Lion’s Head Cascadia Dark Ale – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Lion’s Head Cascadia Dark Ale – Spinnakers Brewpub, 6.5% ABV, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

on the front label:

Lion’s Head Cascadia Dark Ale, first brewed for the re-opening of Robson’s Lion’s Head Smoke & Brew Pub, as the first craft beer centered pub in the Kootenays and first served June 21, 2009. This CDA is brewed with English pale and roasted malts, hoped with cascades and northern brewer’s with a touch of guarrana to help get you throuh the night.

  • Style: Black IPA / CDA
  • Taste: Sour roasted brown sugar barley malt guarana berry coffee light chocolate
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $5.50 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: (cellared for 4 years). Pours dark cola brown without much of a head, almost no retention, barely visible spread out micro streams.

Nose: whiskey, brown sugar barley malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: immediate big sour acidity

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, light coffee, sour caramel roasted barley, burnt brown sugar, guarana berriness

Finish: chocolate, roasty burnt soft bitter hopped finish.

Summary: I’ve never had a sour CDA before and I suspect I might never come across another one, but once you do get past the sourness this is actually decently drinkable. It has a nice likeable balance of sour-barley guarana sweet-burnt coffee elements in it – Not what you’d imagine from CDA. Surprisingly agreeable despite my negative bias toward Spinnakers.

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

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.