Smoke & Dagger | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
jacksabbybrewing.com

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by mduncan on 07-29-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,021
Reviews:
180
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
182
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Photo of Klister
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ntanner83
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cfd1223
2.67/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P- Poured from a 12 oz can,into a Cigar City pint glass.Fourth beer sampled from a Jack's Abby mixed 12 pack.Date on the package is MAR 24 2017.

L- Thick creamy light khaki colored head that stands just under a finger width tall.Moderate retention on the head,with a light sticky lacing.Black colored body with a ruby red hue,and very little light showing through the glass.High amount of carbonation.

S- On the nose I get smoked beech wood,roasted malt,dark roasted coffee,and sweet chocolate notes.

T- The palate follows the nose with roasted malt and coffee up front.Smoke beech wood and roasted malt are in the middle.The back end is sweet chocolate and smoked beech wood.

F- The mouth feel is thick heavy and sticky.Light amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a smooth,yet slightly dry finish.

O- This is a very nice beer.I do not believe I have tried any other offerings of this style before.That makes it hard to compare,but I know I like it.I will drink this again,and recommend at least giving it a one time try.

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Journeyman, Boston ma April 2017

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edward_boumil
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark black, head disappears quickly. Can see a lot of carbonation.
S: Smokey, like smoked meat, roasted grainy, nice cereal character, slightly sweet. Nutty, chocolately.
T: Notes of cacao, almonds/nuts. Smokiness is less prominent here but is present on the back end of things. Less sweet than the nose.
F: Despite a robust, appearance, this is a light, refreshing, easy drinking beer.
O: I enjoyed this beer a lot. Not as robust as something like scherlenka (or however you spell it) but has a nice amount of flavor while maintaining drinkability. Good winter beer for sure.

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Photo of Redsx52
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely can take taste the smoke. Good overall though

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Photo of BigBoochDaddy
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prisdefer
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz. bottle poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 1F+ head with good retention, leaves spotty lacing, but nice cap and ring. Beer is just about 100% dark when held up to light except at very edges.

S: Smoky, malty, coffee, and chocolate. Quite nice. A little muted.

T: Follows nose. Lots of coffee plus chocolate malt melding into smoky maltiness. Enough hops to keep it a bit dank and bitter.

F: Light to mediumish body, light to medium carbonation. Lingers a while on the palate. Good construction and balance.

O: Very nice black/smoked lager. Not even sure what the style is exactly, when it comes down to it, but it tastes good.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of citizencane
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On nitro. Poured dark burnt red, almost black. Smells of roasted malt with a hint of hops. Taste is same but stronger than expected. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Damn good beer.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikr
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jg24rules
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Genx
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatsgoody
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattav152
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Parmesan
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pitch black color with a creamy medium brown head and a few fingers of lacing on the glass.

S: Quite a bit of smoke and chocolate malt, some toasted malt. Some dark stone fruits in the nose too.

T: Quite a bit of smoke, notes of smoked meat, chocolate and toasted malt. A bitter chocolate bitterness.

F: Pretty full body and creamy carbonation.

O: Ths beer is very smoke forward, but I really like it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown body and produces a thick, fluffy, light tan head. The aroma presents a light blend of chocolate and faint suggestion of ash and wood smoke. The flavor delivers some cocoa sweetness; minor hop bitterness. Smooth body; slightly watery.

This is a decent beer that brings on more of light, chocolate porter quality more so than any kind of smoked or rauchbier character. It offers a nice roasted grain and cocoa flavor, leaning more towards the sweeter side of things. Nice.

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Photo of Ben1313
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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