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Dog Schwarz - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
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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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A 355ml bottle with a BB date of Jan 2012, so it's a little out of date.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.

jazzyjeff13, Mar 19, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thagr81us, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer North Hills on 12/29/11.

pours a deep black with a thin lacing of off white head. The nose has notes of hickory smoke, chocolate, and roasted malts. The flavor has notes of chocolate and hickory smoke up front with some notes of chocolate and coffee in the finish. This is a medium to full bodied beer with decent carbonation.

This is a very unexpectedly nice beer. The smokey, full body actually makes for a solid cold weather offering.

tdm168, Dec 30, 2011
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Photo of zaphodchak
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

zaphodchak, Oct 23, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Crossmd, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub.

A: Pours a rather dark brown color, practically opaque, with a small tan head on top. Retention wasn't very good, eventually ending up in a ring of foam around the edge. Not much lacing.

S: Bold aroma with a good bit of chocolate and cocoa, a little bit of coffee, some roast, and a bit of honey. The smoke is very light but present.

T: Roast, chocolate, and cocoa are the predominant flavors, with a little bit of coffee. On on level, it is similar to a porter, but it lacks the hop presence and the sweetness. The is some like smoke on the midpalate, fits just right and does not over power the other flavors.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. It is rather dry, but still has a creamy texture.

O: A very nice beer that straddles the line of a schwarzbier and a rauchbier. The chocolate and light smoke combine nicely to make a rather easy drinking beer.

mdaschaf, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, little hint of smoke, sweet, malts,

taste: smoke, roast, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice schwarz / rauchbier. glad I finally got to try it.

Cheers,
the CPJ

THECPJ, Sep 22, 2011
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Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.