Dog Schwartz is one of the newer beers from Flying Dog. It's a Rauchbier which is a Smoked German Lager. This is a double lager though which is evident at 7.8% ABV. The aroma was Smokey, vanilla and some liquorice. This followed through to the taste and I was surprised by just how much vanilla bean I got. The body was a little on the thin side but I think that is more to do with the perception that there is so much more going on in this beer that you forget it is still a Lager so in that sense, it is more of a medium bodied lager.
This beer was fantastic and if you like smoked beer, I can not recommend it enough.
At 11.5% ABV Double Dog is a proper Double IPA and I may go so far as to say it is one of the best examples I have come across. The aroma is quite sweet with pine, grapefruit and maple syrup dominating. All of this comes across quite clearly in the taste with the addition of a sherry like booziness of that 11.5% hitting you on the finish. The lingering boozy and altogether bitter finish does it for me. A real winter warmer and an absolutely cracking beer. It left me wanting more but knowing that I should probably stick to just one of these every now and again but I reckon I would have no problem drinking them all night.
A very tasty porter.