O'Dark:30 Cascadian Dark Ale - Oakshire Brewing
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4/5 rDev +9%
Thanks to Matt for sharing this bottle at thirdeye11's recent tasting.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with a nice dose of piney and resiny hops. The flavor is roasted malt and piney hops along with some coffee. The bitterness is about medium. Thin-medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
04-20-2010 04:16:25 | More by Mora2000
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
22oz bottle served in pint glass. Immediate aroma of musty yeast and fresh hops. Beer is brown in color with a big tan head. Flavor is all West Coast IPA with just a hint of toasty, roasted barley goodness. Burnt grain bitterness really complements the heavy dose of IBUs here. Not the most amazing, but definitely a big IPA among CDAs, though still below the limits of Imperial IPA. Would have liked to get more citrus aroma, though.
02-25-2014 03:25:51 | More by hreb
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Denoted as a Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) on the bottle - at least somebody is getting it right.
Body is a deep dark brown with garnet highlights, topped by about an inch of creamy tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin ring of larger bubbles. Aroma is heavy on roasted malt, some notes of coffee and roasted hazelnut, and a good dose of bitter, floral hops.
Palate is somewhat sweet and fruity dark malt up front, with a hint of molasses on the tip of the tongue. Bitterness emerges mid-palate, a mixture of sharp floral hops and some husk from the malt that lingers long after the swallow.
Body is fuller than most CDAs and a touch creamy. I'm not sure that such a full body is helpful for conveying the flavors of this style, but isn't particularly distracting. On the whole, this is an enjoyable beer, but not great for a CDA or for an Oakshire beer.
03-30-2010 05:33:27 | More by ElGordo
3.05/5 rDev -16.9%
A - Poured into a pint glass. Black, O'Dark:30 black. A very dirty white inch of head. Looks great.
S - Malty and lots of pine.
T - Astringent, bitter and slight malt sweetness at the end. Unbalanced and off-tasting.
M - Crisp, low carbonation and light body.
O - The taste was a put off, but everything else was great. Unfortunately a good appearance and smell cannot overcome this like the other way around can.
04-02-2011 06:00:25 | More by Fatehunter
3.31/5 rDev -9.8%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Big off white head. Thick collar and wispy surface.
Smell - Grassy hops. Deep caramel. Some coffee malts.
Taste - Grassy hops again. Pine. Caramel malt. Almost chocolatey. Like a brown ale. Bitter and grassy in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium body. More bitter than sweet.
Overall - Not the most exciting. Drinkable and pleasant.
11-10-2013 23:47:18 | More by Alieniloquium
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
- Super dark brown brew.. can see a thing through it but some ruby brown at the edges of the glass in the light. The beer didn't seem to pour a large head, but an off-white to greyish while finger formed and quickly turned into a spotty ring with a rice paper thing later over the brew.
- Nice roasted bitter grain, coffee bitterness, light chocolate, and light sweet grain. Coffee seems to play a nice roll here.. like a nice cold pressed coffee. Some light herbal and bitter grassy hops barely hit the nose.
- Great roasted bitter grains with a nice light coffee touch, and some fantastic chocolate notes. The great thing about this beers flavor is the balance. Some nice earthy bitter hops give it some flare and leaves the palate with a little zesty and piney touch. Not bad at all.
Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- A rather light to medium bodied brew which lends a little dryness in the mouth. Slight chewy touch, but overall a bit watery with a chalky finish.
- This is one of the better CDA's available around the Northwest. It seems to be a big hit at it's seasonal release around town complimenting various special tappings and parties. It's solid, well balanced, and quite drinkable.
02-28-2012 05:44:54 | More by Docer
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
NW local acquired in a trade with pintplease. My first real foray into the IBA style (so how will I review? I am forced to compare to traditional IPAs). Off the bat I like the whacky name, and the inspiration behind it, as described on zee bottle. Nice healthy, 22oz bomber sits before me. matte finish on the label. Nugget and Cascade hops according to the label. Sudsy film keeps moving in the bottleneck for several minutes. Hell yes.
Average pour into a pint yields a massive mocha colored head. A full three fingers of uniform micron bubbling, that takes a sticky hold of the glass and clings for minutes, hours. Deep mahogany body, and even though it's opaque it looks 'clean', crisp.
On the nose I gather the IPA is steering the car - lots of warm, earthy hops, only half anchored by a dry, leavened bread. Some roasted notes waft in at the back. Pleasant, 'big' even, but lacking in a discernible complexity, and a bit hot. It is falling short...
