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Black Christmas - Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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very good

18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Parallel 49 Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer does away with Vanilla and spices common in Christmas ales and delivers hops and bitterness. A new style of beer developed in the Pacific Northwest, this CDA is hopped like an IPA but is dark in colour. 100-mile local hops were used to build the hop flavour and aroma.

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 11-15-2012)
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Reviews by LampertLand:
Photo of LampertLand
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Parallel 49 'Black Christmas CDA' @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle , paid $6.30
A-pour is a deep dark brown that turns black as a medium size tan head clings to the pint glass leaving some spotty lacing
S-lots of hops , citrus , pine needles
T-cascadian dark ale in taste , bit hoppy , bitter citrus bite in the finish
MF-medium carbonation , medium body
Ov-the grinning scrooge beside CDA on the label says it all ,
Christmas Dark Ale -or-Cascadian Dark Ale , clever Parallel 49 ,
very clever marketing , now please make better beers

cheers LampertLand

LampertLand, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

chickenm, Dec 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

souvenirs, Today at 08:33 AM
Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Black Christmas pours pretty much black, a little brown at the edges when held to the light. It's capped with almost two fingers of khaki head that pretty much paints the sides of the glass.

Smell. Dark chocolate and fresh piney hops with a touch of citrus, molasses and cedar.

Taste. Nicee citrus hops, cocoa powder and a little espresso and pine needles.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Very nice flavours in a great ballance. The only thing I would ask for is a little more flavour, although not being a hug beer does make this a pretty easy drinker. I'll look forward to having it again next year!

Rutager, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black brown with a minimal hint of transparency. Thick and luscious 2 fingers of variable bubbles hold across the top head that hold a

S: Like a pine cone soaked in molasses, acrid and metallic. Hint of acrid (cold) coffee, with a lasting end note of metallics.

T: Hops play forward to wrestle with the molasses toasty malts. This brew is no shrinking violet, it's big flavour, however I find the hops a little sharp compared to the toasty molasses. In the background there is mineral notes and notes of woody bark.

M: Medium mouth feel with lasting buzz of carbonation from start to finish. A lasting alcohol ester even after the swallow.

O: Admission: I don't appreciate the style of a CDA as much as an IPA or ESB, so overall I found a few points to ponder. Smooth up front then a big punch of hoppy piney bitters. I find the hops too sharp and don't balance with the malts, but rather round house kick the malts off the palette. There is a spirited amount of carbonation and even some creaminess. The smell is acrid and sharp with a strong hop presences. Heavy on the hops and easy on the malts, like drinking a christmas tree with a garland of gingerbread.

FondueVoodoo, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

bumchilly25, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown-black with ruby highlights, light tan head, bit of retention leaves some lace.

S: Nice aroma of pine and citrus with subtle hints of fruit bread.

T: Piny hops are upfront, some grapefruit rind, dark caramelized raisins, roasted nut... this is Christmas! Solid bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Crisp and dry with plenty of hop acidity.

O: Maybe not spectacular, but this is a very good all round brew.

Derek, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, finger of head with some retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Burnt toast and citrus hop notes, earthy cedar and pine, dark cocoa and coffee come through on the finish.

T - Much like the nose, burnt malts, citrus and earthy cedar hop notes, hints of coffee and cocoa.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a little sticky on the finish.

O - A tasty brew, solid flavour profile and a great example of the style. These guys brewed a beer that fits the bill, easy drinking and well worth seeking out.

andrenaline, Jun 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

smekermann, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

ericj551, Feb 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Hornet2003, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of canucklehead
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the new Winter seasonals from Parallel 49 ( the others being a Scottish Wee Heavy and the Milk Stout called Ugly Sweater. This is a Cascadian Dark Ale that delivers on all fronts. The seamless blend of the IPA hops and the dark malts make this a wonderful drinking beer. Often with this style the finish can be a little rough and dry but this beer is smooth and balanced. I accept that a Holiday beer can be anything you want so why not a CDA since Parallel 49 has yet to add one to its lineup.

canucklehead, Nov 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

zduerr, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

KStark, Feb 09, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served right out of the fridge, in a pint glass. No bottling date.

A: Dark brown/black, slight reddish tinge, thick frothy tan head, with light retention.

S: Aroma is of lots of hops, pine needles and some light roasted malts.

T: Starts off all hops, with a bit of bitter citrus, typical IPA flavours, then transitions into the darker ale part, finishing off with light bitter coffee, roasted malt and slight molasses.

M: Very crisp and light tasting, medium carbonation and overall nice balance with a hint of alcohol.

O: Definitely not your typical winter warmer, which considering it was born on the West Coast out of the West Coast CDA style, I guess it is perhaps fitting as I sit here drinking it and it in 2 degrees and raining! That said it is hard to review it as a Christmas beer per say so as a American Black / CDA, I will say that it is a decent offering from P 49, it is quite hoppy and really uses an IPA base that is pretty dominant, as is typical of this style. I wish that the hops were a little more balanced and if they were going to "sell" it as a Christmas Beer, that it had a little more something in the complexity that differentiated it from a typical, run of the mill CDA. It does lend itself to having with food though better than a typical winter warmer. Worth trying if you can grab a bottle over the holidays.

4ster, Dec 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

schopenhauerale, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Nov 25, 2012
Black Christmas from Parallel 49 Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.