Dog Schwarz | Flying Dog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by sideshowrob on 01-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
98
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
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Photo of HisDorian
2.81/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my first Schwarz or Rauchbier. So I am reviewing partially to my taste and partially to the style.

A very dark brown pour. Not much head to speak of.

Scent is of peet, and a bit smokey. was this aged in scotch barrels?

Tangy flavor, with an overpowering smokey flavor. It attacks the top of my mouth aggressively. The smoke is the 2nd taste I get, but then overpowers everything and I keep tasting it in my nose. As the smoke dies, I get that peety flavor on the front of my tongue again. Maybe this is what a schwarzbier is supposed to be, but I'm not a fan. Am I missing something?

There's a decent thickness to the body, but it's still thinner than I was anticipating. Reminds me of a thin porter.

I personally cannot finish this bottle, but like I said, I think it is just that I'm not familiar with the style. At least I tried something new this week!!

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Photo of supercolter
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is good. Dark and smokey looking, with a decent head of tan bubbles. Smell is very smokey with a bit of dry malt and no really noticable hops. Taste is bacon grease... that is the only thing I can describe it as. Mouthfeel is pretty decent, low carbonation and medium in body. Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of deliriumfest
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on 1/17/09

750ml bottle

Popped this one open at the January Twin Cities BA Gathering. Poured a pitch black color with a petite brown head. The aroma was that of smoke which is not my favorite. The taste was plein de smoke along with some fruit. Although a smooth mouthfeel, this one just isn't that drinkable to me. I do not like smoky beers and this one definitely isn't worth its $17 price tag. Go ahead and try this one if its free but you're better off not wasting your money.

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Photo of WilliamD
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark- almost black. Looks more like a porter or even a stout. Thin fizzy head that dissolves quickly.
The first disappointment is the smell. Not nearly as pronounced as I had hoped. Only a hint of the peat, smoke, and sausage normally evident for this type of beer. Other than that, it is difficult to discern much else. A very subdued aroma with this one.
The taste was the second disappointment. As with the aroma, it is quite subdued. Some smoke and peatiness, but not nearly as much as I hoped for.
Mouthfeel is blah. Rather flat and watery. Little to no carbonation, and no spiciness.
Drinkability is not bad. It don't foresee any difficulty getting through this bottle. It just won't be nearly as enjoyable as I thought it would be.
This brewery makes very good beers, but this one was definitely a letdown. With how good its overall rating is, I wonder if I might not have gotten a bad bottle. However, given the fact that a bottle runs about $16, I don't think I'll be testing that theory.

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Photo of codsmith
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black and pours with no head. Leaves a little bit of carbonation head near the very edge on the glass, but very minimal.

S: Lots of smoke and dark malts characteristic coming through. I slight twinge of sweet licorice as well.

T: Very sweet and has a almost medicinal taste. You can taste the alcohol coming through

M: Almost chewy at first and then ends a little thin

O: I like the smoke, but the flavor is just off

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark roast is well represented in the nose. Secondary woody notes and some smoke. Rounded out by grapenut maltiness. Smells pretty good.

Pours very dark black, almost opaque but not quite, very mild head. Surprisingly little carbonation considering the heftiness of the cage + cork. Looks pretty good.

Smoke hits the palate hard at first. Very dry and roasty/woody/smoky. Minor chocolate, some strong Robusta coffee. Heavy bitterness. Mild earthiness. Some very dark burnt flavor. Soft sweetness comes through after a while. Soft carbonation is lightly spicy. Thin body reminiscent of a Schwarzbier. Tastes pretty good. Feels pretty good. Pretty good drinkability.

