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Saint Arnold Icon Blue - Cascadian Dark Ale

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Our Cascadian dark is essentially a very dark version of an IPA. The secret is to balance the hop flavor with the black malts. We used a combination of Chinook Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe hops in this ale.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11955) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 16, 2013
(Draught) Pours a black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, mustiness, grain, light citrus, and cocoa. Flavor of roasted malt, grass, cocoa, caramel, pine, earthiness, and burnt toast with a dry, bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11008) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 23, 2013
Black in color with a khaki head. Big roasted malt and pine aromas. Fairly herbal, some chocolate, and a bit of blueberry. Spicy and bready, too. The flavor is somewhat bitter with a lot of roasted malt and pine. Herbal and spicy hops, a bit of earth, and chocolate. Interesting dried blueberry flavor on the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9128) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Clear brown pour with a light tan head. Very little hops and roasty flavors going on in this one. A little sweet, toffee, spent grain.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8679) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
Extra from Steve. Who would expect a dark deep blue bottle would be a black ipa from St. Arnold? Fairly basic, too much roast, overwhelming the hops. Deep black colour, a bit of smoke with the roast aroma. OK drinkability.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7864) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Bottle (02/26/13) thanks to grumpypirate06. Pours with a near black hued body and a medium sized tan head. Aromas are of hops: grapefruit, grass, pine, mild cohumulone bite, a bit of earthy roast and leather, medium-low esters. Flavors are roasty and citrusy. Roast character is ashy and a bit astringent. Nutty, tannic, leather. Hop character is nicely citrusy. With a medium bitterness that is amplified by the astringent roast. A bit metallic and nutty. Medium-full carbonation, somewhat dry body. Not horrible, but definitely more than a few yards shy of a homerun.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Bottle:   Deep cola, thin foamy sandy head, little lacing.   Light roast, a touch of soy on the nose.   Moderate roastiness on the tongue.   Falls off quickly, very little bitterness.   Black Pale Ale maybe?   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Watery roasted malt finish, with very little in the way of hoppiness.   Light, and a snoozer of a Black IPA.   Thanks Bill!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottled, dark brown with some orange highlights, foamy head with tan lace , hoppy roast aroma, flavor is hoppy pine, earthy roast , Oreo wafers, nice , liked this much more than the red

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5844) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2013
on draft, cask, and bottle- even the brewpub version brewed in galveston .. . pours a deep brown black .. grassy green hops, mild roast .. . solid beer all around, one of my favorite black ipas to date .. . . i am insulted. is this a book report or a witch hunt?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5727) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate with some pine malts. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of milk chocolate as well as some roasted malt, pine and resin. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (5721) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle courtesy of an extra via trade on BA. Thanks. Pours a blackish dark hue, not opaaque as edges show ruby red glow pretty prominently. A frothy brown head atop stays as a decent filmy layer, sits atop ok and laces ok. Aromas present fruity elements, citrus, and florals. A gentle pine element, toasty malts and faint cocoa. Soapy hops, a weird fruity/yeasty vibe at times that is a bit off. Biscuit, marmalade, oxidation and wet paper. Initial is lighter end of the fold, a bit underbodied with some decent bitterness, toast and florals meets just a faint push of citrus. Some toastiness, bread and biscuit. Gentle smokey/ash elements, dryness, earth and faint cocoa nib elements. The hop element gets a bit more intense in the back, ashy elements merging with an earthy and floral distinct dry bitter twang. That funny nose element has died out a bit, the backend showing a bit more body, cocoa nib and dryness really comes in more firmly. Earthy hop, faint citrus, some resiny pine but not as intense as Id like it. The malt bill seems dry, a bit brash. Underbodied overall (but better into the backend and finish) and a bit brash at times, the nose has something wrong with it.. Either oxidation notes or some odd yeasty feel. The beer itself is solid, if unneccessarily 7% ABV. Ok. Not something Id likely revisit, perhaps some age added to some detracting oxidized hops on the nose.


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