Dog Schwarz - Flying Dog Brewery
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4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
02-19-2012 04:52:06 | More by thagr81us
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
05-10-2010 04:14:11 | More by drpimento
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
Reviewed on 09/24/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, oak, smoke. Flavor of smoke, lots of oak/cedar/wood, roasted malt. Pretty decent smoked, easy drinking. Not quite understanding the $18 price tag on this one though.
12-19-2009 02:22:08 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
09-03-2009 19:26:32 | More by Pencible
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
750ml corked and caged bottle. This cork was one pain in the ass to get out.
Poured dark black, with brown edges, and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, roastiness, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Tastes of smoke, chocolate, lighter roastiness, and coffee.
05-30-2009 00:31:46 | More by hopdog
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
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
11-01-2009 08:24:40 | More by ADZA
4.08/5 rDev +2%
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.
01-01-2010 20:44:40 | More by Deuane
4.13/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
06-26-2009 19:59:07 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
06-11-2011 16:04:58 | More by flexabull
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
4.08/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-01-2009 18:37:03 | More by allengarvin
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-07-2010 22:14:55 | More by wagenvolks
4/5 rDev 0%
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.
04-26-2011 20:45:43 | More by ktrillionaire
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-19-2012 01:03:44 | More by jazzyjeff13
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
4.15/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
09-19-2009 18:55:03 | More by Bierguy5
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
09-01-2011 03:06:00 | More by bashiba
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-20-2011 23:32:07 | More by Gambrinus1184
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
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
08-15-2010 05:48:37 | More by bmwats
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
09-20-2011 03:07:34 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
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