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Numb Swagger - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Barrel aged Smoke & Dagger with Szechuan pepper.
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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 9
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4.82/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is really a flavor infused version of Smoke and Dagger [http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/26520/71501] that was created for a competition among brewers at Jacks Abby. I had the opportunity to try this and then take a growler home the next day from the brewery.

This beer takes an already strong beer with a distinct burnt smoke flavor and adds an surprisingly complimentary sweet flavor from szechuan peppers. The flavor was familiar to me from infusing vodka with peppers before. From the first smell to the last sip this beer is an experience.

This beer won the contest handedly and rightfully so. I hope they experiment with this flavor component and see if they can release a full brew with a similar awesomeness.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MF- Lighter end body with a decently dry feel and creamy, silky overall texture. Carbonation between moderate and high level and smooth. Finishes with some roasty bitterness.

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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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Numb Swagger pours a dark brown with a small tan head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is spicy with notes of yarrow, sage and some dark fruit. It almost reminds me of Thanksgiving stuffing.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and watery with mild carbonation. The flavor is malty with caramel, brown sugar and plum. Spice notes of sage, yarrow and a touch of pepper quickly dominate. It finishes dry with some mint(?) and pine bitterness. When gone the pine and sage lingers on the palate.

An interesting beer. Lots of flavor and easy drinking. Would go great with a hearty stew.

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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glad to finally see this in bottle as I somehow missed all the events this was at.

Pours a nice off-white foamy almost 1 finger fairly bubbled bead that fades at a med pace, just a touch of lacing, quite dark molasses root beer brown colored beer with hint of light sneaking through the the thin parts.

Nose is quite interesting, a definite rauchbier aroma with some light smoke, a bit of a smoked cheese kinda aroma with mild smoking campfire but barely any of that, it's a mild smoke and a creamy like smoke somehow. That with a nice juicy lager like base, it has a mild toasty malt and somehow crisp like lager aroma, as well as hints of allspice and nutmeg clove like baking spices, and a creamy black malt with a little hint of a caramel like toasty brown malt.

Taste starts with more of the baking spices and pumpkin pie like, mild nutmeg clove and allspice like, but mild spices. Then into creamy malts, little caramel and black malt, hint of possibly oats as it's fairly creamy, little milk chocolate even. Then mild smoke, little smoked cheese like flavor with hint of campfire log smoke, but no real bitterness from the smoke or acrid characters. Also a nice crisp lager underneath, juicy lager with nice crisp lager. Hint of bitterness overall, some from spices and a touch of a possible earthy hop. Finish is crisp but not as dry, little sticky, more creamy malts and lactose like sticky feel, little toasty brown malt and caramel, hint mild chocolate cocoa, and mild smoke all lingering, spices are mostly gone but a hint there.

Mouth is med bod, nice creamy feel, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, all flavors that could potentially go crazy are held in check, smoke, spices, creaminess, black malts, etc. and blend to a nice smooth flavor and feel, nice flavors, aromas, etc, and seem to accentuate each other a little, but best of all is the nice crisp lager under it all.

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