Signature Series Cascara Imperial Stout
Dry Dock Brewing Co.

Signature Series Cascara Imperial StoutSignature Series Cascara Imperial Stout
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American Imperial Stout
4.27 | pDev: 6.79%
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Signature Series Cascara Imperial StoutSignature Series Cascara Imperial Stout
Notes: Aged in whiskey barrels for 10 months.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 30 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

sweet, but really good, one of the best dry dock beers ever made as far as i am concerned, lots of barrel, which as first seems to overwhelm the cascara, like its too much for something rather delicate, at least compared to other coffee elements, but it events out after a few sips, and ends up really balanced, even with all the residual sugar. almost black in color with a pretty slow rising dark head with a lot of creaminess to it and nice foam lacing. aroma is sweet like vanilla and the wood, but the cascara is there too, almost ricey, hully, husky, dried cherry, straw, subtle coffee, black tea. its a little less on the flavor at first, dark malts, chewy body, chocolate notes, booze and barrel, but as the beer warms up, the cascara comes out much more, dried cherry again and light coffee and tea properties, earthy, toasted, warming, and really different. i like what it adds a lot, and i like that it comes through the big stout, almost serving to lighten it up. vanilla and brown sugar and bakers chocolate on the finish, nice with the char of the barrel. complex and robust beer, great use of cascara, and a new high point for dry dock overall, especially for their barrel aged series. this is memorable liquid right here, well worth picking up a bottle while its around!!!

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Photo of Jeffo
3.26/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from dbwad. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2015
Imperial stout with cascara, orange peel and aged in whisky barrels for 10 months

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy and creamy tan head with very good retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp cap and clings to the glass. Splotchy wisp remains leaving lots of nice lacing down the glass as it empties. Solid looking brew for sure.

SMELL: Lighter nose of whisky, oak, sweet vanilla, a hint of milk chocolate as well, then some definite coffee bean notes from the cascara, and a touch of citrus from the orange peel. Medium strength and nothing overpowers. Interesting.

TASTE: Oak and whisky up front, with caramel sweetness and definite citrus orange peel too. Some more whisky and citrus at the swallow, some booze as well, then a bolder and alcoholic finish of oak, whisky, vanilla and milk chocolate, coffee beans and some light orange peel linger on the palate. Flavorful and more forthcoming than the nose had advertised, yet a touch too piercing and alcoholic.

PALATE: Medium body, slightly light on the palate, though remains creamy enough. Goes down slightly prickly with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes mouth-coating. Some definite heat lingers. Too hot for the ABV for sure.

OVERALL: This is good, but not as great as it could be. The look is solid, but the nose is slightly muted, the whisky a bit alcoholic and the feel a bit too light and prickly. Not quite as good as I remember their Bligh’s Barleywine and definitely no better than average for the style, as there are so many barrel aged imperial stouts on the market at the moment. That said, the adjunct additions definitely make it interesting so it's well worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again dbwad!

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Photo of iliketurtlesthx
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer while visiting Estes Park. Michigander here.

Love this beer! Pours a deep black. Smells of chocolate and barrel. Tastes wonderful! Lots of barrel, chocolate, and a smooth finish that is absent of any bitterness.

I had someone recommend this to me on the way up from outside of Denver. I would definitely recommend giving it a try, especially if you appreciate beers that have a strong barrel presence!

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Photo of salimoneus
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Dry Dock Signature Series was introduced last year in 2014, and Cascara was added to the lineup for 2015. Cascara is the second Stout featured in the series. Poured from a fresh 2015 22oz bomber at around 45deg.

Appearance- Pours very very dark, short but thick clingy head. There is no light visible through the bottle nor glass.

Smell- Whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, cherries

Taste- Definitely a whiskey forward beer, fairly well balanced with lots of bittersweet chocolate and also carmel/vanilla notes. Not detecting much coffee from the cascara. The orange peels show up in the aftertaste. This beer really comes into it's own when it warms up.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thick, carbonation is a tad higher than i would prefer, slight whiskey burn on the way down

Value- At $12.50 for a 22oz bomber this represents a very good value relative to many others in this category which are usually $15+ for 22oz, especially considering the time spent in the barrel (10mos).

Overall- This is an excellent whiskey barrel aged stout. I drank the first half of the bomber chilled, and the second half closer to room temperature. I found this beer definitely improved as it warmed up. It may also benefit from some time in the cellar as do many beers in this category. This is one worth seeking out if you have not tried it. Great to see Dry Dock continuing to expand their barrel aged offerings, all of which are of very high quality. If you do not enjoy whiskey forward beers, this may be a bit much for you.

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Signature Series Cascara Imperial Stout from Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 30 ratings