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.
Encouraging tobacco leaf opening of tawny copper amber ale buried beneath muffled apricot-pear fruitiness, bland nuttiness, and herbal tinge by caramel malt finish, deserting reputed German-styled lager-ale blend. Grassy hops mildly affect honeyed wheat and raisin bread suggestion.
Distinct dry espresso theme rises above soft-watered barley-oats sear and hop-charred cocoa bean, cacao seed, tar, and coal illusions, absorbing black chocolate-y burnt walnut trail relegated to back-throated quip. Moderate English-styled stout has easy appeal lighter thirsts will appreciate despite fairly harsh coffee bittering.