Deep amber autumnal ale boasts vine-ripened pumpkin essence and traditional crystal malt sweetness. Musty pumpkin pie-crusted acridity lingers through buttery midst as cinnamon and nutmeg spice up callow dry-hopped metallic bittering. 2012 re-tasting: Sugared pumpkin sweetness and cinnamon-nutmeg-gingerbread spicing enhanced and invigorated for better results.
Arguably the best macro brew marketed in the States, bringing forth a delightfully moderate Belgian-styled yeast strain that’s undeniably indelible and tantalizingly idiosyncratic. Bright citrus nose snuggles delicate coriander-spiced lemon and orange peel spritz, assuring hop-spiced ale its ephemeral quality. Lilting honeyed yeast sweetness may lack syrupy thickness, but tart white-wined green grape esters prove ample above wispy wheat spine.
Strong fruity essence not often associated with Black & Tans. For better or worse, bitter chocolate notes overwhelmed by grainy lager sharpness. Distracting over-carbonation and sour mocha finish are letdowns, but a burst of sweetness coats the aftertaste. As with many black and tans, it loses its natural essence since it’s difficult to create in the bottle and easier to blend on tap when mixed at the time of serving.
‘Wild’ is right! Peculiar pinkish mauve dessert beer piles on wafting blueberry pungency. As clamorous sweet and sour blueberry plot mellows, soda-fizzed cranberry, boysenberry, and raspberry tartness amplifies syrupy candi-sugared finish. Despite fructose-sucrose overload, malt-y fruited libation avoids cloy saccharine aftershock.
Nowhere near as complex as its academic-bound moniker, but this strong wheat-backed Belgian-styled ale nicely integrates wafting orange compote entry with dry herbal peppering. Setback apple, peach, nectarine, and plantain illusions receive minor candi-sugared sweetness, but metallic phenol spicing disrupts fruited nature.
Robust English-styled ruby red port gluts dry coffee prominence with charred hop bitterness, powdered chocolate souring, unrefined maple sapping and chalky cocoa snip for creamy chocolate milkshake thickness. Hickory-seared charcoal, pine tar, cigar ash and tobacco chew undertones deepen black cherry conviction and soured raisin stipend to vegetative bottom.