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Cascade Special Stout - Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.

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Cascade Special StoutCascade Special Stout

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77
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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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MsNitch

France

2.08/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Reddish black, solid dark color with cream foam head that wilts quickly into a ring of large bubbles

S: Coffee with roasted malts and light sweetness, rather nice on the nose

T: Metallic and flat cold coffee with some abstract sweetness that jumps out at the end like unstirred sugar on the bottom of a coffee mug. There is also a feel of burnt something, burnt malt maybe or simply a fake smoked flavor.

M: Light cream but very dry, dry, dry on a medium to heavy body.

O: An example of what an average Australian thinks a “stout” should be. Coffee, roasted malt and a milky mouth feel that completely confuses with a super dryness sucking your face off. Going in for another drink is the only way to remove the barren milk scum feel, followed swiftly by the cold coffee and burnt malt. Desperate times call for desperate measures it seems.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 15:01:11 | More by MsNitch
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XsoldoutX

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

12-09-2013 01:01:44 | More by XsoldoutX
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LittleCreature

Australia

2.38/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - 3.5
Poured two fingers of creamy beige head over a solid black body. Good head retention.

Smell - 3.5
Lots of roasted (sweet) and burnt (bitter) smelling malt in the smell. It got plenty of strength, other smells include bitter coffee, a little cocoa and

Taste - 2.0
Smooth malt upfront, burnt bitterness in the dry finish. Flavours include sweet malt, charcoal (yep, tastes like they roasted it a bit too long!), a whisper of hops and noticeable alcohol. Way too much burnt bitterness for my liking.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Somewhat hard to judge with all the bitterness and burnt flavour, but it feels moderate to heavy in the mouth, with a smooth, light carbonation that suits the style.

Drinkability - 1.5
I really struggled to get through this one. I've previously enjoyed this in social situation, but sitting here sipping it without the distraction of pool, it really is hard to get down.

OVERALL - 2.65
I've said it before; I am not a stout drinker, I would choose a porter over a dry stout any day. That said, I still think this qualifies as sub-par. It only really has one flaw, but that flaw (overly burnt bitterness) completely ruins the beer for me. It's not priced badly, but after this experience, I probably won't be getting it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 14:07:41 | More by LittleCreature
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Naerhu

Japan

2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to TimE for bringing this rarity to Japan.

A - It looks like a stout, I mean opaque black, short dark head.
S - The richest dark chocolate aroma. I am now anticipating an amazing beer.
T - WTF happened? Wheres the beer? This is so GD'ed thin i am stunned. The brewery works magic in getting such an amazing smelling beer so wimpy. I guess I now know what a junky feels like when on methadone, there is just no kick or anything behind this beer. The dark chocolate aroma is diluted to half the richness of guiness (read "half of next to none").
M - Pass on this light beer posing as a craft beer stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2005 15:17:12 | More by Naerhu
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Joel12

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

08-24-2013 17:10:27 | More by Joel12
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machalel

Australia

2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown-black, with a little beige coloured head. Leaves a bit of lacing down the glass, but nothing remarkable.

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.

Mouthfeel: A bit too thin and a bit too carbonated for the style. Quite drying.

Overall: Not too bad, especially from a 'macro' brewery that normally produces standard adjunct lagers, but not nearly as full-bodied and complex as a good stout should be. Definitely more of a sessionable stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 05:37:53 | More by machalel
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Gusmotel

Singapore

2.99/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. Not as creamy as you would think. Smooth but the bitter finish really disrupts it.

