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Dog Schwarz - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sideshowrob on 01-07-2009)
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Photo of taigor
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into pint glass.

A - Poured black non-transparent color with medium head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Malts, and smokiness upfront with some hints of coffee and dark chocolate afterwards.

T - Slightly sweet and malty followed by slight bitterness and barbecue bacon aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Great smoked beer overall but might be too overwhelming to drink in big quantities.

Photo of bminor7
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.

A - opaque black. hard to achieve the 1-2 finger head. settles and laces nicely.

S - roasted coffee. dark malts. hop bitterness can be detected...chocolate.

T - subtly smoky. dark malts. coffee is strong in the background with more chocolate and sweetness in the foreground.

M - somewhat thin, but with reasonable carbonation.

D - only 7.8%...strong flavor and malts make this a savory delight. pair it with food. hard to find, but if you see it, get it.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost black, with no light passing through. Almost no head, and moments after the pour, nothing.
Smoke, faint sausage and barbeque on the nose. Faint, charred malts as well. Hoping the aromas would be a little more pronounced.
Taste is quite similar to the smell. Smoke, faint sausage, BBQ, wet malts. Hint of oak/earthiness.
mouthfeel is a but flat. Smooth and slightly oily.
Alcohol is not discernable, so this one is very drinkable, especially if you're hungry...

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Charred coffee bean black with dark cranberry highlights. The golden brown sugar colored crown is especially dense and creamy... like mousse. It's also pretty tacky and is starting to grace the glass with dotted sheets of lace.

The beer's appearance would suggest that it isn't your typical rauchbier. The amount of roasted maltiness (along with a moderate smokiness) in the nose confirms it. This is the happy result when a brewery decides to create a 'Smoked Double Lager'. Which, in this case, can be translated as a Smoked Double Schwarzbier.

Dog Schwarz is wonderful beer. In my opinion, the brewers have done exactly what they set out to do. No muss, no fuss, just a bigger than usual schwarz with a pleasing amount of smoked maltiness, all tied up with a big bow of drinkability. Nice job all the way around.

Specifics include crisp chocolate wafers dipped in Hershey's syrup, dark caramel, a splash of vanilla, a half splash of java, and enough wood smoke to make the above style more accurate than any other. The finish is where all flavor elements come together most harmoniously, creating a beautifully balanced whole.

The mouthfeel is a tough call. It's definitely on the lighter side for the ABV, but its silky smoothness and near perfect carbonation allow me to go with the higher of the two considered scores.

Reviewing them side by side is the only sensible way to choose between Weizenbock and Dog Schwarz as the best of the Flying Dog Wild Dog series (of those that I've had so far). Unfortunately, the insane price of $18.59 for this bottle ensures that that comparison will never come to pass. If it was $12, I'd buy this one again. In a heartbeat.

Photo of JoePat
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a chocolaty brown close to black with a tan head.
The smell is slightly smokey with hins of coffee like roasted malts.
The taste alos has the hint of smoke but just enough to let you know its there. After you get the smoke the flavor is really smooth with minimal malt bitterness from the dark malts used for the color and what seems like a little fruitiness at the end possibly from the roasted malts.
This has a very smooth mouth feel and very drinkable. Everything is nicely balance and I thought it was a very good beer.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Okay, this beer was fairly interesting. For starters, this cork was by far the hardest one I've ever dealt with. I could't twist it or lift it. I used a grip pad, nothing. On one energentic effort the top half of the cork tore away, leaving a ragged but even cork at the bottle level. Yeesh. I grabbed a wine bottle opener, spun 'er down, and removed it without issue. Yikes, what an ordeal!

Appearance - pours a dark cola, dark caramel, but in the glass it's totally black. A good finger of mocha foam looks very nice; creamy and dense like melted ice cream. After half the glass is gone, I can see dark, midnight ruby tones through the thinnest part of the glass.

Aroma - smoked malts all the way, mmm.... Some notable booziness with warming, too.

Taste - the first taste, a lusty 3 or 4 gulps (I was thirsty), is loaded with layes of smoked malts. Rich, intense, um...smoky. There is an underlying sweet maltiness that adds a little something extra. Behind the smoke on the swallow lies some low-key char and/or bitterness. Dries the palate out, leaving a final waft of roasted, *darkly* roasted grain. A little abv presence with warming. A bit complementary to the proceedings, IMO.

Mouthfeel - very smooth with easy-going carbonation. A healthy body, really lifts up the flavors.

Drinkability - delicious stuff (once you get the bottle open). Would definitely have again.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled August 2009
A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost four-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The body is a black color with a hint of brown to it, when held up to the light it shows a hint of amber around the edges but remains an opaque black hue. The aroma smells of dark, roasted malt and smoked grain. The smoke is a bit on the soft side, though readily apparent, and when combined with the roasted, bitter dark grain aromatics it seems to lose the richness that many smoked beers have. Burnt bread like aromas, a touch of charcoal, toasted whole grain bread crust notes and a touch of burnt plum are all found in the nose as well. The aroma is not overly complex, but it is fairly nice any way. I do wish the aroma had more of a rich smokiness to it as well as a bit more malt complexity (some rich caramelized sweetness might be nice).

