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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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Ratings: 894
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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West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a pint glass

A - Obsidian black with no light even attempting to get through this beast. 1.5 Finger ecru head with good retention and good lacing.

S - Dalt malts, chocolate, grapefruit cascade hops

T - Really awesome, tastebuds stimulated all over the place. A nice bold flavor from beginning to end. A zippy bitter hop notes a start with some floral and citrus grapefruit. Then the malt sweetness, coffee and chocolate to follow with a solid bitter finish. A fantastically well balanced beer experience. Oh and a pine cone burp to follow!

M - Full body, moderate carbonation

O - This was a great dark ale, I love this brewery and this beer is a very nice bitter dark beer at 70 ibu and has a lot of hop character to boot.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 17:56:08 | More by williamjbauer
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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good Black Ale. Purchased from Beer Trek. Poured into a pint glass....as black as any Imperial stout with a dark tan head that rivals Ten Fidy. Smell of roasted malts but not as pronouned as a stout.

Taste is lighter than a stout or porter with a distinct roasted malt profile but also balancing hops in the finish. Really good flavor. The taste and the below 7.0 abv allows you to drink away without having to ration/sip it.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Nicely carbonated...Just the right touch of bitterness for balance.

This is a very good beer. Too bad Deschutes is not available in Virginia.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:55:40 | More by JayQue
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black. Unbelievably black. Thick foamy head, dark cream in color.

S: Cascade hops duh. Smells delightful!A little floral, pine and citrusy.

T: Delicious. Very very balanced. No bitterness at all. Stays really long on the palate.

M: Thick and creamy. Again, very balanced.

O: Man I wish this came to PA.

Thanks Beership.com!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 03:00:17 | More by gkatsoris
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

A - Pours deep black with a finger's width of dark tan head. Nice retention and lacing throughout.

S - Lots of piney, citrus, and floral hop aromas blended with a noticeable blend of dark malts.

T/M - Hop character hits first with the piney, citrus, and floral flavors. Hints of chocolate, coffee and some roasted barley meld to provide a creamy, multidimensional profile.

D - Very drinkable beer.

Overall, this is a good example of the American Black Ale (f/k/a Black IPA, Cascadian Dark Ale, Dark IPA, etc.) Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-19-2011 16:34:13

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 22:34:01 | More by hopfacebrew
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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep, mossy flavors in a black ale. Seriously hoppy. You just get time to catch a flavor before the bitterness sets in. Plenty of the dank, mushroomy hop flavors with resins and citrus pith. A fair amount of malt gives it a grainy taste and more than a little sweetness. Fruit compote, prunes, and burnt toast. Some sourness under the malt from charred barley. Aftertaste is more hoppy bitterness and a long smoky burn on the tongue. Not very carbonated in the mouth.

Overall, it is a strong-flavored beer that gets old, to me. It starts with an interesting flavor and gets more bitter, more grapefruity. The 2011 batch from the 22 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:30:33 | More by mactrail
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

25cl->Cuvee de Trolls Glass
A~ Pours Brown/Black with a half inch cap
Of head that hangs out for a while. Good lace.

S~ Juicy tropical fruit! Some cedar/resin notes as well.
Dark malts are more subtle then most other examples of the style.

T~ Wow! Very floral & full notes of All kinds of tropical fruit with a hint of forest freshness, and a great backbone of mellow maltyness lending balance. Two notes singing in perfect harmony.
Not much else to say except that this is truly tasty.

M~ Smooth through & through with waves of floral & fruit drivens flavors. Slightly sticky, not overwhelming. Bittered well. Perfect carb.

D~ A wonderful beer! True to form and very balanced. The definition of a good black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 17:08:42 | More by chocosushi
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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
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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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured part of a 22 oz bomber into a goblet. Bottle had a "Best by 12/30/11" date on it, but for 2.99 a bottle, I couldn't resist. I've heard this beer holds up well for a 3-4 months.

A: The beer pours out with a very nice and consistent 1.5 inch head. Not one of the darkest IPA's I've seen, but you do have a nice charred brown opacity. Impressive lacing throughout the glass that sticks around.

S: This things holds up pretty well for being an almost expired beer. Notes of crackling firewood and smoked gouda. The hops in the nose are not explicit, but have a subtle presence. Small traces of burned caramel, toffee, and toasted almond.