Overall: The finish is kind of a deal breaker for me. I like the aroma, appearance, and the first 2/3rds of the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 11:58:13 | More by Gusmotel
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Vanz

Australia

3/5  rDev -8.3%

01-27-2014 22:53:04 | More by Vanz
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -8.3%

07-23-2012 04:29:14 | More by pin
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mulder1010

Australia

3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 10:49:12 | More by mulder1010
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magpieken

Australia

3/5  rDev -8.3%

04-08-2013 16:25:46 | More by magpieken
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ADZA

Australia

3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Havnt had this for ages and after going to my nearest country local there was not too many dark options anyway it pours a dark black hue with a fast vanishing two finger head and hardly any lacing,the smell is roasted barley,toasty malts,a slight fruitiness,kola and dark cocoa nibs,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and suprisingly not as bad as i remember although i do like a thicker mouthfeel in my stouts but for a macro effort not bad,the tastes are pretty simple with hints of roasted barley,black coffee with no milk,a herbal fruitiness and finished with a dark chocolate bittersweetness and overall its average but alot better than i remember it being and i am just glad that the Macro Squad have not forgotten their dark beer lovers as its definately a better option when faced with only a macro range as there is def more to it than their usual lineup cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 10:25:45 | More by ADZA
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Finite

Australia

3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this to bitter and sharp for a stout. The amount of roasted malt added for an interesting taste but didn’t finish pleasing. Held a disappointing head and only a little lacing. Coffer taste was nice, but didn’t mix well in the aftertaste with the bitter hops.

This one was hard for me to really the whole mix was just too bitter. Maybe too much carbonization or a caramel malt might smooth it over?

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 08:30:37 | More by Finite
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the local Bottle-O. From notes.

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.

T - Cola, roasty, fairly sweet. A little chocolate. Cola was pretty strong.

M - Nice mild carbonation, medium to full creamy body.

O/D - Fairly typical of a commercial stout. A good alternative to a macro lager but no more. Wouldn't get it again unless nothing else interesting was available.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 04:00:04 | More by tbeckett
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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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joecast

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hmm, no head at all. a few dark tan bubbles while pouring, but they vanished as soon as the beer was poured.
black as night. no light shining through this at all.
slight tartness (licorice?) in the flavor at first sip but that was gone before you even swallow. finishes very smooth.
this would be a bit better than the export stout, but only just.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 12:05:23 | More by joecast
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jarmby1711

Australia

3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cascade stout is deep black witha foamy tan head.
It smells pleasantly of molassses.
The taste is smooth sweet and finishes with a hint of charcoal.
It lacks the creamy soft mouthfeel that makes stout so goodso in the end it is a little disappointing .
Easy enough to drink standing by a log fire crapping on to someone about nothing in pasrticular
Label 8/10

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 07:01:01 | More by jarmby1711
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Mark_Eck

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

01-21-2014 11:04:38 | More by Mark_Eck
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Macca

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours black with beige head. Slight retention.

The aromas on this are fantastic, well they are if you like your beer smelling like milk chocolate. Luckily I do. Somroasty maltiness as well and maybe faint touch of coffee.

As I find a lot of the time the coffee flavours dominate the choc notes on the palate. Not sure why. A bit of fruity sourness at the back.

It's a bit too spritzy for my liking. I find the mouthfeel really detracts from the good flavours.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 07:30:13 | More by Macca
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Bobhoya

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

10-20-2013 22:26:19 | More by Bobhoya
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

07-10-2013 11:24:43 | More by KalanM
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black, with light brown head and lots of lace. Smells roasty and bitter. Tastes like roasted malts with a little bit of a bitter finish.
Very smooth, good carbonation, decent brew, I'd try it again as it goes down smooth. Thanks sammy.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 00:59:48 | More by Viggo
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dgilks

Australia

3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black colour with a creamy, dense, tan head. Good head retention. Nice lacing.

Mild coffee and chocolate. Moderate fruity yeast. Not bad but not great either.

Mild, fruity, chocolate and roast flavour. A touch watery and lacking in depth.

Medium-light body with moderately-low carbonation. Needs more body.

A decent commercial stout. Nothing special but certainly not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 10:18:29 | More by dgilks
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soju6

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a good frothy tan head that fades to some lacing.

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

T: Taste of roasted malt with chocolate and nut. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, but a bit light for a stout. Smooth with a decent balance.

O: Nice stout but seems to be a bit lacking in richness and character.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 03:28:26 | More by soju6
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Shy5

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +7%

01-24-2014 18:03:56 | More by Shy5
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Cascade Special Stout from Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.
77 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.