Dog Schwarz - Flying Dog Brewery
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 78 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
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)
01-07-2010 03:48:24 | More by farrago
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
3.65/5 rDev -8.8%
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...
09-03-2011 00:59:58 | More by beagle75
3.88/5 rDev -3%
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.
12-10-2009 02:12:26 | More by TexIndy
4/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-01-2011 00:17:22 | More by Blakaeris
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
4.47/5 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
4.53/5 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
3.5/5 rDev -12.5%
Dark roast is well represented in the nose. Secondary woody notes and some smoke. Rounded out by grapenut maltiness. Smells pretty good.
Pours very dark black, almost opaque but not quite, very mild head. Surprisingly little carbonation considering the heftiness of the cage + cork. Looks pretty good.
Smoke hits the palate hard at first. Very dry and roasty/woody/smoky. Minor chocolate, some strong Robusta coffee. Heavy bitterness. Mild earthiness. Some very dark burnt flavor. Soft sweetness comes through after a while. Soft carbonation is lightly spicy. Thin body reminiscent of a Schwarzbier. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.
If you're not big on bitterness, this is not your beer. It's also significantly smokier than many beers claiming to be smoked. Kind of like a very dry Dry Stout. Phonetic spelling of Schwarz is a nice touch.
12-03-2009 00:39:37 | More by MrHungryMonkey
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
Poured into a pilsner: near-black brown with a collar of tan head. Some deep brown highlights. No lacing to speak of.
Smells of a restrained milk chocolate with some cured, smoky scents. Smoke doesn't define the smell, but it's there.
More of the roasty chocolate flavor, some caramel, just a touch of acidity. Some bitterness from roast. Don't really detect any smokiness in the taste, & just a little bit in the aftertaste.
Medium-bodied, a little viscous, sweetness doesn't hang around too long or coat the mouth.
To be honest, this didn't live up to my expectations. Definitely a good beer, but I didn't think it had enough of a smoked character to categorize it as such. Seems to me it's a schwarzbier with some slightly smoky elements. I guess I'm just suffering from some expectation dissonance, but this is by no means a bad beer.
01-24-2010 22:19:52 | More by OneDropSoup
4/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-09-2010 02:41:00 | More by JAXSON
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
10-23-2011 01:07:35 | More by zaphodchak
2.98/5 rDev -25.5%
Appearance is good. Dark and smokey looking, with a decent head of tan bubbles. Smell is very smokey with a bit of dry malt and no really noticable hops. Taste is bacon grease... that is the only thing I can describe it as. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, low carbonation and medium in body. Drinkability is ok.
01-18-2009 19:42:04 | More by supercolter
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
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
12-17-2009 17:32:34 | More by taigor
3.75/5 rDev -6.3%
A: Dark brown with a small pale beige head that leaves small lacings.
S: A gentle but prominent smoky character of mostly smoked ham. Notes of charcoal. Dark malts with a gently roasted character. Some fruity notes.
T: The taste is mostly sweet with a delicate mix of smoked ham and roasted malts. Notes of charcoal, wood, coffee, chocolate and roasted fruits. The finish is somewhat bitter with a slight taste of minerals, dark bread and perhaps just a hint of grassy hops.
M: Medium body, slightly boring texture, quite a lot of carbonation.
D: I liked this one. The smoky character takes the lead from start to finish, but it never gets too overpowering or cloying. Instead, it's rather delicate actually.
08-08-2009 23:57:25 | More by ricke
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
4.2/5 rDev +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...
02-23-2010 01:00:44 | More by Parrotbeak
Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.