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Taste Test: 4 Pines Double Cascadian Dark Ale

Taste Test: 4 Pines Double Cascadian Dark Ale

With all the rain lately, a cyclist could be excused for spending less time on the trails, road or track and a little too much time in the armchair sampling fine ales from across the country.

At least, that’s what I keep telling myself.  Add to the rain the fact that it has also been an unusually cold Spring and you get a Dark Ale season that is still going strong in my house.

This week I had the chance to get stuck into a pint of Double Cascadian Dark Ale from 4 Pines.

4 Pines Double Cascadian Dark Ale
All lined up and rolling your way. Pic:4pinesbeer.com.au

Packaging

Arriving in the customary 4 Pines pint bottle and with artwork recalling a crisp winter evening, the aesthetics transport you to the country, staring up at a starry sky as the cold rolls in.

4 Pines Double Cascadian Dark Ale
4 pines branding. Sets the mood for what’s to come.
4 Pines Double Cascadian Dark Ale
The malts have a caramel richness that take over from the chocolate tones as the beer warms up. Pic:©BeerMan

Taste Notes

Pouring with a nice thick head, this dark ale had a red tinge around the edges and delivers a slight lemon aroma – not what you might expect from something this dark.

The taste is firm and rich, but certainly hides the fact that it is relatively heavy (definitely modelled on a dubbel) at 8%.  The malts have a caramel richness that take over from the chocolate tones as the beer warms up.

4 Pines Double Cascadian Dark Ale
A perfect head. Pic:©BeerMan

Summing Up

It’s unlikely that this beer would be as popular as the regular 4 Pines Stout, but the brewery could do a lot worse than adding this to their regular production line.

Best enjoyed in a half pint glass, not too cold, and shared with a friend – preferably one you’re happy to use for body heat as you stare at the vastness of the clear night sky.

Beer Man rating: 3.3 stars.

To find out more about this lovely little number, head on over to the 4 Pines website.

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