Which is strange because in the mouth this thing is big - starting of with a hint of cocoa, then unleashing roasted malts and overly extracted coffee in all it's bitter glory. It grows through the middle then arcs in the back of the mouth... going just slightly herbal. That is the highlight for me - a hint of medicinal candy that lingers like burnt sugar then disappears into hoppy vapors. Bracingly dry finish - this is a combination of the powerful hop bitterness and roasted malts that have re-emerged. These notes flourish towards cocoa, then succumb, leaving the hops to dominate the end. Only these resins are left, stripped down and creating the sort of lingering, pooling bitterness that you'll find in the biggest of hop bombs.
The result is a few strong notes that dance and flirt with each other harmoniously, bringing out some interesting characteristics of each other. At one time roasted, at another time earthen and hoppy, always dry, breathy, and dynamic.
Mouthfeel is fantastic Light medium body - slightly creamy - that still moves like lighting on the tongue. Glad to see this clock in at under 6.5% abv - I'm not interested in a huge alcohol bomb from this style. All the more novel to see some drinkability out of this big beer. I'd love to try this on draught.
04-03-2010 02:29:14 | More by Philabeerphia
3.08/5 rDev -16.1%
First had- 22oz bomber poured to a tulip.
A: Poured a black hue with a rocky, khaki, one finger head. The head has some interesting grayish/purple tints giving a little bit of a velvety character. Not much lacing on the glass.
S: Dark hop resin blends into a sweet molasses and mild, smoked apple fruitiness. Slight dark bread follows a planty, piney hop kick, rosebud, and some brewers yeast. A touch of sour grapefruit in the tail end.
T: Big floral hop profile. Hops are aggressively bitter and almost immediately unbalance the smoother, sweeter dark malts. Buried roast textures live under the resiny hops, along with some candied caramel and dark breads. Slightly artificial in the taste. Finishes with subtle crisp smoke, grapefruit, sugary milk elements and a sharp hop bite.
MF: A lighter body chock-full of floral hops create a bit of a mouth puckering experience. Very harsh mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers dryly, carbonation is borderline light to medium. You almost had to keep drinking it to keep your mouth from drying out.
Drank a bit like a overly hoppy chocolate milk or something. Pretty huge floral hops overall. Not an awful CDA- ultimately lacked body, richness, and on the harsher side for the hop profile. Don't get me wrong, I love overloaded hops in my beer, but this felt a little like a mess. Some age might mellow it out.
01-02-2012 01:39:23 | More by suncrust
4.2/5 rDev +14.4%
22 from Brewforia for $6ish... shared with inflatablechair.... Sam seemed to think a tad bitter, but still well done.
Pours a DEEP dark brown.... nice highlights on the stem of my little CC goblet.. tannish head... okay retention and cap.. spotty lacing.
Good citrus on the nose with some pronounced roasty malt... above average for the style, but I want more from brewers in the PNW :-)
Flavor has more of everything and is pretty inviting... a long lingering hoppiness on the finish... and the malts never die.
Medium body.... carbonation is fine.... I dig the hops... they seem a bit oily and bind everything together nicely.
Pretty well done... No flaws... just could use more "cleanliness" and a bit of division between the flavors.... Minor bitches, but I will buy this again in a heartbeat.
03-24-2012 07:56:07 | More by JohnGalt1
4.28/5 rDev +16.6%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with red highlights. Half finger fine light tan head with nice lacing.
Interesting aroma of dark malt, molasses and intense cannabis herbal hops.
Flavor is also different and appealing. Dark and roasted malts and intense herbal hops finishing with herbal hops and a long pleasant roasty spicy hop finish. Medium bodied. A nice blend of strong porter elements with IPA intensity hops. Nice flavor progression. This one really works for me. A definite repeat performance.
01-10-2012 04:50:28 | More by LiquidAmber
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
Pours a dark burnt-caramel brown, neaing black in the glass, with a two-finger light tan head of effervescent bubbles with a creamy heft to it. Slowly fades and leaves pretty impressive lacing down the glass.
Aroma is mild but pleasant. Some earthy malt, hints of dark roast. A touch of smoke and old wet leather. Herbal hops, a touch of citrus, and some green, wet leaves and a hint of maple syrup. Not sure I'm loving it.
Taste is rich and vibrant with a great balance between roasty, earthy and almost-chalky malt and fresh, herbal and green hops. Hints of citrus hops peek through, and a green hop bitterness finishes and trails.