If you're not big on bitterness, this is not your beer. It's also significantly smokier than many beers claiming to be smoked. Kind of like a very dry Dry Stout. Phonetic spelling of Schwarz is a nice touch.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out like a cola color with a thick tan colored head on it. The head leaves a really good lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer isn't heavily smoked which I personally like. There is a light hop aroma along with the roasted malts on the nose just beyond the smoke. The taste isn't overly smokey either, it's a got a strong hoppiness to it than anything else I think. Perhaps it's the bitterness from the dark malts I'm getting. The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected it to be. Overall it was pretty good, I'm not sure if I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Top 5 rauchbier? Yes please. Not sure what vintage although i'm going to assume that it's old. Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is dark brown but clear at the corner with a lazy thin head of tan tiny bubbles that doesn't leave lacing on the glass. Beer is lowly carbonated.

Aroma is sweet with a little smoke.

Beer is medium to light in body with a nice midpalate full of hickory smoke. The finish is mildly bitter and has an odd almost tannic quality to it. This is why I think the bottle was old, I think it may have been slightly corked. As the beer waremed up it got a little more bitter and started tasting like cork. The smoke and mild sweetness seemed to be unaffected by late corkiness but it did distract and detract from the overall experience of the beer.

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Photo of beagle75
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color at the core and showing weak light transmittance at the edges, with no head other than a thin ring of fine bubbles that are mocha-tinted. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Milder than expected, with dark malt and wood smoke in respectable balance. There is also a sweet and slightly chocolate thread that is heavy on the milk.

T: Begins off-dry, with soft roast and smoke that slowly builds in the presence of some moderate carbonic acidity. Malt steps into the shadows during the middle, leaving smoke to peak, unfettered by other flavors. Bitterness is mild, with some detectable herbaceous notes.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, harshly acidic on the palate early then turning smoother, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer provides a dark but neutral palette for the wood smoke that is on display to good effect here. It would seem noteworthy, as in "Flying Dog made an impressive beer!" if not for the unsettling acidity that is felt on the palate. So close, Flying Dog...

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 09/24/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, oak, smoke. Flavor of smoke, lots of oak/cedar/wood, roasted malt. Pretty decent smoked, easy drinking. Not quite understanding the $18 price tag on this one though.

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Photo of briman
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, clear, with a large dark tan head that retains exceptionally well.

Aroma has a light to moderated smoky element, coupled with some chocolate and roasted malts.

Flavors of cocoa and light smoke seem to be the most prevalent, though there is certainly an underlying base of dark roasted malts that makes a subtle appearance throughout. Smoke lingers with almost a bacon grease character into the finish, but it's very light and complementary rather than being overpowering. Finishes with a light to moderate roast bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Just a hint of creaminess, with a little bit of a chalky character at times, like what you might get after eating a spoonful of dry swiss miss. Overall very smooth. Alchohol very well hidden.

Overall I like this beer. The balance is really quite good, without any flavor overpowering any other. That said, I feel like the roasty flavors are almost too subtle. If they were a little more forward I think this could be a really outstanding brew.

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Photo of ricke
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a small pale beige head that leaves small lacings.

S: A gentle but prominent smoky character of mostly smoked ham. Notes of charcoal. Dark malts with a gently roasted character. Some fruity notes.

T: The taste is mostly sweet with a delicate mix of smoked ham and roasted malts. Notes of charcoal, wood, coffee, chocolate and roasted fruits. The finish is somewhat bitter with a slight taste of minerals, dark bread and perhaps just a hint of grassy hops.

M: Medium body, slightly boring texture, quite a lot of carbonation.

D: I liked this one. The smoky character takes the lead from start to finish, but it never gets too overpowering or cloying. Instead, it's rather delicate actually.

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Photo of bashiba
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear dark ruby/brown with just a light ring of head, not much carbonation going on in the appearance.

The smell is a nice mixture of pork choppy smoke and sweet dark toffee malts.

The flavor follows the smell quite closely only with the big sweet malts coming on strong first and the big meaty smoke flavors slowing building upon themselves in the finish.

The mouthfeel has a light oily texture with almost no carbonation at all.

I like this quite a bit, the flavors were deep and interesting, its almost like a good smoked porter that went really light on the roasted malts opting for a heavy dose of dark crystals instead. Fun beer.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner: near-black brown with a collar of tan head. Some deep brown highlights. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of a restrained milk chocolate with some cured, smoky scents. Smoke doesn't define the smell, but it's there.

