SPDickerman (975) - Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours jet black with a fluffy tan head. Smells like all sorts of rich, roasty malts and lots of pleasant hops- Cascade. Tastes malty, like barley and roastiness and also tastes very hoppy and bitter. Full-bodied with a creamy texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Deschutes Hop In The Dark CDA finishes smooth and lightly bitter, but very, VERY satisfyingly. Deschutes delivers yet again.
Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle from Safeway - This beer is about as close to perfect as I can remember. Please update this with the correct classification. Fantastic dark malt aroma and flavor with a perfect amount of citrus and floral hops. Awesome beer. Deschutes calls it a Cascadian Dark Ale, but I believe the official style is India Black Ale now. In any case, it is not an IPA.
UkrainPubCrawler (105) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a delicoius and unique beer. A little light on the hops but still very tasty. Very smooth taste, dark color, and foamy head.
jbuskirk (456) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If it wasn’t for the pitch black body, the aroma of this beer would make you think that you’re about to drink a hugely hoppy West Coast IPA. While there is a touch of chocolate in the smell, the pungency of the hops is what grabs your attention with big notes of grapefruit and some pine. The hop intensity definitely reveals itself in the taste but it’s countered by the roasted chocolate notes from the dark malts. The balance of flavor is just beautiful. The combination of tropical bitterness and rich, sophisticated roastiness has resulted in an ale that’s damn near perfect.
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells nicely of Cascade hops. Great dark color. This is well balanced. A quick hop bite, some nice malt in the middle, hops in the finish too. Really great, tasty tasty.
kidmartinek (3736) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! It’s like a dream come true. Pours like a stout, opaque, almost black. Huge,thick and frothy, light, brown head. Lacing like victoria’s secret. Tantilizing bitter,resinous and citrus hop aroma with only a hint of chocolate malt. Rich, delicious flavor with both chocolate and vanila, toasted malt and a hop backend that will bite the tongue. The problem with this beer is i drink it way too fast. God substitute for water. If you love porters and IPAs, get yiur fix for both in just this one beer. If your grandma doesn’t drink beer, she will if you give her this.
Caskalefan (149) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the first black IPA that I really love! Lots of resinous and citric (grapefruity) hops, and a near perfect balance of intense roasted malt (but not burnt) with a solid background of toffee, figs, and dates. The carbonation is smooth with only a slight tingle, and the body is velvety and creamy. The finish maintains the balance, and is of lengthy duration. Highly recommended.
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Medium head. Great pine, citrus and funky hop aroma alongside the caramel and chocolate notes. The taste is in the opposite order you would think. The hops characteristics come up first and then the malty, almost bock-like malt character (minus the big sweetness of a bock). The bitter backbone stays with you for a while.
I had previously made fun of the name "Cascadian Dark Ale" for its seeming wine-like elite tone. But it really isn’t just a "Black IPA." It’s much more and I want more. Amazing brew.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Jet black (with ruby highlights) with lasting cappuccino head and nice lacing lines.
Aroma: Citrus and pine with an undercurrent of chocolate and roasted malt. For some reason, the roasted malt and American hop combination always reminds me of meat and roses.
Taste: Strong roasted barley flavor with sharp coffee and citrus hop bitterness. Nice layers of chocolate and flowers help round out the taste.
Palate: Moderately low carbonation, medium body that is very smooth and creamy. Very dry finish.
Overall: A mixture of the best elements from a stout and an IPA. Delicious and surprisingly drinkable.
BrewGoblin (400) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Overall one of the best beers I have ever had, mostly for the simple reason that is it extremely drinkable but has great flavour. That seems like a no- brainer but I have tried over a thousand beers and had a lot of great ones but not a lot of brews that are daily drinkers. This was a new style for me until I moved to Oregon and had quite a few CDAs. The perfect marriage of citrus floral hops and rich chocolate and coffee maltiness. Even tasted some raisin/dried fruit in the background. It’s looks pretty with a bubbly tan head and a dark coffee brown liquid. Taste is a perfect combo of an IPA and a Porter/Stout, likewise with mouthfeel. Medium thick and not too oily with medium carbonation. A balance of sweet and bitter and a great beer to get people interested in a newer style.