Dog Schwarz | Flying Dog Brewery

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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%
 
 
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34
Gots:
5
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Photo of BeerSox
4.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml green corked and caged bottle into nonic.

A semi-aggressive pour yields a two and a half finger dense brown head that slowly settles to a thin even cap, leaving behind a wall of lacing. The head seems to get denser as it settles, eventually becoming the cap. Rings of lacing are created as the beer moves down the glass.

The first thing I looked for was the smoked malt aroma, which came out as spicy smoked sausage, a bit of beef jerky, and a touch of campfire smoke. The malts add a touch of roasted grain. It's hard to detect anything behind the smokey aromas.

A little more spicy smokiness in the flavor, witch characteristics of smoked ham or Jamón Ibérico ($50/lb Spanish ham - trust me on this one). The malts also add a strong burnt grain flavor. A bit of bitter cocoa is in the background. Full bodied, slightly chewy, carbonation is there but isn't too fizzy.

A good variant of the Rauchbier. Generally found in amber beers out of Bamberg, Germany, they create a mouthful of beef jerky and bacon. However, with the darker, roastier flavors of a shwarzbier, and different complexity is created. Hint of chocolate, maybe dark fruit, are just highlights of something that tastes like it was pulled out of a campfire. This was a pricey beer, but definitely worth it. Highly recommended.

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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 GONZALOYANNA
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served into a Lager glass.Enjoyed on abr´11.
Pure black,dark amber to the light.Beige foam,dense & close.Thick layer.Fairly good retention,no lacing rings.Toasted malts,mildy smoky & hints of dry nuts aromas.Light bitterness.Toasted malt flavor in a light & smooth body.Dark fruits & smoky notes on the aftertaste.Very good drinkability.Refreshing.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Bottle from Party Town.

A - Poured a dark brown color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate to heavy roasted malt, chocolate, smoke and woody aroma.

T - Medium to heavy smoke bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

M - Medium to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation.

D - This is a standout beer and one of the my top rated beers for the Rauch style.

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

Pours very dark brown, almost black. The head is a dense ring that leaves slight lacing.

Aroma is rich, meaty smoke.

Taste is charred dark grain and mildly astringent alcohol. Some dark fruit sweetness appears momentarily, but is quickly eclipsed by a tart, and slightly sour character. Finishes with a dry woody quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, a pleasant rauchbier. The dark fruit tartness surprised me. The smoke had a definite presence, but wasn't overpowering.

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Photo of funkyaudio
2.5/5  rDev -37%

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

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. pours black with garnet highlights and a single finger of rich brown head that has good retention and no lacings. reduced to a soapy rim after a couple minutes.

aroma is of earthy smoke up front with roasted malts mixed in, along with a touch of alcohol and undertones of burnt wood and sweet malts. well proportioned in the nose with a brilliant smoked character. a bit rich for a schwarz, but still smells great.

taste is of lightly roasted malts and a bit of smoke up front along with the same earthy undertones and sweet malts from the nose. this transitions smoothly into a finish of earthy smoke and a mildly drying hop character in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slick and warming feel, along with a super smooth finish that coats the tounge, lasting for minutes. very well done on the palate.

drinkability is good. this is not much of a schwarzbier, but for a dark smoked beer this is very well put together and quite tasty. definitely worth the price. cheers!

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

A_Pours a nice dark black. Light cannot penetrate. There is a nice brown two finger head that slowly settles down into a decent cap

S_The aroma is pure smoked meat. Reminiscent of bacon and as good as a Schlenkerla.

T_More of the same up front. First sip is the smoke which is followed by a mild malt sweetness. The smoke comes back in the finish in the form of bacon, campfire and charred wood. This does not overpower but leaves a pleasing aftertaste.

M_On the thicker side with a mild carbonation

D_Most American smoked or rauchs can't equal Aecht Schlenkerla but this one does. Highly drinkable.

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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 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 bleedsblu
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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 cfrobrew
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of ROBSTARR
5/5  rDev +25.9%

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 Sunn
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Seaba
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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