Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A friend picked this one up for me. Dark brown, almost black pour with nice tan two finger head with good retention and great lacing. Earthy, roasty, slightly subdued nose with hints of citrus, dark chocolate, coffee, and just a touch of pine and nuts. The taste is noticeably more bold with a nice roasted malt profile up front, meshing nicely with a tangy, fresh hop bitterness on the finish. Lots of dark chocolate and espresso, and as it warms, the citrus comes alive with a touch of pine as well. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and a bit oily, with a really bitter finish. Most of the Black IPA's I've had are more of a stout/IPA cross, where this was more of a porter/IPA. Definitely a unique interpretation of the style, and one that I will revisit. A solid offering from Deschutes.
Serving type: bottle
01-08-2012 15:44:06 | More by beerdrifter
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4/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Serving Type - 22oz bottle
Appearance - Dark Brown With black trace, 1 inch foamy head with some nice lacing.
Smell - Smoked malts, grapefruit hops, some coffee, minor chocolate, some brown sugar, molasses, some spices.
Taste - Starts off with a grapefruity hop bite, mixed with some coffee and smoked malts. A bit tart, plenty of dark fruits also like plum and raisin. Some molasses and brown sugar provide some minor sweetness. Some smokey notes and final kick of dark fruits round this out.
Mouthfeel - Hops start out and coat the tongue. Palate picks up smoky malts, sugars and more fruits. Aftertaste is bitter, coffee and malts.
Overall - Very good. Nice amount of hops, malts and coffee. Balanced well, nothing is overpowered but this beer comes up a little thin and weak. Still, very good, and recommended for the black ipa fans.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 23:57:46 | More by wvsabbath
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.