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Dog Schwarz - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 34
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: sideshowrob on 01-07-2009)
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Photo of ricke
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

A: Dark brown with a small pale beige head that leaves small lacings.

S: A gentle but prominent smoky character of mostly smoked ham. Notes of charcoal. Dark malts with a gently roasted character. Some fruity notes.

T: The taste is mostly sweet with a delicate mix of smoked ham and roasted malts. Notes of charcoal, wood, coffee, chocolate and roasted fruits. The finish is somewhat bitter with a slight taste of minerals, dark bread and perhaps just a hint of grassy hops.

M: Medium body, slightly boring texture, quite a lot of carbonation.

D: I liked this one. The smoky character takes the lead from start to finish, but it never gets too overpowering or cloying. Instead, it's rather delicate actually.

ricke, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

I also have difficulty categorizing this beer. The label says it's a Smoked Double Lager, and calls it a Schwarzbier, but I have to agree with the previous reviewer and say that it is a Rauchbier. It's a dark brown color with beautiful red highlights. A thick tan head that left a bit of lacing. Once you catch a whiff, there's no doubt it's a Rauchbier. Very strong, but pleasant, smoke aroma. The smoke is less noticeable in the taste, where the malt predominates. Just an incredibly smooth beer, one that I want to get more of.

lordofthewiens, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours dark brown to black with a a light brown head. Lots of smoke in the aroma as well as roasted malt. Very inviting and unique aroma. The flavor is smoke, roasted malt and some coffee towards the end. Medium/thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good beer and one of the best from Flying Dog.

Mora2000, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +0.5%

A 355ml bottle with a BB date of Jan 2012, so it's a little out of date. Picked up recently from the York Beer & Wine shop. Double lager sounds delicious!

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A very dark reddish-brown; appears pitch black. Yields a large head of creamy light brown foam that lasts for a minute or two before collapsing. Aroma of nutty smoked malt with hints of sweet roasted grain, wood and smoky bacon/kippers.

Tastes of sweet, smoky malt with a dry finish. Notes of roasted grain, wood smoke, caramel and smoky bacon. A restrained malt bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with tingly carbonation. Great body. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of sweet, smoky malt.

Nice - if only every lager had this much character! Well-balanced flavour with a good malty backbone. The smoke is obvious but not overwhelming. Well worth trying if you like smoked beers.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub.

A: Pours a rather dark brown color, practically opaque, with a small tan head on top. Retention wasn't very good, eventually ending up in a ring of foam around the edge. Not much lacing.

S: Bold aroma with a good bit of chocolate and cocoa, a little bit of coffee, some roast, and a bit of honey. The smoke is very light but present.

T: Roast, chocolate, and cocoa are the predominant flavors, with a little bit of coffee. On on level, it is similar to a porter, but it lacks the hop presence and the sweetness. The is some like smoke on the midpalate, fits just right and does not over power the other flavors.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. It is rather dry, but still has a creamy texture.

O: A very nice beer that straddles the line of a schwarzbier and a rauchbier. The chocolate and light smoke combine nicely to make a rather easy drinking beer.

mdaschaf, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

A fine bomber to be appreciated. SMoked malt, chocolate malts, pale malts. A balanced not overly complex beer. Not too much smoke, or shwartz, or carbonation, just finely drinkable. Pours dark brown with brownish big foamy head. Wood dry smoke in the aroma. Lots of lace. Though would like more shwartzbier flavours, and thicker, this was unique and enjoyable.

Sammy, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +0.5%

On tap at World of Beer North Hills on 12/29/11.

pours a deep black with a thin lacing of off white head. The nose has notes of hickory smoke, chocolate, and roasted malts. The flavor has notes of chocolate and hickory smoke up front with some notes of chocolate and coffee in the finish. This is a medium to full bodied beer with decent carbonation.

This is a very unexpectedly nice beer. The smokey, full body actually makes for a solid cold weather offering.

tdm168, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev 0%

The Dog Schwarz pours a black body beneath a short head of dark tan foam. The head retention is good, and it leaves some nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma is immediately smoky. Beech wood. It's not over-done, however, which is nice. And, in fact, you even get some of the caramelized sugars of the malt through it as well. Hops are suggested in that malt, but they don't really stand out on their own, and, stylistically, they shouldn't. Also, very clean. Nicely done.

The flavor follows suit, and its a very rounded and polished beer. The alcohol barely shows as well, and when it does it's in the finish where you'd expect it. It's gently smokey, and caramelish with and almost scorched sugar side, and subtle hints of cocoa or chocolate, chickory and coffee, and a mild hint of toffee. A restrained bitterness supports it, and that's all that really needed as the smokiness and dark malt acidity help to dry the finish anyway.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a thin edge of malty dextrins, and smooth with a moderate carbonation level.

