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Cascadian Schwarzbier - Jack's Abby Brewing

Cascadian SchwarzbierCascadian Schwarzbier

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.66%


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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taez555

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2012 20:20:12 | More by taez555
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a big tan creamy head and good lacing.

Smells like roasted malts and a touch of smoke.

Similar flavor. Smooth roasted malt with a very crisp earthy finish. Definitely some bitterness to this one, but a good balance overall.

Creamy mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Usually not a style I go crazy over, but I found this one quite pleasant. It was crisp and refreshing yet still maintained good roasty qualities.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 00:08:20 | More by jmarsh123
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 03:01:21 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review #600! Jack's Abby keeps on coming...I think I saw this before sometime but didn't pick it up. March 2013 bottling, nice and fresh.

Pretty much black on the pour but there are some orange highlights at the bottom. A nice thick beige head falls to about a half-finger leaving behind some nice lacing.

Mostly hops in the scent with a decent amount of potency. Pine and earthy forward especially with some grapefruit and tropical notes. Light dark malts and graininess.

Taste broadens things, still big hops but more balanced. Pine, resin, grapefruit and citrus is brought on by the hops with a backing of roast, caramel, dark chocolate, toast and grain.

Good mouthfeel, a little on the foamy side, ample carbonation but smooth. Kind of big-feeling but no alcohol here.

Pretty much a Black IPA in lager form. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 01:49:01 | More by Chico1985
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours black with a two inch off-white head. Good retention. Thin rings and small spots of lacing.

S: Hops are very earthy. Pine, resin, herbs, spicy. Lemon zest. Roasted malt scents are very sooty. Whiffs of toasted bread and milk chocolate as well. Subtle smokey undercurrent. Touch of earthy yeast.

T: Citrusy hop tastes up front are redolent of lemon zest. They then shift and go earthy and spicy. Herbs and pepper. Bitterness grips the tongue like a respectably firm handshake. Malts lay down a baseline of milk chocolate, cola, and lots of soot. Tropical esters of tangerine and pineapple. Very bitter on the finish with an oily, spicy bite and a lingering sooty taste underneath.

M: Medium bodied. Low carbonation lets the creaminess of the mouthfeel come through more. Silky. Good.

O: Black IPAs are all the rage these days, and Jack's Abby decided to get in on the action. Don't think for a second that this is simply a reflex 'jump on the bandwagon' type of reaction though. Never content to just follow the trends, Jack's Abby has put their own unique spin on the style, essentially creating a 'black IPL'. Lagers are, after all, the only thing they brew. This is a well made beer from start to finish. Clean and drinkable. Nice roasted but not burnt malt base, impressively bold and spicy hop profile. Yet another great entry into the increasingly diverse Jack's Abby portfolio of brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 03:33:51 | More by ryan1788a5
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 04:08:48 | More by Duhast500
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:50:48 | More by silentjay
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 00:49:10 | More by Gosox8787
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 23:55:47 | More by Gatch
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davey101

Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 2013 batch, 500 ml bottle into a HF wine glass.

A - Pours a jet black body that exposes some light around the edges. A few fingers worth of khaki foam sticks around for a while. Ungodly amounts of dirty, sticky lacing just coats the sides of the glass.

S - Bright grapefruit, pine and charred malts and chocolate. It does that have uniquely Jack's Abby lager aroma to it.

T - Not overly bitter or malty. Just pleasant piney hops meeting ever so lightly roasty chocolate malts. A touch of smoke on the end. Very clean and easy drinking. Mouth feel is medium bodied and silky.

O - A pleasantly hoppy schwarzbier, this was damn tasty and JA continues to amaze me with their innovative lagers.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 05:39:13 | More by davey101
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kevanb

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, dated March 2013, poured into a Tired Hands Only Void snifter.

The beer pours a dark cola brown, near black color, hues of caramel when swished around. A billowing 3 fingers of bone colored head, very fluffy, that has decent retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is a mix of resinous, sappy pine and earthy hop spice as well as a heavy dose of coffee roast and toasted dark malt. The roast jumps out at me, true to style, and the hops are a nice layer on the backend, but at the same time, the aroma seems a touch muddled. Toasted dark malt and a roasted coffee flavor jump out, almost smokey, that quickly turns bitter and hoppy, lots of pine, earthy grassiness and crisp hop spice. Again, the balance seems off and both the roasted malts and bitter hops are fighting for attention, rather than melding nicely. The body is lively, crisp carbonation, coats the mouth fairly well and has a creamy touch at the finish that is also lightly dry.

Verdict: Did age hurt this, was it this muddled from the get-go? I like Schwarzbiers and the prospect of a hoppy one was exciting, but this just seems like one that got overhopped, yet, not hoppy enough. I'd like to revisit this beer when it's fresher.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:51:44 | More by kevanb
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 00:33:35 | More by horshack7
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Naugros

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 19:24:20 | More by Naugros
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store, poured into an Abandon Brewing tulip.

Pours dark black with a 2 inch head fluffy head that recedes quickly, to a film on top of the beer. Leaves sheets of lacing down the glass.

