Cascadian Schwarzbier - Jack's Abby Brewing
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3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
On-tap 4/25/2012 at British Beer Company, in Walpole, MA served in an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short very dense beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.
S: The aroma contains a lot of coffee, roasted malts and some hops.
T: The taste starts out with a creamy coffee flavor up front followed by a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast. The hops presence is strong for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sweet.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a while.
05-03-2012 01:55:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.98/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured from a 1pt. .9oz bottle into a Allagash flute.
The color is a dark black with some maroon highlights and three fingers of foamy brownish head with some nice lacing being left on the glass.
The smell is hoppy and is quite floral. There is some tree bark aroma that is a bit bitter but with a sweet flowery smell as well.
The taste is malty with some nice porter like flavor. Dark malts wall things in but there is a smooth bitterness that is holding in a nice creamy center. There seems to be a slight coffee and chocolate flavor that melds together well.
The feel of this beer is pretty smooth with a nice drinkable feel. This seems to just slide by with little effort I almost don't notice how much I have had.
05-02-2012 04:08:48 | More by Duhast500
3.93/5 rDev -2.5%
Big thanks to myspoonistoobig for getting me out a bottle of this one. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.
Pours near black with a thick tan head. Great retention and plenty of sticking lacing as it eventually falls to a thin cap.
The nose carries a bit of light Cascade and orange with some nice roasted malt in the background. The flavor follows suit, but the hops come more to the front, melding quite well with the roast. Roast with a touch of coffee plus orange peel and citrus. There's a bit of light earth and pine in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and a nice combo between the roast and bitterness through the finish.
Nice concept and well-executed. I think this could use a touch more in the nose, but other than that this is a really nice brew.
04-20-2012 23:18:30 | More by Thorpe429
4.23/5 rDev +5%
Bottle courtesy of Greg (Reagan1984). Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.
A - A dark tan foam settles to a cap, leaving behind splotchy lacework. The body is an opaque and very dark brown.
S - Smells like a black IPA. Floral and piney notes, some grapefruit, cocoa, caramel, light roast. Quite nice.
T - Taste is a little heavier on the roast characteristics, with some dark chocolate, and medium-low piney bitterness. Not as complex as the aroma. Thankfully avoids the usual Cascadian Dark pitfall of excessive astringency.
M - Medium body, slightly gritty texture, moderate carbonation, no alcohol, and a lightly sticky finish.
D - I don't think I could tell this is a lager in a blind tasting. However, I would still think it is a very enjoyable Cascadian Dark Ale. Kudos to Jack's Abby for bringing bold flavors to the lager side of things. Chris and I easily finished the 500ml bottle, and I'd have happily done so on my own.
04-15-2012 02:54:46 | More by MasterSki
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
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, opaque, high carbonation
Smell: cocoa, piney hops, and milk chocolate
Taste: cocoa, piney hops, roasted malt, and milk chocolate
Mouthfeel: medium light bodied, high carbonation, sweetish start that becomes bitter but never overly so
Overall: Super drinkable nice and dry. I think this drinks a bit more like a black IPA than a schwarzbier. One of the better newer beers from Massachusetts. Also the price cannot be beat. I will get this again.
04-02-2012 14:15:37 | More by tigg924
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
4.08/5 rDev +1.2%
Note: Store just got this in today and bottle states "February 2012" so super fresh (just one positive aspect of drinking local). Drank handled german beer glass.
Appearance: Pours opaque black with thick, tight-bubbled head. Head foam like with excellent retention. Careful when pouring or you'll get half a glass of head! Lacing clinging to the glass as the head slowly sinks. Black color slightly darker than traditional examples but fits the style name. Clarity indeterminable due to the dark blackness of the beer.
Aroma: Slightly sweet malt aroma up front with smooth coffee notes. Citrus american-type hops in the background, while uncharacteristic of the style, works well with the maltiness. Some caramel aromas detected as it warms. Clean fermentation- with no esters. No diacetyl or sulfur detected.
Flavor: Roasty malt flavor dominates the first sip and finishes dry with a coffee-like bitterness. Detect some citrus hop character in background. Subsequent tastes are a balance between roast and one-dimensional malt. Finish remains dry with roasty bitterness more chocolate like than the first sip. Balance slightly towards roast bitterness. No fruitiness or diacetyl.
Mouthfeel: Medium light body with medium high carbonation. No alcohol warmth which is to be expected. No creaminess. Dry bitter sensation across tongue in the aftertaste. Very slight astringency.
Overall: Overall an enjoyable beer. Roasty flavor and bitterness the dominate characteristic in aroma and flavor. Color a bit dark for the style but otherwise appearance spot on- head was excellent! Beer finished dry and besides very minor astringency, mouthfeel was spot on for the style. Use of American hops with citrus aromas and flavors differentiates this from other Swcharzbiers, but not in a bad way. American hops worked well with the roastiness. Clean lager fermentation. A smooth roasty lager. Thank you Jack for providing non-traditional craft lagers to MA!
03-30-2012 03:20:33 | More by rdruckenmiller
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!
03-21-2012 02:29:07 | More by rinhaak
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.
03-20-2012 00:49:10 | More by Gosox8787
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.
03-16-2012 15:07:15 | More by SalMineo
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.
03-16-2012 01:44:21 | More by PeterIngemi
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.
03-14-2012 04:14:15 | More by Dope
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.
03-13-2012 00:35:27 | More by mlazzaro
Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.