O'Dark:30 Cascadian Dark Ale | Oakshire Brewing

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O'Dark:30 Cascadian Dark AleO'Dark:30 Cascadian Dark Ale

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Oakshire Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBUs: 72
OG: 15.0° Plato

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Photo of souvenirs
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

With my eyes closed, I might think this were an IPA. Eyes open, this Cascadian Dark Ale is almost black. Hold it up to the light and you won't see much of anything pass through.

As for the taste? It's got a particular hop flavour that I don't like, not that that's really a criticism of the beer. Do I like it? Nope. Is it bad? Not really. Beyond the unpleasantly resiny-hop flavour, well, I don't really pick up much in the way of other flavours. I'd expect more malt than I'm getting.

Would I buy it again? Nope. It's not baaaad, but it's not for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's tasting.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, earth, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with char, citrus zest, and pine flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of roast and hop bitterness that lingers on the palate long after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an intense amount of bitterness that I really wasn't expecting.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber split with my brother into pint glasses.

A: Dark with red highlights; lots of light khaki head and lace.

S&T: Pine and resin, toast and burnt barley, some bood orange and citrus, rind and grapefruit, fairly bitter finish...coffee maltiness and bitterness...earthy hops, bordering on both dankness and grassiness. The deeply roasted malt character lends a nice coffee-like bitterness to the hop presence. Still fairly balanced in flavors, but moderately bitter.

MF: Medium bodied, bitter and dry.

O: A really decent Black IPA. Not overly hoppy, with a fairly dense dark malt backbone, but with plenty of bitterness and a fairly decent hop presence.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice thick creamy foam. It leaves a bit of a mess though. Medium carbonation. Dark dark brown, but clear without haze. Light tan foam, and a lot more of it than I'm used to out of a bomber.

S: Pine resin heavy with a touch of floral. A touch of orange pith. Minor alcohol. Smells like an IPA save for a little cashew nuttiness.

T: Starts with a juiciness and oakiness. Followed up by a strong bitterness and a heavy charred flavor both at the same time. Fascinating that both the roast and hops seem to be nicely balanced in that both are equally strong. The two work together to make this beer quite big on the bittering. It's big and full but not overwhelming. Anyway. The char reminds me of a hickory, but not smoky, just the richness of a wet hardwood. The hops flavor profile is hard to put my finger on. It's predominantly a dry leaf or dried grass; not quite as over dry like a big dry hopped pale, but more like a long boil on the hops. Again the pine resin and wet cedar shines through with this.

M: Medium dry. Finishes pretty clean. Such a big full flavored beer, but it doesn't finish like it.

O: At first I wasn't so sure, but I warmed up to this. I seem to be saying the same thing about all CDAs though. And like other CDAs, I found I actually liked it a few degrees warmer than my fridge likes it. Really strong on the roast and the bittering, but it worked for me.

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Photo of hreb
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Immediate aroma of musty yeast and fresh hops. Beer is brown in color with a big tan head. Flavor is all West Coast IPA with just a hint of toasty, roasted barley goodness. Burnt grain bitterness really complements the heavy dose of IBUs here. Not the most amazing, but definitely a big IPA among CDAs, though still below the limits of Imperial IPA. Would have liked to get more citrus aroma, though.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Big off white head. Thick collar and wispy surface.

Smell - Grassy hops. Deep caramel. Some coffee malts.

Taste - Grassy hops again. Pine. Caramel malt. Almost chocolatey. Like a brown ale. Bitter and grassy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium body. More bitter than sweet.

Overall - Not the most exciting. Drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz pour on tap at the Black Squirrel on 4/28/13

Near black with one finger of smooth, long lasting foam.

The aroma is a blend of pine, roast and citrus zest as well as tropical overtones. Green, green hops with a hint of chocolate. The aroma is pretty much exactly as it should be. The taste is just as well integrated and packs more intensity. Raking pine bitterness and citric accents with swirls of smooth, roasted dark malts. Roast and pine sap on the finish. An easy going medium body is augmented by resinous hops and ample carbonation.

The bitterness gets a -touch- too strong after a while but that's a minor gripe with such an excellent beer.

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Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $3.69. No freshness date to be found on the bottle, but it’s labeled as a spring seasonal, and I believe it was first introduced this spring, so I wasn’t anticipating any tiredness.

Poured into a large-sized version of the Boston Lager glass (perfect for bombers). Poured a very dark brown that took on a super dark red shade when held up to light. Big, creamy off-white head that took it’s time receding and left lots of lace.

Citrusy hops greet the sniffer, along with a pretty much equal amount of coffee and toffee notes.

This tastes a lot like a well-hopped stout. The balance between the hops and malts seems virtually equal, with neither getting ahead of the other, though there’s a dry, hoppy zap to the palate at the swallow. As it warms up, the hops stand out a little more, but not enough to really dominate the flavor. The malts are a bit earthier than in the nose, perhaps due to the fact that wheat malt was included in the grain bill.

The body of this beer is at the upper end of medium, if that makes any sense. Surprisingly creamy and oily mouthfeel .

