Tantalizingly rich and creamy Imperial Stout hybrid loads rich oak-charred spiced rye malting inside Templeton rye whiskey barrels as overriding dark chocolate influence gains strength alongside sweet bourbon, rum, and to a lesser extent, cognac and brandy tones. Benefiting from second aging, syrupy molasses-draped rye whiskey continuance picks up caramelized brown sugaring to contrast latent boozy acetone whir. To add further complexity, tertiary dark cherry, red grape and plum illusions seep into the chocolate-fudged rye whiskey deliverance.
Resiliently rich full body (10% ABV) adds punctual cocoa nibs and vanilla bean adjuncts to hazelnut-roasted dark chocolate goodness. Creamed coffee serenade picks up gooey molasses sugaring to further thicken its resolve. Beneath gunky chocolate-vanilla prominence lies candied pecan, cherry puree and bourbon illusions. A damn fine nightcap!
On tap at Ambulance, mild apple brandy esters lightly affect Belgian-styled stout nature, allowing candi-sugared dried fruiting and caramelized barley malts to seep into mellow dark chocolate syruping. Sedate port-brandy wining mellows out the mocha fruitcake finish a tad.
On tap at Ambulance, busily vibrant ‘botanical’ stout loads coconut-milked lime tartness and herbaceous ginger-lemongrass-basil pleasantries inside creamily caramelized coffee-beaned dark chocolate roast. Mild cayenne-peppered cinnamon snip and wispy vanilla-cumin-curry daubs found beneath herbal mocha concoction. A daringly expansive offshoot that works well.
On tap at Ambulance, mild Mostra coffee roast gains lightly fudged dark chocolate malting, latent dried cocoa smidge and dried fruited whir. Soothingly underwhelming.
On tap at Ambulance, chewy black chocolate frontage fades as powdered cocoa and ground coffee illusions evolve alongside black currant-spiced dried cherry and plum nuances for dryer stylish Imperial Stout.
Duping a classic German confection with mixed results, pithy black cherry influence never takes hold as equally bittersweet dark roast chocolate malting gets mired by distractingly astringent oily hop resin. Needs more focused Black Forest Cake likeness. Dried cherry blurt gains subtle cocoa, prune and grape wisps.
Richly sweet milk stout lacquers creamy maple-sugared dark chocolate syruping atop bustling blueberry brandy bluster. Bordering on cloy, its gluey tongue-coating blueberry chocolate cake abundance gains Irish coffee splurge as well as tertiary blackberry and raspberry sugaring.
On tap at Ambulance, subtle brown chocolate sweetness contacts dried cocoa, mild coffee and sugared vanilla sedateness of cask conditioned stout. Light cinnamon spicing, dewy earthiness and a peppery respite lightly affect soft-toned mocha charm in the recess.
On tap at Cloverleaf, hybridized weizenbock/ brown ale (8% ABV) lets subtle floury carob pod influence get aged on Madagascar vanilla beans above mildly creamed caramel malting. Bittersweet chocolate-vanilla conflux stays moderate as distant Bailey’s Irish Cream Coffee, Irish whiskey, cacao nibs, earthen truffle and plummy raisin illusions dry out at the chalky mocha finish.
Chewy wee heavy loads gooey sea-salted caramel salting atop spicy hop bite for viscous 7.5% sweet scape. Toffee-spiced continuance gains thick molasses sinew, boozy whiskey-cognac restraint and sugared pecan-chestnut nuttiness.
Gloriously well-balanced 21st Anniversary Imperial IPA contrasts bitter piney fruiting against sweet spruce-sugared tropicalia as viscous amber-hazed yeast sinew creates sticky texture. Sharp orange-peeled ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine, peach and tang briskly burrows thru richly creamed caramel-candied cookie dough malts. Boozy 9.8% ABV warmth lingers lightly below fascinatingly fruitful fodder.