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Hop Valley Brewing Company
Style | ABV
American Black Ale
Limited (brewed once).
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(Beer added by: chumba526 on 03-17-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 3
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 3/31/11
Split with MbpBugeye
Cola brown and dark. Wooden highlights and a rustic twinge. Loose, ephemeral bubbles top an otherwise finely-bubbled head; two fingers at first though it thinned quickly. Not much in the way of retention but lace is good for the first part of the glass.
The Pinot Noir influence is strong in the nose. Vinous and fairly tart (this does mellow over time). Grapes, blackberries, cherry skin, black raspberry. Softer tones of citrus are interwoven, as is a slight barrel mustiness. The malt profile seems close to neutral; not much in the way of roasted notes, if any. Stray hint of cocoa.
The wine makes a prominent showing in the flavor profile, too. Not to mention, it's plenty dry. Dark fruits and wine notions blend together. Hints of bubblegum at the onset of the mid-section give way to subtle roasted notes and a dash of unsweetened chocolate. Undertones of coffee beans. Mildly citric with some earthy hops. Finishes with a soft spiciness and oak.
Cascadian Noir is a trifle heavier than medium body; nicely weighted without being plodding. Moderate viscosity, though it manages to move freely. Low carbonation - just enough to keep the pace. Dry, nearly gritty finish.
Overall impression: this is a really nice, complex beer featuring nuances and subtleties aplenty. Though less Cascadian and more Noir, I have few complaints.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2011 04:08:50 |
More by Ryan011235
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Shared by Ryan011235, acquired on his trip out to PNW. Poured into an E&J Cask and Cream glass.
Lots of lacing leaves track marks above a deep purple/brown/red beer thats nearly black but shows its true colors when held to the light.
Lots of black pepper pushes through the wine barrels as it warms. Lots of wine, purple grapes and some oak. These aromas are stronger than the faint citrusy hops.
The sweet wine and grapes kill most of the hop bitterness except, leaving only some at the finish. There is a citrusy end with notes of orange. This stuff is big on luscious dark red wine, some oaky vanilla and chocolate are also noted.
This is the only area of this beer that I have qualms about. Its been very enjoyable up to this point. It has very low carbonation, which is just fine, but the body is very slick and oily. At least things dry up by the finish.
This is very nice stuff. Very strong on the Pinot Noir but it works very well.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2011 18:49:27 |
More by MbpBugeye
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a Cascadian dark ale that has been aged in pinot wine barrels.
It appears solid black with a brown head.
It smells slightly smoky, a bit red wine like and a bit fruit like. I get notes of citrus and roasted malts as well.
It tastes slightly sour, smoky, and citrusy. I also get a mild vanilla like oak flavor; I get a dry red wine like flavor. It ends with a smooth but noticeable bitter flavor. The wine character that the barrel gave to this beer actually worked nicely with the smoky malt flavor and the bitter and citrusy hop flavor.
The carbonation is moderately low and there is a smooth mouthfeel to the ale.
Overall a nicely balanced unique tasting beer that goes down easy.
Serving type: on-tap
03-17-2011 20:41:04 |
More by chumba526
Cascadian Noir from Hop Valley Brewing Company
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