Mouth is moderate body with ample fervent carbonation that really pushes this toward the edge of airy. I wish it was a bit heavier... but its not bad. A solid astringent lingering bitterness in the finish works nicely.
All in all, one of the better CDA/BlackIPA/whatever you prefer to call 'em. It does the job, although doesn't really shine as brightly as I really want it to. But all in all, another respectable offering from Oakshire.
06-05-2011 01:59:10 | More by djeucalyptus
4/5 rDev +9%
draft at Collins Pub on a visit with Old Man Collins, straight off the airplane and post-Salumi
a: served in a standard pint glass, approaching black in color with a solid mocha head
s: woody coffee and dry cocoa roasts mesh well with a moderate citrusy hop nose, seems to hit all the right notes to start things off
m: carbonation around moderate, dry and lively on the palate while at the same time off-loading lots of flavor
t: nice range of dark roasted flavors - dry cocoa, coffee, wood - balanced well with an assertion of citrus and pine hops, deeply flavored but not overbearing, a nice bitterness hits midway and lingers long with deep roast
o: a favorite of the cda’s I’ve had the pleasure to try, full of character and well crafted
04-12-2013 03:14:10 | More by blackie
3.18/5 rDev -13.4%
Poured into pint glass...
A: Pours a dark black body with chocolate hints on the sides. Head is a solid three fingers of thick very creamy tan bubbles. Very solid and falls slowly leaving very thick sticky webbed lacing.
S: Not a huge nose, some crisp citrus and pine resin from the hop. A little roasted chocolate malt and faint sweet bready yeast.
T: Big sweet malt presence from the start that slowly fades into a very bitter and slightly unbalanced hop profile that lingers long after the finish in the back of my throat, very bitter and not in a good way at all. The malt profile of this beer is great, some sweet caramel and a little roasty, but then the hops kick in with a lackluster punch but leave that lingering off bitterness. Not so good...Without the malt this beer would be a waste...
M: Smooth medium body from the start but that lingering bitterness adds an unwelcome harsh element that forces you to try and wash it down with another sip but only to be met with it all over again.
D: Drinkable to an extent...again the smoothness of the malt saves this beer. Wish they would have taken more time on the hop balance of this beer, could have been great, as is this one is fairly forgettable.
03-18-2010 00:38:03 | More by RedBrewer83
2.53/5 rDev -31.1%
It smelled like a regular ipa and it tasted a bit flat, the ipa needed more flavor and it leaves a bitter flavor at the end. It looked very promising in the look but was average for a black ipa. it tasted just like regular ipa i had higher expectations for a black ipa expected more hops and taste even for it to be maltier and creamier.
overall i would say pass on this beer
11-03-2012 18:28:02 | More by chicagoanbeerone
3.45/5 rDev -6%
From a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness dating apparent. Paid $4.99 at Capital Market in Salem, OR.
A-pours a reddish brown, hardly dark enough to be a black ale. Modest one finger head recedes too quickly leaving only scant lacing.
S-Aroma is malt dominant; roasty and grainy. Hops, Cascade in particular, are present but too faint. Piney and resinous, just more, or that right time, are needed.
T-Roasted, almost smoky character more reminiscent of the porter and stout styles is the prominent flavor profile. I think they over did the Specialty Dark Malt. At 70 IBUs it is sufficiently hopped to be an IPA (a black one), but not IPA enough in the flavor or aroma. Hops are in the background, which is too bad. Cascade hops are very popular and deserve a better utilization.
M-Medium dry body is very smooth and well balanced. Carbonation level is very good.
O-Overall this is somewhat disappointing. I was hoping for a black IPA take on their Watershed IPA - a black colored Watershed with a more subtle roasty character would be a treat.
04-19-2011 00:57:50 | More by velosuds
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
22 oz from Capital Market, Salem. Gorgeous looking black ale.. with a lovelly light brown frothy,thick,large head. Aroma is a bit subdued but pleasant none-the-less,caramel, slight chocolate and herby hops Very porter like taste, dark chocolate,liquorice,dark fruits,..hops in the end. Bitter aftertaste from the malts rather than the hops. Ok on the palate..maybe a slightly cloying after taste. Overall not a great fav of mine, but good. This is one of the ales that belies the fact that Cascadian Dark Ales are not IPAs.
06-18-2010 12:57:08 | More by Reidrover
O'Dark:30 Cascadian Dark Ale from Oakshire Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.