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Coffee Smoke & Dagger - Jack's Abby Brewing

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145 Ratings
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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Thorpe429, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

acurtis, May 03, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Kegatron, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a smaller 1/2 finger bubbly off-white colored head that fades at a med pace, some lacing, over a dark molasses brown colored beer with slight ruby light streaming through.

Nose has some light smoke, little smoked malt but not really campfire, more like smoked cheese kinda smoke, plenty of coffee though, fresh coffee and just ground coffee beans, and a light nutty aroma in the background.

Taste brings more of the smoke, again smoked cheese like but this time a little smoldering log campfire but not much, then quickly into a light creamy malt with more nutty flavors, little caramel and hint syrupy sweetness, then into the coffee again. Coffee is more like fresh coffee grinds and a little fresh brewed as well. The nutty flavor and coffee blend well, esp with the light sweetness from the caramel. Bitterness cuts through towards the end, a grassy slight earthy hop comes in. The finish is still a bit sweet and sticky but somewhat drier, with lingering nutty flavors, little caramel and some coffee, but more of the smoke coming through and lingering for a while on the finish, as well as just a bit of a chewy slightly spicy hop.

Mouth is med bodied, little creamy, good carb.

Overall pretty good, nice coffee addition, the nutty malts are nice as well, coffee is fairly fresh with no burnt flavors, and the smoke is just in the right balance. A good beer but nothing to write home about.

jlindros, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

oline73, Aug 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mendvicdog, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

oriolesfan4, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this. 500ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears dark brown to black in color with a tan cap. Some brown clarity seen around the edges and spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is roasty. Plenty of pleasant smoked aspect to the nose with an earthen and almost citrus note present seemingl coming from coffee instead of hops. It is mildly fruity with alcohol and an accent almost like raisins.

The taste includes noted of chocolate, earth, raisons, and smoke. The alcohol and fruity quality of the base beer seems downplayed a bit by the coffee addition but does not hvbe a boisterous coffee character by any means...just a deeper layer of earthen notes.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp easy reinking and enjoyable. A nice subtle difference from the base brew. If I was going to complain about anything with this, it would be that after having the regular smoke and dagger just before drinking this, the coffee inclusion was almost undetectable. Thanks again Heath for this one.

stakem, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

duceswild, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

billab914, May 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Zaphog, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Rhettroactive, May 14, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Duff27, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Jwale73
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Jwale73, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of rudzud
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark mostly black with faint brownish hues and a two finger mocha head that faded almost immediately to leave well..nothing. No halo, no lacing, no nothing. Shocking...

S - Nose is more like it. Nice smokey rauch aromas with a strong char and solid roasted black coffee aromas. Solid, solid.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice smokey malts, rauchbier flavours, light caramel, soft bitter finish. Good coffee representation.

M - Mouthfeel is well, much thinner than I am used to from these guys. Stronger carbonation, medium body...just feels awfully thin/watery.

O - Overall I am relatively shocked here. I am used to home runs from Jack's Abby and this one, with the watery mouthfeel and shockingly mediocre appearance...at a loss for words. I guess every brewery has its flukes but yeah, let down by this one.

rudzud, Sep 03, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

outoffocus, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

cbutova, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

thegerm87, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

williamjbauer, Nov 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

tommyguz, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Dicers, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Dope
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Coffee Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.