SPDickerman (864) - 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.
dwyerpg (4306) - 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 (3210) - 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 (138) - 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.
poisoneddwarf (1597) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into English pint. Nose is definitely IPAish, with grapefruit being the dominant aroma. There’s some faint roasted malt here, though, hanging in the background. Pours black with reddish tints at the bottom of the glass. Has a large head with awesome retention. Neat decorative lacework is left on the glass. Flavor is total half and half: half being IPA, and half being a dark roasty kind of beer, such as a porter or stout. Taste is sweet and a bit sour and finishes bitter. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is medium. Black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale, I don’t care what you call it, this is a tasty beer.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown, Great citrus and floral aroma, dark malt comes through too. Flavor is first roasty then comes the big citrus and floral hopes. This CDA is at the top of it’s class.
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bomber, caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, floral, spruce, citrus, black, tan foam, light sweetness, bitter, full body, average carbonation, maybe my favorite beer