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:
1,026
Reviews:
181
Avg:
4
pDev:
10.5%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
183
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 1,026 |  Reviews: 181
Photo of SurrenderToTheFlow95
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of papposilenus
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of antott0523
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigferraro
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of redsoxjim
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Deltron00
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robroc
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice. Just the right amount of smokiness for me. The German rauchbiers I've had I've found way too smoky, almost undrinkable.

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Photo of Iski100
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacobob10
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap @ Barcade in New York, NY.

Dark brown with a small light tan head. Ruby highlights and clarity around the edges when held up to the light. Mild roasted malt abound in the aroma with light chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Light herbal hops tie it all together. Clean, roasted malt flavor and the smoke becomes more noticeable. The chocolate flavors help make this beer smooth, yet it remains light and "lager-y." Very clean finish with no bitterness at all.

This really reminded me of a schwarzbier with the addition of smoked malt. You'd be hard pressed to find a better beer to pair with the delicious chili cheese fries or duck nachos at Barcade!

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola brown with a thin, tan blanket.

Smokey nose, but not an ash tray, more like a fireplace, which at times can be too much for me, other times not.

Flavors of frothy bacon with nutty caramel and faint chocolate.

Not the most complex or surprising brew given the name and expectation, but I've had worse smoked beers that are downright undrinkable. While not offensive, I'm not on the bacon and chocolate bandwagon, and this didn't stand out as a repeater for me.

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Photo of Furbato
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DarthVorador
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thanides
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer. Have had on draught (nitro as well) both provide a unique flavor.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with half a finger of head. The nose has a good dose of smoke along with some roast. The flavor is the reverse of the nose with the roast playing a more dominant role. The body is just hearty enough to ensure that the smoke does not become overbearing.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbfarris
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chriswilliams114
2.62/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Nothing special. Initial taste not great.

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Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
4 out of 5 based on 1,026 ratings.
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