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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Beer Tasting Notes {Deschutes Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale}

This is a sexy beer.  The name alone suggests a sultry kind of intrigue begging to be probed.  We drank this beer as dessert after some awesome grilled steak and red bell peppers, and paired it with a lovely chunk of dark chocolate that I had hidden away for just such an occasion (wish I hadn't thrown the wrapper away before stashing the chocolate in wax paper, because it was GOOD and I want to buy it again!).  
Deschutes Hop in the Dark Cascadian Dark Ale
This Dark Ale pours a deep warm black-brown with a fluffy caramel head of foam.  Piney hops and roasty malts create a comforting scent that makes me want to go camping and drink this while bundled up in jeans and a hoodie while sitting in front of a campfire.  I taste rich dark mocha chocolate in the dark malty warmth and smooth pine-hop undertones swirl around my tongue, forming a lovely medium bodied black ale.  At 6.9% ABV, this is a good after-dinner session beer.  I seriously want to take a couple of bottles of Hop in the Dark up to my favorite camping spot.  You should too.    



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