Celebrating its newfound independence with a friendly dismissal to ‘contract brewers,’ complex 7-malt/ 7-hop Cascadian Dark Ale piles dark-roasted mocha malting to less distinct dried fruiting and acrid charcoal-burnt pine ash. Dark chocolate, dusty cocoa and stove-burnt coffee crowd earthen peat midst, where pineapple, grapefruit, apple and orange undertones fight for space. Distant walnut, cola nut and Brazil nut illusions deepen overall mocha richness.
On tap at Dog & Cask, rich dark chocolate malting, kiln-roasted coffee bittering and piney hop-charred fruiting find a balanced blend. Capacious grapefruit-pineapple-lemon tang leaves permanent impression upon heavy mocha molasses romp. Ashen pine embers and resinous evergreen cinders bring mild pungent acridity to burnt black bread bottom.