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Cascade StoutCascade Stout

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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 Cheeseboo
4.53/5  rDev +36%
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 Andrewharemza
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Hoppsbabo
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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 doktorhops
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of Gusmotel
2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
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 Bockrules
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
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 soju6
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -13.8%
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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Photo of MsNitch
2.12/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Reddish black, solid dark color with cream foam head that wilts quickly into a ring of large bubbles

S: Coffee with roasted malts and light sweetness, rather nice on the nose

T: Metallic and flat cold coffee with some abstract sweetness that jumps out at the end like unstirred sugar on the bottom of a coffee mug. There is also a feel of burnt something, burnt malt maybe or simply a fake smoked flavor.

M: Light cream but very dry, dry, dry on a medium to heavy body.

O: An example of what an average Australian thinks a “stout” should be. Coffee, roasted malt and a milky mouth feel that completely confuses with a super dryness sucking your face off. Going in for another drink is the only way to remove the barren milk scum feel, followed swiftly by the cold coffee and burnt malt. Desperate times call for desperate measures it seems.

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Photo of ADZA
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Havnt had this for ages and after going to my nearest country local there was not too many dark options anyway it pours a dark black hue with a fast vanishing two finger head and hardly any lacing,the smell is roasted barley,toasty malts,a slight fruitiness,kola and dark cocoa nibs,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and suprisingly not as bad as i remember although i do like a thicker mouthfeel in my stouts but for a macro effort not bad,the tastes are pretty simple with hints of roasted barley,black coffee with no milk,a herbal fruitiness and finished with a dark chocolate bittersweetness and overall its average but alot better than i remember it being and i am just glad that the Macro Squad have not forgotten their dark beer lovers as its definately a better option when faced with only a macro range as there is def more to it than their usual lineup cheers.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BB 04/13

Pours a massive three finger tan head, over black body. Head look smazing to start with - large regular shaped bubbles, but fades to slightly more high-tide look. Spotty lace.

Aromas dominated by roast malts. Some cigar box. Good, if not complex.

Taste is not as good a nose. Roast malts dominate, with moderate hop bitterness. Few other contributing flavours to this palate.

Mouthfeel is too light, somewhat watery.

All in all a good stout for ABV, if not great. Far too one-dimensional.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the local Bottle-O. From notes.

A - Poured black with two fingers of brown head. One small ring of lace and a ring of retention around the top.

S - Roasty. Quite roasty. Pretty standard, some chocolate, but mostly just roast.

T - Cola, roasty, fairly sweet. A little chocolate. Cola was pretty strong.

M - Nice mild carbonation, medium to full creamy body.

O/D - Fairly typical of a commercial stout. A good alternative to a macro lager but no more. Wouldn't get it again unless nothing else interesting was available.

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Photo of mulder1010
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A-- Pretty aggressive pour got a near jet black pour, just some tinges of red at the bottom of the glass. Medium carbonated but did get a large dark brown head the quickly disappeared into just film.It did leave a good amount of lacing. Maybe too over carbonated as head retention is pretty good in a few swirls

S-- Dark roasted malts being most evident and then a slight bit of a coffee finish. Has a bit of a peat smell in this as wood is evident in the smell. No sweet smell to this at all and pretty much has looked and smelled like a classic stout.

T-- The coffee taste seriously helps the beer out as it is on the thin side. Roasted malts are there but need to be kicked up a bunch more. Lacks thickness but is smooth.

M-- A tad bit over carbonated and could use a lot more malt and coffee to back a thin side but it is still smooth and balanced for what it has. Does have some coffee bitterness but needs more for a really good punch.

D-- At 5.8% it is very drinkable. It is a bit hard to find as Coopers Stout really dominates the market in Australia. Still, this is a good stout. It has some weak points but this is an enjoyable stout. A workable offering from one of the big breweries in Australia. With a little more body this would be very good.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark ruby red colour with a chocolate brown 2 finger head which fizzles away quickly to a light film. Certainly not a bad appearance but I've seen better looking stouts. I can already see some quite heavy carbonation.

S- Typical stout smell. Roasted malts and a toffee/dark chocolate aroma. Enticing sweetness.

T- Follows through from the nose. That toffee sweetness is quite prevalent on the front and back with a distinct coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is barely noticeable on the palatte at 5.8% and only gives a slight warmth to the taste.

M- This is my only complaint with this beer. Quite abrasive carbonation for the style and a little light bodied. Not too bad though.

O- I like it. Easy to drink and nicely warming on a cold winters night. It's nothing exceptional but honestly, I really didn't expect a whole lot. That being said, this is a fine effort from cascade.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown,with nice creamy tanned head that retains well.

S - Very nice dark chocolate/cocoa aromas with expresso with somne roastyness.

T - Nice sweetish chocolate taste with some balalnced coffee flavours. It is a litlle watery but the overall flavour profile is quite nice.The finish is a little bitter.

M - Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.

O - This stout suprised me a lot and is probably just behind Southwarks and Coopers Best Extra as the best off the shelf mass produced stout in Australia.

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Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black colour with a creamy, dense, tan head. Good head retention. Nice lacing.

Mild coffee and chocolate. Moderate fruity yeast. Not bad but not great either.

