Hence, O’Dark:30, the CDA with possibly the most creative/interesting name I’ve yet seen (if not a little odd). It’s slightly lighter in alcohol than the others I’ve reviewed—6.3% by volume—but that’s plenty when it comes in 22-ounce bottles. They talk about it on their website as their spring seasonal, so that might mean we’ll see this beer show up annually.
Smell: Coffee, chocolate, licorice; hops are taking a backseat in the nose in favor of the cocoa malts.
Taste: Hops show up here; clean and bitter and a little peppery. The middle is where the dark malts play, also a bit bitter like deeply roasted coffee, then the hops reassert themselves at the back. Almost no “C” hop citrus or fruitiness, though.
Mouthfeel: Pleasantly medium-bodied with nice creamy texture. Clean bitter finish.
Overall: Surprisingly chocolate quality to it, and also surprising that there’s almost no hop aroma. I think it plays really well on the tongue, however.