Despite sitting in my glass for over 10 minutes this is still quite frothy, foamy and overly effervescent as it first hits my tongue; luckily some vigorously swirling released the excess carbonation. This has a rich texture to it, it is viscous and has a malt heft to it that I found lacking in the aroma; dark cocoa notes and a rich dark malt sweetness up front is offset by bitter roast (almost has a dark cocoa bitterness to it) grain, a light smoky richness and even a touch of bitter hops are found in the finish. There almost seems to be a cherry like character in the finish at times as well. This beer is actually not really sweet, it does have a rich, complex, savory malt character to it that is boosted by the soft smokiness though. The flavor is much more integrated and complexly balanced than the nose was.

The excessive carbonation can be a bit annoying at first, luckily some persistent, aggressive swirling brings this down to a reasonable level. The initial, hard carbonation accentuates a burnt, roast vegetal note (that I find in some roasted grain / malt heavy beers) that is a touch off putting, but remains fairly light and does disappear as the carbonation does. In the end this beer is quite enjoyable, I like how the light smokiness makes this a rich tasting brew (even though the aroma is a touch too flat, though still enjoyable). Definitely another solid Wild Dog beer from this brewery.

Photo of jnn4v
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very dark. Looks fairly thick. Almost black color. Little head. What head did exist was a dark-tan / medium brown color.

S: Smoke. Peat. Those are definitely the two dominant scents. Other subtle scents include lots of things you'd expect to find in an imperial stout, not a rauchbier (ie. molasses, chocolate, and coffee).

T: Coffee and smoke are the two dominant flavors up front. Smoke lingers on the aftertaste. Chocolate is in there somewhere as well. Peat after that. Very tasty. Nicely balanced and smooth.

M: Very smooth texture backed with ample fine carbonation. Feels fairly dense in the mouth. A substantial beer. Heavier than an average doppelbock.

D: This is a very tasty (to me) beer, but such strong flavors and the 7.5% ABV could make this a challenge to even finish, much less drink more than one.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saved this bottle from my visit to the brewery last summer.

A: Dark rich bubbly smooth head that fades quickly, almost black dark brown color with very little light coming through.

N: Loaded with roast and smoke, smoked cheese, a slight fruit, little chocolate.

T: Lots of smoked malts, some bacon and smoked cheese but much less bacon taste than I remember when I had it fresh. A little tangy fruit flavor, and quite a bit of dark malts. Pretty malty overall, and some chewiness. Hints of bitterness. It seems to be a lot more subtle than I remember.

N: Semi thick and chewy with lower carbonation.

F: Semi bitter, drier, lingering smoke and smoked meat. Some syrupy sweetness as well.

Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-I know this may seem simplistic but...liked hickory wood smoked salmon!

T-Light hickory smoke up front with a tangy zing. Nice backing roastiness. The smoke is not overdone. Nice dry finish and overall quite flavourful.

M-Medium bodied with a pleasant lingering smokiness. Very well balanced.

D-Being a smoked beer fan in general I was quite impressed with this. Nice smoke and roasted notes blend well and form a delightfully drinkable brew.

Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This very murky dark beer got very little head when I poured it. Excellent smoky aroma, but not intense. To the taste, the smoke blends well with a sweet, lightly cocoa malt. Even though it's a lager, I get the perception of dark, ripe fruitiness, for some reason. Bitterness is low, relying on the smoke and a light roast to offset the sweetness. There might be a touch of alcohol at the end, or make it's the smoke phenols. Big bodied, probably low-attenuation.

Good smoked beer. No Schlenkerla, but it has enough smoke to keep things interesting.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light syrupy black and maple syrup colored brew. Great to finger plus brown head that quietly returns to the black. Smokey, hickory, some charcoal, heavily roasted malts, and even some pipe tobacco. Charcoal roasted malt that was first smoked over hickory, oak, and some peet. The smokey malts help accentuate the pipe tobacco flavor. While the peet rounds out the taste with an earthy finish. Very silky, but a little syrupy. Still a nice rauchbier. Good sipping.

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of drpimento
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

more of a rauchbier than a schwarzbier, but eh.... Very good, if misleading. Poured with a light tan head and a little lace. Color is an opaque black. Aroma is mainly smokey, plus malty, spicey, yeasty. Flavor is like aroma plus a hint of a tart tang. Perhaps the most smokey yet drinkable beer that I've had. Great body and carbonation. Finish is very good although a little boozy.

Photo of benyerd
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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!

Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the local Alehouse.

Pours a very dark brown almost black color, with a very nice off white head.

Aromas are kind of faint, light smoke, cream, and sugars.

Taste is not as faint as the nose suggests. Nice dark roasted, charred, and smoked malts up front. Light sweetness, some chocolate, and sweet creaminess. Finish is crisp, with more smokey flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty smooth, but with enough body.

Overall, I liked this one. A tasty and approachable smoked beer, drinks pretty easy, I think even non smoked beer folks would enjoy drinking this.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NCLorax
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Domaney's in Great Barrington, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into heavy glass chalice, formed a 1/4" light brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head quickly morphs into a swirly coat, with bubbles at the rim, with lasting sticky lace. Aroma is smoke and dark fruits. Taste starts lightly smoky, goes nicely sweet with dark maltiness in the middle, and a lightly fruity boozy finish. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Nice brew.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.