AndyReynolds (807) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to DrSilverworm. Odd for certain, complex. Smokey and coffee in the aroma, but after it hits the taste buds it brings out the hops.
nimbleprop (4150) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl bottle pours a nearly opaque black with maple edges and some rocky, lacing, beige head. Aroma is excellent, dry toast, dried cocoa pods, blood oranges, pine needles, dried lemon peel, a little licorice. Flavor is sweet but only just so, light caramel, some dark chocolate, light fruit, some light coffee grounds, a touch of cola. Far more citrus in the flavor, oranges, blood oranges, grapefruit rind, pine, soap. All of it is very clean and meshes very well. Finishes super clean, a little soapy but not overly dry. If this was an ale it would be a black IPA, no doubt. Completely drinkable. Delicious. A great example of a German style lager with a distinctly American twist.
Reynolds314 (2008) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black translucent pour with nice tan head. Aroma is spruce and grapefruit with nice ashy roastyness. Another dominating beer by jacks abbey.
Ernesto987 (3227) - Connecticut, USA - APR 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow this is awesome, roasty an sweet and rich, tons of hops, this kicks asss
BoostIPA (1053) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to LUSHawn! I pounded this one in under 10 seconds, bro! Pours a inky thin black with an enormous head. Aromas of hoppy bliss and light roast. Pounded quickly, finished dry. Really fucken good.
davey101 (605) - Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
March 2013 batch, 500 ml bottle into a HF wine glass.
A - Pours a jet black body that exposes some light around the edges. A few fingers worth of khaki foam sticks around for a while. Ungodly amounts of dirty, sticky lacing just coats the sides of the glass.
S - Bright grapefruit, pine and charred malts and chocolate. It does that have uniquely Jack’s Abby lager aroma to it.
T - Not overly bitter or malty. Just pleasant piney hops meeting ever so lightly roasty chocolate malts. A touch of smoke on the end. Very clean and easy drinking. Mouth feel is medium bodied and silky.
O - A pleasantly hoppy schwarzbier, this was damn tasty and JA continues to amaze me with their innovative lagers.
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours wall to wall black. No color to be found. Beige head. Puffs up big with the initial pour. Good lacing and retention. Nailed the look. The aroma is heavy on chocolate, molasses and doughy malt. Some pine and citrus hoppiness in there, as well. There’s more sweet roasted malt character than I expect from the style. It’s a pleasant aroma, but it’s more of a schwarzbier on steroids than a hoppy schwarzbier, at least in my opinion. I’m getting a fair bit of roast fruitiness. Pretty rich. Clean lager flavor. The taste is fairly sweet and still quite rich. Lots of fudge and treacle. Big coffee and pine needle finish. Again, over the top for the style, but still a very well made beer and quite tasty. I’m still not convinced that big hops and big roasted malt works well together, but this is a pleasant enough attempt, and I’m sure fans of American Black Ales and whatnot will like this beer. Very creamy mouthfeel. A bit much for the style, but who cares. This is a very good beer, and I would have called it an ale in a blind tasting. Knowing it’s a lager, I can bit out some of that clean yeastiness, but the hops and malt are too big for me to have guessed right.
madvike (2537) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours with a foamy tan head above a deep brown body. Nose is citrusy hops mixed with fudge and pine. Taste has a piney, resinous hop bite throughout, mixed with a bready, fudgy malt base. Dry, bready finish. Fairly thin and well-carbonated. Overall it’s pretty smooth, and the dryness makes it fairly quenching. Good stuff.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fudge brown pour with a black center, beige craggy head. Aroma is dank pine surrounded by rich earthy chocolate, loam, crushed leaves, molasses, light wood smoke. Creamy and supple in the mouth, with a long lingering finish. Flavor is leafy, resinous hop, bittersweet chocolate, crushed autumn leaves, lightly roasted on the finish with a lingering, slightly vegetative, bitterness. I can’t get enough of this brewery these days. Yum.
Dunt (259) - Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle received from Allen, thanks again for another new Jack’s Abby tick! Pours a dark brown black in color with two fingers worth of creme colored head. The head slowly recedes and leaves some frothy lacing as I drink. Nose is a balance of chocolate, some light smoke, and citrus on the finish. A lot of roasted malt and chocolate on the flavor and very little hop bite on the finish. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, some very light bitterness, good carbonation, and a moderate finish. A nice, roasty schwarzbier. Easy drinking and a very pleasant flavor profile.