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Dog Schwarz - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
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 Parrotbeak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of bigdaddypolite
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of stimulus
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of briman
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, clear, with a large dark tan head that retains exceptionally well.

Aroma has a light to moderated smoky element, coupled with some chocolate and roasted malts.

Flavors of cocoa and light smoke seem to be the most prevalent, though there is certainly an underlying base of dark roasted malts that makes a subtle appearance throughout. Smoke lingers with almost a bacon grease character into the finish, but it's very light and complementary rather than being overpowering. Finishes with a light to moderate roast bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Just a hint of creaminess, with a little bit of a chalky character at times, like what you might get after eating a spoonful of dry swiss miss. Overall very smooth. Alchohol very well hidden.

Overall I like this beer. The balance is really quite good, without any flavor overpowering any other. That said, I feel like the roasty flavors are almost too subtle. If they were a little more forward I think this could be a really outstanding brew.

Photo of jnn4v
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very dark. Looks fairly thick. Almost black color. Little head. What head did exist was a dark-tan / medium brown color.

S: Smoke. Peat. Those are definitely the two dominant scents. Other subtle scents include lots of things you'd expect to find in an imperial stout, not a rauchbier (ie. molasses, chocolate, and coffee).

T: Coffee and smoke are the two dominant flavors up front. Smoke lingers on the aftertaste. Chocolate is in there somewhere as well. Peat after that. Very tasty. Nicely balanced and smooth.

M: Very smooth texture backed with ample fine carbonation. Feels fairly dense in the mouth. A substantial beer. Heavier than an average doppelbock.

D: This is a very tasty (to me) beer, but such strong flavors and the 7.5% ABV could make this a challenge to even finish, much less drink more than one.

Photo of JoePat
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a chocolaty brown close to black with a tan head.
The smell is slightly smokey with hins of coffee like roasted malts.
The taste alos has the hint of smoke but just enough to let you know its there. After you get the smoke the flavor is really smooth with minimal malt bitterness from the dark malts used for the color and what seems like a little fruitiness at the end possibly from the roasted malts.
This has a very smooth mouth feel and very drinkable. Everything is nicely balance and I thought it was a very good beer.

Photo of codsmith
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black and pours with no head. Leaves a little bit of carbonation head near the very edge on the glass, but very minimal.

S: Lots of smoke and dark malts characteristic coming through. I slight twinge of sweet licorice as well.

T: Very sweet and has a almost medicinal taste. You can taste the alcohol coming through

M: Almost chewy at first and then ends a little thin

O: I like the smoke, but the flavor is just off

Photo of NCLorax
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bminor7
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.

A - opaque black. hard to achieve the 1-2 finger head. settles and laces nicely.

S - roasted coffee. dark malts. hop bitterness can be detected...chocolate.

T - subtly smoky. dark malts. coffee is strong in the background with more chocolate and sweetness in the foreground.

M - somewhat thin, but with reasonable carbonation.

D - only 7.8%...strong flavor and malts make this a savory delight. pair it with food. hard to find, but if you see it, get it.

Photo of Crossmd
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

91.

Photo of seedsofchaos
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown / black. Opaque. Head is dark khaki with some hints of gray and red. Lacing is present but no cobwebbing or massive clinging.

S: Smell is of smoke and light fig. Burnt sweet fruits, smoke and ash permeate the nose.

T: The palate is immediately served a very pleasing smoke that lingers throughout this offering. Tastes of molasses and vanilla bean are the light and sweet first introductions to the complexity of this beer followed by smoked peppered sausage. I would describe this beer as a campfire in a bottle. Roasty chocolate malts, some light crystal malt and the taste of peat smoked meat with hints of ash. This beer makes me want to sit around a bonfire and drink right out of the bottle. Raw. In your face. Smoked beer.

MF: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is right on and doesn't tickle the tongue. Smooth, creamy at times and generally great feeling going down.

D: I love this beer. I didn't think it was going to be fantastic as it was a closeout beer at my local beer store, but I wouldn't mind having a case of this stuff around for cool camping nights. Definitely grab one if you have the chance.

Photo of THORN
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of jmslade7
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of sideshowrob
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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."

Photo of gosurfobx
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked 750ml bottle. Had a hell of a time getting the cork out. Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a nice velvety dark tan head, size about two fingers that lingers around for a awhile. Nose is roasted malt with some smoke notes. First sip...upfront the flavors are roasted malt, raisons, some coffee, and a nice background smoke flavor. Mid glass the beer is less complex, mostly malt and smoke notes. The end of the glass and the smoke is in the front of the beer. The mouth is good, not to heavy with just the right amount of carbination. A good beer, excited to pour a second glass.

Photo of WilliamD
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark- almost black. Looks more like a porter or even a stout. Thin fizzy head that dissolves quickly.
The first disappointment is the smell. Not nearly as pronounced as I had hoped. Only a hint of the peat, smoke, and sausage normally evident for this type of beer. Other than that, it is difficult to discern much else. A very subdued aroma with this one.
The taste was the second disappointment. As with the aroma, it is quite subdued. Some smoke and peatiness, but not nearly as much as I hoped for.
Mouthfeel is blah. Rather flat and watery. Little to no carbonation, and no spiciness.
Drinkability is not bad. It don't foresee any difficulty getting through this bottle. It just won't be nearly as enjoyable as I thought it would be.
This brewery makes very good beers, but this one was definitely a letdown. With how good its overall rating is, I wonder if I might not have gotten a bad bottle. However, given the fact that a bottle runs about $16, I don't think I'll be testing that theory.

Photo of fjordhook
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of deliriumfest
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on 1/17/09

750ml bottle

Popped this one open at the January Twin Cities BA Gathering. Poured a pitch black color with a petite brown head. The aroma was that of smoke which is not my favorite. The taste was plein de smoke along with some fruit. Although a smooth mouthfeel, this one just isn't that drinkable to me. I do not like smoky beers and this one definitely isn't worth its $17 price tag. Go ahead and try this one if its free but you're better off not wasting your money.

Photo of Josephkeene
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of HisDorian
2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first Schwarz or Rauchbier. So I am reviewing partially to my taste and partially to the style.

A very dark brown pour. Not much head to speak of.

Scent is of peet, and a bit smokey. was this aged in scotch barrels?

Tangy flavor, with an overpowering smokey flavor. It attacks the top of my mouth aggressively. The smoke is the 2nd taste I get, but then overpowers everything and I keep tasting it in my nose. As the smoke dies, I get that peety flavor on the front of my tongue again. Maybe this is what a schwarzbier is supposed to be, but I'm not a fan. Am I missing something?

There's a decent thickness to the body, but it's still thinner than I was anticipating. Reminds me of a thin porter.

I personally cannot finish this bottle, but like I said, I think it is just that I'm not familiar with the style. At least I tried something new this week!!

Photo of benyerd
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Overall alot darker than expected. Poured dark brown almost black. The head was around 2 fingers and a nice caramel color that held nicely. Left a nice lace along the glass as I drank it too.

(S) Very surprised in the fact that it didnt have much of an aroma at all. It had hints of chocolate in the aroma but other than that was very bland and was not impressed.

(T) Great Malty and full flavored taste. Hints of chocolate in the finish and an overal a great roasty and malty taste.

(M) Mouthfeel was a nice full feeling.

(D) Great Drinkability and was a beer that I really enjoied. Could see me self having a couple of these!

Photo of rbennett0
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.