Numb Swagger | Jack's Abby Brewing

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125 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
125
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.13%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
For Trade:
1
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glad to finally see this in bottle as I somehow missed all the events this was at.

Pours a nice off-white foamy almost 1 finger fairly bubbled bead that fades at a med pace, just a touch of lacing, quite dark molasses root beer brown colored beer with hint of light sneaking through the the thin parts.

Nose is quite interesting, a definite rauchbier aroma with some light smoke, a bit of a smoked cheese kinda aroma with mild smoking campfire but barely any of that, it's a mild smoke and a creamy like smoke somehow. That with a nice juicy lager like base, it has a mild toasty malt and somehow crisp like lager aroma, as well as hints of allspice and nutmeg clove like baking spices, and a creamy black malt with a little hint of a caramel like toasty brown malt.

Taste starts with more of the baking spices and pumpkin pie like, mild nutmeg clove and allspice like, but mild spices. Then into creamy malts, little caramel and black malt, hint of possibly oats as it's fairly creamy, little milk chocolate even. Then mild smoke, little smoked cheese like flavor with hint of campfire log smoke, but no real bitterness from the smoke or acrid characters. Also a nice crisp lager underneath, juicy lager with nice crisp lager. Hint of bitterness overall, some from spices and a touch of a possible earthy hop. Finish is crisp but not as dry, little sticky, more creamy malts and lactose like sticky feel, little toasty brown malt and caramel, hint mild chocolate cocoa, and mild smoke all lingering, spices are mostly gone but a hint there.

Mouth is med bod, nice creamy feel, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, all flavors that could potentially go crazy are held in check, smoke, spices, creaminess, black malts, etc. and blend to a nice smooth flavor and feel, nice flavors, aromas, etc, and seem to accentuate each other a little, but best of all is the nice crisp lager under it all.

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

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

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a 500ml bottle of this. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears black in color with dark brown clarity around the edges. A khaki cream head rests atop with a full wall of lace.

The smell includes plenty of roast mingled with licorice and some peppery spice. Lots of earth blends with roast and minor smoked notes.

The taste includes plenty of anise and peppers with a smoked sort of roasty quality and something almost like stale coffee. (But in a good way.) Subtle fruity alcohol and herbal hops also present to balance things out.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall nice and subtle balance and certainly a first for me. Ive never had a sort of spiced smoked black lager before but honestly it all worked together nice.

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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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Numb Swagger from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 125 ratings.
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