Dog Schwarz - Flying Dog Brewery
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4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
appearance: extremely dark brown almost black, has a little red tint. almost no head
smell: hints of chocolate and the hops used are most prevalent in the smell
taste: chocolate taste that is different from a porter or other dark beer, tastes of the hops are mixed well
mouthfeel: has a thick feel but goes down easy
drinkability: easy to drink for a chocolate beer and a higher ABV
01-09-2010 03:28:39 | More by fjordhook
4.3/5 rDev +7.5%
Poured from a 750 mL (gold label) bottle into a pint glass. Quite a high price tag for what sounds like a straightforward beer.
A: Pours jet black with a one finger tan head, leaving moderate lacing.
S: Smoke, roasted malt, and a touch of coffee and chocolate.
T: Very similar to the smell, except the smoke takes a backseat to the rest of the traditional schwarz flavors.
M: Creamy, heavy bodied, and great carbonation with a smooth finish.
O: I guess I was expecting the smoke flavor to be more prominent, but to be fair, the beer is probably about 3 years old and has held up very well. It was expensive for what it was, but I'd certainly pay $14-15 for a four pack of this if Flying Dog ever added it to their Canis Major series.
06-08-2011 02:23:36 | More by stimulus
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
Thanks to tgeorgf for hooking this bottle up in a trade.
A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves some spotty lacing behind
S - Is a nose full of smoked malt with a touch of roastiness
T - Just like it smells good smoke up front although not as strong as the smell and some roast in the finish
M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it
O - This is a very enjoyable smoked beer and a good effort from Flying Dog I really liked this one worth trying if toy ever see it around
07-21-2011 00:25:36 | More by armock
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
750ml bottle poured into a snifter. pours black with garnet highlights and a single finger of rich brown head that has good retention and no lacings. reduced to a soapy rim after a couple minutes.
aroma is of earthy smoke up front with roasted malts mixed in, along with a touch of alcohol and undertones of burnt wood and sweet malts. well proportioned in the nose with a brilliant smoked character. a bit rich for a schwarz, but still smells great.
taste is of lightly roasted malts and a bit of smoke up front along with the same earthy undertones and sweet malts from the nose. this transitions smoothly into a finish of earthy smoke and a mildly drying hop character in the aftertaste.
mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick and warming feel, along with a super smooth finish that coats the tounge, lasting for minutes. very well done on the palate.
drinkability is good. this is not much of a schwarzbier, but for a dark smoked beer this is very well put together and quite tasty. definitely worth the price. cheers!
06-06-2009 19:23:21 | More by botham
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
Impressed to see the Dog Schwarz on the local shelves. Surprisingly, the beer holds true to the delicate yet bold schwarzbier character while interjecting a pleasant layer of smoke qualities.
The beer opens with a dark brown, nearly opaque clarity, and with head formation that remained formitable for most of the duration. No real lacing, but that does not deter from the look. A basic similar to a good porter or a dry stout.
Bold and super clean aromas with big bready, toasty malts, layered with light coffee, cocoa, roasted barley, toast, and a touch of nuttiness. Then there's the smokey aroma that takes on a campfire-like aroma- quite pleasant. On par with a Kostritzer, but bolder and toastier.
Likewise, the proportions of classic Schwarz make their way into the delicately balanced beer. Again, toasty, roasty, cocoa and a bit of coffee. Don't get this confused with a porter- this is much less sweet, no real hop character, and no fruitiness or phenols. Very clean tasting in the finish. A moderate dose of smoke flavor gives a meaty, savory character to the beer without dominating like many rauchbiers might.
For such maltiness and gravity, the beer remains remarkably dry, airy, and a little chalky. The beer just lifts and then evaporates from the tongue. Creamy and rich wihtout being heavy, sweet, or cloying to the palate.
A very enjoyable and refreshing beer. Clean, simple, and characterful. At first I was apprehensive about opening the bomber because I didnt' know if the boldness and smoke flavor would wear on me quickly. But now that I am at the tail end of the bottle, I could easily open another. On a side note, it must have been hard for Flying Dog to make a sub-50IBU beer!?
02-22-2009 00:44:04 | More by BEERchitect
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
Poured 42 degrees into a tulip glass. No born date.
Pours an opaque black/cola color with a very thin tan head.
Smells of a lightly smoked maltiness, and a hint of caramel. Well projected.
Tastes of an initial rush of roasted malts with a smoky edge that falls out very quickly. Little bit of chocolate in the tertiary. Smooth and well blended, flavors evolve for whatever short time they're extant. Pleasing though, well worth it.
Mouthfeel is almost non-existent effervescence with a slight oily tinge that dries down relatively clean.
Overall, a tasty and smooth offering in a unique style. Great drinkability for the profiling. I just wish that it were more readily available and maybe lingered in the finished a little bit more.. Would love to age this guy too.
10-06-2011 23:49:42 | More by Crossmd
4.38/5 rDev +9.5%
On-tap at Thai 9 in Dayton, OH. Poured into a pint glass.
A- Pours a dark, chocolate brown almost on the verge of black. Reveals a nice, tan coffee colored head.
S- Combination of roasted malts and chocolates, dominated by an aroma of wood smokiness. Also got a little bit of fruit scent in there as well.
