Diesel Imperial Stout
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #362
Ranked #2,350
4.33 | pDev: 8.31%
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the barrel house last night. I think this is what I had (it was listed as the vintage, barrel aged diesel).

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is complex and really pretty amazing, as I pick up dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon and dark fruits... maybe a touch of vanilla and smoke as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though I get almost a gritty hoppy bitterness on the finish, along with some heat from the alcohol (unusual in a cascade beer, though the heat is not excessive). The beer starts out fairly sweet, and is initially dominated by the dark chcolate and vanilla flavor. Then the hoppy bitterness comes on strong and dries the beer out considerably. There's still a sense of sweetness and richness in this beer, but it's not as over the top as i was expecting. Mouthfeel is full, with a long, boozy, slightly gritty finish.

While an excellent beer, this is so rich and intense, I'm not sure I can see myself ever drinking more than the sample size taster I got at the barrel room. Not that it matters I guess, as I expect the odds are very low that I will ever see this beer on tap again.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.56/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a super dark brown with ruby highlights, minimal head, nice colour overall.

S: Pinot barrel with some dark fruit riding a wave bringing a boatload of vanilla and whiskey.

T: Light roast character, although there is a bit of a charcoal play. Pretty much a dark fruit dominated beer, the wine barrel clearly shows its influence. Prunes, dark grapes, fudge, and a fair amount of wood. Much less bourbon on the palate than I got from the nose.

M: Full-bodied, quite chalky and thick. A little over frothy.

O: An interesting beer for sure, I certainly wasn't blown away. Many people raved, I liked it, but it clearly wasn't the class of Cascade days.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleJ
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A rare Cascade beer than isn't soured. Apparently it has been double matured in whiskey barrels. A great way to end the Beachwood Sour Fest, on to the beer:

Super black with a little bit of head and thin lace. It's easy to spot the whiskey in the nose, because it comes out in spades. In fact, if I were to smell blind, I would have said whiskey before imperial stout, it's that dominant. The beer component is much stronger in the taste, which is where this beer starts to earn its fame. Lots of licorice and whiskey character, and also doses of toasted oak and baker's chocolate. Very rich and full bodied, smooth, chewy, all while the alcohol is hidden.

This is a whiskey lover's imperial stout. If you hate that spirit, stay away from Diesel. If you're the kind who loves to dump shots of Maker's Mark into your imperial stout, then this is your beach. I don't exactly hate or love the spirit, but what I do know is that I like Diesel a lot.

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4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The beer pours essentially black in color with a thin tan head.

S: A really nice nose on this. A strong mocha character to it with plenty of roast and molasses. The amount of chocolate is quite impressive. Also some mild vanilla and licorice notes to it.

T: The flavor features quite a bit of roasted malt flavor along with a nice sweetness of vanilla, toffee, and molasses. As with the aroma, there is a heavy dose of dark chocolate with a pretty good helping of coffee as well.

M: The body is full with smooth, medium carbonation.

O: Easily the best beer I had at Beachwood last night. Really good stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of wiescins
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a thin brown head and left a good amount of frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a ton of chocolate upfront on the aroma with some good roastiness, lots of coffee as well but also had hints of molasses and slight vanilla.

T: the chocolate character was just as intense as the nose alongside molasses, coffee, and roasty notes and a touch of vanilla.

M: the brew was full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a roasty, slight astringent, mild sweet, and creamy finish.

D: it still drank damn good and was not overly boozy or chunky.

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4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour in a snifter style glass
Enjoyed with dessert at the Portland, OR barrel room on 9/2/12

***This is either Diesel #2, or another as it was barrel aged.***

A: This one pours completely opaque black. I don't get any light through this one. Not a ton of head, just a light tan ring. It leaves some sticky lacing bits on the glass. The head forms around edges.

S: Beautiful nose on this one. It smells of delicious dark chocolate and roast dark coffee. Then you get that barrel character coming through: vanilla, caramel, and toffee. I also see what some have mentioned about the molasses and some dark fruit. Finish is long and the toffee notes linger on the palate.

M: It's a full bodied brew but easy drinking. Even the non-beer loving wife dug it with chocolate nibs.

*** Big like with chocolate dessert

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harrymel
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was Diesel #2, not sure if that matters, but it was a different ABV, pretty sure it exceeded 11%.
04AUG12 - live cask

Oil black, mirror surface - thick. Smells of cocoa, molasses, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, leather, ink, more dark chocolate, hints of marshmallow. Very sexy. Flavor follows suite - sweet, complex with coffees, cocoas, vanilla and oak with bourbons and dates. A really nice beer. Seriously, they don't bottle anything like this?! WTF?! Thick, low carb and dry, then wet. A really fine beer. It was hot as steaming shit outside, but this beer was still wonderful.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Diesel Imperial Stout from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 63 ratings