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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sideshowrob on 01-07-2009)
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Photo of Josephkeene
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle recently gotten and stored for a little bit of time.

Pours a dark oil Chocolate. Lacing is light, mainly chocolate brown with a mild carbonation effect.

Smell is very lightly smoked but mainly chocolate and hops with a mild carbonated mouth feel.

Palte is left with a hint of smoke and really a clean finish of hop and coco.

For the cash i am unsure why this is so expensive?! It's nothing like a Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbier. Try their beers and if possible share this don waste your time.

Josephkeene, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 wagenvolks
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle (Vintage 09) into an Andechs glass.

Pours a bit darker and thicker than expected, with a deep cola body that lets in hints of crimson at the edges. The scant, sawdust-colored head dissipates quickly to a wispy cap, but is readily supplied by torrents of carbonation from beneath. Good aroma, nice and roasty with a healthy dose of freshly smoked peat. It's not overly heavy in the meat department, which I like. The hops are earthy and herbal, adding just the right amount of balance.

Flavor matches the aroma well, kicking up the hops and alcohol a notch but the malts are still on-point. Soily chocolate, peat, and smoke combine with a resinous, green ethanol presence on the finish. Very carbonated, perhaps too much so, with a warming note from the alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and somewhat dry on the palate. Overall, Dog Schwarz is a bit boozy to be drinkable, but this is easily one of Flying Dog's better beers.

wagenvolks, May 07, 2010
Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like lots of smoke and oak and peat, with some roasted barley and molasses and coffee. It tasted like smoke and oak and peat and roasted coffee, with some burnt barley and a bit of molasses. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter smoky aftertaste. Overall this had a nice rich flavor with great body. It had tons of smoke, of course, but it wasn't too overwhelming, and the peat flavors made this seem more like scotch. The alcohol was hidden quite well, but this is still more of a sipping beer due to the bold flavors. This beer would be perfect with a BBQ cookout.

Pencible, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 bmwats
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a stange.

A: Very dark brown to black. Pours about a 3 finger, frothy, brown head. Stagnates for awhile, the starts to collapse very slowly. Sparse, spotty lacing clings desperately to the sides of the glass as you drink it down.

S: Dark roasted coffee, oaky, smoky, and bacon.

T: Roasted malt. Very oaky, and very smoky. Peat and a very slight, non-distinct sweetness.

M: Kind of a light body, but very full and robust. The woody notes hammer the palette immediately. A bit of a pungent, peaty finish that lingers a bit.

D: Kind of a slow drinker. Some very distinct components. Rich.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Dark intimidating appearance with a giant frothy head. Nose is very distinctive and full. You take a whiff and it just hangs there in the nostrils. Flavor is full and robust with very strong wood and smoke components. Very rich. After a few drinks, you'll want to set it aside and try again later. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of ADZA
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was suprised to see this bottle in the bottleshop as ive never heard of it b4 and usually hear about most of the Flying Dog brews b4 they arrive so stoked to try something a little different from them anyways the brew pours a lucious dark chocolate colour with a nice tan one finger head and sporadic lacing,the aroma is definately original it has smells of an open woodfire,liquorice,chocolate and some boozy coffee,it has a nice silky mouthfeel which fills the palette with tastes of expresso,dark chocolate,roasted malts and also some dark berries and the ABV is well hidden but the last taste it leaves you with i find is the dominant coffee flavour almost like you have just drank a coffee which probably made my drinkability not that high but dont get me wrong i will easily finish this 750ml bottle.

ADZA, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a highly aggressive pour you get a momentary head of close to a finger but zero retention and soon enough the dark brown froth is all gone, no real lacing. Pitch black liquid, not even a hint of color to be found, the liquid does look pretty clean though. Caramel, molasses, brown sugar, lots of sweet wood smoke without any archness, raisin, cherry, currant fruit in keeping with the other scents, given the type of scents found, dry presence in your nostrils, dusty cocoa powder wins out in the end. Medium-bodied, bottom heavy with the weight it has, anchors itself on your tongue. The smokiness gets close to being salty, aided by elevated graininess and pumpernickel notes. As expected, chocolate, coffee, caramel and molasses the primary mover, dryness does not have a negative impact on the vibrancy of these flavors. With more sips a pork rind perfume develops. Carbonation trifling, hard to say if it even tries to motivate. Smokiness hard to wash out of the mouth which is, after all, the point. (Cork and wire)

farrago, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Nose of roasted malts and wood smoke with notes of baker's chocolate, mild coffee, charred grains. The smoke is distinct but discreet; it's no Schlenkerla.