Strong aromas of resinous pine and roasted malt. I could keep my nose in this forever, seriously baller.

The flavor is great- on one sip you'll get dank, earthy, resinous pine sap and needles, with mild citrus on the front end, with dark roasted, almost burnt malt, coffee grounds, and smokey ash on the back end, then the next sip the dark malt will be up front with the hops in the back. Very interesting drinking experience.

Full creamy body, medium to thick mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Lingering bitterness stays in the back of your throat throughout. No present alcohol taste.

Another winner from Jack's Abby. It's getting to be where I can buy anything from them and expect it to be great.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 12:33:53 | More by GreesyFizeek
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body with a tight but huge tan head.

Nose is crisp, clean hops with a bitter chocolateness.

Flavor is deep and rich tart malt with a solid hop punch on the finish. This is the definition of bittersweet. I like it.

Mouthfeel is slick, but with a crisp finish. Not stripping, but the hop character is present.

Overall, a very nice, highly drinkable brew. Jack's Abby hasn't misfired yet.

Can't wait to try the Kiwi Rising I have stashed in the fridge downstairs in the cellar...

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 02:08:41 | More by ghostwalker
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 01:44:21 | More by PeterIngemi
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, chocolaty brown with a massive head of creamy, sand colored bubbles. The head sits two finger’s widths above the glass with a nice lasting retention and a puzzle grid of thin lacing. On the nose, the beer smells delicately of roasted coffee beans and damp pine forests. Smooth dark chocolate works its way into the nose alongside musty earth and subtle dankness. The balance on the nose between hops and malt is quite nice and intriguing. As I sniff for longer I start to sense oranges dipped in chocolate, which is quite inviting. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter with roast and hoppy bitters. The finish brings a splash of sweet chocolate and bready malts, and a pop of citric acidity also lingers in the finish. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet citrus lemon, quickly falling into bitter pine resin and decadently toasted bread, blending roasted coffee and espresso bean flavors through rich dark chocolates. Subtle grass and herbal hops work their way into the finish alongside a beautiful burp of milk chocolate and toasted oatmeal bread. The aftertaste is of moderately bitter pine resin, which sticks to the roof of the mouth. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a middling carbonation and a crisp, snappy mouthfeel that provides nice drinkability and scrubs away some of the heavier roast and bitter flavors. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left with slight spittle in the cheeks, soft bitter burn down the middle of the tongue, and a sticky resinous feel on the roof of the mouth. Overall, this is a beautifully balanced hoppy lager. Terrific pine and roasted malts tango on the tongue in a way that I very much appreciate. The closest thing to compare this to would be an American Black Ale, but this beer is miles ahead of that style in terms of balance. This could please a hop head and a roasted malt lover at the same time. Another superb beer from Jack’s Abby.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 17:57:57 | More by Maxwell
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

2.94/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a tulip.

Fairly opaque black in appearance. Off-white head caps it and sticks around for most of the time.

Aroma is a bit strange. I smell malts that are a bit sweeter and thicker than a traditional schwarzbier, but on top of that, are cascade hops that smell dank and wet. A little like wet socks.

Flavor is sweet up front with malts that hint at brownie batter. A bit sweet. Then the cascade hops take over and give off a sense of dank stinky leaves. Bitterness on the finish. I think this beer is trying to be too much.

It was hard to tell if i liked the flavor. I want to like it, as i absolutely love schwarzbiers. But the dank, green, tea-like hops dont mesh well with the malt flavor. Its strange because i typically love black IPAs, so I'm not aversed to dark malts and hops getting along. Ultimately, i think the strong cascade hop presence here ruins the schwarzbier rather than compliments it. As i drank it I wished i was just drinking a traditional black lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 12:33:49 | More by jbertsch
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 01:04:10 | More by pburland23
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 00:35:27 | More by mlazzaro
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:29:55 | More by CliffBrake
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, but not quite black with a fluffy tan head. Smell is a really nice mix of hops and roasted malt/chocolate, not unlike a black IPA. The flavor follows the nose, thought it doesn't quite come together as well I had hoped after an awesome aroma. Both the hoppiness and roastiness of this beer are quite nice, but there's a bit more of a clash in flavors than I had hoped for. The two types of bitterness don't quite coincide as well as I've experienced in the best of black IPAs, and thus it comes off as a little overly bitter. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for the style and carbonation is high. It doesn't detract much from the experience, but it could use a little more body. Overall, this may be the first Jack's Abby beer that I wasn't absolutely in love with. I love schwarzbiers, but black IPAs are hit and miss for me and this beer comes closer to a black IPA than a schwarz. There's certainly a uniqueness to it, as it has some lager characteristics, but it could be a little more balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 22:29:56 | More by starrdogg
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 02:41:39 | More by MADhombrewer
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh half liter bottle from brewery

A: beautiful big cardboard head, black as night. Huge rings of lacing, head lasts well.

S:
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:30:37 | More by BigCheese
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:29:07 | More by rinhaak
Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.