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Coffee Smoke & Dagger - Jack's Abby Brewing

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | 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:
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4.14/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

10-26-2013 03:54:58 | More by Dope
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-18-2013 00:33:27 | More by JakerLou
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3.79/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

11-19-2013 22:13:46 | More by BeerIsland
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-11-2013 02:11:01 | More by williamjbauer
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-02-2014 23:26:13 | More by acurtis
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

10-20-2013 20:43:21 | More by Ralphs66
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-09-2013 00:44:24 | More by Kegatron
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-08-2013 23:02:18 | More by rjm0715
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3.86/5  rDev 0%

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.

10-12-2013 01:33:40 | More by tkelley
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South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

12-31-2012 13:43:04 | More by thagr81us
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-01-2014 04:27:14 | More by Denzo
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-10-2013 15:41:35 | More by bum732
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-14-2014 00:47:10 | More by JSBILK
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-07-2013 15:44:14 | More by Kmlund
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-01-2013 02:32:04 | More by garrisonp
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

11-13-2012 13:17:25 | More by tendermorsel
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-17-2013 05:55:16 | More by Psychmusic
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-10-2013 18:26:24 | More by WhitmansNiece
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-27-2014 17:03:20 | More by Phished880
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-24-2014 20:03:32 | More by KCBeerNerd
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3.99/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

01-19-2013 02:20:25 | More by EgadBananas
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New York

3.41/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

01-22-2014 23:51:43 | More by GreesyFizeek
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

11-14-2013 03:26:19 | More by Mike
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-25-2013 21:09:35 | More by Dhamma73
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Consumed 12/23/13

Appearance: Dark brown, borderline black from a distance - some clarity around the edges - pours with a small (at least for Jack's Abby) light tan head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves minimal lacing

Smell: Roasted malts, light smoke, and an undertone of coffee - smoke is there, but fairly light (not a bad thing) - chocolate malts, roasty and burnt malts - some coffee aroma (probably would have been more if I remembered to drink this sooner, as I've had it for two months) - coffee beans - lightly nutty - pretty clean, especially for a rauchbier

Taste:Roasty and smoky, with some coffee bean flavor - dry, smoked malts - roasty, burnt malt flavors - coffee adds a nice edge, with some nice coffee and coffee bean flavor - hints of chocolate as well - a touch of sweetness and dark fruits in the back - lightly earthy with some roasty nuts - nicely balanced without any extreme flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, nicely clean

Overall: Smoke + Dagger + Coffee > Smoke + Dagger? Not really

This is a very good rauchbier that benefits from the addition of coffee. But the enhancement is not particularly profound. Smoke & Dagger is already a great beer. This is simply a nice spin on it. Worth a try.

12-23-2013 21:37:08 | More by angrybabboon
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Coffee Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
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