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Cascade Stout | Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.

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Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 02-24-2004

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Photo of SmashPants
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Format: a 375mL light brown embossed bottle with a standard Cascade label. Looks macro, looks pretty standard fare.

Appearance: pours a heavy black with a proper, a finger of solid egg-shell stout head. Leaves a good trace down the side of the glass during the session.

Aroma: as usual with stouts, wasn’t much in the way of aroma. The minimal aroma was of roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee.

Taste: the flavour very much follows the nose, but with a great deal more strength. Plenty of those roasted sweet malts and lingering burnt coffee. Very easy to drink too, as the body isn't as heavy as a lot of English stouts.

Aftertaste: the flavour drops away pretty quickly, leaving just a hint of those sweeter malts. Very much a sessional stout.

Mouthfeel: a fairly thin mouthfeel for a stout, very easy to put away which is slightly concerning at 5.8 percent. Could use a touch more body.

Overall: I haven't enjoyed Cascade Stout as much since I moved from Sydney to Brisbane (Cascade being produced in Tasmania). It was good to find nothing had changed though - a nice, easy-to-drink stout that can be had all year round due in part to its lighter body and strong malt flavour. Only sold in cases of 16 rather than 24, which seems a bit weird to me since Cascade Brewery is generally considered a macro label. At AU$47 for the case of 16 though, still decent.

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Photo of DamienI
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cheeseboo
4.53/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours nice with a dark, foamy head. The smell isn't overpowering in any way and neither is the taste. It isn't bitter and doesn't have the nasty aftertaste of some stouts. Pretty good mouthfeel...smooth, but not creamy. I liked this a lot.

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Photo of BurningTreeMufen
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, poured black with a bubbly but brief head and a decent malty aroma, the taste is good roasted malt with coffee chocolate flavours quite bitter, not bad.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andrewziggy
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Real chocolatey made me wanting more

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Photo of Breeza
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Black body with shoots of bubbles running up the sides. Small, bubbly beige head.

S: Very roasty and a bit smokey. Petrol, hmm.

T: Dry, a bit papery with some not too subtle notes of petrol and chlorine. There's milk chocolate but it's dry and too fizzy. Despite these negative properties, it's not wholly unsatisfying.

O: Beautiful Tassie, one of my favourite places on the planet but not for the beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of endless1408
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of BucBasil
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Shy5
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mark_Eck
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of doktorhops
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a Stout I've had a few times in the past when Coopers Extra hasn't been within arms length and it has taken me this long to get down to reviewing it, better late than never. Cascade is a brewer that is for me one of the better macro Lager brewers in Australia, which isn't saying much because I hate Aussie macro Lagers, nonetheless if there is an occasion where macro is the only choice Cascade is for me said begrudging choice (or Resch's "Pilsener" aka Lager).

Poured form a 375ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Tar black impenetrable body with a tan head that subsides to a ring of lace around the glass.

S: A strong whiff reveals a heady aroma of roasted coffee, burnt chicory and dark chocolate. There are some sweet barley characters along with a hint of vanilla, all standard Stout aromas.

T: Flavour-wise not nearly as interesting as Coopers Extra Stout, there is a lingering wateriness that plagues the whole mouthful and although the flavours are spot on with the aroma the promise of those flavours is somewhat lacking. Cocoa sweetness and a lingering dry finish complete a taste profile that is ultimately a little disappointing.

M: Mid to light bodied with aforementioned wateriness and a light but sharp carbonation.

D: Let's not beat around the bush - this is an ok Stout, if you can't get Coopers. It lacks overall complexity in the flavour profile, it's overly dry and watery, but it gets the job of being a Stout done. When talking about price it is more expensive than Coopers, which is a bit of a travesty because you know Coopers are putting much better ingredients and care into their brew... I feel like a Coopers Stout now.

Food match: Ideal main course would be a hearty beef stew with a chocolate cake/tart/pudding for dessert.

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2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of Gusmotel
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: A solid black, but not oil thick. Two inch rich coffee coloured foam formed on the top and stayed for the practically the whole beer. Low to moderate lacing.

Aroma: Light chocolate and coffee smells. A thick roasted barley smell also. Wafts off the top. The coffee and chocolate only intensified as the beer warmed.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma pretty closely, but then ends with a noticeable bitter finish that cuts the flavour abruptly and also oddly enough kills any aftertaste. No coffee, no chocolate, just a fairly sharp bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. Not as creamy as you would think. Smooth but the bitter finish really disrupts it.

Overall: The finish is kind of a deal breaker for me. I like the aroma, appearance, and the first 2/3rds of the taste.

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Photo of Bobhoya
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Bockrules
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a very dark black with just the tiniest of ruby highlights when held to the light. Creamy, tan, two-finger head. Head stays intact until the bottom of the glass, leaves behind a nice webbing of lacing.

S - Nice aroma of chocolate, toffee and dark fruits upon opening the bottle and continues in the glass, although a bit diminished.

T - Burnt chocolate upfront. The body is more burnt chocolate malt with a slight amount of toffee balanced by a fair dose earthy hops to combat the malt onslaught. Quick flash of hop bitterness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue before everything shuts off. Bitter burnt dark chocolate and hops reappear a second later in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with enough carbonation to give a slightly creaminess. I was really expecting something with a bit more heft to it, but given the flavor profile and low ABV, this works fine.

I picked this up a few years back in New Zealand on my way down to Antarctica. I remember thinking it was much better than the light lagers we had access to down at McMurdo Station. I still think it is a solid beer, though by no means an Import Stout. Really this falls somewhere between a stout and a black ale with the simpler flavor profile and lighter mouthfeel compared to a traditional stout. Still, it hits the spot and is highly drinkable. I would get a few sixes (about $10 each) of this if I get the chance to go back to the ice.

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Photo of Joel12
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of KalanM
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of soju6
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a good frothy tan head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt and some chocolate and bit of nut in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt with chocolate and nut. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, but a bit light for a stout. Smooth with a decent balance.

O: Nice stout but seems to be a bit lacking in richness and character.

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Photo of machalel
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown-black, with a little beige coloured head. Leaves a bit of lacing down the glass, but nothing remarkable.

Aroma: Most of the aroma is dominated by roasted grains, with a slight bit of dark chocolate. A little bit of coffee / dirty mustiness is just barely perceptible.

Taste: Again, mostly roasted grains and dark chocolate, with hints of coffee. Not hugely complex or inviting, but no real flaws apart from being a little too thin.

Mouthfeel: A bit too thin and a bit too carbonated for the style. Quite drying.

Overall: Not too bad, especially from a 'macro' brewery that normally produces standard adjunct lagers, but not nearly as full-bodied and complex as a good stout should be. Definitely more of a sessionable stout.

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Cascade Stout from Cascade Brewery Company Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 49 ratings
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