Dog Schwarz | Flying Dog Brewery

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97 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by sideshowrob on 01-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
97
Reviews:
77
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.34%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
6
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0
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of Bung
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Dark chocolate pour with a beige head. Good head retention. Aroma is lots of malt and grass, some pine and chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel, but pretty light bodied. Extreamly smooth roast malt and chocolate up front. Almost has a little milk stout characteristic to it. Enough hops to keep it honest though, but just barely. Just a hint of smokiness through the finish. Excellent drinkability. ABV non-existant. Maybe the best Schwarzbier/Rauch I've had. Exactly what I was looking for to watch my Spartans in round 2 of the NCAA.

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Photo of drpimento
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

more of a rauchbier than a schwarzbier, but eh.... Very good, if misleading. Poured with a light tan head and a little lace. Color is an opaque black. Aroma is mainly smokey, plus malty, spicey, yeasty. Flavor is like aroma plus a hint of a tart tang. Perhaps the most smokey yet drinkable beer that I've had. Great body and carbonation. Finish is very good although a little boozy.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I also have difficulty categorizing this beer. The label says it's a Smoked Double Lager, and calls it a Schwarzbier, but I have to agree with the previous reviewer and say that it is a Rauchbier. It's a dark brown color with beautiful red highlights. A thick tan head that left a bit of lacing. Once you catch a whiff, there's no doubt it's a Rauchbier. Very strong, but pleasant, smoke aroma. The smoke is less noticeable in the taste, where the malt predominates. Just an incredibly smooth beer, one that I want to get more of.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, little hint of smoke, sweet, malts,

taste: smoke, roast, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice schwarz / rauchbier. glad I finally got to try it.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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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 thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently this beer style is second to David Hasselhoff as far as being loved by Germans, intriguing… Served from bottle with a cork that had a moldy base into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown basically black with a minimal khaki colored head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, smoked malt, smoke, and ham. The flavor was of sweet malt, smoke, ham, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I can see why Germans love this style of brew as it is one of my favorites out there too. The smokey tones come through very nicely on this brew and are quite refreshing. I was quite concerned upon inspecting and smelling the cork. Note for future openers of beers with moldy corks; DO NOT SMELL IT! Really glad this didn’t translate into the beer at all. A definite must try if you get the opportunity to do so.

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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 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 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 AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Okay, this beer was fairly interesting. For starters, this cork was by far the hardest one I've ever dealt with. I could't twist it or lift it. I used a grip pad, nothing. On one energentic effort the top half of the cork tore away, leaving a ragged but even cork at the bottle level. Yeesh. I grabbed a wine bottle opener, spun 'er down, and removed it without issue. Yikes, what an ordeal!

Appearance - pours a dark cola, dark caramel, but in the glass it's totally black. A good finger of mocha foam looks very nice; creamy and dense like melted ice cream. After half the glass is gone, I can see dark, midnight ruby tones through the thinnest part of the glass.

Aroma - smoked malts all the way, mmm.... Some notable booziness with warming, too.

Taste - the first taste, a lusty 3 or 4 gulps (I was thirsty), is loaded with layes of smoked malts. Rich, intense, um...smoky. There is an underlying sweet maltiness that adds a little something extra. Behind the smoke on the swallow lies some low-key char and/or bitterness. Dries the palate out, leaving a final waft of roasted, *darkly* roasted grain. A little abv presence with warming. A bit complementary to the proceedings, IMO.

Mouthfeel - very smooth with easy-going carbonation. A healthy body, really lifts up the flavors.

Drinkability - delicious stuff (once you get the bottle open). Would definitely have again.

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Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-I know this may seem simplistic but...liked hickory wood smoked salmon!

T-Light hickory smoke up front with a tangy zing. Nice backing roastiness. The smoke is not overdone. Nice dry finish and overall quite flavourful.

M-Medium bodied with a pleasant lingering smokiness. Very well balanced.

D-Being a smoked beer fan in general I was quite impressed with this. Nice smoke and roasted notes blend well and form a delightfully drinkable brew.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This very murky dark beer got very little head when I poured it. Excellent smoky aroma, but not intense. To the taste, the smoke blends well with a sweet, lightly cocoa malt. Even though it's a lager, I get the perception of dark, ripe fruitiness, for some reason. Bitterness is low, relying on the smoke and a light roast to offset the sweetness. There might be a touch of alcohol at the end, or make it's the smoke phenols. Big bodied, probably low-attenuation.

