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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Cloaked in mystery, this dark black beer skirts the line between a schwarzbier and smoked porter. The use of a small percentage of traditional Beechwood smoked malt adds complexity and balances the liberal use of chocolate malt. Notes of roasted grains, beechwood smoke and coffee accompany a full bodied and sweet chocolatey malt character. Smoke & Dagger uses locally sourced ingredients. OG 14.5 Plato

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
malrubius (2186) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Dark dark brown with lasting dense tan head and lace. Smoky grassy leafy wet earth bitter chocolate aroma. Smooth fairly rich woody chocolate smoky with mild clean grassy finish. Smooth and rich for for the abv. Lingering smoke. Delicious. From my old home town, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lbecker (43) - Brookline, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Aroma to coffee but mouthfeel mix nice with smoke.Taste gets better and better.I would ask again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrMeadMan (43) - Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Beautiful aroma, bready and chocolatey. Full head with good retention. Dark brown with a hint of autumn orange. Smooth and delicious. Was expecting it to be more bitter because it was a "black lager" but it’s sweet malty-ness wins out. The smoke character is background at best, just enough to be appealing. Too many smoked beers are overly acrid but not this one. Overall a great beer and one that I will definitely get again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2906) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Good shit. 500mL bottle poured into a plastic cup at a hotel room while I watch Mark Wahlberg in Contraband, which pairs well with the beer. Despite all this the beer looks good. It pours with a medium thick head that leaves behind a slug of lacing. The beer, well, its almost a perfect melding of schwarz and rauch, equal parts represented without either dominating. The shwarz has a great chocolate lagered aspect and a smoked element that is present but nicely subdued into the black lager. Super clean with no flaws and so damn quaffable, I drank this up like it was nothing in a few minutes. I only picked up a single but I see why these are sold in 4 packs that were priced for $10.50, which seems like a great price point for such quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pour was a dark brown, red tints, with a thick two finger tan head that fell to a thin layer, larger bubbles clinging to glass. Aroma was a whiff of smokey goodness, not too much else, maybe a hint of malt sweetness. Taste was nicely balanced between smokiness, some malt character, some hints of dark sweet chocolate, maybe a but if caramel. Well balanced, nothing dominates. I am glad that this was not so over the top with aggressive smoke and roasted malts. Nicely carbonated, just enough tingle to clean it all up. Very pleased with this brew...not heavy or overdone, drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1793) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
I know this uses smoked malts but I feel like it should be under Schwarzbier since it’s clearly in that style. Really great beer, caramelly, a bit of smoky meat quality, some slight cocoa sweetness, just a remarkably tasty beer. Lovely, and great value at 3 bucks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Draft at Pro Pig. Pours nearly black, though brown. Good clarity, off tan head. Nose is like a smoked porter. on the lower side overall. Roast and cocoa, minimal hops noted. On tasting, low smoke and roast with some sweetness. Super clean with a good balance between all of the components. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1635) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
This smoked black lager blew me away. 1- I’m usually not a fan of lagers in general, but this beer’s inviting creamy heady and chocolate and woody aroma changed my mind. It was a malt-bomb for sue, but extremely enjoyable. Got better as it warmed too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnnniee (3048) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Pours a solid dark brown with a huge creamy off white head that persists forever. Smells of bread and chocolate mostly with a hint of smoke and coffee. The flavor has little bit more roast and coffee than I expected. Huge notes of chocolate and caramel in each sip with a light smoky essence in the background. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Very flavorful, smooth easy drinking dark lager. Its nice that they didn’t go overboard with the smoked malt like everyone seems to be doing these days.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Pours a beautiful dark brown. Burnt walnut with some ruby hues and a dark caramel. The colors are soft and pleasing. The beer has excellent clarity and if you look deeply you can see light lager bubbles rising. Fat finger and a half of tan creamy foam that fell slowly and leaves a sheet of wet lace to slid back down into the glass on each sip. The nose is light smoke and roasted grain. A bit of coffee and smooth chocolate. It has a malt sweetness underneath but it stays true to a lager scent. Smells a lot like a schwarzbier. The taste is perfect lightness. The smoke doesn’t overpower the roasted grains which are sturdy but not burned. The coffee and chocolate stay smooth and well blended. The body is thin but the taste is full. The malt does not get sweet nor does the chocolate and the taste of the almost blackened grain is truly spectacular.

This is a fantastic beer that is lighter than you might expect and yet still has all the beechwood smoke flavor you want. It is a roasted malt paradise for the eyes and for the palate. The full bodied taste is not heavy and the mouthfeel is silky and smooth. There is a touch of hop floral on it that livens the dark flavors but doesn’t compete with them. It has the faintest touch of fruit. Another great beer from Jack’s Abby.

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