This beer works as a Black IPA and as a stout, and is absolutely delicious, either way. Yes, I would definitely drink this again. Hell, I’d like to session it, but at 6.3% alcohol, it’s probably not a good idea.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at Collins Pub on a visit with Old Man Collins, straight off the airplane and post-Salumi

a: served in a standard pint glass, approaching black in color with a solid mocha head

s: woody coffee and dry cocoa roasts mesh well with a moderate citrusy hop nose, seems to hit all the right notes to start things off

m: carbonation around moderate, dry and lively on the palate while at the same time off-loading lots of flavor

t: nice range of dark roasted flavors - dry cocoa, coffee, wood - balanced well with an assertion of citrus and pine hops, deeply flavored but not overbearing, a nice bitterness hits midway and lingers long with deep roast

o: a favorite of the cda’s I’ve had the pleasure to try, full of character and well crafted

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled in a fluted tulip.

Pours an extremely dark brown with ruby highlights and an inch plus light tan head that quickly recedes leaving an even surface layer with moderate to heavy lacing.

Strong floral and pine aromas with some smoke in the background.

Very bitter with an immediate ashy, smoky character, more than the aroma indicates. Follows with strong pine and grassy flavors.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a lingering aftertaste.

Overall I liked this beer. It was like a smoked IPA, smokier in flavor than most CDAs I've had. Not for everbody, but very interesting.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a growler into a becker glass

A- Poured very dark with some red hues shining through. It has a very compact off-white head made of tons of medium sized bubbles. The head on this beer is unlike anything I ever ever seen.

S- Huge floral, leafy, and earthy hop character and roasted malt. Some fruity notes

T- Dominant roasted and burnt malt character up front and overall an incredibly bitter beer.Some floral, leafy, and very light tropical fruit hop character. Most of the hop character is the middle to the finish.

M-Very dry, pretty high carbonation, medium body

O- Much more hop character in the aroma than in taste but tons of bitterness. One of the most bitter beers I have had recently.

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Photo of Brad007
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a huge brown head into my glass. It's dark but not TOO dark.

Muted hop character matches the style. Just a touch of citrus and pine in the nose. I was expecting more here.

Flavor is somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. Chewy malt with citrusy/piney hop resin in the middle.

Lingering hop bitterness makes up the mouthfeel. I know it's not the best way to word things but I expected something snappier.

Worth a try. Honestly, you can do much better.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at Brix Tavern in Portland. It wasa great dark pitch black look, with little carbonation. Tasted malty with a lot of roasted flavors. Expecting a small bit of hops, but I got very little. This left me wanting more. The black IPA always has me wanting more. This was a lukewarm beer, not terrible, but not worth having again.

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Photo of harrymel
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

Black with a solid fine quilt of light tan foam. Smells of resin, pine, molasses, coffee and some cocoa. Maybe a touch of soil as well. Taste is burnt malts, bitter hops, some resin, some cat piss, a dab of weed and some hay. Medium bodied with lighter carb than anticipated, with a dry finish (pretty par for the style). This is nothing special - seems in line with the style in the PNW for the black ones.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap into a standard pint at my moms restaurant after work.

A: opaque black with a little light getting in at the bottom shows a pretty solid brown. A decent cap of almond head (because I pour an excellent pint) a nice ring of foam remains and it is leaving some lacing.

S: very much an IPA, lots of northwest hops on the nose. The black malt adds a bit of a burnt bitter smell too. Bit of citrus but mostly grassy floral hops.

T: hardly any malt flavor except a bit of black malt burniness. Good amount of grassy floral hops. Not as much citrus (which was light on the nose too). It follows nose exactly.

M: pretty light actually I would say on the heavy end of light. the carbonation is pretty slight almost undercarbonated actually.

O: I like this beer. The black malt adds something that I think IPA are missing in general and the hop flavor is a palate whomper like some IPA are. But it is nothing to write home about.

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Photo of chicagoanbeerone
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It smelled like a regular ipa and it tasted a bit flat, the ipa needed more flavor and it leaves a bitter flavor at the end. It looked very promising in the look but was average for a black ipa. it tasted just like regular ipa i had higher expectations for a black ipa expected more hops and taste even for it to be maltier and creamier.
overall i would say pass on this beer

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Photo of beertunes
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured an almost solid black color, with less than a half-inch of creamy head that had the typical nitrogen retention and lacing.

The aroma featured mostly the roasted notes that so many brewers make the mistake of letting dominate the profile in this style. There was a bit of tangy hop scent hiding behind the roast. The flavors were very subdued upfront, featured some hops in the middle and strong roasted notes in the back end. There was a sharp bitterness that lingered for a while on the back of the tongue. If this hadn't been a nitro pour, I suspect that those bitter aspects would have made this beer very unenjoyable.

The body was smooth, even and balanced, pretty typical for nitro beer. That bitter, burnt even, roasted finish really hurt the drinkability a lot. Overall, a slightly below average of the style (which, admittedly, is not one of my favorites). Probably worth trying if you see it, but not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark brown hue with a fair amount of ruby when held up to the light. Head pours 3 thick fingers of frothy tan foam; inconvenient but good-looking.

