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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 64   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2103) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Very good beer! Poured at a good temperature with a nice, fluffy, foamy, tan head that slowly settled down and some lace. Color is a clear garnet. Aroma is hop, malt, roast, fruit. Flavor’s like nose; fairly dry, bitter and carbonic tang up front, with the bit of malt/fruity sweet in back. Body and carbonation good, although there’s a little astringency in the finish. Also the finish is quite long, boozy, and resinous.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (9948) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, pine, grapefruit, roasted malt. Flavour is coffee, pine, grapefruit, roasted malt. OK/Nice beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1229) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bomber. Pours a dark black pour with a nice tight java head. Nose is malty with caramel and hops. Taste is malty with chocolate notes , with beautifully balanced hops. Finish is bitter sweet, great Black IPA. Quaff Score 8 / 10

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1186) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Pours black with a brown head and aroma of hops, citrus, and roasted malt. Taste is delicious, nice roasted malt and chocolate balanced nicely with the hops and citrus tones which lead to the bitter, hoppy finish. Very good black IPA

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1278) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2014
(Thanks to Ken for the bomber) Aroma of sweet malts and fruity hops combined with hints of caramel. A mahoney pour with a thin, mostly deminishing, off-white head and moderate lacing. Initially, the taste is sweet malt with nods to toffee, followed by some grain, and concluding in a bitter finish which continues into the aftertaste. Medium body and medium body. Overall, a nice dance of sweet and bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2014

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, light burnt, moderate hoppy, grapefruit, light citrus. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, hoppy, wood, pine notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20131123]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5496) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Big, muddy red-tinged pour, the head thin but standing tan head. The beer delivers a warming blend of wintery flavors ... a bit spicy, a bit of molasses, a bit of woody hops. Interesting that this is a spring seasonal, it’s fitting my cold day of football quite nicely. (#5406, 1/5/2013)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1450) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle date: unk A: pours a black ale with limited transparency. A two finger head of mocha head sticks around for quite some time, finally retiring to a thick quilt of the same. Rope lacing. S: lots of malt up front, dry roasted malts, some resiny hops. Honestly not a whole lot up front here. T: The hops are subdued and make this taste more like a well crafted stout with some extra hops. The hops are piny and resiny, but then as I taste the hops, the malts come back through to own this one, nutty and chocolaty, the malts are a bit overdone for the style IMO. M: Medium body with a creamy feeling, the carb is moderate to lo. Dry finish. O: This is a decent shot at a newer style. I don’t think it’s quite well done provided the lack of hop exploration here. Worth a try, but not something I will pick up again. Serving type: bottle 07-01-2011

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (12722) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle, 22oz. It pours a dense, two-finger beige head over an unclear reddish brown body. The aroma has a nice hoppy touch, orange peel and pine cones, with roasted malt notes, chocolate and some coffee. It’s quite bitter in the mouth, full-bodied and faintly warming, with a pleasant carbonation level. Chocolate, roasted malt notes, pine cones and citrus peel flavors, finishing quite bitter and with roasted malts and chocolate. Pleasant one, bet it’s even better just out of the brewery. 131123

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bamsen78 (2417) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle @ Scooper Tasting in Ulfborg. Pours slightly hazy very dark brown with small tan head. Complex aroma of hops, malt, and coffee, with notes of chocolate. Bitter, hoppy flavour, with touches of roast and notes of fruit, citrus, and coffee. Well hidden ABV. Bitter finish. Nice.


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