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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 ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from WineNation, Millbury, MA.

Poured into a CCB pub glass, formed a 2" tan head over the slightly cloudy dark reddish brown brew. Frothy head dwindles bubble by bubble, with average lacing. Aroma is dark malt with some pine.

Taste is chocolatey dark sweetness to start, malts continue through rich body of the center, and hoppiness comes on strong to the close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is great as well. Nice one here.

ppoitras, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of horshack7
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's dark with a light tan head about two fingers in height.

Aroma: A fair amount of citrus hop aroma mainly grapefruit notes. Smokiness, oak, light burnt hop, tiwnges of molasses, caramelized sugar.

Taste: Once again herE comes the grapefruit. Bready malts, oak, light charcoal, smokiness, brown sugar notes. Mouthfeel is on the smooth side with alight hop bite.

Notes: The up front hopiness is a little bit different but the smokiness makes up the rest of this vert tasty beer. Cheers.

horshack7, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

vande, May 27, 2012
Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a month or so ago... $3.99 for a 0.5l bottle. Says "February 2012", which I hope is their bottling date. Enjoying today (23MAY12) out in the 'zebo...

Am using an imperial nonic, but I had to pour in stages, as the head really billowed up big time. The bier was a dense, opaque brown. Only when held up to the sunlight could I espy some glimmers of garnet. The aforementioned head was creamy and mousse-like, a lovely dollop of mocha cream atop the brew. Lacing was top shelf. My first sniff found some coffee and toasty, dark choco. Also found was a bit of rindy hopping. The body is a decent medium, and it feels fairly smooth overall.

The roasty character is also present flavorwise, though the hoppy bitterness takes precedent. Choco and dryish cocoa are found, but the strongest component is the pithy, resiny hoppage hitting the palate. It is somewhat flavorful, though I find the bitterness a bit overwhelming. Prosit!

3.7/5 rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Bierman9, May 23, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev -0.7%

standardcherry, May 22, 2012
Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

ElGallo, May 13, 2012
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Lawnboy33, May 10, 2012
Photo of byrnemi
5/5  rDev +24.1%

byrnemi, May 08, 2012
Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Bilco, May 05, 2012
Photo of mj0126
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

mj0126, May 03, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TheManiacalOne, May 03, 2012
Photo of Duhast500
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Duhast500, May 02, 2012
Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

WhitmansNiece, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of codon2004
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

codon2004, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Thorpe429, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev -0.7%

polishkaz, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MasterSki, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
4/5  rDev -0.7%

raythealeman, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.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

MADhombrewer, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Massbmx, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tigg924, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

WanderingFool, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Wizzman
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Wizzman, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of rdruckenmiller
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

rdruckenmiller, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of grittly
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

grittly, Mar 24, 2012
Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.