Smoke & Dagger
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #25
Ranked #14,260
3.93 | pDev: 10.18%
Feb 24, 2022
Jul 30, 2011
Very Good
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Notes: Cloaked in mystery, this dark black beer skirts the line between a schwarzbier and smoked porter. The use of a small percentage of traditional Beechwood smoked malt adds complexity and balances the liberal use of chocolate malt. Notes of roasted grains, beechwood smoke,and coffee accompany a full bodied-and sweet chocolately malt character. Smoke & Dagger uses locally grown unmalted barley from MA.

25 IBU
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4.36 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 24, 2022
3.95 by Stignacious from New York on Jan 19, 2022
4.14 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts on Dec 30, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by izraelc from New York

Pours a deep black. Tan foam. Sweet malty aroma. Lighter than it looks. Sweet chocolate body. Flavors could be bolder. A little smokiness. Slight bitter finish. Better than expected.

Nov 19, 2021
4.24 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Oct 29, 2021
3.79 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Oct 12, 2021
4.18 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Oct 11, 2021
3.64 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Jul 15, 2021
3.94 by Ocalafox from Florida on May 12, 2021
4.1 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Apr 27, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

Pours copper with a 1 1/2 inch tan head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma of roast malt, coffee, smoke.

Taste is roast malt, caramel malt, smoke malt, mild coffee.

Thin bodied, light carbonation. Dry, astringent finish.

One of the best black lagers.

Apr 24, 2021
3.93 by TonyStarks2231 from New York on Mar 12, 2021
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3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by jgido759 from New Jersey

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Color is deep red, almost black with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is light smoke, with a hint of chocolate. Taste is that of a smoked porter, unusual but in no way offensive. A clean finish makes for a very enjoyable lager. This was my 3rd Jack's Abby beer, would definitely purchase again.

Mar 11, 2021
4.23 by kp7 from Massachusetts on Feb 08, 2021
4.14 by Icka31 from Ohio on Nov 21, 2020
3.99 by BFCarr from New Jersey on Nov 18, 2020
4.29 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts on Nov 15, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Manta200 from Kentucky

16oz can shipped from IMN0P. Can date 9/9/20 (7+ weeks old)
Very little head, amber brown color.
Just a hint of smoke in smell and taste. Could be a little more for me.

Nov 01, 2020
3.99 by Rainintheface from Massachusetts on Oct 30, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by beeragent from Texas

Pours a deep mahogany, appearing black in the glass. 1/2 inch off-white head, with medium lace on the glass.

Strong aroma of smoked malts dominate the nose.

Smoked malts coat the palate, releasing flavors of smoke, a hint of coffee, and dark bread. The hop bitterness is low, but keeps the malts from being too sweet.

Medium bodied, good carbonation, and a clean finish.

This is what I imagine drinking a fresh Schlenkerla Rauchbier would be like.

Oct 13, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

A deep-flavored rauchbier. Smoky, but not excessively, balanced with chocolate flavor. The depth of flavor is really impressive--smoke, roast and sweetness in a very fine balance. A worthy schwarzbier!

Aug 23, 2020
4.4 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Aug 16, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Medium light carbonation, with a just above average body with a slight creamy thick feel.
Aroma is wood,earthy, smoke, char,roasted malt and molasses.
Taste is smoke, burnt wood roasted malt
Excellent deep rich flavorful. Heavy on the smoke without coming off like smoked meat.
This was another excellent offering from Jack's abby

Aug 13, 2020
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3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

great smoky taste , slightly strong

Aug 03, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 4/13/20, so 3 months old.

Nice looking beer. Looks black/brown, but shows deep burgundy when held up to the light. Small pale tan head dissipates to a thick ring and solid covering.

Smokey, malty and hammy on the nose.

On tasting it's quite sweet, with a nice smokiness. But the dominant flavor that comes to mind is of a liquid smoked Virginia ham. Me like. Roasted malt and a little gritty.

Mouth just about medium. Finish smoky ham and roasted malt right at the end. Oddly watery at the finish too.

Overall, another of those readily available beers that has eluded me for years. It's a good and tasty beer for once in a while consumption. But not a steady diet.

Jul 18, 2020
4.42 by Corkykab from New Jersey on Jun 24, 2020
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mikeg67 from New Jersey

16 oz can. Pours dark brown with tall, long-lasting, fluffy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of smoke, toasted malt, and noble hops. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of smoked wood, grassy hops and toasted malt. Finish is medium and smoky. Nice brew.

May 18, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a dark brownish black color. Completely opaque and pretty shiny. Thin off-white head dissipates pretty quickly leaving no residual head.

Aroma has notes of smoked malts, smoked bacon, hints of cocoa and malts. The smoke is really dominant on the nose here.

Taste follows the nose with a strong presence of smoked malts, smoked ham and grainy malts. Some light chocolate malts come through towards the middle through the back end of the flavor. Light earthy, spicy hops are present on the back end.

Feel is medium bodied with mild carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

Overall a lovely beer and definitely a must try.

Apr 24, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bluecrow from New York

-ebony can pour with a tall tan foam cap. The aroma is of toasted malt with some char.
The flavor is primarily of toasted malts an some wood smoke (not too much) with a hint of caramel or dark maple syrup in the finish. This is somewhat slick and light-bodied, not a normative combination. This will be enjoyed by anyone who welcomes the style.

Mar 21, 2020
3.68 by EMH73 from New York on Mar 01, 2020
3.96 by Beerjawn8 from New Jersey on Feb 09, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 3/6/19

Very deep brown in the glass with a finger and a half of tan head that leaves nice lacing

The nose is sweet malt with subtle smoke. I'm picking up breadniess, maple, and fresh burning wood

Damn is this stuff smooth, a nice light, lager-y taste with sweet malt and the subtle smokiness leading way to mild bitterness

The feel is lighter than I expected, only a little sticky at the end of the sip

Overall this brew is very unique and well worth the $1.99 single. I'd have to imagine this would be great on tap, I might have to make a trip up to Framingham soon. All flavors and aromas mingle very well to create an easier drinking beer than I expected, I can't wait to have this again

Nov 20, 2019
4 by kuhndog from New York on Nov 04, 2019
3.98 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts on Oct 09, 2019
3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Sep 30, 2019
4.45 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts on Sep 14, 2019
4.2 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Sep 01, 2019
4.41 by Vylo from New Jersey on Jul 26, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Act25 from New Jersey

Like Jack's and smoke beers - so had me at first whiff.
s) And what a whiff! Wood fire, charcoal, malt, chocolate, cocoa, grass, fall earth.
a) Over a brown-black body, that keeps a tan cap and laces dots.
t) "smoky chocolate" as a BA-er wrote Layers of wood fire, peat, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, irish whiskey - much more going on in a 5.8% ABV makes for taste heaven. Finishes clean with grass and wood hops and peppercorn at the camp fire.
f) creamy but drying in finale
o) 4.25 across the board. Winner.

Jul 07, 2019
4.48 by pgsteelers14 from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2019
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