Cascadian Schwarzbier - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.43/5 rDev +9.9%
A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted earthy malts with some light smoke, cocoa, vanilla, and some pine and earthy hops.
T - Starts off with roasted dark and earthy malts with some light vanilla and smoke. Through the middle some cocoa comes through with some pine and earthy hops and a bit of bitterness. The finish is a mix of roasted cocoa and earthy malts with a bit of vanilla and smoke and a touch of citrus hop and bitterness.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly roasted and bitter finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really great smoothness and texture with a great balance of flavors. A really nice dark lager.
06-23-2012 01:54:24 | More by ngeunit1
4.4/5 rDev +9.2%
.5 liter bottle dated February 2012. Thanks to Reagan1984 for this.
Appearance- Dark brown that lightens around the edges. Big thick tan head. Great lacing. 4.5/5
Smell- Earthy hop aroma accompanied with some roasted malt smells. 4/5
Taste- Roasted malt flavors are first. Nice even earthy hop bitterness in the end. Well balanced. 4.5/5
Mouthfeel- Nice even mouthfeel that trends to the thin side 4.5/5
Overall- This is a great beer. Very easy to drink and it is not trying to be something it is not. Very well crafted beer. 4.5/5
04-05-2012 02:41:39 | More by MADhombrewer
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.
03-05-2012 03:50:48 | More by silentjay
4.36/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours black but with hues deep within the beer that can attest to it's clarity. I was able to take one photo showing a ruby ring around the bottom of the glass and as I drained my first glass I can also notice subtle shades of brown. The ruby that I observed was like a gem that you might find deep in the earth covered by blackness and brown earth but shining nonetheless. It has a creamy tan colored head of foam that fell slowly and deliberately and left rings. After it was completely subdued by time it left rings of sticky lace and a cluster of bubbles and film on top.
Nose is lovely roasted malt. It verges on nutty but then gives way to bitter chocolate. The hops grace the nose with a faint presence and a sweet breath of orange. A touch of coffee. It's smells deep and abundant. The taste follows the nose all the way and the beer has such graceful hop accents. The orange never intrudes or steals center stage away from the malty character. Smooth dry , crisp blackened malt that is not burnt. The carbonation is ample and keeps it drinking like a lager. A very light bit of caramel and this one finishes with a bit of that bitter chocolate to linger and dry out slowly as the light sweet orange echoes itself from the nose only faintly. There is a bitterness form both the roasted malt and from a bit of hops in the finish.
This one has a subtle devil may care attitude but respects the style completely. Wonderful!
08-06-2014 14:44:16 | More by utopiajane
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
Second pour from a new growler into a tulip.
A - dark dark body. Very little light comes through but a little if you tilt it tot the side. Good head, retention, and lacing.
N - Mostly roasts and malts on the nose. Obvious hops as well. Pine, grapefruit. But again mostly roasted malts.
T - opposite of the smell. Mostly fresh hops. Really tasty. Piney, fruity. Then the roast. Mommy.
M - smooth but on the heavier side. Hearty. Good carbonation
O - love it. Love choppy dark beers and one this fresh doesn't come along too often.
04-30-2013 00:00:08 | More by tkelley
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
Picked this up on Cape Cod while on vacation. I was very intrigued and could not wait to get home to try this, very curious as to what an American hopped schwarzbier might taste like.
Since it's a schwarzbier, I poured this into a Kostritzer glass. On the pour it looked for all the world like a stout. Jet black with a humongous, rocky head with incredible retention and the ability to rise above the lip of the glass. to get the whole bottle into the glass took over five minutes as I waited for the head to recede.
If it wasn't for the fact that I knew this was a schwarzbier, and hence a lager, I would have guessed it to be a black IPA from the look and the smell. Roasts abound in the nose with some serious piny hops and just a hint of acidic sour. Where on earth did that come from?