More of the roasty chocolate flavor, some caramel, just a touch of acidity. Some bitterness from roast. Don't really detect any smokiness in the taste, & just a little bit in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, a little viscous, sweetness doesn't hang around too long or coat the mouth.

To be honest, this didn't live up to my expectations. Definitely a good beer, but I didn't think it had enough of a smoked character to categorize it as such. Seems to me it's a schwarzbier with some slightly smoky elements. I guess I'm just suffering from some expectation dissonance, but this is by no means a bad beer.

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Photo of Josephkeene
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle recently gotten and stored for a little bit of time.

Pours a dark oil Chocolate. Lacing is light, mainly chocolate brown with a mild carbonation effect.

Smell is very lightly smoked but mainly chocolate and hops with a mild carbonated mouth feel.

Palte is left with a hint of smoke and really a clean finish of hop and coco.

For the cash i am unsure why this is so expensive?! It's nothing like a Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbier. Try their beers and if possible share this don waste your time.

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Photo of hopdog
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. This cork was one pain in the ass to get out.

Poured dark black, with brown edges, and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, roastiness, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Tastes of smoke, chocolate, lighter roastiness, and coffee.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle that I shared with some fellow BAs. Into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown/almost black with a 1/2 finger of creamy dark mocha colored head. Quite the robust retention on this as well, that just absolutley coats the sides of the glass with lacing. A nice spiced smoked meat character is prevelant in the aroma but isn't in any way overpowering, going the more subtle route. I'm also getting a solid backing sweetness of cocoa and caramel. Touch of light roast in the back as well.

The taste is more Schwarz and less Rauch than what was in the aroma. Roasted chocolate and carmamel, with a bit of coffee and nuttiness mixed in. Some bitterness pulls up the back. The smoked malts that are present are even more subtle than the aroma was, wafting in and out of the other flavors. It's overall pleasant but I was hoping that it would be a little more aggressive. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharper carbonation up front but then it gets creamier towards the back of the swallow. For a 7.5% beer, this actually feels pretty easy in the mouth. Not bad.

I liked the effort here. A Schwarbier with a bit of smokey Rauch attitude seemed to be what they were shooting for here and for the most part, they succeeded. I personally would have liked to have had a bit more smoke in the taste but hey, that may just be me. On a side note, while I liked this for the most part, IMHO, this is not worth the $15-17 per bottle that most places are selling it for. They need to release this in six-packs and make it a fall release.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Minimal head but some surface memory. Body is opaque schwarz.

Nose has smoky oak and a bit of oatmeal.

Pretty dry oatmeal body, distinctive woody aftertaste. Not terribly smoky, and in fact, I get traces of star anise.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, carbonation is essentially absent.

This was ultimately not worth the hype or pricetag, but it's interesting. It's kinda surprising that the rauch-schwarz isn't a more common style, but I find it more compatible with a bock or wheat.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle (Vintage 09) into an Andechs glass.

Pours a bit darker and thicker than expected, with a deep cola body that lets in hints of crimson at the edges. The scant, sawdust-colored head dissipates quickly to a wispy cap, but is readily supplied by torrents of carbonation from beneath. Good aroma, nice and roasty with a healthy dose of freshly smoked peat. It's not overly heavy in the meat department, which I like. The hops are earthy and herbal, adding just the right amount of balance.

Flavor matches the aroma well, kicking up the hops and alcohol a notch but the malts are still on-point. Soily chocolate, peat, and smoke combine with a resinous, green ethanol presence on the finish. Very carbonated, perhaps too much so, with a warming note from the alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and somewhat dry on the palate. Overall, Dog Schwarz is a bit boozy to be drinkable, but this is easily one of Flying Dog's better beers.

