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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3
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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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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtyjerk
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CTaleMan
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Holderness
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L -- Like a porter but with a weaker head. Incredibly dark for a lager
S -- Oatmeal and wheat
T -- Like a light oatmeal stout with more fizziness
F -- A light take on a dark style
O -- One of the more interesting offerings from Jack's Abby

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Photo of brbrocc
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with tan head - looks almost like Guinness.
Smell and taste is all coffee and chocolate, like a stout, but with a lighter body and feel.
The smoke is subtle -- it's like they're reconstructing the intense flavors of an imperial stout in something that's borderline sessionable or at least drinkable in the summer without weighing you down. Would totally get this again.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
No date

Pours an impenetrable black with three fingers of tan foam. Head is pretty solid, slowly settles, gloppy sheets of lace with good retention. The aroma is of lightly smoky wood, black tea and cream, there is a vein of brown sugar that holds the some up. Flavors of toasty malt, bark, minerals, slight roast/smoke astringency, hint of burning sweetgrass. Nice and smooth to drink, medium minis body, same for carbonation. This is a tasty beer. It is not too strong on the smoke, could even be a touch more but I like beers like this a little on the weak end of the sausage spectrum. Tasty, drinkable, nothing flashy, well-made.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip
the bottle says 10/16/15 so if that is bottling date then 10 months old, which should be fine being that this is a smoked beer, but we will find out
L- pours a dark brown, looks black in the glass quickly dissipating tan head
S- coffee and light grain in the nose, along with some smoke
T- light grain, syrupy coffee, slight smokiness, going back to that coarse grain on the finish
F- light bodied, above-average carbo.
O- this is an easy drinking dark beer (shwarzbier), with some smokiness so definitely made to style but maybe it's the age but the coarseness of the malt doesn't sit well with me

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Photo of Slatetank
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I tried this from the bottle chilled in a willybecker.

The color is an appropriate dark cola brown with thick khaki head and copious lace with very fine bead. The smell has a plethora of malt aromas with both roast and smoke and slight caramel sweetness in the aroma yet a mostly dark toasted grain fragrance is perceived. The feel is very mild with smoke and mild sweetness up front too with moderate carbonation and light creamy texture mid palate with roast coming later toward the finish with mostly dry quality.

The taste is great almost as good as it smells with an excellent flavor that has layered malt that is round with light roasted and smoke elements that are counterbalanced by slight caramel flavors. The sweetness is not overdone it is a mild accent with a nutty toast flavor as it finishes semi-dry with subtle special roast type dark sugar quality. This is a great beer -one of the best black lagers I have tasted, just fantastic in every way. The flavor is subtle yet refined with low abv in the taste and lots of malt complexity with an almost porter-like robustness.

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Photo of Prost76
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewsed
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SurrenderToTheFlow95
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kculrich
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle, undated. Served in a tulip.

Pours nearly opaque, the colour of maple syrup, with a finger of pebbly tan foam. Retention is fleeting, leaving scant spotty lacing.

Nose isn't as prominent as I expected. Maybe it's me; I don't seem to be smelling anything lately. I should start crowd-sourcing smell from other peoples' reviews. Anyway... toasted cereal, rum-soaked raisins and hot sidewalks after it rains.

Taste is roasted, toasted cheerios with currants and dates, just a little bacon, a little orange peel, a little medicinal herb bitterness.

Feel is light-to-medium bodied, crisp, with a fuckton of fine, fizzy carbonation.

Overall, an accessible, easy-drinking rauchbier with under-powering smokiness. Definitely on the light end of the rauchbier spectrum - but that just means that you can enjoy several of them. And I did.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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