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:
1,020
Reviews:
180
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
182
For Trade:
3
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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

Photo of CNoj012
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque dark brown bordering on black. The head is one finger and dark tan. Retention is moderate and there are some whispy spots of lacing left behind.

Smell is very grainy. Roasted grain aggressively takes over while chocolate and coffee are left in the background.

Taste is much better and more balanced. Coffee, chocolate and roasted grain all play their part and then there is a nice bit of smokiness mid sip that lingers into the finish and even the aftertaste.

Feel is medium and slightly oily with low carbonation.

Overall a good beer. The smell is disappointing, but everything else about it is solid.

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