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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale - Deschutes Brewery

Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark AleHop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

896 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.92%


Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An India Black Ale.
Available - May to September
Alc. by Vol. - 6.5% (2010), 6.9% (2011)
IBUs - 75

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 05-27-2010)
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etaggie09

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: quite black with an off-white head. leaves good lacing even when i haven't taken a sip. can see through the beer a bit, so it is not stout level black, but definitely blacker than a brown ale. i didn't even take much care in pouring this, and it is leaving some really nice lacing and a tiny cap of a head.

smell: definitely focused on being more malty than a black ipa like sublimely self righteous. this is up front roastiness and dark chocolate. definite toasted oats with a dark chocolate background to it. i don't get too much hops here. Now that I look for it, there is definitely some grapefruit rind in the background. a little bit of piney flavor as well.

flavor: definitely malt-centric as the nose would suggest. stout like in its roasty chocolate notes. very little hop presence initially, but they kind of show themselves in the dry finish. After a couple sips, the hops assert themselves a little more, but I definitely feel like they are fighting the malt a little bit. Overall, though the flavor is balanced. The hops definitely show themselves more over time with residual bitterness, but they seem a little supressed by the malt. I would say that sublimely self-righteous is at the hoppiest end of the spectrum while this beer is at the maltiest end. If I could just find a Black IPA in the middle, that would be golden.

mouthfeel: lively carbonation. silky feel. i like it. didn't have to think about it much, which is a great sign for mouthfeel as far as i'm concerned.

overall: this really is just a solid beer. I would have to say that I like the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous more because it is simply more assertive. This beer is well-done, without a doubt, but just not overly memorable yet not completely unforgettable. Good, but just not exciting.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 04:53:46 | More by etaggie09
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Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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