O'Dark:30 Cascadian Dark Ale | Oakshire Brewing

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

Brewed by:
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

Added by msubulldog25 on 02-13-2010

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt for sharing this bottle at thirdeye11's recent tasting.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with a nice dose of piney and resiny hops. The flavor is roasted malt and piney hops along with some coffee. The bitterness is about medium. Thin-medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of hreb
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 ElGordo
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Denoted as a Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) on the bottle - at least somebody is getting it right.
Body is a deep dark brown with garnet highlights, topped by about an inch of creamy tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin ring of larger bubbles. Aroma is heavy on roasted malt, some notes of coffee and roasted hazelnut, and a good dose of bitter, floral hops.
Palate is somewhat sweet and fruity dark malt up front, with a hint of molasses on the tip of the tongue. Bitterness emerges mid-palate, a mixture of sharp floral hops and some husk from the malt that lingers long after the swallow.
Body is fuller than most CDAs and a touch creamy. I'm not sure that such a full body is helpful for conveying the flavors of this style, but isn't particularly distracting. On the whole, this is an enjoyable beer, but not great for a CDA or for an Oakshire beer.

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Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Black, O'Dark:30 black. A very dirty white inch of head. Looks great.

S - Malty and lots of pine.

T - Astringent, bitter and slight malt sweetness at the end. Unbalanced and off-tasting.

M - Crisp, low carbonation and light body.

O - The taste was a put off, but everything else was great. Unfortunately a good appearance and smell cannot overcome this like the other way around can.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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 Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance has a nice looking black colored body with a decent looking lightened brown to super light black colored head that dies within about thirty seconds. The smell has a large coffee maltiness invading the bitter hops that desperately try to come through - for the most part - it seems to me that the bitterness tries to come through in the coffee part. The taste is bitter and sweet at separate times and good for the most part. The aftertaste is sticky and tries to be sweet with some sort of element of sweetness to come across what really wants to be a dry finish. However, is this a dry finish? I will say, its a lingering dry finish for the most part. The palate is about a light to medium in body, and comes across somewhat sessionable. Carbonation is good for the style and for me as its not exactly defined for the style (hahaha), anyways, well, I like it for how it feels inside my mouth and tongue. Overall, for an American Black Ale, hell yeah, good job Oakshire. In my opinion, I think you did what you were supposed to do.

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Photo of rhino54
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of souvenirs
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Docer
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Booner818
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

NW local acquired in a trade with pintplease. My first real foray into the IBA style (so how will I review? I am forced to compare to traditional IPAs). Off the bat I like the whacky name, and the inspiration behind it, as described on zee bottle. Nice healthy, 22oz bomber sits before me. matte finish on the label. Nugget and Cascade hops according to the label. Sudsy film keeps moving in the bottleneck for several minutes. Hell yes.

Average pour into a pint yields a massive mocha colored head. A full three fingers of uniform micron bubbling, that takes a sticky hold of the glass and clings for minutes, hours. Deep mahogany body, and even though it's opaque it looks 'clean', crisp.

On the nose I gather the IPA is steering the car - lots of warm, earthy hops, only half anchored by a dry, leavened bread. Some roasted notes waft in at the back. Pleasant, 'big' even, but lacking in a discernible complexity, and a bit hot. It is falling short...

Which is strange because in the mouth this thing is big - starting of with a hint of cocoa, then unleashing roasted malts and overly extracted coffee in all it's bitter glory. It grows through the middle then arcs in the back of the mouth... going just slightly herbal. That is the highlight for me - a hint of medicinal candy that lingers like burnt sugar then disappears into hoppy vapors. Bracingly dry finish - this is a combination of the powerful hop bitterness and roasted malts that have re-emerged. These notes flourish towards cocoa, then succumb, leaving the hops to dominate the end. Only these resins are left, stripped down and creating the sort of lingering, pooling bitterness that you'll find in the biggest of hop bombs.

The result is a few strong notes that dance and flirt with each other harmoniously, bringing out some interesting characteristics of each other. At one time roasted, at another time earthen and hoppy, always dry, breathy, and dynamic.

Mouthfeel is fantastic Light medium body - slightly creamy - that still moves like lighting on the tongue. Glad to see this clock in at under 6.5% abv - I'm not interested in a huge alcohol bomb from this style. All the more novel to see some drinkability out of this big beer. I'd love to try this on draught.

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Photo of hannaho
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of suncrust
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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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Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hopmodium
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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 LiquidAmber
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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 djeucalyptus
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark burnt-caramel brown, neaing black in the glass, with a two-finger light tan head of effervescent bubbles with a creamy heft to it. Slowly fades and leaves pretty impressive lacing down the glass.

Aroma is mild but pleasant. Some earthy malt, hints of dark roast. A touch of smoke and old wet leather. Herbal hops, a touch of citrus, and some green, wet leaves and a hint of maple syrup. Not sure I'm loving it.

Taste is rich and vibrant with a great balance between roasty, earthy and almost-chalky malt and fresh, herbal and green hops. Hints of citrus hops peek through, and a green hop bitterness finishes and trails.

Mouth is moderate body with ample fervent carbonation that really pushes this toward the edge of airy. I wish it was a bit heavier... but its not bad. A solid astringent lingering bitterness in the finish works nicely.

All in all, one of the better CDA/BlackIPA/whatever you prefer to call 'em. It does the job, although doesn't really shine as brightly as I really want it to. But all in all, another respectable offering from Oakshire.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a dark black body with chocolate hints on the sides. Head is a solid three fingers of thick very creamy tan bubbles. Very solid and falls slowly leaving very thick sticky webbed lacing.

S: Not a huge nose, some crisp citrus and pine resin from the hop. A little roasted chocolate malt and faint sweet bready yeast.

T: Big sweet malt presence from the start that slowly fades into a very bitter and slightly unbalanced hop profile that lingers long after the finish in the back of my throat, very bitter and not in a good way at all. The malt profile of this beer is great, some sweet caramel and a little roasty, but then the hops kick in with a lackluster punch but leave that lingering off bitterness. Not so good...Without the malt this beer would be a waste...

M: Smooth medium body from the start but that lingering bitterness adds an unwelcome harsh element that forces you to try and wash it down with another sip but only to be met with it all over again.

D: Drinkable to an extent...again the smoothness of the malt saves this beer. Wish they would have taken more time on the hop balance of this beer, could have been great, as is this one is fairly forgettable.

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Photo of ThirstyDutchman
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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O'Dark:30 Cascadian Dark Ale from Oakshire Brewing
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