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Dog Schwarz - Flying Dog Brewery

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Dog SchwarzDog Schwarz

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very good

78 Reviews
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 98
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 36
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 78 | Hads: 98
Photo of THORN
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of briman
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saved this bottle from my visit to the brewery last summer.

A: Dark rich bubbly smooth head that fades quickly, almost black dark brown color with very little light coming through.

N: Loaded with roast and smoke, smoked cheese, a slight fruit, little chocolate.

T: Lots of smoked malts, some bacon and smoked cheese but much less bacon taste than I remember when I had it fresh. A little tangy fruit flavor, and quite a bit of dark malts. Pretty malty overall, and some chewiness. Hints of bitterness. It seems to be a lot more subtle than I remember.

N: Semi thick and chewy with lower carbonation.

F: Semi bitter, drier, lingering smoke and smoked meat. Some syrupy sweetness as well.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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...

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine bomber to be appreciated. SMoked malt, chocolate malts, pale malts. A balanced not overly complex beer. Not too much smoke, or shwartz, or carbonation, just finely drinkable. Pours dark brown with brownish big foamy head. Wood dry smoke in the aroma. Lots of lace. Though would like more shwartzbier flavours, and thicker, this was unique and enjoyable.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of fjordhook
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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

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Photo of farrago
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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)

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Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a a light brown head. Lots of smoke in the aroma as well as roasted malt. Very inviting and unique aroma. The flavor is smoke, roasted malt and some coffee towards the end. Medium/thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good beer and one of the best from Flying Dog.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of taigor
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

Charred coffee bean black with dark cranberry highlights. The golden brown sugar colored crown is especially dense and creamy... like mousse. It's also pretty tacky and is starting to grace the glass with dotted sheets of lace.

The beer's appearance would suggest that it isn't your typical rauchbier. The amount of roasted maltiness (along with a moderate smokiness) in the nose confirms it. This is the happy result when a brewery decides to create a 'Smoked Double Lager'. Which, in this case, can be translated as a Smoked Double Schwarzbier.

Dog Schwarz is wonderful beer. In my opinion, the brewers have done exactly what they set out to do. No muss, no fuss, just a bigger than usual schwarz with a pleasing amount of smoked maltiness, all tied up with a big bow of drinkability. Nice job all the way around.

Specifics include crisp chocolate wafers dipped in Hershey's syrup, dark caramel, a splash of vanilla, a half splash of java, and enough wood smoke to make the above style more accurate than any other. The finish is where all flavor elements come together most harmoniously, creating a beautifully balanced whole.

The mouthfeel is a tough call. It's definitely on the lighter side for the ABV, but its silky smoothness and near perfect carbonation allow me to go with the higher of the two considered scores.

Reviewing them side by side is the only sensible way to choose between Weizenbock and Dog Schwarz as the best of the Flying Dog Wild Dog series (of those that I've had so far). Unfortunately, the insane price of $18.59 for this bottle ensures that that comparison will never come to pass. If it was $12, I'd buy this one again. In a heartbeat.

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Photo of bminor7
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of HisDorian
2.81/5  rDev -29.2%
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!!

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