale. Fresh, piney hop presence and properly roasted malt. Roasty, nutty goodness without the heavy body of a Stout or Porter.

M: Super smooth with huuuge flavor. Balance of hops and malt is spot-on. Carbonation is right, too.

O: My first review for this beer was with a less-than-fresh bottle but this time around it shines. A great beer for the transition from Spring to Winter. Another knockout from Jack's Abby.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 23:55:47 | More by Gatch
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pjs234

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

03-30-2013 21:19:44 | More by pjs234
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beertardis

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-30-2013 14:58:47 | More by beertardis
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dcguitar

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

03-27-2013 01:16:06 | More by dcguitar
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-26-2013 02:10:48 | More by AdamP
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight black. Nice and clear on the pour. The color of black olive juice with a bit more depth. Head is a light tan, massive, and super creamy. Solid retention leaves a couple cm creamy, fluffy cap. Sheets of lacing stick to the glass. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Deeply roasted. Big hits of cocoa and chocolate malt. Some dark chocolate as well. Touches of burnt malt in the back. Nice citrus hop presence floats on the top. Big smack of bitter pine needle and oily resin. Some lighter milk chocolate as it warms. Caramel sweetness in the back. Touches of smoke.

Taste: Dark chocolate and cocoa over the top of a massive roasted malt character. A bit of char and smoke with some burnt malt sweetness. Solid hopping pushes a hint of citrus but sticks with bitter pine needle. Some hints of lager yeast buried in the back, a bit powdery. So much roast and char without crossing in to smoked beer territory. Warming smooths it out a bit.

Mouthfeel: A deceptively smooth medium body with a moderate to high carbonation for the style. Creamy. Delightful.

Overall: The Schwarz is strong.

If the bottle didn't tell me it was a lager, I wouldn't believe it. A great balance of roast, burnt, and hops. The mouthfeel really elevated everything.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 03:01:21 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-25-2013 02:24:51 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-23-2013 11:41:13 | More by deanhead
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koflaherty

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-22-2013 15:58:33 | More by koflaherty
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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-21-2013 18:41:20 | More by jrstamp
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review #600! Jack's Abby keeps on coming...I think I saw this before sometime but didn't pick it up. March 2013 bottling, nice and fresh.

Pretty much black on the pour but there are some orange highlights at the bottom. A nice thick beige head falls to about a half-finger leaving behind some nice lacing.

Mostly hops in the scent with a decent amount of potency. Pine and earthy forward especially with some grapefruit and tropical notes. Light dark malts and graininess.

Taste broadens things, still big hops but more balanced. Pine, resin, grapefruit and citrus is brought on by the hops with a backing of roast, caramel, dark chocolate, toast and grain.

Good mouthfeel, a little on the foamy side, ample carbonation but smooth. Kind of big-feeling but no alcohol here.

Pretty much a Black IPA in lager form. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 01:49:01 | More by Chico1985
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mmmaaattt

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-17-2013 00:04:01 | More by mmmaaattt
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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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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

03-14-2013 04:28:47 | More by ferrettman687
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morningthief

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-13-2013 23:36:35 | More by morningthief
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An offering from Jack's Abby sounds just right for my 1,000th review.

A-Pours a very dark brown with a huge, nimbus of a head. The monumental head leaves heaps of lacing.

S-Quite like a Black IPA except I think I can detect some Lager-yeast undertones. The aroma is also well hopped. Hops are sudsy, piney and earthy. Then, the dark roastiness sets in. Dried out chocolate and hints of burnt coffee and ash. Not incredibly intense.

T-The flavor really pops! Much more muscle here. All that pine and soapiness is ramped up. The earthy hops are also complemented by a serious citrusy addition. Bitter grapefruit flesh and flower stems. The roast is more talkative here. Bitter, dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. Could easily be mistaken for a Black IPA.

M-Very bitter thanks to both the surly roast and hoppiness. Drinks easily like all offerings from Jack's Abby. A slight hint of booze but the body goes down willingly.

O/D-Another Jack's gem. I wish all Schwarzbiers were like this. Would be one of the better Black IPAs I have had if it was one. A solid way to enter into the 1,000 review club.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 02:02:52 | More by VelvetExtract
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours black with a two inch off-white head. Good retention. Thin rings and small spots of lacing.

S: Hops are very earthy. Pine, resin, herbs, spicy. Lemon zest. Roasted malt scents are very sooty. Whiffs of toasted bread and milk chocolate as well. Subtle smokey undercurrent. Touch of earthy yeast.

T: Citrusy hop tastes up front are redolent of lemon zest. They then shift and go earthy and spicy. Herbs and pepper. Bitterness grips the tongue like a respectably firm handshake. Malts lay down a baseline of milk chocolate, cola, and lots of soot. Tropical esters of tangerine and pineapple. Very bitter on the finish with an oily, spicy bite and a lingering sooty taste underneath.

M: Medium bodied. Low carbonation lets the creaminess of the mouthfeel come through more. Silky. Good.

O: Black IPAs are all the rage these days, and Jack's Abby decided to get in on the action. Don't think for a second that this is simply a reflex 'jump on the bandwagon' type of reaction though. Never content to just follow the trends, Jack's Abby has put their own unique spin on the style, essentially creating a 'black IPL'. Lagers are, after all, the only thing they brew. This is a well made beer from start to finish. Clean and drinkable. Nice roasted but not burnt malt base, impressively bold and spicy hop profile. Yet another great entry into the increasingly diverse Jack's Abby portfolio of brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 03:33:51 | More by ryan1788a5
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

03-11-2013 01:14:47 | More by wdarcy77
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-08-2013 02:59:56 | More by nquigley16
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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stonermouse

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh, and poured into a Sam Adams glass.

What a spectacular pour. Dark, dark- almost black. Pillowy off-white head. Lacing just sticks and sticks. Beautiful.

Aroma is unexpectedly coffee-forward. Smells like a Pacific Northwest coffee house, with just a touch of wood and roastiness. Maybe a bit of black tea as well. When I close my eyes I could convince myself I'm back in a rustic coffee joint in Seattle. Wonderful stuff.

Great flavor here as well. There's a bit less coffee than the aroma, but a big dose of sweetness and possible lactose adds some richness and complexity. It's dry and bitter on the finish, but not earthy. Just a sweet, almost lemon-rind finish.

Nice mouthfeel- dry, but compatible with the flavors.

Man, I love this beer. I really have no idea what a schwarzbier is supposed to taste like. All I know is this beer is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 01:50:53 | More by stonermouse
Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.