T: Again, considering this Dark Ale/IPA is considered expired in 24 hours, I was IMPRESSED with the taste. You get bright notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and pine needles at the front of the tongue. The bitterness is well complemented by the pungent and citrusy hoppy profile. A very solid malt backbone that tasted like smoked salmon over wood chips. Very reminiscent of the Alaskan Smoked Porter of 2008. Very dry finish at the end with very little aftertaste. I could only imagine what a week old bomber of this tastes like.

M: A very clean and straightforward mouth feel. Nothing that really sticks around aside from the camp-fire smores toasty aftertaste, which is something I am fond of.

O: I would love to have this fresh on tap. A very solid and well-balanced Dark Ale. The lack of coffee or cocoa notes keeps it from being confused for a Porter hybrid. The flavor profile is diverse and quite fresh-tasting, considering the date on the beer. B+

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:20:56 | More by rawla
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3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle
A) Pours with a big head tan in color that settles quickly leaving a sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Opaque body.
S) Fresh leather, roasted grains and spruce.
T) Even malt and hop flavor profile. Roasted and smoked grains. Spicy spruce.
M) Fizzy yet creamy. Medium body.
O) A decent brew. Doesnt have any outstanding characteristics but still a good brew. I'd consider having another one.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 01:06:52 | More by u2carew
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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Doopiedoopiedoo's and Jeffo's tastingparty. I was impressed by this beer. Best after june 2010.

Poured in my Essen Christmasbeer tasting glass this beer looks very nice when poured. A very fine dark ale with some very nice coffee taste.

Black fluid, this beer can be drunk all night lond, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 13:57:42 | More by Brabander
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try this beer at a tasting organized by Jeffo and Doopiedoopiedoo. Read some more about the tasting on my review of The Brewery - Black Tuesday.

A - A dark brown beer with a beige head.

S - A nice mix of booze, chocolate and hops.

T - A light bitter beer with tones of chocolate and hops.

M - A bitter finish after having felt a good beer body.

O - A nice and drinkable ale with a good flavor and body.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 15:36:34 | More by Mar02x
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

68th Review
Bottle to Westvletren 12 (small) chalice

I can’t remember who contributed this at the Utrecht tasting recently, but thanks!

A: Brown. Single (burnt tan) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Dark malt and hops. Go figure!

T: Deep, dark hops with roasty malt character. Hint of licorice that is surprisingly pleasant and works well.

M: Medium bodied/carbonation.

O: Drinks like a Black IPA should. I actually think this tasted like a very enjoyable dark session beer, but I know the ABV is a bit too high for that category. Well done Deschutes; can’t wait to visit Bend one of these days!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 17:46:59 | More by spdyfire83
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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber that was poured a couple of times into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid portion of this beer comes out black as if it were a quality stout or a porter. Edges shows highlights of red and brown when held to the light at the thinner portions of the beer. Off white to tan colored head with really good lacing, leave a total coat around the entire glass.

Smell is really good. You can tell how well hopped this brew is, especially from the smell. A blend of citrus hops with a slight earthy zest to it; slight pine. A bit of roastiness to it, a good blends of malts.

Taste grows on you as it warms up, because at first it dosn't seem like much. Heavy roasted, almost over roasted, sweet grains from the malt pretty good. Don't taste any coffee or chocolate that I'e heard others mentnioned in a few reviews I've read. Again with some good hop flavors here. Sweet and bitterness provided by several citrus flavors and some earthy zest, it's really good and compliments the hops quite well. *Edit I take it back, at about room temperature there is a slight chocolate aftertaste*

Mouthfeel is good, but caught me off guard. The body was much lighter than I expected, this being much like your standard quality IPA. Light bodied with full flavor which creats a dangerously drinkable combination. A solid beer from a brewery that I more and more wish distributed to my area. Thanks Geoff for putting this one in the box!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 00:36:56 | More by AndyAvalanche
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3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P-22 oz with a moon and night time sky. Nice and dark like the beer itself

A-Pitch black. Poured thick and a figner and a half of head. A reddish brown color to it and somewhat bubbly head.

