Cascade Mountain Porter | Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by cokes on 10-13-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hops attack the nose and tongue in a big and surprising way. This is a porter right? Had I sampled this with my eyes closed I would have guessed that it was pale ale.

Unlike the nose, the color certainly indicates that this is a Porter. It’s just a beautiful radiant ruby brown with bright cherry hews.

Aside from the junipery hops there are nice chocolate notes and a touch of roasted malt.

At first sip, my taste buds are overwhelmed by the bitter hops. As my mouth grows used to the bitterness I can distinguish loads of dry roasted malts, bits of chocolate, and a less than pleasant dustiness from the hops.

The Mouthfeel is wonderfully bitter for a porter, quite light as well, drying and slightly warming.

The drinkability is excessive. This beer is so easy on the body that I could effortlessly throw down several imperial pints without any hiccups.

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Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark cherrywood stain that imitates blackness. The head is a floating iceberg of tan, gripping tight and leaving skidmarks down the sides of the glass.
Ashy nose, dry-seeming and parched. Chocolate hues and general sweeter things develops as it warms.
Begins with that same dry, dusty coal sense. Chocolate follows immediately and is more fully realized. Roastedness is big here, and it pushes toward Stout territory. Lightly vinous, in a black grape sense. The roast subsides around the time that the yeast steps forward. Lightly peppery and phenolic, in a Belgian-esque way. Subtle, but certainly evident. Akin to 95% American Porter / 5% Dubbel cross. It conclude with a restatement of roasted malts and a citric bitterness from- I'll assume, given its name- Cascades.
Medium build, pushing fuller. Low carbonation. This is superbly built, balanced, and nuanced. Drinkable in large sums. This is one of the finest porters I've had in recent memory.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Madison brewpub.

Another entry in my pre-interview extravaganza. It pours a dark ruby-tinted black-brown topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, toasted caramel, and caramelized brown sugar. The taste is very similar, but everything just named, though present, comes through a bit lighter, and things finish with a bitter dark chocolate flourish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice porter, not as strong as the Black Earth, but kinda nice for a change-of-pace porter.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black, with a small head.

It smells a bit like pine, and in this bar today, that's the only aroma I can pick up.

The flavor is based mostly on bitter pine hops, especially in the aftertaste. While trying again and again to catch anything else, I could only detect a small amount of chocolate. The aftertaste is a full pine hop flavor with a decent bitterness. Not something I expected from this kind of beer. Of course, I'm just glad it had something.

Mouthfeel was quite watery.

This is a light tasting beer. The thin, watery feel makes it easy to go down. Drinkable.

I couldn't help but ask myself over and over, why bother? It looks like work was put into this beer. Nice color, ingredients, etc. But the end result to me was lightly flavored water. I'd rather be drinking their Black Earth Porter.

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Photo of drpimento
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

man, this here is a SERIOUS beer. Y'all should be so luck. If jim jones woulda had this they woulda just mellowed out. Exceptional porter. Got this cool chewy thang going on. Nice and roasty. LOts of head and lace. If a girl had this body... uh, maybe I doan wanna go there. ... cheers!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark ruby. Good looking cramy brown head that leaves nice lace patterns. Resiny, grassy hops blend with a nice roasted malt character and chocolate on the nose. Smells like AlphaKlaus, though a step down from that one. Still, very good. When tasting, I realize this really is like an AlphaKlaus JR. It's got the piney, resiny, citric hop flavor with the bitterness to go with it. All that hop glory sits on the top of a chocolatey, roasty porter base. Great combination. It's got a creamy texture in the mouth. Medium body. Bitter. Dry. Not hard at all going through a growler. Good stuff. Great Dane has impressed me this week.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown color with ruby hues at the bottom of the glass. A small light tan head fell to a very light coating over top. Nose was very nice. Deep roasted maltyness, moderate chocolate both intertwined with awesome citrusy, slight piney and slightly sweet hop aromas. Reminded me a lot of Alpha Klaus. Flavor was much more assertive. All about the clean, citrusy hops, but still with nice roasted and chocolate malts playing behind it. I was really expectnig the hops to be all aroma, but this was a great surprise to find them in the flavor too. The hop probably played too much in the flavor, but I really didn't care. The bitterness lingered well on into the finish, but didn't detract at all. Feel was moderate with a moderate carbonation. I liked that it wasn't too heavy. Overall, this was a really nice beer. The hop were definately the focus of this brew, but the roasted and chocolatey malts still had their say in both flavor and aroma. Highly drinkable. I would have put away a few pints if I had the time.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Sconnie
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very excelent, hard to classify beer. Very different from other porters i've had. Looks like a porter with a very dark brown color, but the aroma is overwhelmingly of cascade hops. The taste follows the smell; tons of hop flavor, backed up by a solid roasted barley flavor. Not a much sweetness as i'd expect with a porter, but it's great so I won't argue. Very drinkable; another great offering from the Dane.

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Cascade Mountain Porter from Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 10 ratings