Cascadian Schwarzbier | Jack's Abby Brewing

Cascadian SchwarzbierCascadian Schwarzbier
BA SCORE
4.03/5
345 Ratings
Cascadian SchwarzbierCascadian Schwarzbier
BEER INFO

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

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This black lager combines a big roasted malt character with plentiful additions of aromatic hops. Magnum, Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Cluster in the kettle, hopback and dry hop additions add a piney, resinous, light citrusy flavor and aroma. A bitter finish contrasts the full malty body.

70 IBU

Added by OtherShoe2 on 03-03-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,524
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
345
pDev:
8.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
19
Trade:
0
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Photo of kevanb
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, dated March 2013, poured into a Tired Hands Only Void snifter.

The beer pours a dark cola brown, near black color, hues of caramel when swished around. A billowing 3 fingers of bone colored head, very fluffy, that has decent retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is a mix of resinous, sappy pine and earthy hop spice as well as a heavy dose of coffee roast and toasted dark malt. The roast jumps out at me, true to style, and the hops are a nice layer on the backend, but at the same time, the aroma seems a touch muddled. Toasted dark malt and a roasted coffee flavor jump out, almost smokey, that quickly turns bitter and hoppy, lots of pine, earthy grassiness and crisp hop spice. Again, the balance seems off and both the roasted malts and bitter hops are fighting for attention, rather than melding nicely. The body is lively, crisp carbonation, coats the mouth fairly well and has a creamy touch at the finish that is also lightly dry.

Verdict: Did age hurt this, was it this muddled from the get-go? I like Schwarzbiers and the prospect of a hoppy one was exciting, but this just seems like one that got overhopped, yet, not hoppy enough. I'd like to revisit this beer when it's fresher.

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3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black beer, up to the light its burgundy. Cream colored head with awesome retention. Head laces the glass. Compact yeast at the bottom of the bottle; I assume this was bottle conditioned. Smells like chocolate malt and American hops. Nice Aroma. I noticed the bottle smells more malty, the pour smells more hoppy.

Super hopped up flavor, initially quite grapefruity. End of sip into aftertaste is darker malty flavors - charcoal and chocolate malt. Decent bitterness, lingers a little bit. Thin body. Attenuative clean yeast character.

Chocolate tastes a little funky with punchy citrus hops. No noticeable technical flaws in the beer though, very well crafted. My palate desires something else.

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3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up a month or so ago... $3.99 for a 0.5l bottle. Says "February 2012", which I hope is their bottling date. Enjoying today (23MAY12) out in the 'zebo...

Am using an imperial nonic, but I had to pour in stages, as the head really billowed up big time. The bier was a dense, opaque brown. Only when held up to the sunlight could I espy some glimmers of garnet. The aforementioned head was creamy and mousse-like, a lovely dollop of mocha cream atop the brew. Lacing was top shelf. My first sniff found some coffee and toasty, dark choco. Also found was a bit of rindy hopping. The body is a decent medium, and it feels fairly smooth overall.

The roasty character is also present flavorwise, though the hoppy bitterness takes precedent. Choco and dryish cocoa are found, but the strongest component is the pithy, resiny hoppage hitting the palate. It is somewhat flavorful, though I find the bitterness a bit overwhelming. Prosit!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Cascadian Schwarzbier from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 345 ratings
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