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:
1,033
Reviews:
182
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
187
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3
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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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Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Order in a sampler at Jack's Abby. The beer had a thick, slightly light brown head, and was black in appearance. Not too much smoke in the aroma, but a good amount of coffee, cocoa, and malt. The smokey vibe was more felt in the taste, which was toasty with some malt, oatmeal grain, and coffee flavors. Nice and creamy overall with a good texture and carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, probably the most, in my 4 beer sampler.

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Photo of carteravebrew
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WDJersey
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of denver10
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of PDonahue92
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Inky Black/ very dark. Clear. thin foam large bubbles. low carb. short lasting head retention and no lacing
S: chocolate, toasty, very light smoke
T: Roasty, smoke, chocolate, ready, restrained hop bitterness, light roast coffee
F: light body, low carb, medium length finish
O: this is one confused beer. it wants to be a Rauchbier with its use of beechwood smoked malts but doesn't lend itself to a smokey smell or overbearing taste. I would just call this a Schwarzbier. It better fits the profile of this style being darker in color, with notes of roastiness, coffee, and chocolate. Yet it does have a slight hint of smoke I would still say it falls far from a Rauchbier.

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Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,033 ratings.
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