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Cascadian Schwarzbier - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
90
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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.68%
Wants: 31
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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Photo of rinhaak
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

I have been waiting for a beer like this for a long time. This beer really combines the best aspects of a German Schwarzbier with an American hoppy (fill-in-the-blank).

Well balanced from start to finish, I was struck immediately by the aroma. When I popped the top, a strong piney smell wafted up to my nose. The nose is strong with pine forest, slight smoke, coffee, and citrus – the Cascade hops really shine through the nose.

Pouring a reddish-brown, dark (but not black), and a large head, the beer invites you in from the beginning. A wonderful taste follows: hoppy up front, evolving to a rich, roasted malt backbone, finishing again with a pleasant hoppy bitterness. And always balanced.

I think this is a great beer. And for the price ($3.99 for 16.9 oz), it can't be beat.

I'm looking forward to more from Jack's Abby. Congratulations!

rinhaak, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
3.95/5  rDev -2%

Presentation: Pint bottle dated Feb. 2012. Served straight from the refrigerator and poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown, almost black, in color. Not much of a head at all, only a couple bubbles that disappear quickly. Way undercarbonated.

Aroma: Nice smooth chocolate upfront. Caramel notes follow and offer some nice sweetness. A touch of pine right after. Really nice and balanced.

Taste: Chocolate, espresso, and a nice bit of pine all wor together to create a flavorful and balanced profile. Really nice balance of bitter and chocolatey. The hops offer a real refreshing note.

Mouthfeel: The lack of carbonation does hurt this a lot, but it doesn't make it undrinkable in the least and there is a slight bite on the tongue. Pretty refreshing actually.

Overall, a really nice and tasty offering from Jack's Abby. The lack of carbonation hurt this a bit, but I still really enjoyed it and found it easy to drink. I'm sure better QC will fix that in the future and make this even better.

Gosox8787, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of jjcote
4/5  rDev -0.7%

jjcote, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of SalMineo
2.18/5  rDev -45.9%

Had this beer a week ago and wasn't that impressed it. It was different to say the least about it.

Pour-Definitely a very dark brown/blackish color to it. Couldn't really see much else on it.

Aroma-Here's the part I don't like at all. The aroma was extremely overpowering to me. It believe it was do to the hops they were using but to me the beer smelled exactly like Marijuana. No word of lie it reminded me of college days in NC when people used to get mountain marijuana and smoke it. It has that overwhelming pine tree/christmas tree headies marijuana smell to it. For me it was just so overwhelming.

Taste-The taste was ok just a bit hoppy but I couldn't really taste much do to everytime I drank from my snifter I got the smell of marijuana in my nose and mouth. I would just recommend for the brewery they just tone down the hops a little bit.

SalMineo, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Spilt a few bottles with some f riends

A- dark dark brown/back with a nice one finger slightly brownish head , not to much lacing, a nice lookin beer.

S- love it... Slightly roasted chocolate, almost a marshmallowy, a bit of smoke, an amazingly complex roasty/creamy aroma profile, I love it.

T- much like the nose but a little tones down from the aroma, a very nice, but not overly done rauching, with roasty chocolate, and a beautiful hop profile that works very nicley with the style.

M- creamy and smooth with a slight bitter hop finish... Very very well rounded, lower carbonation, velvety.

O- a great beer, i really love these beers, everything I've had from these guys have been impressive, and this is no exception.

PeterIngemi, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of CADMixes
3/5  rDev -25.6%

CADMixes, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of PhillyP
4/5  rDev -0.7%

PhillyP, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

A: A very dark brown pour with just a touch of red in it. Huge fluffy chocolate milk colored head. Retention is incredible. Solid wall of lacing.

S: Tons of wonderful char of the roasted malt. Baker's chocolate and some coffee. Piney hops come out as it warms. Maybe a touch of earthy hops too. Great combo and well balanced.

T: Piney, earthy hops up front mingles with the great roasted malt characters. Lots of burnt toast, bitter coffee and chocolate. Hops fade leaving the bitter roasted malt to linger in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

O: Jack's Abby does it again. Easily the #1 schwarzbier I've ever had. Tastes not far from a black IPA or american black ale or whatever you want to call it. Similar to the Hoppy Feet I had not too long ago. A little less hoppy makes the hops not stand out so far but the balance and drinkability is better. It's crisp, well balanced and very tasty. Hard to beat.

Dope, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of mlazzaro
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

Black beer, up to the light its burgundy. Cream colored head with awesome retention. Head laces the glass. Compact yeast at the bottom of the bottle; I assume this was bottle conditioned. Smells like chocolate malt and American hops. Nice Aroma. I noticed the bottle smells more malty, the pour smells more hoppy.

Super hopped up flavor, initially quite grapefruity. End of sip into aftertaste is darker malty flavors - charcoal and chocolate malt. Decent bitterness, lingers a little bit. Thin body. Attenuative clean yeast character.

Chocolate tastes a little funky with punchy citrus hops. No noticeable technical flaws in the beer though, very well crafted. My palate desires something else.

mlazzaro, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

My second beer of the day and another perfect looking pint. The head is so creamy and full it rises WELL above the rim of the glass and appears to be whipped cream. Ever so slowly settles and begins to deposit thick lace. The beer is a dark brown with just a ¼ inch of light coming through at the bottom of the pint glass.

