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Dog Schwarz | Flying Dog Brewery

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Dog SchwarzDog Schwarz

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

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.

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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 98
Photo of cbl2
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No best by date.

A - Pours a pitch black medium bodied, topped by three fingers of tight medium tan head that is slow to settle.

S - Split pea soup heavily laden with ham, with a shot of espresso tossed in.

T/M - Extremely smooth/creamy mouthfeel. An excellent blend of smoked ham flavor coupled with lightly sweetened coffee. This leans a little toward stout territory, and away from a Rauchbier, but regardless it is delicious!

Alcohol is masked nicely, letting the smoke, ham, sweetness and coffee intermingle and linger on the tongue. By far the best beer I've had from Flying Dog. A little overpriced, but worth the experience.

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

2009 rate.

Cool looking 25 oz bottle, rating this from memory. Pours a cola brown with a medium head. Quite smoky and malty in the nose, some European hops, a touch of bacon grease. Mouth was a touch smoky but not over the top. Nice hop presence, smoky malt, not remembering all of this to be fair, but it was good. Not the amazing smoked ham quality that the best beers of this style have.

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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 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 taigor
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into pint glass.

A - Poured black non-transparent color with medium head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Malts, and smokiness upfront with some hints of coffee and dark chocolate afterwards.

T - Slightly sweet and malty followed by slight bitterness and barbecue bacon aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Great smoked beer overall but might be too overwhelming to drink in big quantities.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Thai 9 in Dayton, OH. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark, chocolate brown almost on the verge of black. Reveals a nice, tan coffee colored head.

S- Combination of roasted malts and chocolates, dominated by an aroma of wood smokiness. Also got a little bit of fruit scent in there as well.

T- Upfront the smoked flavor balances perfectly with the roasted flavors and the slight amount of chocolates. The smoked flavor was there, but it did not overwhelm the other flavors, which I truly appreciated. The beer ended perfectly with a subtle sweetness of caramel.

M- Smooth as can be with some carbonation to go around.

D- This beer was a lot more drinkable than expected. The smokiness was not overpowering in any sense. Had no problem putting this one down.

Overall, a pretty amazing smoke beer. The balance act that this beer showed between the smokey flavor and the rest of the taste was a marvel in itself. It was the perfect combination of each.

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Photo of hdofu
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An interesting beer, poured cola with a light tan head smell is sweet and malty maybe a bit like cocoa powder. Taste is sweet with a bitter finish not, in extreme but just enough to make it work as a bitter sweet taste. has alot in common with a porter or stout but with an interesting almost licorice finish. It has a smooth finish, and as such is very drinkable.

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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 Parrotbeak
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost black, with no light passing through. Almost no head, and moments after the pour, nothing.
Smoke, faint sausage and barbeque on the nose. Faint, charred malts as well. Hoping the aromas would be a little more pronounced.
Taste is quite similar to the smell. Smoke, faint sausage, BBQ, wet malts. Hint of oak/earthiness.
mouthfeel is a but flat. Smooth and slightly oily.
Alcohol is not discernable, so this one is very drinkable, especially if you're hungry...

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Photo of stimulus
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL (gold label) bottle into a pint glass. Quite a high price tag for what sounds like a straightforward beer.

A: Pours jet black with a one finger tan head, leaving moderate lacing.
S: Smoke, roasted malt, and a touch of coffee and chocolate.
T: Very similar to the smell, except the smoke takes a backseat to the rest of the traditional schwarz flavors.
M: Creamy, heavy bodied, and great carbonation with a smooth finish.
O: I guess I was expecting the smoke flavor to be more prominent, but to be fair, the beer is probably about 3 years old and has held up very well. It was expensive for what it was, but I'd certainly pay $14-15 for a four pack of this if Flying Dog ever added it to their Canis Major series.

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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 jnn4v
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very dark. Looks fairly thick. Almost black color. Little head. What head did exist was a dark-tan / medium brown color.

S: Smoke. Peat. Those are definitely the two dominant scents. Other subtle scents include lots of things you'd expect to find in an imperial stout, not a rauchbier (ie. molasses, chocolate, and coffee).

T: Coffee and smoke are the two dominant flavors up front. Smoke lingers on the aftertaste. Chocolate is in there somewhere as well. Peat after that. Very tasty. Nicely balanced and smooth.

M: Very smooth texture backed with ample fine carbonation. Feels fairly dense in the mouth. A substantial beer. Heavier than an average doppelbock.

D: This is a very tasty (to me) beer, but such strong flavors and the 7.5% ABV could make this a challenge to even finish, much less drink more than one.

