Numb Swagger - Jack's Abby Brewing

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85
very good

110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Barrel aged Smoke & Dagger with Szechuan pepper.

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-04-2013)
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Bottle poured into a Jacks Abby shaker pint.

A - very dark red. Like crimson or garnet. Good head with decent retention. Very clear body with very pretty highlights.

N - smoky and spicy -- fall spices like cloves, cinnamon, maybe vanilla. I don't get much of the promised sechuan peppers but there is a little something there on the nose.

T - tasty. Smoke and spices. Like a smoked pumpkin spice beer. More of thebpepper than on the nose. Really interesting.

M - a little watery maybe. I don't get too much carbonation but it isn't flat.

O - again very interesting and tasty. I thought it would be hotter but it probably isn't supposed to be. Cheers!

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On cask at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black, with no head, or lacing.

Smells and tastes like regular Smoke and Dagger. This is disappointing- not that regular Smoke and Dagger smells or tastes bad, but this does not carry any discernible pepper aromas. It's disappointing, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it, because I like Smoke and Dagger.

Slightly watery, but smooth cask mouthfeel. Little carbonation.

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A- Poured from the 500ml bottle to a snifter with a black body, appears a bit thinner than big stouts but pitch black nonetheless. A head just over one finger tall forms with a creamy, frothy texture. Good retention and a thick creamy ring leaves spotty clouds of lace.

S- Fragrant dark lager feel with no shortage of roasted malts and a good smokiness. Cocoa powder, star anise, peppercorn (not quite like black but similar to pink), coffee and cereal grain notes.

T- Szechuan peppercorns add a spicy, somewhat white peppery flavor with an earthiness to the smoky base brew. The malt profile is deep and somewhat complex with flavors ranging from fresh cracked cereal grains, cherry wood smoke and slight sweetness to dark chocolate and roast malt notes.

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A base beer that I already enjoy enhanced just enough by special peppercorns to add some spice and earthiness. A good idea and subtle use of spice, not in your face like many other spiced brews.

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Numb Swagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.