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Coffee Smoke & Dagger - Jack's Abby Brewing

Coffee Smoke & DaggerCoffee Smoke & Dagger

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BA SCORE
87
very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%


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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Dope

Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
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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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-20-2014 01:31:00 | More by outoffocus
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-09-2014 01:02:11 | More by mmmaaattt
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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-08-2014 13:22:33 | More by Bjorn2bWild
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells decent, light hint of smoke, little bit of coffee. Pretty much same with the flavor, with occasional hints of light chocolate. I just now got a little toasted coconut on the end. Slight bitterness lingers for a bit. I've had Smoke and Dagger a handful of times, but probably variations of it more than the original. I'd really like to compare it to this side by side. Solid beer overall, anyway.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 02:51:00 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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magictacosinus

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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks, angrybabboon! Note that I have NOT had the regular Smoke & Dagger upon the time that I consumed this, so I have nothing to compare this to. Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a snifter. No bottling date, but I got a bottle of this in late December and had it about a month later.

Dark brown in appearance, although when held away from the light it looks almost completely dark. Still, you can see through this, and there's plenty of playful, bubbly carbonation at first along with an effervescent head that dies down not too long after the initial sip. Pretty light bodied in feel, which is no surprise given the low ABV. Doesn't look like your typical lager, but it's not anything too remarkable.

Things get a little bit more interesting at the nose, with neatly roasted notes of cold brewed coffee, caramel, black pepper, as well as some very light smoky notes. Compared to the Smoked Maple Lager I had earlier in the evening, this is very mild, even as a tribute to a rauchbier. Some pine citrus lurks underneath the strong coffee and caramel, but otherwise there's not too much else to write about. Definitely pleasant, especially for my first ever coffee lager!

Yeah, that hits the spot - it's not smoky by any means, but it definitely retains a refreshing, crisp, and slightly roasted and zesty character throughout. THIS is what Coffee Bender from Surly should have tasted like - rather than burnt coffee grounds, as in the former, this delivers a light powdered espresso character that dissolves calmly into the caramel, slightly cracker-like profile of the beer itself. There's an apple, pine zest throughout, but it's subtle as it melds with the coffee profile rather distinctly. While, again, there's really not too much going on in the beer otherwise, it still is easy to drink and mellow as a result of the light richness added on by the coffee and light smoky profile. Well carbonated, and very crisp - doesn't demand too much of an effort to consume otherwise!

It won't change your life, but it is a good take on getting a coffee beer and making it seemingly cleaner and more light bodied in character. I do wish there were more smokiness and representation of the yeasty profile at hand - it gets a little drowned out overall. Can't say its my favorite from these guys, but can't say there's anything particularly wrong with it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 06:26:55 | More by magictacosinus
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle served in a stange. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a fizzy, one inch, tan-colored head. Head eventually settles into a 1/8th inch cap with some residual strands of lacing left in the wake of the receding brew. Nose suggests chocolate malt, roast and a hint of coffee. Taste is roasty with a metallic quality in the forefront. Chocolate character is almost non-existent and the overall flavor profile comes off a bit watered down. Finish is slightly bitter and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery with a prickly carbonation. Overall, I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed by this one. Definitely not getting a rauchbier vibe either - not sure if it is classified correctly.

Serving type: bottle

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Coffee Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.