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Cascade Special Stout - Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.

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Cascade Special StoutCascade Special Stout

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-24-2004)
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Reviews by doktorhops:
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doktorhops

Australia

3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a Stout I've had a few times in the past when Coopers Extra hasn't been within arms length and it has taken me this long to get down to reviewing it, better late than never. Cascade is a brewer that is for me one of the better macro Lager brewers in Australia, which isn't saying much because I hate Aussie macro Lagers, nonetheless if there is an occasion where macro is the only choice Cascade is for me said begrudging choice (or Resch's "Pilsener" aka Lager).

Poured form a 375ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Tar black impenetrable body with a tan head that subsides to a ring of lace around the glass.

S: A strong whiff reveals a heady aroma of roasted coffee, burnt chicory and dark chocolate. There are some sweet barley characters along with a hint of vanilla, all standard Stout aromas.

T: Flavour-wise not nearly as interesting as Coopers Extra Stout, there is a lingering wateriness that plagues the whole mouthful and although the flavours are spot on with the aroma the promise of those flavours is somewhat lacking. Cocoa sweetness and a lingering dry finish complete a taste profile that is ultimately a little disappointing.

M: Mid to light bodied with aforementioned wateriness and a light but sharp carbonation.

D: Let's not beat around the bush - this is an ok Stout, if you can't get Coopers. It lacks overall complexity in the flavour profile, it's overly dry and watery, but it gets the job of being a Stout done. When talking about price it is more expensive than Coopers, which is a bit of a travesty because you know Coopers are putting much better ingredients and care into their brew... I feel like a Coopers Stout now.

Food match: Ideal main course would be a hearty beef stew with a chocolate cake/tart/pudding for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 13:42:57 | More by doktorhops
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Appearance: A solid black, but not oil thick. Two inch rich coffee coloured foam formed on the top and stayed for the practically the whole beer. Low to moderate lacing.

Aroma: Light chocolate and coffee smells. A thick roasted barley smell also. Wafts off the top. The coffee and chocolate only intensified as the beer warmed.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma pretty closely, but then ends with a noticeable bitter finish that cuts the flavour abruptly and also oddly enough kills any aftertaste. No coffee, no chocolate, just a fairly sharp bitter.

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A - Pours a very dark black with just the tiniest of ruby highlights when held to the light. Creamy, tan, two-finger head. Head stays intact until the bottom of the glass, leaves behind a nice webbing of lacing.

S - Nice aroma of chocolate, toffee and dark fruits upon opening the bottle and continues in the glass, although a bit diminished.

T - Burnt chocolate upfront. The body is more burnt chocolate malt with a slight amount of toffee balanced by a fair dose earthy hops to combat the malt onslaught. Quick flash of hop bitterness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue before everything shuts off. Bitter burnt dark chocolate and hops reappear a second later in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with enough carbonation to give a slightly creaminess. I was really expecting something with a bit more heft to it, but given the flavor profile and low ABV, this works fine.

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S: Aroma of roasted malt and some chocolate and bit of nut in the background.

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Aroma: Most of the aroma is dominated by roasted grains, with a slight bit of dark chocolate. A little bit of coffee / dirty mustiness is just barely perceptible.

Taste: Again, mostly roasted grains and dark chocolate, with hints of coffee. Not hugely complex or inviting, but no real flaws apart from being a little too thin.

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A - Poured black with two fingers of brown head. One small ring of lace and a ring of retention around the top.

S - Roasty. Quite roasty. Pretty standard, some chocolate, but mostly just roast.

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3/5  rDev -8.3%
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A-- Pretty aggressive pour got a near jet black pour, just some tinges of red at the bottom of the glass. Medium carbonated but did get a large dark brown head the quickly disappeared into just film.It did leave a good amount of lacing. Maybe too over carbonated as head retention is pretty good in a few swirls

S-- Dark roasted malts being most evident and then a slight bit of a coffee finish. Has a bit of a peat smell in this as wood is evident in the smell. No sweet smell to this at all and pretty much has looked and smelled like a classic stout.

T-- The coffee taste seriously helps the beer out as it is on the thin side. Roasted malts are there but need to be kicked up a bunch more. Lacks thickness but is smooth.

M-- A tad bit over carbonated and could use a lot more malt and coffee to back a thin side but it is still smooth and balanced for what it has. Does have some coffee bitterness but needs more for a really good punch.

D-- At 5.8% it is very drinkable. It is a bit hard to find as Coopers Stout really dominates the market in Australia. Still, this is a good stout. It has some weak points but this is an enjoyable stout. A workable offering from one of the big breweries in Australia. With a little more body this would be very good.

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Cascade Special Stout from Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.
77 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.