Smoke & Dagger Black Lager

Review Date 8/14/2021  By John Staradumsky


Hereís the thing about Smoke & Dagger Black Lager by Jackís Abby Craft Lagers of Framingham, Massachusetts: Is it a Schwarzbier, or is it a Rauchbier? Maybe itís both; I think itís both. Would that make it a Schwarzrauchbier, or a Rauchscwharzbier? I donít even want to hazard a guess, but for purposes of style I think I will peg it as a Schwarzbier, since Jackís Abby calls it a black lager. That is smoked, of course.

From the can label:

Cloaked in Mystery, this Black Lager is brewed with traditional old-world ingredients and cutting edge lagering techniques. The perfect balance between old and new.

Jackís Abby Smoke & Dagger Black Lager has an alcohol content of 5.6% by volume with 25 IBUs. Total Wine sells it for $10.49 a 4-pack of pint cans, a good deal I think these days. Especially for a Schwarzrauchbier. How often do you see those on store shelves?

Jackís Abby Smoke & Dagger Black Lager pours to a dark black (but not opaque) color with a thick creamy tan head and a nose of smoke and roasted malts. Taking a sip, the beer is medium in body, dry roasty with hints of licorice and chocolate. Hickory smoke pokes through, medium to slightly more and lingers into the dry roasty finish.

A really, really nice beer that I will surely be drinking again (in fact, I am almost out of them, and need to find more).

Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned