Cascadian Schwarzbier - Jack's Abby Brewing
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3.8/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours wall to wall black. No color to be found. Beige head. Puffs up big with the initial pour. Good lacing and retention. Nailed the look. The aroma is heavy on chocolate, molasses and doughy malt. Some pine and citrus hoppiness in there, as well. There’s more sweet roasted malt character than I expect from the style. It’s a pleasant aroma, but it’s more of a schwarzbier on steroids than a hoppy schwarzbier, at least in my opinion. I’m getting a fair bit of roast fruitiness. Pretty rich. Clean lager flavor. The taste is fairly sweet and still quite rich. Lots of fudge and treacle. Big coffee and pine needle finish. Again, over the top for the style, but still a very well made beer and quite tasty. I’m still not convinced that big hops and big roasted malt works well together, but this is a pleasant enough attempt, and I’m sure fans of American Black Ales and whatnot will like this beer. Very creamy mouthfeel. A bit much for the style, but who cares. This is a very good beer, and I would have called it an ale in a blind tasting. Knowing it’s a lager, I can bit out some of that clean yeastiness, but the hops and malt are too big for me to have guessed right.
04-14-2013 06:05:36 | More by popery
3.88/5 rDev -3.7%
The one I got was purchased in West Springfield. The date on the bottle was March, and I drank it in early April! So fresh. This beer is an interesting concept.
I love the Mahogany color, and its nice coffee filled earthly smell. Its interesting to think of the four hops that are used in this.
the taste is a wonderful smooth lager style. Can't say enough good things about the smooth mouthfeel and pleasant taste.
I am a huge fan of what Jack's Abby does. They really did a nice job with this style beer.
04-08-2013 02:37:34 | More by davewlfpckfan29
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
Fresh half liter bottle from brewery
A: beautiful big cardboard head, black as night. Huge rings of lacing, head lasts well.
Smokey roasted chocolate malts, pine and citrus hops. Pretty pungent.
T: dark roasted malts mix of chocolate and coffee, some honey and caramel notes too. Has a large pinecone/herbal hop flavor. Definitely a lot of cascade. Some grapefruit and citrus too.
M: super creamy mouth feel. Abv well integrated.
O: really yummy beer. Could be considered a black ipa. Nice mix of black patent and citrus hops. A great beer by Jack abby. Not surprisingly.
04-06-2013 01:30:37 | More by BigCheese
4.34/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
03-30-2013 23:55:47 | More by Gatch
4.09/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
03-25-2013 03:01:21 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.