Taste: Roasted malts swirled with a rich, but tempered smoke character -- flavors of unsweetened chocolate, licorice root, coffee, blackened barley, and pitch glide by the tongue. Delicate touch of black currant fruitiness. Mild bitterness. The smoke is still there, still present, but it's still somewhat reserved. A more predominate roasted grain flavor develops. Finishes dry a lingering (but still subtle) smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation, which keeps the brew delightfully light and aids in overall drinkability.

Drinkability: A pleasant, quaffable, bumped up smoked-schwartz, but, at the prickly price of $18.25 a bottle, this'll have to be a one-time visit.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 GONZALOYANNA
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of THORN
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into large mug. Served about 50 F.
A: Dark brown and reddish around the edges. Retains thin bubbly head.
S: Peaty, chocolaty, and smokey.
T: Molasses, smoked bacon, and sweet malts.
M: Medium to medium light.
D: Very smooth and filled with flavor. Smoked malts are in good portion.

THORN, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass. Split a cage-corked bottle between frostpool and my dad.

A: Black body with garnet hues held to the light beneath a thin veil of creamy, tan foam.

S: Lots of smoky, roasted black malts, tobacco leaf, charred meat and some herbal, bittersweet cocoa and hop aromas.

T: Smooth, slightly rich black malts deliver strong coffee and dark chocolate flavors up front with considerable roast and a touch of alcoholic sweetness. Fairly balanced by herbal, juicy hops which evens the flavor and sets up for the lingering, smoked meat and peat finish.

M: Sweet, full-bodied but very balanced with only a hint of alcohol pull and plenty of bitter, roasted resins to coat the palate.

O: Just enough smoke in the finish to make it a unique flavor on its own and really brought out the sweet heat of my meal. The 7.8 % ABV is detected, but it doesn't impede the sweet roasted malts and smoky finish. Quite tasty and brought out the flavors of my loaded up, grilled sausage burger nicely.

Gambrinus1184, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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

mdaschaf, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

tdm168, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of NCLorax
4/5  rDev +0.5%

NCLorax, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

ppoitras, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +0.5%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, looks like stout in all ways.

S - The nose is a good deal of campfire and earth notes that make me think of oysters and stout (not oyster stout).

T - The taste is quite stout-like. Lots of campfire, roast, burnt coffee. After a while, I start tasting straight-up mullet.

M - Feels IPA-ish.

O - Quite nice. Very drinkable for a smoked brew.

ktrillionaire, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +0.5%

jacewg, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of JAXSON
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 rate.

Cool looking 25 oz bottle, rating this from memory. Pours a cola brown with a medium head. Quite smoky and malty in the nose, some European hops, a touch of bacon grease. Mouth was a touch smoky but not over the top. Nice hop presence, smoky malt, not remembering all of this to be fair, but it was good. Not the amazing smoked ham quality that the best beers of this style have.

JAXSON, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1/2 finger of tan beige head. Color is a dark brown, pretty much black.

Aroma: Smoked and roasted malts. A bit of bacon flavors. A hint of chocolate malts as well.

Taste: Chocolate and caramel malts show up more in the taste. A nice amount of smoke and roast complement the other malts. I like that the smokey malts aren't overdone and work as a complement rather than the dominate flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smokey, smooth, and creamy. A very nice texture. Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this one. It was a beer that I have been wanting to try for awhile and I am glad it showed up on tap. It was easy to drink and very pleasant.

mothman, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, almost black. The head is a dense ring that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is rich, meaty smoke.

Taste is charred dark grain and mildly astringent alcohol. Some dark fruit sweetness appears momentarily, but is quickly eclipsed by a tart, and slightly sour character. Finishes with a dry woody quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, a pleasant rauchbier. The dark fruit tartness surprised me. The smoke had a definite presence, but wasn't overpowering.

Blakaeris, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, little hint of smoke, sweet, malts,

taste: smoke, roast, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice schwarz / rauchbier. glad I finally got to try it.

Cheers,
the CPJ

THECPJ, Sep 22, 2011
Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.