Coffee Smoke & Dagger | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Coffee Smoke & DaggerCoffee Smoke & Dagger

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

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by taez555 on 05-11-2012

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with this. 500ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears dark brown to black in color with a tan cap. Some brown clarity seen around the edges and spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is roasty. Plenty of pleasant smoked aspect to the nose with an earthen and almost citrus note present seemingl coming from coffee instead of hops. It is mildly fruity with alcohol and an accent almost like raisins.

The taste includes noted of chocolate, earth, raisons, and smoke. The alcohol and fruity quality of the base beer seems downplayed a bit by the coffee addition but does not hvbe a boisterous coffee character by any means...just a deeper layer of earthen notes.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is crisp easy reinking and enjoyable. A nice subtle difference from the base brew. If I was going to complain about anything with this, it would be that after having the regular smoke and dagger just before drinking this, the coffee inclusion was almost undetectable. Thanks again Heath for this one.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cask at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, with a quarter inch tiny head, and not much lacing.

Smells include coffee, smoke, chocolate.

The taste is the same. A little too watery for my tastes. Used coffee grounds are the coffee flavor here, plus mild smoke, and cocoa powder. Maybe a little bit of vanilla. A bit disappointing- none of the flavors are that bold.

Light body, too thin, really. Cask-style mouthfeel and carbonation.

Regular Smoke and Dagger is great, the cask version of this one is just ok, not all that exciting.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of dar482
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer hits of cold brewed coffee for days, light on the sweetness, complimented by medium roasted malt, a soft nitro mouthfeel onto a lingering roast bitterness.

The coffee addition helps to cover up the smokey elements in the beer as the nitro compliments the coffee flavors wonderfully.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Coffee Smoke & Dagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
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