Lothore (451) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Very dark pour with a nice, fluffy chestnut head which sticks around for quite a while.
S- Lots of citrus, grapefruit, caramel.
T- Light coffee, caramel and dark fruit notes followed by a wave of hops. Slight coffee on the back end.
M- Light carbonation, medium viscosity.
D- Very interesting take on an IPA. I dig the light stout characteristics.
Dfonorow (1206) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share @ Surly Darkness day 2013. Dark brown with a medium cream head. Aroma is of roast and hops - coffee grounds, citrus, pine needles, earth, and wood. Flavor is similar with some slight fruit sweetness added.
Headbanger (2974) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 12/9/10 (Whole Foods-Lamar)-Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of hops. Taste of the same with some malt and bitterness. This medium to full bodied brew is pretty decent.
jkwalking05 (3491) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Backlog) 22 oz bottle. The look is brownish in color, has an off white head, and is clearish. The smell is hops, malts, roasty, and ok. The taste is hops, roast, light toastiness, and nice.
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to my disproportionately hot wife for sending me to the store for...I forget.... to find this gem!
Okay, so this beer has different ABV, IBU, etc listed.
22oz Bottle brewed by Deschutes Brewery. Beer is named: Hop in the Dark, Cascadian Dark Ale.
Best by: 11/28/11
A: Pours black and nearly creamy, kinda looks like the swill from a spit bottle (tobacco spit, chaw-chaw-chack-taw!). A single finger of peanut head is fine and loosely packed; recedes to a firmly bound sheet of the same. The sheet is confluently eeking up the sides of the glass, leaving behind curtains of the same. Where it can be found, light passes with ease and presents relief hues of mahogany.
S: I now understand why they call this a Cascadian Dark Ale. Fuck me running, this is PNW in yoí face! Pine, resin, bitter citrus, and as itís cold, a burn similar to shoveling out a mint truck - not so much a flavor, but a feel. Nuances of toasted malts merely hint in here, as it warms and opens, these tones become more noticeable: like a baseline.
T: First thing I notice is the mouthfeel (more on this later). But the nose doesnít follow through, and normally this would be sad, but in this case, it follows suite appropriately. Nice and dry toasted flour and rye bread flavors. The bitters in this are early and well braided into the beer. I feel like they took some time with this beer to actually DEVELOP A NEW STYLE rather than slap some Black Patent into the grain bill on their abandoned IPA in the basement. The hops are woven into the fabric of the malt profile. Bitterness reminds me of a fire grilled asparagus spear (young and crisp, but oiled). Iím really impressed how this all comes together.
M: Aforementioned...Creamy velvet with full body and light carbonation. This is atypical of the style IMO, and these boys did it right. A dry, sharp finish forces me to immediately reminisce about the luxury of this liquid I just swallowed (thatís what she said!).
O: I was worried I wouldnít get any of this yearís release because Iím headed out of the area for the month, and anticipate this will be gone once I return. But alas, the wife sent me to my local for some last minute whatever, and I just so happened to swing by the beer (and by that I mean, I looked at the beer, then had to call my wife to see what she wanted again :). With all the inconsistencies in ABV, Release dates, batches, IBUís, Iím a bit concerned this will not be a consistent recipe. They have recently touched on the fact that each batch of their Bond Series IS different, so I have no reason to believe otherwise. Oh well, Iím gonna enjoy this one!
Serving type: bottle
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasty, black, with a slick mouthfeel. Pine bitterness, and some chocolate aroma.
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass. From notes, July 25, 2012.
A: A very subdued nose, light malts and hint of milk chocolate, small pine hop it seems, but very closed.
A: Pours jet black with a thick tan head that has some stamina and leaves good lacing on the sides of the glass. An impressive looking beer that could pass for a porter or stout in appearance.
T: Similar to the nose. Surprisingly, its not sweet on the tongue at all. Bitter hops dominate the front of the palate. On the back end, the bitterness of the hops blend in with the roasty coffee flavors from the black malts.
P: Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy. Strong carbonation.
O: I love this style of beer. It is a damn good black IPA. It mixes some great flavors in proper balance and with a milder 6.9% ABV, it makes for great drinking.
charule (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Darkness Day. Poured very dark brown with tan head. Light resin aroma. Light bitter choc taste.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very black with a very little head and a thick tan lacing all the way down the glass. *was very dark in the bar I was in, so color was a bit hard to tell.
Smells of roasted chocolate and some earthy hops.
Taste is right on for the style. Roasted coffee/chocolate notes with a strong hop bitterness throughout.
Mouthfeel is in line with most black IPAís. Fairly thin body with good carbonation. This one reminded me a lot of Stone SSR. Overall a very good one.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Basically black color, medium brown head. Aroma of pine boughs dipped in chocolate dipped in coffee. Taste is bitter and roasty pine resin. Delicious.