Smoke & Dagger | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Smoke & DaggerSmoke & Dagger

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

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

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Photo of DrewShal9
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Redbones in Davis Square, Somerville MA.
A: black as midnight body with a thick yet quickly dissolved head. When held to the light, there is a chocolate tinge.
S: a light smokiness with a prominent chocolatey sweetness. Not very smoky for a rauchbier but still very inviting.
T: just as the nose indicates there is more chocolate than smoke.
M: very little to no carbonation with a thin body.
O: went very well with the bbq I had at Redbones. Definitely would drink this brew again.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was graciously given a growler from a friend who made a visit to the brewery last weekend. He knew my affinity for dark beers. Poured into a tall beer glass. Super dark black body. Great looking white head forms with a vigorous pour, but that soon fades. The body looks a bit undercarbonated once the beer has sat for a bit. The smell is a wonderful aroma of campfire smoke. The taste is great too. Love the earthy, peaty aroma. But I get less smoke flavor as I drink, and more of a burnt-end brisket taste. While BBQ is not a bad thing, it's more charcoal flavor than smoke. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but that's what I expected from a smoked lager. Overall it's a decent beer, and I liked it better than the Red Lager or the IPL. This one just seemed more unique. A nice intro the brewery and I wish them well.

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Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the armsby abbey.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a dark brown with a soft one finger light mocha head that fades to leave a night side lacing and a nice halo. Quite good.

S - light smoke notes with a hint of charcoal. Good roasted malts and chocolate aromas too.

T - similar to the nose with a good roasted malts with a hunt of chocolate throughout. Pretty tasty.

M - smooth creamy with just enough carbonation to keep things nice and crisp.

O - Overall this was a pretty nice lightly smoked beer. Good appearance and malt characteristics make this a definate have again brew.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great to see a craft brewery out in my old hood.

Great looking beer dark black with a long lasting layer of head.

Roasty toasty and malty. Chocolate and coffee notes.

Extremely smooth. A dark drinkable lager. Very high drinkability on this one.

I am not sure if this is a Rauchbeer. There was only a small hint of smoke in this beer. Honestly I would catogorize this as a black lager. I was a bit disapointed in the muted smoke on this one. I guess I was expecting a bit more based on the name. That being said this was a delicious and highly quaffable beer. Me and my buddy Nicco took down this growler in about 30 min tops. I rarely drink beer this quickly.

This was a great beer. I usually don't go for Lagers but these guys are definately doing things right.

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Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
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