Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I fell in love with this beer after the first sip. And I donít say that often. I just found it that good. It had an enticing nose filled with chocolate and citrusy hops. Then a great mouthfeel and a dryish finish. Huge pine bursts in the mouth right off the bat. A sappy sweetness quickly morphs into an explosive bouquet of hop aromas (pine trees, flowers, wild grasses and mint). Like fresh herbs coated in a resinous syrup. Chocolate and dark grains also take hold of your olfactories. Man, what a tasty, fresh-tasting Cascadian Dark Ale. Easily one of the best Iíve ever had.
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 28, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from belmont station. pours a dark brown small tan head. aroma of pine, citrus hops, light cocoa. flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa. hop forward but has a nice dose of roast and chocolate. awesome balance of roast and piney hops. clean, well made. becoming big fan of this style
rederic (3228) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, dark brown color, with a pillowy tan-beige head, with a mild floral leafy, grassy, piney, coniferous, citrus hoppy nose, with some toasted, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate cake, faint roasted coffee bean accents, and with some lemon, grapefruit peel, subtle lemon marmalade notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, chocolate bar, roasted, toasted, caramel, black malt, earthy flowery citrus, grassy, leafy, minty, piney hoppy character, with a light organic ground coffee bean, mint chocolate bar, lemon, grapefruit, orange peel fruity flavours, leading towards a mild chocolatey, earthy leafy, minty, citrus, piney, coniferous hop bitterness finish.
IndianaRed (3221) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at the River Room, Whole Foods, Boise. Clear dark redish brown. Dense tan head. Muted faint aromas of light west coast citrusy hops and a touch of toasted malt. Flavor is definiately down a notch from standard CDAs in its sessionability but it i still and nice example of the style.
hawthorne00 (3166) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 10C. Dark red brown with a beige head that fades. Floral grapefruit and lemon aroma with some coffee and licorice. Very light-bodied, has that lack of presence/ weediness that sometimes turns up in organic beers. A little mocha, licorice, plenty of citrus flavours, pine. Finish is dry and fairly bitter.
pintbypint (3152) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml brown bottle. As "Cascadian Dark Ale". Pours dark brown with deep orange amber highlights. Compact clingy tan head. Dense lacing. Reding hoppy nose, pine notes, citrus. Flavor has biscuity chocolate malt up front backed by with grapefruit and grass hop notes. Finishes with chocolate and lingering grassy, leafy bitterness. Medium body, soft and even carbonation profile, quite a mild smooth mouthfeel. Solid CDA.
NachlamSie (3108) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint at brewpub. Pours darn black. Itís basically the same shade as their stout. Delightfully hoppy aroma on this one. Plenty of grapefruit and dank herbs make this smell super nice. Hops transfer well to the flavor. Grapefruit flavors clash well with chocolaty malts. Great American style ale.
maekchu (3044) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Hopworks BikeBar. Light chocolate nose, with some anise. Dark translucent brown. Gentle roasty initial, with chocolate, and some grain, decent bittering. Finish fades out quickly. Medium body. The high IBU level is not quite apparent in the flavor. Okay.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Pours a dark brown/black with tan head. Aroma is very hoppy and kinda over powers the dark roasted notes. Flavor isnít much different, has some sharp pine. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, not all that bad.
Gerbeer (2683) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with very light head. Aromas piney/citrus hops and over ripe fruit. Flavors of roasted malts and a bit of dark fruit. Piney and bitter throughout.