MADhombrewer (18) - Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2012
.5 liter bottle dated February 2012. Thanks to Reagan1984 for this.
Appearance- Dark brown that lightens around the edges. Big thick tan head. Great lacing. 4.5/5
Smell- Earthy hop aroma accompanied with some roasted malt smells.
Taste- Roasted malt flavors are first. Nice even earthy hop bitterness in the end. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel- Nice even mouthfeel that trends to the thin side
Overall- This is a great beer. Very easy to drink and it is not trying to be something it is not. Very well crafted beer. nimbleprop (8297) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2013
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. GenDV138 (7230) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2014
16.9 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Pours dark brownish black with 3 and a half fingers of fluffy off-white head. Nice webby lacing as the head recedes slowly. Aromas of pine, floral hops, chocolate, roast, light coffee. Tasting notes of big pine, resin, dark chocolate, caramel, roast, floral and piney hops. A bit of toffee and rye as well. Medium body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic beer! ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, 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. MacBoost (1886) - Victor, New York, USA - APR 18, 2013
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.
SrSilliGose (3330) - 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. thornecb (5880) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Pours mahogany-tinged black into a Sam glass. Significant pancake head with excellent retention recedes leaving sheet lacing. Sweet, dark chocolate, toasted nut and resin aromas. Medium to full bodied with dark caramel, roasted dark chocolate turning to pine in the lasting finish. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - APR 5, 2013
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. davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2013
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. bellco33 (807) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter: Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, malt, and smoke. Taste is really nice, a lightly smoked slightly sweet lager, lots of roasted malt, and a resiny hop kick. Medium body, dry finish. Excellent beer.