Dog Schwarz - Flying Dog Brewery

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 98
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 36
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: sideshowrob on 01-07-2009

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (255 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (274 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,381 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (569 characters)

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. (897 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (946 characters)

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. (354 characters)

Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 (513 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (648 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (1,305 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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. (988 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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) (1,026 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (466 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color at the core and showing weak light transmittance at the edges, with no head other than a thin ring of fine bubbles that are mocha-tinted. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Milder than expected, with dark malt and wood smoke in respectable balance. There is also a sweet and slightly chocolate thread that is heavy on the milk.

T: Begins off-dry, with soft roast and smoke that slowly builds in the presence of some moderate carbonic acidity. Malt steps into the shadows during the middle, leaving smoke to peak, unfettered by other flavors. Bitterness is mild, with some detectable herbaceous notes.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, harshly acidic on the palate early then turning smoother, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer provides a dark but neutral palette for the wood smoke that is on display to good effect here. It would seem noteworthy, as in "Flying Dog made an impressive beer!" if not for the unsettling acidity that is felt on the palate. So close, Flying Dog... (1,056 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,080 characters)

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. (482 characters)

Photo of botham
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (1,027 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (605 characters)

Photo of cbl2
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (640 characters)

Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.