New for 2011, this beer is brewed in the Cascadian Dark Ale style. The array of dark malts present a full bodied beer with notes of cocoa and slight roast. This CDA has a big floral citrus hop flavor and bitterness, reminiscent of an IPA. Gold medal winner at the 2011 World Beer Championships!
It’s 6.5% alcohol by volume and 65 IBUs and you can still find the 22-ounce bottles in the store.
Appearance: Cola brown with off-white head; less “dark” that I was expecting.
Smell: Mellow, mild hops—almost a woody note. Earthy. No roastiness at all, more of a subtle chocolate malt character.
Taste: Piney, woody, with dark notes that remind me of iced coffee. A bit thin in the same sense; hops also take on a tea-like herbal quality. Interesting, I’ll be this would be ideal on cask.
Mouthfeel: Thin of medium-bodied with an interesting hoppy dusty finish.
Overall: Different from what I was expecting for a CDA, but nicely mellow and restrained.