VertBaconStrips (2318) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - APR 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Putting this up head to head with a bottle of Fish Tale Swordfish. The colour is pretty dark with some red hues, plenty of ultra light brown bubbly head and some messy lacing. The aroma is an immediate mix of two things: fresh yet subdued hops and coffee grinds. Sadly I was really disappointed with this much coffee stuff. Fragrant and pungent, orange and roast, resin, light light chocolate. Ok, I gave up on this and drank the last 400ml of the Fish Tale Swordfish - there is no comparing these beers. Swordfish is hugely hopped and has zero coffee which for me is awesome. Now, the match up isnít actually a fair battle as these beers are quite different in their make up but, hey, if you just want to look at how much I enjoyed the two, this beer would never be bought again. That is not to say that this beer sucks - itís good but not as good.... at all. Wow. my dick is going to split in half like a boiled hot dog if I donít hit up the can. HUBís got some good flavours though - fruity stuff, lots of roasted malts, coffee dullness, big hard bitter finish. I wonder what the real goal of this style is... maybe this is a truer version and the Swordfish was just tastefully hopped. The last pour gave a great compact light stout head equal in compactness to the Swordfish. I think now that I only have this beer left it is getting better than it was. The coffee has faded and the hops are taking over... which is not what I would have expected.. then again, itís colder now and yea, eya, that makes sense. Who cares? Now Iím enjoying this immensely. And Iím slurring my thought and I have a massive batch of popcorn coming up and I have the 3rd period of the LA/SJ game to finish on PVR with the 2006 Oilers/ Canes final to watch on replay. There is 1% less in this beer vs itís competitor. I donít recall what I typed already and Iím not going to reread it as Iím spending way to much time retyping most of my words. MOre pine and some spice and bite on this one. Finishes feeling thick in spots and thinner in others. A solid mean bitterness with a defined coffee malt aftertaste lingers like unwanted relatives drinking your liquor. I can smell the oil, that means time to add the popcorn and time to assume that I wonít go to bed until well after 1:30. I wonít buy this again as there are better options. The difference between the 4.1 Swordfish and the 3.3 here are firstly in enjoyment and secondly in bluntness.I wonder how long this review is?
Reid (2317) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber from "Lifesource" Salem. $4.95
Screen printed label..in the colours of the "Doug Fir" flag of the Republic of Cascadia.
Mahogany dark brown ale with a nice thick creamy tan head.
Great herbal,citric and pine tones from the hops in the aroma,hint of coffee from the malts.
Surprising taste..very balanced but at the same time wildly swinging from the piney hops to the dark chocolate,toasted malts..then balanced again.
Great mouthfeel very captivating..and a very tasty bitter after taste that lingers..like good dark esspresso coffee.
Over all a very nice CDA
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with thick beige head. Nice citrusy hop aroma with floral and chocolate notes. Flavour is a pleasant balance of hop and malt with a chocolate and hop finish.
bulldogops (2250) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 oz sample at Beer Revolution, courtesy of @bresnev. Pours a sinful black, with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is a violent clash between toasted malt, and citrus, grainy hops. Taste is extremely hoppy, tempered with a pleasant coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar sweetness that disguises the higher abv quite well. Whatever this is seceding from, itís succeding..
Fatehunter (2243) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Into a pint glass. A dark copper color with a thin dirty white head that quickly faded to the edge of the glass.
From a foot away I smelled pine and citrus. Closer up, pine and grapefruit with a mellower undertone of malt.
Total IPA at first, citrus followed by a small roasted malt bomb, ending with a nice bitter. The malt sweetness was faintly present throughout.
Light to medium body with a light but assertive carbonation.
Outstanding CDA with almost perfect balance of maltiness and hops.
robforbes (2181) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a black with a ruby tint and a small tan head.
smell is of hops, roasted malt, pine, a slight organic funk, and a little floral.
taste is tangy, bitter, hoppy, malt in the back, and a touch of caramel. ends smooth and bitter.
Lagerboy (1935) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unclear darkest brown, creamy light brown head slowly fades. Pungent citrus grassy hops and smokey roasty malty aroma. Big bold bitter hop and burnt dark malt taste, some coffee and caramel. Average carbonation, full bodied, heavily hopped makes this brew DNFL (Definately Not For Lagerboys)
Sarlacc83 (1933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: Opaque root beer brown according to my wife. (black. Itís black.) with a thin, creme colored head.
N: Hops display themselves through spruce, biscuit, cocoa, coffee, touch of black raspberries even. Mango and pineapple. Marshmallow.
T: Bittersweet in equal proportions.
M: Medium body bordering on thick. Lighter level if carbonation.
O: A coniferous beast with a spritzing of sweets. Maybe too sweet, actually.
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid solid CDA right here. I love this style. Nice and roasty up front, backed with mild dark fruit flavors and sweeter malts. Mild hints of chocolate. And then of course, hopped up near the back! All the flavors blend perfectly. This is something Iíd love to see in 6erís...
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2011 4 oz. Taste @ Portland, Oregon Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 3rd, 2010. 6.5% ABV. 70 IBUís. Roasted hoppy aromatic front. Crisp toasted dry malt body. Rich balanced hop spice end. (4.0 / 5.0)
Hopworks Urban Brewery--HUB--Secession Cascadian Dark Ale Sustainable Organic Beer--2011 22 oz. Bottles. 6.50% ABV. 70 IBUís. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear pour. Medium mild lace rocky tan white head. Opaque dark black color. No ruby edge. Lightly burnt mildly aromatic hop front. Crisp fully fermented dry sweet toasty unbittered dark malt mild hop pine resin body. Mellow bitter earthy crusty cloying resin mild citrus clean end with hint of lingering dark malt roastiness. Confusing flavors. Tastes Pale not Black. Tasty crisp & smooth. Tasted 2/4/2011. Purchased for $5.99 @ The Ballard Market on 1/21/2011.