If there's anything to fault the Dog Schwarz, it's just that there's just not enough of the Dog Schwarz! The restraint of the smokiness, and the superb balance are great, but at the same time I really feel there could have been more flavor overall and still maintained the balance. Overall, it's more like a smoked schwarz than a "double" smoked schwarz. On that note I'm off, I've got to try to sell the empty bottle on eBay to recoup some of my costs!!!

NeroFiddled, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Minimal head but some surface memory. Body is opaque schwarz.

Nose has smoky oak and a bit of oatmeal.

Pretty dry oatmeal body, distinctive woody aftertaste. Not terribly smoky, and in fact, I get traces of star anise.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, carbonation is essentially absent.

This was ultimately not worth the hype or pricetag, but it's interesting. It's kinda surprising that the rauch-schwarz isn't a more common style, but I find it more compatible with a bock or wheat.

zaphodchak, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

Thanks to Krog for sharing this. It was a deliciously balanced, strong smoke beer. Poured black with a short tan head. Sure, it tastes kind of like bacon, but like a good rauchbier, there's more to it. I'm reminded of the smell of cedar planks on the grill for a toasted wood flavor. The background malts have a touch of caramel with smooth dark chocolate. Very drinkable for a good smokey beer. Worth a try.

tempest, May 18, 2009
Photo of deliriumfest
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%

Consumed on 1/17/09

750ml bottle

Popped this one open at the January Twin Cities BA Gathering. Poured a pitch black color with a petite brown head. The aroma was that of smoke which is not my favorite. The taste was plein de smoke along with some fruit. Although a smooth mouthfeel, this one just isn't that drinkable to me. I do not like smoky beers and this one definitely isn't worth its $17 price tag. Go ahead and try this one if its free but you're better off not wasting your money.

deliriumfest, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

750 ml corked and caged bottle that I shared with some fellow BAs. Into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown/almost black with a 1/2 finger of creamy dark mocha colored head. Quite the robust retention on this as well, that just absolutley coats the sides of the glass with lacing. A nice spiced smoked meat character is prevelant in the aroma but isn't in any way overpowering, going the more subtle route. I'm also getting a solid backing sweetness of cocoa and caramel. Touch of light roast in the back as well.

The taste is more Schwarz and less Rauch than what was in the aroma. Roasted chocolate and carmamel, with a bit of coffee and nuttiness mixed in. Some bitterness pulls up the back. The smoked malts that are present are even more subtle than the aroma was, wafting in and out of the other flavors. It's overall pleasant but I was hoping that it would be a little more aggressive. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharper carbonation up front but then it gets creamier towards the back of the swallow. For a 7.5% beer, this actually feels pretty easy in the mouth. Not bad.

I liked the effort here. A Schwarbier with a bit of smokey Rauch attitude seemed to be what they were shooting for here and for the most part, they succeeded. I personally would have liked to have had a bit more smoke in the taste but hey, that may just be me. On a side note, while I liked this for the most part, IMHO, this is not worth the $15-17 per bottle that most places are selling it for. They need to release this in six-packs and make it a fall release.

Kegatron, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Seaba
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of seedsofchaos
4.3/5  rDev +8%

A: Pours dark brown / black. Opaque. Head is dark khaki with some hints of gray and red. Lacing is present but no cobwebbing or massive clinging.

S: Smell is of smoke and light fig. Burnt sweet fruits, smoke and ash permeate the nose.

T: The palate is immediately served a very pleasing smoke that lingers throughout this offering. Tastes of molasses and vanilla bean are the light and sweet first introductions to the complexity of this beer followed by smoked peppered sausage. I would describe this beer as a campfire in a bottle. Roasty chocolate malts, some light crystal malt and the taste of peat smoked meat with hints of ash. This beer makes me want to sit around a bonfire and drink right out of the bottle. Raw. In your face. Smoked beer.

MF: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is right on and doesn't tickle the tongue. Smooth, creamy at times and generally great feeling going down.

D: I love this beer. I didn't think it was going to be fantastic as it was a closeout beer at my local beer store, but I wouldn't mind having a case of this stuff around for cool camping nights. Definitely grab one if you have the chance.

seedsofchaos, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of bashiba
3.78/5  rDev -5%

Poured a clear dark ruby/brown with just a light ring of head, not much carbonation going on in the appearance.

The smell is a nice mixture of pork choppy smoke and sweet dark toffee malts.

The flavor follows the smell quite closely only with the big sweet malts coming on strong first and the big meaty smoke flavors slowing building upon themselves in the finish.

The mouthfeel has a light oily texture with almost no carbonation at all.

