|Come to the dark side...|
I had quite an Oregon beer line-up for Thanksgiving, largely due to my thoughtful daughter from Eugene. She brought home a bag full of bombers that she picked up along the way. She sure selected some good ones--hey, she doesn't drink beer but she's obviously gained some beer picking skills from pops, just from osmosis.
One of those beers was McKenzie Brewing Company's Unforgivable Darkness. It's a Cascadian Dark Ale with an ABV of 7%. This is the first beer I've ever tried from this Eugene Brewer. It's a collaboration with Steelhead Brewing.
The beer poured into my pint glass a dark, dark, brown to almost black color. The mocha head was a sight to behold. It rose up to more that two fingers thick. It was quite creamy and clumpy and popped up over the rim. Beautiful.
Aroma was roasted malt, chocolate and espresso, with citrus notes in the background. Some hints of ripe, dark fruit.
Taste followed the nose. Coffee, cocoa up front with a good, solid sock of hops bitterness. Indistinct citrus. Great balance between the roasted malt and hops.
Medium to slightly full mouthfeel. Creamy finish. No noticeable alcohol taste.
There's a lot going on in this beer. Sometimes, that's not such a good thing, but in this brew, it works. I really enjoyed it and it was my favorite out of all the Thanksgiving beers in my holiday list. I'm giving this beer a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 1/2 crushed cans out of 4 AND a Droolie. The Wonder Beagle thoroughly disgusted all of the Thanksgiving guests by drooling up a huge puddle in the middle of the living room. Good job, Unforgivable Darkness!