Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #13 – Black Christmas CDA


Central City/Parallel 49 2014 Calendar Day #13

  • My Rating: [C] (downgraded from C+ from 2012 rating),  I gave it a (2.8 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Black Christmas CDA (Christmas Dark Ale) – Parallel 49 Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 341ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

This one is a repeat, I had it back in December 2012, which I gave it a C+. Check out the review here.

  • Style: (Black IPA) Cascadian Dark Ale
  • Taste: boring basic sweet liquid barley malt no body
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: don’t bother

-Initial tasting [12/2012]: Tasting notes: pours super dark coffee black/brown with a very small creamy head, some sticky lacing, thin ringed retention, a few active clustered streams. Toasted caramel malts on the nose. Drinks with a bright sharp-hoppiness up front, 7/10-sweetness, roasted-toasted caramel medium malts, clinging hoppy bitterness, coffee, dark fig/dates, grapefruit sourness in the mids and finish, ending with a mildly grapefruit sour hoppy light-med bitter finish. Overall medium bodied with a partially watery mouthfeel. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability.

[November 23, 2015 – re-tasting]

Visual: Pours dark cola brown, tiny head, murky half thin retention.

Nose: sweet brown sugar roasted caramel barley malts (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-micro CO2, incoming dark malts

Mid-palate: (MAIN) nutty, thick caramel malts, coffee -> (lvl-7)-sweetness

Finish: burnt citrus sourness = astringent malty finish.

Summary: I’m not digging the finish; the mouth is left with an incoherent hoppy burnt maltiness, not good. Attack, mids and structure are fine.