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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like lots of smoke and oak and peat, with some roasted barley and molasses and coffee. It tasted like smoke and oak and peat and roasted coffee, with some burnt barley and a bit of molasses. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter smoky aftertaste. Overall this had a nice rich flavor with great body. It had tons of smoke, of course, but it wasn't too overwhelming, and the peat flavors made this seem more like scotch. The alcohol was hidden quite well, but this is still more of a sipping beer due to the bold flavors. This beer would be perfect with a BBQ cookout.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Vintage09CC on front label. It was pitch black in color. Had a large tan head that whittled down to a thin foam layer. Good sticky lace.

The aroma was more subdued than I expected. Nice beechwood smoke but you had to put your nose up to the glass to get it. Most others rauchbiers that I've had can be smelled soon as you pop the cork and fill the room. Also get roasted malt and coffee. Good but wish the smoke was more prevalent. The taste was roasted malt with underlying smoke. Again, wish the smoke was more dominant instead of a good supporting player. Coffee popped up right and the end and carried thru the after-taste. Mouthfeel was medium with decent carb. Coffee bitter after-taste as noted.

Overall, a bit of a letdown. Hurts that I got had a couple Schlenkerla's recently which are by far the best in the class. This one is very pricey and I just didn't get the bang for the buck so mild recommend. Rotation - avail here in TX. Due to the price and lack of the smoke bomb, I'd have to say one and done.

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Photo of bmwats
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a stange.

A: Very dark brown to black. Pours about a 3 finger, frothy, brown head. Stagnates for awhile, the starts to collapse very slowly. Sparse, spotty lacing clings desperately to the sides of the glass as you drink it down.

S: Dark roasted coffee, oaky, smoky, and bacon.

T: Roasted malt. Very oaky, and very smoky. Peat and a very slight, non-distinct sweetness.

M: Kind of a light body, but very full and robust. The woody notes hammer the palette immediately. A bit of a pungent, peaty finish that lingers a bit.

D: Kind of a slow drinker. Some very distinct components. Rich.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Dark intimidating appearance with a giant frothy head. Nose is very distinctive and full. You take a whiff and it just hangs there in the nostrils. Flavor is full and robust with very strong wood and smoke components. Very rich. After a few drinks, you'll want to set it aside and try again later. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of ADZA
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was suprised to see this bottle in the bottleshop as ive never heard of it b4 and usually hear about most of the Flying Dog brews b4 they arrive so stoked to try something a little different from them anyways the brew pours a lucious dark chocolate colour with a nice tan one finger head and sporadic lacing,the aroma is definately original it has smells of an open woodfire,liquorice,chocolate and some boozy coffee,it has a nice silky mouthfeel which fills the palette with tastes of expresso,dark chocolate,roasted malts and also some dark berries and the ABV is well hidden but the last taste it leaves you with i find is the dominant coffee flavour almost like you have just drank a coffee which probably made my drinkability not that high but dont get me wrong i will easily finish this 750ml bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Nose of roasted malts and wood smoke with notes of baker's chocolate, mild coffee, charred grains. The smoke is distinct but discreet; it's no Schlenkerla.

Taste: Roasted malts swirled with a rich, but tempered smoke character -- flavors of unsweetened chocolate, licorice root, coffee, blackened barley, and pitch glide by the tongue. Delicate touch of black currant fruitiness. Mild bitterness. The smoke is still there, still present, but it's still somewhat reserved. A more predominate roasted grain flavor develops. Finishes dry a lingering (but still subtle) smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation, which keeps the brew delightfully light and aids in overall drinkability.

Drinkability: A pleasant, quaffable, bumped up smoked-schwartz, but, at the prickly price of $18.25 a bottle, this'll have to be a one-time visit.

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Photo of benyerd
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Overall alot darker than expected. Poured dark brown almost black. The head was around 2 fingers and a nice caramel color that held nicely. Left a nice lace along the glass as I drank it too.

(S) Very surprised in the fact that it didnt have much of an aroma at all. It had hints of chocolate in the aroma but other than that was very bland and was not impressed.

(T) Great Malty and full flavored taste. Hints of chocolate in the finish and an overal a great roasty and malty taste.

(M) Mouthfeel was a nice full feeling.

(D) Great Drinkability and was a beer that I really enjoied. Could see me self having a couple of these!

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