S-Hops, dark chocolate. Little sweetness and dark cherry. Little wood as well.

T-Pale. mocha chocolate and hops with low bitter. Little smokey on the edges and light carbonation. Also some coffee notes.

M-Soft and light. A little watery but also little heavy at the same time. Medium bodied as well. Stout like that lingers a little.

O-An ok beer, nothing big here. I think i let this one sit for a little too long. Decent flavors but a little flat also. Would have liked to see more hops and a higher IBU.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 04:52:02 | More by ales4baldo
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22 oz. bottle an opaque dark brown colour with a thick half inch dark tan head. festive lace left around the edges. the aroma is really inviting...dark roasted malts (think coffee and chocolate) intermingle with some fruity yeasty notes; all wrapped up by some pine and citrus hops. love it. taste pretty closely follows what the nose suggested...a yeasty dose of chalky nougat like flavour compliments some cocoa and toffee malt, finished with a quick taste of piney and pithy hops, providing a long and lingering bitterness that doesn't seem over the top or blistering in nature. YUM. very porter like body on this one...a little thinner than i was expecting. smooth, but chalky mouthfeel...also surprised how much the yeast aspect dominates in this part of the beer. bitterness on the tounge is about right. drinkability is good...lots of layers to this concoction...for the most part it seems to work well.

overall, i would say that the sum of all the parts melds pretty well here. balance and integration is probably not a goal for this style, but should be kept in mind. hop in the dark provides some direction as far this is concerned. definitely recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 00:14:10 | More by budgood1
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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, mysterious appearance. Lots of carbonation when held up to a bright blacklight. Awesome lacing that doesn't seem to dissipate... ever.

S: Smells very... dark? Smells like a treasure chest from the depths of the ocean coated with molasses and caramel. Very inviting, I can already tell it's my kind of ale.

T: Tastes like it just came out of the tap. Lots of immediate rushing malts, a bit piney and semi-sweet around the edges. I love the taste... I LOVE it! There is absolutely no coppery or metallic initial taste, or aftertaste, and the malty flavor of the brew flows the entire way down without a pause.

M: Pretty good but not as creamy or frothy or full as I'd expect from a beer with this kind of taste. Medium-weight, medium-complexity in the mouth. Goes down nice and smooth though, that's for sure!

O: One of my favorite finds of 2011 to be honest. I wasn't expecting as much as it gave me, especially since I've only seen this in 1 single spot (the place I picked up from tonight). It's a very complete Half-IPA, Half-DarkAle style brew that is bound to leave recepients tastefully filled and content. Highly recommended to absolutely anyone. A.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 07:33:52 | More by Psilo707
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured aggressively into a pint glass. Best by 11/28/11...looks like I'm cracking this one open just in time. Dark ruby/brown body sitting under a thick, rocky light brown head. Nice retention and ample lacing.

Aroma is a nice balance of pine/citrus hops and dark malts, with the malts taking over by just a small margin. Chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of a coffee presence are all noticeable. Light toffee-like flavor as well.

Flavor is bitter, but not palate-killing. Dark bitter chocolate, coffee, and piney hops are all at the forefront. Light sweet caramel malts roasted malts are also present.

Medium-bodied, somewhat dry but very smooth mouthfeel.

Being a fairly new style, I've only had a few Black Ales. I like this one, although it's a little more malt-forward than the others I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 21:34:20 | More by Phocion
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber - thanks to zacs for this one!

Appearance – Black/brown colour with a very large size frothy and fizzy light brown coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, hops, grapefruit, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, chocolate and a hint of coffee. There is also quite a bit of hop bitterness and some juicy grapefruit/citrus flavour. It ends with a roasted malt and hoppy/citrusy aftertaste.

Overall – This is one of my favourite styles of beer and Deschutes has a done a fantastic job with it. It has a great diverse/interesting taste and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire bottle. I wish this one was available to me locally.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 20:14:43 | More by spinrsx
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my Stone IRS tulip. Best by 11-25-11.

A- Pours a dark black with brown around the edges when held to the light. An attractive, creamy, tan colored 2 finger head pops up and slowly settles down into a very thin film on top of the beer. Leaves lacing all down the glass.

