Doll's Eye Cascadian Dark Ale - Conshohocken Brewing Company

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Doll's Eye Cascadian Dark AleDoll's Eye Cascadian Dark Ale

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Conshohocken Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: victory4me on 04-04-2014

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Conshohocken Brewing Co. "Doll's Eye CDA"
16 oz. can, no freshness dating
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes: First off, I like the CDA designation on the label. I'm not even sure what "Cascadian" is but I knew as soon as I saw it that it was a 'black IPA'. It has a great appearance with a clear deep mahogany brown-almost-black body beneath a pillowy head of tan that holds incredibly well and leaves excellent lacing as well - kudos! The aroma is bright and fresh with pungent, and zippy piney-hops. A first whiff might recall sensations from a late fall campfire. There's no smoke there, but there's roastiness like ash; and it somehow smells like the air does just before it snows. If you don't get the 'campfire' impression, you'll at least find a damp pine forest. It's also earthy and a bit catty, and I hate to say it (because it sounds bad) but it reminds me of a subway platform with collective dirt and grime, oil, and that old urine stench. Don't let that put you off - in the end it adds to complexity and it's interesting like the funk in a sour beer. The flavor adds even more slick roastiness (there's some in the aroma), a hint of char, dry ash, and woodiness (obviously coming from the piney hops). If you look far enough into the maltiness there's a good bit of caramel there too. Balance is what makes it work! It would have been easy to add just a little more bitterness, but that would have tipped the scales, and as it is there's just enough to balance and focus the dark malt and resinous and piney hops. Final thoughts: it's pretty much a one-trick pony that has two parts (piney/resinous hops and dark, gently roast malts) but the fact that it's so well put together gives it great polish, and thus drinkability. It starts, rises, and then very gently slides into a lingering finish that's almost without notice - meaning that nothing really stands out or changes from the original first pass across the lips. One could easily drink a serving or two and still not tire of it. Nicely done!

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If I closed my eyes this beer might be a really deep roasted porter or stout.
This beer is deeply roasted, smells of deep roasted barly and drinks with the grit of one. One would think of if drinking a imperial porter or stout.
Said to be generously hopped I noticed none.
Whatever I was drinking be it a black ale, black ale or stout what have you it was generally pretty good.

Doll's Eye Cascadian Dark Ale from Conshohocken Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.