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Photo of JoePat
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a chocolaty brown close to black with a tan head.
The smell is slightly smokey with hins of coffee like roasted malts.
The taste alos has the hint of smoke but just enough to let you know its there. After you get the smoke the flavor is really smooth with minimal malt bitterness from the dark malts used for the color and what seems like a little fruitiness at the end possibly from the roasted malts.
This has a very smooth mouth feel and very drinkable. Everything is nicely balance and I thought it was a very good beer.

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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 bminor7
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.

A - opaque black. hard to achieve the 1-2 finger head. settles and laces nicely.

S - roasted coffee. dark malts. hop bitterness can be detected...chocolate.

T - subtly smoky. dark malts. coffee is strong in the background with more chocolate and sweetness in the foreground.

M - somewhat thin, but with reasonable carbonation.

D - only 7.8%...strong flavor and malts make this a savory delight. pair it with food. hard to find, but if you see it, get it.

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Photo of Crossmd
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 42 degrees into a tulip glass. No born date.

Pours an opaque black/cola color with a very thin tan head.

Smells of a lightly smoked maltiness, and a hint of caramel. Well projected.

Tastes of an initial rush of roasted malts with a smoky edge that falls out very quickly. Little bit of chocolate in the tertiary. Smooth and well blended, flavors evolve for whatever short time they're extant. Pleasing though, well worth it.

Mouthfeel is almost non-existent effervescence with a slight oily tinge that dries down relatively clean.

Overall, a tasty and smooth offering in a unique style. Great drinkability for the profiling. I just wish that it were more readily available and maybe lingered in the finished a little bit more.. Would love to age this guy too.


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Photo of seedsofchaos
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown / black. Opaque. Head is dark khaki with some hints of gray and red. Lacing is present but no cobwebbing or massive clinging.

S: Smell is of smoke and light fig. Burnt sweet fruits, smoke and ash permeate the nose.

T: The palate is immediately served a very pleasing smoke that lingers throughout this offering. Tastes of molasses and vanilla bean are the light and sweet first introductions to the complexity of this beer followed by smoked peppered sausage. I would describe this beer as a campfire in a bottle. Roasty chocolate malts, some light crystal malt and the taste of peat smoked meat with hints of ash. This beer makes me want to sit around a bonfire and drink right out of the bottle. Raw. In your face. Smoked beer.

MF: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is right on and doesn't tickle the tongue. Smooth, creamy at times and generally great feeling going down.

D: I love this beer. I didn't think it was going to be fantastic as it was a closeout beer at my local beer store, but I wouldn't mind having a case of this stuff around for cool camping nights. Definitely grab one if you have the chance.

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

750 mL bottle poured into large mug. Served about 50 F.
A: Dark brown and reddish around the edges. Retains thin bubbly head.
S: Peaty, chocolaty, and smokey.
T: Molasses, smoked bacon, and sweet malts.
M: Medium to medium light.
D: Very smooth and filled with flavor. Smoked malts are in good portion.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I had trouble defining the style of this beer. It's absolutely a smoked lager. A smoked double lager, in fact. But that's not a category, so I went with Rauchbier. Sue me.

I had this one on-tap at the brewery during a tour/tasting. They were selling a very limited number of bottles, of which one I acquired. No mention of an actual bottling run with distribution, but let's hope.

It poured a delicious looked black color in the glass, surrounded with a nice tan head. The smoke flavor lept up out of the glass and straight into your nose. No mistaking it. The taste was a lot maltier, with an almost hickory flavor domminating. Mouthfeel was also very good, 3 of my samples of beer were spent on this one. It was very drinkable for a strong smoked lager, if you're into that sort of thing.

From the label (for posterity)

"Second only to David Hasselhoff in the hearts of Germans, the Schwartz style was originaly brewed in the Eastern German state of Thuringia. Our brewers took this obscure black lager and sexed it up a little hoff-style by brewing a robust smoked double-schwartz."

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from corked 750ml bottle. Had a hell of a time getting the cork out. Poured into a pint glass. Pours black with a nice velvety dark tan head, size about two fingers that lingers around for a awhile. Nose is roasted malt with some smoke notes. First sip...upfront the flavors are roasted malt, raisons, some coffee, and a nice background smoke flavor. Mid glass the beer is less complex, mostly malt and smoke notes. The end of the glass and the smoke is in the front of the beer. The mouth is good, not to heavy with just the right amount of carbination. A good beer, excited to pour a second glass.

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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 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 fjordhook
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: extremely dark brown almost black, has a little red tint. almost no head

smell: hints of chocolate and the hops used are most prevalent in the smell

taste: chocolate taste that is different from a porter or other dark beer, tastes of the hops are mixed well

mouthfeel: has a thick feel but goes down easy

drinkability: easy to drink for a chocolate beer and a higher ABV

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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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Dog Schwarz from Flying Dog Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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