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NANUET, NEW YORK

Filled with Old World charm and nestled in the hilly rural refuge of Warwick 30 miles northwest of New York City, EDDIE’S ROADHOUSE TAVERN & GRILLE may be a hike for city slickers, but it’s definitely worth the trip. Between town fairs, open-air concerts, cool fishing spots, blueberry fields and the annual Applefest, Warwick’s a busy countryside community with a four-screen drive-in theatre to boot. And when the quaint brown and tan-fronted Roadhouse opened in November, 2010, …

Rating: 4

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On tap at Eddie’s Roadhouse, soft-toned witbier benefits from elegant lemony passionfruit tartness of exotic liliko’i tropicalia. Dry lemon-limed grapefruit tang gains brisk limestoned citric pucker. Mildly creamed crystal malting provides latent white-sugared contrast. Tertiary pineapple, peach, papaya, grains of paradise and mango undertones tingle the sleek citric-hopped bittering.

 

Rating: 3

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Perplexingly newfangled smoked saison brings sour brettanomyces leathering to oak-seared Band-aid astringency and lemony cider-sharpened oaken cherry tartness. Light lemon vinaigrette acidity and recessive lemongrass tinge reinforce lactic souring.  

Rating: 5

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Truly decadent barleywine (11.5% ABV) blends Buffalo Trace and kiln-bricked Willett bourbon barrel aging, comparing favorably to Jackie O’s less silken smooth, yet still excellent, Woodford-aged Wood Ya Honey. Sweet bourbon chocolate creaming proves resilient while compact dried fruiting and maple molasses syruping gain prominence at the heavily caramelized butterscotch midst. Black cherry-pureed raisin, plum and prune illusions sit alongside coconut-toasted almond, praline, pecan and chestnut pleasantries. Vanilla, marshmallow and cotton candy undertones further sweeten the distinct bourbon .

Jackie O's Brick Kiln Barley Wine

Rating: 5

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Charismatic wheat wine aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels (12% ABV) loads chewy butterscotch-candied caramel malt creaming and sugary dried fruiting atop honeyed wheat spine. Woodford bourbon deepens oaken vanilla, maple molasses, spiced rum and sticky anise overtones. Rich fruity center gathers bruised cherry, pureed raisin, stewed prune and sugared fig sweetness while tertiary pineapple, peach, navel orange, nectarine, cantaloupe, red grape and banana licks penetrate the surface afterwards.

 jackie os wood ya honey

Rating: 5

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Outstanding 4th anniversary (2015) barleywine, aged in cognac, abounds with velvety brandy-wined candi sugar and rum-spiced mocha fruiting. Chocolate-covered cherry center sweetens creamy cognac essence as well as honeyed vanilla caking and maple-sapped molasses syruping. Subsidiary bruised cherry, syrupy peach, brown banana, nectarine and apricot illusions deepen its enduring complexities.

 

Rating: 5

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On tap at Ambulance, magnificent ‘third version’ ups the bourbon-barrel aging by winningly mixing ’14 vintage with newer batch. Resilient bourbon chocolate spicing, sugary vanilla creaming and sweet cocoa dalliance pickup thriving rye-toasted pecan adjunct. Chocolate brownie, butterscotch rum, toffee fudge and molasses cookie illusions gain strength. Whiskey-soaked raisin and cherry wisps glimmer behind velvety bourbon finish.

    

Rating: 3

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On tap at Ambulance, creamy dark-roasted black patent malting guards bittersweet black coffee and dark chocolate tones. Delicate peat-smoked soiling, charred hop astringency and wispy soy saucing underlie nut-singed mocha finish.

 Great Adirondack Whiteface Black Diamond Stout

Rating: 3.5

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Pleasingly moderate honey-wined mead allows sweet ‘n sour mango juicing to pick up light black pepper burn and pickled dill spicing to contrast fruity malt sugaring. Mild strawberry rhubarb, red cherry, green grape and boysenberry tartness softly impact delicate mango adjunct. Friendly malt beverage crossover will suit fruity ale lovers as well as seasoned mead quaffers.

 B. Nektar Necromangocon Honey Wine United States  Michigan Mead 20212 9502 500ml

Rating: 4

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Summery honey wine utilizes blackberry and clove adjuncts for sweet fruit-spiced entry. Sharp clove spicing gains light cinnamon burn to enhance soda pop-sugared blackberry compote seduction. Brisk orange zest as well as tart blueberry, boysenberry, raspberry, oaken cherry and red grape rasp underscores blackberry puree finish.  

Rating: 5

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Exquisitely designed hyper-IPA never overloads the floral-perfumed citrus hops or resinous pine oiling, instead allowing its sweet cookie dough yeast to deepen the fruit-spiced honey malt expanse without disappointing bitterer hop heads. Sweet orange-peeled lemon zest brightens grapefruit, pineapple and mango tropicalia as well as apple, peach and tangerine subsidy. Clean vodka-nipped crystalline water provides brisk crisping.

 Captain Lawrence Seeking Alpha Triple IPA label

Rating: 3.5

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On tap at Ambulance, tartly citric moderation utilizes freshly-squeezed orange juicing, but its affectation fades fast as soured lemon pucker gains hold above salty bottom. Wispy mandarin orange, curacao orange and blood orange undertones given clean mineral-watered crisping.

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