Numb Swagger | Jack's Abby Brewing

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

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel aged Smoke & Dagger with Szechuan pepper.

Added by Jason on 02-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by nmarsceill:
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4.82/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is really a flavor infused version of Smoke and Dagger [] that was created for a competition among brewers at Jacks Abby. I had the opportunity to try this and then take a growler home the next day from the brewery.

This beer takes an already strong beer with a distinct burnt smoke flavor and adds an surprisingly complimentary sweet flavor from szechuan peppers. The flavor was familiar to me from infusing vodka with peppers before. From the first smell to the last sip this beer is an experience.

This beer won the contest handedly and rightfully so. I hope they experiment with this flavor component and see if they can release a full brew with a similar awesomeness.

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More User Reviews:
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of nmwhitehead
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mild but pleasant scent.
Slightly watery feel.
Faint coffee flavoring.
Overall good, but a little underwhelming.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tkelley
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Jacks Abby shaker pint.

A - very dark red. Like crimson or garnet. Good head with decent retention. Very clear body with very pretty highlights.

N - smoky and spicy -- fall spices like cloves, cinnamon, maybe vanilla. I don't get much of the promised sechuan peppers but there is a little something there on the nose.

T - tasty. Smoke and spices. Like a smoked pumpkin spice beer. More of thebpepper than on the nose. Really interesting.

M - a little watery maybe. I don't get too much carbonation but it isn't flat.

O - again very interesting and tasty. I thought it would be hotter but it probably isn't supposed to be. Cheers!

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On cask at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black, with no head, or lacing.

Smells and tastes like regular Smoke and Dagger. This is disappointing- not that regular Smoke and Dagger smells or tastes bad, but this does not carry any discernible pepper aromas. It's disappointing, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it, because I like Smoke and Dagger.

Slightly watery, but smooth cask mouthfeel. Little carbonation.

This was surprising, because it tasted no different than the regular Smoke and Dagger, even on cask.

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Photo of Dhamma73
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Sabtos
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brownish red with no head, just a thin, tan ring.

Peppery, malty aromas, with a steady stream of smokiness.

Not spicy at all. Some roasted, smoked malts, with a floral taste in there coming from who knows where.

Numb Swagger has a Porter-like start, and a Lager finish. I went into this expecting to have my head blown off but was pleasantly surprised. It's a nice crisp spice, well balanced, providing pepper flavor without much heat.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of cbutova
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the 500ml bottle to a snifter with a black body, appears a bit thinner than big stouts but pitch black nonetheless. A head just over one finger tall forms with a creamy, frothy texture. Good retention and a thick creamy ring leaves spotty clouds of lace.

S- Fragrant dark lager feel with no shortage of roasted malts and a good smokiness. Cocoa powder, star anise, peppercorn (not quite like black but similar to pink), coffee and cereal grain notes.

T- Szechuan peppercorns add a spicy, somewhat white peppery flavor with an earthiness to the smoky base brew. The malt profile is deep and somewhat complex with flavors ranging from fresh cracked cereal grains, cherry wood smoke and slight sweetness to dark chocolate and roast malt notes.

MF- Lighter end body with a decently dry feel and creamy, silky overall texture. Carbonation between moderate and high level and smooth. Finishes with some roasty bitterness.

A base beer that I already enjoy enhanced just enough by special peppercorns to add some spice and earthiness. A good idea and subtle use of spice, not in your face like many other spiced brews.

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Numb Swagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 127 ratings