As the foam enters your mouth you get the piny hops tickling the roof of your mouth with a nice bitterness and the liquid follows quickly behind and delivers the malt load: coffee and chocolate bring the sweet side of this wonderfully balanced beer. The finish is all pine tar, but the bitterness in the aftertaste doesn't overpower or overstay, deriving from the malts almost as much as from the hops.
Smooth and richly mouth-filling, but comes off a little lighter in feel due to an appropriate level of carbonation.
I'm seriously impressed with this creation. I was worried about the hops dominating and destroying the flavor components that make a schwarzbier and schwarzbier, but the brewmaster certainly knows how to employ just enough to get the best out of the hops without compromising the style's key notes.
07-04-2012 19:24:20 | More by Naugros
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
4.3/5 rDev +6.7%
A - Poured slowly into a .5L weizen glass. This dark brown/black beer produces a towering, creamy beige head that retains quite well and leaves great rings of lace up and down the sides of the glass.
S - I know that the label says "hoppy black lager" but I really didn't expect the waves of hop aroma that I got from this one. Blindfold me and I'll tell you that I've got a fresh IPA sitting in front of me. Just an ever so fait indicator of roasted malts.
T - Now the roasted character of this beer takes center stage, with the hops doing their thing in more of a supporting role. There is a bitterness that comes in at the end, but it is not sharp, nor does it take away from the roasted aspect.
M - Classic Jack's Abby. Velvety smooth and refreshing. Clean finish. Medium-bodied. Excellent.
O - The only prior experience that I have had with such a beer has been Wookie Jack, which I did not like. Perhaps I got an old one? Needless to say I was thrilled with the quality of this one. It was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to those who enjoy IPAs, Porters, or anything in between.
06-09-2014 12:24:24 | More by Andrew041180
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
Cascadian Schwarzbier pours black into the glass with a big, frothy light tan head on top. The foam fades slowly down to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind some spots and lines of lace on the glass.
The aroma is a nice combination of hoppy pine and citrus notes blended with smoke, chocolate and roasted malt.
Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and watery on the palate with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is nicely balanced between roasted and chocolate malt, smoke and bitter hop flavors of pine and citrus. It finishes dry with lingering pine and roasted notes when gone.
A very tasty and fairly well balanced beer, however I found the body to be a little thin.
04-01-2012 20:52:22 | More by WanderingFool
4.28/5 rDev +6.2%
Poured from a 0.5L bottle into a snifter.
Appearance: Beer pours an extremely dark brown, not quite black but very close. The pour into the snifter created three fingers of dense medium tan colored head. The head lingered for some time but didn't leave much lacing.
Smell: Sweet dark malts with piney, resinous hops. I'm also picking some dark coffee notes on the edges here. Very nice smelling beer.
Taste: Wow. The taste was not what I expected and this is a good thing. Dark roasted malts with big coffee and chocolate notes with a hint of smokiness. Finish is bitter and quite dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and mildly chewy. It's a little heavy for a lager in my opinion and at 7%, I'm probably not drinking more than one of this in a night.
Overall: Man, I think Jack's Abby is just killing it. I've had three of their beers and loved them all. This no exception...dark, roasty and hoppy. Very nice all around.
06-29-2012 01:04:10 | More by pburland23
4.26/5 rDev +5.7%
The beer comes in a dark brown black color with some dark red coming through in the light with a huge beige fluffy head.
The aroma has big robust roasted coffee in the front, a prominent lager yeast, bittersweet chocolate, a resinous pine and leafy green hop.
The flavor follows with that pine throughout along with tea leaves, leafy hops with almost a mint quality, then roasted coffee, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, then onto a beautiful combination on the finish of piney hops, roasted drying, and a caramel sweetness. There’s also that classic lager yeast flavor throughout.
A really well crafted beer and absolutely delicious. Another incredible brew from Jack’s Abby.
04-13-2014 04:44:43 | More by dar482
Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.