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Coffee Smoke & Dagger - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 05-11-2012)
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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Dope, Oct 26, 2013
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bottle was graciously laid on me by Jamie M during a Lancaster visit. He knows I'm a fan of All Things Lager. If I had an issue with this really fine beer, it would be that it verges on being out of balance, although the combination of pronounced flavors don't obscure its lager basis. Although cold this evening, the weather isn't quite bad enough to warrant drinking this hefty and delicious black lager. Flakes may be necessary.

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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle poured into a big snifter glass.

A -- Dark dark body, brown verging on black. Medium brown highlights. Thin tannish head. a little bit of lacing (although the snifter doesnt produced a lot of it typically). Nice halo around the edge and a little, wispy retention.

N -- Smoky with pronounced coffee notes. Nice soft smell.

T -- Not overpowering at all. Clear smoke, clear coffee (definitely different from the regular SAD). Again, very soft. Pretty subtle but really good.

M -- Lighter than one would think.

O -- Really good. Cheers.

tkelley, Oct 12, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at a recent tasting while Mississipping was in town! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a massively dark red-brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, powdered chocolate, roasted malt, cream, and coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, coffee, milk chocolate, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. Based on the other brews from Jack’s Abby that I’ve had, they have the aroma aspect of beers absolutely nailed. Nice notes of sweetness and roastiness from the coffee going on kept this one really well balanced and enjoyable to the nose. The flavor had some of the same notes, but it just wasn’t as robust and well balanced as the aroma going on. Still definitely worth your time trying if you get the chance.

thagr81us, Dec 31, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recent bottling purchased at the brewery.

Dark as night. Nice tight pillowy head.

Minimal coffee in the scent but quite present in the flavor. I don't get as much smoke in this as the regular S & D. Perhaps it was overpowered by the coffee. Great coffee flavor. A bit thin in the body compared other coffee beers.

Pretty drinkable. I should have bought more than one. Good but not great stuff. Nice change of pace from the regular S & D.

tendermorsel, Nov 13, 2012
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, mostly black, with some lighter edges with a tan finger of fluffy head. The aroma is definitely smoky, with some chocolate and roasted notes and mild coffee. Taste is smoky and meaty as well, with a nice coffee bitterness, chocolate and more roast and sweetness. The feel is somewhat light bodied, but a creamy texture and nice carbonation, finishes clean and crisp.

I recalled the regular smoke and dagger not having as much smoke, and there's not a LOT of coffee notes, but its still quite nice.

EgadBananas, Jan 19, 2013
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3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, with a quarter inch tiny head, and not much lacing.

Smells include coffee, smoke, chocolate.

The taste is the same. A little too watery for my tastes. Used coffee grounds are the coffee flavor here, plus mild smoke, and cocoa powder. Maybe a little bit of vanilla. A bit disappointing- none of the flavors are that bold.

Light body, too thin, really. Cask-style mouthfeel and carbonation.

Regular Smoke and Dagger is great, the cask version of this one is just ok, not all that exciting.

GreesyFizeek, Jan 22, 2014
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Coffee Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.