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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Swordfish Double Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) is dark in color, with a prominent “Northwest” hoppy aroma – citrusy, piney and resinous – with sweet malt, hints of roastiness and toasted malt. The flavors strike a beautiful balance between citrusy Northwest hops and, to a lesser degree, roasted, chocolate malt or caramel notes. Despite it’s rich color, the body is more reminiscent of an India Pale Ale, not heavy like a porter or stout. It takes the very deft hands of our Fish brewers to make these flavors play well together so that they don’t fight one another. But as you’ll see with Swordfish CDA, when that perfect balance is struck, something sublime happens; the result becomes more than the sum of its parts and you’ll finally taste what makes a Casdadian Dark Ale so special. Available April 1st – June 30th in 22oz bottles & draft

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ fonefan
Pours clear brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, citrus and grape. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long chocolate and citrus fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (9683) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
A decent Black IPA. Lots of roast and the smell draws you in. slightly less than average mouthfeel, 60 IBU though bitterness seems less than that perhaps four months has made a difference. Lacey, dark appearance. More roasted malt than anything. Not as good as the smell would lead you to believe. Liam’s bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (9633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
22 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours dark brown / black with a reddish hue and small tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, espresso and potent hops. Flavour begins with caramel malt, roasted flavours and dark fruits, finishing with citrus hops and tropical fruits. Very solid.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crossovert (9539) - Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2012
A bit ashy. Moderate sweetness overshadowed by hops and burntness. It is not a complex beer. A failed experiment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8638) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2011
bright and dank hop nose with sourish milk notes. wet and flabby body dissolves quickly and leaves the palate with a sticky and buzzing film. light soy sauce and char notes with moderate sweetness. enjoyable nose but watery body with dark caramel and cocoa malt, lightly astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Bomber. Pours hazy dark brown with khaki head. Nose is roasty toasted malt, resint NW hops, cacao. Tastes malty, with roasty NW hops, molasses, and a rich finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (8043) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 24, 2011
Bottle shared with Parksy. Dark brown with a medium light tan head. Luscious citrus and pine aroma, juicy and fresh. Nothing in the aroma suggests dark malts, only because the fresh hop load is overwhelming. Hops also dominate the palate, but here the malts provide the essential balance that makes this beer such a treat. It isn’t that dark traits are prominent in the flavour profile because of the hop domination, but rather the roasted malt provides a less sweet, less sticky base, allowing the hops to shine without becoming astringent or harsh. A truly unique balance, and probably the best example of the style I’ve yet tried, next to Stone’s Sublimely Self Righteous. But at nearly $11 per bottle, I probably won’t be enjoying it often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7671) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle from City Beer. Pours pitch black with a modest tan head and an aromatic cocktail of toast, citrus, pine and treacle. Now this is a deliciously well-crafted brew. The dark roasted malt blends nicely with the lighter malts and the superb hopping, resulting in a flavor that transitions smoothly from sweet to dry to bitter. Well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle. Blackish beerw ith a light tan head. Big grapefruit and pine aroma. Malt and toffee flavor with light darker malts and grapefruit. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Toffee and grapefruit lingers with light darker malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2013
22oz bomber pours into a big fat squat Sierra Nevada tulip with a clear deep dark amber body that supports ruby red and infra red hues while holding up a tight yet loose looking mocha colored head of foam and then dissipating into a ring and an island of bubbles. The aroma offers up chocolate mixed with a light degree of pine hops and then sliding into a faint dark roasted coffee bean note. A few more pulls and the chocolate reveals a more earthy side to it initially and then heading into dark chocolate toward the end of the draw. As it warms I start to pick up muddled blunted earthy citrus hops. The taste begins with notes of chocolate, some pine hops, some mild citrus and bits of dark roasted coffee. Toward midway pine hop flavor bumps up a bit as dark roasted malts nudge their way forward. I get a dash of dank earthy hops into the finish just as the dark roasted to nearly burnt malts create a little bit bigger footprint. The hops could be a bit bigger but I’m likin’ this.

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