On tap at Taphouse Grille, noirish full-body layers dry black-malted dark chocolate resin above wood-smoked charcoal singe and relegated piney citric bittering. Nut-charred black coffee, dark cocoa, raw molasses and fudge tones secure heavy mocha theme. Solidly robust.
On tap at Ambulance, richly hop-charred Cascadian Dark Ale brings dry pine resin and ashen charcoal tarring to forceful dark-roasted mocha malting. Minor grapefruit influence nearly drowned out by dark cocoa, black chocolate and muddy coffee overtones. Charred nuttiness reinforces massive mocha appeal.
Well-rounded hybrid leans towards the dark side as dark-roasted mocha malts and cookie dough yeast upend piney citric fruiting. Resinous hop char thickens caramel-burnt dark cocoa and brown chocolate impulse as well as light ashen nuttiness. Grapefruit fondue likeness emerges alongside lesser marmalade, peach and apricot illusions beneath the massive mocha maelstrom.
On tap at Ambulance Brew House, fully expressive dark-roasted mocha malt creaminess nearly overwhelms dark-fruited constituency. Coffee-sugared black chocolate frontage, black patent malt subsidy and dark cocoa reminder get soaked in sappy molasses as blackened charcoal-singed hop bittering deepens the contagious mocha prominence. Burgundy-wined black grape and black cherry tones settle beneath the surface.
One of the best Cascadian Dark Ales marketed, bringing dark-roasted black chocolate insistence, smoky black patent malting and ashen piney hop bittering to less prominent dried fruiting. Pineapple, grapefruit and clementine fondue illusions straddle mighty charcoal-seared mocha malt mass. Tertiary mango, papaya and orange marmalade undertones vie for space in ‘noirish’ environment.
On tap at Blue Ribbon Tavern, excellent hybridized Cascadian Dark Ale overcomes any preconceived notions by adding peat-smoked rye to dark-roasted chocolate malting and resinous hop-charred dried fruiting. Black tea-like pungency, light earthen musk and piney charcoal singe deepen chalky cocoa insistence above moderate orange-peeled grapefruit, pineapple and green grape bittering. Best of class.
Heavy dark-roasted graining, smoked mocha malting and Blackstrap molasses sinew envelop bitter chocolate-cocoa stead above piney citric hop restraint. Subtle grapefruit, black grape and pineapple fruiting picks up amiable spruce-tipped bittering as well as ashen nuttiness.
On tap at Copper Mine, eager Cascadian Dark Ale goes just beyond restrictive stylistic boundaries. Creamy chocolate roast, black patent malting and dusty cocoa acridity offer full-fledged mocha frontage – denying dried fruited expectancy from advancing. Pine nut, spruce tips and sage undertones fit alongside ancillary black grape, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine and peach nuances. And the charcoal-burnt hop bittering neatly contrasts the spiced-up mocha fruited landscape.
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.
On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, fruitful barleywine seems closer to a heavily roasted Black India Pale Ale. Sharp hop-charred black patent malts leave pungent impression upon grapefruit-peeled pineapple bittering, juicy orange tang and sweet cherry-blackberry-nectarine-melon-banana conflux. Recalling a chocolate-fruited fondue, its sugary marzipan pasting adds syrupy thickness at the alcohol-burnt citric finish.