Coffee Smoke & Dagger
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #27
Ranked #16,627
3.89 | pDev: 10.54%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Reviews by jlindros:
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a smaller 1/2 finger bubbly off-white colored head that fades at a med pace, some lacing, over a dark molasses brown colored beer with slight ruby light streaming through.

Nose has some light smoke, little smoked malt but not really campfire, more like smoked cheese kinda smoke, plenty of coffee though, fresh coffee and just ground coffee beans, and a light nutty aroma in the background.

Taste brings more of the smoke, again smoked cheese like but this time a little smoldering log campfire but not much, then quickly into a light creamy malt with more nutty flavors, little caramel and hint syrupy sweetness, then into the coffee again. Coffee is more like fresh coffee grinds and a little fresh brewed as well. The nutty flavor and coffee blend well, esp with the light sweetness from the caramel. Bitterness cuts through towards the end, a grassy slight earthy hop comes in. The finish is still a bit sweet and sticky but somewhat drier, with lingering nutty flavors, little caramel and some coffee, but more of the smoke coming through and lingering for a while on the finish, as well as just a bit of a chewy slightly spicy hop.

Mouth is med bodied, little creamy, good carb.

Overall pretty good, nice coffee addition, the nutty malts are nice as well, coffee is fairly fresh with no burnt flavors, and the smoke is just in the right balance. A good beer but nothing to write home about.

Nov 18, 2012
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Tschnab from New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jul 29, 2013
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jlussier from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Sep 10, 2014
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darcange from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Jan 12, 2014
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tkelley from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle poured into a big snifter glass.

A -- Dark dark body, brown verging on black. Medium brown highlights. Thin tannish head. a little bit of lacing (although the snifter doesnt produced a lot of it typically). Nice halo around the edge and a little, wispy retention.

N -- Smoky with pronounced coffee notes. Nice soft smell.

T -- Not overpowering at all. Clear smoke, clear coffee (definitely different from the regular SAD). Again, very soft. Pretty subtle but really good.

M -- Lighter than one would think.

O -- Really good. Cheers.

Oct 12, 2013
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

May 03, 2014
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ComRock12 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Nov 03, 2012
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date that I can see but this was just released in bottles maybe last week or the week before at most?

A: Pours a dark, dark, dark brown. Big fizzy light brown head. Head fizzes out fairly quickly, zero lacing. Somewhat decent retention.

S: Strong heavenly coffee aroma. Light smoke sticks to it a bit but nothing over the top. Mildly earthy with just a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Smoky, yes, with a decent bit of roasted coffee melding with it. Coffee fades, leaving just some acrid smoke. Some chocolatey sweetness helps perk up the bitter smoke and coffee. Aftertaste is mild coffee, surprisingly not bitter here. Like coffee with sugar in it.

M: Medium bodied, quite smooth.

O: Smoked beers are easily my most hated style. This one has a decent sweetness to it to help balance out the acrid smoke (like the base beer). The addition of coffee helps even more and adds some nice complexity at the same time. I feel that the coffee could be a little stronger and it would really set this brew apart, but Jack's Abby isn't huge on making adjuncts over the top so I understand.

Oct 26, 2013
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AutumnBeerLove from Vermont

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum yum. I love my coffee beers, maybe a bit more than most. Served from the bottle and poured into a pint glass. The appearance is a very dark brown to black with a minimal hazy, pale head. The aroma of coffee is overwhelming. It smells like a light to medium roast coffee was used. I'd guess an African blend. To me, the aroma is very close to a good iced coffee. Not much smokeyness to it, which could have been a bit more present if something like French roast were used.

The taste is a very strong coffee, and as noted, a lack on the smoke, other than a faint aftertaste. But a great lager still.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, and the aftertaste dissipates quickly.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer for the style. It's one of the better coffee beers I've had and isn't an overpowering stout. Better than regular Smoke and Dagger too!

Dec 10, 2012
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ettbeer from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.9%

Aug 04, 2014
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pmarlowe from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Sep 19, 2014
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Ralphs66 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Oct 20, 2013
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Mini4x from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Mar 08, 2013
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mklisz from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10%

May 19, 2014
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Kmlund from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Nov 07, 2013
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LoveStout from New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

May 03, 2014
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wyatt13 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Jan 08, 2014
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DonFrap from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the new batch, poured from the bottle into a Tree House snifter. Bought the coffee that they used from Red Barn also, but that's for Pours nice and dark, smell of roasted coffee and faint smoke. About a finger head, and that was from a pretty vigorous pour. No retention to speak of, no lacing either. Taste is awesome, roasted coffee up front, mild smoke (not nearly as much as i would like, but this isn't targeted to a rauchhead like me.) Very easy drinker, and a definite upgrade from the regular version. I don't know how often they are planning on bottling this, but definitely pick one up!

Aug 20, 2013
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Mar 22, 2014
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PatGreer from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An amazing base beer made not-so-good with Red Barn coffee. Tastes similar to MBC's Mean Old Tom in the sense that the coffee flavor is akin to drinking a drip tray under a press pot in a hotel.

This is the first time a JA beer has left me disappointed.

Dec 14, 2013
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Massbmx from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Sep 15, 2013
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paresis from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 26, 2015
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bpk59 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Mar 08, 2014
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polishkaz from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nov 30, 2013
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CypherEnigma from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Mar 31, 2013
Coffee Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 183 ratings