Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by etaggie09:
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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4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Black with a creamy lightish brown head.
S: Lots of floral and citric hops in the nose, and maybe just a touch of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate.
T: Tons of pine and floral hops, yet not overly bitter, some citrus, some coffee and roasted malt. Hop heavy.
M: Smooth and full bodied, a bit creamy.
O: A great example of the style, and one of my favorites from Deschutes.
Serving type: on-tap
01-17-2014 21:14:16 | More by BierJager89
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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