I like this quite a bit, the flavors were deep and interesting, its almost like a good smoked porter that went really light on the roasted malts opting for a heavy dose of dark crystals instead. Fun beer.

bashiba, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of hdofu
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

An interesting beer, poured cola with a light tan head smell is sweet and malty maybe a bit like cocoa powder. Taste is sweet with a bitter finish not, in extreme but just enough to make it work as a bitter sweet taste. has alot in common with a porter or stout but with an interesting almost licorice finish. It has a smooth finish, and as such is very drinkable.

hdofu, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +3%

Apparently this beer style is second to David Hasselhoff as far as being loved by Germans, intriguing… Served from bottle with a cork that had a moldy base into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown basically black with a minimal khaki colored head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoked malt, smoke, and ham. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, ham, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I can see why Germans love this style of brew as it is one of my favorites out there too. The smokey tones come through very nicely on this brew and are quite refreshing. I was quite concerned upon inspecting and smelling the cork. Note for future openers of beers with moldy corks; DO NOT SMELL IT! Really glad this didn’t translate into the beer at all. A definite must try if you get the opportunity to do so.

thagr81us, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of benyerd
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

(A) Overall alot darker than expected. Poured dark brown almost black. The head was around 2 fingers and a nice caramel color that held nicely. Left a nice lace along the glass as I drank it too.

(S) Very surprised in the fact that it didnt have much of an aroma at all. It had hints of chocolate in the aroma but other than that was very bland and was not impressed.

(T) Great Malty and full flavored taste. Hints of chocolate in the finish and an overal a great roasty and malty taste.

(M) Mouthfeel was a nice full feeling.

(D) Great Drinkability and was a beer that I really enjoied. Could see me self having a couple of these!

benyerd, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of cfrobrew
3/5  rDev -24.6%

cfrobrew, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of Bung
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

750 ml. Dark chocolate pour with a beige head. Good head retention. Aroma is lots of malt and grass, some pine and chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel, but pretty light bodied. Extreamly smooth roast malt and chocolate up front. Almost has a little milk stout characteristic to it. Enough hops to keep it honest though, but just barely. Just a hint of smokiness through the finish. Excellent drinkability. ABV non-existant. Maybe the best Schwarzbier/Rauch I've had. Exactly what I was looking for to watch my Spartans in round 2 of the NCAA.

Bung, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%

750ml green corked and caged bottle into nonic.

A semi-aggressive pour yields a two and a half finger dense brown head that slowly settles to a thin even cap, leaving behind a wall of lacing. The head seems to get denser as it settles, eventually becoming the cap. Rings of lacing are created as the beer moves down the glass.

The first thing I looked for was the smoked malt aroma, which came out as spicy smoked sausage, a bit of beef jerky, and a touch of campfire smoke. The malts add a touch of roasted grain. It's hard to detect anything behind the smokey aromas.

A little more spicy smokiness in the flavor, witch characteristics of smoked ham or Jamón Ibérico ($50/lb Spanish ham - trust me on this one). The malts also add a strong burnt grain flavor. A bit of bitter cocoa is in the background. Full bodied, slightly chewy, carbonation is there but isn't too fizzy.

A good variant of the Rauchbier. Generally found in amber beers out of Bamberg, Germany, they create a mouthful of beef jerky and bacon. However, with the darker, roastier flavors of a shwarzbier, and different complexity is created. Hint of chocolate, maybe dark fruit, are just highlights of something that tastes like it was pulled out of a campfire. This was a pricey beer, but definitely worth it. Highly recommended.

BeerSox, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Vintage09CC on front label. It was pitch black in color. Had a large tan head that whittled down to a thin foam layer. Good sticky lace.

The aroma was more subdued than I expected. Nice beechwood smoke but you had to put your nose up to the glass to get it. Most others rauchbiers that I've had can be smelled soon as you pop the cork and fill the room. Also get roasted malt and coffee. Good but wish the smoke was more prevalent. The taste was roasted malt with underlying smoke. Again, wish the smoke was more dominant instead of a good supporting player. Coffee popped up right and the end and carried thru the after-taste. Mouthfeel was medium with decent carb. Coffee bitter after-taste as noted.

Overall, a bit of a letdown. Hurts that I got had a couple Schlenkerla's recently which are by far the best in the class. This one is very pricey and I just didn't get the bang for the buck so mild recommend. Rotation - avail here in TX. Due to the price and lack of the smoke bomb, I'd have to say one and done.

TexIndy, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

750 ml, 7.8% abv. Pours a near black color with a nice tan head. Nice head retention. A few spots of lace.

Nice smokey, chocolate aroma. A bit of the campfire aroma. Very pleasing and simple in the nose.

Some nice chocolate malt up front. Not quite milk chocolate, but not quite bittersweet. A nice note of smoke, but not overwhelming. Maybe a hint of carmel malt. Very smooth.

Medium body, lower carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Very well done.

Bierguy5, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

mendvicdog, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.98/5  rDev 0%

330ml bottle served into a Lager glass.Enjoyed on abr´11.
Pure black,dark amber to the light.Beige foam,dense & close.Thick layer.Fairly good retention,no lacing rings.Toasted malts,mildy smoky & hints of dry nuts aromas.Light bitterness.Toasted malt flavor in a light & smooth body.Dark fruits & smoky notes on the aftertaste.Very good drinkability.Refreshing.

GONZALOYANNA, Sep 20, 2011
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Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.