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Diesel Imperial Stout - Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Diesel Imperial Stout
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 09-10-2011)
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A: The beer pours essentially black in color with a thin tan head.

S: A really nice nose on this. A strong mocha character to it with plenty of roast and molasses. The amount of chocolate is quite impressive. Also some mild vanilla and licorice notes to it.

T: The flavor features quite a bit of roasted malt flavor along with a nice sweetness of vanilla, toffee, and molasses. As with the aroma, there is a heavy dose of dark chocolate with a pretty good helping of coffee as well.

M: The body is full with smooth, medium carbonation.

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On tap at the barrel house last night. I think this is what I had (it was listed as the vintage, barrel aged diesel).

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is complex and really pretty amazing, as I pick up dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon and dark fruits... maybe a touch of vanilla and smoke as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though I get almost a gritty hoppy bitterness on the finish, along with some heat from the alcohol (unusual in a cascade beer, though the heat is not excessive). The beer starts out fairly sweet, and is initially dominated by the dark chcolate and vanilla flavor. Then the hoppy bitterness comes on strong and dries the beer out considerably. There's still a sense of sweetness and richness in this beer, but it's not as over the top as i was expecting. Mouthfeel is full, with a long, boozy, slightly gritty finish.

While an excellent beer, this is so rich and intense, I'm not sure I can see myself ever drinking more than the sample size taster I got at the barrel room. Not that it matters I guess, as I expect the odds are very low that I will ever see this beer on tap again.

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A rare Cascade beer than isn't soured. Apparently it has been double matured in whiskey barrels. A great way to end the Beachwood Sour Fest, on to the beer:

Super black with a little bit of head and thin lace. It's easy to spot the whiskey in the nose, because it comes out in spades. In fact, if I were to smell blind, I would have said whiskey before imperial stout, it's that dominant. The beer component is much stronger in the taste, which is where this beer starts to earn its fame. Lots of licorice and whiskey character, and also doses of toasted oak and baker's chocolate. Very rich and full bodied, smooth, chewy, all while the alcohol is hidden.

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A: poured a dark as night black in color with a thin brown head and left a good amount of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a ton of chocolate upfront on the aroma with some good roastiness, lots of coffee as well but also had hints of molasses and slight vanilla.

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Diesel Imperial Stout from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.