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VCBW 2011 Cascadian Dark Ale Collaboration

VCBW 2011 Cascadian Dark Ale Collaboration
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Formerly brewed at R & B Brewing Company (Howe Sound)
Style: Black IPA
Vancouver, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
In celebration of Vancouver Craft Beer Week, 28 of British Columbiaís finest breweries have banded together to create a Cascadian Dark Ale, a style that originated in the Pacific Northwest. We trust youíll enjoy the robust dark malt body and hoppy backbone of this finely crafted ale. Proceeds from the sale of this beer are donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society Tsunami Relief Fund. For more information please visit vancouvercraftbeerweek.com/official-beer.

pintbypint's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (3272) - Edmonton, Alberta, - SEP 1, 2012
From 650ml brown bottle. Black pour, thin ring of beige foam. Nose has chocolate and a mild nut. Faint hops. Taste has dark chocolate malts, light nuts, light hop notes, Iight roast malts. Finish has mild bitterness, lingeri g citrusy notes and rich dark malt. Body and carbonation were average. Held up well, nice overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gramity (1586) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
Aroma is heavy on roasted malts, burnt espresso and potent hops. Flavour begins with heavy espresso beans, burnt / roasted malt, finishing with a potent hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (18101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2012
Draught at the Tin Whistle brewery taproom
Black color; generous creamy head. A rich chocolate beer, with some good hopping appearing on surface, well bitter too. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
Medium brown. Woody hop character and light dark malts. Thin and a bit husky with harsh hops and some toasty hop character. Not coming together all that well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5399) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2011
Pint on tap at the Alibi Room in Vancouver pours black in color with a big light tan head that settles to some nice thick lacing on side of glass. Aroma is toasted malts and some hops. Taste is toasted malty sweetness with moderate hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced flavors with a medium body and generous carbonation which is pleasing on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2011
In short: A typical roasted black IPA. Good beer.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed relatively fresh less than two months after the beer release. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Black body topped by a medium beige head leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Nose has a nice hoppy signature (fruity/citrusy and flowery) over a fresh chocolate muffin. Taste is burnt toasts, a shot of espresso, citrusy hops, some cocoa powder, chocolate fudge. Almost nothing in the way of fruitiness. A bit chalky, I got many chalky beer lately. Finish is rather dry (more dry that bitter) with that roastiness drying everything out. Body is quite full for a 6.5% beer and carbonation of perfectly levelled. Nothing groundbreaking in this Black IPA but I canít find anything wrong with it either. Good beer. I drank this bomber sitting on my patio because a great place to drink a beer is wherever I am.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (10678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2011 Superior Black Ale. Black coloured body with thick retained off-white soapy head. Thick lace after. Marvelous rich malt and roast aroma. The roast taste is predminant and superbly done, with a good IBU hops following to the long finish. Very rich malts indeed. Very good drinkability, balance.Thanks Ryan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle, thanks to my friend Barry for finding this one for me. Pours inky black, medium tan head, lovely lacing. Nose is creamy black malt, yeast, very light but pleasant hoppiness. Flavours of black coffee, creamy malt, tar, tobacco, smoke, nice hops here too. A pretty excellent black IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
Cask. Pours brown/red. Dissipating white head. Aroma of biscuit, roasted malt, toasted nuts. Flavour of grapefruit, toasted nuts and hops. Thin on the palate, smooth with a bitter hops aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2011
Sampled at Opening Night party for VCBW. Cask. Poured a dark murky brown with ample tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, some coffee notes. Taste is much the same but certainly lush and rounded. The style is always at itís best when it feels like the beer starts off more like a porter and then transitions into a solid hop punch. This does this well but not the best in style Iíve ever had. Regardless, solid beer.

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