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RATINGS: 612   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A pinch of black malt and a splash of roasted barley break this IPA apart from tradition, Cascadian Dark. Join the shady revolution.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Black with a small head that dissipates quickly. Not much aroma, but what’s there is light hops. Hoppy. Tastes like a serviceable IPA with a slightly more prominent malt backbone.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warrenc (23) - Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2010
12.oz bottle. pours black with a nice tan head and hop aroma. more hop than a porter and lighter than a stout . this a nice IPA, leaves me thirsty for more!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
steelersfan07 (21) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Good, but not great. Black in color, strong roasted smell, and a bitter taste to it. I liked it, and would buy it again. I found it at Winco and took a chance. I liked thier Broken Halo, this was better.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (1873) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2010
12 oz single, carrying on my tradition of having all the ’w" series beers. Appearance, black beer luscious tan head. smart and handsome! Aroma is mainlly of hops though the malt breadiness is there in the back. Taste well this is somthing quite unique, actually quite stong hopping as expected from a PNW IPA, then the hop biterness is somehow accented by bitter -sweet roasted maltiness with a slight hint of bread. Very nice on the palte thick and intrest holding..very bitter aftertaste lingers for some time. Overall an excellent beer from the brothers. I think they need to make this a regular winter seasonal.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4126) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Bottle... Poured black with a thick, light brown head. High alpha, citrus, piney hops on the nose. Not so much the roasted qualities of other "cascadian dark ales," instead just a well rounded hoppy beer with a decent bitterness. Finished malty and dry. A nice herbal, earthy tone with tones of citrus too. Would love to see this as a regular Widmer brew!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2010
On draught. Roasty aroma. Roasty flavor with a nice hop bite. Not much sweetness. Well-rounded with some hop aroma. Nice balanced beer. Probably won’t be a hit with the ultra hopheads but I like it for its drinkability and quality.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOOTER (4) - , Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2010 does not count
Pours with a quickly dissipating tan head atop what appears to be a pitch black, but when held up to the light is actually a crystal-clear, deep, dark crimson. Aroma is pleasant and inviting with notes of citrus and spice. Flavor is hoppy but well balanced and punctuated by a smooth, lingering bitterness and just a hint of black malt. Overall a unique and delicious IPA from a quality brewery.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thooper41 (548) - BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2010
12oz bottle: Appearance is pitch black like a stout with slow fading light brown head, Aroma dominating in citrusy hops, Taste has a lot of hops up front with a subtle bit of roasted malt in the back, very well balanced. IMO Widmer took themselves to a new level with this beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2010
I think I just love this style. This is a really well-done Black IPA. I recommend trying this blind up against the standard-bearers of the style (in particular Stone XI/Self-Righteous). There’s an extra grainy/malty/bready dimension to this style that doesn’t exist in regular IPAs, that makes for a very welcome balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Pours a hazy dark brown. Almost root beer color. Nice pillowy head. Piney aromas up front. Initial medium bite of hops really linger. Not big bitterness but it really hangs around. A sessionable IPA.


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