Smoke & Dagger - Chipotle | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by taez555 on 06-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Appearance:: Arrives with a fudge brown color; not much of a head and very little lace

Smell: Chocolate, roast and smokey chipotle in adobo

Taste: The smoked chipotle in adobo hits the taste buds immediately, overlaying a fruit and chocolate character that I underneath; roasty elements build, in the middle, but the fruit, chocolate and chilies drive home the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation; a little flabby

Overall: While I like te way the chipotle works with this beer, it is a bit overwhelming to the base beer flavors

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4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Meadhall for Jack's Abby 1 year anniversary. Reviewed from notes from less then a hour ago. Served in a Jack's Abby pint glass.

A- Pours a mostly opaque (translucent around the edges) dark brownish black with a very thin layer of of off-white head that recedes fairly quickly to leave pretty much no head, some light spotty lacing, about average carbonation. Definitely not as much head/carbonation as from the base beer from the bottle.

S- Definitely a lot of the base beer- chocolate, roasted and lightly smoked malts, with a chili pepper spiciness following the roasted malts. The chili peppers definitely over powered the smokiness a little bit, but overall it was well-balanced. About average aroma strength.

T- Chocolate, roasted malts, finishing with a nicely balanced spiciness from the chili peppers. Not as smokey as the base beer, but the chili peppers definitely add a nice unique twist to the beer that doesn't over power any of the base beer tastes.

M- Goes down easily, medium-bodied, average to slightly below average carbonation, abv very well hidden.

O- This was definitely a nice variation on the Smoke & Dagger base beer. While all of the tastes/aromas were still there from the base beer, the chipotle added a nice spiciness that wasn't overpowering and complemented the beer very well. A lot of chipotle beers have too much of an overpowering chipotle spiciness which while full of flavor makes the beer hard to drink. I think Jack's Abby nailed the exact amount of chipotle which added a nice spiciness to the beer without overpowering it and made the beer easy to finish. I definitely recommend trying some if you like the base beer and chipotle spices.

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3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a black body with a small off-white head.

Nose is very reminisant of the original smoke and dagger. Fresh dark grain, coffee, chocolate, some wood and touches of smoke.

Taste is really where this beer starts to take on it’s own thing. Still very nice and clean with that smooth lager body. Fresh dark grains, touches of coffee and chocolate and an earthy woodiness. Then the spice really starts to hit you. It’s more of a spice burn, almost like when you eat pop rocks and it attacks the inside of mouth. You can feel it and it’s tingles all over, but you’re not sure how it got there. I know there is chipotle’s in this beer, but it’s really hard to make out any strong smoky chipotle flavors. Although maybe there is some very mild smoke and char, but it’s so mild it’s hard to differentiate whether it’s the chipotle’s or the regular smoked malt from the stock Smoke and Dagger. Honestly the more I sip this (I’ve been letting it sit out and come to room temp for an hour or more) it really does have that earthy, dried pepper and smoke chipotle touch, but it’s reallly faint, but it’s there. Hops and bitterness are kept in check, with only some balance. Ends with a longgg lingering chili pepper spice burn. Not strong, but just a very long spice tingle.

Pepper beers have always been hit or miss for me, and I wish I could say this one absolutely floors me, but honestly it tastes like the regular smoke and dagger but with a spicy numbness. The chipotle flavor doesn’t really stick out much. Yes the beer has some smokiness to it in the first place, but there’s no fire roasted chipotle Mexican sort of flavor, it’s just spice burn in a dark beer. Kind of like hop bitterness without the hop taste. Still a solid beer, just not my favorite of the Smoke and Dagger addition beers.

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Smoke & Dagger - Chipotle from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 12 ratings