Good smoked beer. No Schlenkerla, but it has enough smoke to keep things interesting.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a BB date of Jan 2012, so it's a little out of date. Picked up recently from the York Beer & Wine shop. Double lager sounds delicious!

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A very dark reddish-brown; appears pitch black. Yields a large head of creamy light brown foam that lasts for a minute or two before collapsing. Aroma of nutty smoked malt with hints of sweet roasted grain, wood and smoky bacon/kippers.

Tastes of sweet, smoky malt with a dry finish. Notes of roasted grain, wood smoke, caramel and smoky bacon. A restrained malt bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with tingly carbonation. Great body. Somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of sweet, smoky malt.

Nice - if only every lager had this much character! Well-balanced flavour with a good malty backbone. The smoke is obvious but not overwhelming. Well worth trying if you like smoked beers.

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Photo of flexabull
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the local Alehouse.

Pours a very dark brown almost black color, with a very nice off white head.

Aromas are kind of faint, light smoke, cream, and sugars.

Taste is not as faint as the nose suggests. Nice dark roasted, charred, and smoked malts up front. Light sweetness, some chocolate, and sweet creaminess. Finish is crisp, with more smokey flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, pretty smooth, but with enough body.

Overall, I liked this one. A tasty and approachable smoked beer, drinks pretty easy, I think even non smoked beer folks would enjoy drinking this.

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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 ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, looks like stout in all ways.

S - The nose is a good deal of campfire and earth notes that make me think of oysters and stout (not oyster stout).

T - The taste is quite stout-like. Lots of campfire, roast, burnt coffee. After a while, I start tasting straight-up mullet.

M - Feels IPA-ish.

O - Quite nice. Very drinkable for a smoked brew.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tgeorgf for hooking this bottle up in a trade.

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves some spotty lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of smoked malt with a touch of roastiness

T - Just like it smells good smoke up front although not as strong as the smell and some roast in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - This is a very enjoyable smoked beer and a good effort from Flying Dog I really liked this one worth trying if toy ever see it around

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml, 7.8% abv. Pours a near black color with a nice tan head. Nice head retention. A few spots of lace.

Nice smokey, chocolate aroma. A bit of the campfire aroma. Very pleasing and simple in the nose.

Some nice chocolate malt up front. Not quite milk chocolate, but not quite bittersweet. A nice note of smoke, but not overwhelming. Maybe a hint of carmel malt. Very smooth.

Medium body, lower carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Very well done.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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 jacewg
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass. Split a cage-corked bottle between frostpool and my dad.

A: Black body with garnet hues held to the light beneath a thin veil of creamy, tan foam.

S: Lots of smoky, roasted black malts, tobacco leaf, charred meat and some herbal, bittersweet cocoa and hop aromas.

T: Smooth, slightly rich black malts deliver strong coffee and dark chocolate flavors up front with considerable roast and a touch of alcoholic sweetness. Fairly balanced by herbal, juicy hops which evens the flavor and sets up for the lingering, smoked meat and peat finish.

M: Sweet, full-bodied but very balanced with only a hint of alcohol pull and plenty of bitter, roasted resins to coat the palate.

O: Just enough smoke in the finish to make it a unique flavor on its own and really brought out the sweet heat of my meal. The 7.8 % ABV is detected, but it doesn't impede the sweet roasted malts and smoky finish. Quite tasty and brought out the flavors of my loaded up, grilled sausage burger nicely.

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Photo of farrago
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With a highly aggressive pour you get a momentary head of close to a finger but zero retention and soon enough the dark brown froth is all gone, no real lacing. Pitch black liquid, not even a hint of color to be found, the liquid does look pretty clean though. Caramel, molasses, brown sugar, lots of sweet wood smoke without any archness, raisin, cherry, currant fruit in keeping with the other scents, given the type of scents found, dry presence in your nostrils, dusty cocoa powder wins out in the end. Medium-bodied, bottom heavy with the weight it has, anchors itself on your tongue. The smokiness gets close to being salty, aided by elevated graininess and pumpernickel notes. As expected, chocolate, coffee, caramel and molasses the primary mover, dryness does not have a negative impact on the vibrancy of these flavors. With more sips a pork rind perfume develops. Carbonation trifling, hard to say if it even tries to motivate. Smokiness hard to wash out of the mouth which is, after all, the point. (Cork and wire)

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Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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