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Parallel 49 Black Hops Cascadian Dark Lager

Brewed by Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Style: Schwarzbier
Vancouver, Canada


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 41   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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This dark, hoppy lager is so light bodied and crisp, you’ll never see it coming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
[Bottle (650ml)] Pours a deep dark amber-brown with a large lasting fluffy beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is malty and nutty along with light leafy hops, light spices and some breadiness. Flavour of toasted malt, leafy hops and a long moderate bitter finish. Average to medium bodied. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Randy4Beer (251) - - DEC 7, 2014
More extremely dark brown than actual black in colour. Thin, slightly off white head, leaving decent lacing behind. Aromas are grass, roasted malts, with an underlying earthiness to it all. Light creaminess to the palate, but still some hints of lager crispness coming through. Tastes of roasted malts, and very light citrus hops on the swallow. Some grapefruit bitterness. I think I was expecting a hoppier beer, given its name, but this is still a nice drinkable beer, of medium complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle: Poured a clear black color lager with a nice dark off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt notes with some bitter hops notes is OKish. Taste is also dominated by light roasted malt notes with some bitter hops notes and some light citrus notes. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation. A bit short on character in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lesifflebiere (1355) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
Liquide couleur cola, rouge à la lumière, avec une mousse éphémère couleur érable. Le nez est copieusement houblonné, du genre floral, avec des malts sucrés loin derrière. Texture mince en bouche, avec des malts qui surgissent en fin de gorgée, et non des houblons, qui tiennent plutôt le début de la scène, assez accessibles et pourtant bien présents. Superbe exemple du genre, on aurait aimé un brin plus d’audace mais l’ensemble est charmant.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Canmoore (285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
Pours a nearly opaque ruby read, and had a creamy off white head. Aroma notes include oddly enough olives, faint notes of citrus, and roasted malt. Tasting notes include rich malts, dark chocolate, that distinct Cascadian citrus bitterness to finish. The body is creamy, and light despite the colour of the beer. This is a very drinkable beer, and oddly enough has a strange olive aroma!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Freaky_tiki (644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2014
First things first, it’s not black. It’s more dark brown, with red highlights, like a glass of cola held high into the light. My main man from the Ottawa area, Mr Hippy Hop, says he gets green olives on the tongue -- I’m a big fan of the green olive, by the way (on pizza with anchovies & olive oil, dont judge) but not in my beer -- & I don’t quite get olives, but he’s right in that something is slightly amiss here: I get a somewhat vinegary, rusty, blood spit edge that makes this beer a bit of a loser. Not the greatest of its style. If you want a true local schwarzbier grab the Dark Helmut from Beau’s Octoberfest 4 pack which totally kicks this beer in the rear.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deepeary (175) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
5 month old bottle from the LCBO. Pours dark brown/black that lets light through. Off white head. Predominant smell is roasted malt, porterish, with earthy-citrus hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Taste is roasted malt and hops. Really drinkable, tasty stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HippyHop (268) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
This beer has inadvertently opened Pandora’s box for me. I cracked it open, poured it, let it settle a bit, took a whiff and....green olives? Overwhelmingly, unmistakably, yes, green olives. It fades a bit as the beer warms and the head dissipates, but not much is left behind. Some roasted malt with typical chocolate and coffee, but it’s hidden, and it clashes hard with that lingering green olive smell. The taste is a slight improvement. Solid malt sweetness up front, caramel and roasted grain, almost more like an amber than a black lager, with a bit of piney dryness on the finish, but there’s that weird friggin green olive taste linger in the background. I thought at first that I was losing my mind, but apparently I’m not the first person to smell green olive in a dark beer. But the weird thing is, no one seems to be able to pinpoint what causes this green olive scent and taste, so if anyone can shed any light please feel free to message me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiscerninDrunk (48) - - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours near black, opaque, with a frothy tan head that has moderate retention but laces beautifully. Aroma of plums, caramel, chocolate. Passion fruit? lightly smokey/nutty as the flavor opens, a little caramel toward the end of the flavor, quick, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3072) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2014
Bomber from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Fairly deep brown-black with a decent ashen-tan head. Aroma: Clean, roasty, nice citrus and pine hop notes. Palate: Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flav.: Clean, roasty, nice citrus and pine hops (sound familiar??), has a light vinous note and a touch of caramel/toffee; dry with firm bitterness and a slightly metallic, roasty finish.

Pretty good.

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