Coffee Smoke & Dagger - Jack's Abby Brewing
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Reviews by Dope:
4.14/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
No date that I can see but this was just released in bottles maybe last week or the week before at most?
A: Pours a dark, dark, dark brown. Big fizzy light brown head. Head fizzes out fairly quickly, zero lacing. Somewhat decent retention.
S: Strong heavenly coffee aroma. Light smoke sticks to it a bit but nothing over the top. Mildly earthy with just a hint of caramel sweetness.
T: Smoky, yes, with a decent bit of roasted coffee melding with it. Coffee fades, leaving just some acrid smoke. Some chocolatey sweetness helps perk up the bitter smoke and coffee. Aftertaste is mild coffee, surprisingly not bitter here. Like coffee with sugar in it.
M: Medium bodied, quite smooth.
O: Smoked beers are easily my most hated style. This one has a decent sweetness to it to help balance out the acrid smoke (like the base beer). The addition of coffee helps even more and adds some nice complexity at the same time. I feel that the coffee could be a little stronger and it would really set this brew apart, but Jack's Abby isn't huge on making adjuncts over the top so I understand.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2013 03:54:58 | More by Dope
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3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
I have had this once or twice before. This bottle was purchased at the brewery on Saturday and in the fridge since.
A- 500ml bottle poured to a snifter with a black body where light can only make it through the very edges. A cap builds on the brew with a creamy texture and nice thickness to about two fingers. Head retention is good as the foam dies to a thick, frothy ring. Sheets and webs of lace being atop the glass while spotty areas are deposited below that.
S- Medium roast coffee makes up a very large portion of the aroma for me. This roastiness combines with the roast grains underneath and the work off of each other. Beyond that is some smoked grains, cocoa and some yeast influence.
T- Coffee above the Smoke and Dagger base, duh. In all seriousness, this is the freshest I have had this beer and I would say it is about equal parts of coffee and malts making up a bulk of the beer with a dash of yeast and hops just to make it a beer and balance it. Coffee is quite strong and feels like a medium roast with some earthy and fruit hints. Malts are roasty, cocoa, lightly smoked and fairly nutty.
MF- I think some forget this is a Rauchbier and not a Stout. The body is on the lighter side of things but with a creamy and silky texture. This boosts the drinkability but it is not a dessert beer which often have this same flavor profile. Carbonation is moderate and slight roast and hop bitterness on the palate in the back end.
Smoky malts seem to awake more as I drink the beer but the coffee is most of the show here as it seems just as strong as the malt base. I have always been a fan of the base beer and I am now just as big of a fan of this iteration. Fresh coffee and Rauchbier means good.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 00:47:43 | More by cbutova
Coffee Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.