Mild, fruity, chocolate and roast flavour. A touch watery and lacking in depth.

Medium-light body with moderately-low carbonation. Needs more body.

A decent commercial stout. Nothing special but certainly not bad.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant deep and dark black. Really nice and opaque, with a pleasantly dark head of foamy but sturdy bubbling, that leaves chocolate brown lacing in sticky clumps like climbing ivy. Body has some weight to it, but still seems a little thin for a stout. Otherwise, a very decent looking beer.

Nose is dusty with sweet chocolate and a dappling of roasted malt. Certainly not black and charred, and not particularly potent.

Quite a light palate for a stout as well, with some roasted grain characters on the front and a baked nuttiness on the finish. A little oily on the back, which does a decent job of spreading the darker notes around. Feel is smooth enough, but not a lot of body to it.

Decent enough, and surprisingly easy to find in the more generic pubs in Hobart. Wish there was such a good option readily available in the shite pubs I occasionally have to visit in Sydney.

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Photo of Macca
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours black with beige head. Slight retention.

The aromas on this are fantastic, well they are if you like your beer smelling like milk chocolate. Luckily I do. Somroasty maltiness as well and maybe faint touch of coffee.

As I find a lot of the time the coffee flavours dominate the choc notes on the palate. Not sure why. A bit of fruity sourness at the back.

It's a bit too spritzy for my liking. I find the mouthfeel really detracts from the good flavours.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, only gets brown when held up to the light, otherwise just black. Head is beige and generous, although sinking steadily with craters appearing on top. Leaves a lovely film of cream lace. There seems to be some strong carbonation, which I'm not sure if I like, but otherwise looks great.

Nose is rich and chocolatey, with some nice roasted grain husks and a lot of cocoa, with a slight vanilla character. Sourness on the back, acrid in nature, from a charcoal, over-roasted character. It does, though, help to ground what could otherwise be a too-sweet nose.

Taste is quite stouty - starts out fairly mild with a slight bitter roasted coffee character, becomes more sour with that smokey charcoal character - quite subdued, but there. Finishes oddly sweet; odd in the sense that I wasn't expecting it, but it's quite nice. It has a cocoa character to it and it just floats up and doesn't overwhelm, leaving a light bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is not as full as it might have been, and is really very dry and almost puckering.

A smooth, drinkable stout and, I must say, a pleasant surprise from Cascade. It's a bit mild for a stout but that just makes it more palatable. Good effort.

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Photo of LittleCreature
2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - 3.5
Poured two fingers of creamy beige head over a solid black body. Good head retention.

Smell - 3.5
Lots of roasted (sweet) and burnt (bitter) smelling malt in the smell. It got plenty of strength, other smells include bitter coffee, a little cocoa and

Taste - 2.0
Smooth malt upfront, burnt bitterness in the dry finish. Flavours include sweet malt, charcoal (yep, tastes like they roasted it a bit too long!), a whisper of hops and noticeable alcohol. Way too much burnt bitterness for my liking.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Somewhat hard to judge with all the bitterness and burnt flavour, but it feels moderate to heavy in the mouth, with a smooth, light carbonation that suits the style.

Drinkability - 1.5
I really struggled to get through this one. I've previously enjoyed this in social situation, but sitting here sipping it without the distraction of pool, it really is hard to get down.

OVERALL - 2.65
I've said it before; I am not a stout drinker, I would choose a porter over a dry stout any day. That said, I still think this qualifies as sub-par. It only really has one flaw, but that flaw (overly burnt bitterness) completely ruins the beer for me. It's not priced badly, but after this experience, I probably won't be getting it again.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very thick dark black/brown. I can't see any light through it at all. There's also about an inch and a half of creamy tan head that fades away to leave a nice layer that clings to the glass. Smells very chocolatey and coffeeish.. A nice roast aroma. The taste also has a lot of chocolate and coffee in it, and some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly watery and a little harsh. All in all, it's a really drinkable stout.The price is right, I'd probably get this again.

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Photo of Finite
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this to bitter and sharp for a stout. The amount of roasted malt added for an interesting taste but didn’t finish pleasing. Held a disappointing head and only a little lacing. Coffer taste was nice, but didn’t mix well in the aftertaste with the bitter hops.

This one was hard for me to really the whole mix was just too bitter. Maybe too much carbonization or a caramel malt might smooth it over?

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cascade stout is deep black witha foamy tan head.
It smells pleasantly of molassses.
The taste is smooth sweet and finishes with a hint of charcoal.
It lacks the creamy soft mouthfeel that makes stout so goodso in the end it is a little disappointing .
Easy enough to drink standing by a log fire crapping on to someone about nothing in pasrticular
Label 8/10

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Photo of Viggo
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black, with light brown head and lots of lace. Smells roasty and bitter. Tastes like roasted malts with a little bit of a bitter finish.
Very smooth, good carbonation, decent brew, I'd try it again as it goes down smooth. Thanks sammy.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with lace in glass. Appropriate carbonation and medium mouthfeel. More bitterness than roast, some coffee, caramel malt and syruppy sweetness chunk in the middle. Bittersweet finish. Drinkable reasonable stout.Thanks DouglasD for bringing back.

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