Some pine and some dark roasted malt. A touch of ash. Somewhat subdued aroma, but it’s there and pleasant.

Bittersweet chocolate, pine, bittersweet chocolate, pine, a touch of creaminess and a moment of ash. In the aftertaste there is some more coming from the malt bill and it’s very nice. Perhaps the dark crust of a well-cooked crusty bread.

A slight grit on the beer which I like. Makes it feel more substantial.

A very good beer and another winner from Jack’s Abbey. Man, I love having these guys in our backyard.

Reagan1984, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Gregwa, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4.23/5  rDev +5%

.5 liter bottle (16oz). Bottle date: Feb. 2012. Poured into small Victory tulip.

A: Pours a deep brown color. Looks close to black actually. Finger of tight bubbled tan head. Some nice lacing bits on the glass. I see some alcohol feet.

S: I definitely pull a lot of piney, resinous hops initally. Digging in a little further, I get some of those chocolate and roast notes. Not getting much of the citrus that is labeled on the bottle. Maybe some mild grapefruitiness.

T: That is a smooth brew. Really nice brew. Up front I get some mild piney hop bitterness. But this then smoothes into a creamy chocolately roasty sip mid mouth. It's actually pretty refreshing, dispite the appearance. On the finish, you get a little linger of that roast chocolate flavor. But it's fairly crisp and leaves you wanting to drink more.

M: It's a medium bodied beer. Nice creamy mouth coating.

O: Really impressed with this black "lager". I definitely want to try more of their products.

inlimbo77, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of jlindros
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.

jlindros, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of taez555
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer pours a black body with a thick off-white head. (This is the thickest head I've had on a JA beer so far, it's almost nitro-stout like)

Smell is very fresh clean dark grain with a fresh coffee, chocolate or other dark malt smell.

Taste is medium bodied with nice bitter dark roasted malt flavor. I know it's schwarzbier, but it has a very porter or irish stout sort of bitter malt flavor. Again, fresh grain, chocolate, toasted and roasted dark malts, coffee, but at the same time very clean and crisp. Hops are present in this brew, but don't really have a strong flavor profile. Definitely very bitter, but not over the top.

What can you say, another great beer from JA. Again, tastes more like a stout or porter to me than a schwarzbier, but still... a great session lager.

taez555, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%

Bottle dated February 2012 - from their first bottling run.

Deep ruby color, bright and dark, with a billowy light tan head that leaves curtains of lacing.

Very enticing aroma blends bready malts, roasted notes and piney hops. Unfortunately much of the bready malt and hops make but a short appearance on the palate before being overrun with a big sharp roasted flavor. Charcoal and somewhat harsh bitterness dominate a long finish.

A bit thin feeling for all the flavor. This is a unique beer that is well worth trying. I really like the experimenting this new brewery is doing, blending American influence with traditional lager styles. Well worth checking out. I look forward to seeing how things develop at Jack's Abby.

CliffBrake, Mar 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

PEIhop, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours into a pint glass a dark mahogany with several lively fingers of mocha head that rise to the rim.

Nose is light pine and dry chocolate and spent coffee grounds.

A sip is lighter and clean, nice carbonation pulling hits of piney hops on top of deeper roasted malt, finishing more bitter with resinous pine. The balance is very impressive - at 6.8% it's a very easy drinking beer and, as far as I'm concerned, a well-balanced example of the style.

Prost!

OldIronLungs, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of silentjay
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

deeeep mahogany brown that light barely penetrates producing a huge tan head that is super-fluffy, retains for a while and laces very well.

very deep dark roasted malt aroma with some smoke in there as well as some wood. smells like the campfire after you pour water on it to put it out for the night. a big citrus kick is there too heading the cascadian part of the name. a bit nutty and earthy.

toasted/roasted malts begin the flavor which goes sweet and nutty (candied roasted nuts) in the middle before a big rush of hops take over bringing in that piney, citrusy flavor that would be synonymous with "cascadian." finishes pretty crisp, but leaves a slight pleasant bitter-sweetness lingering.

almost medium bodied, but finishes quite crisp with a touch of hop resin and a slight sticky sweetness, but overall its a dry, crisp finish with just a touch of that.

hmmm. I love it, to be honest. Jack's Abby has found a niche. do what American Craft brewers have been revolutionizing over the last decade but apply it to traditional German styles. Its unique, but it falls somewhere between a nut brown ale, euro dark lager, black IPA, and baltic porter. It works very well for me. I could drink this by the growler-full.

silentjay, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -0.7%

rab53, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

kaelingirl, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours dark brown with a tan foam head.

Nice roasted malt notes, with some resinous pine in the nose.

A good dark roasted malt note up front, with coffee and even a touch of dark cocoa powder. This is pushed aside by some stung hop presence, pine cone dominant. The brew dries out, with bitter notes from the malt and the hops. Good balance here, with some length the hop finish.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Might be lighter than it seems.

Overall, my first taste of this brewer, and I liked the twist on the style. The hop-driven brew, with a good sized kick of abnormal alcohol made this one unique and enjoyable. Clearly not an ale, but has a lot of characteristics of a black IPA. I actually like this better. Very worth a try.

OtherShoe2, Mar 03, 2012
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Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.