Dog Schwarz - Flying Dog Brewery
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 78 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
12-19-2009 02:22:08 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
04-18-2010 02:47:37 | More by briman
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
3.58/5 rDev -10.5%
Top 5 rauchbier? Yes please. Not sure what vintage although i'm going to assume that it's old. Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is dark brown but clear at the corner with a lazy thin head of tan tiny bubbles that doesn't leave lacing on the glass. Beer is lowly carbonated.
Aroma is sweet with a little smoke.
Beer is medium to light in body with a nice midpalate full of hickory smoke. The finish is mildly bitter and has an odd almost tannic quality to it. This is why I think the bottle was old, I think it may have been slightly corked. As the beer waremed up it got a little more bitter and started tasting like cork. The smoke and mild sweetness seemed to be unaffected by late corkiness but it did distract and detract from the overall experience of the beer.
02-14-2011 18:10:56 | More by drabmuh
3.53/5 rDev -11.8%
This beer pours out like a cola color with a thick tan colored head on it. The head leaves a really good lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer isn't heavily smoked which I personally like. There is a light hop aroma along with the roasted malts on the nose just beyond the smoke. The taste isn't overly smokey either, it's a got a strong hoppiness to it than anything else I think. Perhaps it's the bitterness from the dark malts I'm getting. The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected it to be. Overall it was pretty good, I'm not sure if I'd seek it out again.
06-01-2011 14:16:35 | More by Knapp85
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
3.45/5 rDev -13.8%
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
03-27-2011 23:51:25 | More by codsmith
3.25/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
03-30-2009 01:00:04 | More by WilliamD
3.08/5 rDev -23%
Consumed on 1/17/09
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.
01-27-2009 20:56:39 | More by deliriumfest
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
2.73/5 rDev -31.8%
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!!
10-30-2009 21:40:55 | More by HisDorian
Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.