S- Wicked fresh hops. Bright citrus and floral notes that blend in with a dark roastiness from the specialty malts. Plenty of fresh bread aroma, more hops, pine, grapefruits.

T- Similar to the nose. Surprisingly, its not sweet on the tongue at all. Bitter hops dominate the front of the palate. On the back end, the bitterness of the hops blend in with the roasty coffee flavors from the black malts.

M- Thin, and pretty dry. Average carbonation. I like it.

O- Deschutes did it better than Stone. I could enjoy a few of these without being needlessly shitfaced.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 02:11:56 | More by kmatlack
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown with a light brown two finger head that takes a couple of minutes to melt away.

S: Very strong hops yet a surprising absence of malt for a Black Ale.

T: Very good. The malt that is absent in the aroma is defiantly present in the taste. Strong hops and subtle citrus and caramel make up the rest of the fantastic taste of this beer.

M: Maybe a little over carbonated but it has good viscosity.

O: Very good beer. Nothing less is expected for a black ale coming from the Deschutes Brewery. This is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 02:28:48 | More by jvillefan
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black, with a 1 inch khaki head with long retention. leaving a laced rim around the glass.

Roasted malt, and hops (similar to IPA's). nutty, and i think I'm getting licorice

taste is similar to the smell. the roasted malts and hops balance very well. it's piney and nutty. the more i drink the more it seems there hints of coffee.

Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy .

overall very well balanced beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 03:28:02 | More by rtaps
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3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark - looks like coffee...black with a little cream colored head.

Wow - spicy entry...almost perfume....that aspect settled as consumed.

Presents like a full flavored stout with a wicked awesome hop backing. Reminds me somewhat of a long gone brew - Roffey's Lake Effect from Michigan. Certainly, this has more of hop flavor - but it brings through many of the same threads.

I'm having a bit of a tough time with the Cascadian Dark Ale style as there are so many different takes. It is not one style. This one borders on stout - others just an IPA with some dark malts.

The mouthfeel develops well - creamy and full, backed by a snappy hop bittering. Quite spicey and complex. Excellent craft at work here - not my favorite style, but this a well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 07:57:28 | More by sweethome
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to n8dietz for picking this beer up for me.

Not much head after becuase of the pour, but a slow, thick film of foam forms a few seconds after the pour. Great light brown head and sticky lacing. Color is dark brown to black.

Floral and citric hop oil aromas combined with some almost burnt toast and licorice aromas make this a unique smelling brew.

Starts with a light syrup to the palate and a well balanced hop and malt bill. Toasted and heavily roasted malts. The finish is licorice, dark oarnge peel, and some burnt rye bread.

Interesting brew I'm greatful for the opportunity to taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:30:35 | More by scruffwhor
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3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sirdrinknp. Best by 12/30/2011. 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a solid dark color, it looks black in the glass but looked a deep brown as it was being poured in. A nice light brown head develops, about 2 fingers high, before settling in as a soap-like cap of tan foam. Great, sticky foam lacing left on the glass.

The surprising thing about the nose is that it isn't all that strong. There is a decent amount of piny hop aroma and some subtle dark, roasty aromas but not much else. At times the roasted character seems almost burnt but that's the only thing that creeps in aside from some pine and the roastiness.

The taste is considerably better than the nose. Bitter almost from the beginning of each sip. Nice piny hop character. The roasty notes that were in the nose are here as well and, like the nose, stretch into burnt territory. There is a touch of some coffee towards the end as the bitterness ramps up a bit and dries out the finish.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is bitter and dry. Seems like it wants to be a bit thicker but never quite gets there.

Overall, this is a really good beer. Pretty straightforward. It's not trying to be anything that it isn't. It doesn't really do anything make itself stand out against the best beers of the style but it does put itself in the conversation.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 02:01:37 | More by ms11781
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a pub glass. Pitch black with a darker cream colored head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smells like chocolate and a pine tree with a touch of orange

Tastes very bitter upfront. Not sure if it's hop bitterness or the bitterness from the dark malt. But gives way to a nice subtle burnt caramel sweetness that's paired with piney hops. Goes down nice and smooth. So creamy.

A very nice beer for the changing of season here in AZ.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 06:06:55 | More by uawildcat
Hop In The Dark Cascadian Dark Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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