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%
 
 
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58
Gots:
182
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3
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Photo of MCImes
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this beer is done right in pretty much every way. the smoke is very subtle but detectable, the body is a perfect balance of dry, sweet, and thick. it's not too bitter or over hopped. to me, this is like a single strength plead the fifth with a hint of smoke. it's become a regular buy for me and deserves more than the 88 score that it had at the time of my review

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Omnium
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pitch black with a thin layer of khaki fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Roasted chocolate malts, and some hazelnut, nice mild smokey aroma, some light woody tones.
T - Excellent balance of smoked flavor and sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, some light earthy hop tones underneath it all, toasted nuts, and a touch of hickory.
M - Clean, not heavy at all, but full feeling.
O - Excellent beer, this is an incredibly smooth full flavored and balanced beer. It has the smoothness of a black lager with the touches of a porter.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear dark brown appearing black in the glass with a slightly tanned head on top. The head is fairly quick to fizzle away, not leaving much lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: The beechwood smoked malts are the first thing I notice. Chocolate malts bring up the rear adding a touch of dark fruit to the aroma as well. Touch of nuttiness.

T: Not as powerful of a flavor as i expected based on the aroma. Instead it is a finely tuned balanced blend. Smoked malts are much lighter giving way to the sweet chocolatier notes. Lager qualities add some bready and cracker depth.

M: Light body with a mild carbonation. Perhaps a tad thin or watery.

Overall this is a tasty brew with smoke quality that pairs nicely with the roasted malts.

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

Bottle from Julio's.

Pouring black with reddish dark brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense,brown head that falls off to a thin disk leaving little lacing. The nose is wonderfully roasty, smoky and moderately chocolatey. The smoke character is slightly "wet"; it brings to mind the smoke from wood that isn't completely dry. A moderate caramel/chocolate sweetness is present behind it, along with a mild hop character (mint, herbs, pine). Very nice.

The palate opens with a blend dark chocolate, smoke and a little coffee. Dark caramel sweetness is present, along with a robust bitterness. The label mentions that this skirts the line between porter and schwarzbier and I see why - the blend of chocolate, smoke, grainy acidty and German hop character brings to mind just that. Medium-light in body and with a medium-high level of carbonation, this feels quite good on the palate. The carbonation does thin out the mouthfeel a little bit, though. Smoke and dark chocolate linger on the finish. Very nice.

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

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown, almost black. A little transparent. Medium collar.

Smell - Smokey and a little meaty. Coffee. Deep caramel and toffee.

Taste - Smokey. Coffee roasted malt. Some sweetness. A bit of maltiness. Caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Some bitterness.

Overall - Tasty, but after the Fire in the Ham, not quite as good.

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

Off the tap at Mule Bar, Winooski, Vt.

One finger of resilient tan head on a dark brown brew. Smells of caramel, plum and a bit of spent grain. Tastes of more caramel and black licorice and has a slight smokiness. Light to medium and edgy going down. Becomes more woody and smoky as it goes. Fine, fine drinking on a snowy Vermont eve.
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Blind review 7.12.16

Jet black with a perfect quilting of tan froth. Smells of toasted malt and dark fruit, both distant. Sweet, toasty and dry with a hint of herbal hops and grain in the finish. A bit sweeter than expected. Medium side of light but so easy to drink.

A very flavorful brew with just a few quirks that don't hurt the overall experience.

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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown mahogany, with the reddish highlights visible under certain lighting conditions. Normal pour produces about two fingers worth of bubbly head that recedes slowly into a creamy film. Lacing is present, but does not stay on the sides of the glass.

S - Very nice volume. Not overpowering, but easy to pick up. Dominant smell is roasty coffee, subdued sweetness, and a hint of the smoke that the beer is named after.

T - I'm not a huge fan of stout-like beers, but this one was quite pleasant! Follows the nose, and that smokey sensation that was barely present in the nose provides a really nice backdrop for the dominant coffee flavor. The roastiness isn't overpowering, and the flavors are all very complimentary.

M - So good. I can't say enough about how well Jack's Abby nails the feel of its beers. Medium-full bodied with a rich, creamy sensation. A little bit of cushiness from carbonation that isn't really visible. Clean, refreshing finish.

O - I picked this up because it is from Jack's Abby, not because it is a Rauchbier, which is a new style to me. This is the sort of beer that makes me want to further explore a style. Recommend, also goes great with food!

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Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
4.01 out of 5 based on 1,021 ratings.
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