Event Horizon Cascadian Dark Ale | COAST Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88%
Liked This Beer
4.12 w/ 83 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
coastbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beer brewed like a stout but with the flavors of an IPA.

Added by mikesgroove on 08-27-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,781
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
83
Liked:
73
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
11.89%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 30
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that died down a bit, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of piney hops are present in the nose along with hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has flavors of roasted malts to accompany notes of piney hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite crisp and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Black IPA really packs in some bite from the dryness of the roasted malts and the bitterness from the piney hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives cola colored with tawny highlights; a magnificent head tops the liquid; swathes of lacing linger

Smell: Piney hop tones are buttressed by the roasted malt aromatics

Taste: The roasted malt tones jut forward with the piney hop aspect building through the middle; the bitterness continues to build, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty nice example of a style that is often mishandled

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque though still clear very dark cola brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and a hint of amber + reddish brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of piney hops over moderate roasty malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of pine hops. Overall there is a moderate to slightly stronger than moderate amount of lingering bitterness that is a combination of hoppy and roasty.

M: Slightly fuller than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: One of the better Black IPAs I've enjoyed (not always my favorite style as there is less variation than other IPA styles). Enjoyable but more of a sipping beer than an easy drinker.

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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gurgles out of the growler a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a creamyish layering of lightly beige foam.

Smell: All the notes associated with crisp brown malts: toast, cocoa, brown sugar, relatively dark caramel. Also, fragrant hop tones of pine sap-soaked wood chips, cauterized lemons, and pithy grapefruit.

Taste: Upfront pale malts, dark caramel, and toasted barley grains with subtler, though still sufficient hints of chocolate powder and brown sugar. Grows earthy, woody, and resinous. Then, things take a turn towards citrus fruits and a bit of stinging nettles. Medium-high bitterness. Light lingering bitterness remaining on the dry, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Many of these things, whatever the hell you want to call them, tend to favor the route of a stout-like malt profile. Event Horizon seems more akin, maltwise, to a hearty, robust brown, which I'm diggin'. All in all, an enjoyable endeavor. Thanks for sharing that growler, kp!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a remarkable beer, i was at first unsure of what this new offering from coast was going to bring me, but i was soon put to ease an simply amazed at how good this was.

the pour takes you off guard as the blackness comes from the tap and is nearly impervious to any light. think head of light tan laces the top and leaves a decent amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.

aroma is one of the most hoppy beer that i have ever come across in my life. just an amazingly hoppy beer. thick citrus notes just come across from the very first moment i get close to it. an amazing amount hops squeezed into this beer. each sip shreds the palate with a mesmerizing amount of rich nugget like goodness. such a super dry finish with an amazingly complex profile that you just cannot believe it packed into a beer that is only 6.5%, i mean come on.

overall i am floored and one of the most amazingly complex and hoppy beers i have ever had in my life. this may just be the one that throws me back into the loop.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 09/25/10 notes. Shared by Matt (drabmuh) at a small tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with two inches of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, pine hops, and smooth light fruit. Crazy amount of hops, smells awesome.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, pine, grapefruit, smooth fruity malts. Not a lot of bitterness to the taste.

m - Smooth, medium body and low carbonation, easy to drink .

d - This is definitely a very good black IPA. I thought it smelled amazing; the smell is a crazy amount of hops. Would definitely like to try this one again.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by drabmuh, a.k.a. The Growler King. Thanks Matt!

A: Dark brown with a crafted white colored head. The head possesses impressive retention and leaves a thick coat of lacing in its wake.

S: A healthy dose of hops. Aromas of citrus, grapefruit, and pine.

T: The taste is fine,but not as delectable as the aroma would indicate. Hops are very present throughout. This is an interesting style, and of the Black IPAs I have had, this is certainly among the best. I don't detect any of the "black" aspect of this beer. I was hoping for something that distinguish this from a traditional IPA. Perhaps a bit of roast, chocolate, or caramel for example? Maybe it's my preconceived notions that led this beer to fall slightly short of my expectations. Overall, I found it to be very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied, with a pleasant bitterness, especially in the finish.

D: A good beer that I would definitely drink again.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A growler shipped to me by beernerd81 for a recent tasting. Black IPAs are all the rage these days. This is COAST's attempt, and a decent on at that.

I'm generally conflicted how to review these things. Its brown and mildly hazy but mostly clear, thin head of small bubbles, off white that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation held up nicely.

Aroma is WHOA hops. Yep, if I were blind folded I would have pegged this to be a cascade bomb of an IPA. Smells quite awesome. I'm pretty sure they used debittered malts in this beer at this point, since its dark but there is no evidence of roast in the nose. Debittered malts are a little like food coloring, still interesting though.

Its medium to light in body, good bitterness on the back end, still not much roast, at least I couldn't detect it. It was good, nice hop character, malt backbone minimal. Its was drinkable and nice, again, if I wasn't looking at it, say I was blind, I would say it was an IPA.

Philosophically, what is the point of darkening a beer? I guess the appearance of a beer is like its handshake, your first impression but if the darkening doesn't bring anything to the table like flavor or complexity, what was the purpose. Its a good beer though, I hope ti gets its IBA / Cascadian props.

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Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and thick, murky texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Lots of resiny hops here, along with a nice dose of malt.

T: Tasted of pine, West Coast hops, some citrus and some roasted malt. Very well balanced, with a lot of flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An easy to drink, well made, drinkable beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of thagr81us
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from growler into a Mikkeller oversize wine glass. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, citrus, citrus hop, and orange peel. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, citrus, citrus hop, dark chocolate, orange rine, and subtle nuttiness. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really quite impressed with this one if I am honest. I’m usually not a fan of this style, but this one had a nice balance of roastiness and citrus to carry it into a class all its own in this style. It really felt more like an IPA than a Black Ale, but I was perfectly okay with this fact. Definitely a must try for anyone out there who has not and worth trying again if you already have.

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrMindbender
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ConradKenney
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Event Horizon Cascadian Dark Ale from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88% out of 100 with 83 ratings
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