Excellently aggressive jet black heavyweight aged in oaken whiskey barrels retains exquisite bourbon sweetness and burnt-sugared vanilla-maple undertone. Thick molasses malts pick up cherry puree, dried prune, and vinous port illusions as charred wood cinders thicken bitter end.
Redolent of a sweet chocolate-y bock up-front, though unsettled malt protraction lacks distinction and banana-cherry serenity falters when warmed. Oily metallic finish hinders oak-y hazelnut retreat.
Chocolate-malted powdered cocoa enchants ashen mocha frontage, settling into soured maple whim its lost walnut-hazelnut-almond astringency and oily diacetyl finish fail to properly punctuate. Further tasting revealed raisin-fig-date troika undermined by stove-burnt coffee sourness.
‘Hardwood smoked malts’ waft through bottle-conditioned Baltic-styled porter endorsing Winston Churchill (on label). Bittersweet black chocolate richness relegates roasted coffee bean severity and hop-charred walnut harshness. Sticky blackstrap molasses backdrop brings out cacophonous cocoa cusp, minor espresso tinge, and latently, vinous cherry-grape souring.
Middling phenol-fizzed bitter loses Fuggle-hopped sass as well as barley-roasted toffee-butterscotch sweetness by unresolved cereal grain finish. Raspberry-cider tartness dissipates in tea-like midst.
Durable bronze-hued, spruce-hopped, English-styled medium body splashes gleaming berry, melon, cantaloupe and tangerine fruiting across intimate floral bouquet, peppery spicing, and prim pop fizz. Black currant finish enforces coarse piney bitterness. On tap at Blue Ribbon Tavern (2015), latest version lacked fruitiness and picked up dryer, earthier Brit-styled Goldings hop graining and murkier pale malting over mild lemon-peeled bittering.
Impeccable limited edition russet-hued 2008 Imperial IPA ripens sweet orange-tangerine juiciness with tropical peach-apricot-mango tang and honey sugared malts, fulfilling up-front promise. Piney resin heightens floral hop-oiled grapefruit rind bittering countering tangy fruit punch.
Enjoyably subtle India Pale Ale counters piney hop bittering with sweet spruce serenity and soured apple-orange caress. Floral accents uplift herbaceous niche.
Voracious dark-roasted espresso theme forms above lactic black chocolate and smoked molasses. Oily coffee resin sidles roasted hops, flaked barley, and toasted cereal oats as purple grape esters pierce tart cherry puree reminder, adding to well-balanced robustness.
Unassuming rusty nickel-hued strong ale with Scotch-licked dried fruit penetration rides out bitter oxidation to depleted Courvoisier-bourbon finish. Lively carbolic fizz scuttles tangy cherry-orange-peach waver, cursory fig-date-pecan scamper, and latent tobacco-cork acridity.
Washed-out pale malt sweetness given floral-spiced orange-apricot souring as grainy bottom looms.
Unbalanced, moldy, and metallic light-bodied red ale loses tea-like ambiguity to mild citric hop souring and green vegetable rot. Dry herbaceous floral tease pilfers sour apple and orange marmalade accents.