Smell: light roastiness with a sweet malt highlighting a spicy, vegetal hoppiness. It actually comes together quite well, in my opinion.

Taste: light roastiness with an interesting collection of hop flavors. Starting with citrus, it morphs into a light spiciness and then into a bitey, bitter finish. I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body without a good carbonation or creaminess. Not bad, but I feel like this beer's bubbles all came out in foam and didn't stick around to make for a pleasing feel.

Overall: a good looking and tasting beer, it's not exactly a thirst quencher. I would have this again, but I don't think I would make it my go-to beer.

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Photo of GordonofSeattle
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pleasantly dark

S: Roasty, nothing to write home about

T: I think this is a fine example of a Dark Ale. It tastes a little yeasty... but still overall it is is pleasant

M: Clean a little yeasty

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beers I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions)

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Photo of GreenCard
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown-black, slightly hazy, thick layer of spongey tan foam with good retention

Aroma: notes of chocolate cake, passionfruit, guava, and grapefruit

Flavor: chewy maltiness with a somewhat raspy roast bitterness; hop flavor and bitterness swings in immediately after the roast to dry it out considerably for a semi-dry finish with lingering roast

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, zesty carbonation, some astringency

Other comments: Definitely a good Cascadian Dark Ale, but not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of TheFlern
4.46/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an almost pitch black with a tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate malts. Hops meld well with the malt.

Taste: Follows the nose but with more hops.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth from the malts and rounded out nicely by the hop bitterness which creates a great mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall: This is a must check out spring seasonal from Oakshire. This is my first brew that I have tried by these excellent brewers and if this is any indication then I cannot wait for the next!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 from Brewforia for $6ish... shared with inflatablechair.... Sam seemed to think a tad bitter, but still well done.

Pours a DEEP dark brown.... nice highlights on the stem of my little CC goblet.. tannish head... okay retention and cap.. spotty lacing.

Good citrus on the nose with some pronounced roasty malt... above average for the style, but I want more from brewers in the PNW :-)

Flavor has more of everything and is pretty inviting... a long lingering hoppiness on the finish... and the malts never die.

Medium body.... carbonation is fine.... I dig the hops... they seem a bit oily and bind everything together nicely.

Pretty well done... No flaws... just could use more "cleanliness" and a bit of division between the flavors.... Minor bitches, but I will buy this again in a heartbeat.


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Photo of Docer
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- Super dark brown brew.. can see a thing through it but some ruby brown at the edges of the glass in the light. The beer didn't seem to pour a large head, but an off-white to greyish while finger formed and quickly turned into a spotty ring with a rice paper thing later over the brew.

Smell: (3.5)
- Nice roasted bitter grain, coffee bitterness, light chocolate, and light sweet grain. Coffee seems to play a nice roll here.. like a nice cold pressed coffee. Some light herbal and bitter grassy hops barely hit the nose.

Taste: (4.0)
- Great roasted bitter grains with a nice light coffee touch, and some fantastic chocolate notes. The great thing about this beers flavor is the balance. Some nice earthy bitter hops give it some flare and leaves the palate with a little zesty and piney touch. Not bad at all.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- A rather light to medium bodied brew which lends a little dryness in the mouth. Slight chewy touch, but overall a bit watery with a chalky finish.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is one of the better CDA's available around the Northwest. It seems to be a big hit at it's seasonal release around town complimenting various special tappings and parties. It's solid, well balanced, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with red highlights. Half finger fine light tan head with nice lacing.

Interesting aroma of dark malt, molasses and intense cannabis herbal hops.

Flavor is also different and appealing. Dark and roasted malts and intense herbal hops finishing with herbal hops and a long pleasant roasty spicy hop finish. Medium bodied. A nice blend of strong porter elements with IPA intensity hops. Nice flavor progression. This one really works for me. A definite repeat performance.

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Photo of suncrust
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First had- 22oz bomber poured to a tulip.

A: Poured a black hue with a rocky, khaki, one finger head. The head has some interesting grayish/purple tints giving a little bit of a velvety character. Not much lacing on the glass.

S: Dark hop resin blends into a sweet molasses and mild, smoked apple fruitiness. Slight dark bread follows a planty, piney hop kick, rosebud, and some brewers yeast. A touch of sour grapefruit in the tail end.

T: Big floral hop profile. Hops are aggressively bitter and almost immediately unbalance the smoother, sweeter dark malts. Buried roast textures live under the resiny hops, along with some candied caramel and dark breads. Slightly artificial in the taste. Finishes with subtle crisp smoke, grapefruit, sugary milk elements and a sharp hop bite.

MF: A lighter body chock-full of floral hops create a bit of a mouth puckering experience. Very harsh mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers dryly, carbonation is borderline light to medium. You almost had to keep drinking it to keep your mouth from drying out.

Drank a bit like a overly hoppy chocolate milk or something. Pretty huge floral hops overall. Not an awful CDA- ultimately lacked body, richness, and on the harsher side for the hop profile. Don't get me wrong, I love overloaded hops in my beer, but this felt a little like a mess. Some age might mellow it out.

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