T- Upfront the smoked flavor balances perfectly with the roasted flavors and the slight amount of chocolates. The smoked flavor was there, but it did not overwhelm the other flavors, which I truly appreciated. The beer ended perfectly with a subtle sweetness of caramel.
M- Smooth as can be with some carbonation to go around.
D- This beer was a lot more drinkable than expected. The smokiness was not overpowering in any sense. Had no problem putting this one down.
Overall, a pretty amazing smoke beer. The balance act that this beer showed between the smokey flavor and the rest of the taste was a marvel in itself. It was the perfect combination of each.
02-21-2009 15:03:20 | More by rhinos00
4.4/5 rDev +10%
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.
01-10-2009 15:17:31 | More by lordofthewiens
4.4/5 rDev +10%
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.
03-22-2009 21:24:51 | More by Bung
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
First off, I had trouble defining the style of this beer. It's absolutely a smoked lager. A smoked double lager, in fact. But that's not a category, so I went with Rauchbier. Sue me.
I had this one on-tap at the brewery during a tour/tasting. They were selling a very limited number of bottles, of which one I acquired. No mention of an actual bottling run with distribution, but let's hope.
It poured a delicious looked black color in the glass, surrounded with a nice tan head. The smoke flavor lept up out of the glass and straight into your nose. No mistaking it. The taste was a lot maltier, with an almost hickory flavor domminating. Mouthfeel was also very good, 3 of my samples of beer were spent on this one. It was very drinkable for a strong smoked lager, if you're into that sort of thing.
From the label (for posterity)
"Second only to David Hasselhoff in the hearts of Germans, the Schwartz style was originaly brewed in the Eastern German state of Thuringia. Our brewers took this obscure black lager and sexed it up a little hoff-style by brewing a robust smoked double-schwartz."
01-07-2009 03:40:30 | More by sideshowrob
4.47/5 rDev +11.8%
750 ml corked and caged bottle, thanks Cyrl!
Pours a cloudy and opaque dark brown/black, thick tan head forms, drops some nice lacing, settles to a thick ring, great retention, looks real nice. Smell is awesome, very smokey, some caramel and biscuity malts, chocolate, roast, iron, very malty, light bit of spicy alcohol, perfect smokiness. Taste is similar, but also real nice, lots of smoke, caramel, roast, toasty malt, light fruit, raisins, some iron, real beef jerky smokiness, very clean flavour, really nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, buttery smooth. Great smoked beer, perfect amount and very drinkable. A real treat. Thanks Carl!
01-19-2009 18:21:04 | More by Viggo
4.47/5 rDev +11.8%
Bottle from Party Town.
A - Poured a dark brown color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing.
S- Moderate to heavy roasted malt, chocolate, smoke and woody aroma.
T - Medium to heavy smoke bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
M - Medium to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation.
D - This is a standout beer and one of the my top rated beers for the Rauch style.
01-20-2009 13:52:37 | More by tmoneyba
4.47/5 rDev +11.8%
A_Pours a nice dark black. Light cannot penetrate. There is a nice brown two finger head that slowly settles down into a decent cap
S_The aroma is pure smoked meat. Reminiscent of bacon and as good as a Schlenkerla.
T_More of the same up front. First sip is the smoke which is followed by a mild malt sweetness. The smoke comes back in the finish in the form of bacon, campfire and charred wood. This does not overpower but leaves a pleasing aftertaste.
M_On the thicker side with a mild carbonation
D_Most American smoked or rauchs can't equal Aecht Schlenkerla but this one does. Highly drinkable.
03-03-2011 00:48:11 | More by sleazo
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
02-17-2011 22:28:17 | More by hdofu
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
No best by date.
A - Pours a pitch black medium bodied, topped by three fingers of tight medium tan head that is slow to settle.
S - Split pea soup heavily laden with ham, with a shot of espresso tossed in.
T/M - Extremely smooth/creamy mouthfeel. An excellent blend of smoked ham flavor coupled with lightly sweetened coffee. This leans a little toward stout territory, and away from a Rauchbier, but regardless it is delicious!
Alcohol is masked nicely, letting the smoke, ham, sweetness and coffee intermingle and linger on the tongue. By far the best beer I've had from Flying Dog. A little overpriced, but worth the experience.
01-22-2009 20:36:42 | More by cbl2
4.7/5 rDev +17.5%
I have had this at the brewery in Frederick, MD on tap many, many times. This one keeps me coming back.
A - Dark, creamy. served using nitrogen/co2 mix. fascinating to watch settle, like a Guinness.
S - Sweety malty and smoky, the sweetness really comes through in the smell to me.
T - The best part...the sweetness vs. the roasted grain is what is noticeable first, almost immediately followed by the smoky, campfire flavor.
M - This one may differ than others. i had this on tap, using a nitro/co2 mix. the smaller nitrogen bubbles make the beer very creamy. It's a pretty heavy drink.
D - again it's a heavy beer but the flavors of the sweet maltiness combined with the smoky flavor make it one of my favorites from flying dog.
FYI - Flying Dog has a brewery tour every Sat. @ 1:30pm. $5 gets you a glass, tour and 6 samples. My wife misses me on Saturdays.
06-10-2009 20:58:02 | More by rbennett0
4.88/5 rDev +22%
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.
04-10-2009 23:56:10 | More by BeerSox
Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.