BLUE HEN BLACK & TAN

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.

BLUEGRASS DARK STAR PORTER

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.