Cascadian Schwarzbier - Jack's Abby Brewing
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4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges and a creamy fluffy tan head that persists forever. Aromas of floral spicy resinous hops with bits of bitter chocolate flakes and a hint of coffee. The flavor is rich chocolate and hints of coffee with a solid shot of earthy resinous hop flavor. Moderate hop bitterness lasting long into the finish of each sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Very nice black ipa, but it really does straddle the line of being a porter.
06-23-2014 23:35:36 | More by johnnnniee
3.36/5 rDev -16.6%
500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Lots of wisps.
Smell - Really hoppy. Chocolatey. Some roast.
Taste - And it's hoppy again. Grapefruit. Roasted malt. Bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Overly carbonated. Clean and kinda thin.
Overall - Underwhelming. It's good for a lager, but that can be said of most of Jack's Abby beers.
06-25-2013 02:07:05 | More by Alieniloquium
3.95/5 rDev -2%
A black-brown color, thick and covered with a reasonable layer of light oatmeal colored head with fair lacing. The aroma is a smokey charcoal with a tart pear idea. Very pleasant. The flavor brings a tart malt and more smoky charcoal. There's a subtle herbal hop but it's really pretty simple and plenty good. Medium-light bodied with a fairly aqueous but slightly chalky feel. Carbonation is very refined but more than adequate for this style. I liked it and recommend it.
01-08-2013 06:05:35 | More by Durge
3.8/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours wall to wall black. No color to be found. Beige head. Puffs up big with the initial pour. Good lacing and retention. Nailed the look. The aroma is heavy on chocolate, molasses and doughy malt. Some pine and citrus hoppiness in there, as well. There’s more sweet roasted malt character than I expect from the style. It’s a pleasant aroma, but it’s more of a schwarzbier on steroids than a hoppy schwarzbier, at least in my opinion. I’m getting a fair bit of roast fruitiness. Pretty rich. Clean lager flavor. The taste is fairly sweet and still quite rich. Lots of fudge and treacle. Big coffee and pine needle finish. Again, over the top for the style, but still a very well made beer and quite tasty. I’m still not convinced that big hops and big roasted malt works well together, but this is a pleasant enough attempt, and I’m sure fans of American Black Ales and whatnot will like this beer. Very creamy mouthfeel. A bit much for the style, but who cares. This is a very good beer, and I would have called it an ale in a blind tasting. Knowing it’s a lager, I can bit out some of that clean yeastiness, but the hops and malt are too big for me to have guessed right.
04-14-2013 06:05:36 | More by popery
3.8/5 rDev -5.7%
Thanks to Jeff for splitting the bottle. Jack's Abby - leading the lager revolution. I'm trying to remember the last schwarzbier I've had... Can't think of it, so it has definitely been a while. This one pours with a black-hole black body with only the darkest of rubies shining at the edges. A foamy, beige head settles and fizzles to a collar pretty quickly, leaving some chunky lacing behind.
Full of pungent, piney hops up front, almost like something you'd expect from one of these new-fangled "black IPAs", because there's a big, roasty backbone hidden underneath the hops. So, yeah, lots of hoppy and malty aromas clashing; spicy, ashy, herbal, roasty, with a touch of finishing black pepper.
Not exactly sure what a schwarzbier is supposed to be, but looking at the dry-hop bill (Magnum, Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, and Cluster), this is appearing more and more like a "black IPL", if I may be so bold. Dark malts, plenty o' hops, only with lagering yeast. Would like to see a little more malt balance, but the spicy hops are pretty nice.
The taste is almost exactly as I expected it to be, which I guess is a good quality for a beer to exhibit. Brash, piney hops with a commanding bitterness couples with a heavily roasted malt bill, with also brings a bit of bitterness to the table. There's a very mild citric character from the hops, too, just a touch of grapefruit peels and citrus pith.
Light cocoa powder in the finish, along with a dry, sharpness. I swear I can finally taste some lager yeast in the finish; bready and full - it looks like the lagering wasn't for naught! Hops are definitely the most assaulting thing here, followed by the black malts, but the lager yeast somehow does surface among the ruckus. Thin-medium bodied, heavily carbonated with a sharp mouth feel.
Pretty good beer in a relatively unexplored style for me. From the taste alone, it reminds me of the lager version of a "black IPA" when you take a porter malt bill and mate it with an IPA hop bill, only in this case, using bottom-fermenting yeast and a cold fermentation. I wish I had more of the style to compare to, but it's pretty good nonetheless, if roasty and piney are your thing.
08-19-2013 11:38:39 | More by tectactoe
4.53/5 rDev +12.4%
Review taken from notes. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a clear deep brown almost black that can't be seen through. Atop was a nice half finger mocha head that leaves heavy clouding and light side lacing.
S - Very nice. Good earthy, smokey chocolate with rich roasted malts. There is a light coffee aroma as well as some light floral hops.
T - Wow this is rich. Smokey chocolates with good roasted malts. Very earthy with light coffee. There is a good bitter finish and aftertaste that is slightly piny. Wow.
M - Light mouthfeel. Great carbonation, sharp and crisp. For the ABV this is crazy drinkable.
O - Overall this is an excellent lager. Really delicious with wonderful aromas. Another great lager by Jack's Abby.
06-19-2012 17:42:23 | More by rudzud
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.
03-11-2012 22:30:51 | More by Reagan1984
4.2/5 rDev +4.2%
An offering from Jack's Abby sounds just right for my 1,000th review.
A-Pours a very dark brown with a huge, nimbus of a head. The monumental head leaves heaps of lacing.
S-Quite like a Black IPA except I think I can detect some Lager-yeast undertones. The aroma is also well hopped. Hops are sudsy, piney and earthy. Then, the dark roastiness sets in. Dried out chocolate and hints of burnt coffee and ash. Not incredibly intense.
T-The flavor really pops! Much more muscle here. All that pine and soapiness is ramped up. The earthy hops are also complemented by a serious citrusy addition. Bitter grapefruit flesh and flower stems. The roast is more talkative here. Bitter, dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. Could easily be mistaken for a Black IPA.
M-Very bitter thanks to both the surly roast and hoppiness. Drinks easily like all offerings from Jack's Abby. A slight hint of booze but the body goes down willingly.
O/D-Another Jack's gem. I wish all Schwarzbiers were like this. Would be one of the better Black IPAs I have had if it was one. A solid way to enter into the 1,000 review club.
03-13-2013 02:02:52 | More by VelvetExtract
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
3.7/5 rDev -8.2%
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
05-23-2012 22:03:46 | More by Bierman9
4.03/5 rDev 0%
A- Dark black pour into a pint glass. Thick and foamy head forms and retains impressively, doesn't wanna go away at all. Lace patches form that you could scoop off of the glass.
S- Hoppy and black. The grains lend mostly roasted malt cereal notes as well as cocoa, coffee, caramel and some toast hints. Hops are earthy and a bit spicy like European strains here.
T- Follows up the nose with the dark malt character, almost like chocolate covered cereal with that nice grainy flavor. Some coffee, nutty, caramel and vanilla hints. Hops round it out with earthy, spicy and pine notes, citrus is there but not at levels like many Black IPAs.
MF- Very bubbly here, maybe my only real problem. Doesn't ruin the beer but maybe I'll have to try another bottle and revise, seems like yeast may have gotten out of control. A nice bitterness on the palate.
An enjoyable hoppy black lager that doesn't attack you with hops but uses them strongly and tastefully. I like the pine and spicy hop profile.
07-12-2012 02:22:39 | More by cbutova
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
4.18/5 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
Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.