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Doll's Eye CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale)Doll's Eye CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale)

Brewed by:
Conshohocken Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by victory4me on 04-04-2014

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4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Conshohocken Brewing Co. "Doll's Eye CDA"
16 oz. can, no freshness dating
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes: First off, I like the CDA designation on the label. I'm not even sure what "Cascadian" is but I knew as soon as I saw it that it was a 'black IPA'. It has a great appearance with a clear deep mahogany brown-almost-black body beneath a pillowy head of tan that holds incredibly well and leaves excellent lacing as well - kudos! The aroma is bright and fresh with pungent, and zippy piney-hops. A first whiff might recall sensations from a late fall campfire. There's no smoke there, but there's roastiness like ash; and it somehow smells like the air does just before it snows. If you don't get the 'campfire' impression, you'll at least find a damp pine forest. It's also earthy and a bit catty, and I hate to say it (because it sounds bad) but it reminds me of a subway platform with collective dirt and grime, oil, and that old urine stench. Don't let that put you off - in the end it adds to complexity and it's interesting like the funk in a sour beer. The flavor adds even more slick roastiness (there's some in the aroma), a hint of char, dry ash, and woodiness (obviously coming from the piney hops). If you look far enough into the maltiness there's a good bit of caramel there too. Balance is what makes it work! It would have been easy to add just a little more bitterness, but that would have tipped the scales, and as it is there's just enough to balance and focus the dark malt and resinous and piney hops. Final thoughts: it's pretty much a one-trick pony that has two parts (piney/resinous hops and dark, gently roast malts) but the fact that it's so well put together gives it great polish, and thus drinkability. It starts, rises, and then very gently slides into a lingering finish that's almost without notice - meaning that nothing really stands out or changes from the original first pass across the lips. One could easily drink a serving or two and still not tire of it. Nicely done!

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11/7.... Draft. Black color with tan foam. Roasted nose, some coffee. Smooth taste. Coffee espresso bitter. Chocolate like flavored. Pine bitter close. Good.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My thanks to the Conshohocken brewers & owners for providing me with CANs for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm)! I hope to run through a bunch of them today. This should be a good time.

From the CAN: "Go Where the Path Takes You"; "Doll's Eye CDA is a hoppy dark ale with pleasant notes of malt roastiness. Doll's Eye is brewed with generous amounts of Cascade and Nugget hops, giving our CDA its piney and floral hop character."

Please don't gush, please don't gush, I thought to myself as I readied the Crack! Success! An inverted Glug to celebrate was now in order. Whoops! Unlike The Who, who Won't Get Fooled Again, I got renewed foaming & gushing! Fellas, could you ease up on the CO2? I must say, though, that the three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head was astounding. It was going to take some time to fall before I could CANtinue my pour. CANticipation, it's making me wait. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44), but it was not opaque at all. In fact it had NE-quality clarity with garnet highlights. Nose smelled of light smoke, charcoal, spearmint, dark chocolate & pine tar. Hmmm. Generally, I eschew this style since the dark roasted malts tend to kill the hops, but we shall see. Mouthfeel was medium-to-fill, approaching, but not quite creamy. The taste was initially minty & piney, but then the dark malts began to assert themselves, muscling the hops out of the way. Think of it as a buncha young ladies happily pogoing in front of the stage when suddenly a group of skins show up and turn it into a violent mosh pit. Finish had the skins running the girls out is stark terror. Too much dark malt for this hophead. It isn't the beer, per se, it's the style, but if you brew it & put it in a CAN, expect that I am not going to be happy with it as a self-avowed hophead.

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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If I closed my eyes this beer might be a really deep roasted porter or stout.
This beer is deeply roasted, smells of deep roasted barly and drinks with the grit of one. One would think of if drinking a imperial porter or stout.
Said to be generously hopped I noticed none.
Whatever I was drinking be it a black ale, black ale or stout what have you it was generally pretty good.

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3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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