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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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This black lager combines a big roasted malt character with plentiful additions of aromatic hops. Magnum, Cascade, Columbus, Centennial and Cluster in the kettle, hopback and dry hop additions add a piney, resinous and light citrusy flavor and aroma. A bitter finish contrasts the full malty body. OG 16 Plato. March release.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dunt (259) - Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (1754) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2013
UPDATED: APR 4, 2014 (Critique chaotique du extreme beer fest 2013): Version cask aged w/cacao nibs, une autre bombe chocolatée au comptoir NERAX. Bien concue, buvabilité surprenante.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilligoose (3135) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
a nice fresh bottle. wow. a big nice hoppy black roasty lager. real nice. clean. potent aroma of molasses kissed cocoa with a tight pine, citrus hop twang. nice. lasting bitter roast and pine. pretty tasty. like a nice blackipa, but lager. one of my favorites from jack’s abby. when this brewery is on it is a real treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (824) - Vermont, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Single 475 mL bottle purchased from Leary’s for $3.80. To snifter it pours a ruby-tinted rusty brown (shown as a mysterious dark tone in glass) with which a big, frothy tan head was erected upon. Two fingers in length. Wow; aromas of pine needles, squash purée, lager yeast, figs, topsoil, maple leafs, acorns, bourbon vanilla ice cream, molasses, and blood orange. I honestly could smell this all day. Tastes of piny and earthy hops, common figs, black liquorice, burnt rubber, ash, and plastic.Seaweed, algae, and walnuts too when let out to warm. Caramelized onions, yeast, growing heat, and nail polish by swallow. Good beer; I didn’t completely enjoy the flavors in its end-palate, but this is nevertheless a delightful Schwarzbier. I recommend buying a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachrymalisis (380) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
a little heavier on the roasted malt character than I prefer, but acceptable for the style. good hop aroma, but I feel it’s lessened by the heavy dose of high-dried malts. flavors are beautifully blended earthy-pine-spice from hops, and roasted, slightly acrid malt character. Good medium-dense mouthfeel, creamy and satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1056) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 24, 2012
One of the better beers I’ve tasted in a while. Well-hopped and still with a long palate and nuanced taste. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of roasted earthy malts with some light smoke, cocoa, vanilla, and some pine and earthy hops. T - Starts off with roasted dark and earthy malts with some light vanilla and smoke. Through the middle some cocoa comes through with some pine and earthy hops and a bit of bitterness. The finish is a mix of roasted cocoa and earthy malts with a bit of vanilla and smoke and a touch of citrus hop and bitterness. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly roasted and bitter finish. D - Very drinkable. Really great smoothness and texture with a great balance of flavors. A really nice dark lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (809) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Malt and citrus hops in the aroma. Flavor starts with malt and roast, and finishes with piney bitterness. Different, but it works.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5007) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
Big thanks to myspoonistoobig for getting me out a bottle of this one. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass. Pours near black with a thick tan head. Great retention and plenty of sticking lacing as it eventually falls to a thin cap. The nose carries a bit of light Cascade and orange with some nice roasted malt in the background. The flavor follows suit, but the hops come more to the front, melding quite well with the roast. Roast with a touch of coffee plus orange peel and citrus. There’s a bit of light earth and pine in the background. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and a nice combo between the roast and bitterness through the finish. Nice concept and well-executed. I think this could use a touch more in the nose, but other than that this is a really nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - APR 20, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2012 500mL Bottle, purchased at Julio’s Liquors - Westborough, MA. I continue to be blown away by the work from these guys. Absolutely my new favorite brewery. This one cracks open with a rich and balanced hop and lightly toasted malt aroma. Fresh and efferevescent. The lacing is supreme. Flavors wane back and forth between a pungent pine and citrus hop punch and a gentle, but substantial, supporting and well built malt base. Fantastically clean fresh and drinkable.

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